Monthly Archives: August 2011

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Guest Vlogger: missymistique’s Henna tutorial

I mentioned missymistique in my last post My Henna Gloss Recipe, and here is the video as promised. Missy uses some interesting ingredients like “purple antioxidants” that I’d like to try. For those of you with natural hair that are new to/struggling with henna, this tutorial video will be very helpful to you.
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My Henna Gloss Recipe

It’s been awhile since my last henna. One of the reasons is that the process is rather time consuming. You really need to block out a chunk of your day or night to do it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s worth it, as you can see in my My First Henna and subsequent So I Tried Henna Again posts.

I decided to try Henna gloss for 2 reasons, from what I’ve read the process is shorter, and because you’re mixing the henna with conditioner, clean up (of both your hair and your bathroom) is easier.

Here’s what I used: Continue reading

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Composting for Dummies Pt. 4: DIY Countertop Compost Caddy

There are a few ways in which you can collect your food scraps in your kitchen so that you won’t be constantly running outside to dump them in your compost bin. There are a bunch of countertop containers on the market and I even have some available for you along with compost liners in the Savvy Shop.

But here, I’m gonna show you how to make your own! (It’s really easy).

DIY Countertop Compost Caddy

What you’ll need:

  • An empty container that’s at least a 3lb capacity (I recycled an old oxygen cleaner container for this, because it has a nifty handle.)
  • Power drill with small drill bit to make hole in top (No drill? You can use a hammer and drywall nail instead)
  • Charcoal filter (You can find these here and at pet stores )
  • Hot glue gun or Crazy Glue
  • Velcro (you’re only going to use the side with the “teeth”)

Directions: Continue reading

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DIY Hanging Hoop Laundry Bag

I saw this over on Pinterest, (my new favorite hangout), and I couldn’t resist!

It’s originally from Martha Stewart

This laundry bag has 3 components:

  • 12” embroidery hoop (she used a 14” one, but I felt it was too big.)
  • Standard pillow case (you can use larger if you wish)
  • OR regular sized laundry bag with drawstring
  • Twine, string or ribbon to hang the whole thing up with

I made the pillowcase version, cuz, well, we’ve got a bunch of orphaned pillowcases laying around… Continue reading


Savvy’s Yummy Blueberry Muffins

The original version of this recipe asked for apples and cinnamon to be added. But since I was out of apples that day. I decided to use what I had on hand…blueberries. I’m so glad I did! As with all muffins I make, I use a larger muffin tin with smaller forms. I get more muffins in a batch, and less calories per serving. I also included some low fat options for you in the ingredients. Enjoy!

Savvy’s Blueberry Muffin Recipe

Ingredients for muffins:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar (I use turbinado sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used Smart Balance)
  • 1 egg (I used 3 tbsp liquid egg whites)
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used organic lowfat soymilk)
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water Continue reading