June 2011

After a few “glorious” years of getting free or nearly free deals on shampoo and deodorant, soap, lotion, etc. . . I’m giving all that up to make my own. Why? because after reading some blogs that cite some very scary stuff that is in the cosmetic products we use. . .

The following I found on this blog . . . “I came across an article in regards to a study researchers at the National Institutes of Health performed which showed that several shampoos (I’m looking at you, Pantene, Clairol, Suave, Head and Shoulders…) contain a nerve damaging poison called MIT (aka “methylisothiazoline). This delightful chemical can cause great neurological damage with repeated use, as well as cancer and liver disorders (source: http://healthnews.benabraham.com/html/your_shampoo_has_bad_toxins.html).

Another research study from “Science Daily” is calling out the ingredient “DEA” (diethanolamine), stating that it is a potential carcinogen and birth defects (in mice, anyway) such as memory function defects. (http://healthnews.benabraham.com/html/your_shampoo_has_bad_toxins.html). ”

Here’s another link to check out: http://www.naturalnews.com/003210.html

More blogs to check: http://babyslime.livejournal.com/174054.html

Yikes, after reading other things like this I decided to go through my shampoo and look at the labels.  What is in the bottle – here’s the list: Ammonium Lauryl sulfate, Ammonium laureth sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Ammonium chloride, PEG-5, Cocamide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydroxpropyl methylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin, Citric acid, Tocopheryl acetate, Methylchloroisothiazolonone, Methylisothiazolinone, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone

Instead of doing this to my body, I’ve been using baking soda and vinegar to wash my hair. I really like the way my hair has been working, and in this experiment I also started growing out my hair.

Other cosmetics that I’ve made. . . .

Deodorant First attempt: coconut oil, baking soda and cornstarch, and Essential Oil (tee tree)

2nd Attempt- I like this recipe much better . . .

3 Tablespoons shea butter
3 Tablespoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons corn starch
2 Tablespoons cocoa butter
Essential Oil (I used tea tree)


Basic Ratio: 6 parts baking soda : 1 part hydrogen peroxide solution


2 Tablespoons beeswax (about 1 oz)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons shea butter
12 lip balm containers

Up next I want to try this recipe . . . I’ll let you know how it worked.

Last week, my grandmother (Beulah Redcay) passed away. We knew she was sick and had gone home from the hospital on hospic Tuesday evening. She went to heaven Saturday morning. Nick and I flew out Saturday night to be with my mom and family. As crazy as it was, it was good for us to go.

Grandma at our wedding Sep. 2006. One of the last times she traveled.

After 3 hrs delay due to a severe storm in PA, we took off, arrived in Phili and rented a car to drive to Elizabethtown, PA. Nick and I crashed when we arrived at 4am. . .

We were with my mom and helped to look through pictures to make a collage for the funeral. I started contacting some friends as I wanted to be able to see some who are in the area.

We spent lots of time with friends, family and even some “family” many of whom were very influential in my life or my mom’s life. It was so good to reconnect and introduce Nick around. After the funeral services were over, we spent some more time meeting friends as well as getting Nick out to see some of the countryside. And of course we had to hit the hot spots of Hershey, Chocolate World and Twin Kiss in E-town. He had never been out to PA so it was fun to see him really enjoying the countryside. We did a whirlwind tour of a few covered bridges in Lancaster County. Here’s a map of what we drove.  It was fun to drive through the countryside by many Amish farms and lost of beautiful land.

Here’s a slide show of some other pictures.

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During our recent trip to Kansas for the 2011 MCC Sale, Nicolas was blessed to have a rare photographic opportunity for him – fog.  We awoke the first morning of our travels surrounded by the dense moisture.  Pausing several times along highway K-14 for various photos, these are his favorites.

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p.s.  The last two photos are in Colorado, but we couldn’t exclude them as they were taken on the same journey 🙂