Frugality Should Never Go Out of Style

Thanks to one of my YouTube subscribers for alerting me to this, so I thought I’d share. The video is of an interview done with Amy Dacyczyn known as the “Frugal Zealot” in the 80’s I think. She is the author of the “The Tightwad Gazette”. This is another book that I used as inspiration on my way to becoming debt-free. Some of her methods are a bit extreme but I feel that it is a springboard to be used to stimulate ideas of your own. Many times we just give up, thinking it does not make a difference when looking at the whole situation. But a journey is made manifest by taking one step at a time. That leads to the next step and another one comes after that and on and on. I totally agree with her when she says in this interview that frugality should not just be practiced when in recession but when times are good as well. It may not prevent the recession from occurring but I believe things would not be a hard as they are right now if this had been done.

Happy Birthday Blog!

Just a quick post to note my blog’s 1st birthday! YAY!!. Thanks so much to all of you who have made this experience a pleasurable one and for helping to break me out of my shell. If someone would have told me 5 years ago I would be writing stuff on the internet for all to see I would have told them to check their drink ‘cuz you must be on something talking like that!

Now back to the task that I’ve been dragging my feet on…the monthly re-ti! lol

TTYL

Herbal Scalp Cleanse

Hi everyone! I thought share with you as I have done on my You Tube channel about an herbal cleanse I’m experimenting with for my scalp. After all this is somewhat of a hair blog right?

With this locking journey, I am discovering what my true hair texture is, what it really likes and so on. After my last retightening it dawned on me that I have an oily not dry scalp and dry porous hair. If you’ve been with me for awhile on this blog, you’ll remember me saying once the warm weather rolled around I was going to start rinsing my hair daily or at least every other day until it’s time to retighten. During those 4-6 days, I’ll spritz the locs.

Well, I noticed that on day 5 sometimes day 4 of the retightening session, my scalp would start acting up as it’s done for as long as I can remember. By the time I get to the top of my head (I work from back to front) my trouble spots would be itchy, a bit sore and of course when I scratched, would flake. What really made me take notice was this last time when I scratched and the flakes fell they were oily! How can that be when I had stopped oiling my scalp 3 months prior?

All these years I was thinking I had a dry scalp?! I was only making matters worse by adding more oil, washing my hair infrequently and when I did wash, it was with sulfate shampoos or too oily shampoos. Since I first put the braidlocks in, I started washing weekly but prior to that I was washing any where from every 2 weeks, stretching to 4 weeks as my hair grew longer and was more time consuming to maintain.

Thanks to MzCJA, I was inspired to do some research on herbs and came up with an herbal cleanse for my scalp. Check out her blog for her posts on her herbal infusions. I’ve been playing around with it for about a month now adding some herbs, taking some out but I’m so far satisfied with the batch I made yesterday. I’ve been using it for the most part on my scalp and as part of the base for the shampoo for the locs themselves for the past month. I’ve been massaging it on my scalp every other day and rinsing it out.

Here are the ingredients if you would like to try it:

2 cups Aloe Vera Juice
2 tsp Lavender flowers
1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seed powder
A few drops of cedarwood essential oil
1/2 tsp of the following dried herbs:
Thyme
Comfrey root
Comfrey leaf
Patchouli
Nettle
Chamomile
Burdock root
Horsetail (Shavegrass)
Hibiscus flowers
Marshmallow root
Coltsfoot
Rosebuds
Irish Moss
White Willow Bark
Marigold (Calendula)

(Skip the rest of the reading if you’d rather see/hear the video at the end of this post.)

Slightly boil the aloe vera juice. While you are doing that put all of your herbs in a jar. Pour the hot aloe over the herbs, put your top on the jar and let them steep. I usually do mine for at least 2 hours and I like to use a jar with a lid on it since it seems to hold the heat in longer than in a coffee cup.

All of these herbs have either astringent or emollient properties and some have both. Others have follicle stimulating properties. The result has been that my scalp feels cleansed but not stripped. I’ve been spraying the remainder on the locs since I’m now working out and they feel clean without being stripped as well. I’m still doing a weekly shampoo and I’ll do a another post at a later date after I’ve had time to observe how my locs react to this African Black Soap I just got as a giveaway.

OK, I just had a senior moment…I just realized I published the post WITHOUT the video. duh! So if you are reading this and want to see the video give me a moment alright! 😉 Some of y’all know what I mean! LOL

http://www.youtube.com/get_player

Disclaimer: All of the products mentioned in this post have been purchased by me. I have no affiliation with the producer/manufacturer or distributor of the product nor am I being paid to review the product. The opinions set forth in this post are solely my personal opinion.

Celebrating Freedom Day…Real Late

I can’t believe that I let that day go by without noting it. I’m referring to my “Freedom Day”. What and when was “Freedom Day” you ask? June 2, 2006. It is the day that I became 100% debt-free so this year makes 3 years debt free. Well better late than never huh!! Yep that’s right, I owe no money to no one…for nothing, nada, zilch. You may remember I mentioned this in the Kreative Blogger award post. What reminded me was a YouTuber named Tracma (she’s is very talented by the way)who did a rap on paying off her car. You go girl and she’s natural too. See it’s a little bit hair related. lol Enjoy!

R.I.P. Micheal Jackson

I know that death is an inevitable part of living, but I’m still in shock that Micheal Jackson is no longer with us. He was only a few years older than I so I feel as though I grew up with him since I was about 26 miles away from where he grew up. I remember everyone stopped what they were doing anytime the Jackson 5 came on TV.

The memorial service yesterday was very tastefully done. For me the song cover of the original by Jodie Mitchell done by his sister Janet is so appropriate right now. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. R.I.P. Micheal, you will be missed.

Results of one of those BlogThings Test

Your energy: balancing

Your season: changing of seasons.

Dedicated and responsible, you are a rock to your friends. You are skilled at working out even the most difficult problems. Low key and calm, you are happiest when you are around loved ones. Ambitious and goal oriented, you have long term plans to be successful.


Your Power Element is Earth


Your power color: yellow

For the ladies and guys with a sense of humor

My sister-in-law sent this to me today and since I love to laugh, I thought I’d share the laughter. Laughter is the best medicine! Enjoy!! Now no offense to pickup truck drivers ( I got one myself) or country music listeners ( I also happen to like some country music) and a husband…yeah I got one of those too.ROTFL

NEW DRUGS FOR WOMEN
DAMNITOL
Take 2 and the rest of the world can go to hell for up to 8 full hours.
EMPTYNESTROGEN
Suppository that eliminates melancholy and loneliness by reminding you of how awful they were as teenagers and how you couldn’t wait till they moved out!
ST. MOMMA’S WORT
Plant extract that treats mom’s depression by rendering preschoolers unconscious for up to two days.
PEPTOBIMBO
Liquid silicone drink for single women. Two full cups swallowed before an evening out increases breast size, decreases intelligence, and prevents conception.
DUMBEROL
When taken with Peptobimbo, can cause dangerously low IQ, resulting in enjoyment of country music and pickup trucks.
FLIPITOR
Increases life expectancy of commuters by controlling road rage and the urge to flip off other drivers. ?
MENICILLIN
Potent anti-boy-otic for older women. Increases resistance to such lethal lines as, “You make me want to be a better person. “
BUYAGRA
Injectable stimulant taken prior to shopping. Increases potency, duration, and credit limit of spending spree.
JACKASSPIRIN
Relieves headache caused by a man who can’t remember your birthday, anniversary, phone number, or to lift the toilet seat
ANTI-TALKSIDENT
A spray carried in a purse or wallet to be used on anyone too eager to share their life stories with total strangers in elevators.?
NAGAMENT
When administered to a boyfriend or husband, provides the same irritation level as nagging him, without opening your mouth.