Christmas Shopping Fun

Okay, so I started posting some of these on my Facebook and realized there were just too many not to go ahead and make a full fledged blog post for them.  So here are some of the fun, unique, and unusual items that you could wrap up and put under someone's tree this season - if you dare! (and if you really must have them, each picture links to where you can purchase one)

You won't forget the most basic instruction for your babysitter when it is printed right on the notepad!

Nothing says I love you like a voo-doo doll knife holder.

Everyone needs one of these on their Christmas tree.

Schnozz Tissue Dispenser ~ Green
For that person who has everything... everything but this!

Pro Thumb Wrestling Arena
Let's not leave the kids out.

Air Freshener ~ Bacon Scented
For his man cave - bacon scented air freshener.

Emergency Underpants
...and wait, it gets better - they are unisex!

Dog Toilet Water Bowl
Finally a toilet that you don't yell at the dog for drinking out of.

For that special redneck gal of yours, squirrel feet earrings.

Wine Glass Holder Necklace
Here's a great one for that friend of yours that just can't hold their liquor!

Remote Control Snack and Drink Pool Float
A remote control snack and drink float, because there is no such thing as too lazy!

Breakfast Cereal Necklace
Giving diamonds is highly over rated.  Who really wants one of those when you can have a sterling silver Cheerio on a necklace? (if you want to call that a necklace - believe it or not you'll pay $50 bucks for this high quality gift!)

Flowerhead Vase
Move over Chia pet - the Flower head vase is here!

alien abduction dog tags
And who doesn't need one of these?  This is a "Location Earth Dog Tag" guaranteed to get you returned to earth after an alien abduction or your money back - and that's no joke!

Have you seen any crazy gift ideas this year while you've been doing your shopping?  Go ahead and send me the link - I'd love to see them!

 From No Poo to Deoderant - The Wonders of Baking Soda

A little over a year ago, September of 2009 to be exact, I first began my challenge to go without shampoo and use only baking soda and water to clean my hair.  (followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse)  That experiment I deemed a success and today I am still shampoo free.  But that was not to be my only experiment with baking soda.  I had read of using baking soda in place of deoderants.  Now, if you look it up, (i.e. google) you will find all sorts of formulas and recipes for ways to create your own baking soda based deoderant.  But for me, I went for simple.  Straight baking soda.

What I do is keep a 3 oz squeeze bottle (the type you would think of putting hand cream in) filled with baking soda.  I just squeeze out a little in my hand and pat it under my arm.  Quick and easy.  I started doing this last winter, and found it to work great.  But I didn't want to post anything about it at that time because, heck, it was winter after all.  Not exactly the sweatiest time of year.  I wanted to go through a summer and see how it held out. 

I can tell you that we had a lovely hot summer here in Maryland.  Plus I was still doing Insanity workouts.  So there was sweat happening.  However, the baking soda worked like a champ.  No odor problems at all.  I even tried using my mom's deoderant one day just to see if I would prefer the old 'tried and true' to the 'new and up and coming.'  When I did sweat, I did not smell like sweat with the deoderant.  But I did smell like deoderant and I found it quite repulsive.  I much prefer no odor! 

Now, I have read that some people find straight baking soda to be slightly irritating.  So an alternative is to mix 1 part baking soda with 6 parts corn starch.  Corn starch is supposed to have a bit of an anti-perspirant effect, so it makes for a good combo.  Me... I'm sticking with simple: straight baking soda.  Plus then I can use the same container for my "shampoo" and "deoderant."  Makes for easy traveling or overnights.

Wonder what I will be trying next.  Hmmmmmmm.....