Friday, June 29, 2012

Pintrest Attempt: Miracle Bathtub Cleaner!

So, as a girl with hair that is pretty thick (and at one point, was also very long) I often find myself with backed up shower drains.

I'm told this is also quite a common occurrence among people living in buildings with shared plumbing--drains can usually be quite "slow", so you can imagine how bad it can be when you combine both factors.

Lately, my drain had been a little out of control.  We're talking, shower-super-fast-because-you're-afraid-the-tub-will-overflow kind of thing.  Luckily, it was nothing a massive dose of the highest strength Draino couldn't fix.

But due to the slow drain, my tub was left pretty gross looking.  All that dirty water, when it drains slowly, leaves all kinds of grimy residue on your tub.  (I will spare you the photos!)  I tried the usual scouring powders and after-shower sprays, but it just wasn't cutting it.

Enter Pintrest.

I love this girl over at Finely Ground, and her post about her forays into finding a natural tub cleaner that works.  I'm all about natural products whenever possible.

Seriously though, guys, Borax turns out to be the best tub cleaner EVER.  I was armed with all kinds of additional products that I didn't even USE--I just filled my tub with water and drained it so the walls would be wet, and then sprinkled some Borax all over and started scrubbing.  I barely had to use any elbow grease, and the stubborn dirt came right up!  You know how newer tubs have the textured, non-slip bottoms that really just hold on to grime? It was no match for Borax!

I will sing it's praises to anyone who will listen.  Go out and get yourself some right now!  You're welcome!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pintrest Attempt: Halter Top!

It really makes me mad how little guys have to spend in order to maintain their appearances.

Shave, shower.  Shirt, pants, underwear, socks, deodorant.  Brush teeth.  Floss teeth.

Girls? Please.

Shave legs with electric razor.  Shave underarms with Venus razor.  Wax eyebrows.  Pluck any offending facial hairs.
Shower.  Exfoliate.  Wash.  Hair mask.  Skin Mask.  Pore strips.  Leave-in conditioner.  Anti-frizz serum. Blowdry.  Straighten.
Manicure.  Pedicure.
Bra, camisole, cardigan.  Panties.  Jeans.  Skirt.  Dress. Nylons.  Boots.  Heels.
(Have you looked at the price of a good bra lately?  A GOOD one?)
Deodorant.  Perfume.  Makeup.
Brush, floss, whiten.

Okay.  As if being a girl isn't hard enough, I was browsing JcPenny with the boyf the other day and noticed that the guys graphic tees there cost FIVE. DOLLARS.

I can't even buy a thong made of the equivalent of dental floss for $5.
I can't even buy a crappy, I-will-fall-apart-after-two-washes shirt from the Charlotte Russe clearance section for $5!


But, I kinda liked the design on the shirt.  And I remembered seeing a Pintrest about a DIY racerback tank top, (above photo) so I figured I'd pick up the shirt and give it a try.

I did it super fast and I think I might tweak it a bit, make the straps a bit thinner perhaps and make the back more of an X shape rather than the T I have going...but it's a big improvement and I like where this is going!

I also need to get rid of that damn scannable barcode on the shirt.  Really, Funny or Die?  I mean, I get that you're trying to advertise and everything, but I don't want people coming up and scanning me.  Ridiculous.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm 28 today, which I must admit is completely insane, because a) this year has FLOWN by and b) I keep getting mistaken for 17-22 years old.

So, I mean, I guess there's something to be said for moisturizing.  Although I swear I find a new gray hair every day.

I'm not sure exactly what today holds in store for me, but I do know it involves coffee, a bffl, and as much sushi as I can stuff in my mouth.

And that's pretty much perfect.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pintrest Attempt: Pickles!

In case you didn't know already, I'm a pickle fanatic.


I have been known to eat an entire jar of pickles in a week, and that's when I try to exercise willpower.  In reality, I could easily polish off a jar in one sitting.   I love 'em.

But it's a little annoying how they're sold.  I've discovered that the big brands (Vlasic) are better than store-brand, as store-brand can be a bit mushy.  The real problem I've run into, besides price ($3.99 a jar! yikes.) is that they ALL either have Corn Syrup in them, or some variant of artificial sweetener that has been proven to cause cancer.

No. Thank. You.

So I was excited when I stumbled upon this pin, how to make your own pickles at home.

I didn't expect to use it for a good long while, but when my boyfriend and I were browsing at The Christmas Tree Shops two weekends ago, we found Ball mason jars.

I was excited.  I'd been looking all over for Ball jars--they're super handy for all kinds of things: food storage, drinking glasses, storing odds and ends, as a flower vase...but I thought eBay was my only hope for finding any, and those were vintage and pricey.

As I was excitedly filling my hands with Ball jars and envisioning sipping an icy drink out of one, Shaun said, "Have you ever made your own pickles?"

I think I instantly was like, "No! But I have a recipe! Do you want to?" and pulled the pin up on my Pintrest app.  And for the rest of the day, all I could think about were pickles.  When we got back to his house, we set to work.  After no time at all, we had a pretty jar filled with almost-pickles.

They recommended letting them sit for a week, and a girl at work who has pickled before said that the longer you let them sit, the better they taste. We let them sit for exactly a week before trying them, and they were pretty good!  Definitely pickle-y, (they also shrunk majorly so they only filled about half the jar, and they were floating) but not much like the Dill or Bread and Butter variety you'd buy at the supermarket.

 It was a super easy recipe (just cucumbers, hot water, salt, sugar and rice vinegar) and I'd definitely do it again, but maybe try adding some herbs and spices for varying flavors.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Pintrest Attempt: Sassy Water!

So, even though I have a lengthy to-do list that has to be completed by Saturday, here I am sharing my Pintrest pins with you.

Now, when Molly over at These Little Moments  started using Pintrest, I believe she made some kind of blog where she pretty much said, "I'm pinning these things, why not DO them?"  so she started a blog installment called "I Pinned It, So I Did It!"  (You should totally go check her out, she's pretty awesome actually.)

But I see the point--Pintrest is great and fun, but you should be DOING the things you're pinning.  At least a few!

My first Pintrest attempt was this "Sassy Water".  It's touted as aiding in weight loss and it seemed easy enough, so I was eager to try it.

I didn't have all the ingredients and my supermarket is super lame and didn't carry whole ginger or mint, so I half-assed it and only ended up putting lemon and cucumber in my water.  The resulting taste is very refreshing, and that it is easier to drink than regular water (for those of us who crave a bit of flavor) without having chemicals and added sugars.

As I said, it claims to aid in weight loss.  I can't really speak on this because A) I don't own a scale and B) I've only been drinking it for a little over a week, but all in all, if you drink more water, it will aid in weight loss, so I suppose logically it works.   I am certainly enjoying it so far, and when I drink all the water I fill it up again--so you get multiple uses from the lemon/cucumbers.

So, go forth and give Sassy Water a try, if you so desire.  It's a good refreshing summer drink.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


I've been totally consumed by Instagram and Pintrest lately.  

Someone (an anonymous commenter on this blog actually!) recommended Pintrest to me MONTHS ago. I got on the super exclusive waiting list, got started, and was really kind of meh about the whole thing.  I pinned a few things, but it really just seemed boring.

Fast forward to now.

I'm spending every waking moment pinning things.

Healthy food?  Gluten free recipes?  DIY?  Cute outfits?

I'm consumed.

(And my Instagram name is also Alison_face.   Follow me over there as well!)

I'll be posting some of my Pintrest adventures here soon!  I'm up to three experiments so far and will be doing number four tomorrow.  :D