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Quick Tip #55 ~ How Skepticism led to Softer Hair...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

If you're like me, you're often left wondering what percentage of Glam Factor is actually in the health and beauty aid you're considering buying.... and if the purchase price truly is worth it... never mind if " YOU'RE worth it". (Insert eyeroll here... prolly the most annoying advertising line in the history of mankind.)

You can get around this dilemma by starting with an inexpensive product you like and adding your own Glam Factors.
That way at least you'll know they are in there, how much is in there, and that they are fresh/from an organic source.

Most recently I've added a sqeeze of Jojoba oil to both my shampoo and conditioner bottles (be sure to shake it up well) with excellent results.

Just what my menopausal, thyroid dry hair needed... and my pocket book, too.

Its also great as a skin oil after a shower, or to fortify a commercial lotion or cream... important these days with winter dry skin.

You can get Jojoba oil in most health food stores, or order it online.
Go for organic... may as well do it right.

Here's a whole page of info on Jojoba... which is actually a wax, closest to human sebum:

CAVEATS: (you know I always have them)
Don't take this one internally, it will run thru you the way Olestra does.
Test this, as you should all new oils, lotions or potions, on your inside forearm for a week or so, before adding it to your shampoo or lotion. Just in case you have an allergic reaction. You shouldn't... but then mabbe your particular body didn't read that rule.

Have a fun day!
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KASEYCOFF 1/26/2012 12:48PM

    I just got some jojoba oil a couple of weeks ago - I love the stuff!!!

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/16/2011 9:51PM

  Love this! I use jojoba or sweet almond oil all the time. On my hair, face (udder moisturizer).

I have super dry skin and mix it with regular lotion for my body. It's my winter staple in Chicago.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/7/2011 2:42PM

    So true, doesn't cost a lot to look beautiful. I am selling Burts Bees and right beside me is the fragrance department. I can't believe that people will drop a hundred dollars or more to smell "good" with bad chemicals. I have a little bottle of essential citrus oils I use as perfume that cost under $10.00. And no chemicals.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/7/2011 7:44AM

    Thanks - I'll have to try it.

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GIRLGENERICA 12/6/2011 9:35PM

    love jojoba oil! Found your page through a mutual friend, need to read through the rest of your tips :)

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JLUVSHIKIN 12/6/2011 8:28PM

    I just started using jojoba oil as my body moisturizer just recently. I know that I read it is good for hair... but I haven't tried putting it in my shampoo or conditioner! Even when I have a little on my hands and rub it on my hair, it weighs it down too much.
So, how much is a squeeze??

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    I have been thinking about making my own personal products and cleaning products for a while now and have been doing some research.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/6/2011 1:00PM

    I just found your page and have a ton in common that I want to respond to when I return home later today. Have a great day.

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Quick tip #54 ~ When you're just soooo done with slow browsers

Monday, December 05, 2011

For longer than I care to admit, I've been struggling with a slow running computer.

The Spark website was the absolute worse.
I simply didn't have time to sit there looking at a frozen computer while it took a coupla minutes to get its act together.

Luckily for my aged computer, I discovered that the issue was my browser, IE7. Our it would have been sitting curbside, waiting for Trashman Cometh Tuesday. Yep... I was that done with this slower than molasses behavior.

Turns out that my IE 7 browser was burdened by Morpheus malware... there were three of these "add-on" critters getting a free ride, dragging the browser down. I'm not sure where I got the Morpheus download... but I know I didn't put it there.

So here's the fix if you're having a Time getting Sparkpages to load properly.
Open your IE browser, go to "Tools", a drop down menu will appear. Select "manage my add-ons". See if you've got Morpheus...if so, delete it. There were 3 Morpheus related add ons on my browser.

If you don't have this beastie, start eliminating the add-ons one by one, connecting to Spark after each elimination to find what's making your computer run so durn slow.

Alternately, try downloading Firefox browser. You can have Firefox and IE on your machine at the same time, its not a conflict.

As Firefox is downloading, it will ask you if you want to transfer add-ons from your old browser. The answer to this question is NO!!!! otherwise you'll be in the same pickle as you were with your previous browser.

Here's the link to FireFox:

Good luck with this.
Life is too sweet to spend any bit of it looking at a frozen computer screen!

: )

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AQUAGIRL08 12/17/2011 3:54PM

    Thanks for the information!

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MARY1313 12/6/2011 5:39PM

    I love love love Google Chrome. I tried fire fox too, but I don't like it was well. Google Chrome is free and easy to down load.

No one uses IE anymore because of all the problems.

Mary in Alabama

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MZZCHIEF 12/6/2011 10:17AM

    Thanks everyone for your comments!

You guys... you're so smart... I can see I am sooo far behind here on the browser learning curve!

Hail to new browsers and savvy Sparkers!
: )

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MRS.DOYLE 12/6/2011 9:47AM

    Good tip. I checked my IE add ons and they seem ok. I usually use Chrome whenever possible though and am happy with it.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/6/2011 8:20AM

    I hear you. Slow computer screens are frustrating. I like Firefox as well. Haven't tried Google Chrome.

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NEW-CAZ 12/6/2011 3:11AM


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GEMINIAN1 12/6/2011 12:22AM

    I have used: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome.
Chrome doesn't allow add-on's, without asking.
Firefox is supposed to be the same way.

Any who, I'm a die hard "Google Chrome" person.
I won't use anything else now ... :-p

Another thing to remember is third party applications i.e. Adobe Flash & Reader, Java, Real Player, and software like that is to make sure you read the screens and don't just click, next, next, next, next.
They'll get you with add-on's that way too.
You mentioned that in your Blog, with the transfer too.

I am glad that your puter is running faster now because I agree with you, life is to short to stare at a slow computer. You rock!
Thanks for posting this, good stuff.
I hope that you're doing really good my friend.
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THISISIT-PA 12/5/2011 10:30PM

    I love Google Chrome.

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    I've used firefox for a long time. Much better than IE.

Comment edited on: 12/5/2011 4:50:27 PM

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Quick Tip #53~ 15% off on Bloodwork at Healthcheckusa for the next 5 days...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

For those of you that don't have insurance and are looking for bloodtests for your thyroid, a CBC or CMP... Healthcheckusa is having a 15% off sale.

You can order your tests now, for the upcoming year... they don't have to be used right away, but they do have to be ordered within the next 5 days (starting today, 11/24, to Monday, 11/28) to get the discount.

The discount code is HCUSABLK11
Here's a hyperlink to the website:

Good health to all my Sparkers!
: )

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MZZCHIEF 5/15/2013 5:58PM

    You can order your own blood work in most states, there's a handful that have outlawed it.

They're mostly in the North East... New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts.

And North Dakota.

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SKATER787 5/15/2013 2:22PM

    Great info. I didn't know you could get your own blood test without getting an order from doc.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/26/2011 9:06AM

    Thankfully we have it covered in Canada.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/24/2011 8:26PM

    We get ours done at our local health fair real cheap.

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LINOVER 11/24/2011 5:52PM

    Thanks for sharing this information!

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NEW-CAZ 11/24/2011 2:33PM

    Nice of you to share this Mzz.
Once again I'm glad I'm in the UK,.......this would be done on the NHS free of charge!

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Getting serious about downsizing....

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Ran across this slideshow and thought I'd share.
I would think it fun to have one of these on some acreage away from the madding crowd for a weekend retreat or even as a place to spend a summer....

This one's my fav... but I might change my mind if I saw the pricetag...

: )

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STRINGS58 11/17/2011 6:42AM

    Those were wild! I have too much stuff -- the music instruments would take up too much space -- and kids, where does all their stuff go? Still, it would be easy to clean! I liked the round tree house.

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1BEACHWALKER 11/11/2011 3:49PM

    I love these tiny homes. Bob and I have even talkied of getting one and buying some land and seriously downsizing. Maybe in a couple different places! I love that Zero house too! But,not for $350,000! Thanks for reigniting my dream! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BET212 11/6/2011 1:29AM

    DHs dream is to live in a Tumbleweed house someday. We've looked at their other houses and they have some cute floor plans. I could go smaller but not sure how small yet :)

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/5/2011 7:13PM

    The idea of the zerohouse is great but wouldn't work for us - too expensive and have 6 people in the family. Plus don't know it would work in -30 C.

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MZZCHIEF 11/5/2011 3:01PM

    I think it would be fun to live in a small space as long as it was well designed and I lived by myself.

I like the idea of multipurpose spaces.

So for me, the zero house would work beautifully... if it was a fraction of the $350 price AND situated in a green place by the beach!

: )

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JLUVSHIKIN 11/5/2011 1:26PM

    One would really have to be serious about downsizing to live in some of those houses! Though, not a bad idea. To bad the price tag makes them a little out of reach.

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    I like number one but could never live in anything this small. Too claustrophobic!!

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M77355 11/2/2011 3:47PM

    Hey MMBB,
Life isn't about me lately and that's fine ... I'm glad I can help mom from afar. S.o.o.o much to do and the hours evaporate before I know it.
Logged in and wanted to see how you're doing - you're just racking up those points!!
In some magazine awhile back, I saw a fantastic house an architect had designed with peripheral wings using boxcars. You might enjoy this link, too:
Take good care of yourself!

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MZZCHIEF 11/2/2011 3:28PM

    okay, I found out how much the Zero House cost... are you sitting down... $350,000! No I am NOT kidding!

For $350k my midget house would have to come with a private island in the tropics. ha

We all have champagne tastes here... or mabbe we can just tell quality when we see it...

Have a fun day!
: )

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 11/2/2011 8:12AM

    Those are fun.

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KASEYCOFF 11/1/2011 6:22PM

    We've already got a Smart car - guess all we need now is a 'smart house'!

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NEW-CAZ 11/1/2011 5:09PM

    love zerohouse, cool! And I bet it costs $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Monday funnies~ One of the best ads I've seen....

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bet you can't figure out what this is an ad for, before the final frames of this short...

Pretty clever stuff...

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JUICENUT 12/15/2011 2:00AM

    Too funny! We just got one of these last Friday and never saw this commercial.

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ELATEDLOSER 10/29/2011 9:04AM

  this is just too funny!!!

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ANDRINE48 10/19/2011 1:16PM

    Too funny. emoticon

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APPEALSTOME 10/9/2011 7:46PM

    Best ad I have seen.

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    It is a good one!

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LITTLEWIND53 10/4/2011 10:27AM

    I have seen this before, but had forgotten the ending. So it was like seeing it for the first time. Thanks for sharing.....

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MZZCHIEF 10/4/2011 8:09AM

    Glad ya'll liked it!
Just in time for Halloween... I literally broke out in laughter at the surprise at the end... scared my dogs...

: )

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 10/4/2011 7:55AM

    That is pretty funny.

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DFROMTX 10/4/2011 7:54AM

    Great ad!! Why have I not seen this on TV?


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GHK1962 10/3/2011 9:38PM first I was like...that is too spooky! Nice.

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IDLETYME 10/3/2011 6:43PM

    That's really clever. Thanks for sharing!

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NEW-CAZ 10/3/2011 5:34PM

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