Monday, February 6, 2012

Funday Monday: DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

So I thought to make Mondays fun and motivating I can start a post of Funday Monday. It's a post about DIY projects to inspire others. Feel free to leave links to your projects and ideas! :)

Today is DIY Liquid Laundry Soap. (Makes 10 gallons)

To begin you will need:

5 gallon bucket (I got mine at Home Depot for under $5)
4 cups hot tap water
Bar of Fels-Naptha soap bar (found in laundry section) (I also used a small bar of Ivory for the smell)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (This is NOT baking soda. You need the washing soda from the laundry section) 
1/2 cup Borax

 1. Grate the soap and add it to the pot of hot tap water.  Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Pour in the melted soap, washing soda, and borax. Stir until well combined and powder is dissolved.

3. Fill the bucket to the top with more hot water. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight.

4. The next morning it will look yellow and kind of chunky. Stir it well.  Fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel).

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

This soap should last you quite a while. I love the smell and it really cleans my clothes. I also use vinegar as my fabric softener. I am now trying to find a DIY dryer sheet to make the clothes smell extra nice. :) 

Have a Blessed Day


Saturday, February 4, 2012

{Show Me Some Love} 14 Days of Valentine's Day 4!!!!

Feb. 1 – One Tough Mother
Feb. 2 – DIY Dreamer
Feb. 3 – Pitter and Glink
Feb. 7 – One Tough Mother
Feb. 8 – Pint-Sized Baker
Feb. 9 – J Yipp Photography
Feb. 10 – Bird & Tree
Feb. 11 – Growing Up Gabel
Feb. 12 – Scrapity Anne
Feb. 13 – My Life and Kids
Feb. 14 – One Tough Mother

     Here is the long awaited post. I am sorry to leave you guys hanging all day! I am really excited to share my project. I made a wreath. I was suppose to use a styrofoam heart, but EVERY craft store in my area was sold out. I improvised and I love it! I bet you will too.

Here is the finished wreath. Since I did not use a heart I added a glittery heart in the center.

You need:

Styrofoam wreath (heart or any shape)
3/4 yard felt
Small push pins
Ribbon to make a hanger
I then traced a cup from my kitchen to get a 3 in circle to cut the felt

After the felt is cut you fold a circle in half then fold it in half once more.

You take a pin and push it through the bottom point and push into the styrofoam. I cut a small piece of ribbon and pinned it wtih a few pins on the back. If you want the hanging hearts I used a pin to make a small hole and used fishing line to hang it.

This is a very easy craft. It can be a little time consuming, but fun. Who knew felt could turn into such a pretty project?

Have a Blessed Day!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Coffee

    The Host

 Coffee..... Oh, what can I say about coffee? You can make it in so many ways, many flavors, lots of creamers, sugars galore, drink it hot or cold, put it in recipes, gives you a nice jolt of energy, and on and on I can go. It's amazing stuff. Did I know this for awhile? NO! I have discovered how amazing it is over the past couple months.

I hate getting addicted to things. I seem to need change often and it's hard to continue with things once I get started. I have drank coffee on and off for a couple years because my dad drinks it. Once I discovered the mass varieties of creams and that I did not have to drink it black (like my dad) I started to venture into coffee drinking. I do not notice too much of an energy spike, but I love the taste and smell. I would brew it all day for the smell!

I am not sure about many moms, but in the morning when the kids are bouncing off the walls as soon as their little feet hit the floor I am like WHOA! Let momma wake up a minute. :) I have to grab my cup of coffee and then I deal with all the "I'm hungries" and cuppie request and more. It's like a little calming effect once I start sipping it's like ahhhh I can face the day. Bring it on! :)

Have a Blessed Day and a nice cup of joe!


What are you thankful for today?
What is your favorite creamer?

 *Mine is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut (although I can't find it anywhere lately grrr)*