Monday, June 18, 2012

Moving!

No no, I'm not moving.  But this blog is.  To a new location, bwahaha!  Actually, I've started a new blog and named it after this one, but I'm not, like, moving posts over from here.  Nooooooooooo, WAY too much work.  This one will stay, but after this post, there will be NO NEW POSTS HERE.

Instead....

They'll be here: the Heart of Pais Charos

Hope to see you over there! ^_^

Monday, February 7, 2011

Author Brian Jacques' Death

The author of the well known Redwall series, Brian Jacques, died the night of February 5th after suffering a heart attack.  He was 71 years old.

I first heard the news of Brian Jacques' death last night from a close friend who knew Mr. Jacques, before it went into the news, and at first I didn't want to believe it.  And even now that the sad news is all over the internet, it's still hard to take in.

Brian Jacques first wrote Redwall for the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool, making the story as descriptive as possible so the children could "see" the story happening in their minds.  The book is about Redwall Abbey, a building inhabited by otters, mice, voles, moles, badgers, and squirrels.  These animals live peacefully in Mossflower country, always managing to find something to celebrate, or some reason to have a big feast.  But when this peace is threatened by an evil searat, an unlikely warrior, Matthias, rises up in defense of his friends.  He is guided by the spirit of Martin the Warrior, the mouse who originally founded the abbey, and with the help of some new friends, defeats the bad guy.

Since then Brian Jacques has contributed 21 books to the series, and was still working on the 22nd, "Rogue Crew", when he passed away.  In addition to the Redwall books, he's written a Redwall Cookbook, two Redwall picture books, and started a new series called The Flying Dutchman.  A conclusive list of his books can be found at his wiki page, here. 

Many years ago, as my final project for a cooking class in college, I had a Redwall Feast.  Everything, including the drinks, were recipes I had found on Redwall Kitchen.  This coming weekend, in honor of the late Brian Jacques, I will make another Redwall feast using recipes from his own Redwall Cookbook.  I ask that you join me in toasting, and eating, to a great man.

Friday, November 19, 2010

What's this ... a post?

SO sorry for being absent from the blog world for so long..  I really don't have any excuse.  Really.  I guess it's about time I chimed in with a few updates, hehe.

Well ... remember back in July I chopped my hair off?  Well ... I still haven't been able to send off the hair to donate it, but I will eventually.  And, my hair has already started growing back.  Hehe.  So...see for yourself:

July:



Now:

Yeah, shouldn't be long till I get the 12 inches back.  And at this rate, it may be sooner than 3 years!

Update on the soaps and things from Chagrin Valley.  I haven't noticed much difference in my skin from using the soap bar, but I do still love the shampoo bars.  The shampoo bars last longer, too, heh.  I'm almost done with the Chamomile Citrus one, then I have a sample of another kind to use.  I'm gonna have to place a new order soon!  O.O

Anyways, I hope all is well with everyone else!  Till next time! :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

"No Poo, No Soap" Method

Hello everyone!  First of all: Don't you LOVE my new blog design?!  Amanda did a fantabulous job!  What's funny is going into it she had NO idea that my favorite color is purple, but LOOK!  There's purple everywhere!  I loooooooooooove it!!! 

Right, so onto today's post.  I've been meaning to post about this for a long time but just haven't felt it was the right time until now.  I came across Shelby's blog at 26,000 Days and read her post about going all natural - specifically not using any shampoos or conditioners in her hair that contain chemicals.  Well, I thought it interesting and did a little research about it, and found that the chemicals that are used on regular shampoos today are more harmful than they are helpful in that they strip the hair of it's natural oils, so the scalp has to work in overdrive to replenish what was lost.  But by washing with natural products the hope is to help hair regain it's own natural healthiness.

So for about a week I was just mixing a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup with water, pouring that on my head and scrubbing, then using my normal conditioner.  And that went okay for a bit.  Then I saw Shelby's post here and thought, what they hey, I'll go for it.  I went to Kroger and bought two of these bottles you see on the right. One green and one blue (the blue one is currently in the fridge with green tea in it).

SO I started following Shelby's regimen to the T, forgetting her hair is LONG and my hair is SHORT.  For a while she was doing 3 tablespoons of baking soda in 3 cups of water, and 1 teaspon of lemon juice in 1 cup of water, then rinsing with cold water.  However, my bottles fit barely 2 cups of water, so yeah, you guessed it, I had 3 tablespoons of baking soda in just under 2 cups of water.  And, just like Shelby did, I would also rub an extra tablespoon of baking soda into my dry scalp before adding the baking soda rinse.

That's A LOT of baking soda for someone with short hair 0_0.  The lemon juice was very nice, though, conditions well and smells good, too.

But then, about two weeks later, I found out (thanks to Shelby again ^_^ ) that both baking soda and lemon juice are alkalines, and apparently too much alkaline in your hair is a bad thing.  And I admit to say, I did not realize that baking soda was an alkaline till then.  Here I was putting nearly 4 tablespoons of baking soda in my SHORT hair, then adding on the lemon juice. 

Yeah.  That's a lot of alkaline.

So I began to experiment.  I toned down the baking soda some to just 1 tablespoon with 1 cup of water, and held off on using the lemon juice rinse in the same wash.  Instead I started looking to see what else could be used as a conditioner, or just for hair in general.  A lot of websites say chamomile tea is a good conditioner and will help bring out the natural highlights in you hair.  I tried it and my hair smelled nice and chamomile-y, and it was a tad lighter, yes.  Another website recommended green tea to help encourage hair growth.  Tried that and my hair also smelled nice.  But I never really noticed any difference, other than the lovely tea smells.

I should warn you about something.  The whole rinsing your hair with cold water is a neat idea, but, uhm, don't do that when you have baking soda in your hair.  Hehehe.  While my hair looked clean and dry, it felt like it was greasy, gritty, thick, and just all around disgusting.  That night I just scrubbed my hair with warm water then put a lemon juice rinse in.  MUCH better, haha.

Around this time I had also stopped using regular soap for washing my body (still use hand soap to wash my hands, don't worry) and without any idea of what else to use, I would use the excess baking soda water that I didn't use in my hair.  The idea is to not put ON your body what you wouldn't put INto it.  Yes, I was cleaning myself, but something still felt like it was missing...

In one of Shelby's posts she also mentioned this company that makes natural soaps and shampoos, so I decided to check it out.  They're called Chagrin Valley.  I encourage you, guys and girls alike, to browse their products, and possibly order a few samples.  You won't regret it!  I finally placed my first order last week and it arrived today.  Not sure what I should try I had ordered a few sample bars and a small thing of whipped shea butter.  Let me tell you something, the smells are intoxicating.  On the left is a picture of what I had ordered. In case you can't read it, from left to right: Whipped Shea Butter (Lavender Geranium), Bay Rum shaving soap, Goat Milk Oatmeal Honey, Sweet Basil.

BTW, the lavender geranium scented body butter WILL make you sleepy, hehehehe.

My dad gave me some money for my birthday recently and I used that to place another order with them.  I ordered two of their oak soap dishes, a bigger bar of the Goat Milk Oatmeal Honey, and couple of shampoo bars, and a lip balm.  Can't wait to try them out!  I'll post about them when I have.

I'm really hoping these soaps work out well.  Not only are they natural, but after reading the testimonials about skin problems disappearing after using these soaps, I'm kinda hoping that mine will start going away, as well.  Only time will tell.

So anyway, thanks for reading my super long post!  Hope everyone is have a splendid day!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blog Changes/Prizes Received

Hello again everyone!  I have quite a few things to tell y'all about and I'm not sure I'll cover it all in this post. 

First off, Amanda is almost finished with my blog design and it looks WONDERFUL!  Be on the lookout for it, as it should go live sometime this weekend.  I'm SO excited about it and can't wait to see it when it's all finished! 

Also, I'm really starting to think about moving my posts about modesty and modest outfits to this blog.  I dunno...  What do y'all think?  Should I leave them at Pais Charos Creations?  Or move them here? 

The other day I received my other prizes from Jessica at *Faith WITH Actions* from the 7-Day Challenge she hosted on her blog.  See them in all their glory here:


In this photo: A card Jessica made that basically says that I participated in the first ever 7-Day Challenge and it has a note from her on the back; five friendship bracelets for me and some of my friends; a devotional book; the Do Something banner from www.dosomething.org.  Nifty, huh?  The bracelets are really cute.  I also donated a prize which I intend to put in the mail to the prize winner once I get off the computer, haha. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tagged - Pure in Heart Award!

Hello everyone!  Ileigh at A Certain Slant of Light awarded me with this nifty award!  Check out her blog, her family is doing some cool stuff soon!


If you are tagged:
1. Post about the tag.
2. Pick 6 bloggers who deserve this award.
3. Leave a comment on the blogs of the people you tagged letting them know they were awarded.
4. Answer the questions along with your post. (Omit questions you don't want to answer - I'm all for simplicity!)

1: Apples, Oranges or Bananas? I love all three but I'd have to go with oranges.  I don't get nearly enough of them :)

2: How many siblings do you have? Two biological siblings, 1 brother and 1 sister.  I have a lot of friends who I've adopted as brothers and sisters, though.

3: How old are you? I'll be 29 in a week.

4: Do you live on a prairie, woodland, swamp, city or other? Uhm...other?  It's not a city like New York or Boston, more like a suburb.  I live in an apartment so no prairie or woodland, I'm afraid.  

5: Scissors or glue? Haha, seeing as I'm a sewer/quilter, I'll go with scissors.

6: Describe your dream house.  Hmm.  My dream house is one in which I live with my husband and children (when I get married, of course).  It would need to be big enough for all of us, certainly.  I'd love to have a big porch that we can sit out on in the mornings and/or evenings.  A fireplace with a mantle for cold winter nights.  

7: Is your room clean? Uhmmm, sort of?  Maybe?  A little teeny bit?  It's not a disaster area, but it does need to be vacuumed and dusted in here...

8: If you could be a movie character for a day, who would you be? Oh boy, who would I be.  I think I'll have to go with .... *thinks* Atreyu from The Neverending Story.  Yes, I know he's a boy, but come on .. he has a horse AND a luck dragon.

9: Italy, Greece, France, Spain or England? Definitely either England or Italy.

10: What denomination are you? Kinda sorta non-denominational, heh.

11: Do you sleep with a stuffed toy (BE HONEST!)? You BET I do!  ZEBRA!!!! 

12: Gum, chocolate, or jelly beans? I can't choose, I have to go with "all of the above."

13: What is your favorite book? Just one?!  You're kidding right?  Here we go: All the Dragons in our Midst books, all the Oracles of Fire books, the Echoes from the Edge trilogy, "Starlighter", "I Know Why the Angels Dance" (all of those by Bryan Davis), "By Darkness Hid" by Jill Williamson, "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell, all the Chronicles of Narnia (I think you know the author for those)...just to name a few.

14: Favorite ice cream flavor? I'll have to go with Mint Chocolate Chip (or whatever variation) and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

15: If you had to eat one type of food for two weeks, what would that food be? Potatoes or pasta.

16: What is your favorite Olympic sport? Figure Skating

17: Describe yourself in three words. Christian, Crazy, Creative (yay for alliteration!)

18: What chore do you hate? Laundry :/

19: If Elmo came into your room with a gun, what would you do?  . . . Um . . .

Okay, the ones I've decided to tag are:

Marie - Marie Loves
Emily - Emily's Cancer Blog
Jessica -  *Faith WITH Actions*
Levi - Hearts Ablaze (even a guy can be pure in heart :-) )
Nicole - The God Files
HolyPure - Forsaken Armor - HolyPure

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Updates/blog re-design

A few updates.  Looks like the week got away from me and I didn't finish the 30-day Challenge in 30 days.  I still plan on posting the days I missed eventually, so stay tuned for that :)

Also, for anyone who wishes to know, I'm picking up my car TOMORROW!  I'm SO excited!  I'll finally have my own vehicle again!  I'll be paying the owners $650 up front, then pay $50/month till it's all paid (making it a total of $1,000), which shouldn't take too long.  I'll post some pictures here tomorrow evening when I get the car, and I'll tell y'all more about the car when I do.

Also, my blog will be receiving a makeover, woohoo!  Be on the lookout for it!  One of the prizes I won during the 7-Day Challenge at *Faith WITH Actions* is a custom blog design from Amanda at Farmgirl Writes.  I can't wait to see it when she's done!

That's all for now!