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How To Apply Loose Powder



Here’s how to apply loose powder with some special mature makeup tips for makeup for women over 40.

How To Apply Loose Powder

Feb
28

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How To Apply Concealer



Here’s how to apply concealer with some special tricks for older skin.

How To Apply Concealer

Feb
27

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How To Apply Foundation

Here’s how to apply foundation to smooth out and camouflage aging skin, rosacea and uneven skin tones. If you missed them you should check out the first videos in this beauty series: How To Wash Your Face and How To Apply Moisturizer.

How To Apply Foundation

Feb
26

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How To Apply Moisturizer


As you get older it’s really important to learn how to apply moisturizer.  Just like makeup for older women requires different techniques, so does anti aging skin care. Learning how to apply face lotion is one of the most important makeup tips you’ll ever learn.

How To Apply Moisturizer


Feb
25

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How To Wash Your Face



Okay ladies it’s time to relearn how to wash your face, because what was the best way to wash your face when you were 16 doesn’t line up with anti aging skin care.

How To Wash Your Face

Feb
22

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Baby Hat Crochet Patterns



I get so excited whenever I find out someone is having a baby… especially when it means I get to be an Aunt to that new bundle of cuteness!  My sister-in-law Bethany is expecting in about a month so I knew it was time to start making homemade baby presents.  I like to do handmade gifts anyway, but since my husband just got laid off it is the ONLY option right now.  Fortunately for me I believe in not only keeping a fully stocked pantry, but a fully stocked craft room!

Anyway, I digress…. so back to my new niece.  This will be their 3rd baby so they have all of the necessities already.  (Check out this list of baby items you can’t live without)  Which means I just get to do fun stuff.  I decided to start with a baby hat and go from there, which gave me a great opportunity to redo my baby hat crochet pattern post by adding a video with step by step instructions on how to make this hat.   Since my niece hasn’t been born yet, you’ll have to settle for a picture of my baby boy wearing this hat last year, although in the video I’m using pink and brown to make the little baby girl version!

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Baby Gideon in his crochet baby hat

Baby Hat Crochet Patterns

Free Baby Hat Crochet Pattern- for size 3-6 months

This crochet hat fit my baby as a newborn… but he started out at 10 lbs, 2 oz with a giant head to boot… so 3-6 months for “normal” size babies :-)

Size G hook

In the photo color A is Blue & color B is Teal.

In the video color A is Brown & Color B is Pink

When switching colors, don’t cut the thread, just hide on the inside when you switch colors.

Chain 73 with color A. Join chain.

Rounds 1-10 72 sc. Join with a slip stitch to first chain. Repeat for next 9 rounds switching colors every 2 rows.

Rounds 11 With color B, Ch 1 (Sc 17 skip 1)x 4, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (68 total stitches)

Round 12 Ch 1 (sc 12 skip 1) x5, sc 3, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (63 total stitches)

Round 13 Switch to color A. Ch 1 (sc 17 skip 1) x3, sc 8, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (59 total stitches)

Round 14 Ch 1, (sc 15 skip 1) x3, sc 11, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (56 total stitches)

Round 15 Switch to color B. Ch 1 (sc 13 skip1) x4, sc 1, skip 1, sc 2, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (53 total stitches)

Round 16 Ch 1 (sc 15 skip 1)x3 sc 5, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (49 total stitches)

Round 17 Switch to color A. Ch 1 (sc 11, skip 1) x4, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (45 total stitches)

Round 18 Ch 1 (sc 13 skip 1) x3 , 4sc,  join with a slip stitch to first chain. (43 total stitches)

Round 19 Switch to color B. Ch 1 (sc 10 skip 1) x 3, sc 10, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (40 total stitches)

Round 20 Ch 1 (sc 8, skip 1) x4, sc 4 , join with a slip stitch to first chain. (38 total stitches)

Round 21 Switch to color A. Ch 1 (sc 5, skip 1) x5, 4 sc, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (29 total stitches)

Round 22 Ch 1, (sc 3, skip 1)x7, join with a slip stitch to first chain. Cut, tie off, and hide Color yarn. (21 total stitches)

Round 23 Switch to color B. (Sc 2, skip 1)x7, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (15 total stitches)

Round 24 Ch 1, (sc 1, skip 1) x8 , join with a slip stitch to first chain. (8 total stitches)

Round 25 Switch to color A. (Sc 1, skip 1)x4, join with a slip stitch to first chain. Cut, tie off, and hide yarn.

Bottom Ribbing With Color B, connect to the bottom of the hat, ch 2 and (double crochet behind the post, then double crochet in front of the next post), all the way around. (72 total stitches) Repeat for the next 2 rows.

Feb
19

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Gluten Free Cornbread


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Gluten free vegan cornbread recipe

This gluten free cornbread recipe is fast, easy, and frugal. “These are a few of my favorite things!” Okay, I love The Sound of Music and I couldn’t resist.  FYI not only is this recipe gluten free, is also vegan aka no eggs and no milk.

Gluten Free Cornbread

Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe

1 3/4 cups corn meal

1/4 cup rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1 1/2 cups soy milk

1 tsp vinegar

4 tbsp flax meal

6 tbsp water

Mix together and bake at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes

Feb
18

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How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent



Okay frugal moms, are you ready to learn how to cut expenses and get those bills down? If you answered yes then you’re ready to learn how to make laundry detergent, or homemade laundry soap… whatever you want to call it!  I actually posted a blog on this like a year ago, so go take a peek if you want to take a trip down memory lane with me!  It’s worth checking out because I do the financial breakdown of the homemade ingredients and how much money you save.

Spoiler allert:  Making laundry detergent saves me over $200 a year… no joke this stuff rules

How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

 Laundry Soap Recipe

1 bar soap (shaved with cheese grater)

1 quart of water

½ cup borax

1 cup washing soda

3 gallons water

*Optional- Several drops of essential oils

Video Transcript  How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Hello this is Joquena with Modern Homemakers and today I’m going to show you how to make laundry detergent laundry soap whatever you want to call it. Laundry detergent has chemicals laundry soap doesn’t. That’s kind of my differentiation there. This is super easy I’ve been doing it for years it saves a lot of money and a lot of trips to the store. You need a pan, I recommend getting a giant pan, not only do I melt my soap n this pan, I store it in it. It’s the perfect size I don’t even have to measure water anymore. Get a grater a bar block of cheese , ok soap but it’s gonna feel like cheese by the time you get done with it. Washing soda and borax. That’s it, and some water. That’s all you need.

The first thing you’re going to do is grate your soap. If you want exact measurements there’s a link at the bottom to modern homemakers. So if you’re smart you’ll enlist the help of older children or your husband. I’m not fortunate enough to have older children yet so what I had to do is bat my eyelashes at my husband, try it with me. Get’s the job done and I didn’t have to do it. If you have to do it yourself at least go sit in front of the TV, put your feet up and enjoy yourselves.

Add a quart of water, put on the stove and you don’t have to stir constantly, but keep on until they dissolve. As you can see it’s dissolved. While it’s still warm add a cup of washing soda and a half a cup of borax. Stir until dissolved and then we’re gonna add some more water. I would say doing this saves me over 200 dollars a year. I did some math on my website, I don’t like doing math I only do it for saving money and this is a big money saver that doesn’t take very much time. Add 3 gallons of water. I know my pan so I’m going to not measure.

One of the reasons I first started doing the laundry soap wasn’t even just the money, although that was a nice reason for me. I was having a lot of health problems and I started researching that all the fragrances and dyes and stuff can have adverse effects on your health, so one of the first things I did was start cutting out cleaning chemicals, and positive benefit save on the dineros. I couldn’t go back. I was always having to put laundry detergent in my cart , I still use like stain treatments and air fresheners occasionally like in the laundry like fabric softeners and whatever but I’m just as quick to throw in some vinegar in a load as a fabric softener. If you want to have a special smell I recommend you do it on a per load basis but you can add some essential oils in here. They’re just so pricy and most of my loads I don’t even care. I’m more likely to save some tea tree oil for the pee soaked bed sheets from a kid or something that you really want to get smell out of , or diapers.

One more reason you need to make this, it may not seem very convenient to be grating soap, but I find it is more convenient then having to find space in an overflowing garbage for one more giant container or to have to haul that down to the recycling. And as an environmental side note if you stop having to buy all these giant chemical containers you will be amazed at how much less stuff is in your garbage can. We look down the street and everyone else has theirs like overflowing and ours fits. You can look at what it looks like right now, and I’ll try to come back later when it turns into a thick snot. As a side note if you’re using like an olive oil or natural type soap, like I’ve made my own soap and that doesn’t ever really turn into the thick snot it stays runnier because it has more olive oil in it. If you’re using not a commercial type soap, if you’re using a more holistic type of soap don’t expect it to turn into the snot and if I want to go start a load of laundry right now I can or you can wait until it firms up. I have a front loading machine I’ve used it with that, I’ve used it with a top loader it totally works.

I find I use more of this than I would a store bought for a front loader so look at your 1x 2x 3x and I still pretty much use a ladle full which is like ½ a cup to ¾ a cup. But, I like to really fill my loads in the washer, probably a little too much so I still use that amount. But if I were only putting a few things in there if I didn’t have more laundry than I could ever keep up I would use less. I’m going to add some vinegar to this load to neutralize some stinkyness!

 

Feb
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Fried Cabbage

If you’re looking for frugal recipes add this fried cabbage meal to your list of budget friendly meals.  Believe it or not cheap and easy dinners can be fast and tasty without keeping you in the kitchen for HOURS! 

I can feed my whole family with this recipe for under 3 dollars!

Fried Cabbage Recipe:

1 head cabbage

1 onion

4-5 onions

oil (canola or olive)

salt

Fried Cabbage

What are some of your favorite frugal recipes? 

Feb
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Inspiring Stories – Army Wife



If you’re a mom in need of some encouragement here’s an inspiring story from my grandmother who was an army wife in WW2.  She followed her husband around the country with a baby at the mercy of strangers!  If you’d like to see some more inspiring stories check out this video on cloth diapers.



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