Category Archives: Hygiene

I’m Tired Of Smelling Like Pee.

This is the one we use.
This is the one we use.

I’ve been trying to potty-train my toddler for the past few months.  It’s been difficult, to say the least.  And I know it could be worse.

I know what you’re thinking, you moms.  Your fingers are itching to type some advice into the comments section below.  If you tell me to throw some panties on her and it should only take a weekend, I will beat you and then strangle you with a used, dirty diaper.

I have 2 teens, remember?!  I have done this before and know how this is supposed to go.

Also, don’t tell me that maybe she’s not ready yet.  She’s ready.  Again, I have been through this twice already.  I threw underwear on them, and they took to peeing in the toilet pretty quickly, even with a few accidents.  Pooping was another story with my son.  That took awhile, and I’ve read that’s normal with boys.

My toddler wants to wear underwear.  She rips her diapers off and even tells me what particular kind she wants to put on, depending on her mood, “Mama!  Kitty panties!” (meaning Hello Kitty) or “Mama!  Faerie panties!” (meaning Tinker Bell).  Most of the time, she doesn’t mind sitting on the toilet, as we have a stack of books nearby and she listens attentively when I read.

In fact, she has been ripping her diaper off after she pees or poops since she was a year and a half.  I didn’t want to start potty-training her then because I felt the whole concept would be lost on her.  I didn’t feel she was ready.

The current problem:  She doesn’t want to stop playing or doing whatever it is she’s doing to go to the toilet.  When I try to take her, she’ll complain, “No!  Don’t want it!”  I know she’s gotta go; I know the signs and I see them.  She’ll hold it, too.  So I try to carry her to the toilet, and she’ll kick and yell.  She’ll arch her back when I try to set her on the toilet.  So I’ll say, “Okay.  Fine.  Just don’t go potty in your panties.  Tell me when you have to go potty.”

“Okay, Mama.”  Then she runs back to whatever she was doing.

Then I lose track of the time, and it’s an hour later, or it’s only 10 minutes later, and she won’t hold it anymore.  Won’t, not Can’t.  She takes the time to stand up and look down, or squat and look down, to pee right where she’s playing.

Oh, and, yes, she understands the concept of putting her potty in the toilet.  She makes Tinker Bell and all the other faeries go potty on the toilet in Barbie’s house.  And it’s not like she hasn’t gone potty in her toilet a bunch of times already with no problems.

I’m at my wit’s end, and I’m sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tired of cleaning up pee, and I’m sure my teens are, too.  (They’ve been so awesome helping me with this!)  Good thing we have tile in most of the house.  I’m also tired of smelling like pee at the end of the day.  Even though she doesn’t pee on me and, when I carry her to the tub to be washed, I don’t think I get any pee on me, I still manage to smell like it.

I took a break yesterday.  I had to.  For my sanity.  I tried to keep her in diapers all day.  She kept asking for her panties.

Okay, so here’s where I ask for advice.  Have any of you had to deal with a difficult child when it comes to potty training, or maybe this same situation?  Please, please, please, throw some suggestions my way.

I cringe at the thought, but I am totally ready to start bribing her with chocolate chips.

I Finally Did It… Sort Of. I Washed My Hair With Water For A Month.


It sort of happened not intentionally.  When we moved, the containers that held our ACV (apple cider vinegar) and water mixture were left behind because they didn’t have tops to them.  And when we got here, we realized that we were out of ACV.

When we first moved here, I was completely unfamiliar with the area, and all I saw was farmland.  I thought, “Holy Crap, everything really is really far away.”  I didn’t leave the house because there was so much unpacking, and my husband had to use my car to go to work, so I was left with the diesel truck.  My car gets good gas mileage, and he has an hour drive to work.  And we try not to drive the truck because diesel is so expensive now.

Anyway, I didn’t leave the house for awhile.  When I asked my daughter what she was using to wash her hair, she said, “Nothing.  Just water.”  I was stunned, “Really???”

Her hair didn’t look gross or clumpy, like my first attempt last December with washing only with water.  But I wasn’t brushing my hair back then either.  I hadn’t brushed my hair in years; I just ran my hands through it.  Since I really wanted to water-only wash, I started brushing my hair in January.

Yeah, brushing your hair is the key to getting water-only washing to work.  That and gradually dwindling your use of ACV/ water mixture.

Currently, I alternate: wash with water, then next shower wash with ACV/ water mixture.  My hair wasn’t ready for full water-only washing.

The only way to describe the feel and texture of my hair is it felt like “beach hair.”  You know when you go to the beach, and then after awhile your hair feels… not greasy… just… I don’t know.  Like “beach hair.”  It started feeling too “beachy” for me after about a month, so I did an ACV/ water rinse and it felt much better.

I don’t even scrub my scalp anymore.  I brush with a boar’s hair brush, then with a “wet brush” before I get in the shower.  Our ACV/ water mixture is 1/3 ACV and 2/3 distilled water.  I pour this into a cup (about a quarter of the way) and fill the rest of the way with water.  Then I saturate my hair with water and slowly pour the mixture over my head.  I brush it through with the wet brush and let it sit for a few minutes while I wash the rest of my body.  Finally, I rinse it out.

My hair feels super, super soft.  I’m working my way toward water-only washing, and I’m getting closer, but it’s not going to happen quite yet.

Have you tried washing your hair with only water?  What was your experience and have you been successful?  Any tips?

I Haven’t Used Facial Soap In Over Two Months

480127-004Guess what I’m using?  I’ll give you a hint: it’s the same thing I use to brush my teeth with.

Yup.  Water.

Just like I did with shampoos and conditioners, I used to love to buy the newest facial cleansers and moisturizers.  Olay, Neutrogena, The Body Shop…  I actually used to sell Body Shop stuff when they had that program.  I hated it.  Doing the home parties, I mean.  But, man, did I love getting those orders!

I’d get a big box on my front doorstep, open it up, and it was like Christmas.  I never made any money because everything I made, I spent on products.  Hey, I got an awesome discount, plus, I got free stuff all the time.

Yeah, I thought I’d try being a people person for awhile.  Didn’t work out.  I’ve tried it a few times, and it never works out.  Body Shop consultant, neighborhood BlockWatch leader, Brownie Scout host… Once in awhile I get this bug up my ass and get these crazy thoughts that I can be sociable.  Then I snap back into reality, shake those ridiculous thoughts from my head, and cozy up into my hermit blanket again.

I even tried to go to nursing school once.  I lasted about a month.  I did back-flips over my classmates’ math scores, but I consistently failed my bedside manner tests while everyone was acing theirs.  So I quit and enrolled back into my lab hermit lifestyle: organic chemistry.

Sorry.  Going way off on a tangent.

Anyway, I’m no stranger to facial products.  The last product I used was Burt’s Bees.  But on my quest for a simpler lifestyle, I thought, “What the hell.  I’ll try water.”

Here’s my facial cleansing and moisturizing regimen:

In the shower, after I’ve been in the steam awhile, I take a washcloth and soak it in the hot water.

I gently massage my face in a circular motion with the hot washcloth.

Then I “rinse” my face in the shower spray.

After I get out of the shower, I massage a mixture of coconut oil and tea tree essential oil into my face to moisturize.  I just took a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil, put it in a container, and then added about 3 drops of tea tree essential oil to it.

And I’m done!

It’s working so far.  I still get a small zit once in awhile, but I was getting more than that when using store-bought stuff.  And I’m washing my face only every other day to every two days.

By no means, do I have perfect skin.  I used to get break-outs.  I even tried that oil cleansing method.  That may work for some people, but I started getting deep zits on my cheeks – of all places!

So we’ll see how this works long term.  It’s only been a couple of months.  I’m thinking about adding honey to my routine as I’ve been reading about people using it and some getting awesome results.  Here’s a little info from one site:

But cheap-ass me is thinking, “Water is free.  It’s working.  Wait until your face retaliates, then try it.”  I may try it as a spot treatment.

I’ll keep you posted!

Note: No, I don’t wear make-up.  BUT I have read that using oil, such as coconut oil, is a great make-up remover.