26 - 2009

Friday wrap-up: Farrah & Michael tribute edition

It’s time for the weekly wrap-up of things around the Web. However, the Web this week has been bursting with news about the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. So, in honor of those 1970s/1980s icons, I’m rolling back to an old-school wrap-up of information found in the printed publications that have been piling up on my desk.

Junk Mail Into Art

Redbook’s April issue included a blurb about artist Annette Lawrence, who saved “every scrap of unsolicited mail she received at her home for 13 months.” She turned the resulting 265 pounds into her exhibition “Free Paper.”

If you’re an insomniac in need of cuteness, the issue also includes a mention of the Web site cutethingsfallingasleep.org.

Beauty freebies to be had

The July issue of Ladies’ Home Journal included an article on finding beauty freebies to get glamorous without breaking the bank.

New ways to budget

Money magazine wrote about discovering your budget style in its June issue. Read the article here, or learn more about the “budget bucket” method in the related Wall Street Journal blog post. This method sounds easier than my Quicken-centric method, but then again I would have to devise a whole new system to try it, and that’s just not motivating.

Cheaper, drug-free home remedies

In the June issue of Ladies’ Home Journal (I’m working down through the pile on my nightstand), there is an article titled “The latest research on home remedies.” Get the details here on these remedies:

  • Toothpaste for zits and bee stings.
  • Yogurt for intestinal infections.
  • Chewing gum to reduce heartburn (and cavities).
  • Dish detergent for poison ivy — within two hours of exposure. Mr. Cheap reports that the same methodology, rubbing dish detergent over skin before wetting with water, works to eliminate the sting of hot peppers, too.
  • Peppermint for IBS.
  • Ginger for morning sickness and motion sickness. The magazine talks about dried ginger, tea bags or capsules, or making a tea/tisane from a slice of fresh ginger. When I was pregnant, I swore by the Sin-A ginger candies from Indonesia — I just couldn’t go into the store to buy them, because the Asian grocery stores where I found them smelled of dried squid. Fortunately, you can now order online.
  • Vicks and similar camphor-eucalyptus-menthol ointment for toenail fungus.
  • Baking soda as an antacid and to eliminate packed earwax.
  • Baby shampoo to calm itchy eyelids.
  • Duct tape to remove warts.
  • Honey to soothe a cough.
  • Witch hazel to battle the cold sore herpes virus.

Rootstock organic coupons and information

I also received a copy of “Rootstock,” the magazine from Farm Friends, an organization tied to the Organic Valley family of farm coops. It had a bunch of great coupons for organic dairy and other products — hooray! The magazine had several interesting articles, too, so check out signing up for Farm Friends if you are interested.

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