DIY Skin Moisturizer

 photo thehelpmatescom_zpsb47570c5.pngSeveral years ago I had this terrible sunburn and a friend recommended I use pure sweet almond oil to help it heal. I was really nervous about putting pure oil on my face because during my teenage years I was trained to always choose oil free products, lest they cause a breakout. I tried it in spite of my fears and I loved the results so much that I’ve never looked back. Today’s post will be a primer in using simple oils to moisturize your skin, many of which are widely and easily available.

DIY Electrolyte Drink

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Living in the Texas gulf area means we have about nine months of summer each year. And I’m a person who likes to work out – swim team practice three times a week, plus some running, biking, and the occasional extra workout, so I lose a lot of sweat. I have found that if I hydrate with an electrolyte drink before, during, and after a workout, I feel more energetic during a workout, I don’t get pesky leg cramps, I bounce back faster after a workout, and I even sleep better at night. My personal favorite drink mix is NUUN tablets. They are so delicious and easy to use, but at $.36 – $.45 per tab, it was costing $15 or more a month for me to drink. I wondered if I could create my own version for less money. Using the NUUN nutritional information as a guide, I developed my own DIY drink.

DIY Hair Cuts

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Almost ten years ago, I started cutting my husband’s hair to save money. Haircuts can be expensive, so this is a way to save money that can really add up over months and years. Since men’s hairstyles vary quite a lot, rather than give a detailed tutorial on how I cut my man’s hair, I want to share some resources that can help you learn how to cut hair for the man in your life.

My Latest Yard Sale Finds – 3

For round three I decided to model a few of my yard sale finds myself. Try not to laugh too hard at my modeling skills. If my 5’5.5″ frame hadn’t already decided my modeling fate for me, I just sealed it by these photos. 

Matt was my photographer, so in most of the pictures I’m laughing or just giving him the ‘Take it already!’ look.  We had fun being completely ridiculous together though, so that’s what counts!

All my finds this time around were clothes, so this one goes out to all the frugal fashion divas out there!

This dress 50 cents! Y’all….it still had the tag on it!! It was priced at $34.99 and then marked down to $8.99, which is what it looks like they bought it for. But not me…50 cents for this lady!

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I apologize in advance for the slightly blurry photos. If I wasn’t laughing, then he was laughing. Seriously, we had way too much fun doing this.

My Latest Yard Sale Finds – 2

I’m back for round 2 of My Latest Yard Sale Finds. If you missed the first post in this ‘who knows how long’ series, then click here!

In short, I’m just sharing photos and prices of my latest yard sale finds (pretty self explanatory). Hopefully I’ll spur on your frugal side to get out there and start saving!

This queen-sized plush blanket -$2. We have an identical red one that we bought at Target shortly after we got married, and we always ‘fight’ over who gets it when we settle down for some Netflix. Usually the bargain goes something like ‘If you get the big red blanket then I get the couch and you have the love seat’. Now we can both have a nice fuzzy blanket that goes all the way to our toes!

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Bed Frame Makeover

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I’ll go ahead and say from the beginning that all I did to this bed frame was spray paint it. Nothing fancy about this post at all, I just wanted to show you how big of a difference you can make with minimal effort and money.

I’ve been browsing the home decor section on Pinterest a lot more lately (I wonder why?), and I have discovered a deep love for white metal bed frames. So, when this hand-me-down frame was given to us, I decided to paint it white for our guest bedroom.

My Latest Yard Sale Finds – 1

Back in June, the clinic I work for expanded. No longer are we just a special needs dental office, but an entire interdisciplinary clinic for people in the community with intellectual disabilities. Along with the new services came a new staff. I love all my new coworkers so much, but I’ve gotten especially close to my new friend Bessy.

She is originally from Honduras, but has lived in the States for about 10 years now. She has been such a joy to get to know! We love talking about the differences in our cultures, our languages, our food, etc. But if there’s one thing we both know, it’s how to find a good deal!

I have always been a thrift store shopper, but have never really ventured much into yard sale shopping. Every time I would compliment something of Bessy’s, she would respond “yard sale – $1”. I finally told her “Girl, you’ve got to teach me your ways, take me with you one Saturday!”.

And so she did… and the next Saturday, and the next Saturday, and the nex… Well, you get the idea.