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  • Happy Friday! It's almost the weekend and on the agenda (hopefully) is making a new batch of body care products. I mix or make most of my own hair and body care products. For various reasons that I'll share below.


  • Money saving aside, I like knowing as much as I can about what is going into & onto my body. Head to toe. I can't go to Ghana to watch them process the Shea butter, that I purchased from my local health food store. Or go to the coconut fields in the Philippines, to watch them hack coconuts from the tree, which makes the coconut oil that I use on a daily basis. But researching and then trusting my sources is a great start to know where and how the products that I use came to be.


  • After a lifetime of allergic reactions and food elimination, something that smells sweet and flowery is not worth it to me. I have very allergic skin, therefore I don't put any old product on it. Having a rash on my scalp, body or face is not worth, the latest product that everyone is raving about. So I make my own clay hair wash, hair conditioner, and body oils, which I try to source from around the globe. When I buy the occasional cosmetic, I try to purchase products that are cruelty free and less toxic. I don't know if any commercial make-up is totally toxic free, but there are some better options out there.
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA great tip that I use to remember which commercial products are cruelty-free, less toxic, or organic/natural, is to use the blank side of a business card. I use them to write down "safe" companies/products. They fit right into the credit card slot of my wallet. If I'm unsure of a product or company, I pop out my card to double check. This saves me time, so I don't have to return a product, that I'm not comfortable using.
  • Using home-made or less toxic products may take a little more time in the beginning but the savings on your wallet, health, and the environment make it worthwhile in the end.


Do you make any body care products or do you find it not worth it, with the amount of natural products on store shelves?

Song of the Day: Why Don't We Fall In Love - All I Have, Amerie, 2002. Watch Why Don't We Fall In Love. (Links may not work in all countries. All videos belong to the artist/corporation. Song link is an affiliate link.)

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My view for the first week. As bored as this picture is boring.
My view for the first week. As bored as this picture is boring.
  • It's been an interesting week-plus. I hurt my back pretty severely pulling up my pajama bottoms. Not over-extending in yoga. Not lifting a heavy box. Not running a 10k. Nope, just getting ready for bed. Dr said it could take up to 6 weeks before I feel normal or close to normal again.

For someone who lives with daily pain, this is a new type of pain, that I wouldn't wish on an enemy. My pain tolerance is pretty high, but this is kicking my butt!

I'm not thrilled. I'm restless. I hate not being able to do what I want with my body, for the most part.  I hate the limitations that my back is putting on the rest of my body. Having to get help with bathing, dressing, getting in & out of bed is for the dogs. Although I am now able to manage my own self-care. It just takes me longer. I hate feeling dependent on others. It really irks me.

I swear I was getting depressed in the first 5 days or so because I felt like a useless lump and a burden who was bothering people. But I had to get over that and suck it up. I will get better, it'll just take time.

Each day that passes is getting better. Especially since I'm using what the Dr prescribed. There is no sense in suffering if I don't have to. I try not to use pain meds, but this is the exception. Bonus, when I'm sleepy I have a great excuse to go for as many naps as I like. It won't last forever, so I'm going to enjoy this freedom while I can.

I really miss taking pictures, although it's been so hot this week, I wouldn't have stayed outside for long. There's a new crop of flowers in the garden and I'm missing it all.


Kai the cat is bored and mopey. Trying to engage me in play & not interested in eating, if I don't feed her. Which I was only able to do on Thursday morning. Modified eating, on the stairs. Great that she's so bonded to me, not so great if I have to go away for a long period of time.

Blurry eating, my hands aren't that steady

Trying not to whinge, because it could be worse. It could be a skeletal injury instead of muscular. I could need surgery instead of time and rest. So I have to suck it up and be thankful.

Lessons Learned/Things To Be Thankful For

  • Be thankful for help, when it's given, offered, & available.
  • We always want more time to think, relax or just do nothing. A wonky back is not the best of circumstances, but I have it, so I'll use it.
  • Time to catch up on reading, pod-casts, audio books and simple knitting/crochet projects.

Any tips on getting through the boredom until I have my mobility back?

Song of the Day:Got 'Til It's Gone - The Velvet Rope Janet Jackson, 2006. Watch Got 'Til It's Gone. (Links may not work in all countries. Song link, is an affiliate link.)

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Till next time,