Laundry Detergent Continued

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Hey Guys!

Back in January I was experimenting with making my own laundry detergent. In reviewing the family finances, I was sickened by the amount of money we were spending on every day items such as laundry detergent and dish washing detergent! It’s ridiculous! A good friend of mine gave me a recipe for home made laundry detergent and said she loved it! So, I thought what the heck?? Might as well try it!

Well, I absolutely LOVE IT!!!! It smells SO fresh and it’s so so so simple! Also, I spent a total of $10 in January for the items to make it… and I JUST ran out this month. That’s 8 months worth of Laundry detergent for $10!!! I am going to make some more this weekend and I still have PLENTY of ingredients left. The only thing I need to buy is the bar soap which is extremely cheap! So, all in all, I might spend $15 for a years worth of laundry detergent. That will save us so much money and it cleans the clothes extremely well!

I had attempted to make my own fabric softener and I was not impressed with it at all. It kept clogging up the area that you pour the softener in my washer. However, when my mom was visiting after I had Jude she advised me I was using it incorrectly! ha ha! That MIGHT be where the problem was! So, I may venture and try that one again! We will see… for now, I love Downy! It’s worth the money to me!

If you guys remember, I also tried to make my own dish washer detergent and my glasses came out cloudy! Well, that problem was remedied! It wasn’t the detergent, it was the water! Our water softener had messed up! I have been using the detergent ever since and it’s very effective. I love it! I use the same ingredients I bought for the laundry detergent! Just equal parts of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soap and Borax… put about 1 Tablespoon in the dishwasher and voila! You have homemade dishwashing detergent that works great!

Also, have you ever noticed how expensive drying agents are for your dishwasher? Yeah, like $10 for 1 bottle? And it only lasts for a short period of time. Well, use white vinegar and it works just as good as the leading drying agents! And it’s pennies compared to the leading brands!!!

I’m all about saving money where I can! ESPECIALLY since I’m no longer working!!

So, I know a lot of you have tried making the laundry detergent… let us know how it has worked for you!!! I’m really curious to hear!

God Bless!

Lenee’

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A Special Gift from a Special Friend!!!

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So, as I mentioned before, I quit my full time job to come home and be a full time mom and help my husband with the family business. When I left the office, I left a lot of close friends! It was a bittersweet day – will miss everyone at the office, but so excited to be able to spend this time with my kids!!! When I left, a good friend Kelley said she had ordered me a good-bye present and would let me know when it got in.

Just the other day my husband and I were talking about Christmas being right around the corner and what we should do for gifts for everyone! I told him I wanted one of two things – either a bread maker or a solar oven (I’ll tell you more about that later!) I just didn’t know which one to choose! So, I told him probably the bread maker would be better as it should cut my bread baking time extremely!

Well, last week Kelley called and told me the gift had come in and I need to come get it! It was a bread maker!!! I was soooo excited and shocked! She did not have to do that, but it was so thoughtful and sweet! I have used it twice since then… and it is AMAZING!!! I had made a few loaves by hand and used my Kitchen-Aid to do the kneading. While this is doable and the bread turned out wonderful, it does take some time to get it done. This bread machine is amazing! All you do is put in the ingredients and hit start! No kneading, no rising, just pop it in and 3 hours later you have a delicious loaf of bread! It’s fabulous!!! It takes care of all the “hard” work!

Yesterday, it took me a total of 15 minutes to mill the wheat, put in the ingredients, hit start, and clean up! You can’t beat that! Who doesn’t have an extra 15 minutes??? And you get an ending result that is both delicious and healthy for you and your family!

Back in January I made my own laundry detergent… tomorrow I’ll let you know how that has worked out!!!

God Bless!

Lenee’

Wheat Milling

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Hello Everyone!

For probably 2 years now, I have really wanted to begin milling my own wheat. I know, it’s kind of a foreign idea for most of us and it sounds like a ton of extra work, but it’s completely worth it! I was introduced to the idea by my older sister who was introduced to it by one of her clients. She is a hair stylist in South Florida and noticed that her client’s hair had grown remarkably thick. When she commented on how thick it was, the client begin to explain that this was one of the many benefits of eating fresh grains.

In my own research, I have read that fresh wheat and grains will not only make your hair thick, but your nails grow faster, as well as people noticing sicknesses being eliminated, warts falling off etc. It’s quite amazing! I have noticed (and so has my hair stylist!) that my hair is much thicker. Also, Jude’s nails are growing extremely fast – apparently he’s receiving the benefits as well! I’m excited to see the effects the grain have on my entire family!

I bought my mill back in January from breadbeckers.com (this would be the site I most highly recommend! The owners are Christians and have an amazing testimony.) Between working full-time, going to school, being pregnant, and having my little Eliza, I didn’t feel up to attempting to bake bread! However, since I have been a stay at home mom, I have jumped on it!! And I am extremely tickled with it!!!

When I mention to friends that I am milling my own wheat, they look at me like I’m crazy!!! Then they make the comment… the one that irritates me more than anything in this world… “I don’t have the time…” Gracious doesn’t that burn me up! Here’s my response to that… You have time for whatever you make time for! You have time to watch the television don’t you? Time to go to work, time to eat, time to play… you have time to do what you want to do. If you don’t want to do it, that’s perfectly fine, but don’t tell me you don’t have time! Okay… I’ll get off my soapbox now.. =)

Anyways, I have so far made a few types of bread recipes as well as some pancakes. Eliza LOVES the pancakes… I freeze them and pop them in the microwave in morning… an easy way to get some grain in my picky little eater! I am planning on trying numerous recipes in the Bread Beckers cook book…. they all look so tasty!

How does an grain work? It’s extremely simple! All you have to do is pour the grain in the mill, turn the knob, and about 5 minutes later you have fresh flour! So, all in all, it’s a 5 – 10 minute extra step in a bread making process… and it’s amazing!

I’ll post more later about the special surprise I received from a former co-worker this week – I was extremely excited!!!

Lenee’

I’m back!!!!

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Hey Everyone!!

I’m back! I know it’s been an extremely long time since I’ve posted, but I have been quite hectic!!

A lot has happened since I’ve last been on here. We welcomed our little boy, Jude Gray, into the world on May 15, 2011. I am getting ready to start my last semester at ECU the end of August (thank the Lord!!!) And the biggest news is I quit my job at BB&T! I am officially a stay at home mom! I am SO thankful and excited! These first three weeks I am helping out one of my best friends keeping her 8 year old son while she works until he starts school. Hasn’t been too bad, but I am getting the feeling of what having 3 kids feels like! ha ha!

I have been doing lots of my home-maker stuff!! Milling my grains and baking breads, keeping my fabulous clothes detergent made as well as my dish detergent etc. etc. I will update you guys on everything!

I apologize for the delay in posting, but you should be seeing much more from me!

God bless!
Lenee’

Detergent continued…

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Hey guys!

It’s been forever since I’ve been on here! Been quite hectic the past couple of weeks, but wanted to give you an update on the homemade laundry detergent! Absolutely LOVE IT!!!! It works great!!! Of course, I am still using my stain fighter stuff for big baby stains, but overall, it has gotten all the dirt and grime out of our clothes! And, I have not broken out! I have broken out in the past when changing laundry detergents… so far so good on this one! It’s too easy not to try! If you do end up trying it, let us know! I have had a lot of people ask about it!

I can’t remember if I posted that I started using clothe diapers on Eliza? Well, this stuff is even getting the “mess” out of those! Also, I am loving the clothe diapers as well! Will most certainly be using them on little Jude when he comes!!! =)

Hope you all have a had a great couple of days!!! Will post some more later!!!
Lenee’

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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One of my very good friends, Sabra, gave me this recipe for Homemade laundry detergent. She said she uses it and it works great! I was really, very nervous about doing this. This morning, I made a batch! It was SO EASY! I have to let it sit over night, so I won’t be able to do a load of laundry until tomorrow, but, the making process was extremely simple! It took me about 20 minutes total… including doing the dishes afterward!

For those of you who are local or who have a Harris Teeter near you, they do have all the ingredients! I have not been anywhere as of yet looking for them. However, the Borax and Arm and Hammer Soap will last a very long time. I bought all the ingredients back on 1/18/11 and this is how much I spent:

Mule team Borax – $4.75
Fels-Naptha Bar Soap – $1.39
Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $2.95

Total including Tax – $9.79!!!

This recipe makes a 5 gallon bucket full… per Sabra, lasts FOREVER! You can’t beat the price. I did research on Fels-Naptha and apparently it’s an awesome stain fighter. A lot of women buy the soap bar and rub it on stains. Here is the recipe! Let me know if any of you try it out!!!

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap- Front or top load machine- best value

4 Cups – hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup – Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½ Cup Borax

– Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.

-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)

-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

*Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” – in some stores or may be purchased online here (at Meijer.com). Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It must be sodium carbonate!!

Potty Training!

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We spent the weekend potty training! It was… fairly successful! We did not have a lot of accidents at all! However, even though I really wanted to spend the entire weekend indoors and work on it, real life hit and we did have to run out a couple of times and put a regular old diaper on her! But overall, it worked really well!

I also invested in clothe diapers. Wasn’t too sure how I was going to like this new change! I mean, disposable diapers are SO convenient! And they simply go into the diaper genie! But in thinking about having 2 kids in diapers… shewl! That’ll get expensive, fast! In doing a ton of research, I decided to buy the gdiaper. This was our first weekend also strictly in the clothe diapers (except for church… don’t want to put the nursery worker through that!  ha ha!) I must say, I LOVE THEM!!! The new type of clothe diapers is so easy! Only difference is you do have to wash the suckers… which is fine with me! With the affordable laundry detergent I will be making soon… it will save me SO MUCH money!!! I just hope Eliza’s grandma (aka Gigi) won’t mind the clothe diapers. She didn’t complain today… she even worked with her on the potty training but don’t think Eliza gave it up to her very easily! That’s ok… as long as we are all on the same page I’m happy! =)

With all this being said… anyone have potty training tips??? I have researched it to pieces and there are SO many different suggestions! The one I have followed the most is letting her run around bottomless when we are home. She has LOVED IT. That’s kind of her reward for tinkling in the potty, being able to not have a big old bulky diaper!!! Please, share your experiences and tips with me!!!

Thanks a ton!

Nee’