I couldn’t believe when those commercials for Latisse started showing up on television. If you aren’t familiar with Latisse – you are missing out on one of modern medicine’s major breakthroughs. Not a cure for MS or dementia or cancer. But a medication to ‘grow longer, thicker eyelashes.’
Talk about devoting resources to solve a major problem. But I see where the company is coming from. There’s plenty of money in beauty. So I’m not going to knock it. But I’m also not going to buy it.
One of my friends actually used Latisse and her lashes were gorgeous! So it got me thinking that I might want to do something about my scrawny eyelashes. However she paid around $120 for a 30 day supply! No ma’am, not this frugal gal.
This got my DIY wheels spinning for a less expensive and of course, natural, way to grow my eyelashes. I know from tips on growing the hair on your head that castor and sweet almond oils are proven natural products that can increase hair growth. Essential oils like
rosemary and lavender are also know to help with hair growth. But putting essential oils that close to your eye is not a good idea.
The formula I came up with is very simple: mix 1 tsp Castor oil, 1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil and 1 tsp Vitamin E oil. Apply the serum to lashes each night with a brow brush, leave on overnight and wash off in the morning.
Note: Always do a skin test prior to use. Discontinue if any adverse reactions (skin, rash, redness, swelling, eye irritation, etc) occur.
I used Vitamin E oil from capsules. Simply break them and pour the contents out. It took 7 capsules to get 1 tsp of oil. Store the mixture in a dark glass container in a cool dark place and discard any unused portion after 4 weeks.
I’ve been using it for a few days now and haven’t noticed any change yet. But I am optimistic. I also started applying it to my brows as well. You can see from the above photo they need some help too. I will post an after photo in a few weeks to see if it worked. Hopefully I won’t have grown a unibrow or something worse.
Recently I had hardwood floors installed in my condo. That was my first large home improvement project since buying the place 2 years ago. When I moved in, there was ratty old beige carpet with scratches and frays from the previous owner’s dog. Also there was always a weird, not bad, but weird smell in the condo. Once the old carpet was removed the smell vanished with it. Added bonus!
My Fascist condo association requires if we install hardwood floor to cover 75% of it with rugs. Womp womp! What’s the point of having beautiful floors if you have to cover them. But I’m a good little owner and complied-ish. I covered about 40%. I already had one throw rug in front of the sofa and I bought another to put under my television stand. Being the frugal person the new rug was very inexpensive but cute.
Ain’t it cute!?! BUT being so cheap it did not have non-slip backing on it and I was afraid it would slide around and scratch my lovely new floors.
So I looked online and in stores for rug backers. But the prices in my opinion were high for something that would never been seen. So I got to thinking about what I could use in place of a formal rug backer. Then I remembered what some of my ingenious Occupational Therapy colleagues have used at work to stop things from sliding around — Dycem! If you are not familiar with Dycem imagine if Fruit Roll-ups were plastic. It’s a plastic material that’s sticky on both sides and is magically reusable a million times before it loses it’s stick. It even comes in rolls like Fruit Roll-ups.
But Dycem has about or even a higher cost than rug backers. So a cheap alternative some Occupational Therapists use is shelf liner. The rubbery waffle pattern kind. Not the one that’s like wallpaper with a pattern on one side. I found it at Target in the kitchenware section for around $6.
I chose to not cover the entire back of the rug with the shelf liner. Stretching my buck. I simply cut rectangles for each corner of the throw rug and two in the middle. Use the ridges on the shelf liner to cut straight lines.
Apply glue to the liner cut outs and adhere to the rug. Allow it to dry with the rug upside down for several hours or overnight. The glue will come through the holes slightly when wet so definitely allow it to dry completely before flipping it over.
And you’re done. Easy DIY project.
All that work and I put it under my TV stand so it’s definitely not moving around. Oh well this was a fun little project.
In reality the pre-made rug backers for sale are not that expensive. But there’s something therapeutic about re-purposing an item.
As I said in a previous post I would post some kettlebell exercises. I bought the kettlebell from Amazon.com a few months ago to improve my ‘home gym.’ By home gym I mean two 10 lb dumbbells, one 15 lb dumbbell, a foam roller and a jump rope. I also purchased the foam roller and jump rope from Amazon and the dumbbells are from Sports Authority. I liked Sports Authority for my exercise equipment and workout clothes because of their League rewards program. This program was similar to most rewards programs where you earn points for each dollar you spend and you receive a reward once you have reached 100 points. They would also give out rewards for your birthday or for no reason at all. But sadly Sports Authority is going out of business and has discontinued the League rewards program. Silver lining though–that means a Going Out of Business sale. Right now the highest markdown is 30%. You know I already checked it out, not purchasing anything but plotting future buys when the percentage off increases. I am waiting on 50% off or more. The kettlebells only have 10% off now and plenty left so hopefully I can cop a lighter one later at a good price to expand my home gym. I am hoping less frugal shoppers don’t pounce too soon on the sale and buy all the good stuff before the markdown increases.
So back to the kettlebell exercises. As I mentioned in this post the 40 lb bell is a little heavy for me so I’ve been doing simpler exercises where I can keep proper form and not injure myself. Here are three of my favorite exercises to do with the kettlebell. If you don’t have a kettlebell these can easily be completed with a dumbbell or with no weight at all for a great body weight workout. I’ll do a short circuit of 5 rounds of 8 repetitions of each exercise since this weight is a little heavier. With a lighter weight I would do 3 rounds of 10-12 repetitions.
1. Goblet Squats
Hold the kettlebell up against your chest, feet slightly wider than shoulder width and squat down until your hips are slightly below your knees. Make sure your knees stay in line with your feet (not collapsing inward or widening out beyond your feet) and don’t go past your feet. Pause at the bottom then press through your feet and stand up squeezing those glutes as you come up.
2. Single Leg Deadlift
Hold the kettlebell (or dumbbell) at your side in one hand with feet under your hips. Keeping your back straight and knee slightly bent, hinge forward at the hips keeping back straight and kicking the leg on the side opposite the kettlebell up behind you. Lower the kettlebell toward the ground until your back and your swing leg are parallel to the floor. Then return to the starting position.
3. Russian Kettlebell Swings
Hold the kettlebell with both hands, feet wider than shoulder width and squat down keeping your back straight pushing your hips back. Generate momentum by thrusting the bell backward between your legs then quickly straighten your hips and knees squeezing your glutes and quads while the bell swings upward in front of you at eye level (I like to be able to see underneath of the kettlebell as a cue for proper height). Then allow the bell to fall back down between your legs with your hips and knees bent. Utilize some of the momentum to swing the bell forward again. Do not allow the bell to stop in between repetitions but control the kettlebell throughout the full swing.
Be sure not to hyperextend your spine at the top of the kettlebell swing. I am borderline hyperextending in the photo above. Give these a try and let me know what you think in the comment section.
Have you ever worked out with a kettlebell before?