Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Healthy Family is my Passion

For a while I have been researching essential oils since I use them quite a bit. I have been favoring doTERRA for quite some time and decided to make the plunge and sign up. I am so happy I did. I have been hesitant about signing up due to not wanting the pressure and the hype. After all I really am an introvert. The person I chose to sign up under is very humble and never asked me if I was interested in signing up. This made it so much easier for me to realize it was totally my decision.  The most amazing thing to me is that I have made a new wonderful friend that I feel I so much in common with. We have already spent quite a few hours on the phone talking not only about doTERRA, but about our daughters, our passion for homesteading, gardening, knitting. Oh my gosh she is just such a sweet spirit.

Well anyway... I am so excited about these oils, products and doTERRA in general. There are many wonderful companies out there that specialize in essential oils, including Young Living. I am not here to tell you one is better than the other. One of my close friends is with Young Living and we both love talking about the company we signed up with and the products they have. Whether you choose doTERRA, Young Living or any other company I would love to hear from you to talk about what you do to live a healthy life. After all, we're all in this together.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Coupon Caddy Organizer

I am excited to share with you my new coupon caddy.  I saw the post on pinterest which led me to Andrea's blog simple organized living, which I absolutely love.  When you have a moment, it's a must see.  This new coupon caddy has changed my grocery shopping experience, because coupons are so easy to find. Also it give each coupon a home, so I no longer find them laying around the kitchen are crinkled up on my purse.  Please it helps me keep them organized so I know where to find them, which helps me save money. No more finding the coupon in my purse or kitchen after I purchased the item, which really adds up and used to bum me out. 

Just like Andrea, I also found my expandable coupon file at Staples.  I love Staples, it's like the Macy's of all office supply stores.  Don't get me started on that place, I will stop in just to explore and dream of how organized I can be.  I purchased the card stock at Michael's, but had to cut it down a little to make the coupon caddy less stiff and easy to use.

I am very anal about things so I had to use my label maker, which I use all the time.  I also taped the top edge with shipping tape to add more durability.  On Andrea's blog you can find her breakdown of categories, but I decided to create my own.  Here it is and feel free to use any of them or all of them.

Coupon Caddy Categories--Sub-Catagories
     Baking/Cooking - cake/cookie mixes
     Baking/Cooking - ingredients/supplies
     Baking/Cooking - spices/seasonings

     Beverages - bottle/canned drinks (water/pop/tea)
     Beverages - coffee/tea
     Beverages - juice
     Beverages - lemonade/drink mixes

     Cans/Jars - beans/legumes
     Cans/Jars - fruit/vegetables
     Cans/Jars - pasta sauce & other sauces
     Cans/Jars - soup/broth
     Cans/Jars - salsa/tomatoes
     Condiments - marinade/sauces
     Condiments - pickles/olives/relish tray items
     Condiments - salad dressing/toppings
     Condiments - sandwich/burger spreads/toppings
     Dairy/Refrigerated - cheese/meat
     Dairy/Refrigerated - chilled dough/rolls/cookies/pudding
     Dairy/Refrigerated - coffee creamer/milk
     Dairy/Refrigerated - dips/spreads/cream cheese/sour cream
     Dairy/Refrigerated - eggs/butter
     Dairy/Refrigerated - goodbelly/yogurt
     Dairy/Refrigerated - other

     Dry Goods/Grains/Starches - bread/tortillas
     Dry Goods/Grains/Starches - cereal/oatmeal/poptarts
     Dry Goods/Grains/Starches - pasta/rice/sides

     Fresh Food - bakery
     Fresh Food - deli
     Fresh Food - meat department
     Fresh Food - produce
     Fresh Food - salsa/spreads/dips
     Fresh Food - pickles/other

     Frozen Food - bread/dough
     Frozen Food - breakfast items
     Frozen Food - fruit/veggies
     Frozen Food - gluten free/dairy free
     Frozen Food - ice cream/desserts/novelties
     Frozen Food - meals
     Frozen Food - meat/seafood
     Frozen Food - pizza/pizza rolls

     Grooming Hygiene - deodorant/soap
     Grooming Hygiene - feminine hygiene
     Grooming Hygiene - hair care
     Grooming Hygiene - make up
     Grooming Hygiene - oral care
     Grooming Hygiene - skin care/shaving

     Health/Medical - cold medicine/relief
     Health/Medical - first aid
     Health/Medical - pain relievers
     Health/Medical - pharmacy other
     Health/Medical - vitamins/supplements

     Household - cleaning/laundry
     Household - food storage/wraps
     Household - hardware/batteries/lightbulbs
     Household - office/school supplies
     Household - paper goods

     Snacks/Treats - candy/gum
     Snacks/Treats - chips/pretzels
     Snacks/Treats - cookies/cakes
     Snacks/Treats - crackers
     Snacks/Treats - nuts/dried fruit/popcorn
     Snacks/Treats - snack bars/energy bars

Here's why I love it: Andrea's idea is great because each person can create it to their own needs and store layout.  Changes are easy to make.  Portable, but stretches out to hold lots of coupons.  You can store the coupons for your shopping trip in the front box and add more to it as you shop.  It really saves so much time.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ladybug Release

We are having such a fun summer.  I have been on the hunt for fun activities for my daughter.  A friend of mine told me that you can purchase a whole bunch of ladybugs from the garden center to release in your garden.  So we took a trip to Tagawa Gardens to purchase the ladybugs and a few other things.

We waited until dusk. Ran the sprinkler in our garden, so the ladies had something to drink.  Then released a third of the package at a time over 3 nights.  They come in a package of 2000 and you store them in the refrigerator before and between releases.

This was a fun after dinner project.  It's so good for the garden and the yard too.

Each night we had ladybugs everywhere. We had to tread lightly and take extra care to not step on the ladybugs.

..and made sure we had no ladybugs on us before we entered the house

The release was over two weeks ago and I still see at least 2 or 3 each time I go outside.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Laundry Detergent

Over the last month I have come to the conclusion that I LOVE Sal Suds!  So, with all the plans that I had, my 32 oz bottle was not cutting it.  I needed more because I tried it as laundry detergent and I was lovin'  the results. Here is the link to Sal Suds laundry detergent I started with. It is quite good and inspired me.  When I tried this recipe, I was loving that when I added this detergent to the running water in the wash there were BUBBLES....but as I continued to use it as the weeks went by, I really wanted more sudsiness.  My favorite part is there is no grating soap in this recipe.  Also, this recipe no ugly gloppyness I was finding in soap grating recipes...this is a huge plus for me, because you don't have to add water later on to even out the detergent.  I was afraid it wasn't as effective as it was in the beginning.  

Thanks to my local Vitamin Cottage for ordering this gallon jug for me.  I am such a loyal of fan and love visiting this shop.  I could have ordered it online for the same price,  but I love supporting my local Colorado businesses.

Here is the link to Sal Suds laundry detergent I started with. It is quite good and inspired me.  My favorite part about making this recipe is there was no soap grating. I was so happy.  I loved the fresh, clean smell and BUBBLES this recipe provided... but as the weeks went on I realized I wanted more bubbles and a tad bit more cleaning power, so I decided to adapt the recipe. When I tried this recipe, I was loving that when I added this detergent to the running water in the wash there were plenty of bubbles and the results are just lovely.  My favorite part about using Sal Suds in laundry detergent recipes is there no ugly gloppyness I was finding in soap grating recipes...this is a huge plus for me, because you don't have to add water later on to even out the detergent.  I was afraid it wasn't as effective as it was in the beginning.  

So here is the recipe I came up with and I am so loving the results.... pure cleanliness.  My laundry smells so fresh and clean and not perfumey.
No-grate, Kick Ass Laundry Detergent Recipe

1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax (optional, but I'm loving the results)
1/3 cup of salt
4 cups of water
2 Tbsp of glycerin (optional)
1 1/2 cups of Sal Suds

Over medium low heat warm up 4 cups of water, washing soda, borax and salt until mostly dissolved. Remove from burner and add glycerin and Sal Suds .  Fill gallon container half way with water, add warmed laundry concoction after letting it slightly cool. Top off gallon container with more water and rotate.  Be careful and add water slowly or else you will end up with too many suds. Before washings you can rotate or gently shake bottle before pouring in wash.  1/4 to 1/2 cup depending on whether wash is small or large.  In between for medium loads.  Also you can use more for extra dirty loads.  I hope you are as amazed as I am.

Once our printer is fixed  I plan on adding a label yet but I plan on doing so by including the ingredients.

Special Note: the glycerin and Borax are optional, because it works okay without it.  I just feel the addition of the two give the detergent some extra cleaning power.  The difference is pretty noticeable to me. 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers Day!!

Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms out there. I hope you all had as wonderful  and relaxing of a day as I did.  Our household has been very sick over the last few weeks.  That is one the reasons I have not been posting lately, plus I've had a few job interviews and am in the process of renewing my RT certification.  Besides that, I'm so feeling the love this Mothers Day.  How about you?

Even in the middle of my hubby and daughter being sick they were able to find time to take a trip to the ceramic store and make these.  Aren't they just the cutest?

Me and my daughter showing off her work of art this morning.  "I love you too, Bunny!" Please excuse the morning hair and no make up.  My girl always looks lovely no matter what the time of day.

And my beautiful, funny, whacky girl...who has made my life so wonderful and fun the last 7 and a half years.  She makes me laugh and smile more than anyone, next to my husband.  It is such privilege to be her mommy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eucalyptus EO... Sticky Label Remover

While I was at the store last week purchasing eucalyptus EO the cashier told me it is excellent for removing labels and stickers as well as cleaning.  Who would have knew?  Definitely not me.  No wonder it works so well in my all purpose cleaner.

So I thought I would try it on this bottle our salad dressing came in.

I only intended to put 5 - 8 drops, but it came out  a little fast, so be careful to not get it all over the countertop. I think about 15-20 drops came out.  It's hard to focus when you are also the one taking the picture.  

After scraping for about 20 seconds with a nylon scraper and then wiping away with a
 sponge and warm water the label was totally gone.  Quite superb, don't ya think?  Now I have an adorable vase for my white daisies growing in the garden this summer.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sal Suds Multi-purpose Cleaner

I wanted to post another recipe with Sal Suds that has a little extra power for cleaning messy countertops, bathroom sinks, spills on floors, dirty walls  This works awesome and I love the smell. Weird maybe, I know.  With TTO I find that people either love it or hate it.  This is a recipe I came up with myself after doing some research and talking to one of my green cleaning neighbors.

Sal Suds Multi-purpose Cleaner
  • Water (24 ounces)
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Sal Suds Castile soap
  • ¾ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tsp Super Washing Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Borax
  • 25 drops tea tree oil (TTO)
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil 
Put in spray bottle an mix gently. The Borax and Washing Soda does take a little time to dissolve. Careful, the hydrogen peroxide causes the spray bottle to expand and contents may overflow even though bottle is closed.  Make sure to store on top of paper towel to protect surface from leakage when batch is fresh and bottle is full.   For best results wipe with a wet cloth, then follow up with a dry one.  This cleaner requires very minimal scrubbing and provides a sparkling clean.  Enjoy!