Monthly Archives: January 2010

Savvy Brown’s First Giveaway!

Thank you to all my new subscribers!  This giveaway is now officially over. I will announce the winner on Sat. Feb. 6th!

The Savvy Brown Subscription Challenge Giveaway!

I want to thank all of you who are following me on Facebook and Twitter, and those of you who have visited this blog everyday since I launched it.

In appreciation of your feedback and your insight I invite you to take part in this blog’s first giveaway!

The Dates: Jan.31-Feb. 5

The prize: Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Day Laundry Products!

(and not the sample sizes either)

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products

What you’ll get…

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent (64oz.) – Geranium Scent

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Fabric Softener (32oz.) – Lavender Scent

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Oxygen Bleach (20 oz.)- Lavender Scent

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day makes affordable, natural, cruelty-free, biodegradable, allergen-free cleaning products for all over your home. All of her containers are recyclable and some of her products can be purchased as refills, (so that you’re not constantly throwing away spray bottles!) For more info on Mrs. Meyers click here.

The Giveaway Rules

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Good luck everybody!


I ♥ Dryer Balls

There’s nothing like a set of big, round, strong…
lint-removing dryer balls.


In case you haven’t heard of them, dryer balls are rubber round balls about 3 to 5 inches in diameter that you throw in the dryer with your clothes instead of dryer sheets. They last for a long time, and take care of static cling and lint pretty well. Here’s a new pair that I just got. I LOVE these things, and I think they’ve cured a rash that I seemed to have developed after using liquid softener last year. (I think I may be allergic). These things are great, and what’s nice is they have some weight to them so they knock around your clothes pretty well, and my sheets always come out nice and soft! Plus, you’ll save a bunch of money on fabric softener.

Anybody else use dryer balls?


Why I don’t shampoo my hair Part 3: My routine

Ok so here’s how I clean my hair without commercial shampoo.

I wet my hair thoroughly in the shower FIRST and clean my hair with Dr. Bronner’s castille soap mixed with water. I put it in a squeeze bottle like this so that I can direct the shampoo at my roots and scalp easily without using too much. I clean my hair in SECTIONS (this is important if you really want to get your hair clean) by rubbing my scalp vigorously with the pads of my fingers, and then pull the soap through the rest of the hair in that section carefully. I clip each section back as I go. I don’t use my nails on my scalp because that tends to lead to a flaky scalp. I then remove the clips and rinse my hair out thoroughly. Unless I’ve been using a lot of product, or my scalp is really dirty, I only clean my hair once. Next I turn the water off (trying to conserve a bit) and add generous amount of Giovanni’s Smooth As Silk conditioner to my hair, (this stuff detangles like a DREAM) once again applying section by section, but this time concentrating on pulling it through my hair and less on my scalp. I use a shower comb to detangle my hair, you guessed it, section by section. Then I turn the water back on, take care of the rest of my shower business and rinse ALMOST all of the conditioner out.

Then I shake my hair like a wet dog.
(I’m totally serious. My husband saw me doing this once, and after determining that I wasn’t having a seizure he just looked at me, shook his head and walked out of the bathroom.)

Next I use my microfiber towel to squeeze excess water out of my hair and I apply a load of deep conditioner to my hair. I use either Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose conditioner mixed with castor oil and raw honey or I use my homemade Hair Guacamole Deep Conditioner. I put a plastic bag or cap on my head and then wrap up my hair for a few hours leaving my own body heat to warm it up. If I’m in a rush, I’ll lose the towel and just sit under the dryer with the plastic cap on my head for 30mins. This works better with the AOHSR and castor oil rather than the avocado/mayo mixture. (Ever smelled hot mayo? It’s a smell you’ll remember, trust me.)

Then I rinse it out with cool water and style as usual.

Some of my favorite styles?

Twist Out – Motown girl gives great instructions on this one
Twist ‘n Curl – Curly Nikki set the standard with her signature style
Braid n’ Curl – Blackstrands gives great step-by-step instructions
Wash ‘n Go – Shida Natural gives a great YouTube demo on this simple style.

What’s YOUR curly routine?


Sweet potato-Coconut Soup YUM!

It was rainy and crummy on Monday, so I decided to make soup for dinner. I headed on over to one of my favorite new blogs Broke Ass Gourmet, (yes you read that right) to see what I could find. Gabi Moskowitz has a great selection of recipes with simple ingredients many of them for $10 or less ! Right up my alley. It came out really good!

Sweet potato-Coconut Soup

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6-oz. can coconut milk
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 4 cups (32 oz.) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a large soup pot and cover. Bring to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are very soft. Puree in a blender, food processor directly in pot using an immersion blender.

Ladle into bowls and serve

Serves 2-3.

For the full recipe and many others click here


Hair Guacamole

This is my favorite deep conditioner, and although I use store bought DC a lot, I keep coming back to this one!

Avocado/Mayo Deep Conditioner

1/2 of a RIPE soft Haas avocado meat mashed with fork well
1/2 cup regular mayonaise (DON’T leave this out, otherwise you’ll have pieces of avocado left in your hair!)
2tbsps of oil (I use raw coconut oil, but you can use jojoba, olive, grapeseed, etc.)

Put the avocado and the oil in a mini food processor or blender and blend, then add the mayo until smooth. Apply to hair from root to tip and cover with a plastic bag or plastic shower cap and wrap head with a towel. Leave on for a couple of hours, then rinse out with warm water.
Put any extra in the fridge (or add chopped tomatoes and urn it into a dip!)

Try it and tell me whatcha think!
NOTE: This Deep Conditioning Treatment is NOT to be used with heat. I wrap my head in a plastic bag and a towel, and let it sit while I clean my house. A couple of hours later, I wash it out.
10 little things you can do to lose weight hdr

10 Little Things You Can Do Right Now to Lose Weight

Think about how much better your day would go if instead of thinking “Oh I can’t eat anything. I have to lose, like, 50 pounds.” you said “I’ll have one cookie. Just one. Because well, all I gotta do this week is lose 1 pound”. Statistics show when it comes to weight loss, slow and steady wins the race. So sit down and think about one thing you could do everyday to lose just ONE pound. Here’s a list of 10 Little Things You Can Do Right Now to Lose Weight: Continue reading


Clean Your Dishes with Kool-Aid

Yep. I said it. Kool Aid…Those of you who know me know that I like to make my own stuff, and I happen to make my own dishwashing detergent. Why, you ask? Well have you ever checked the ingredients list on that box of Cascade? Check it out. Most of that unpronounceable stuff includes phosphates, petroleum, bleach and/or chlorine. Why Kool Aid? Well the number 1 ingredient in those little packets of Kool Aid is citric acid, which is a natural preservative, and excellent for cleaning dishes. Lemon works best because it’s practically colorless. (DON’T use cherry or grape KoolAid for this, because you’ll end up with pink or purple dishes).

Powdered dishwashing detergent recipe:
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Powder (I like Arm and Hammer Brand but this is NOT Baking Soda, that’s different)
4-6 packets of Lemon flavored Kool Aid (NOT the Sugar Free kind that comes in a container, you want the “old school” kind)
1/4 cup of Citric Acid
1/4 cup kosher salt (optional but I like it)

Pour all together in an AIRTIGHT plastic container and shake vigorously to mix. Store AWAY from sunlight. (I keep mine under the sink) DONE!
SAVVY TIP: In order to NOT get streaks and spots on your glasses pour white vinegar into your rinse-agent dispenser. (That’s where you’d normally pour Jet-Dry).

Fill your dishwashers’ detergent compartment(s) with the powder, fill the the dispenser with vinegar, and put the top back on. Then shut and use your dishwasher as usual.
Everyone’s dishwasher is different, so don’t be afriad to tweak this recipe if you need to!
natual hair curls

Why I don’t shampoo my hair Pt.2 – the “No-Poo” Method

In a nutshell, if you’re “no-poo” it means that you don’t use shampoo to wash your hair. If you’re “low-poo” it means you only shampoo once a month or so. I don’t have relaxed hair now, but growing up I always washed my relaxed and pressed hair once a week and that was the ONLY water I was allowed to expose my hair to. (Water is like kryptonite to a girl with relaxed hair LOL!)

Naturally curly hair is different. Natural curls NEED WATER. It loves the stuff, but the curls and bends in the hair make it more fragile than straight hair and harder to clean out silicones and their residue surfactants leave behind. (I covered more silicones and surfactants in Why I don’t Shampoo my Hair Part. 1) These bends and curls can also easily break and knot.

If you have curly hair, have you ever noticed that RIGHT before your due for a wash your hair looks great? I think that’s because it’s takes most of the week to get the crusty surfactants out of your hair. Stylist Lorraine Massey thought so too, and she wrote a little book called “Curly Girl, the Handbook”. The terms “no-poo” and “low-poo” were both her inventions and the no poo method has taken the world by storm because not only are sulfates harmful to your hair, they’re also harmful to the lakes, rivers and streams that water waste runs off into. (Ever notice how some lakes and rivers seem to have dirty soap bubbles on the surface? Surfactants again)

She also coined another term “co-wash” which stands for “conditioner-only wash”, which basically means you wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This sounds weird until you compare the ingredients in shampoo to those of conditioner and see how similiar they are. Conditioners just don’t have sulfates (so it won’t bubble up) and they have more emollients and oils.

The “Curly Girl Program” goes like this.

1. Wet your hair thoroughly in the shower WITHOUT touching it
2. Then you take a little sulfate-free conditioner, rub your hand together and clean your scalp GENTLY
3. Take some more conditioner and pull it through you hair, which if wet enough you should be able to detangle with your fingers
4. make sure conditioner is all through your hair, and then rinse well
5. Use a hand towel to scrunch your hair up towards your scalp and get rid of excess water
6. Pull a CLEAR gel through your curls carefully
6. Air dry or use a diffuser on a hand dryer and “hand-scrunch” as you go

You can do this method everyday if you have 2a,2b, or 3a curls. (More on what those numbers mean here). I myself do this method a lot during the summer. But my 4a/4b tight coils can still take 12 hours to dry.

For more on Curly Girl, check out Lorraine Massey’s book.

In Part 3 of this series, I’ll show you my routine and how I tweaked the no-poo regimen a bit to suit my needs, my hair and my schedule.

Do you “no-poo” or “low-poo”? What’s your routine?