Saturday, May 11, 2013

Homemade Sunscreen

This is one item it never even occurred to me to make on my own: sunscreen!  Today at the grocery store, my bagger mentioned that his roommate, a chemistry major, makes his own sunscreen, with an SPF of about 100!

So, I researched it online - it actually looks fairly easy, especially since I already have beeswax!  Here's one example

I haven't tried it yet, but I probably will.  I did find a few sites listing the hazards of making your own sunscreen - so make sure you research it before you try it!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

TV/Computer Monitor Combo

We have not had a TV for several years now, and don't really miss it - except that the only way to watch movies was on the computer monitor (a 15 inch 15 year old:} monster).   Then we decided that we wanted a ClearPlay DVD player so that we could watch edited versions of some of the movies that my husband's family is always talking about.  This necessitated bunches of special switches and cords, since the monitor and DVD player weren't equipped to talk to each other.

Well, we worked with it for a long time, but finally, I found a better option.  I just got a Samsung T22B350ND HDTV Monitor.  This one does it all, and it cost me less than $150.  I have my computer hooked in, my DVD player hooked in, and it even has a TV tuner, though I don't get any reception without an antenna   I can no start a movie, on either the computer or the DVD player and sit back and relax, knowing that I won't have to jump up to adjust the volume (I have a remote now!).

I'm also loving it for the screen size.  Once I realized that my screen was fuzzy because my wallpaper wasn't high enough resolution - it has been beautiful.  I can literally divide my screen in half and see two documents full size at the same time.  This is great for doing bank reconciliations:)

Maybe before next conference I'll see if I can get an antenna for the TV - but if not, we'll still be able to watch it over the internet, and it will look and sound so much better!
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