I’ve been experimenting.
The first one you won’t find too weird. A walk down the Cereal aisle at the grocery store over a month ago now left me fuming. It seems the last week of June and first week of July is the time for the stores to increase their prices. Even Tim Horton’s increased the price of their coffee. Yet, they are still the cheapest date in town, 😆 .
Anyhow, I was determined that I was not going to be spending nearly $9 for two weeks worth of breakfast for the kidlets. The way they eat cereal it is a crying shame.
So I whipped up a batch of the HillBilly Housewife’s Brown Sugar Granola since I happened to have those ingredients in the house. It tasted good but the “boring” factor left my daughter not eating breakfast. So the first batch lasted all this time. I tried to dress it up with some yogurt my Aunt had gifted us and that worked until they had run out.
Today I made my second batch of granola. I took the kids to a Bulk Store and we loaded up on sliced Almonds, dried Cranberries, Sunflower seeds, and chocolate chips. I then made a double batch and played around with the “additives.” I baked it, and at the last 15 minuted added the Cranberries. Once out of the oven I stirred in the chips. The reason being is once I added some to the remnant of the last batch and I discovered artfully picked at remains of breakfast. Apparently only the chocolate chips were worth eating.
I kept the cost down by bumping up the oatmeal and flax, and leaving the additives to only $1 worth. I’d say we have easily 2 months worth of Granola here, so that is good. I’m including a 1/3 cup measure in the container and they may have two scoops for breakfast. I also decided that 16 servings of yogurt at $5.50 is worth having my daughter eat her breakfast. That gets me two weeks of breakfast into her tummy. So for 2 months worth of breakfast granola I am at about $32. Compared to the cost of just cereal for that time, $36. Add the milk, $56. I’d say that is a worthwhile experiment. I hope that I can cut out things like some of the cranberries but for now it isn’t ridiculous to include them.
My other experiment is hard for even me to accept.
I am going no-poo [no shampoo! 😆 ]. I don’t know how long I will do this. My goal is to try it for 2 months as I have a feeling I won’t really know how my body will do with this until this point.
Now I am not saying I’m going dirty hair! 😆 YUCK! But over the last while I’ve gone to shampooing only 2 times a week.
So last week I skipped both times and found no difference. This week I am having a harder time with it.
I didn’t have a Boar’s hair bristle brush to help distribute the oils… my hair is past shoulder length and thick and that kind of brush doesn’t get through all my hair in one go. So I did go and get one, I have to brush it from the top and underneath (starting at the neck) to use the brush. I use a wide tooth comb to pull it into styles.
Yesterday the hair was really creeping me out. It is a mental game. I finally decided to use the baking soda and Apple cider treatment. I’ll be using lemon juice next time! Today it feels much better. Prior to this I was using the hot water rinse and scalp massage method.
The truth is, I had to tell my hubby because of the brush, that was at 2 weeks and 3 days of no-poo. He had no clue and said to him my hair looks and feels the same.
I can’t tell the difference looking in the mirror and it actually isn’t as frizzy as normally is in this weather. So that is good.
But I do feel it on my scalp. And to me it does feel more coarse in general.