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pinedemort

Just got email from Amazon that they are ending AmazonSmile. I'm sad because while I don't buy from Amazon much, the little contribution still makes me happy.


HumbleAbbreviations

Well that just sucks. The way I spend on Amazon I know my charity will feel the pinch.


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batviv

OT as heck but has anyone ever used the entire lemon when making homemade vinegar cleaner? I've only ever used peels before and I'm getting ready to make a new batch and I've got an old lemon sitting in the back of my fridge that I would love to use to scent the vinegar spray but all the instructions I've ever read say to use just the peels. As long as I strain out pulp and seeds, are there any issues with using the entire lemon or lemon wedges? Also 3rd week of Jan and my aspirational mask routine is already derailed as hell 😂😂 but deep cleaned my fridge over the weekend so you win you lose some


missdewey

If you want to use up the rest of the lemon after peeling, you can use it to clean your garbage disposal (assuming you have one).


Editingesc

I grow lemons, so I often have extras. I will sometimes use a half-lemon to clean my sink/tub (just rub it on, then rinse off) or will squeeze the juice into a bowl with some water, microwave for 3 minutes, then clean out the microwave (it really loosens the grime). As kolaches says, the lemon will likely go bad in a spray bottle. It's probably fine if you want to use it and throw out the solution the same day.


texaskolaches

Oh I know the answer to this! The reason it’s only the peel is because you’re trying to get the citrus oil to counteract the vinegar smell. Using the entire lemon/wedges introduces sugar from the fruit and will cause the solution to ferment and possibly go bad


batviv

Ohhhhhhhhhh that makes sense! I was concerned I was going to make like pickled lemons LOL which are delicious but not my desired result


texaskolaches

I usually shave off the peel and will then cut the remaining lemon in half - if I have an apple or pear lying around, I will use the lemon juice to keep the cut up fruit from turning brown. Use the other half to clean my kitchen sink and get off some other grime.


batviv

Apple slices with lemon juice are also an amazing snack. A classmate in HS shared hers with me one day and my life changed forever and probably started a lifelong citrus flavor obsession


ayimera

Super OT: My partner and I are thinking of getting another puppy 🫠 Our current pup is about 15 months at this point. I think she'd do great with another dog in the house... she can be quite timid, so I keep thinking getting a confident companion would really help her out. Our older dog passed away not long after we got puppy #1 (who bonded with me), and I think my partner is really missing having "his" dog. But we're also thinking of moving in the next year, so I wonder if now is a terrible time to get another puppy lol.


Reasonable_Witness45

From personal experience- two dogs is great, three is toooo many. We adopted our pack leader when she was just a few months old, and when we had the option to rescue another of the same breed about three months later we jumped at it. They are definitely best friends, with opposite personalities, and it helps when we have long days or have to go out of town that they have each other! (The downside that makes me sick to think about is… that if one goes before the other im afraid the one who is left will be heartbroken) Our slightly older dog took the lead on helping house train the newer dog and show her “the rules”. We decided to add a larger breed a few years later because we wanted a “farm dog” who was larger because we live on a ranch, and that’s where it all fell apart! They’re all great pets, but now we’re overrun! So , long story short- if you can have two pets and manage the needs of both then I’d totally say welcome another fur baby into your home. However, the move is a whole other issue! Maybe wait until you move to find a new companion? Maybe move sooner? Or else scope out places in your prospective new area and see if the rental market seems to allow multiple pets? Or if the real estate market is one that you’d consider buying in, and factor what breed may fit in perfect with your future when adopting! We have a tenant who’s lived on the property for over awhile, and a few months in she asked if it was ok for her to adopt a kitten- we said sure! And she came home with two brothers, lol, and though we didn’t mind we tried to mention that it may be harder to find a new home if need be with two kittens instead of one. Fast forward about a year and she’s now getting serious with her partner and the partner needs to move for work! They’re willing to commute extra far just so they can stay at our place with both cats (I’m assuming that it has a little to do with the kitties). Whatever you decide, I hope it all works out! Whether now or later, I’m sure you will find the perfect fur baby and future home.


ayimera

Thanks for the advice! We currently own our townhome, so we're just looking to upgrade to a sfh with a larger yard for the dogs. We tried to this summer but the market went crazy and it still is pretty crazy, so we might be waiting longer for things to cool down. We had a good opportunity come up recently to add another of the same breed and it's been on my mind a lot... to pass or go for it. I'm sure another opportunity will come up later but it's hard not to want to go ahead lol.


chiaxx

I got 3rd ear lobe piercings about 1 week ago. However, i don't like the hole placement on my right ear (too close to my second piercing). Does anyone have experience with letting the hole closed up and re-pierce again? Do i take out current piercing immediately to allow the hole to close up?


missdewey

Yes, let it close up before it heals too much. They may not be able to repierce the same spot if scar tissue develops, but you should be able to pierce close to it once it heals.


chiaxx

In your experience, did your pierced site closed up to the point where it appears like it's never been pierced before? I am a bit OCD that I want things to be even ... BTW please learn from my experience: i was impatient and went to Ulta instead of an actual piercing artist because i could not get an appointment. While the sanitary and cleanliness of ear piercing at Ulta seem to be fine, if you want precision result, you should go to an actual piercing artist. I feel so dumb now 😪


brookebrookebrookek

So I have a different experience lol. I have 11 piercings on my ears so I do consider myself well versed in piercings. I got my second holes done at Claire’s in 5th grade and they were uneven so I took them out around maybe 8th grade. Then I let my good friend re-pierce them with a needle when we were 16 which lol… but she did much better than Claire’s did and they were even. However… I am 34 years old and I can still put an earring in the hole that “closed up.” It’s not that noticeable to be honest but if you’re OCD about it, it might show. I also had to take out a cartilage piercing and it has a small scar on the back of my ear.


missdewey

If the earrings from Claire's were in for about three years give or take, I would expect that they were fully healed and wouldn’t really close. A lobe piercing takes about 4 weeks before you are allowed to swap out the earrings in it because that's the base healing time (it varies by the individual, I am a bit of a slow healer with these things).


missdewey

I have a cartilage piercing that never healed properly. Months and months after it should have been healed, it was still sore and I couldn’t change the jewelry on my own. A few times the ball fell off the back and I struggled to get it back in place. Then I woke up and there was basically an open wound on the back on my ear, it was bleeding and everything. Everyone says never take your jewelry out, but I was done. I took it out and put some antibiotic ointment on it and let it heal. Despite how long it was in and how bad it got, the spot healed over and you would never know there was a piercing there until you looked super close and saw the faint pink dot on the back on my ear. I plan to eventually get repierced, but in a slightly different spot. I would not attempt to repierce that spot and I don’t know if they even could due to possible scar tissue.


chiaxx

TY missdewey ❤


missdewey

Good luck with yours! I hope it heals up fast and you can get the piercing you want! ❤️


missdewey

Has anyone tried hair oiling? (I know it's being called "hair slugging" now but the practice has been around for centuries and I refuse, Tiktok.) Any recs on type or brand of oil to use, how best to warm it (or does warming it matter at all), how much to use, what process to follow, etc. would be very welcome.


onebadnightx

I’ve oiled with coconut oil before. Warm up in microwave, put on hair, wrap it up, keep it on for an hour or overnight. Do it once a month. Just be careful not to use too much! If I leave it on overnight, I usually have to shampoo/use conditioner on my hair multiple times in order to wash all of the oil out and ensure my hair doesn’t look too greasy, normal washing doesn’t suffice 😩 That’s why I’d recommend being fairly conservative with the amount of oil you use at first - don’t saturate the hair too much or it will be very challenging to wash out.


missdewey

Thank you! I will start with less oil than I think I need and see what happens!


rumscoundrel

Thanks for asking this! I've been curious about this as well. I've recently been oiling a couple of drops to my ends to help them feel/look better. When I first did this with zero research, I put half a dropper of sweet almond oil at my shafts and ends and I looked like a greaseball by the end of the day.


missdewey

I tend to put too much oil in my hair during the day as well. I'm very interested in the process and have been looking up stuff for a few days, it seems like it's a lot of oil, a bit of scalp massage, leave on overnight, and wash out in the morning. I'm just still confused about frequency (I'm seeing anything from bi-weekly to once a month), types of oil, warming techniques and so on.


Editingesc

I once put a bunch of olive oil on my hair as a conditioning treatment (read it online or in a magazine). It would *not* rinse out. I was left with an oily mess. Be cautious! I do like to put a drop of argan oil in my palms and run it through the ends (not the top) if they're dry. I have fine hair that can easily look greasy if I put oil in the wrong spot.


ayimera

I hair oil maybe twice a month with the Mielle rosemary oil. I do it mostly for the growth properties and for my scalp. I use maybe a dropper full and then tie my hair into a very loose bun before putting a satin-lined cap on to sleep in. I try not to get too close to my hairline or else I break out. Then I do my normal wash routine in the morning. I do notice my scalp is way less dry in the winter.


missdewey

Thank you! Have you noticed much growth with it?


ayimera

I haven't really been tracking it tbh lol. I had a really bad cut around October and so I've been trying everything to get it to grow out! But I did just get my hair cut last week, so that's a good sign that I had enough length.


peacembw

One of my daughters does it, and she'll tie her hair up in a bandana, and leave it on for an hour or so, and then wash her hair. Her hair looks really soft when she does it. I've tried it before, and have had good results. Beekman had a CBD scalp treatment that I have almost used up. I also have and use an Olaplex oil. Briogeo has probably my favorite oil, just because it has this subtle, floral smell. I'll even use hair oil on my ends just to give them some love in between washes.💞 I thought it would weigh my hair down, but it doesn't at all. I have fine hair.


missdewey

I've been using the Briogeo oil because I got it in a GWP and it is making a noticeable difference in frizz and shine for me. But I am thinking of trying a more intense weekly hair oiling routine (it's a common practice in South Asia and has been since forever), and those little one ounce bottles of expensive hair oil don't seem suited to the task....


orthographerer

I like to use the Biossance Squalane Oil. I put quite a bit through my hair, put it up for however long, then shampoo + condition. It doesn't threaten to break out my scalp, and it leaves my hair super soft.


missdewey

Oh, I hadn’t even considered Biossance. They offer those giant bottles sometimes I think... thank you!


orthographerer

Yes; they last a pretty good while!


MakeupPenguin

I oil my hair with coconut oil. I usually warm it up in the microwave so it melts down and is also soothing to apply. I focus/start on my scalp and go with leftovers on the rest of my hair. Sometimes I’ll leave it overnight but most times it’s about an hour or so before shampooing I’m south Asian so it’s a practice I grew up with.


missdewey

Thank you! Do you wrap it or anything while you sleep? I was looking at some coconut and castor oil blends but I wasn’t quite sure where to start.


MakeupPenguin

I’ll usually just lay down a towel or old t shirt! But I feel like any wrap would work as long as you’re comfortable with it getting oily I’ve used castor oil alone before but it’s so thick, I found it to be a pain to even wash out. Maybe you could add a bit to the coconut oil though


missdewey

I might pick up some hair wraps, I won’t care much if it gets oily. I did read that castor oil alone doesn’t spread well so I keep looking at blends. Thank you so much!


mlizaz98

You could definitely blend it yourself if it's just coconut and castor oils, and it would probably be cheaper than a commercial blend. Maybe start with 50/50 and experiment with different proportions to see what you like.


Editingesc

This brought back memories of the hot oil packs at the drugstore when I was a teen. I feel like it worked OK for super dry/fried hair. The VO5 was what was on trend back then, and I see it's still available.


missdewey

Omg VO5. My dad used to use that, I always associated it with him and have never once thought to try it.


meandbeans

omg I forgot about VO5!!


Xub543

What's the going rule of thumb for getting Tom Ford fragrances on sale? Sephora 20% off sales?


hibiki_minaj

Costco has a bunch of Tom Ford fragrances


letmelive129

Depends on which ones you want but the cosmetic company store usually has really great deals on larger sizes.