Sunday, August 10, 2014

Beer Hair Masque

I have heard that beer is good for your hair, and I remember reading back in the day (haha) that pouring a can of beer on your hair and letting it sit can do it some good and make it shiny. This masque was virtually the same as that, with an addition of an egg yolk. I admit, it's a bit of a weird, gross combo--but if you can get past that--it really works! I found this recipe on the Internet randomly.

-1 egg yolk
-1 3/4 or 1/2 can beer (I used Miller High Life--which was left over from my beer cheese dip recipe!)

1. Mix the yolk and beer together. Silly me, I poured the yolk right into the can and then shook it up. Naturally, it exploded all over my pants and I smelled like a drunk, just in time for work. Umm...yeah. Don't do that. LOL! Save this for the weekend when you have nowhere to go!

2. Pour the mixture all over your hair, and wrap it up in a shower cap or towel. Let sit for 30 minutes.

3. Rinse your hair with warm water until the water runs clear. Shampoo hair as usual, but do not condition.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

De-Cluttering Your House

This is a guest post written by Stephanie Hanson, community manager of Monkey Bar Storage Solutions.

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you hold onto stuff. It’s certainly okay to hold onto things when they have a sentimental value! However, many people hold onto so much stuff that they find themselves with less and less space for the important things in their homes. Use these tips on how to clean out the clutter in your life, that are from the professionals organizers at Monkey Bar Storage.

Decide on Function: The most important thing for you to do when working on an area of the home is to decide what that room or area’s function is. It doesn’t matter what the current state of that room or area is, just think about what your ideal use for that room would be. You may note the need for decluttering when you realize that one room is having to supply multiple purposes that it wasn’t intended for.

Small Sections: Chances are that you’re not superhuman and don’t have the time to organize your entire home all at once. Instead, try tackling small areas. Eventually, these small areas will add up to a big difference that you can see in your home.

When Is The Last Time I Used This? The reason that so many of us keep unneeded items is because we don’t ask ourselves the last time we used them. If you haven’t used something in longer than two years ago, then chances are that you won’t use it again. If you don’t want to throw out something that is perfectly usable, try donating those items to your local Goodwill or thrift store.

Customized Solution: Now that you’ve thrown out things that you won’t use again and cleared out space, now is the time to make a habit of putting things back where you got them. Nothing makes this easier than having a customized solution. Consider shelving to get lots of items up and off the floor, creating valuable floor space. If you have a lot of little items that you want out of sight, cabinets are a great option. If you have animals or small children in the house, consider using lockable cabinets to ensure safety.

Reinforcement: Be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work! Whether it’s a piece of candy, a movie, or a trip out of the country, you decide. By rewarding yourself you’ll be more inclined to keep the room or area of your home clean and tidy.

Stephanie Hanson is the community manager for Monkey Bar Storage Solutions, a garage storage and organization company serving homeowners in the Milwaukee area.