It’s Camping season

I am a born again camper.

Growing up our summer vacations were spent travelling all over Ontario camping…..many times I’d whine and complain especially as I got a little older but thinking back, camping was the best vacation ever!

My mum is in her early 70’s and still is an avid camper, hiker and canoe-r 🙂  she would take daughter #1  along with my sister and niece #1 and nephew #1 and meet my brother before he had a family of his own and go camping for a week.

I went camping last year for the first time in 30 years….makes me sound quite old….

Last year for my 44th birthday I was presented with the most amazing tent ever!!!  It has travelled all over the world and finally ended up with me 😀

It’s a tent made by Black & Edgington and I think this is probably one of the originals.

I have never been so happy with a gift EVER, the smell of old damp canvas…..ahhhhhh one of the best scents in the world!!!!

It was THE BEST Birthday I have ever had, my family went all out and I’ll never forget it!!!!  You can read all about it if you like here  and here   😀

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That is my lovely sister and I can you see the similarities???  I didn’t think so ….. she is soooo the milk mans daughter LOL

I can’t wait to go camping again….and I’m even more excited since I found this site called Buzz Feed

41 Camping Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

1. Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.

             

Use foam floor tiles for a softer, more comfortable tent floor.View this image ›

2. Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.

             

Point a head lamp into a jug of water for an instant lantern.View this image ›

Source: listorama

3. Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.

             

Also: Mountain Dew + baking soda + peroxide = lantern.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

4. Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.

             

Make tin-can sandwich bread as a portable food option.View this image ›

Get the recipe here.

5. Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.

             

Familiarize yourself with what the poisonous plants look like.View this image ›

Source: sheknows.com

6. Bring a tick deterrent.

             

Bring a tick deterrent.View this image ›

7. Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.

             

Glue sandpaper to the top of your match holder.View this image ›

Be sure to buy strike-anywhere matches.

8. Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.

             

Repurpose a coffee can to hold and protect TP.View this image ›

9. Make crescent rolls over the campfire.

             

Make crescent rolls over the campfire.View this image ›

For maximum yumminess, fill ‘em with stuff like marshmallows and Nutella. Or wrap hot dogs with them.

             

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Get the directions here.

10. Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.

             

Use Tic-Tac boxes to store spices.View this image ›

11. Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.

             

Invest in a two-person sleeping bag.View this image ›

This one is $84.99 from Cabelas.

Source: cabelas.com

12. Get these seat hammocks for car camping.

             

Get these seat hammocks for car camping.View this image ›

Buy ‘em here.

Source: hammocks.com

13. Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.

             

Cut up a straw and fill the pieces up with antibiotic ointment or toothpaste for single-use packets.View this image ›

Use a lighter to seal up the ends.

14. Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.

             

Make travel coffee bags out of coffee filters and dental floss.View this image ›

Place a scoop of coffee grounds into a coffee filter and tie it up with dental floss. When you’re ready to brew, just make it like you would make tea in a teabag!

Source: scjohnson.com

15. Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.

             

Need your coffee? Bring a few of these.View this image ›

They’ll keep you from going into caffeine withdrawal.

Source: pinterest.com

16. Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.

             

Make candle stakes for romantic nighttime lighting.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

17. Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.

             

Make single-use soap leaves from a bar of soap and a vegetable peeler.View this image ›

You can also rub soap on mosquito bites to relieve the itchiness.

18. Use an empty laundry detergent dispenser as a hand-washing station.

                                            

Just fill it up with water.

19. Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.

             

Use a belt and hooks to hang up pots and pans.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

20. Make campfire cones!

             

Make campfire cones!View this image ›

21. Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.

             

Pack a mini first-aid kit into an old prescription bottle or Altoids tin.View this image ›

22. Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don’t need to be refrigerated.

             

Make pancakes with pre-made pancake mix using shortening and dry milk, which don't need to be refrigerated.View this image ›

Get the full recipe here. You can also find powdered eggs at most grocery stores (if you don’t shudder at the thought).

23. Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.

             

Put a battery-powered votive candle into an empty peanut butter container to make portable lanterns.View this image ›

24. Make a portable washing machine with a plunger and a bucket.

                                            

Get the directions here.

25. Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.

             

Make an easy-to-carry fire starter with a cardboard-only egg carton and match light charcoal.View this image ›

You just have to light the carton and the fire will catch on to the charcoal.

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27. Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.

             

Make pocket-sized oil lamps out of travel-size or hotel toiletry shampoo bottles.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

28. Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.

             

Forgo the meat marinade and put the rosemary right on the coals.View this image ›

Once the coals are uniformly gray and ashy, cover them with fresh rosemary branches. Your meat and vegetables will be flavored with the taste of savory herbs.

29. Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.

             

Bring cheeses in waxed packaging as well as hard cheeses.View this image ›

Aged cheddar, Parmigiano, and/or Gruyère will keep for at least a week unrefrigerated.

30. Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.

             

Add bundles of sage to a campfire to keep mosquitoes away.View this image ›

Source: google.com

31. Try roasting Starburst.

                                            

Sounds crazy, but it’s actually delicious. Crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside. Roast it until it’s bubbling.

32. Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.

             

Forgo pasta for a quick-cooking alternatives like polenta, quinoa, or couscous.View this image ›

Polenta is especially versatile because it can be shaped into patties and pan-fried for a sweet or savory meal. Get a recipe for grilled polenta cakes.

33. Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.

             

Cook cinnabuns (the canned kind) in a hollowed-out orange over a campfire.View this image ›

Get the full details here.

34. If you’re going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.

             

If you're going to be hiking, use this biodegradable trail-marking tape.View this image ›

Buy it here.

35. Keep the kids busy with a scavenger hunt.

                                            

Write the items down on a paper bag so they have a receptacle for the items.

36. Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.

             

Use a bucket and a milk crate as an emergency toilet.View this image ›

Get the directions here.

37. Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.

             

Cotton pads dipped in wax are a crazy easy way to make portable fire starters.View this image ›

Source: pinterest.com

38. Bring microfiber towels — they’re super absorbent and lightweight.

             

Bring microfiber towels — they're super absorbent and lightweight.View this image ›

Source: amazon.com

39. Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.

             

Freeze gallon jugs of water and place them in your cooler.View this image ›

They’ll keep your food cold, and you’ll have plenty of water to drink for later.

Other things you can freeze to use for later: pasta sauces, chili, and pesto.

40. Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.

             

Make emergency light sources out of an Altoids tin, cardboard, and wax.View this image ›

Get the instructions here.

41. Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

             

Make sandwiches with this campfire panini press.

No Poo Do

My friend Paula, you remember the one that got me onto OCM a few months ago is at it again she’s go me trying the no poo method….

This is not with the no poo diet where you avoid eating No Poo Du Pudding from “Hong Kong Buffet”.

I’m so sorry I couldn’t help myself. 😀

What is the ” No Poo Method” you ask well, it is a method of washing hair without using shampoo.

Natural or organic shampoos are very expensive.  This all natural method only calls for Baking soda and vinegar,  sounds like a recipe for a science project, but baking soda and vinegar work really well as shampoo and conditioner .

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Why Do No ‘Poo? Here is what I’ve learned so far,

Shampoo contains potentially harmful ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate and fragrance.

I  wash my hair with shampoo every day.   After a few months doing no ‘poo,  you should only have to wash it once or twice a week.

This means that not only do you save money, but you save water and the energy used to heat it for all of those longer showers, which translates into more vino for me 🙂

The Breaking In Period

You should know that almost everyone who switches to no ‘poo  method in the beginning does have a “breaking in period” that can last from a few days to even a few weeks .

Some people will stop the no poo method  after just a week or less, saying that it doesn’t work, but as I read it’s because their body hasn’t gotten used to this natural way of cleansing.

I washed my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar this morning and so far it looks and feels great but it’s only day 1.

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Shampoo strips your hair of natural moisture, so your scalp may still be in oil-production overdrive for a little while until you adjust.

The breaking in period can be pretty gross so if you’ve got short hair, brush it regularly, this will help distribute the oils more evenly, so your hair won’t look so greasy . Brushing can help distribute the oil in long hair as well and you may want to wear your hair in a pony tail or bun until your hair adjusts.

How to do the no poo do:

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Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in just enough water to make a paste.

Apply this to your roots only; work it in and let it sit for a minute.

To stimulate blood flow, clean your pores and get built up grime out of your hair, use your finger tips to scrub your scalp. Start by making a circle on the top of your head in the area you’d wear a crown. Focus on the back of this circle to begin with. Next, fill in the circle. This is where your part will be; grease here affects the way your hair looks. Trace while still scrubbing with your fingertips around the bottom edge of the circle. Keep making scrubbing circles underneath each one, drawing lines in circles around your head.

Lastly, scrub the back of your skull and your temples/sideburns. This will result in less grease and more growth. After doing this, your scalp will feel alive. Many women swear their hair grows faster after a visit to the salon — it does, and this massage method is why.

When scrubbing, you’re actually rubbing your fingers back and forth in short movements. Be gentle; you don’t want to break your hair.

Next, pour about 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup and add water. (I keep two plastic 12-ounce cups in my shower and just mix when I get in.) After you rinse the baking soda out, pour the apple cider vinegar over the ends of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then rinse it out. That’s all there is to it!