It's time for Friday Finds!!!
This week I got up in the attic and found my flannels and our fall decor!! I also found this fall colored CorningWare coffee cup at one of our favorite thrifts. Oh, how could I forget!!! Coffee!!! We went to Winn Co and picked out some coffee! Espresso!! They have so much to choose from, you just grind it up there in the store!! I love the Espresso! Puts a smile on my face even at 6am!!
~it's starting to look, smell and feel like fall around here~
Everyone needs denim and flannel, it's fall!
I found this flannel a few weeks back.
Found the time today to make Lis a fall skirt out of it!!
I looked on Pinterest today and found a way to clean the grout in the entry way!
It looks so much better. Not sure why I picked a really rainy day to do such a thing, but I did.
Just in case your wondering what I used...
1/4 cup peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda (this box of soda has been under my sink capturing odors for like 4 years or so now, I was afraid it wouldn't work, but it did!!)
1 tsp dish soap (my dish soap is from my favorite all things safe and eco friendly company "Melaleuca, the Wellness Company"! If you are interested in their products, please!!! contact me!!!)
Hope you all have an awesome weekend! Looks like a lot of rain in our forecast, guess I will be stuck inside sewing!!! So thankful for all our seasons! There is beauty in all of them!
And he changeth the times and the seasons... Daniel 2:21a
A few weeks back Asa started choir rehearsals once a week again. The first day back they handed our the 2018-19 choir t-shirts. Asa loved how soft it was. Much to my surprise we found that Hobby Lobby's solid color shirts are just as soft. We just happened upon these while looking for things to make some newborn headbands. They are a whopping $6.29! Can't beat that for a growing teenager! I picked out these three colors, you can get green, black and white as well. Just thought I would share!! Oh and guess what?!? We just got back from a quick trip to Kansas. I got to photograph another new little princess, I even got a few of her with her 6 siblings! Check back soon to see the photos! Hope you all had a fabulous Friday!
We all, well, most of us that is, have some kind of debt to pay off. My husband and I do not have tons of debt piled up, but we do have a mortgage. Which to me is debt. I hate the idea of paying for my house two x's. I heard about this book and have started reading it. It's been a good read thus far. I am learning some money saving strategies, one of them being making your own laundry detergent. I was skeptical at first because I really like my laundry to smell fresh! Anyhow, I decided to give it a try and, much to my amazement, I LoVe it!
I used a bar of Zote, a bar of Fels-Naptha, Borax and Washing Soda. I purchased these all at WalMart. You can find it all on the laundry isle. I usually buy 'Tide Original' because of skin allergies in our family. This cost me almost exactly the same, however, it will last 3x's longer! Super excited about my new detergent! It's probably better for us anyhow!!
You do have to grate the bars of soap. I'm a weirdo and actually enjoyed it. ha I used our cheese grater and the buckets we use to wash the car.
Then I combined all the ingredients into a different bucket. I added one cup of each until I ran out of soap and washing soda. I wish I could tell you how many cups it ended up being but I forgot to count. I had a little Borax left over, saving it for the next batch. I put some in a jar (pictured below) and the rest in a bucket with a lid. This jar sits on my dryer and the bucket is up in the cabinet. I add a tablespoon to reg. laundry and 2 tbls to heavily soiled laundry and my load of towels/washcloths.
I'm a big fan of softener! This is something I already had been using. You can find Cleaning Strength Vinegar on the isle where regular vinegar is. I add about 10 drops of Lemon Oil to the jug of Vinegar. My washing machine has a place for softener, I fill it up to the bottom line. Im guessing it's about 1/4 of a cup. I purchase the vinegar at WalMart. The Oil is from my favorite place to get Oils, Safe Cleaning products, Vitamins and Natural toiletries and such. Melaleuca, The Wellness Company! If you are interested in purchasing safe/natural products let me know!
What's your favorite money saving tip? Please!! Share it with us!
So a few weeks ago I found this book at our local thrift shop. I sat it aside and forgot about it somehow in the mix of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Well, today I had six hours of sitting in the car, so I brought this little 'find' with me. With no kids in the car, which is a rare experience for us, I read most of it aloud to Sam as he was cruising along. We laughed and agreed with so much of what the author writes. Maybe Sam can now see I am not the only crazy homeschool mom in existence. It was good to see my feelings and reactions are so common with other hsm's. I am a very strong KJV girl! That is the only thing I would change about this book, I do highly recommend "LIES Homeschooling MOMS Believe" by Todd Wilson. You will not waste your time reading it! ...and if you're reading this and you are a homeschool mom, keep your head up, sometimes it's hard, but like this book says,
" No one homeschools because it is easy. Most do it because they think it is the best. That should comfort you, because the best things are almost always the hardest things. Think about it. The things that are easiest are usually not very good for you, but those things that take blood, sweat and tears are worth everything. So take heart. Homeschooling must be really, really good because it's really, really hard." ~Todd Wilson
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