Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
It's time like these when I love my little homemade business! All my hard work, all my time crunching, all my "OMG, how am I gonna get these 4 orders done and get the laundry done and get the kids to their football and gymnastics practices AND get dishes done AND cook something for dinner AND get the kids bathed ANDDDD get hoomework done.... AHHHHH", seems to disappear & I get absolutely nothing but the thrill, the excitement, the full heartedness of the love people have for my products and I realize why I just love what I do.
Seriously!?!? Amy Adams is one of THE BEST photographers ever and RakJPatterns can seriously make some adorable patterns that are extremely easy to follow!! If you live in the Indianola, IA area, go see Amy for your pictures! If you crochet, go check out RakJ! If you want one of these adorable sets for your adorable little girl or if you're a photographer that would want one of these for a photo prop, go see me on Facebook or Etsy.
Alright, so now that you've seen this beauty.... I've got another surprise for you!! Yeah, I got not only one ADORABLE collage of this babydoll in the diaper cover set, but I got one of a beautiful little girl in her Barefoot Sandals! Oh yeah... I'm tellin ya, Amy is awesome!
These are my Ballerina Barefoot Flower Sandals. If you're interested in some for yourself, go to my Facebook or Etsy. These are perfect to wear with your sundresses, a pair of rolled up old jeans or your swimsuit! Wear them to your backyard barbeque, while lounging around in the shade or wear them to the beach! These things are adorable! Start the trend in your area... Foot Jewelry is big this summer. Give someone a little view of your feet in something they haven't already seen a hundred times! One of my customers recently said, "I keep forgetting to take a picture for you. Everytime I wear them, I'm just having too much fun. I think these just bring out the fun". Yeah... They're that awesome :)
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sorry, no pictures of my beautiful, shiny, oily, black smudged self that morning! haha... You get NO visuals!
My sweet, sweet husband actually didn't say anything about my roughness though. Cudos to you honey! Point for the hubster.
Anyway, seeing yourself look 10 years older, overnight, simply because you didn't wash off your makeup will make you want to find a solution quick! Problem was, I wasn't going to the store looking like THAT to pick up more cleaner. haha! That's when my little friend google came into play. I started researching natural or homemade ways to clean that eye makeup off and seriously got upset at myself for not doing this the night before! Google has about a billion things normal people keep in their house that'll double as a great makeup remover & I had about a thousand of those things in my cabinets! (Over exaggeration maybe? Maybe... but the possibilities seem endless when you're searching)
Here's what I decided to use:
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Baby Wash/Shampoo
Mix it all together, put it in some sort of container, keep it in your bathroom cabinet or leave it by your sink (if you put it in a pretty little container). Before you go to bed each night, put a little of the cleaner on your cotton swab, on your washcloth, on your little circle face pad, on your paper towel, whatever you decide to use and wipe your face off. Eyes and all... It doesn't irritate your eyes or skin at all. I have sensitive skin and this treats my skin VERY well. The baby wash is gentle and mild enough to clean my face without irritating it and the coconut oil leaves my skin oil free (yeah, sounds weird, but the good oil gets rid of the bad oil, I guess) without drying my skin. Oh yeah, and if you have an acne problem, guess what!! Coconut oil helps prevent acne!! Check it out here!!
Oh, by the way... My husband may have went quite a while not saying anything about how rough I looked (Point-Hubster, remember?), but once I cleaned my face with this cleaner, he definitely noticed! "Babe, your face looks a LOT less shiny" haha... (Maybe I'm taking that point back!)
What do you use to wash your face? Which homemade recipe works best for your skin?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
I do laundry once a week (or at least my HOPE is to only do laundry once a week) and that day's Today... Yuck!! While I began my first load, I started thinking I haven't written a blog post in a while... Well, what better to write about than what I'm doing today, right? Here goes...
I've made a blog post once before telling you how to make your own fabric softener but the recipe used Hair Conditioner. There are TONS of recipes out there, and most of them tell you to use hair conditioner. The recipe worked GREAT!! Well, since I've started living a little more "Green", I've stopped buying hair conditioner. I use ACV to rince my hair and Coconut Milk Conditioner to deep condition my hair. Without buying conditioner, I've been trying out new ways to soften my laundry & "de-static" it.
First, I tried putting straight vinegar into the softener tub in my washer.. It worked great, but I was going through tons of vinegar! I wondered if I could get by with using less... So I tried! I started filling it halfway up with vinegar, and it worked! Soooo... Then I decided I wanted it to smell better. I started adding essential oil. I was pretty happy with the results! Then, I wanted something in my dryer. I started filling up a spray bottle with vinegar & essential oil. I would spray the towels and socks in the loads I was drying. My clothes came out static free & smelling very nice.
So then I got tired of seeing all this stuff on top of my washer & dryer AND got tired of all the steps. Come on.... isn't washing & drying & folding & hanging & putting up enough steps as it is? So now, here's what I do:
1 gallon of half empty white vinegar
Take the half gallon of vinegar & fill it the rest of the way up with water. Add your choice of essential oil to make the scent you like! Mix it all up & add it to your rinse cycle with every load, or fill your softener tub everytime you wash!
Fabric Softener (same as you made above)
Instead of spraying all the socks, washcloths and towels with each load, I decided to start making reusable "dryer sheets". All I do is put my wash clothes in a bowl and pour my fabric softener over it. Make sure they're saturated. Squeeze out any extra and put them outside to dry! Keep them in an airtight container until you're ready to use. Add a washcloth to your dryer when you put your load in! One washcloth should last 3-5 dryer cycles.
So now, I have 3 containers sitting on the shelves above my washer & dryer; fabric softener, dryer sheet container & my laundry detergent! It looks WAY less cluttered now!
Oh, by the way, I also use homemade laundry detergent. I didn't make up this recipe myself so to make your own, go HERE.
What's your laundry routine?
Monday, July 16, 2012
While looking around my house for something new to create, I remembered I was almost out of my commercial conditioner. I was using Pantene... The big bottles you buy at Sam's (so it took a really long time to finally run out of it). I've been itching to make myself some homemade conditioner. I threw out the last little bit of that questionable stuff to give me an excuse to finally make myself some homemade goodness! I decided to make myself some regular, everyday conditioner (more of a rinse) and a deep conditioner that I plan on using once a week......
They work WONDERFULLY!!!
Seriously, the everyday conditioner probably cost me a cent to make. I haven't done the math, but once you look at how little of anything I had to use, you'll see that it's basically nothing out of the pocket per use. The deep conditioner cost barely a little more than the rinse, but less than $2 for a whole bottle. CRAZY! For a deep conditioner, I'm spending less than $2 and actually know what every ingredient in it is!
So, you're probably waiting for the recipes now, right? I'll make you wait no longer... Here they are!
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Anyway, here's my vanilla toothpaste recipe. Give it a try... it costs next to nothing and chances are, you've already got the ingredients in your kitchen.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Well, I decided to actually write a pattern for one of my most popular summertime girly accessories. Until now, I've made them all from memory without writing the pattern. For all you crochet lovers out there (whom cannot crochet yourselves) they are only $7 in my Etsy store. For those of you who know how to crochet (youtube is a GREAT teacher), here's the pattern :) Enjoy!!!
Rd. 2 – (makes top layer flower) Ch 1, Working in front loops only. [sc in next sc. Sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc in next sc.] Repeat  5 times, making 6 petals. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rd. 3 - Working in back loops (behind 6 petals), [sc in next sc. Ch 3, sk next st.] Repeat  5 times, making 6 chains. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rd 4 – (makes bottom layer flower) [Sc, hdc, dc, 3 tr, dc, hdc, sc in loop make by ch 3’s in previous Rd] Repeat 5 times. Sl st in first Sc.
Fasten off with long tail (for sewing flower onto headband)
1 dc in each ch.
At the end of your ch, sl st both ends of headband together.
Sew flower onto headband on top of place headband joins together.
Age Headband Circumference (inches)
If you try this pattern and notice any difficulties understanding it, please let me know! I'm still very new to this pattern writing thing, as I have always crocheted from memory. Now that I'm selling multiples in each of my products, I figure a pattern might be handy to have :) Once again, enjoy!! These are SUPER cute on babies/girls/ladies of all ages!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Enough of the venting.... Let me tell you why I didn't have time to make my scrumptious shaving cream tonight. While we were on vacation, my son ran out of his shampoo and body wash so I bought him some store bought junk until I got home to make him some homemade goodness. Tonight, I made some more amazing goodness.... (I'm loving this homemade/natural thing!! I feel so creative, responsible, a little more earth friendly, as well as pocket friendly :) )
1/2 cup Tea (green or whatever you wanna use)... brewed 30 mins.
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Honey
Now, I'll explain the ingredients.....
-Castile soap is completely natural/organic soap that works wonders. It has tons of different uses! Well worth the money... A little goes a LONG way.
-Tea is an amazing herbal treatment for your hair as well as body. Chamomile tea works great on blonde hair. Sage tea works great for dark hair. You can also use just plain old green tea, black tea (to darken your hair) or typical Lipton tea! It all works great.
-Olive Oil nourishes, conditions, improves the strength and elasticity in your hair leaving it healthier and more managable. It also leaves a clean, invigorated scalp!
-Honey is full of vitamins and nutrients that are great for both your hair and body. It holds in water giving your hair extra moisture.
DIY Body Wash:
1 cup Dr. Bronners Liquid Castile Soap
1 cup Water
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)
5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil(s)
I've read others have had problems getting the castile soap to lather. This lathers wonderfully. Both of these soaps (body wash & shampoo) are very thin but you won't have to use much at all. A tiny bit goes a very long way with these recipes. They both lather wonderfully and leaves your hair/skin feeling soft, clean and moisturized! I made these for my 8 year old son so they're very mild. I plan to make another version with coconut milk for myself soon!!
I hope these help you in your discovery into making your own, natural bath products! If you have any questions or want to leave feedback after you try, feel free to leave a message. Don't forget to sign up to get my email updates to the right!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Today, I decided to tackle my bathrooms... I've been putting it off all week because I just knew it was going to take me hours with sponges, rags, toilet cleaner, tub/shower cleaner, glass cleaner, disinfectant, tile/grout cleaner, etc. The list goes on and on and on and on....... With 5 people in my house, 3 being boys, the bathrooms get disgusting. I generally clean the bathrooms once a week, minus the typical pickup, but that still doesn't seem like enough and the cost of cleaners gets outrageous.
Enough is ENOUGH.... Back before they had all these millions of different types of cleaners, people still had clean bathrooms, right?? I remember going to my grandmother's house and it always being so clean and fresh but I never saw tons of chemical filled cleaners. She always had vinegar and baking soda though. With remembering that, here's what I came up with to clean my bathroom:
Tub/Shower: 50/50 water & vinegar. Mix in a spray bottle, spray and wipe clean. It easily wipes soap scum away. If you have any real tough spots, make a paste of baking soda & water to apply to the stain OR wet stain with water, sprinkle baking soda to area & spray with vinegar solution. When it foams, scrub the area with your micro fiber sponge/towel.
Countertops: Same as Tub/Shower. Half vinegar and Half water.
Toilets: Sprinkle some Baking Soda down the drain (you won't need much), pour in 1 cup of white, distilled vinegar. It will foam up (like your old volcano science project as a child). Scrub the inside of your toilet with your toilet brush and the foam. Your toilet will sparkle! I use the vinegar/water spray to clean the outside of the toilet.
Mirrors: Vinegar & Water spray. Clean with pieces of an old T-Shirt or Micro Fiber Sponges or Towels. Paper towels don't work so well using this cleaning method. This works better than my Windex!!
Floors: I have tile floor in my bathrooms. 50/50 vinegar & water works GREAT at cleaning the spots/dirt while leaving my floor sparkling.
To sum it up, to clean your bathroom you need this:
Vinegar, Baking Soda, Water, micro fiber towel/sponge (essential oils, optional)
That's it! Vinegar disinfects as it cleans, naturally, so you won't need to use any extra antibacterial or disinfectant cleaners.
If you want to leave your bathroom smelling nicely after the vinegar dries & the pickle smell goes away, simply add 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil to your spray bottle. The pickly vinegar smell will disappear as it dries, leaving the great scent of your essential oil. I, personally, don't like citrus much and love the smell of lavendar, so that's what I used. I love having the relaxing, lingering smell of lavendar floating through my house :)
If you try this and have comments, suggestions or anything to add, I'd love to hear from you!
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Sunday, June 10, 2012
My latest Fabric Softener used hair conditioner as one of the ingredients. After researching ingredients in my hair conditioner, I do NOT plan on purchasing anymore when my Pantene runs out. I will be using an all natural, safe way to condition my hair.. More on that when I run out of my current conditioner.
After tons of research, I think I've found another GREAT way to make my softener. Vinegar has been proven to be excellent for clothes. It helps keep lint from attaching to clothes, it removes soap residue, it helps remove odors from clothing and helps boost your detergent power among many other advantages. Google it... You'll see for yourself!
Baking soda helps soak up odors and helps regulate the ph level in your laundry rinse water keeping it from becoming to acidic or alkaline. Adding it to your rinse cycle is supposed to act as a balance to suspend detergent or mineral deposits which leave clothes feeling stiff.
Add some water & essential oil and I should have a "better than I've ever imagined softener"... right?? No....
I ALMOST fell for using both of these in a fabric softener... BUT... I remembered, when both are mixed together, they react, foam up, leaving nothing more than a little salty water. Remember mixing the two in your clay volcano when you were a kid?? It makes for some awesome lava... If you're googling ways to make your own fabric softener & you find one that tells you to mix these two ingredients, remember you're only wasting your vinegar & baking soda... Might as well just throw it in the trash now. Seperately, they work fantastic. Together, they end up canceling each other's magic, leaving you with nothing more miraculous than salty water..
For right now, I think I'm going to try using my white distilled vinegar & adding some of my "linen" essential oil to it. I use the baking soda in my homemade laundry detergent anyway... Maybe the use of both of them, at different times, will work great! Let's just hope the laundry ends up with a good, clean, linen scent, just how I like it!!
Update: This works GREAT!! I simply use white distilled vinegar and add my essential oil to it. Appx 15-20 drops per half gallon (that's enough for me). I use appx 1 cup of the mixture per load of laundry. My laundry comes out SO soft and smells great! Give it a try!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Those of you who have been following my blog know I usually add visuals of my posts. Sorry.... No visual of my stove fire. I was a little too busy trying to PUT OUT THE FIRE.
Just so you know, everything's fine. No damage was done - to anything - at all. Just a little visual damage... Just needs to be cleaned up a little...
After the fire, I got to wondering what caused the fire. Had my husband spilled something on the burner?? No... How long had it been since this stove, under the cosmetic top, had been cleaned? I've cleaned that stove daily (most days several times a day) since we moved here a few months back. Surely they had it cleaned pretty well before we moved in, right?? WRONG!! I took the stove top apart and OMG that thing was DISGUSTING!! No WONDER IT CAUGHT ON FIRE! "Just needs to be cleaned a little??" Uhh.... How about, "I'm gonna have to give this thing the scrub down of my life because, surely, it's never been cleaned!".