Monthly Archives: January 2013

Working With Modeling Wax

Beeswax Carrot

Modeling wax is a popular material in Waldorf schools. I have tried several times over the years to work with the material and have never been successful before. I’ve tried following a variety of helps and hints, such as floating the wax in warm water, to soften the wax, all to no avail. So, it was with a slight sense of dread, that I ordered a set of modeling wax for Dora. This time around, however, we actually got the hang of it! What I determined is that I had needed to work with smaller pieces. When I had read that one should work with small pieces of wax, I was still thinking in play dough terms. I have found that when Dora or I work with a piece that is no larger than a pea, we can easily warm up the wax and shape it as we wish. If we want to work with a larger piece of wax, we simply warm up several small pieces and then work them together.

Beeswax Berries 2

Even when properly softened, working with modeling wax requires more manual dexterity than working with clay or play dough does. So, though Dora really enjoys working with the wax, I have not tried introducing her to anything too complicated. What she enjoys making the most, is little pieces of food for her various wooden animals and doll house dolls. She’s made “berries” of every color and even made some “dragon berries’, which it ends up are multi-colored and quite large. She has also made “corn” for her chickens. I have just begun helping her to make some slightly more complicated shapes, such as “bananas” for her fairies and “carrots” for her rabbits.

Beeswax Chicken Feed

What about you? Have you done any work with modeling wax? If so, do you have any posts that you would be willing to share a link to in the comments section? Or if you know of any other good sites or resources for working with  modeling wax, could you please leave a comment about it? Thus far, the Waldorf books about modeling that I have found are a bit too heavy on the esoteric side and a bit too light on the practical-application side for my taste. Modeling wax can be purchased from most Waldorf craft retailers, but in the event that you want to know what set we are using, it is Stockmar Modeling Beeswax. There is at least one other major brand and one Etsy retailer that I know of, who also make colored modeling beeswax. It is expensive, but it never dries out and lasts a very long time. Please note, this is not the same wax that we used to decorate our pillar candles with, which is decorating wax and has a different texture.

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Labels: Arts and Crafts, Beeswax, Waldorf
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Fairy Tale Shadow Puppets

Shadow Puppets 6

When Dora was a a baby, I happened to see a set of shadow puppets at a small baby store, which has since gone out of business. For some strange reason, I bought them, knowing that I wouldn’t use them for years, which is very unlike me, as I am the “anti-packrat”. This week, I finally brought them out to play with. I used Dora’s little table as a “stage frame” and taped a piece of yellow kite paper to one side as the “screen”. We found battery-operated lanterns to be the best light source, as flashlights created bright, concentrated circles on the “screen”. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Mr. Mo came home early with his mother right as we were about to begin our plays. So Mr. Mo got to tell some shadow puppet stories, as did Secunda, who also happened to be home. The bad part of the whole affair was that the excitement of getting to to put on shadow puppet plays, combined with Daddy coming home early, and Grandma visiting left Dora bouncing off the walls. Dora loved the puppets though did not always like our storylines and started telling us that she was the “boss”. The difficulty with shadow puppets, that one does not experience with hand puppets, is that if one wants to watch the show, one can’t be manipulating the puppets at the same time. Overall, however, I’d say that this made for a great rainy day activity!

Shadow Puppets 4

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Labels: Puppets, Storytelling
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What We’ve Been Reading Wednesday–Some Pre-order Goodies

I’ve let this weekly column slide while I was trying to find my way around the world of Waldorf. I now feel like I’m pretty centered with Waldorf-inspired education and am ready to get back to my regularly-scheduled business. This week, both Dora and I received a book that we had been eagerly anticipating the release of. Dora’s book was Emeraldalicious, the latest book from the Pinkalicious series, by Victoria Kann. Ironically, Dora had just last week started wanting to read this series over and over again and then this book arrived today. Before we even opened the book, Dora spent a good deal of time “oohing” and “aahing” over the pretty glittery cover. This book features a lot of hearts, so at first I thought it might have been released with Valentine’s Day in mind, but after reading it, I decided that the publishers were probably shooting more for Earth Day, though it also conveys some St. Patrick’s Day ambiance. The basic storyline is that Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, are walking through the park and stumble upon a part of the park that has been turned into a dump. They use magic to clean up the dump, while having a wonderfully-imaginative fun at the same time. I still stand by my belief that, though Pinkalicious seems like she espouses all of the stereotypes that I try to shield Dora from, Pinkalicious actually is a strong female role model, who allows girls AND boys to enjoy the “traditionally feminine” side of things.

Meanwhile, I happily received my pre-order of Making Peg Dolls, by Margaret Bloom, earlier than the original release date. The book is hard-covered and much heftier than I was expecting, based on the image and other similar books that I have purchased (it’s 189 pages long!). As I have continued to struggle to come up with appropriate head coverings for our “month gnomes”, I was excited to see that this book offers a plethora of inspirational ideas. If you’re at all interested in making peg dolls for the children in your life, this book will answer any questions you have, while providing lots of good ideas for dolls for every season and many festivals of the year (plus a couple of examples of using peg dolls for storytelling).

What about you? Have you been reading any good books lately?

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Labels: Arts and Crafts, Literature
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Homeschool Mother’s Journal–Tonsil Stones, Downton Abbey, Algebra Textbooks, Gnomes, and More

In my life this week… I saw one of the most disgusting things that I have ever seen and I will spare you a photo of. We’ve had a cold running through the family and Tertia, who never gets sick, has caught it badly. She had already been to Urgent Care and started antibiotics when she asked me to look at her throat, which had become much more swollen. I got a flashlight and had to look pretty far back, but her tonsils had pockets of pus all over them and there was even one black spot on one of them! Being the wonderful first aid student that I am, I did the exact opposite of what one is supposed to do when someone is injured or sick, I jumped backwards, yelling, “Oh my God! That looks horrid!” I had my tonsils removed when I was young and none of my kids have had any tonsil problems before this, so I had no idea how gross tonsils could look. She went back to urgent care the next day and learned that she has tonsil stones, which I had never even heard of. The doctor actually tried to drain some of the pus by poking them, but Tertia’s gag reflex was too strong to allow this. Anyway, I hope none of you were eating or planning to eat after reading my post!

On a positive note, I started watching Downton Abbey right after Christmas break, and I have now totally been sucked into the show. I never watch TV for myself, so this is highly unusual. I have managed to watch all of Season 1 and 2 and now need to see if I have some sort of access to Season 3. Mr. Mo and I have also been sucked into Sherlock Holmes, which we watched over Christmas break. We’ve contemplated a move to England so that we can see these shows 6 months earlier, but that does seem a bit extreme… then again we are talking about Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes…

In our homeschool this week… The new edition of Saxon Algebra arrived for Gohan. By lesson 4, we decided that we both hated the textbook with a passion and I ended up ordering the older 3rd edition (Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd. edition), which Primo, Secunda, and Tertia all used successfully. I am not sure what I will do when we finish this book. Saxon’s older edition series uses Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Advanced Mathematics to cover all subjects from algebra through pre-calculus. The Advanced Mathematics book throws things off, since it is supposed to be be done in 1 – 2 years, depending on your student’s abilities. At the same time, Gohan is off the traditional school schedule now anyway, so I suppose this does not matter much. I just remember having a lot of problems with being able to teach the material starting at the end of Algebra 2, since I haven’t used any advanced math since college. The good news is that Saxon now has instructional DVD’s for the higher level math books.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… My mother-in-law will arriving tomorrow for a week-long visit. We may take her to the new Chihuly Garden ad Glass exhibit in downtown Seattle, depending on the weather and people’s sickness status.

My favorite thing this week was… Secunda getting a job. She has been very stressed about getting a job since moving back to Seattle. Plus, since she will not be starting back to university until September, she has been very bored. This job involves her assisting deaf and deaf-blind adults to live in a more independent manner (various living arrangements, some live in groups homes, others live independently, etc.). It ends up that deaf-blind people can “hear” sign language by feeling the tendons in your hands move, which I find to be incredibly fascinating. I think that it is incredible that our society has advanced to the point that we recognize that someone who is deaf and blind can be as smart and as productive a member of society as anyone else (as opposed to the way such such people were treated in the past and are still treated in many other countries) and that we have come up with ways for deaf-blind people to communicate, such that they can have jobs, take public transportation, and live relatively normal lives. I am also proud that my daughter is playing an active role in this process.

Month Gnomes

Things I’m working on… I am making a set of gnomes to represent the months of the year, per Dora’s request. I have burned a symbol on to each gnome and am in the process of painting them all. I tried to burn the name of the month on to the gnome also, but my wood burning tool just does not allow me enough control to do that. I would like to have different hats for these gnomes than the felt ones I made for our days-of-the-week gnomes. I’ve contemplated seasonal hats, but haven’t gotten past using acorn caps for the fall gnomes. Does anybody have any ideas for winter, spring, or summer gnome hats?

Scarf

I’m also working quickly as possible on my first knitting project in about a decade. Even then, I only took one knitting class, so I basically have had to reteach myself from step 1. Dora really wanted me to make her a scarf, in fact she keeps trying to convince me that the scarf is already big enough for her to wear. It is blue and pink, because she could not decide between the two colors. I’m sure if you can tell from the photo, but I have a strange tendency to add stitches. I have no idea how I manage to do this and I rarely drop stitches. I’ll notice it after a while and then will have to take up stitches. So the scarf’s width fluctuates a bit. Also, I have never changed colors in a project and ended up having to back stitch a row, because I didn’t know to leave enough yarn to attach the new color. I messed that up a bit, but Dora still loves the scarf, which is all that really matters. I’ll try getting a bit more perfectionistic and complicated when I am not hurriedly trying to finish a project before the season changes.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… This is the short poem that I read with Dora this week. We continue to read poems and sing songs about snow, in hopes of encouraging some snow to appear, but still no luck. This poem comes from an anthology from Wynstones Press, entitled, Winter: A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children.

Let's put on our mittens
And button up our coat.
Wrap a scarf snugly
Around our throat,
Pull on our boots,
Fasten the straps,
And tie on tightly
Our warm winter caps.

Then open the door...
...And out we go
Into the soft and feathery snow.
- anonymous

 

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Rose Play Dough

Rose Play Dough 1

My efforts to go natural are spilling over to Dora’s toys and art materials, as I spend a lot of time handling them. Also, since I have no idea why I developed an auto-immune disorder, I want to be careful in what I expose Dora to in an effort to protect her from the same fate (it is too late for my oldest three children, who are adults with their own ways, and though I am trying with Gohan, it is hard for him, at the age of 14, to break certain habits). Given Dora’s love of flowers, I thought that making play dough with flowers in it would be a great idea. Dora was very excited about the whole process, including picking out which flower we should use for our first batch of “flower play dough”. I used a basic homemade play dough recipe, but added a handful of dried roses to it. The play dough came out a lovely shade of pink and smelled wonderful. Dora couldn’t wait to use it. Then she touched the play dough… then she touched it a second time…then she actually pulled off a piece of the play dough… then she declared that she hated the play dough! It ends up that she hates play dough that has anything textural in it. She has obviously inherited my sensory issues. I’ll admit that it did feel a bit weird to use play dough with stuff in it, but for me, the wonderful aroma outweighed the tactile weirdness. Not so for Dora…

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Our Winter Nature Table

Winter Nature Table - 1

Our winter nature table/shelf underwent several transformations this season, but I’m really happy with the end result. Dora is clearly happy with it also, as she loves to have her toy horse, “Charlie”, play all over it. I had to move our nature guides to another bookshelf to make room for our day-of-the-week and weather gnomes. So now our nature table/shelf is really a seasonal table/shelf.

Winter Nature Table - 2

I purchased several Waldorf inspired postcards for the shelf and our playroom, which I just am in love with.

Winter Nature Table - 3This postcard holder is also a tea light holder. Dora is allowed to light this candle, with my assistance, at the beginning of our yoga session. I light the candle at this point in time for multiple reasons. Firstly, I am trying to bring particular attention to this point in the day as being more of a spiritual period of time for us. Secondly, I am kind of using it as bribery to get Dora to participate, by which I actually mean that she allows me to do 20 minutes of yoga, during which she might come in and out of the yoga area and perhaps do a couple of forms herself. Lastly, I use it as a sort of timer for letting her know that this is semi-uninterrupted time for me. She gets to blow out the candle when I am done with my yoga. I also have snuck in my flute practice, which I call “mental yoga” (I’m teaching myself to play the Choroi Quinta Pentatonic Flute so that I can teach Dora to play when she gets a bit older). I have told her that if she ever blows out the candle before I tell her that she can, we will not be able to have the candle anymore for that week. It is a bit hard for her to resist the temptation to blow out the candle, but she so enjoys being able to light the candle, she has not blown out the candle early once.

Winter Nature Table 4

We also have some winter-themed wooden toys on the shelf…

Winter Nature Table 5

… and a winter fairy, as well as many items from nature and a set of seasonal puzzles. I tried experimenting with using play silks on the shelf, but Dora kept wanting to play with the silks I set out and I was really stressed out that our cats would find the silks and shred them to pieces, as they do with just about anything that they can get their teeth or claws on.

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Labels: Nature Study, Waldorf
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Homeschool Mother’s Journal–Hanging Out On Seattle’s Waterfront

Seattle Great Wheel 4In my life this week… I did hear back from my nephrologist. She said that it appears that I have a rheumatological disease that has damaged the tubes in my kidneys. She wants me to see a rheumatologist before she does anything more than continue to supplement my potassium, which may be all that she ever does, besides monitor my kidneys, anyway. She said that it is highly unlikely that my kidneys will get better, even if the rheumatologist gets my immune system under control. The rheumatologist is booked until the end of February and this doesn’t bother me at all, as I am in no hurry to start taking the medicines that are used to treat rheumatological disorders, which really seem rather unhealthy to be taking. I do know that the meds will help to prevent my body from attacking any of my other organs, which is good, but I am unclear as to whether or not I will have more energy once I am on these meds.

Seattle Great Wheel 8

In our homeschool this week… Gohan started Algebra 1. Mathematically, he is capable of doing the work, but the vocabulary is tripping him up (dyslexia rears its ugly head even in math). So he is needing much more help than usual. He is learning a lot about using an index and being more careful to be sure which word is being used (today he looked up the definition for “constant”, when the word he needed to know was “coefficient” – needless to say, this made him quite confused and led to a very confusing conversation between me and him, before I figured out what the heck he was talking about).

Seattle Great Wheel 1Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… Last week, we did end going to the The Seattle Great Wheel. While it had been overcast at our house, it was clear and sunny, albeit cold, in Seattle. So we enjoyed a spectacular view. The top photo in this post was taken from the ground and is of the Olympic Mountains as seen across the Puget Sound. The second photo in this post is of the Space Needle, which I took from the Ferris Wheel. You can see the Seahawks’ flag was flying on top of the Space Needle, as this was two days before their intensely emotional defeat by the Falcons (I don’t follow sports at all, but even I can’t avoid, but to hear some sports news on occasion). The cars of the Ferris wheel are all enclosed, with heat/AC, kind of like mini-airplanes. Dora, Secunda, and I were the only three to go and none of us minded the height, but if you are at all prone to a fear of heights, it does go up 200 feet high. After the Ferris Wheel, we went for a short stroll on the Seattle Waterfront and Dora enjoyed some cotton candy and a ride on the merry-go-round.

Seattle Waterfront Carousel 4

Finally, we walked over to the aquarium for about an hour. We were all a bit pooped out and I wanted to leave early enough to beat Seattle’s Friday afternoon rush-hour traffic, so we didn’t get to enjoy the aquarium as much as we usually would have. Still, we saw many exhibits, including these sea horses…

Seattle Aquarium 20…and this very active octopus, which I had never seen before and which scared Dora. They had released an octopus last year, so I thought there would no longer be an octopus exhibit, but it sounds like they bring a new one in every year or so and then release it after having it mate on a blind date on Valentine’s Day (I really did not make this stuff up). Anyhoo… whenever I have tried to see the octopus, it always hides in the corner and looks very small and muted to me. This octopus was huge and a brightly colored. It was also moving around a lot. I didn’t get the best photo of the it, as I did not want to use my flash when it was so close to me, since I felt it would hurt its eyes.

Seattle Aquarium 15

My favorite thing this week was… Watching Kiki’s Delivery Service with Dora. One of the older kids started watching it and Dora got really caught up in it. I was quite surprised, but excited, as I am a real fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Unfortunately, most of his movies are a bit too scary for me to allow Dora to watch them, but Kiki’s Delivery Service is a good movie, whose main character is a strong, grounded, and genuinely-kind female role model. Dora watched it a couple of times this week and it was lots of fun to sit with her watching one of my favorite movies and trying to answer all of her questions. 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… This is the short poem that I read with Dora this week. We have been trying to read poems and sing songs about snow, in hopes of encouraging some snow to appear, but no such luck. This poem comes from an anthology from Wynstones Press, entitled, Winter: A Collection of Poems, Songs and Stories for Young Children.

Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky,
It turns and turns to say goodbye.
"Goodbye, dear cloud, cool and grey."
Then lightly travels on its way.

And when a snowflake finds a tree
"Good day," it says, "good day to thee."
Thou art so bare and lonely here
I'll call my friends to settle near."

- anonymous

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Labels: Things To Do Around Seattle, Wrapping Up Our Week
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First Experiences with Kindergarten Handwork

This week, Dora has suddenly become interested in doing what I am doing. Not in the “follow me around because she is clingy and asking me to play My Little Pony over and over again” way, but in a real, “I want to do that” way. She has especially taken an interest in cooking. Up until this point, she has had almost zero percent interest in cooking. Now she is suddenly initiating things, asking Secunda, especially, to bake with her. Secunda loves to bake, so this works out really well for me, as I end up getting a bit of a break while they bake.First NeedleworkThe other surprise Dora had for me was a sudden interest in needlepoint. We had various needlepoint trays out while we were trying to follow the Montessori method, but she was never interested in them. She wouldn’t even do stringing cards and only would begrudgingly agree to string beads once in a while. This week, however, she wanted to do the real thing and none of the materials were even out in her sight. As you can see above, she stitched with purple embroidery floss on to yellow-checked fabric that was in an embroidery hoop.Finger KnittingAlso, when I got out my knitting materials to attempt to knit her a scarf (it has been forever and a day since I last did any knitting), she asked if she could knit too. So I introduced her to finger knitting with this lovely ball of chunky yarn that I have been saving for just this occasion. She was frustrated to not be allowed to use the needles and finally I just let her go at it with some needles and scrap thread and she made a lovely “scarf”.

KnittingWhat almost gave me a heart attack though, was that Tertia, who is 18 and was home sick today, also decided to take up knitting! Tertia is about the last person in the world that I would expect to take up knitting. I kind of had to sneak this photo of her knitting, reassuring her that it was only of her hands, as she hates to have her photo taken. Whether her interest will continue once she is well enough to go back to volunteering, school, and work, only time will tell.

Through all of this, all I managed to accomplish was to wind half of my yarn.

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Decorating Pillar Candles

Using Decorative Beeswax on Pillar Candles 2

I find this time of year to be a bit depressing. Those of us in the northern hemisphere are still having some of the shortest days of the year, yet we have stored away all that remains of the various “festivals of lights”, which make dark and dreary December so joyful. So I thought that Dora and I could focus on making a bit more of our own light to help get us through the next two months of winter doldrums and cabin fever. The first project I chose for us to do was to decorate some pillar candles with Stockmar decorating wax. Having worked with Stockmar modeling wax quite a bit, I did not think to look up how to do this project. The wax was much stiffer and thinner than the modeling wax, so I got the impression that we should use punches, our nails, and knives to cut out shapes, which we pressed on to our candles. Dora and I made the candle above together, which Dora designed and I cut out the wax for. The design is of Dora and I in a boat at nighttime. Dora wants it to be known to everyone that she is actually the larger person in the boat. I’m sure Freud would have a jolly day psychoanalyzing that one, but I opted to smile and say “sounds good to me!”.

Using Decorative Beeswax on Pillar Candles 1

After we made these candles and I had a moment to do some follow up research and assess what went well and what went not-so-well with this craft project, I learned that the candle decorating wax can be manipulated more like the modeling wax than I realized. It can be cut and punched, but we probably should have warmed the wax a bit more, before trying to apply it to the pillars, so that it would have blended in a bit more. I also saw in the book, Crafts Through the Year, where people actually used knitting needles and other pointed objects to blend the wax in to the pillar, such that it ends up looking like the candle had been painted (the approach is much like needle felting). They even managed to have the wax color fade in and out, which I found to be very impressive. I definitely want to try this project again, as does Dora.

Unexpectedly, Dora has gotten the most joy from lighting these candles and roasting marshmallows over them to make s’mores (with adult supervision, of course). Our fireplace uses natural gas and has a glass screen in front of it, we have no fire pit, and never go camping, so this was actually her first experience with roasting marshmallows. Some of our older kids/young adults even got in on the marshmallow-roasting action! Really, who can resist roasted marshmallows (except for those of us who were missed out because we weren’t home when the action was going on – no I’m not bitter at all, just because I haven’t had a real s’more in years and years, why would I be bitter?!?!).

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Labels: Arts and Crafts, Beeswax, Waldorf
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Going Poo Free

Going Poo Free

As I continue on my quest to eliminate toxins from my lifestyle in an effort to lighten the load on my kidneys, I am trying to start with the areas of my body that seem to be showing signs of the most damage. My hair and skin, in particular, have been showing major evidence of systemic illness. My hair has been very dry and brittle and it may just be my imagination, but I believe I may be losing some of it also. Obviously, the first step I took was to discontinue coloring my hair. I also had been spending a fortune on trying various salon hair care products in an effort to moisturize my hair, all to no avail. So I finally decided to do what so many “crunchy” bloggers have done and go “poo” free (as in sham”poo”).

I have spent  a lot of time researching a variety of DIY hair care products, but finally decided that I really don’t have the energy to make complicated recipes that often use oils that either need to be refrigerated or risk going rancid. So I decided to try the most basic shampoo-free hair care regimen that I could find. I started washing my hair/scalp with baking soda and then rinsing with apple cider vinegar. I have been doing this for two weeks and my hair is as clean and soft as before. I cannot say that my hair is suddenly softer, but it may be that as I continue this regimen, the new growth will be healthier. Regardless, this combination is certainly healthier for my kidneys and costs about $30/month less than the expensive salon hair care products that I had been experimenting with.

There are a few minor drawbacks to this system that I wanted to address. The first is the practicality of using baking soda in the shower without. I have addressed this issue by putting the baking soda in a glass jar, which I store outside of the shower when I’m not using it. Then, when I do open the jar to use it, I make sure the water is pointed in the other direction and I pour some baking soda in my hand, then promptly put the lid on the jar before rinsing my hair. In the future, I may look into making some sort of shaker/dispenser for the jar.

The second negative issue I have to deal with is the smell of apple cider vinegar. I personally detest the smell of vinegar, though I do find apple cider vinegar to be less offensive than other vinegars. I essentially have had to “suck it up” in this regards. I rinse the vinegar out as well as I can and by the time my hair dries, the smell is gone. The only time I find that the smell returns is when I start sweating and even then, it is faint. I have asked family members and friends if they can smell it then and no one else can smell it. I do have a super strong olfactory sense, so I don’t think you have to worry about offending other people with the smell, if you want to try this yourself, but you do need to be aware that you may have a slight scent of apple cider vinegar on you.

The final drawback that I have found and that I have read other blogger mention is that I need to at least rinse your hair daily. I wash my hair daily anyway, as I always end up getting sweaty and grungy by the evening, due to my lifestyle (sometimes I even have the added element of paint, flour, glitter, snot, etc. in my hair, and despite my efforts to start some sort of “mom hair” trend, it continues to remain an unpopular hairstyle). So while my hair looks fine 24 hours after I last “washed” my hair, I personally can detect a slight oiliness in my hair, such that I know that were I not to at least rinse my hair, I’d risk looking like Severus Snape the next day. I’m currently choosing to use the baking soda/vinegar combination everyday, but some bloggers have mentioned that they only do it every other day or every couple of days.

What about you? Have you gone “poo” free? If so, what combination of products do you use and with what frequency?

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