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Before The Holidays – 1 Week Out

Last week I started with the yard and repairs. This week I’ve moved inside for some deep cleaning. It’s time to break out, refill and use all those nice natural chemical free cleaners I’ve been making.

To make natural cleaners yourself look HERE.

To buy some I’ve already made, look HERE.

The goal for today is to restock all my cleaning supplies, make a list of what I want to accomplish this week and start from the ceiling down. I think sweeping cobwebs out of the corners and cleaning the ceiling fans is a great start.

The 1 Week Out/Holidays are Coming/Deep Cleaning List:CWDirtyFan
M-Restock cleaning supplies
M-Sweep cobwebs
M-Clean ceiling fans and fixtures
M-Start by cleaning 1 cabinet inside and out
T-Wash Holiday linens
T-vacuum curtains
T-wipe down walls (child graffiti)
T-wipe off all baseboards
W-Clean off desk (could take all day)
R- Clean out and wipe down fridge
R-Wipe down all furniture and bookshelves
F-Clean upholstery
F-Make sure bathrooms are stocked
F-Finish up anything that isn’t done
F-Make a Holiday menu and shopping list
F-Buy turkey
Did I forget anything? I hope not. I’ll have to keep this list for next year.
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Blogging Mistake #1 Re-Posting

Bloggers aren’t perfect. I’ve seen bloggers re-post other bloggers posts and didn’t think much of it. That’s nice, you can post each others information as long as you give them credit…kind of.

I found a recipe on Facebook that was shared and shared and shared…so many times I almost quit searching for it’s origins until finally I found it. I know, I should’v looked there first. Ha ha.

I posted the recipe on my blog. Used the creators picture. Posted a link to the creators blog. Well, apparently that doesn’t work for recipes. I got a message from a friend telling me there’s a buzz going around the network she’s in about someone at Chicken Wranglers stealing her recipe. Wait a minute, I gave her credit and posted a link to her blog. What’s wrong?

I stole her traffic. I didn’t think that by posting the entire recipe there was no need for viewers to go to her blog. (Except that she had a lot of other great recipes). I removed the recipe, but left the picture with the link to her blog and a comment about the recipe. I also talked to the owner and made things right.

If you are using someone else’s picture, ask permission! If you are using someone else’s information, recipe or entire post, get permission if copy righted or give them credit and a link back to their post if not. Otherwise you’re stealing someone’s hard work and talent.

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Read up on blogging etiquette! I’d post a link and picture, but they’re all copy righted. 🙂

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Lavender Salt

I’m not a soaking in the tub kind of person, so I don’t use bath salts. However, I do like to soak my feet. My feet get dirty, sore and dry all the time. I wear flip flops most of the time, pretty much year round. My feet are always exposed to the elements, but I don’t want them to look like they are.

First of all just let me say, to combat dry skin anywhere takes more than just external skin care. It takes hydrating your body from the inside with plenty of water, eating healthy, exercise to keep everything circulating and then adding nutrients to the outside.


I like a simple Lavender Salt soak. It’s easy to make and does wonders for my feet. I follow up with a little scrub or pumice rub and some foot cream massaged in  and topped off with a pair of white cotton socks. Ah… It doesn’t get much better than that…unless chocolate is involved.

This jar contains:

Epsom Salt-4 cups. (Magnesium Sulfate) Draws out toxins, regulates enzymes, heals skin, releases magnesium into your body (which most people are lacking), helps reduce pain, swelling and improves absorption of nutrients. *Having adequate amounts of calcium helps absorb magnesium, which helps prevent tooth decay. To name a few.

Dried Lavender- 1/2 cup and Lavender Essential Oil (get it here)- 10 drops- Calming, anti-asthmatic, relieves itchiness, rejuvenating, anti-depressant and antiseptic…and so much more.

Other Options:

Using any of the follow essential oils can add to your soak accordingly.

Tea Tree Oil– Antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, helps with acne, congestion and sunburn.

Peppermint Oil- Anesthetic, antiviral, antibacterial, helps with congestion and headaches, improves energy and mental clarity.

HERE is a more comprehensive list of properties of essential oils.

What do you think about the new label?

Lavender Salt

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What’s The Cents of Laundry Soap?

Is it worth the work to be chemical free and save money by doing it yourself? Below are the approximate prices of what it cost me to buy supplies and cost per load. Prices will vary by location.

CWSoapsFels Naptha 1 bar= $.97

Borax 76 oz= $3.38.  $,36/cup

Washing Soda 55 oz= $3.24.  $.47/cup

Powder: $8.64 for 1 gallon that does 64 loads.  1/4 cup per load. Costs $.14 per load

3 bars of soap ($2.91), 1  55 oz. box Washing Soda ($3.24), 7 cups Borax ($2.49) = 16 cups.

Powder is easier and faster to make, but it may clump in the wash or leave a soapy residue. (I’ve never had this happen.)

To make the powder involves measuring, grating, grinding and stirring.

Liquid: $1.80 for 5 Gallons that does 160 loads. 1/2 cup per load.  Costs $.01 per load

1 bar of soap (1 Cup), 1 cup Washing Soda, 1 Cup Borax, 5 gallons hot water.

Liquid is a lot cheaper! It is a bit more work and time consuming, but it also lasts almost 2-3 times longer.

To make this involves measuring, grating, boiling water, mixing, more hot water and more mixing.

I hope this makes “cents”. 🙂

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Making Laundry Soap Powder

All natural, chemical free laundry soap is cheap and easy to make. The basic recipe contains Washing Soda and a pure soap. Other “basic” recipes might include Borax and essential oils. They aren’t necessary, but boost the power of the soap and add scents. From there, there are many levels of ingredients to add.

This recipe makes 1 gallon for 64 loads.

You’ll need:

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3 bars pure soap (Fels-Naptha, Zote, Ivory, Castile…)

1 box Borax

1 box Washing Soda

Essential Oil of Choice (40 drops) (I use Lemon with either Lavender or Orange)

Bowl, Knife, Grater, Grinder/Food processor (I use small coffee grinder because that’s what I have), Measuring cup.

How to:

Pour 1 box each of Washing Soda and Borax in the bowl.

Cut the soap into small pieces to grate and put into the grinder/processor. I used to only grate the soap, but it kept separating from the powder. Now I put it in the food processor to make it a powder and it stays mixed.

Use about 1/3 of the bar at a time for a small grinder. Add about 1-2 Tbs of the powder mix to the soap before grinding to keep it from clumping.

Before pouring it back into the bowl, add a few drops of essential oil per each of the batches for a total of 40 drops.

Pour back into the bowl. Repeat with the rest of the soap.

All the powdered soap should be gently stirred in with the rest of the powder mix. *You might want to cover your mouth and nose with something as the powder with be in the air.

*You might have an invisible layer of soap powder on your arms and hands when you’re done. Don’t forget to wash up. No need for soap 🙂

Pour into a container with a lid.

How to use:

Add 2 Tbs (1/4 Cup) (I add it to the water before adding my clothes)


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