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Bad Razor Burn

sista sistaHave you ever had a case of bad razor burn? I’m guessing everyone has experienced it at one point or another. Well I have recently had not one, but two bad cases of razor burn and since I have no shame, I will tell you all about it.

The first dilemma happened when Pinterest told me to shave my legs with baby oil. That was a PIN SIN. Let me give you the back story. After my miscarriage, I was incredibly sore from the surgery which was basically a c-section. (C-section mommas, y’all know how those abs hurt when you move in the slightest.) So my sweet sister, Laura-Leigh, stayed with me for a couple days to lend a helping hand. When she asked what she could do for me, I humbly asked her if she could shave my legs. ūüėČ I told her we could comfortably remove my hair in the living room, and just use baby oil like Pinterest so kindly suggested.

baby oilThings were going smoothly, until about 10 minutes after she finished. My legs started BURNING LIKE CRAZY! Up until that point, I had never had razor burn so bad. Being the smart girl that I am, I thought that perhaps if I rubbed some Aloe Vera gel on my legs, the burning fire would subside, since that’s what you use for a sunburn, right?

OMG that just made it burn worse! Looking back on that “bright idea” I just hear these words. And I know you’re thinkin it too.

Ok so fast forward five months. Some friends of ours invited us to go to the pool with them one fine Saturday morning. About 20 minutes before we had to leave, I realized my legs needed a good shave. Aye yie yie. I already had my swim suit on and sunscreen on my face, so instead of hopping in the shower, I just sat down with my jar of whipped coconut oil and my razor and shaved away. That was my second Pin Sin.

No coconut oilAs soon as I got comfortable in my shallow patio chair and dipped my feet in the water, I was holding back some choice words. I looked down at my legs to see what was causing the burning sensation and I saw horrible razor burn AGAIN. Yup. I’m hearing my theme song on repeat.

I have learned two valuable lessons from Pinterest, and I’m here to share them with you.

1) Never shave with baby oil
2) Never shave with coconut oil

conditionerHave you ever heard the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? I feel that applies to me here because I know that my conditioner is a great lubricant for shaving, so why on earth would I deviate from that? Yes, conditioner. I learned that trick years ago, before Pinterest. I have been using this same bottle of conditioner for the past two years that I got for free at my church junk swap. And when it runs out, I will just fill up this handy pump bottle with some other conditioner because I like the convenience of the pump and that’s how I roll.

Have y’all shaved with the aforementioned oils? How did it work for you? Did I do something wrong? Not use enough? Have you had bad razor burn before? Please share below!

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LFP 002: Practical Ways to Save Money

Live-Frei podcast imageIn this episode of the LiveFrei Podcast we talk about practical ways to save money.There are many ways to save money so you can expect we will be doing more money saving episodes.

Here are a few things we covered in this episode.

***Personal Note: I (Jesse) just want to say that I am so sorry for all the umms, likes, and y’knows. I want you guys to know I am working on this, it’s a tough discipline to master I’ve found out. : )

What ways do you save money? Let us know in the comments below.

Jesse & Janna

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent

DIY DISH DETERGENTWhere would I be today without Pinterest and all of the wonderful DIY recipes? That’s how I found out about this DIY dishwasher detergent. I have been making my own for almost a year now, and I will never go back to buying regular detergent.

Let me explain why I am hooked…

  • It is cheaper than buying a brand of detergent
  • Making one batch of this will last for months
  • The ingredients are simple. In fact, half of the ingredients are what we used to make the DIY laundry detergent. So you probably still have them on hand! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • There are no “fillers” in this recipe. I’m no scientist, but I think that detergent companies are pumping up their products with fillers so that we need to buy more of it, more often. (In my opinion)

Now let me give you a peek at the ingredients, which can all be found on the detergent aisle except for the kosher salt. (That’s in the spice section of the baking aisle.)

Stir for 3 days2 cups Borax
2 cups Super Washing Soda
1-2 cups Lemi Shine (depending on how hard your water is)
1 cup Kosher Salt

 

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl, and let it sit on your counter for a few days. Stir it at least once Store in an airtight containera day while on your counter to avoid clumping. Then simply transfer the detergent in an airtight container. I used an old Tupperware drink container, a Yankee candle jar, and an empty vinegar jug. You could even use a Ziploc bag if you had to.

 

Oh and you will need one more thing! White vinegar. Every time you run the dish washer, you willvinegar need a rinse aid to assist the detergent, and¬†good ol’ white vinegar will do the trick. I fill my small container about 1/2 full and place it in the top rack before starting the dishwasher. It works great and I would love to hear how your DIY Dishwasher Detergent works for you!

 

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LFP 001: A Little About Us

Live-Frei podcast imageWe started a Podcast! In this first episode of the LiveFrei Podcast we wanted to share a little about us and who we are. Here are a few things we cover in this episode.

  • Places we’ve worked.
  • Interests
  • Our life now
  • How we met

We also randomly talked about phone insurance the which we’d love to hear your opinions and advice in the comments below.

Let us know what you think.

Jesse & Janna

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