Pinterest – how do I love thee? Like my dog loves bacon. Seriously. There are so many really cool ideas on there for saving time, money or natural resources. I just wish I had the time or energy to try them all out. I’ve been a little busy around here to post about the pins I’ve tried individually, so I’m going to do a few all together. As always, you can click on the pictures to be taken to the original website from which it was pinned (unless that pin goes nowhere, in which case I don’t include it, or it goes back to Pinterest).
First up – Trash Container for your car. My daughter likes to keep her car clean (unlike me, who could probably survive a week broken down somewhere in the desert with all the stuff that is in mine), and needed something a little better than just a plastic bag to keep car trash in. So, she saw a pin that showed a plastic cereal container used as a car trash can. I was going to post the picture from Pinterest, but every single link from this picture was bogus. So, here it is in action in her car.
We just used one of the cereal containers that we weren’t using anymore and added a Walmart plastic bag for a liner, and voila – the perfect way to store trash that looks neat, stays in place and since the lid snaps, keeps the car from smelling like whatever is in there. Although you can’t see it, she put a big piece of velcro on the bottom of the container so it won’t bang around the car and become a hazard. It is working out perfectly for her.
Okay, so the next pin is…
The idea is to fill a clear bag with water, put a penny inside and hang it in the places that you have problems with flies. Apparently, flies don’t like the reflection of light on the bag, so they stay away. We seem to have a fly problem around our trash cans, which is pretty common because flies are attracted to stinky things. So, I hung a bag above our trash can area, and low and behold, it did seem to keep the flies away! Way cool! It doesn’t seem to work much past that area, so I guess I’ll have to hang some more if I want the flies to stay away from all the areas we spend time in. (I will add a picture of ours in place tomorrow)
Third on the list – Baking Soda and Coconut oil as a face wash. Again, the original pin goes nowhere, which I didn’t know when I pinned it.
It looks like they use both of the ingredients mixed together as a wash, and I can’t say I’ve ever tried it that way. But I do use them separately and have for a while. I use the baking soda, mixed with a little water, straight out of the container for a face scrub. It’s gentle, yet supper effective, at making my skin feel soft and smooth when I am done. I usually do this a few times a week. I have tried many different kinds of scrubs, but this one is my favorite, not to mention the cheapest. Some people have pinned pins saying they add milk or orange juice, but I have tried both ways and I don’t see any additional benefits to adding either of those to the baking soda. Just plain water works great.
And I use coconut oil to moisturize my face and my body. It is hands down the best thing I have ever used as a moisturizer. I love it because I don’t break out from it, as I do with just about every other moisturizer I’ve tried. And it is intense without feeling heavy and gross. When I get out of the shower, I put a little on my face, my elbows and rub my hands through my hair to keep the frizzies at bay. If you try it, don’t be alarmed when you first put it on because it will feel a little greasy – after a few minutes it absorbs into the skin and you just feel fabulously soft. The benefits of coconut oil are numerous and I swear by it.This is a great link to find a few more coconut oil beauty tips. By the way, I picked up this huge jar at Costco for about $16. Super cost-effective since it will last a loooonnnngggg time!
Okay, that’s all for now. I have to visit Pinterest for ideas on how to paint all those cabinets I picked up the other day. First up is the china cabinet I bought for our dining room. I’m thinking of going black with it, but I haven’t made up my mind 100%. You can check out some of my inspiration pieces on this Pinterest Board – I’d love to hear what you think!
Want to see some other pins I’ve tried?
Thanks for stopping by!
I have the cereal container in the car thanks to Pinterest and am happy with it, but haven’t tried the other pins you shared. Glad to hear they worked for you and will also give them a try!! I’m always looking for natural face scrubs and lotions because my skin is so sensitive, too! 🙂
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I am going to put one in my car too – but it might need to be bigger for all my mess! LOL! 🙂
Just found your blog this morning, and am just starting to read through older posts. I also use baking soda as an exfoliant – I had tried the “no ‘poo” and it worked for awhile, but then something changed and I wasn’t pleased. However, I still had the upcycled shampoo bottle with water and baking soda in the shower . . . I use that for my face — shake to make sure it’s mixed, squirt some of the baking soda water on my face, rub slightly, and I’m done. Love it. I also am just mixing up (today) an idea that I had with coconut oil, honey, baking soda, and some vitamin E to have on hand for cleaning.
Thanks for your blog, I’m off to read other entries.