I LOVE my job, but working at a coffeehouse fond of cheesy humor and full of small-time musicians and future cosmetologists as employees has its drawbacks. This Thursday is the first monthly THEME DAY at my work, and it's CIRCUS DAY. That means I have to have a complete costume. I have NO idea what to be (someone else is already going to be a lion, and someone else the ringmaster, and someone else a mime), but I want it to be relatively cute/sexy and not too embarassing. I need something I can sew up/ fashion from things I have already in the next couple of days.
I know my sewing is guerilla style, but I have made the absolute BEST set of pads! After trying all sorts of different patterns and figuring out that they weren't for me.. The ones with the inserts that go inside stay wet all day (ick), the one-piece ones are way too bulky, etc... I figured out how to make an awesome, Lunapads-style pad that's thin, super-comfy and very absorbent!
I remove the top insert and replace it during the day. Each insert is made from 3-4 layers of terrycloth wrapped in cozy red flannel, but I'd recommend making more, thinner inserts than that because they dry more quickly in the dryer. The elastic is just a ponytail holder cut in half, but you could use something fancier! I just safety pin 'em on, but you could use snaps if you want! Check out my rock'n'roll menstrual gear... There's no pink flowers here :-D
I had this awful scalp thing goin' on, and I kept trying things that people said would cure flakes... like apple cider vinegar, which made my hair smell TERRIBLE. Finally, I came up with this quick scrub and now my scalp is healthy and the dandruff and gross stuff on my scalp is GONE! Voila...
1/2 C. sea salt (or any kind of salt, if you want) 1/4 C. olive oil 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional, for yummy smell) the juice of 1/2 lemon 10-20 drops of grapefruit seed extract (some dandruff is caused by a yeast-type infection on the scalp, this helps kill those bugs)
Mix ingredients up- I used an old jar that I put everything in and then shook it up. Use enough olive oil to make it the consistency you want. Get in the shower and wet your hair. Get the scrub on your fingertips, move your hair out of the way as you go and SCRUB your scalp all over. Don't miss any spots! Now, rinse it out. Your hair will seem kinda oily from the olive oil, so give it a good wash and scrub your scalp with your regular shampoo.
Woo! Now your hair should be beautiful and flake-free. You can also use the stuff on your skin to make it super-soft, but don't use it on sensitive or broken skin. My hands were kinda broken out from washing them 1,000 times a day at work, and the scrub STUNG on them! Be careful!
I'm not sure how long this will last, but I don't see any reason you couldn't put it in a pretty jar with a ribbon and give it as a skin scrub for a gift! It's super-cheap, especially compared to those fancy scrubs at places like the body shop!
Good luck! :-) Let me know if anyone else uses it/likes it!
yeah, id try cutting out sugar and caffeine, which are both major stimulants.
i have anxiety as well, what helps me is doing yoga and deep breathing exercises, listening to calming music, and, if i really need it, i take an herbal med called herbal slumber, which is valerian, chamomile and melatonin.
i read an article about these in my anthropology class. it was very interesting.. moms of nursery school kids spend hours on the lunch boxes and make everything so neat and petite and easy to eat... the article said that the moms spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about how good of a job they do making them.