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One of the many uses for vinegar

My house is a disaster.  People seem shocked when I tell them that I’ve lived in my house for a month and I am still living out of boxes.  If you saw how much stuff my husband and I have, then you probably wouldn’t be so surprised that I have no idea where anything is.  Not to mention, that Brad has started about 5 projects around the house – each of them about 1/3 of the way done.  He is building built-ins in our master closet because we have zero storage in our master bathroom.  He is using crown moulding to build me place to display my high heels (an idea found on Pinterest, of course), he is replacing the hardware in our master bathroom, building shelves in the laundry room, starting plans to build a pergola over our back porch, and he is in the middle of organizing his garage.  Yes, it is HIS garage.  He gets the garage, I get a craft room 🙂

So while my house is a disaster, one thing that is no longer a disaster is my hair.  A few days after we moved into our house, I realized that we have hard water.  Bleh.  Hard water and my hair are not friends.  In fact, after I dried and styled my hair in the mornings it still looked and felt as if I had forgotten to wash out the shampoo :(.  I’ve been wearing my hair in a ponytail to work for the last few weeks because my hair sucks so bad.  So, I started doing some research to see if there is a special type of shampoo I can use or what the heck I need to do to help my hair.  Of course, the first solution I found was to install a water softener system in our house.  I don’t have an extra $5,000 laying around, so I kept searching.  I found a tutorial on eHow.com on how apple cider vinegar can help your hair suck less if you have hard water.  Not gonna lie, I was a little skeptical.  The idea of spraying my hair with vinegar and smelling like a pickle all day wasn’t too appealing – but I was desperate so I gave it a try.

Yesterday at Kroger, I picked up a store-brand bottle of apple cider vinegar for less than $2.  I think it was a 12oz. bottle, but that is kindof irrelevant to this post because I only used 2 tablespoons.  Moving on.  I looked around Kroger for one of those plastic spray bottles that you use to spray water on your cat when he/she misbehaves, but I couldn’t find one.  So, I got home and rummaged through the garage.  I found a few gignatic spray bottles that one would use to make their own household cleaners, so I kept looking for a smaller bottle.   I found an almost empty 10 ounce spray bottle of some kind of cleaning solution for our sofa (that we never use) so I washed out the bottle and mixed together my apple cider vineger solution.  I used 2 tbs of vinegar and filled the rest of the bottle with filtered water from my refrigerator.  I hopped in the shower, lathered, rinced, and then generously sprayed the vinegar & water solution all over my hair – being careful not to get any in my eyes.  I ran my fingers through my hair a bit to try and spread the solution around, finished up with my shower, then rinced the vinegar-water out of my hair.  No lie, my hair was SO MUCH SOFTER!  I let it air dry for about 30 minutes then finished drying with the blowdryer and I could actually run my fingers through my hair without feeling like I hadn’t showered in 3 weeks.  The vinegar smell was gone, and my hair was actually soft, shiny, and manageable – eureka!

The tutorial I read on eHow.com suggested to only use the vinegar-water solution once a week, so I placed the bottle neatly on my shower caddy for use next weekend.  I highly recommend everyone trying the vinegar-water trick if you have stubborn hair due to hard water or product build up.  It works GREAT!

Alright, I know..  I’ve been slacking (again) on this whole blogging thing.  But, I have a really good excuse this time.  Husband and I closed on our house on March 29th and finally moved into OUR home!  Hence the blog slack.  See, isn’t it pretty!?

The house is 15 years old, so it naturally needs some TLC, but Husband and I are excited to tackle those projects little by little to make this house our own.  For starters, we had the 15 year old carpet replaced in the master bedroom with new carpet and had beautiful laminate wood floors put in the living room and formal dining room.  I wanted to replace all of the floors in the entire house, but then I realized I wasn’t made of money.  New floors a little at a time is better than no new floors at all, I suppose.  Anyway, I managed to get a before and after picture of the floor in the living room.  I don’t really consider this a project, because we didn’t install the floors ourselves, but I still think it’s worth sharing!

Out with the nasty, stained carpet:

And in with the new, super amazing laminate wood floors!

Like I said, we will make little updates here and there and I will try hard to remember to take before and after picture – stay tuned!!

New Home + New Floors + No Home Internet = Blog Slacking