Laundry Detergent: (HOME) Made Easy!

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Finished Laundry Soap

Saving money, getting clean clothes, and being kind to our earth are not phrases you hear all the time together, or maybe you do when you hang out with me and my friends.  This little recipe is fast and easy, you will probably take more time finding the ingredients in your store than you will making the laundry soap.  Once you know where to look for the ingredients, and there are only 3, this will no longer be a time consuming task.

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INGREDIENTS:

 1 cup Borax (I do not know of any substitute for this)

1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)

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Grated Soap

Bar of Soap (like Fels Naptha, Zote, Ivory)

Grate the soap-I use a hand held grater.  The first batch I made, I didn’t have a grater, so I cut the soap into small pieces, but they didn’t dissolve very well in the wash.   Make sure to wash your grater well if you use your grater for food.

*DO NOT leave grated yellow cheese unattended-it really looks like cheese and will ruin a perfectly good taco.

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Option 1:

Put grated soap, 1 cup of Borax, and 1 cup of washing soda into a large bowl. Stir ingredients gently together. Pour powder mix into a plastic container with a lid and label as detergent.

Option 2

Put grated soap into a gallon plastic bad. Add to this 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda. Seal bag and shake gently to mix. Label the bag.

Use about 2 TBS for each load. I have a front load washer, and I usually add a little bit of vinegar or Pine Sol to the liquid detergent area to help with sweaty teenage boy smell.  (To measure out 2 TBS, I use on old medicine measuring cup)

Have fun being thrifty!

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Autumn is Falling!

Whatever you want to call it, Fall/Autumn is a wonderful time of year.  It has taken me a long time to find joy in Fall, I always hated the longer nights, and  cold, damp, dreary weather, but I have come to embrace this time of year like a warm blanket wrapped over my shoulders, and like hot cocoa in my cup, I drink up the beauty of this season. 

The first hints of Autumn can be found on your grocery store shelves, where everything is now pumpkin until Thanksgiving.  I am pumpkin crazy this year, not sure why, but I can’t seem to get enough of this wonderful fruit(?).  I’m having pumpkin cream cheese on my bagel in the morning, pumpkin cookies for a snack, pumpkin marshmallows on a roasted fire, and pumpkin coffee to wash it all down. This is only a small part of what I see in the stores.  I want to try them all. 

Black-eyed Susans bloom like wild flowers-wait, are they wild flowers?  Not sure where they rank, but they are gorgeous.  There are other wonderful fall flowers that seem to wait summer’s plants to finish their show, and then KABOW!! the flowers are full and lustrious with long lasting blooms until nearly November.  Mums, these pretty bluish purple flowers, and the “Susans”.  Their splendor cannot be touched by spring or summer’s blooms.  It is the last push for color before the winter months.

Another wonderful, unexpected gift that Autumn has in store is the Fall Garden.  My garden is still springing with peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and some  other sorts of greens that can be cooked up or chopped and served in  with a delightful salad.  I can find all kinds of edible gourds and squash also, at road side stands, farmer’s markets, and the local grocery stores.  These are so warm and cozy when baked in the oven with a flavor packed dressing in the center.  Yum, makes me want to start dinner right now.

Fall also has 2, count them, 2 big holidays on the calendar.  Halloween and Thanksgiving, very social, very fun, very food filled holidays.  These bring people out in all kinds of weather, all kinds of family, and all kinds of friendships.  We enjoy the company the holiday brings and can continue to feast on the yummy memories throughout those long, dark, cold nights.

With the leaves and temps dropping outside, and fireplaces and gatherings getting cranked up, who could deny that fall is a wonderful season to enjoy.  It has taken me half of a lifetime to realize the true beauty of this season.  Maybe, before I was too green, to much spring in my step.  The time has come for me to embrace the Autumn of  Life. 

Hey, Does This Stink?

Some questions make you want to disappear as soon as you hear them.  “Do you think this is OK to use or is it spoiled?”  “Take a sip, is the milk spoiled?”  “Is this too spicy?”  and of course, “Are my pits stinky?”.  Usually, I am the one being asked, and some I shy away from gracefully, some I take the challenge, and some I just have to say N-O!

Well this week I have been asking my husband to smell my shirts at the end of the day, and with preeettty good answers, I must say.  I am trying to free myself from consumerism and make more of the products I use around my home.  This weeks challenge was DEODORANT.   I have had a normal week as far as sweating goes, and I think this is an easier change than switching from using shampoo.

First the ingredients:  Baking Soda, Cornstarch, and tea tree oil (hardest item on the list to find).Image

Recipe:  1 cup baking soda

1 cup cornstarch

3-6 drops tea tree oil  (found this at a craft store near soap making products)

from what I have researched some people use lavender, but I have read that tea tree oil  has antibacterial/anti-fungal properties

Mix ingredients in a container that can be sealed tight.  Apply to underarms as needed (1-2 times a day for me, some people use every 2 days).  I apply with a large  cosmetic brush (like I am painting my pit), but if you have an old powder puff around that could work, or cotton ball/pad.

I need to add a couple of notes that I have found this week in using this recipe:

*Tea tree oil has a strong musky scent-but it doesn’t last

*The powder is pretty fine, and will get on clothes on the lower part of my body (skirt, pants) and counter top.  After I put the brush in the powder, I tap it on the container to reduce powder flying away.

*I don’t know if I need to add more 1/2 through the day, but I just feel better if I re-apply after being sweaty

I have not had anyone (not that they would) say that I am stinky.   Some days no smell, some a bit more than I would like to admit.  I had this with commercial deodorant too, though, so not a big deal.

**Remember this is DEODORANT, not antiperspirant, you will still sweat.  As for the sweating, I think it is about the same if not less.  During a normal day I will have bouts of activity (story times with songs and movement for about 25 min) and lulls (at a desk).

All in all, I am glad to be free of feeling that I am a slave to a SECRET.  I will now try other essential oils in varying DEGREEs to give the powder a nice smell.  Who knows, at some point I might even try a (speed)STICK deodorant recipe.

Best of luck on a new and healthy, not to mention cost effective way of life!!!

If you have questions or want to share your thoughts-please post.

Eat, Pray, Love Review!

Eat, Pray, Love  

by: Elizabeth Gilbert

This book has been out for a while and I just got around to reading it.  Loved it. Some parts are a little slow, but overall story and message is inspiring.  I am glad that I didn’t go see it at the movies a few years ago, because, I just don’t see the movie doing this book the justice it deserves.  Let’s face it, when you see movie that is based on a book, you are seeing the writers pov, the director’s pov, the cameraman’s pov, and then you get to add yourself into the picture.  As I read this book, I felt myself transforming as the author transforms her life.  Although I saw her as a bit needy &  dependent on others around her (especially men) in the beginning of the story, it was good to see the transformation of her confidence and self worth of womanhood as the story progressed.  I am not convinced that will stay so independent, because of her new and “all in love in such a short time” relationship with Felipe.  Girls who need men think that love happens in a week or month, it happens over time sweetheart, and sometimes it is that quick attraction that turns into long term.

(Stepping off the soap box)

I love how the story addresses the power of meditation/prayer, the importance of knowing who you are, the honesty to know yourself, to stand for what you believe, do what you want to do-this is life..LIVE!

Scores an 8 for inspiration (scale 1-10)

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Bahamas and MeI love blogs, love to read, and now I will love the blogging on my own.  Yea!  I love that with blogs you can stay as long as you like, leave when you need, and revisit any time of day or night.  Um, fellows in the Man-Cave blog, excuse me, but I just need to have a quick slip by to get to the girls room…Get out of here, I have not used shampoo for 2 years either…Have you ever tried Geocaching? you would love it…

Blogging is a great network to get new recipes (do you have pics with that?), parenting advice/ideas (now you are not crazy, we all go through that), and so much more.

I am ready to let this adventure begin, take me on the road to ???.  We are all growing, living, learning everyday we are here on this big blue marble.  Enjoy, share, and lets all make this a wonderful fulfilled life.

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