Day 1 of Pre-Op Liquid Diet

***My sleeve gastrectomy surgery date is 2/28/2017***

I honestly didn’t eat very much today because the protein shakes I bought made my stomach queasy all day, even when I had some egg drop soup (allowed by my surgeon). I was so tempted to eat all day today. I had no idea how addicted to food I truly was: all I thought about today was food and I am sooo hungry, but not ravenous or hangry. Under my 2 week pre-op liquid diet I am allowed to have fresh fruit, crackers and steamed vegetables for the fist 3 days and then all liquids after day 3.

I’ve never consumed any type of protein supplement, and the shakes I bought have 30g of protein per container. I started the surgery approval process in June 2016. My consultation weight was 350 lbs. My highest recorded weight was 340 lbs. I’ve lost 5 pant sizes, going from 350 lbs to 306 lbs…and by the end of this liquid diet, I will be under 300 lbs for the first time since my mid-2o’s. Won’t be returning to that person ever again in my life.

Wig Maintenance 101: How to Care and Maintain Your Wig

Legal Disclaimer: All the photos in this article post are courtesy of Adobe Stock and Pixabay. If you need to see copies of the Licenses, I have them on hand.

 

Although it’s not your own real hair, you still need to take good care of your wigs as if it were your own. Your wig can be washed after you’ve worn it 10 times, or sooner if you wear it every day. Taking care of your wig depends on the type of hair used: if it’s made from human hair brush and/or use fingers to gently remove any tangles, and smoothing them over.

 

Wash the wig(s) by dipping it in a basin full of water with a small amount of mild shampoo. Swirl your wig for 5-10 minutes, before rinsing in cold water. Pat the wig gently with a towel to remove excess moisture. If you use a brush not designed for wigs, you run a high risk of permanently ruining the fibers. I did this many times and my wig looked like I added volumizer to it, resulting in me having to discard it.

 

(The brush shown in the photo above uis not the one to use for a wig. There are special brushes with steel pins that are designed specifically for wigs. Refer to photo towards end of this article).

For optimal results, follow up with a small amount of conditioner and leave in for a few minutes before rinsing. Air dry the wig thoroughly before brushing and styling. When I wash my wigs, I sometimes used human hair conditioner if I didn’t have wig conditioner on hand. Using regular human hair conditioner isn’t recommended due to it being formulated for regular human hair.

 

The above is the result of not caring for your wig properly. A wig should NOT look like this. From my hands-on personal experiences: If the wig is a curly one and the wig has lost its curl, use regular foam hair rollers or the flexi hair rollers as seen in the photo below:

 

As for synthetic hair, the care routine will slightly differ: Start by removing any tangles by using a gentle wig brush and/or fingers. Use a wig shampoo made for synthetic wigs (and not shampoo made for regular human hair). Mix shampoo with a basin full of water as instructed. Gently soak and swirl the wig for five minutes.  You can follow it up with synthetic wig conditioner and the steps are the same as for human hair wigs.

 

A note of caution for synthetic wigs: hair dryers or any hair tools that use is a big no-no as it can ruin the fibers. I’ve done this twice and the hair either melted or made the hair so dry that combing it made it worse. And conditioning the wig did nothing to return it back to its former style. ****I will later add a photo of a wig of mine that wasn’t properly taken care of****

 

Styling your wigs

 

 

Your wigs can be styled by a brush/comb made for wigs (like the brush seen above), or even a simple as your fingertips. It’s not advisable for you to use the same brush you use for your natural hair, as these brushes can overstretch the tresses, damaging the fibers for good.

Adding a dash of fabric softener or spraying water are two great ways of removing static cling from within your wigs. In my opinion, I would use water instead of fabric softener for the health benefits (less chemicals in your natural hair). To keep your wig in top shape, purchase a foam or mannequin wig head. You can buy one either online or in most beauty stores, the lowest costing $4 and the highest I’ve seen cost $60.

If you don’t have the space to keep multiple wig heads, store them in the packaging it comes in but don’t just stuff it into the plastic bag but carefully place it in the packaging with the top part facing the opening of the bag. Keep the packaged wigs in a cool dark place because heat from any source can permanently ruin the fibers, as I mentioned earlier.

So there you have it. Maintaining your wig and keeping it in shape for the long haul takes work. If you don’t take care of your wig properly, you’ll be purchasing wigs very often.

 

Site Under Construction

The Bohemian Boho Breeze is under construction but older posts are still viewable. Due to certain circumstances, I have to overhaul my blog. I made a promise to stay on topic, engage my readers and not to get myself into trouble…and I will uphold my words. My older posts were based on events that took place in my life from 2005 up until 2015 and were migrated from my former blog Love My Blogg (yes it was a real name)

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Welcome to the Bohemian Boho Breeze

Hi!

My name is Kimba and this is The Bohemian Boho Breeze blog (formerly the Bohemian Breeze and Love My Blogg). I migrated both blogs into one 2 years ago and now it’s back online after a short hiatus. I live on Long Island so I’ll post about events here on “the Island” as well as New York City and my usual tech, blogging, fashion and beauty topics. I’ll even post topics about art, because I love paintings that fit outside the box.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to email me and I’ll be happy to talk with you.

Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it!

Kimba Wiggins (bohophx)

List of Food/Clothing Pantries by State

I have included links to several sites because some lists have outdated info. Call ahead to make sure their contact info is still accurate. If you live on Long Island and in the Brentwood, NY area. St. Anne’s Parish is still giving out food and Pronto in Bay Shore, Ny is still giving out food to the needy. I will add to this list as I get more information. All clothing pantries on my list are free:

http://www.foodpantries.org/

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/clothing_closets.html

http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry/

http://shepherds-cove.org/ (Elkhart, IN)

http://angiesangelhelpnetwork.com/help-for-low-income-families/free-clothes-for-low-income-families/

http://www.addressthehomeless.org/the-boutique-jgzc5 (a referral is needed in order to shop here. It’s free to shop).

 

 

 

Being Frugal: A Way of Life

There was a time in my life where I had nothing, I had hit rockbottom a few times and I couldn’t even afford to buy a newspaper or a box of pasta. During those hard times I learned several ways to be frugal and live on much less:

When I didn’t have any money to buy laundry detergent, I used dish washing liquid. For small loads I used 1/2 capful and 1-2 capfuls for larger loads. Instead of using regular fabric softener, I used vinegar because it did the same job of softening my fabrics (plus it didn’t have any chemicals). The artificial fragrances you smell from fabric softeners is to mask the noxious odors used to create the fabric softeners. I used 1/2 cup of vinegar for small loads and 1 cup for larger loads.

To keep my food bill low, I did all my shopping at either Family Dollar, Dollar Tree or Walmart. Walmart’s Great Value Brand line costs cheaper than the brand name foods that they carry. At the Commack, NY Walmart store, a box of elbow pasta costs $1 USD and a small jar of Alfredo sauce costs $1.50 USD. When I was down to my last $10, I would buy pasta, sauce, rice, beans and luncheon meat to tide me over until I received my Food Stamps. If I went to Whole Foods, I bought their 365 Foods brand to cut down costs.

For those who receive Food Stamps (aka SNAP Benefits) and live on the East Coast, I shop regularly at Compare Supermarkets, Walmart and Trader Joes. People that know me personally know that I am a bargain shopper. I don’t care if someone calls me a cheapskate (thanks for the compliment!). I know what it’s like to have nothing and living on the streets, hungry and with zero help from anyone. My next post will have a list of organizations where people can go to for food, clothing and job placement.

 

 

 

 

 

How to make your own Laundry Detergent

Producing your own organic, do-it-yourself laundry detergent is probably one of the simplest parts of a switch to organic living. This natural washing soap recipe the best way to save cash on laundry detergent and it is amazingly very simple to make. This amazing homemade laundry detergent post is a refreshed edition of this recipe that deals with high-efficiency washers and borax safety.

Why change to natural laundry soap, you may ask?

Standard laundry detergent is filled with chemical substances like sulfates, aromas, phenols and more. Many brand names contain things such as petroleum distillates, which are connected to cancer and lung disease. Aromas within these detergents are made of a mixture of dangerous chemical compounds.

Fortunately, making your laundry soap product is an easy and quick process! You simply need three common ingredients to produce either a powdered or liquid washing soap product:

  • Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand which you can purchase at many stores, depending on your location)
  • Borax (sold in most groceries and retail stores)
  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap (unscented)

 

Washing Soda and Borax are sold at your neighborhood supermarket in the laundry aisle. Organic bar soaps are found in the health, beauty, or natural and organic sections of the store, or on the net. You can add a few tablespoons of baking soda that will help freshen clothing.

Wonder what’s found in these ingredients? Borax is a naturally-occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is an ingredient in many of the organic soaps available now however it is significantly more inexpensive to produce yourself.

Washing Soda, also known as sodium carbonate or soda ash, is produced with regular salts and limestone or found as organic deposits.

Here’s how you can easily make your own natural laundry detergent:

 

  1. Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until thinly ground. Make use of soap of your choosing. I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap as a result of its really good quality, and because it is sold in many different pure fragrances like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond as well as others.
  1. In a sizable container, mix two parts washing soda, two parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Put in a few teaspoons of baking soda if preferred).
  2. Store in a sealed container. I put mine in quart or a half a gallon-sized mason jars. If you’re using a huge enough container, you can surely skip step 2 and just put every ingredient in storage container or jar and shake.
  1. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per a load of laundry.

 

Here’s a quick and easy way to make liquid Laundry Soap:

 

  1. Grate one bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
  1. Put the grated soap in a pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, constantly stirring until soap is dissolved.
  1. Put 4 and a half gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until it is dissolved.
  1. Pour soap mixture from pan into a 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
    Cover and leave overnight.
  1. Shake or stir until it is smooth and pour it into gallon jugs or other containers.
  1. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load

 

With these recipes, you save money on your detergent expenses. A Five-Gallon batch costs $4.30 and thoroughly cleans at least 80 loads that cost about $0.05 per wash!

When I didn’t have a lot of money, I used the off-brand soaps: Zote, Fels Naptha, Hispano, Trader Joe’s or Dr. Woods Castile Soap, and vinegar for my fabric softening needs. I found that the off-brands produced much more soap (in smaller quantities) than the brand name laundry detergents. Since I have sensitive skin, I’m going 100% natural when it comes to my laundry needs because I found out many years ago that scented fabric softener is scented only to mask the chemical odor…and it turned out to be true. A lot of people don’t really understand what exactly goes into what they consume and use on a daily basis. The Google search results speak for themselves: http://bit.ly/1SirQ7a

When I had enough money to wash and dry my clothes, but none left over for laundry detergent, I used shampoo or dishwashing liquid (and sometimes grated bars of soap).  I prefer using organic, but when you’re low-income, sometimes you have to use whatever is available until you can afford to buy what you need. I find that Suave , White Rain, Ivory and V05 shampoo really gets my clothes clean!

More Useful Links:

http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/easy-diy-cleaners/

http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/frugal-hacks-around-world/

 

Are We In Danger Of Running Out Of Non-Renewable Resources? by John Kuzniar

We often hear that we are in danger of running out of non-renewable resources. But, what exactly is a non-renewable resource?
Stated simply it is a resource which cannot be replenished at a rate equal to or greater than it is consumed. For example, oil is a non-renewable resource. There is only so much oil in the ground. Every year the world consumes thirty-one billion barrels of oil. At some point, if we continue to use oil at the same rate, we will be using more than we are extracting from the ground.
On the other hand, if we were able to produce cars that run 100% on solar power, we would be using a renewable resource – the sun. It would be renewable because the sun produces so much energy that we would be in no danger of depleting it.
Non renewable energy resources primarily come from fossil fuels. These are fuels that had their genesis millions of years ago as buried organisms decomposed to form the oil, coal, and natural gas that we are able to take advantage of today. These fossil fuels basically provide the energy that drives the economy of the U.S.
Currently, at least eighty percent of all the energy that we, as a nation, use comes from fossil fuels. Our military experts have long been aware of how our reliance on this form of energy is putting our country at risk. And just recently, they have released documents that warn of the effects that global warming will have on our national security.
The biggest reason that they are concerned is that these fossil based fuels that we depend on so heavily is the cause for the huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions that are polluted into the air each year. The most dangerous of these greenhouse gases is carbon dioxide, mainly because there is so much of it produced each day.
If you talk to scientists, it is beyond dispute that greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. The polar ice caps that have existed since man has been keeping records have begun to melt. And the result has already begun to cause the sea levels to rise in areas around the world. Already millions have been displaced from their homelands with many millions more to be displaced in the future.
At some point the tipping point will be reached and it will be too late to make effective corrections to the problems that man has caused. No one knows exactly when this tipping point will occur. But nearly all climate scientists agree that it is not that far away.