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!
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!
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!
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:
- Petroleum jelly
- Small jar with lid (or you could even use an old eye cream jar!)
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!)
Apparently the amount of coffee I drink doesn’t correlate to the frequency that I clean my coffee maker. Even though I drink about a pot a day (I know, it’s gross), the last time I cleaned my coffee pot was over a year ago (yes, that’s even grosser). I remember that because when I cleaned it, I used vinegar. Super popular and there’s about a zillion Pinterest pins about it. Unfortunately for me, even though I rinsed and rinsed, the vinegar smell and taste lingered for days in my coffee maker. I thought I’d have to wait days until I drank another cup of coffee… and then I remembered I live in Seattle, the home of coffee, literally on every block.
But what I did learn that I won’t use vinegar again.
Fortunately there’s another solution, and as you guessed ….. it can be done in 5 minutes!
All you need is:
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup baking soda
Pour baking soda in to the coffee pot full of water. Mix with a spoon. With your coffee maker turned on, pour the baking soda water through the coffee maker and run the coffee maker as normal (minus a coffee filter). Once its finished running, pour the hot baking soda water back in the tank and run through the process two more times.
Then use a sponge or rag to clean out the inside of the coffee pot with the baking soda water still inside (the baking soda will help remove the coffee residue more easily).
Dump out the baking soda water, rinse and add fresh water to the coffee pot. Pour in the lemon juice and run through the coffee maker one last time.
TADA! Coffee maker cleaned! No vinegar smelling coffee maker, no running to Starbucks needed.
To celebrate, I made a cup (errr… pot) of coffee. Caffeinated Lindsay = happy.