Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Then I ran across a recipe for dry laundry soap that could also be used in HE Washers. This recipe is so fast and easy, it's unbelievable! The other part I like about this recipe is that it includes OxyClean, which I find really cleans my clothes better than find the pool supplies. Here is where you can get my number #1 laundry recipe: Laundry Detergent Recipe. I've copied and pasted the Liquid Recipe I used below for your reference.
Here is my recipe for that detergent that I first posted on my first blog, www.spartasavings.blogspot.com:
*Washing soda is Sodium Carbonate and we found a 97% Sodium Carbonate in the pool aisle of Wal-mart. The product is by hth Spa and is called pH increaser. I've even seen this go on clearance, so it seems readily available (more so than the A&H Washing Soda.)
Friday, August 29, 2014
Our unit study on the United States continues. We studied the 2nd state, Pennsylvania as a review 2 weeks ago, but didn't do any of the recipes. We studied it last fall and made pretzels, so we skipped that part of it this time around.
This week we are working on New Jersey. Last night for dinner we had Italian Submarine Sandwiches. These are also known as hoagies in Pennsylvania.
Instead of making our own version of sandwiches, I followed the recipe, onions and all. Since a couple of people in my family don't like onions I knew it was taking a chance, but all but one ate it so I think we faired well.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Sometimes though, when you are finding food in nature, you have to have the ability to drop everything and focus on picking when you find it ripe! These were so close to being overripe that it couldn't wait for one more day. So, instead of packing or house, the kids and I spent a couple of hours picking these beauties and then freezing them (because I don't have time to can right now).
Two days ago, we spend a couple of hours of picking illusive huckleberries! This is truly a test of your patience, though, because you can walk through most plants and find nothing and then, Bingo! tons! The unique character of huckleberries makes for a long time to pick enough to fill a bucket. We got enough to freeze a cup and a half and treated ourselves to a round of huckleberry shakes.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Each week, I'll do a search at the library for extra things I can add.
This week for extra activities to reinforce the States Notebook that we are making, we made Knox Blox Jello, since Deleware is the Jello state. Jello was made first in Deleware. We decided on making it blue, since the Blue Hen Chicken is the state bird. The recipe for the Jello that I used is:
- 2 large boxes blue Jello
- 4 packets Clear Knox Gelatin
- 4 Cups boiling water
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Sunday, March 9, 2014
What sort of things do you do with your family?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I read a lot of posts about how to make First Aid kits on Pinterest. I even considered using Ziplock bags to keep the costs down, but I wanted to do something more permanent. I found pencil cases in the Clearance Aisle for $.75 each and decided to commit to it. I got 12, which cost me about $10.
I asked a couple of the ladies in my MOPS group to help me out (we were doing a fundraiser the same week) by asking some of our local businesses to donate First Aid Kit supplies. I was so pleasantly surprised by their generosity! Here's what we got:
- Asker's Harvest Foods (a local grocery store) - 12 rolls gauze bandages, 12 full-size Anti-bacterial Ointments, 40 Gauze pads, and 12 - 4" Elastic Bandages
- Primeland (Farm Co-op) - 10 Co-Flex Flexible Bandages in bright colors
- Cash & Carry (a local grocery store) - 24 travel size containers of Acetametaphin
- Syringa Clinic & Hospital - 18 boxes of Elmo band-aids & two boxes of latext gloves
- 6 - 2 packs hand sanitizers
- 4 boxes of 3 packs of individual packed Advil
- 2 packs - 8 packages of tissue
- Box of 100 Individual wrapped Alcohol swabs
- 6 - 2 packs of chapstick
- 1 pack of 200 3x5 cards
I also had each of the moms take a 3x5 card for each of their children and put the following on it to include in the kit:
- Child's Name:
- DOB: (Date Of Birth)
- Current Medications:
- Emergency Contact:
Please let me know what you think. I hope it helps in your personal life, or planning an activity for your MOPS group. I love doing Creative Activities, but sometimes, it's nice to do something that doesn't have a ton of creativity, but is essential.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
It's a great idea and well put together blog post, but the video moves so fast and the girl left out some of the steps in her editing, so I watched that video several times, before I figured it out. Then I called in my son, who went on exchange to Japan to help me figure it out too. He had to watch it several times too.
Since it took me so many times to watch the video, I thought I'd do my own step-by-step picture tutorial so you can do it before Valentine's Day! Once you get the hang of it, you will enjoy giving little notes around the house for those you love!
- Scrapbook paper cut to 2 1/4" x 4 1/2"
- Paper cutter
Turn the paper over.
Monday, February 10, 2014
We spent Saturday making cards together (thanks to Stampin' Up consultant for sharing some of her stamps and her Big Shot!) and here are the results.