Friday, January 29, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Something that I've been doing for a while now to save money is making my own laundry soap. This really is such a great way to effectively clean clothes very cheaply. It is so easy to throw together and simple to use. All it is is this:

1 part Fels Naptha laundry bar soap
2 parts Borax
2 parts washing soda

What I do is grate one whole bar of Fels Naptha~ it comes out to be about 2 cups~ into a plastic container and add 4 cups each Borax and washing soda and mix it up. (I've also been adding powdered Clorox 2 to the mix just because I have it but that's completely optional. You could also add a few drops of essential oil for scent if you like. )

To do one large load of laundry, I sprinkle in a few tablespoons. That's really all it takes! In fact, I keep a metal 1/3 C. measuring spoon in the container and fill the cup about about half full to wash 1 large load.
I found this "recipe" in one of the cloth diaper forums, back while I was pregnant with Josh, in a thread about saving money. And save money it does! All the ingredients together cost about $9 for 3 batches, and considering I get about 60 wash loads per batch, that comes out to about $0.05 per load.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Olympic Training Center

Last Monday Tim and I took our kids to the Olympic Training Center here in Colorado Springs. We met up with another family from around the corner and we had a great time! We are planning on doing an Olympic unit study the week before the games begin, so I thought it would be a good idea to visit the training center beforehand. The weather was beautiful and the kids had a blast. Dabney kept coming to me and saying, "I'm learning so much today!"

We saw a movie about the Olympics and took a tour around the grounds and inside some of the buildings. We saw lots of athletes, but none I could recognize.

The 2010 games begin in Vancouver on February 12th!

Monday, January 04, 2010

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Christmas 2009

We had a wonderful Christmas '09! We laid low and celebrated at home without too much stress. We celebrated David's 4th birthday by bowling on Christmas Eve, visited a local candlelight service and came home to birthday cake and ice cream. The kids, as always, opened one present each (it was pajamas for all this year) and they headed off to dreamland, visions of sugarplums and all. Of course, by 8 am the next morning there was controlled wrapping paper carnage surrounding the tree and giggling children, their tummies filled with chocolate from their stockings and Christmas breakfast casserole.

Tim and I saved the 'big' presents for the kids for last. Dabney received a beautiful violin,

David got a guitar,
and Josh is the proud owner of a just-his-size sweet ukulele.

It's the Mellow Show with Josh Giedd!
Anybody seen his iguana?

Baby's First Christmas

Adam totally went for all of his presents and quickly got the hang of unwrapping them. As you can see, his favorite present was Sophie the teething giraffe. They are rarely seen without each other these days.

We had a wonderful celebration and hope you did also, remembering the Reason we celebrate. Jesus has set us free and has saved us from the shackles of sin. He gives us life and so much more than we deserve. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Happy New Year to you all!

Adam's First Chocolate Covered Oreo

Thanks to Auntie Rebecca for the goodies and to Joshua for sharing!
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