Monday, January 19th ~ Friday, January 23rd
Cinnamon Oatmeal Milk Bath
(Not for Human Consumption)
Place 1 c. powdered milk, 1/2 c. baking soda, 1/2 c. finely ground oatmeal, 2 tsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. cream of tartar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in food processor and process to combine. Put in clean tightly covered, moisture-proof container. It will keep indefinitely.
To use: add about 1/2 c. of mixture to full tub of warm water.
Home Hair Hydrating Mask
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
Mash banana until smooth; blend in honey and vinegar. Apply to clean, damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. Follow up with an application of your daily conditioner for extra TLC.
2 (15 oz.) bottles baby lotion
1 (8 oz.) jar Vitamin E cream
7 1/2 oz. jar Vaseline
3 oz. jar Aloe Vera gel (not green)
Cut top off baby lotion bottle one third of the way down. (This makes it easier to remove the lotion). Mix all ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer. Blend well. Store in airtight container. (Empty Vaseline jar, etc.)
You can purchase these items at the Dollar Store or Dollar General.
CLEVER USES FOR TEA
ZAP ODORS. Stash a few cinnamon, peppermint or lemon tea bags in your car or closet to keep area smelling pleasant
KEEP PLANTS HEALTHY. Tea contains small amounts of nitrogen which acts as fertilizer. Bury loose bags just below the surface and the nutrients from the tea will transfer to the soil.
REDUCE REDNESS. Fill a spritzer bottle with cooled black or green tea and lightly spray it on your freshly washed face. Let air dry. Antioxidants in tea will soothe dry, irritated skin.
CLEAN YOUR FIREPLACE. Sprinkle a cup or two of recently steeped loose tea leaves over cooled pit before you sweep up the ashes. The wet leaves will cling to the cinders and deter them from flying all over the room as you brush them into the dustpan.
Fill a dirty pot or pan with hot water and drop in a few used tea bags to soak overnight. Tea’s tannic acid helps lift off grease so cleaning is easy.
SAGES School "TREES ROCK" Video Contest
Issac Glewen, Jack Knueppel, and Daniel Wilcom are 5th grade students from S.A.G.E.S, school in Fox Lake
Their video is one of 10 finalists in a national contests sponsored by SCOTTIES Tissues.
They need YOUR help in order to win $10,000 for their school. Check out their video and vote for them at
You can vote daily now through February 6th.
TIP OF THE WEEK
A pinch of salt and 1 Tbsp. water 1 egg will help thin the wash and make it easier to apply. Avoid brushing onto the sides of flaky dough, such as puff pastry, biscuits and scones, since the egg can bind the layers together preventing the dough from rising properly. If you are out of eggs, milk or even water in a pinch will help promote at least some browning.
Eucalyptus Oil: when you’re congested. Boil 1 quart of water; let cool slightly; pour it into a bowl. Add 4 drops of oil, drape a towel over your head; lean over steam, inhaling for 10-15 minute.
Peppermint Oil: if you have a tension headache
Lavender Oil; when you’re feeling stressed. Add 4-6 drops to a warm bath or mix the oil with water in a spray bottle to mist into the air.