I have a confession to make…
I have been avoiding this blog all week. *gasp* I know! That’s so not like me! I’m obsessed with this thing!
Anyway, I’ve been hiding from dear old blog.
I know, I’m sorry.
It’s not YOU, it’s ME!!!
I have been dragging through my days lately. That’s my problem, you see.
But for a good reason, I have!
I’ll tell you what that reason is even though it’s kind of embarrassing.
Also, I stepped on the scale this past Sunday, which quickly ruined the rest of my weekend.
I have since tucked that blasted scale away. But not because I’m hiding from it!
Because I am making some exercise CHANGES, and scales are the devil to exercise changes.
So, anyway, I’ve been working out constantly. At least it feels that way. I’m pumping iron at least every other day. That’s my new standard.
My old standard was working out once or twice a week.
If you work out, you know that, if you take any long workout breaks, you have to get over that initial exercise-is-impossible-why-am-I-always-so-tired hump before exercise starts to GIVE you energy.
Still on the wrong side of that hump.
And I’m doing my wretchedly long and difficult butt-kicking videos, too. So life is basically zero fun right now.
And! If that wasn’t enough, I’ve recently started EATING like I used to.
How did I once eat, you ask?
I used to say no thanks to boxed brownie mixes. And homemade cookies. I used to turn down cartons of store-bought ice cream. I used to ONLY eat sweets I baked, sweets made with organic ingredients and ZERO refined sugar, sweets sweetened with fruits and honey and maple syrup.
Last summer, when I was obsessed with Food Babe, I was in my healthy prime. I basically only ate things that came out of the ground or from a tree. I even broke up with refined sugar for a while!!! Yeah! Kit Kats and Ben & Jerry’s were nonexistent in my diet. Can you believe it?! I cooked a lot of food and learned how to be a health nut and started eating things with “raw” in the title. I wasn’t “paleo” because I wasn’t trying to be. I was just trying to be purposeful about and aware of what I was eating.
And you know how I felt during that extremely boring food + lots of exercise time period?
My skin was perfect. And I had endless energy. And I never felt sick. And my body was smaller.
Then, I got married.
And when you get married, you start to “let things go.” You have to. In order to SURVIVE.
And also because you just do. I’m-married-so-now-I-can-eat-choco-tacos-for-dinner becomes the standard. It’s hard to explain why. But it happens. Marriage = for life = freedom from having to TRY to win a mate. Marriages/long-term relationships have ruined many a good body. Mine included.
Anyway, I’ve decided I’ve had enough processed crap for one lifetime and that it’s non-refined/processed foods from here on out. And also, exercise. Plus, I see babies in my future. And I want to grow those babies in a healthy prime body.
The reason I’m blabbing on about all of this is because I wanted you to know that I’m struggling this week. And that I’ve missed you.
And that I secretly feared writing a post for you. Because I’m f*#%ing EXHAUSTED! And sugar-crave-y. And I didn’t trust my writing inspiration under such foggy pressure.
Good thing I already knew what I wanted to write about this week!
This tarnish-removal trick I’m teaching you is a CLASSIC trick of the trade. I’ve been doing it for years because it’s clever and it WORKS!
And it’s quick, which is great if you happen to be feeling like a dead, refined-sugar-free troll.
I swipe a lot of no-longer-desired jewelry from my extremely stylish sister. 83% of my wardrobe comes from her. It’s great! She knows exactly what is awesome. Which makes being her sister the coolest.
And since I spent the better part of my childhood pining after the contents of her closet and jewelry drawer, it’s a dream come true when she gives me her old stuff.
Because the beautiful jewelry she gives me is old, it’s usually a little tarnished. But I am one frugal woman. And I see the beauty beneath the darkened tarnish hue of a necklace.
People always compliment me on her stuff, too. I went to Mexico last year and had a different bathing suit for every single day. Ten amazing suits! Thanks in large part to my sister’s hand-me-downs. It was awesome. I felt like someone who really knows fashion. Even though I don’t. At ALL.
Ah, I love Mexico. It’s my homeland. It calls to me in my sleep, whispering sweet, Spanish nothings into my dreaming ears.
Years ago, my sister gave me some rings that were quite tarnished. Since I was unaware that you could buy tarnish-removal chemicals, and since I am a true DIY-er, I googled a method for reinvigorating old silver at home.
Lots of people had lots of methods.
Most silver tarnish-removal methods involve aluminum foil, water, baking soda, and/or vinegar.
Sometimes salt, too.
And sometimes ketchup.
Yes, some people recommend ketchup.
Here’s a list of really weird things to apply to your tarnished jewelry in hopes of restoring its shine.
The method I used on those tarnished rings involved boiling water, aluminum foil, and baking soda.
I’m pretty sure this woman’s how-to is the exact process I followed way back when.
So, I followed it again this time. Because the rings are tarnished again. Because that’s what happens to shiny things in Michigan.
When that woman’s method didn’t really work, I tossed in some vinegar. And BAM! Shiny jewelry.
Cleaning tarnish off of your silver at home is cheap and easy.
It’s cheap because you already have all of the ingredients!
Probably. If not, they’re very inexpensive.
It’s easy because it only takes five minutes!
Compared to an hour of jumping around like King Kong in Pursuit of a Smaller Butt.
Follow these steps for a cheap, chemical-free, homemade solution for removing the tarnish from silver jewelry!
Here are some before pictures:
Now, for the steps!
Step 1: Locate small bowl.
Step 2: Wrap aluminum foil around bowl interior – shiny side up!
Step 3: Place tarnished jewelry in aluminum-foil-lined bowl.
Step 4: Boil water and retrieve baking soda from cupboard.
Here’s a picture of water that was just boiling (I swear) and baking soda.
Step 5: Pour boiling water over tarnished jewelry.
Step 6: Sprinkle baking soda over water/tarnished jewelry.
This step is cool, because things get very bubbly and spastic and the air smells like tarnished metal. You know the smell.
Step 7: Sit and watch the bubbles pop.
Step 8: Flip your silver.
I’m not entirely sure of the chemical reaction occurring here, but this lady claims the aluminum foil ABSORBS the tarnish. I don’t know about that. But I do like her argument that you’re not REMOVING any silver with harsh chemicals (which is what a lot of tarnish-removal chemicals do – strip away the oxidized silver).
Does anyone know what’s going on here in this bowl? Calling all chemistry geniuses for genius answers!
Don’t use a toothpick to flip. You’ll pop holes in your aluminum foil. Use a spoon!
After the flip, let the silver sit until the bubbles have slowed/are no longer popping.
Step 9: Remove silver from boiling hot water, CAREFULLY. And rinse it off.
Though the lighting in my apartment can be deceiving, these pieces are not up to par. I was expecting the ultra-shine I’d had with my first go-round.
So, I sought the advice of other tarnish-removing people and decided to add vinegar to the mix.
Step 10: Remove aluminum foil and re-line bowl with fresh foil. Also, retrieve vinegar for round 2.
Step 11: Place silver jewelry back in bowl and pour boiling water, baking soda, and VINEGAR over jewelry.
Notice the black flecks floating in the mixture. This did NOT happen with my non-vinegar attempt. The ring at the bottom of the picture (above) has black detailing on it, which by process of elimination is the only thing that could have turned into a black fleck.
I didn’t notice anything missing from the ring post-dunk, though.
Flip after 15-20 seconds, if you so desire. (Not sure if flipping makes a difference.)
Step 12: Remove silver jewelry from boiling water, CAREFULLY. Then, rinse and pat dry. Also, marvel at your tarnish-free adornments!
Step 13: Repeat with remaining tarnished silver jewelry.
One of the great things about this method of tarnish-removal is that you can repeat the process over and over again until you reach your desired sparkle/you can’t reinvigorate any further.
Also, you might not want to overdo it with the vinegar method. The lady I followed advised against using this method for silver with stones embedded in it (because the glue – if your gems are glued to the silver – might slowly dissolve). Couldn’t tell you! Do this at your own risk with jeweled silver, I suppose.
Since my necklaces were free, I went for it.
And, honestly, I think it’s harmless. Way more harmless than cooking glue in your microwave, at least.
And so EASY you can do it when you have ZERO ENERGY TO DO ANYTHING.
Now, go forth, love dove, and shine to your heart’s desire! And let me know how this method works for you!