Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Going a little hippy

I know some people think I'm going a little overboard with going green...so if you're one of those you may not want to read the rest of this blog. This week we joined a co-op to get fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
I also made an All Purpose Cleaner. It smells great and cleans even better. I'm very excited about this one. Here is the recipe:
Ingredients : white distilled vinegar, purified water, borax, liquid castile soap and an essential oil for fragrance

Mix 2 tbsp of vinegar with 1 tsp borax. Fill the rest of the bottle with very hot water. Shake until the borax is dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of castile liquid soap. To scent, add 10 to 15 drops of an essential oil.

I also made hand soap. I will post thaitt recipe a little later. I love it because it's easy to make, it's healthier and it's extremely inexpensive!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Going a little greener

I just finished reading the book Healthy Child, Healthy World. I now have the huge goal of making life for my children greener. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed by all the information and starting a little bit at a time. Because dishwashing detergent is on everything they eat and drink out of, I decided to start there. Here is the recipe I used:
Mix together 1 cup of vinegar, 2 tbsp lemon concentrate, 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of baking soda (it will bubble so be sure to mix in a large bowl). If you want a dry detergent, leave out the lemon and vinegar. Still an excellent detergent. For dry, only use 1 tbsp.
For regular- use half of what you would normally use
Shake before each use
I will tackle one thing a week (minimum) and will blog about it each week.
I hope everyone is having a great week!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I am always looking for ways to do more than one thing at a time. Motherhood has a way of making people become multi-taskers and I am no exception. In fact, I have gotten to the point where I find it impossible to do just one thing at a time.
Today was definitely no exception. We woke up to Emma banging on her door and yelling at us....very typical Saturday morning. The kids had Easter pictures scheduled for 10:00 so we started getting them ready and realized one of Emma's shoes was missing. We looked everywhere we could think of and thanks to her overnight growth spurt, she had no other shoes to match her new dress. So we rushed to get ready. I showered while Kevin ironed Emma's dress. I came downstairs to no breakfast because the kids ate it all. We left for Gymboree with my hair wet and no breafast for me or Kevin. I was already in a wonderful mood and then we arrived at Gymboree to a dark, closed store. We headed to Target and I declared the morning a total disaster. I was thinking there was no way we would make it to Ananchel by 10:00 for their pictures. I literally ran in and bought the shoes then ran out. We miracously made it to Ananchel at 9:59. We got the kids out and hurried in. The photographer, Sundra called us back immediately and all was saved. So we thought.
That's when it happened...Sundra asked Tyler to take his shoes off. Then she took off Emma's brand new shoes as well. I didn't know whether to laugh or hit someone at this point....so I chose to laugh. Kevin and I both did. The shoes that stressed us out beyond belief all morning, weren't even needed for the pictures.
I know there is a lesson in there somewhere. Maybe I'll figure it out one day. :)