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Why I {heart} Line Drying!

Why I {heart} Line Drying!

10 Reasons I Love to Hang Our Laundry Out to Dry

  1. It makes my whites whiter…the sun is a natural bleach for my clothes!
  2. I love the crisp air in the early morning, when I hang our first load out to dry…
  3. No ironing…wet clothes and a hot sun are like an iron and starch for clothes…perfect for all the little girl dresses I wash!
  4. It’s a must for cloth diapering!
  5. I love the compact clothes-line my hubby built me…
  6. The dryer isn’t heating my house up on already unbearably hot days!
  7. Our summer power bill (already inflated for AC) is a little lower
  8. The sun is also a natural sanitizer.
  9. I’m “going green,”(you’re welcome Al Gore)
  10. It makes me happy to see clothes on the line when I am at my kitchen sink…like I have gone back in time.


Cloth Diapering: Part Two…Homemade Baby Wipes

Cloth Diapering: Part Two…Homemade Baby Wipes

As I mentioned in my first cloth diapering post, we love cloth dipaering!  I didn’t cloth diaper my first two, but wish I would have!  One thing I did do with my boys, was make homemade baby wipes.  They are SO easy!

Home-Made Baby Wipes

  • 2 big squirts of baby shampoo
  • 2 big squirts of baby oil
  • 1 TB. rubbing alcohol
  • 4 cups of water
  • Paper-towels, cut in half, baby wash rags or pieces of thin flannel cut to size

When I made wipes with my boys, I used paper  towels…but now I use thin flannel blankets cut into small pieces…and throw them in with my dipaers to wash.  Pour your liquid concoction over your wipes…that’s it!  I also love that they smell like baby shampoo…as far as I am concerned, baby shampoo is one of the best smells ever! 

 I keep mine in an air-tight container on the changing table.  I *used to* lay them all out flat before I put them in…then I realized there were better things to do with that time…so now I throw them in, and they work just as well! 

Next time I will give you my tips and tricks for successful cloth diapering!

Other posts you might like…

DIY Laundry Soap and Softner

DIY Face Wash

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Monday Menu

Monday Menu

This week marks the first official week of summer! Yay for the longest day of the year!  For us it’s also the week of swimming lessons for two kiddos, and my husband is off adventuring in Alaska.  While I’m solo-parenting we’re keeping meals easy!

Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs, Cantelope x 2
  • Kashi Cereal x 2
  • Whole Wheat Waffles

Lunches:

  • Fruit Salad and Whole Wheat Crepes
  • Tomato Basil Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • PB& J’s x 2
  • Bananas and PB
  • Ants on a Log
  • Smoothies & Mac “n” Cheese

    Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

 

Dinners:

 

 

I’m in love with…

I’m in love with…

So, in my quest to learn to do and make things on my own…I found a new trick!  Well, in reality, it’s probably an old trick, but it’s new to me!

Hydrogen Peroxide!

I know…it’s really not that exciting…but it does have a ton of uses that I had no idea about!  AND it’s incredibly cheap!

  1. It brightens your laundry…similarly to OxiClean!  A great addition to our homemade laundry detergent and softener!
  2. It whitens your teeth and is an oral debridment agent!  Hey…Whitening Strips are REALLY pricey!
  3. Sanitizes toothbrushes
  4. Cleans contact lenses
  5. Great for cleaning scrapes and cuts, and with lots of littles, there are lots of those!
  6. Add a little to the swimming pool to keep it fresh.
  7. Treats acne.
  8. Gardening…yep, really!

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Thursday Thoughts: I am blessed

Thursday Thoughts: I am blessed

Before you read much more of this post I should warn you:  it may get a little mushy-gushy today!  ;)

See, it was 9 years ago today on a quiet beach looking out at the Pacific Ocean that Jesse asked me if I would do him the honor of being his wife. 

We met exactly six months earlier.   A lot can change in half a year! I went from meeting this strong gentle incredible (and really cute) guy in the entryway of our church to planning to spend the rest of our lives together! 

Sometimes when you know, you know.  Sometimes life changes in the blink of an eye.  Some of those changes are tragic: the death of a loved one, the sudden loss of a job, discovering a health issue.  Some changes are life-altering good: the birth of a beloved baby, meeting someone who becomes a life-long friend, the joining of two lives in a marriage ceremony, God opening a door you thought was hopelessly closed.

  “Not my will, but YOURS be done!” 

 His will is perfect.  His will is good.  You’ll never go wrong with that prayer!  It’s always worth it to leave our dreams and plans and goals in His hands.  I look back at what God has done over the course of my short life, these last nine years since Jesse and I decided to marry, and I know I can trust Him with our future too. 

I have so much I’m thankful for today.  And since this blog is {partly} mine and I can,  I will share just a fraction of those things that I love about my husband, Jesse! (Here’s the mushy-gushy part.  Read at your own discretion!)  ;)

  1. His gentle strength
  2. His thoroughness and attention to details
  3. His laugh
  4. His fierce loyalty
  5. His protectiveness
  6. His strong arms
  7. The way he gets on the floor to play with the kids
  8. His willingness to serve
  9. The way he dances, just cuz he knows I love it!
  10. His hugs
  11. His blue eyes
  12. His humble heart
  13. He’s not afraid to get dirty
  14. His carpentry and mechanical skills and all-round handiness
  15. His smile
  16. His uncompromising integrity
  17. His courage in facing obstacles
  18. His sacrificing love

What can I say?!? I’m a blessed woman! 

As are you. (Or maybe you’re a blessed man. I guess I shouldn’t assume!  ;) )  What blessings are you thankful for today?

 

Other Posts You May Like:

Remember

Chocolate Cake for Breakfast: How my kids teach me humility

Forgiveness

 

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

We have been making these muffins for a few months now…and they are amazing!  I was attempting to copy Costco’s amazing and huge lemon poppy-seed muffins…and these are doing the trick.  As a fair warning, these are NOT the healthiest muffins I have ever made…but, what ya gonna do?  Some things just need to taste good!

Lemon Poppy-seed Muffins

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 small package instant lemon pudding
  • 1/4 cup poppy-seed
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

 

Add all dry ingredients to mixer bowl.  Add shortening and butter, mix in.  Add all of your wet ingredients and mix on a medium speed for a few minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 mnutes, or slightly brown.

I always double this and put some in the freezer.  They are perfect to pull out for easy breakfast, snacks or when we have company!  I freeze in quart bags with about seven in each…perfect for our family!

 

Monday Menu…{sort of}

Monday Menu…{sort of}

My little boys are spending a wonderful week on Grandpa and Grandma’s farm…aren’t they brave?!? (They still have six kids at home!)  Needless to say…with most of my kiddos gone, and a one year old who would rather eat Cheerios and bananas than anything I make, I am not cooking much this week!

I am going to try to do some freezer cooking…I am an “early nester” and baby is coming this fall, so I want my freezer full when she arrives!

My Freezer Cooking Goals

Freezer Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (new recipie…I’ll let you know how it goes!)

Bran Muffins

Lemon Poppy-seed Muffins

(3) Fiesta Chicken Pot Pie

(3) Lasagna

(3) Shredded Beef Enchiladas

 

Other things I want to do while my house is quiet(er)

Read Upgrade by Kevin Swanson

Re-read Loving the Little Years…I reccomend this to ALL moms with little ones!

 

Make (a million) copies to be ready for school in the fall

Create binders for the boys for school in the fall

Go to lots of thrift stores…because it’s my favorite, and my boys hate it!

Spend some one on one time with my beautiful little girl!!!

Celebrate EIGHT years of marriage to my amazing husband!

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I know it’s a little early, but we’re already thinking Father’s Day around here because I like to make gifts when I can, and we need a little time to do that.  So here’s some of my top ideas off of Pinterest and other websites that we might use.  Maybe you can find some inspiration too! (Some “pins” didn’t link to actual websites…I apologize! It’s one of my pet peeves on Pinterest! Still, a lot of fun ideas there!) (Titles in orange are links you can click on!)

 

Photo Soup Cans/Holders

DIY Father's Day Ideas

DAD Photo Collage (sorry no original website linked here…it was spam.)

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Handprint Printable for Father’s Day

Fathers Day Gift - DIY Child's Handprint Tree - Printable pdf

Tie Holder (again…sorry no original website to link to)

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A Father’s Day gift idea list with lots of printables!!!!

all crafts 28 Fathers Day Activities and Homemade Gift Ideas

And here’s an idea from Pinterest we used last year: (also makes a great Christmas gift for grandparents!)

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Here’s our version:

I recently asked my boys to pick out a reward day for finishing our first year of school…I was fully anticipating them wanting a day at an indoor playground (it was a bad weather week) or swimming or McDonalds…a few of their favorite things to do.  They surprised me by whispering together, giggling, and replying that what they REALLY wanted was a “jammy stay home day, where you make pancakes and play with us.”  Which meant they wanted to stay in their PJ’s and play at home all day.  We are kind of a get up, get ready, stay busy kinda family…so their sweet and simple request surprised me.  And it made me think. 

Our kids don’t really start out with high expectations of us as parents…they really only want our love and attention.  We try to lease them and expose them to different thins by taking them places and putting them in activities…but those things are secondary to what our kids really want.  They want us, our love, our attention. 

So we stayed home, in our comfies and played and made pancakes to celebrate finishing our school year, and all of their hard work.  It was a wonderful day…I set aside my other responsibilities, knowing they could wait for a day, or at least until bedtime, and really ENJOYED my kids!  They enjoyed so much showing me all of the things they could build with legos and how fast they could do  puzzle…and I loved it too. 

While everyday can’t be so simple, there are groceries to buy, appointments to kept and dinner to make.  I do have a different understanding of what my kids want from me…just me!  I can always give them that!

Other posts you might like:

DIY Cake Mix

Smokey RIgatoni

FInding Thankfulness


How We Make Cloth Diapers Work…Part One

How We Make Cloth Diapers Work…Part One

When I was pregnant with our third baby…I decided to take the leap and explore the cloth diapering option.  I was hoping to save money, and make our budget work while I stayed home with my crew.  Our upfront cost for diapering was about $200.  Over the past 18 months, I have saved upwards of $1000!  In addition…since we are having another little girl(yay!) later this year, we will be able to use these diapers with her also!

I did some research, and chose to use a one size AIO (all in one) diaper.  This means that one size would fit from birth through potty training!  We use Bum Genius 3.0 ( I think they have since upgraded to 4.0) and are SO impressed!  We have been using them for 18 months, and they still look and work perfectly!

I was VERY skeptical about the effectiveness of these diapers, expecting leaks and “blowouts”…however, we have found that these diapers are of far superior quality when it comes to these things than disposables.  When we travel, we use disposables, and are constantly disappointed!

I have 18 diapers, and it seems to be a good number for us.  We (I) do diaper laundry every two to three days.

The diapers are simple…

Each diaper comes with a cover, and two inserts…one big and one little.  If you have a girl, the smaller insert will go toward the back of the diaper, and for a boy, the front of the diaper.

 

We stuff the inserts into the diaper…

And they are ready to go!

I wash them in a special detergent, recommended by the manufacturer.

The detergent has worked great, and we just finished our third bag…not bad for 18 months!  I bleach the diapers every month or so, and, when weather permits, hang them outside to dry and bleach in the sun!

Next week I will tell you how I organize my dipaers…and how we make our own baby wipes!!

Other post you might like…

Chosing to Live on One Income

Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies

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