Trash to Treasure By: Haydee Latonja

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve wanted a vanity. A good and proper vanity. Something like this:


For some strange reason, vanities went out of favor (I blame the advent of the gigantic bathroom) and the dream semi-died.  Until I found this:image

She was a terrific deal ($15) but her shapely legs could have used a respectable length skirt.  I hoped to have bonus-round luck finding a suitable fabric for next-to-nothing, but months went by and I couldn’t find any fabric that fit the criteria (lots of it and cheaper than cheap).  My luck finally turned a few weeks ago when I picked up two heavy silk lined curtain panels at The Salvation Army for $4.  TWO 96′ long curtain panels for $4!  (I practiced my casual nonchalance before walking in and when I saw them, I nearly blew my facade of cool).

When I saw how much curtain I was going to have to be cut to fit properly in my window, the light bulb went off..image

I was truly pushing my good luck by attempting to get a window treatment AND a vanity skirt out of my $4 purchase. But the amount I had to cut in order to make the curtain fit the window was more than enough to cover the legs, and since I had two panels, I had one for each side of the table.   I measured carefully so that my cut would be even (careful to account for the pleats) and then hemmed.

The pleats already in the curtain panel looked like a special design element exclusively for the vanity table.  I used a roll of adhesive velcro to fasten the skirt to the table.  The adhesive of the velcro also stuck to the fabric remarkably well,  so I was able to avoid sewing it in place in case I ever wanted to change the skirt.image

What do you think? Now I just need to stop buying my fancy perfumes at Target and the grocery store and then Ms. Harlow and I will truly do this vanity justice.  (I stretched every last penny out of those $4 bucks!)

Trash to Treasure By Haydee Latonja

I fell in love with Pinterest almost immediately, there’s something so satisfying about categorizing and admiring pictures of everything you can possibly imagine and having it all at your fingertips.  A few months ago I stumbled on this:a157c7f39e5acb1eb52883f0ea11b982

 had paint and wood at the ready, and ran out to find my animal inspiration.  I found them for $2.50 a piece at Jo-Ann Fabrics.   As usual, my Dad, the MacGyver of home projects, had the exact type of wood I needed, so he cut and sanded the pieces I needed to hold my

I sprayed both the animals and the blocks with a couple of quick coats of spray paint (the paint adhered to the plastic with no problems whatsoever) and Gorilla Glued the animals to the blocks….and for approximately $8 total we have our new bookends….



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Magnesium Can Help Treat the Flu, Boost Your Energy, Improve Sleep;

Get More of This Essential Mineral in Your Diet and by Soaking in Epsom Salt


Jan. 2, 2013 – There’s a nutrient that experts say helps your body produce its main source of energy and impacts at least 300 enzyme systems. It can also help treat the flu by regulating your temperature, helping you sleep, relaxing your muscles and giving you more energy.


It’s magnesium. And compared to a century ago, the amount we consume in our diets has dropped by about 60 percent.


That’s according to Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D., one of the nation’s top natural physicians and a member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association’s medical advisory board. Known as “The Doctor of the Future” because she focuses on preventing problems rather than using medicine to fix them, Dean has written or coauthored over 30 books and she’s frequently interviewed by the news media.


“Doctors are not taught enough about magnesium, and the best magnesium blood test is done in only about 3 percent of the nation’s laboratories,” Dean said. “All the current medical research is driven by drug companies. You don’t have ‘mineral reps.’ going to doctors, so we’re ignoring an unpatented, well-proven solution.”


Dean said 100 years ago, people consumed an average of 500 mg of magnesium daily, but that number has dropped to about 200 mg because the magnesium in soil has been depleted over time and it’s not a component of most fertilizers. A lack of magnesium can contribute to dozens of health issues, Dean said, including heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, fatigue, muscle cramping and inflammation.


To increase your body’s magnesium levels, Dean recommends:


  • Eating more dark greens, such as kale and collard greens, as well as nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and seaweed.
  • Soaking in Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) because magnesium is well absorbed through the skin. Dr. Dean said people can soak daily using 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salt per bath, but they can use more if they are working on especially tight muscles or a muscular injury.
  • Asking your medical doctor or naturopathic doctor if you should take oral magnesium supplements.

Magnesium is especially helpful this time of year, Dean said, when the cold weather and the holidays can heighten stress levels and people crowding together can spread germs.

“Magnesium is the anti-stress mineral,” Dean said. “It helps you sleep, relaxes your muscles, improves your digestion, balances your blood pressure and gives you more energy. And Epsom salt is a safe and easy way for people of all ages – including babies and pregnant women – to increase the body’s magnesium levels.”

Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D.


Dr. Carolyn Dean is not only a medical doctor, but also a naturopath, herbalist, acupuncturist, nutritionist, lecturer, consultant and author. Dr. Dean has been in the forefront of health issues for over 30 years. She has authored or coauthored over thirty books, including The Magnesium Miracle,How To Change Your Life With Magnesium, Future Health Now! Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine: Seeking Safe Solutions, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, IBS for DUMMIES, IBS Cookbook for DUMMIES and Hormone Balance.


About Epsom salt

Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing aching muscles to helping start or improve gardens to nurturing your health. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For more information, please visit either,

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