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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Laundry Soap Revisited: An Awesome Shortcut!

The first trimester of pregnancy is hard. This particular pregnancy has been kicking my butt. I'm not sure that it has just been a more difficult first trimester, or that having two little ones to chase around and care for has made it more exhausting. Thankfully I am not one of those who is violently ill, however, instead I feel miserably sick all day long. From the time I get up, to the time I go to bed. That alone is exhausting. I have not even been able to blog lately. Just looking at a computer screen makes me nauseous. Weird huh?!

But, I know all of this is so completely worth it! I feel blessed to be able to carry this little one. So, I count it all as blessings and take the sickness as a good sign that baby is healthy and growing.

In order to *attempt* to keep my house in order, clothes clean, and food on the table, I have been looking for short cuts to anything and everything! Here are my two absolute favorite shortcuts that I have found thus far for making some of my routine cleaning products! I will share one today and save the other for another post later.

Laundry Soap: No cooking required!

I shared in a earlier post about my homemade laundry soap (here). It really is fantastic! I was so in love with it that I had no interest with making anything else. Enter the first trimester, and the fact that heat/ cooking over the stove makes nausea so much worse. I found that I simply could not make my laundry soap. What little energy I could muster was going into playing with my boys, keeping the house tidy, ect. So I began looking for options. I went back to the original blog where I first found the recipe I use and saw that she had made a powder version of her laundry soap. I was skeptical at first. Would it really work as well? But I was down to my last load of laundry soap and needed more. So I went for it, and I couldn't be happier!!!!!

Here is what you need...

2 cups Borax
2 cups Super washing soda 
2 bars Fels Naptha
2 Quart sized canning jars

Shred your two bars of Fels Naptha. Place the shredded soap into your blender or food processor until it becomes a fine powder. It should be the same consistency as the Borax and washing soda. If you skip this step it will be too think and have a hard time fully dissolving in your washer. Next I added the Borax and Super Washing Soda to the Soap in the blender so it would mix it completely together.

This is what you want it to look like...

 Pour mixture into your quart sized jars and you are done! That simple.

To use: 

You only need 2 TEASPOONS, yes you read that right, for a LARGE load! I was so skeptical that this would actually work. But it does! It really does. Both my mother and my aunt have tried this powder recipe and are very happy with the results. 

Notes: This will make (2) 3/4 full jars...it does not fill all the way to the top. I have not done the math yet as to how long this lasts, but it is lasting me a long time so far! I have not had any problems with any residue and the detergent dissolves great. 

Have you tried a powder version of homemade laundry soap?


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Natural Bathroom Cleaning: At the Cheap and Choosy

Today I am contributing over at The Cheap and Choosy! Stop by, say hi, and get super simple tips on cleaning your bathroom naturally for pennies!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Week 8

Every few weeks (possibly every week, just depends on how busy/tired I am) I am going to post a pregnancy update and picture. I love seeing the belly progression pictures and this time around I figured I would do it. :-) I do have a little tummy already. Of course, I know this is all bloat and not actually the baby. But it is still fun! Just 4 more weeks till morning sickness is hopefully over!

Any other pregnant, first trimester mommies out there?

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! 
                                                                                                                     Psalm 127:3-5a

Friday, June 8, 2012

Menu Planning For the First Trimester

Trying to plan a menu while nauseous is seriously miserable. When that queasy feeling hits, the last thing I want to think about is food. I remembered from my last pregnancy just how miserable of a task it was and decided to do some pre-morning sickness (I should say ALL DAY sickness) meal planning. I actually found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks. It makes for a long pregnancy, but it also gives me time to prepare for when I am so completely exhausted that I can not pick my self up off the couch or even look at a picture of food let alone get near any.

I decided this time around that I would be more proactive in preparing meals ahead of time for my family. This way they would still be able to eat good home cooked meals rather than cereal of fast food for every meal. I don't want their nutrition to suffer just because momma can't even stand to look at food. Here a just a few of the steps that I have taken...

1. Make a List of Meals

    Plan out your meals for at least a month: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner. I know when I am feeling queasy I don't want to sit and think about a bunch of food. Having a meal plan already laid out will take all of the thinking out of it. Try to include meals that are meatless or that are simple and easy to put together, yet healthy.

2. Pre-cook meat and freeze it.

    During my first trimester I usually can not cook meat. Especially ground hamburger. Just the thought, let alone the smell, makes me sick. So, I bought several pounds of ground hamburger and chicken and took one day to cook it all up. I then divided it, based on meal types, into freezer bags. This way when we want to have Spaghetti with meat sauce later on I can just pull the meat out, defrost it and warm it up with some sauce. When I want to make up some chicken enchiladas, all I have to do is grab a bag of precooked, shredded chicken, and defrost it. This cuts out one step from cooking that I just cannot do while experiencing my all-day sickness. If you are already feeling that aversion to meet, ask hubby or another family member to cook up a bunch for you. Loved ones are usually happy to help, they just need to be asked.

3. Make up casseroles and freeze them.

    Take a day to make a few lasagnas or other easy casseroles that you can freeze for later. Or simply double the meals you are currently making for dinner and freeze one for later. This allows you no prep later on when you are feeling exhausted and can hardly get up off the couch. Simply pop it into the oven and you are done. To make this even easier put the casserole in a disposable pan that you can easily toss when you are done. Easier clean up.

These three simple steps have already made a big difference. I am not yet to the worst part of my all-day sickness, but it has helped tremendously not to have to cook any meat!

Have you ever done anything to prepare for that inevitable first trimester sickness?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Citrus and Coconut Sugar Scrub

Just before mother's day I began searching for some homemade beauty products that I could make that would pamper my mother and mother-in-law. I found several wonderful and easy recipes, and today I am going to share my favorite. While perusing Pinterest I found a DIY Citrus Salt Scrub from adelynSTONE. Her recipe is very simple, few ingredients, and quick to make. Love it. I already had everything on hand except for the sea salt. So I made one adjustment and changed it from a Salt Scrub to a Sugar Scrub.


1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)
1/2 tsp lemon juice or zest. (I did a little of both.)
Mixing bowl & Spoon
Small Jar with a lid

How to make your own Sugar Scrub:

Pour sugar into a mixing bowl. Add coconut oil a little at a time, mixing thoroughly with the sugar as you go. Once mixed completely and evenly add the lemon juice/zest to the sugar mixture and stir. Place into jar (I doubled this recipe and put it in a pint jar), seal with lid and add ribbon for gift giving...or keep for yourself and enjoy!

How to use your Sugar Scrub:

After washing your body in the shower apply scrub where desired. I love to use this on my elbows, knees, and especially my heels and feet. Scrub in a circular motion. Rinse clean. You could also simply fill up a small tub of warm/hot water and ask your sweet hubby to give you relaxing foot massage with your sugar scrub! Rinse clean and pat dry with a towel when done. Follow up with your favorite moisturizing lotion.

Benefits of a Sugar Scrub:

-exfoliate and remove dead skin
-softens dry skin
-super moisturizing
-gives you a healthy youthful glow


Make this scrub to your liking.
Use Sea Salt for a more coarse scrub
Use olive oil, vegetable oil, or almond oil
Add in some orange zest along with the lemon
Add in some coconut shavings

This scrub works wonderfully! It is very exfoliating and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. I love it! Then add in the fact that I know all of the ingredients that are in it and it is cheap to make...this really is a win, win, win!!!

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