Shampoo Games and Christmas Items

Over the years with all the travel I’ve been blessed to do – even with work – I have a collection of little shampoos, conditioners, and lotions from the hotels I’ve stayed. I have them separated into little bins in the closet shelf. I have used these through the years when going to Mom’s house or friends houses at overnights and it’s been nice, but the bins are overflowing and hardly getting used. So I decided during these Pandemic times, that I would start using them up. I mean maybe I should wait for retirement or perhaps RV’ng if I am ever lucky enough to get to do this in my life. But life has no guarantees, so I decided to just start using them.

Much of everything I do in life has a “game” about it or at least a “game plan”. Or an order. I’m methodical about most things. It’s why sometimes I have a hard time deciding something or answering a question because I go through a list of pros/cons through my head and decide if there’s something I need to do first, last, or instead, LOL.

So here’s my Shampoo Rule. I keep 3 varying shampoos in the shower. I think your hair does better when it has more than one type of shampoo. One is always my Suave Rosemary Mint shampoo or the Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo from Trader Joe’s but we rarely get there. The 2nd shampoo has always been an Herbal Essence shampoo because my hair has always done well with it, and usually it was a color one or the original one. But I’ve gone natural now and my color one is almost gone. I’ll replace it with the original most likely as it’s done best with that.

The third shampoo has always been the WILD CARD – it’s the one when getting low, I’ll pick any shampoo I want to try. This has been a fun system as I have my favorites plus getting to try other ones too.

As for conditioners – well, I mainly use VO5 Kiwi Lime as it is easy to wash out. I have deeper ones for the weekends but find I’m impatient with them. So I bought a spray on conditioner to use and like that from time to time when I remember to use it. I recently bought some shampoo and conditioner bundles to try and so the game is – if you use the shampoo you use the corresponding conditioner that goes with it so that I won’t just wimp out and use the VO5 and never use them. That’s the rule. Or I can just use none or the spray on if in a hurry.

Back to the shampoo. So….I have decided my little travel shampoos will become my 3rd shampoo until they are gone. I have made some little shampoo travel containers out of my system’s little cleansing bottles. They are a little bigger than these and I can use the shampoo from the big bottles to fill them if I ever need a smaller travel size.

So….game on. My 3rd bottle of full shampoo (the wild card) is almost gone so I’ll start using these up. I figure I’ll keep a start of about 5 little bottles so I won’t have to keep digging into the closet bin to get them every day. That will at least be about 2 to 3 weeks worth since I’m also using the other two bottles (Rosemary mint and Herbal Essence). I could also use the closet space for toilet paper! We ALL will be hoarding TP now until we die. LOL

Publix had their candy on sale for half price. Probably will have that all across the other stores? Maybe? Just letting you know. Quite a deal I’d say. I did not partake but it’s tempting.

I have a little Christmas pile started. Well there is that little turkey back there in the back. Doesn’t he look lonely. Actually he looks scared. As he should be. The holidays are coming around. Aren’t the elves cute. That came from the Dollar Store. I had been wanting some Christmas trees. And these are candles. I’ll be using them for decor. We will use them on our Christmas table.

I’m looking forward to the holidays this year. Except we won’t get to see our daughter though. That part makes me sad. I think George is sad because of it too because he keeps saying how different it will be. He kept saying that when his parents were gone. It’s sad. I am excited about it because Mom and my Aunt and Uncle are coming. And WE are here and alive and I feel we should make it as special as we can. We are not guaranteed any time at all. With Covid around, and us being heavy set – ok fat – we will have the harder time with heart disease or stroke or other issues looming about over our heads. So it makes me think we should enjoy the holidays regardless of the situation. But I guess it is really sad for him with no family from his side of the family at Christmas Day. As for our daughter, she is growing our grandson and it’s NOT the time to travel that close in. So we will miss seeing them. And I thought maybe we’d still get to do Christmas but we are shipping the gifts this year. In future years we can hopefully plan to eventually have a gift opening at some point. But I think we should plan to have a great holiday season this year and try to make it special to overcome what we will be missing.

I even ordered a pack of Christmas “Red Truck” socks. Mine have dwindled over the years and so as a sock lover anyway, these made me happy! You can see them barely in the pic above.

And so I’m off to do a few things. It’s payroll closing day. So an important day. Yesterday was a busy Monday as the plants had a lot of stuff they were holding on to, to send. Hardly had any emails all week then Monday BAM! It wasn’t anything we couldn’t handle. But wish that procrastination was not the name of the game. Nevertheless, I still had a bit of time to work on the quarter end yesterday and of course did not find the $1700 ish dollars. So…I’m not sure how to find this. Everyone’s numbers seemed correct. I’ll have to defer to the experts til I learn what rocks you look under. Last conversation I had with my boss she wasn’t sure either. So I don’t know – maybe we need to look at the spreadsheet again. Maybe it’s just a simple thing we’ve missed. Usually something that makes you go “DUH”.

Onto more coffee….I like to hit publish and then go get a 2nd cup and read what I wrote. Secretly, I don’t even spell check until after I’ve posted. I’m sure it’s not a secret as you probably see my spelling errors. It’s usually a missing word where the computer is saving as I’m typing and missed a beat or it’s a word like “cents” where my brain has misfired and used “sense”. I know which one it is but my fingers sometimes have a misfire from the brain. I try to have time to spell correct. Honestly sometimes I just barely get through getting my ideas on the pallet here. Some days there is not time for spell check so I apologize for that. I don’t claim to be a Pro. Just raw and real as I can be without getting into trouble. If I could say what I thought I’d be forever alone and fired as no one likes to see the truth in black and white, LOL. So I keep some of my reality to myself but most of it. I’d say 95 percent of it is raw and real. The other 5 percent that is missing is me being nice and not mentioning the flaws and rudeness in others. I have them too. I mention my own quite frequently.

Ya’ll have a good one. Coffee here I come.

3 responses to “Shampoo Games and Christmas Items”

  1. Hi love, it hardly seems any time since I was answering your last blog ( well it was only a few hours ago, I recon you were still asleep ). I love the story of your shampoos….I agree about changing every few days/weeks..but I never use conditioner so just change shampoos…although I’ve found one recently that’s made especially for white hair and it’s doing great by the comments I get about my hair !!
    Hope your doing ok at work today..maybe even dreaming of Christmas. Sounds as if you will have a nice one, even if it’s without your lovely Kate….perhaps next year you will be helping a little grandson to open his presents…take care drive safely home xx

  2. It’s funny you mention shampoos. I just got my order from JCPenney which was shampoos. I like Matrix Biolage. I have used it for years. I also have and use Redken frizz dismiss in the big red bottle. Last week they had a big size (33.8oz) bottles on sale for $18.00. also, the conditioners and hairspray were on sale. So I stocked up. These bottles last a long time. And I really like how soft and shiny they make my hair.
    The little trial size shampoos are fun to try too. I have some in a basket in my bathroom.
    Covid has really changed our lives for sure. I am uncertain what kind of Christmas we will have this year. I am going to have to talk more with my family. I know you and your husband miss your daughter. But it will make your time together more special when you do get together.

  3. using up the sample shampoos sounds like a fun idea. something new every week. we are all decorated for christmas, thanksgiving and halloween here. love your christmas stash. sweet dollar store finds. as i type this, alexa is playing christmas carols. i’m sure your holiday will be fine ’cause you’ll be seeing the new baby and katy shortly after.and it will be glorious.

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