Colloidal oatmeal is a soothing addition to baths for the treatment of eczema, rashes, and other skin irritations. To put it simply, colloidal oatmeal is nothing more than VERY finely-ground oatmeal. So then why is it so expensive?! It doesn’t have to be if you DIY it! 🙂
Both of my little guys suffer from really bad eczema, especially in the cold, dry winter like what we’re having now. We have prescription meds to treat the problem, but whenever possible, I prefer to go the natural, homeopathic route first.
We’ve bought Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Treatment for Eczema, but at around $10 a pop per box, and using at least one box per week per kiddo, think about that… It adds up to around $80 per month! This just will not do! I’m all about doing what’s best for my kids, but you know me…I’m also all about saving money.
Sooooo…I decided to make my own colloidal oatmeal treatment, just like Aveeno.
But get this…mine is only about 7 cents per treatment, or $4 PER MONTH!! How’s that for savings?
Add 1-2 cups of oats at a time into food processor and grind for several minutes until the oatmeal is a very fine powder. The finer the powder, the better it is for a bath, as it dissolves very easily in water and won’t leave large chunks on your skin and hair.
Once it is a very fine powder, transfer to a jar or plastic bag and store in a cool, dry place.
You’ll notice that the finely-ground oatmeal smells EXACTLY like the expensive Aveeno (but ours is DIRT CHEAP, so that makes it smell way, WAY better!) 🙂
Hiya, folks! It’s been a LOOONG time since I’ve posted. Too long. WAY too long. And I’ve missed ya’ll! 🙂
We’ve had a nasty virus pass through our house. First me, then the little Pumpkin, then Junior, then even my parents got it since we’re together so much. The Peanut and my husband, however, are just plain bullet proof. I don’t know how they managed to stay healthy with us coughing all over them, but they did! THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS! The last thing I needed was two more sick babies.
Anyhoo…. Other than my two-month-lingering cough, we are all better now. Hooray!!
I’ve done a couple projects while I’ve been away, and I’ve just been itching to share them with you, because they are really, really, truly, totally cool!
Today I’m sharing with you one of my SWEET home office updates. It’s a bulletin board/art board that I made from a frame with chicken wire that I…GET THIS… found for free on the side of the road! 🙂 Yes, that’s right! I found it, as-is on the side of the road! I hit those breaks and jumped out of my minivan faster than you can say, “dumpster dive!”
It was actually double the size, probably about 18 feet long, but one section of the frame was broken. So, I just had Dr. B get out the power tools and hack off one side. And that is literally all I did before hanging it on the wall! The white paint was already very weathered, which perfectly suits my style.
It is VERY heavy, though, so I had to secure it very well to the wall so it didn’t fall off and hit me in the head while I’m writing.
Then I bought some cute little mini clothes pins at Hancock Fabrics to use for fastening photos and things to the chicken wire. I added a few of my favorite photos, and it was complete!
I absolutely love the finished product. This is totally my style- eclectic, vintage, farmhouse, shabby chic. 🙂
What do you guys think? Can you believe I found this for free on the side of the road?!
Going to garage sales is a favorite weekend pastime for Dr. B and me. We love packing the kids up in the van, getting some good coffee, and heading out on a treasure hunt.
We’re always searching for antique vintage items that fit into my vintage home decor theme. My husband likes to find fishing gear, tools, and outdoor gear. We also are always on the hunt for baby gear bargains.
Some weekends we have very little luck, and some weekends we score so big it gives us a high that lasts all weekend. THIS would be one of those times!
We went to four sales, and found treasures at all but one of them.
Here’s what we found, for a total of just $25!! 🙂 Yay!!
6 antique Ball jars, some with original lids, and even an original seal. I have an ever-growing Ball jar collection, and the teal jars are my favorite. Some of these babies are worth a lot of money, but I’ve never paid more than a few bucks for any of mine. My dear husband spotted these, and scored them ALL for only $11 total. Way to go, Honey!! 🙂
4 antique cast iron skillets. If you are a foodie like me, then you know how awesome it is to cook on an old cast iron skillet. I’m always on the hunt for these, but I never buy them because they’re soooooo EXPENSIVE! Not today, my friends! We got all four of these small skillets for $2 each. They’re worth way, way more than that. And I can’t wait to make some Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies, or fry up some Breakfast Shipwrecks in these. 🙂
Antique porcelain kitchen strainer. $2. I am in love with all the items I found this weekend, but I think this MAY be my favorite. This strainer makes my heart beat fast. Lol. It fits so completely perfectly in my farmhouse chic, vintage kitchen. This sweet little 100 year old strainer was all sad and lonely sitting in a cardboard box in someone’s barn, just WAITING for me to find her, clean her up, and take her home with me to be loved again.
Antique mini Fire King baking dish with lid. This was only $1, and so worth the money. Not only is it cute, but it is very useful. I will be using it to make single serving portions of casseroles, etc, for my teenage son. He doesn’t like some of the things I put into my casseroles, like celery and large chunks of tomatoes and veggies. So, I will use this to make him his own portions sans the stuff he dislikes.
Nevco retro vintage metal bowl from South Africa. I’m a sucker for cool, pretty, unique bowls. This one fits the bill, and at only $1, how could I leave without it? This bowl is just lovely. I’ve never seen anything like it. The bright colors are so pretty. I don’t have a plan in mind for this bowl, but it was just too pretty to pass up (this is the borderline hoarder in me talking).
Antique porcelain pitcher. I love this almost as much as the porcelain strainer. It was $2, and it has red in it, which is my main accent color. Unfortunately, it has some rust and a hole in the bottom, so it can’t actually be used as a pitcher anymore, but it will make an awesome planter! The hole makes for perfect drainage!
I love breathing new life into antiques. And I love the past that they’ve already lived. I love imagining all the hands that have touched them, and the clothes those people were wearing, and what foods they may have been cooking. And I love getting these items at bargain prices! I still can’t believe we only spent $25! I can’t wait until our next garage sale outing, but the bar has been set pretty high after this trip. 🙂
What are your favorite garage sale finds? Share with us!
Now that the little Pumpkin is almost 2 (Gasp! It’s going too fast!) he’s really starting to get more into kid’s cartoons and TV shows. I wanted to add a little TV to the playroom and start a kid’s DVD collection, but I also really did not want to drop several hundred dollars on a new flat screen, or a few hundred more on DVD’s. So, the frugal girl inside me got creative and went to work!
A lot of people like to paint a rosy picture of labor and delivery. It is a beautiful thing, and I look back on the births of my three boys with a smile…because you just forget how bad it is! 🙂 The harsh reality