Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!

My skin and hair are always dry so I’m constantly buying beauty products that have extra moisture, especially as the weather gets colder. But I also like to mix it up with a DIY to save my wallet from time to time. This moisturizing DIY hair treatment needs only 3 ingredients straight from your kitchen!

Mix together the following:

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg

Simply massage the mixture in to your hair (I tend to put the majority on to my ends). Pull up in to a shower cap to keep the moisture in for 30 minutes. I bought a bulk order of 100 shower caps really cheap on Amazon. Once you’re finished, you can wash out your hair in the sink, but I prefer to hop in the shower so that I can really scrub the mixture out with shampoo.

And don’t worry, the mayo smell goes away after you wash it out!

I have pretty thin hair so I put about have of the mixture on my hair and store the remaining in the fridge for another hair treatment later in the week. I’ve stored it for up to 4 days. You can also double the recipe if you have thicker hair and want to do two treatments in a week.

How many selfies can one person take in a shower cap? (actually I took about 60 🙂 )Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!May your hair be healthy and moisturized straight from the kitchen!

Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!
Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!

 

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Instead of buying expensive hair products, make your own with this simple DIY Hair Treatment with items found in your kitchen!

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Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

I recently got tired of our guest bedroom decor and decided to spruce it up in more of a ‘mid century modern’ style. I was looking for pillows to add a touch of color and texture, but couldn’t find anything reasonably priced. (Since when have pillows gotten so expensive?!?!)

Realizing that I already have many pillows from past room designs, my most economical option was to create my own pillow covers. The fabric that I bought was under $10/pillow at Joann’s Fabric.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

Now my sewing skills are on par with my cooking skills, which means my capabilities with a sewing machine are equivalent to mastering the crock-pot. But don’t worry, I have mastered a mean BBQ in the crockpot as well as these easy sewing envelope pillows!

This tutorial will show you how to whip out an envelope pillow case cover in under 15 minutes!

What you need:

  • 1 pillow or pillow insert
  • Fabric (I opt for one yard per pillow and always end up with more than enough. Better safe than sorry.)
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing scissors (I prefer Fiskars)
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (I’ve had my Singer for over a decade!)
  • Thread (with a color that matches your fabric)
  • Iron
  • Iron-on adhesive tape (optional)

1. Always iron your fabric before you dig in to any sewing project! Measuring and cutting wrinkled fabric can get you in to trouble later within the project.

2. If you don’t already know the width and length of your pillow, measure it with a fabric measuring tape. Mine was 18 x 18.

3. You’ll need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. I use the Fiskar Rotary Cutting Set to help measure and cut my fabric. If you’re a rookie sewer and don’t plan to do more than these pillows, it likely isn’t worth it. But if you do sew somewhat often, I HIGHLY recommend it. Well worth the purchase. It makes cutting and measuring WAY easier.

  • First piece should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on each side (so mine was 19 x 19).
  • The second and third pieces should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on one side and 5 inches shorter (so mine was 19 x 13). These pieces will be the ‘envelope’.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

4. On EACH of the smaller envelope pieces you’ll create a nice finished seam on ONE of the longer sides. Instead of sewing I prefer to use the iron-on adhesive tape, but you can definitely opt to sew. Regardless of which option you choose, first fold & iron down about 1/2 an inch. Then either tape/iron or pin/sew the seem.

5. Now you’re ready to compile your fabric and sew. Lay down the larger first piece of fabric right side facing up. Then put one of the smaller pieces on top, right side down (finished seem in the middle). Finally place the last small piece on top of that, again right side down & finished seem in the middle. Your two smaller pieces should overlap in the middle as this will be the ‘envelop’.

6. Now pin along all the edges about 1 inch in. You won’t pin the middle at all since that’s the envelope.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

7. Dust off that sewing machine, because step 7 is all about the sewing! Make sure to use a thread that is either the same color as your solid fabric or a predominant color within a patterned fabric. If either white or black is largely predominant, I prefer to use thread that’s either of those colors. Sew at a 1/2 inch around the edges.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

8. Turn your pillow case right side out.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

9. Now my favorite part: stuff your pillow inside and you’re done!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

This is an easy way to completely transform an out-dated pillow. Even if you’re not planning on doing a room make-over it can be fun to swap out your pillows during different times of the year!

I hope your pillows are as good as my crock-pot meals!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

 

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Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!
So technically this Fast Fix Friday takes longer than 5 minutes …. depending on how long you sleep tonight.

I’m no beauty expert and this definitely isn’t a beauty column, but I do have a nack for time saving tips which extends in to the beauty department.

With the cold weather, my hands always seem to get extra dry. Standard lotion just doesn’t do the trick. But I found a solution. If you’re willing to look a little goofy during your sleep I can guarantee soft moisturized hands by the time you wake up!

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!

All you need is a jar of petroleum jelly & old cotton gloves. (Use gloves not mittens.) Yes you can buy specialty gel filled spa gloves, but much to my excitement, I found my cheaper version works better!

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!I opted for my old Miami University red gloves that surprisingly don’t seem go with any of my dress coats :). Now I think of my alma mater any time my cuticles are getting bad.

Simply slather on petroleum jelly all over your hands, slip them in to your gloves and hit the hay! The gloves help hold in the moisture all throughout the night. You’ll have softer hands by the time your alarm goes off.

Wishing your beautiful soft hands and a good night sleep!

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!

 

 

 

Easy Overnight Hand Moisturizer that allows you to moisturize while you sleep! This is the ultimate beauty hack time saver!

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Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

I am NOT good in the kitchen. I repeat I’m good in the kitchen.  My husband jokingly reminds of ‘that one time’ when I couldn’t find prosciutto at Trader Joes so I bought a different type of cheese instead. Yes, you read that correctly. I thought prosciutto was cheese.  And yes, this was only a couple years ago.

But what I am a pro at is finding good dishes that save time, money & stress. And this breakfast casserole checks off all three. Plus it’s great for a brunch with friends or to make on a Sunday and portion out for breakfasts for the week ( = time saving during the week). And an extra time saving plus is that you compile the ingredients the night before and pop it in the oven in the morning. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Well, besides going out to a restaurant for brunch 🙂 , but that would be cheating.

So here goes…..

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

INGREDIENTS

  • 9 eggs
  • 9 slices of white bread (cut in to 1 inch chunks)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb bulk sausage (you can use chicken sausage) chopped up in 1/2 pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

DIRECTIONS

Mix eggs & milk in a large bowl. Add in bread, salt & dry mustard. Mix again. Finally add the cheese and sausage. Cover bowl and put in fridge overnight.

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

Wake up the next morning. Grab a coffee. Bake covered in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

TIPS

  • Try with different types of cheese! Anything you have in the fridge.
  • Replace white bread for French bread (I’ve even mixed in a couple left over hamburger buns).
  • For the last 10 minutes in the oven, I take off the cover and bake sans cover. My oven seems to bakes at odd temperatures. (or at least that’s the excuse I keep telling everyone 🙂 )

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

With all that extra time you save in the morning, grab yourself a mimosas!

Enjoy!

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

 

 

Overnight breakfast casserole with simple ingredients! It's a hit at brunch and easy to make! Try it this weekend and have leftovers all week!

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Free up space on your Iphone with these surprise 6 tricks that you're likely not doing YET! No need to delete ANY apps with these great tips!

Have you ever gotten this dreaded pop up on your Iphone right as you’re about to take a photo? If you’re anything like me, you then scrabble to try to delete any app that hasn’t been used recently or quickly remove some older photos where you didn’t look very good. By the time I free up space on my phone, the photo opt has likely passed.

Free up space on your Iphone with these surprise 6 tricks that you're likely not doing YET! No need to delete ANY apps with these great tips!

Getting frustrated that my ‘fixes’ were always temporary, I figured out what was taking up so much space on my phone. In-fact, I found 6.

Before I dig in to my 6 tips, you should find out what’s taking up the most space on YOUR phone. Simply go to the Settings app then go to General > Usage > Manage Storage.

You’ll see all your apps in order of the amount of space they’re taking up on your phone. For those apps that you don’t use enough to justify, DELETE!

1 Photos

It’s probably no surprise that photos tend to take up a LOT of space. So take a look at your most recent selfies and decide if you really need all the extras that didn’t make it to your facebook page. Yes it’s painful, but dwindle those photos down to the essentials.

You can also enable automatic uploading to Dropbox. Simply download the Dropbox app (yes, we’re trying to get rid of apps, but this one will be beneficial!) and either create an account or sign in, if you already have an account. Then select “enable camera upload”. Now moving forward all your photos will also download in to your Dropbox account as long as you keep the app on your phone. This means you can safely delete the photos on your phone to clear up space!

2 Do you take photos in HDR?

If you don’t, I highly recommend it. This feature allows you to take better quality photos from your iphone (HDR = high dynamic range). Just be aware that it is automatically set to save both versions of the photo (a plain one and a HDR one). To change this, simply go back to Settings > Photos  & Camera and deselect ‘Keep Normal Photo’.

3 Remove old Podcasts

Podcasts can take up a LOT of room on your phone and typically aren’t necessary to store once you’ve listened to them. “Serial” I’m looking at you! At the bottom of your podcast app will be the individual ones that you’ve already listened to. Just swipe left and select the red delete button.

4 Delete old text messages

I admit, sometimes I think it’s fun to look back through past text messages, but it’s doubtful that most really need to be saved. Yet, your text messages are auto set to never delete. To change this go to Settings > Messages. Under Keep Message, select 30 days or 1 year. 

5 Stop Photo Streaming

Photo stream automatically syncs your photos between your Apple devises. This means that any photos on your ipad will sync (and take up space) on your iphone. Unless you specifically need this feature often, you should turn it off. Go to Settings > Photos & Camera > My Photo Stream and turn it off. 

6 Clear your browser history

Browser history likely isn’t a main culprit of Iphone space, but you may be surprised how much it takes up. To clear your browser, go back up to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data.

Free up space on your Iphone with these surprise 6 tricks that you're likely not doing YET! No need to delete ANY apps with these great tips!

I hope this helps you free up space on your Iphone!

My you never be in a situation without enough space to snap a selfie again!

Free up space on your Iphone with these surprise 6 tricks that you're likely not doing YET! No need to delete ANY apps with these great tips! Free up space on your Iphone with these surprise 6 tricks that you're likely not doing YET! No need to delete ANY apps with these great tips!

 

 

 

Free up space on your Iphone with these surprise 6 tricks that you're likely not doing YET! No need to delete ANY apps with these great tips!

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Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

As the seasons change, it always seems like the right time to re-organize, re-fresh, re-clean.

Ummm..actually, who am I kidding. I do this daily. I don’t need a weather change as a prompt.

But our car was in need of some major cleaning out and organizing after a summer of road trips and camping. The first area I’m tackling is the trunk! I like to keep essentials in a nice organized manner in the event that ‘something’ happens. Hopefully I won’t need these items, but as the saying goes ‘better safe than sorry.’

 

Here are my top 10 trunk essentials 

Now let me explain my rational for each of these ….

1 Extra Blanket | I store an old blanket that doesn’t really match any of our bedrooms. It’s come in handy to use as an extra blanket camping and when we go to outdoor concerts. And in the event that we had a real emergency, it’s wise to have extra blankets available.

2 Several Garbage Bags | These have been really useful to prevent the car from getting dirty – putting our dirty boots in post hiking trip and transporting plants in from Home Depot. Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

3 Water & Food | I store two water bottles and a couple bags of nuts in the event that we need food or water. I’ve heard that it’s bad to keep plastic water bottles in a hot car for long periods of time. Yet in the event that we had a real emergency I figured that it would be better to have bad water than no water at all. We’ve also used the water for cleaning up spills.

4 Cleaning Spray & Paper Towels | With the amount of road trips that we take, we do a lot of eating in the car, thus lots of spills and crumbs. Cleaning supplies have come in handy quite often!

5 Extra Towel | It’s great to have as a buffer between the car seat and anything else. We’ve put them on the seats when we’ve had dogs in our car. These specifically came in handy after a canoeing trip when I felt out of the canoe and was soaking wet. (Which was my last canoeing trip)

6 First Aid Kit | I make sure it’s stocked with a lot of band-aids of different sizes, as I tend to get blisters easily. Especially with more outdoor summer activities!

7 Extra Grocery Bags | I can’t count the number of times on my hand when I went to the grocery store and forgot my plastic bags. Ugh. I always keep a couple in the trunk, just in case.

8 Flash Light | Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk! Believe it or not, I’ve actually used the flashlight for extra light to put on make-up in the car before going out to dinner. Obviously not the intended reason for the flashlight, but it did come in handy 🙂 .

9 Small Umbrella | I live in Seattle. No further explanation needed.

10 Trunk Organizer | This is the one I purchased to put all our items in. I love it and highly recommend it because: 1) it’cheap. 2) it can expand or shrink in size (we all know that trunk space is valuable so I love the options this organizer has). 3) it has Velcro on the bottom so it stays put! No worrying about things in the trunk moving around.

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

Any other essentials that you store in your trunk?

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

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Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!
I love when I can make something easily at my home that would typically cost me a fortune at a store. There’s a bunch of new fancy lip scrubs out on the market today and although I can be a sucker for a fun new product, this one is just so simple to make on my own!

This week’s Fast Fix Friday is an easy DIY lip scrub solution using stuff you already have at home. Right in time for the cold winter …. your dry lips will thank you!

All you need to make this diy lip scrub:

  1. Petroleum jelly
  2. Sugar
  3. Small jar with lid (or you could even use an old eye cream jar!)

Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

Mix (with your finger) equal parts of petroleum jelly and sugar in to the small jar. I typically fill the jar 2/3 full. (You can use a larger mixing bowl, as it will be easier to mix, but the petroleum jelly is kind of messy. I’d rather NOT have to clean a mixing bowl with petroleum jelly all over it!)

Use the scrub a couple times a week by applying the mixture with your fingers to your lips and scrub gently. Wash off with a washrag and dry with a towel. If you have any leftover on your fingers, use them to exfoliate your hands and nail cuticles!

Finally apply chap stick to keep them moisturized!

(and it’s another easy product to pop in your toiletry caddy!)

Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

 

 

Make a cheaper version of the fancy department store lip scrub with your own diy lip scrub with just 2 ingredients in less than 5 minutes!

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The last time I lived in a college dorm was my sophomore year of college, over 13 years ago. Starting my junior year, I moved to an off campus house with girlfriends and said goodbye to dorm life by throwing away my shower sandals & caddy in exchange for a bedroom without bunk-beds and a shower that wouldn’t cause foot fungus. Who would have thought over a decade later a shower caddy would be one of my best morning routine time savers?

So before I indulge you in explaining my seemingly juvenile bathroom accessory, let me assure you that I don’t still use shower shoes 🙂 .

The toiletry caddy idea originated after my husband and I purchased our first condo 5 years ago in Chicago. This was the first time that we lived in a two bathroom home. I typically wake up earlier during the weekdays and according to him I make A LOT of noise getting ready in our master bathroom. I offered to use the guest bedroom in the morning, but our guest bathroom was super small and didn’t have drawers for all my toiletries. I ended up making MORE noise each morning trekking my toiletries from our master bath to the guest bath. Poor Joe couldn’t get any sleep in the mornings.

So I started throwing all my toiletries in an extra shower caddy …..

shower caddy

Here’s what you need to make your own shower caddy organizer:

Since you can’t create a toiletry caddy without a caddy, that will be your first step. Mine is so old that I can’t find it online anywhere, but here, here and here are a couple good options. My preference is plainer the better as I find that too many compartments and gadgets sometimes make organizing HARDER!

Next pull out all your toiletries that you use on a daily basis. (I’m not talking about the super hold hairspray that you only use on a Saturday night.) Put all your day-to-day toiletries in a row from most used to least used, left to right. (this isn’t 100% necessary, but it IS kind of entertaining). In the event that you don’t have room for everything, those items on the right won’t make it in the caddy. And I’ll admit it. Toothbrush wasn’t the furthest left for me 🙁 .

shower caddy

Remember all those make up bags you get with your free gift at department stores? Put them to use by storing your makeup inside!

shower caddy

Same thing for cotton balls & q-tips.

shower caddyshower caddy

For any of my toiletries that are rather large (mouthwash, I’m looking at you), I transferred in to smaller Container Store clear container. For the mouthwash I went for a tall narrow container in order to optimize the most room in my caddy. The small white one? Baby powder ( = my version of dry shampoo). Take a look back up at the photo of all my toiletries to see how often I use it 🙂 .

Now all you need to do is make a little room under your sink to store your shower caddy once you’re finished getting ready in the morning!

shower caddy

Note that I don’t put my straightener, curling iron or hair dryer in my caddy. I just don’t use these everyday and don’t have room.

The benefits of using the shower caddy:

  • I can easily transfer to any of our bathrooms to get ready in (I HATE sharing a bathroom in the morning)
  • All my toiletries that I need are right in front of me (therefore no sifting through drawers)
  • It makes me reduce the number of random products that I use in the morning
  • Storage is easy underneath any bathroom sink cabinets



shower caddy

 

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