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2. Many mass-market shampoos and conditioners are full of chemicals. In addition to the Bicarb and vinegar recipe I shared earlier this week, there are a whole lot of other ways to wash your hair au natural.
You can try soapwort root (infuse the root in boiling water like a tea then freeze in usable portions). If you have dandruff, apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup to a glass of water, rinse through the hair and massage into the scalp) or coconut oil (massage into scalp).
If you must buy commercial shampoos and conditioners, look for products that contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), parabens, DEA (diethanolamine), petrochemicals and any artificial colours and fragrances.
3. If, like me, you can't afford to buy all organic veggies (or grow your own), the ones with the highest levels of pesticides among conventional fruit and veg (according to the US Environmental Working Group) are: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, capsicum, spinach, cherries and kale. I am going to try and buy these organic when I can. You can get a full list at http://www.foodnews.org/
4. I got inspired by Aspiring Millionaire's Sell 1000 things challenge. There is no way I have 1000 things to sell, but I have a few. I think I am going to try using fiverr. (Have you seen it? Any experience? What would you do for 5 USD?), fishpond, and the baby and kid's market. I am a disaster with eBay because I can't take photos to save myself.
5. I read about this fantastic reward system idea for kids in a Disney FamilyFun magazine (the one they handed out at the ABC). It is based on a system of marbles in a jar.
- You will need a clear glass container for each child and a large supply of interesting marbles/gems.
- Personalise the jars (a craft activity!)
- Write a list of household chores as well as some personal tasks. I am going to incorporate our family charter.
- Assign each job a value (how many marbles is the job worth?). From making your bed (1 marble) to tidying up all the toys before bed (3 marbles).
- Your children get to drop a marble into their jar when they get their jobs done (via you, the keeper of the marbles). Likewise, if the kids squabble or are badly behaved, marbles can be removed from the jar.
- Nugget's 'pocket money' will be linked to the number of marbles in the jar on a weekly basis. For the younger kids, a full jar gets a monetary value ($10) to spend on a toy or some quality one on one time with Mum/Dad.
Did you have anything you want to share this week?