Just found this post from Mrs. Accountability about using baking soda and vinegar on her hair. I’m excited to start doing this myself. I’ve made a lot of changes in personal hygiene over the last few years. I only wash my hair every third day, and I switched to chemical free shampoo a year or so ago, but dang is it every expensive. I switched to vinegar as a conditioner around the same time, and I’m excited to use baking soda instead of shampoo now. I gave up all my normal body lotions too, and switched to just plain organic cocoa butter, which I love. I use baking soda and vinegar to clean just about everything in my house – why not my hair? Thanks for the tip, Mrs. A!
And here’s a post from Money Blue Book that reminded me of a recent car problem I had… A few days ago I drove to a nearby town to meet a friend for lunch. My car spends most of its time in the garage (I’ve driven it 1900 miles in the last 9 months), but lunch was about 15 miles away, so I drove. On my way home – luckily only about three miles from home – I heard a clunking noise and pulled over. I was bummed to see that the pipe going from my engine to the muffler had broken and the muffler was only supported on the tailpipe side, and clunking rather noisily along the ground on the other side. Not good. The muffler was too hot to touch, and I obviously couldn’t keep going with it dragging on the ground. I didn’t have a cell phone with me, and all I could think about was that my baby was going to start getting hungry pretty soon, and his only food source was under my shirt, by the side of the road, three miles from home. So I dug around in the car and found an old sock that we had been using to wipe the dipstick when we check the oil. I was able to use that to keep from burning myself when I held the muffler up. Then I found an old pair of boxer shorts that had been turned into a rag (not sure why they were in my car, but I’m glad they were). I tore the shorts to make a rope, and used it to tie the muffler up to a bracket on the underside of the car. It was pretty sketchy – I could see the shorts straining under the weight of the muffler, and I could only get the end of the muffler about 2 inches off the ground. But it would have to do. I got back in and drove – very slowly – home. I’m sure I provided a good deal of entertainment to the people driving behind me (“are those boxer shorts holding up her muffler? – I wonder if she knows about it?!”). My brother has offered to come over and help us replace the broken pipe later this week, for which I’m very grateful. Because while the boxer shorts were a huge help, they’re probably not the best long-term solution.