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Beauty product experimentation

Sweet, sugary Brach's lemon drops. Made with r...

Sweet, sugary Brach’s lemon drops. Made with real lemon juice! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I like to experiment with different things.  Really I wouldn’t care if it was store bought and full of chemicals, but that stuff is usually more expensive, so I mostly experiment with natural products that I would normally have around home anyways.


For example, there’s a “no poo” idea floating around the internet on the idea that store-bought shampoos are bad for your health.  So, I gave it a try.  It involved using a baking soda water mixture in lieu of shampoo, and a vinegar and water mixture in place of conditioner.  I had some interesting results.  I couldn’t much tell that it did anything special to my hair except made it smell like vinegar (I used white distilled vinegar in this instance, which might have made a difference).  Using store-bought shampoo and conditioner (the cheap suave stuff), I usually only wash my hair 3-4 times a week, so it didn’t much make a difference to me.


I’ve also tried a sugar wax on my legs.  I’ve always wanted to try waxing my legs instead of shaving.  Curiosity.  I wasn’t too impressed with it on my legs.  I am planning on going back and using it on my eyebrows though, I suspect there will be a greater success rate with a smaller area to work with.


Just recently I created my own face mask recipe.  Albeit there are TONS of recipes online, but I didn’t have the ingredients for most of them (I mean, where do you even get green clay, or those other exotic oils and stuff?), so I mixed and added my own.  My goal was to get rid of the horrible dark circles that have been lingering under my eyes since I got pregnant with my oldest 4.5 years ago.  It actually smelled pretty good (in my opinion anyways), and I think it worked wonderfully too!  My recipe was as follows


  • 1.5 teaspoon greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 capsules Vitamin B Supplement
  • 2 capsules Acetaminophen (Ibuprofen, or Tylenol works great!)
  • Contents of 1, unused, black tea bag


That was it!  I rubbed it on my face, leaving an extra thick layer right beneath my eyes (be very careful not to get it in your eyes, AT ALL…remember, there is lemon juice in there).  Then, I left it on for an entire episode of “Being Human” which was about 45 minutes, enough time for it to dry.  Then I washed it off.  The caffeine in the Tea continued to work throughout the night to tighten and tone, the lemon juice toned up all of the splotchy coloring, the acetaminophen soaked into the dark circles and almost vanished them completely, the yogurt and vitamin B tightened and drew out the yuckiness that likes to settle in your pores.  I will definitely be using this simple recipe (maybe with some tweaking) again in the future!


Have you ever experimented with making your own beauty products with natural home ingredients?  I’d love to hear what you tried and how it worked for you!




Melt in Your Mouth Pancakes – recipe

Hot cake, a name for pancake in Japan, topped ...

Hot cake, a name for pancake in Japan, topped with butter and honey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I made the absolute best pancakes for breakfast the other day. They were thick, fluffy, and just melted in your mouth. My kids adored them too! As a bonus, they are actually somewhat healthy depending on the type of milk/flour you use. I just have to share!




  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Individual sized yogurt cups in flavor of choice (I used Vanilla)
  • 3 cups flour of choice (I used self rising white because it was on hand)
  • 2-3 cups of milk
  • 3-4 Tbs oil of choice (I like extra virgin olive, but canola or vegetable works too)




  1. Pre-heat griddle to 250-300 degrees.
  2. In bowl, crack two eggs, dump in yogurt, and flour. Stir.
  3. Slowly pour in milk while stirring until the batter reaches desired consistency. You may or may not use the entire 3 cups, or might need more.
  4. Cover the griddle with your oil.
  5. Pour batter onto griddle in pancake amounts (small, big, shaped, etc.) a trick my husband taught me: use a measuring cup.
  6. When the bubbles have all surfaced and popped, flip your cakes (it will look like the surface of the moon, all holey and crater-y). It might take a bit longer than your usual pancake recipe, and don’t give in to your temptation to turn up the heat…these will burn easier, and you want to make sure they are cooked all the way through. A few more moments on the other side and they are finished!
  7. If you are part of my family, you would smother the pancakes in butter and drizzle a bit of butter-flavored syrup on. If you are my children, you will ask me to melt some peanut butter to drizzle on top. Feel free to fix these pan cakes in your normal way, or experiment with new drizzles and toppings.


These also make for amazing desserts, they are seriously delicious! Using different flavored of yogurt could create a truly unique tasting experience too! What about strawberry yogurt with a blueberry drizzle? Ooh, I am making myself hungry again, haha!



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