Friday, May 16, 2014

Words to Live By - Week 8

This is the 8th in a weekly series of this topic.  If you are new to my blog, this is what it is all about:
The cover of one of my notepads suggests ways we should live more and live less.  Inspired by this message (on Friday, March 28th, 2014), I wrote a post about "Words to Live By."  I have decided to make weekly updates to this post, until I start repeating myself!  I promise each weekly update will contain more information than just the five new phrases though!
Readers are invited to use the comment section below, if they have new ideas of "words to live by" which would complete the phrase _____________ more. ______________ less."
 (Any time I use an idea that is not mine, I will credit the contributor and their blog, if they have one. Just keep it family friendly, please!)

(There’s a laundry and self-care theme to the suggestions this week.)

1. Fabric softeners more. Static cling less.

I have tried all of these!

  • To soften clothes and remove wrinkles, you can choose from dryer sheets, liquid fabric softeners, environmentally friendly dryer balls - or chose to use nothing at all.
  • There are a number of pro's and con's to consider before using fabric softeners and dryer sheets.  Household tips, a FunTimes Guide site, provides a thoughtful essay full of information regarding this topic. 

2. Use hair conditioner more.  Suffer tangles less.

Tangle free!
  • I remember using hair conditioner for the first time as a young girl - right after deciding I was too old for baby shampoo. The product I used was called TAME. For some reason, I thought of a horse's mane whenever I massaged it into my hair -- maybe because I thought a LOT about horses in those days!  I have since tried many different detanglers and conditioners, but brushing out my hair would be a challenge without one of these products.

3.  Use hand lotion more.  Have chapped hands less.

This sample size is perfect for a purse or airplane carry-on baggage! 
  • I love Carmex Everyday Healing Cream.  It would have been great to use when I was working shifts as a hospital nurse, and washing my hands a billion times a day!  It really heals my hands when they are chapped, and it is great for nails, heels, and elbows too. The purse sized sample bonus provided with the 4 oz. tube has been pretty handy too!

4. Use the permanent-press cycle more.  Iron less (or not at all!)

I iron some things - but only what I have to!

  • Choosing the right cycle on the dryer is not the only way you can ensure wrinkle free clothes.  For more great tips that save time while doing laundry, click here.

5. Brush teeth more.  Decay less.

BUT - did you know it is possible to brush too much?! I have been told by my dental hygienist that I brush too often and too hard. (I use an extra-soft toothbrush because of this!)  Also, if you brush too soon after consuming acidic foods it can damage the tooth enamel. 

Please click on the page tab “Words to Live By” at the top of this blog to view the SUGGESTED PHRASES from PREVIOUS POSTS.  The list has grown too large to include here!

This notepad is from the Eccolo World Traveler "Lofty Thinking" collection.  The author of the words is unknown.

I'm trying to live more, not less.  How about you?  
What suggestions do you have?


  1. I hate ironing and try to do it as little as possible. I had no idea Carmex made a lotion - how did I not know this? Thank you! Hmmm... in honor of spring allergies.... Dust more, sneeze less?

    1. Another great suggestion Lana. Thanks! (Hope the thought wasn't prompted by allergies of your own!)

  2. Hi Susan, I like this post and visiting from Lana's blog she suggested we come visit. I am now following you on Bloglovin.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

    1. Hi Julie:
      I'm so glad you stopped by! It was so nice of Lana to say kind things on her blog about mine. I just added Julie's Lifestyle to my Bloglovin, so will be following you too! Your makeup ideas look so helpful, and you might motivate me to start a crochet project!


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