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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DIY Shoe Deodorizers



These shoes - a simple, unassuming pair shoes - are some of my absolute favorites.


They are insanely comfortable, even when worn all day, and while they're a bit on the casual side, they still look okay enough for office attire.

I've paired them with dress pants, leggings, skirts, jeans...pretty much anything and everything.

There's just one problem - after awhile, they began to stink.

A lot.

Like, so much that when I took them off after the workday, the smell lingered in my room for quite some time. I tried a few different sprays/powders, hoping that would kill the scent and whatever odor causing issue there might be. It would work for awhile, but then the smell was right back.  

I actually debated just buying another pair of shoes, and downgrading my current pair to a lesser shoe status. But then I started thinking, and decided to try making my own shoe deodorizer, and see what happened. After all, what was there to lose?

Here's what I used:

Coffee filters ($1)
Rubber bands ($1)
Baking Soda ($1)
Coffee (prepackaged sticks were 5 for $1, the can was $3)

I purchased the majority of the items at the dollar store, and it was after making the first batch that I realized the coffee 'sticks' (the prepackaged amounts you simply add to water) were just not going to be enough. So I went back to the store and purchased a larger can.
(Also, I grabbed a box of baking soda that said "do not open top". Don't tell me what to do, baking soda. >.<)

From here, it's pretty simple. Take two coffee filters, add some baking soda and coffee to each, twist closed, secure with rubber band, and boom! Done.
 
I used roughly two spoonfuls of baking soda and coffee in each of the deodorizers I made the first time, and it was a bit much. The second batch I used about a spoon and a half, and it worked much better.

I did find that the darker roast coffee, having a stronger scent, works much better for deodorizing. It is pretty strong, though, and it will make your shoes smell a bit like coffee, so if it's too strong, feel free to use a lighter roast. It will still work.


Once your deodorizers are made, just pop them into your shoes and let them sit. I usually leave mine in overnight, at the very least.


I've been using these for about a week or so now, and can tell a HUGE difference in my shoes already. There's a very faint smell still, but I'm pretty confident that it won't be around much longer. My shoes smell more like coffee now than anything...and that's definitely not a bad thing. :)
 
Hope you enjoyed! 


Monday, February 6, 2017

The Story of Ser Sandy

This is Sandy. 


Well, his FULL name (in the style of Game of Thrones) is Ser Sandy Phineas D----, the first of his name, eater of foods and crier at windows.  
But generally we just stick with Sandy. 

In September of last year, this little furball just randomly showed up at my workplace, looking quite pitiful. He was so skinny you could see his ribs, and you could tell he'd been on his own for awhile.









My coworkers and I quickly decided that we couldn't let the little guy go hungry. 
So naturally, he began to hang around more. He'd come by a few times a day to visit and grab some food, and then he'd vanish. 


There was initially an on-going debate about whether or not the cat was a male or female, which is how I suggested calling him Sandy, since it would work either way. 
And the name stuck!

We started letting him inside the office to roam around, and even started letting him stay in the basement when it started getting colder (the boss was completely on board, by the way!). He started filling out, he was getting attention, and all seemed to be going well.


We had hoped to make him a permanent office cat, but Sandy..well, he's loud. Very loud. And when he wanted to go outside, instead of hanging with us, he made it very well known.
Not only that, but the other resident office cat, Sally, absolutely detested him. 

So ultimately, the boss decided that Sandy would either need a home, or he would be going to the Humane Society. And I was crushed. 

But! As it turns out, my parents took pity, and agreed that I could bring the little furball home.

Napping in my office
Sandy was happy enough when I brought him home, and he got along great with Pepper, my dog. I let him stay overnight in the basement, and then because he was so determined to get back outside, I let him out. 

And he promptly vanished. 

For almost three days. 

I won't lie, I was devastated. I was terrified something had happened to him, or he'd run away, or something equally as horrifying. I looked for him every day, and left food out, hoping he would find his way back. 

And then, one night I went outside to check the bowl of food, and there was a bit less in it. I remarked that something had been there to eat, and I heard it. A faint little meow from the yard. I went running back outside and there was Sandy! He was sitting at the edge of the yard looking quite pitiful, but he came running as soon as he heard me. 

I kept him inside for a few days after that, until he got more adjusted in his new home. I still let him outside, of course, but I stayed with him each time and would bring him back in with me.


The good news is that he hasn't run away since then. There's been a few nights he's stayed out, but he's never been gone as long as he was that first time. 

But there's been an interesting development. Sandy has now decided that he prefers to stay INSIDE rather than out!
And rather than crying to get out...he now cries to get in. >.<
"Hooman pls."
Sandy typically comes inside at night to eat, and to lounge around in the basement, where his bed and all his toys are. That's likely part of the reason he doesn't want to go back outside, because the inside has all the good stuff, haha!
He's a big fan of cuddles. And selfies.
His favorite spot is on my lap. As soon as I sit down he plops himself down and purrs SO loudly. He's the most affectionate cat I've ever had!

And I've discovered he is a huge fan of catnip spray.
"Heyyyyyy hooman..."
As you can tell from the photos, Sandy has filled out considerably since September. He's even got a little tummy pooch going on now, but it's adorable.

He knows what time I get home from work, and he's usually waiting for me somewhere around the house when I pull in. Most of the time he'll come to greet me (and to try to sneak inside, too). 
He was on the roof of my car here, and stuck his head in my car when I opened the door.
So now you've all been "officially" introduced to Ser Sandy, the crazy little stray cat who showed up out of nowhere and somehow became a very special part of my life. 

I've already shared a few photos of him here prior to this post, but you can definitely expect more photos and stories of this little furball in the future.


I'll keep you posted on whether or not he ever learns to open doors. ;)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Review: Angel Glow Ring Hair Mask


I may have a new addiction. Korean beauty products. 
And how, you might ask yourself, does a gal in rural North Carolina end up addicted to such a random thing? 
I've recently gotten into watching a YouTube channel of a husband & wife who lived in Korea, and are now living in Japan. (Simon & Martina, if you're curious). She reviewed a few products by Etude House on their channel, and my interests were piqued. 

I wound up buying some Etude House products from Amazon, and fell in love. THEN, I discovered that Ulta stores carry the TonyMoly brand (although its crazy expensive there), and the addiction began.  Most (not all) of the products are way cheaper on Amazon, so I highly recommend buying them there if you can. However, some things aren't available, or the shipping takes forever. But if you can find one for a good price with decent shipping - win! 

On a recent shopping trip with my cousin, we visited an Ulta that had a great selection of TonyMoly products, and I couldn't resist buying a few that I hadn't seen before. The Angel Glow Ring Hair Mask was one of them. And at $4.75, it wasn't too expensive of a purchase. 

I gave it a whirl whilst snowed in last weekend, and thought I would share my thoughts on it here.
 So here we go! 

The packaging on all the Korean products I've bought so far are an added bonus - it's all just so cute!

There are two steps to using the mask. After shampooing your hair, you massage the 'hair treatment' (located in the smaller portion of the 'wing') onto your hair. Its a very thick conditioner with these weird random gold specks in it. I should have gotten a photo of it, but trying to get it out of the package and onto my hair...was a bit messy.  

I should probably mention - I cut the two sections of the package apart for easier use. It helped, but not much. 

The treatment cream smelled nice, but VERY strong and VERY perfume-y. That was a bit of a turn off, honestly. I expected it to have some scent, but it was extremely strong.  

The next step is to put your hair in the cap, which contains 'essence', and massage. It was pretty comical, trying to get all my newly treated strands INTO the cap, but I managed!

So super sexy.

Let me pause a moment to say this - this hair cap smelled kinda bad. I'm not sure if it was the essence or just the cap itself, but it had a weird smell. It smelled even worse when mixed with the perfume-y treatment cream. 

But I soldiered on! 

I massaged my scalp like the instructions said, and then left the cap on for about 20 minutes (the instructions said 15-20). Once the time was up, I rinsed my hair well (the treatment made some very interesting bubbles in the sink!). 

After combing through my hair again, I could already tell a difference. My hair felt smoother and softer, even when wet. There also seemed to be less frizz action. The smell lingered, much to my dismay.


I let my hair air dry for about an hour or so, and then used a blow dryer to finish it up. I could tell a huge difference in my hair then. It definitely felt softer, and there was a noticeable difference in the amount of frizz. My hair was also a bit less 'poofy' than it normally is after blow drying.

Yes, this is the less poofy look.
Finally, I used my flat iron, just like I would on a normal day. It took much less work to smooth out my hair, and actually, I probably could have either skipped the flat iron altogether, or just focused on the ends. But since I was snowed in anyway, that was neither here nor there.


However! My hair was super soft, even if it did sort of smell like a funeral home.
(Have I mentioned I didn't like the smell yet? XD)


It was so soft I couldn't stop touching it all day. 
And just so you're aware - the smell lasted all day too. 

I washed my hair as usual the next morning, and the mask seemed to have some lingering effects. My hair still felt softer and smoother, though much of the heaviness (and the smell!) had gone.

My final verdict? 
I liked the mask process (pampering yourself is fun!), and the effect it had on my hair (so soft!). I would do a few things differently, should I do it again, but overall I enjoyed it. But the scent was a massive turn off, and I don't think I would be willing to pay for this product again, knowing that the scent is so strong and stays all day. 
I would definitely be willing to try another TonyMoly hair product, however, based on the results of this one. 

Have you used this mask, or others like it? Leave me a comment describing your experience!
Also - did you enjoy this review? Would you like to see more? Let me know, and I'll write more reviews of my TonyMoly and Etude House products!

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow!

We ended up getting roughly nine inches of snow Friday night/Saturday morning. It was (and still is) so very beautiful...but so very cold!

Sandy was having any of it, and point blank refused to go outside. Little stinker.




All in all, it was a fun weekend. Finished up a crochet project I had abandoned, ate lots of delicious foods (including snow cream!), and tried out some of my Korean beauty treatments. I plan to review a few of those, so be on the lookout. There's some crochet goodness coming as well, so watch for those too.

Have a great week! :)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from:

- Pepper




-Sandy




- And me!

YouTube Video


Hope you have (or have had) a lovely Christmas! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

25 Days of Christmas Songs (A Musical Countdown)

Hello all! Sorry about the random period of silence there - December is such a hectic month, and there have been so many things happening that it has been hard to keep up with anything. 

BUT HERE I AM.

Over on Facebook, I've been doing a little Christmas Music Countdown, posting one of my favorite Christmas tunes every day (or sometimes two a day, if I forget to post it. Ahem.). It's been enjoyable, for me at least, and so I thought I would compile the list to share here. I haven't posted all of these to Facebook yet, but as there are only about two days until Christmas, I thought it couldn't hurt. 

All songs will have be linked to the YouTube version for your listening pleasure.

  1.  Barenaked Ladies ft Sarah McLachlan - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
  2. the bird and the bee - Carol of the Bells
  3. The Eels - Christmas Is Going to the Dogs  
  4. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  5. The Civil Wars - O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  6. Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run
  7. The Eagles - Please Come Home for Christmas
  8. The Hot Hearts - In the Bleak Midwinter
  9. Owl City - Peppermint Winter
  10. Jeremy Camp - God With Us
  11. Matt Pond PA - Holiday Road
  12. Mannheim Steamroller - Joy to the World 
  13. Thurl Ravenscroft - You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch
  14. The Piano Guys ft. Plácido Domingo - Silent Night
  15. Veggie Tales - Oh Santa
  16. Andrea Bocelli - Angels We Have Heard on High
  17. The Drifters - White Christmas
  18. Go Fish - Away in a Manger/Beautiful Savior
  19. Zee Avi - Frosty the Snowman
  20. Peter Hollens - What Child is This
  21. Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters - Mele Kalikimaka
  22. John Denver & The Muppets - 12 Days of Christmas
  23. Michael Buble ft The Puppini Sisters - Jingle Bells
  24. Celtic Woman - O Holy Night
  25. Go Fish - Its About the Cross
Happy Listening!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, from me and my new little turkey, Sandy!



Hope you all have a wonderful day! Don't eat too much!!