Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Jewelry Cleaner. Photo by jonesies


  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 piece aluminum foil


  1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl (like a cereal bowl).
  3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
  4. According to wire-sculpture.com, “this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, and sterling silver. I have even cleaned jewelry with freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl with no problem.”.




Plantar Wart Removal

I have had a plantar wart before. On my heel. When I was a teenager…I remember walking on the ball of my foot one whole summer. It was like having a small rock embedded in my foot. PAINFUL!!!

Fortunately, it’s long gone but this remedy fascinated me. I can’t believe how, again, apple cider vinegar is used as a topical skin remedy.

I’ve posted the link to the full entry below. These pics, while not pretty, are nothing compared to the final stages of removal. I confess, though, that seeing the wart ‘dying’ throughout the process is very satisfying (if it’s weird, it’s me).

Anyway, if you have one try this out and let me know if it works. If I had one, I’d be upstairs doing it right now!

Good luck!!


Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

AppleCiderVinegarTonerI have a love/hate relationship with apple cider vinegar. On the ‘love’ side, it is supposed to be incredibly healthy for your digestive system and SHOULD be taken as a tonic every day.

On the ‘hate’ side however, I absolutely cannot stand the taste of it. I’ve tried mixing it with every combination of juice and sweetener I’ve heard of and still gag before it even comes near my mouth. Alas, for my digestive system…


BUT…according to the recipe I found online (link at the bottom of this post), apple cider vinegar toner can offer the following benefits to your skin:

  • Rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids
  • Lightens sun and age spots
  • Dissolves dead skin cells
  • Balances the skin’s PH
  • Improves acne and acne scars
  • Helps minimize appearance of pores


1) Pour 1 part apple cider vinegar into a glass jar, bottle or container.
2) Add 2 parts distilled or filtered water.
3) Shake the bottle to combine the mixture.
4) Apply the toner to your freshly cleansed skin using a cotton ball or pad, avoiding the eye area.
5) Apply your usual, daily moisturizer after the apple cider vinegar toner has dried.
6) Shake well before each use.  Store in a cool, dry, dark place (No need to refrigerate).

And Kowabunga! I find this new use for it! I must confess, I haven’t tried it yet but it will happen today! Finally, a use for the jug in my kitchen cabinet…it takes so little to make me happy, doesn’t it? LOL!


Wonderful Strawberry Muffins!

I found another wonderful recipe on Facebook.
The only downside? I CAN’T STOP EATING THEM!!!



1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
3 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to butter mixture.
  4. Add vanilla. Gently stir in strawberries.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pans.
  6. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffins.
  7. Bake at 400º for 20-25 minutes.

The recipe said it makes one dozen muffins but I got almost 2 dozen out of the batch 😀

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

This is so sensual in the shower, it’s almost sinful! Enjoy!


1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, can substitute Sweetened Almond Oil or Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Vitamin E (cut open Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract, optional (or your favorite citrus essential oil)
1 tablespoon honey, optional for dry skin


In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.

To Use: In the shower, apply Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse.  Can be used daily.  Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery.

Acupressure for Spring Allergies

Everyone seems to react to the onslaught of pollen in the air this time of year. While we’re all smiling to see the outside world coming alive again with buds and blossoms, the itchy eyes and sneezing can be a pain.

While OTC medication can and do work, I found some links on Pinterest where you can use some pressure points on your body to assist in the relief of these symptoms.  While they may not be as immediate or long lasting as the meds, I think they are worth a try – considering they cost nothing and are all-natural.

Recently, I tried rubbing my thumb, first counter-clockwise then clockwise, one minute each in the centre of my right palm to relieve neck tension. I must say this worked very well and, since I do seem to carry tension in my neck (as a lot of people do), this is a handy dandy – not to mention discrete – way of alleviating neck pain!

Give it a try! Certainly can’t hurt 😀 http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=acupressure%20allergies