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Burt’s Bees Natural Products – Orange Essence Facial Cleanser & Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar

Grooming & Fashion
May 28, 2009 3 Comments


A good friend of mine, Troy D., brought Burt’s Bees to my attention years before they were bought by Clorox. However, the company still operates in the best interest of the customer and uses only natural (healthy) ingredients in their products.    The two products I use daily are the Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar and the Orange Essence Facial Cleanser.   There is no reason that a guy should purchase conditioners and shampoo when a good ol’ shampoo bar does the trick.   Simply rub the bar directly on wet hair and work into a lather and bam, you have refreshing rosemary minty clean hair, plus, it’s 99.90% Natural (good enough for me).   I also use the Orange Essence Facial Cleanser and if you like oranges, you’ll LOVE this cleaner!  Since it’s 100% natural, you can also use it as an Ice Cream topping*.

If you are looking to try some new Grooming products then definitely try these two items!

– Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser
– Burt’s Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar With Oat Protein and Pro Vitamin B5, 3.5-Ounce Bars

* Even though it is 100% natural, it is not recommended that you consume this cleanser.

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DIY: Water Flow Meter For Monitoring Water Usage

DIY, Home Automation
May 26, 2009 20 Comments

cp225 water flow meter

I’m currently investigating what I need to get Water & Gas (Natural) monitoring added to my home.  I already have Power via Energy Inc’s TED 1001 & Myro:Home.  However, it would be nice to add Water & Gas to the mix so I can monitor and control its usage.   Currently, I’m checking out different flow meters from Flow Monitors Inc.  Anyone have any other brands that have an output that I could rig/modify/extend?  The nice thing about the CoolPoint line is that they offer outputs that I can use to interface with my automation controller.

Universal Flow Monitors – CoolPoint CP Series Water Flow Meters

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Pepsi Natural & Mexican Coca-Cola (Coke)

May 5, 2009 37 Comments

Mexican Coke & Pepsi Natural

I don’t drink much cola these days, my beverage of choice for the last year has been straight tea — I drink about 4-5 cups of it a day.  However, when I do drink cola it has to meet some criteria.  The soda needs to be the kind without Highfructose corn syrup (HFCS) and in glass bottles.  To my delight, while picking up my supply of mangos from Costco, I saw that Pepsi has released a new drink called, “Pepsi Natural“.  This all natural cola is made with sparkling water, sugar and kola nut extract!   I just popped open a bottle and it actually takes pretty, pretty, good!  

Now, when guests come over to the Grouse, they can have their pickings of Mexican Coke, Pepsi Natural, Dry Soda, and SPellegrino all in glass bottles which are recycled after consumption — now if only we could get the bottles refilled!?

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