Friday, May 16, 2014

Fun Facts Friday!

So, how's everyone's week going? Excited that it's Friday? I know I am! Thought I'd get started on Fun Facts Friday, hopefully something that will be here to stick.

1. I restarted LiveFit this week. I had serious qualms about even talking about it, since I can never seem to finish it. I've been praying about my health and that God would give me strength to complete the program. We'll see. Right now, I'm really, realy sore. 

2. Spent the week eating clean. LOTS of fruits and veggies. I'm waiting for the energy to kick in, but I am feeling a bit better. Trying to figure out things to make ahead to take to work, and have made herbed egg muffins and fajita veggies for a big salad. Pretty tasty, but even better when topped with salsa and sour cream. 

3. Janie is back to being her old self again. For awhile, she's been stressed, pulling out her fur, avoiding me, and hiding under my cedar chest in the living room. I've had her on kitty prozac for the last month and a half, and she's been back to normal, including sleeping on my bed!

4. Have you heard that CBS won't be going forward with their HIMYM spinoff, How I Met Your Dad? Color me bummed. Not sure what's going to fill the hole in my heart where HIMYM was. A lot of good entertainment and lessons in those nine seasons. I even loved the last season with the Mother, Tracey. She was adorable.

5. I'm considering adding recipes to my latest novel. It's about a baker, and she opens a cupcake truck, why not include some recipes? This means I'll need to do some cupcake experimenting, which I'd wanted to do this year, anyway. Maybe I'll sign up for treats and church and test the recipes out on unsuspecting congregants. Mwah ha ha.

6. Working on Riffs From the Dork Side has taken up a lot more time than I thought it would. I can't wait until Lauren and I get into a groove with it. I just posted our latest conversation on Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam.

That's pretty much all I've got this week. Now back to the novel writing board. Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mommy's Day!

Today is the day to celebrate all mothers. I'm a very fortunate person because my mom is my best friend. We can geek out over Muppets and Disney and she will NEVER tell me to stop loving these things, because she loves them, too.

Seriously, meeting Mickey on our last cruise was one of the best things (She keeps talking about it, and imagining that he blew her a kiss, when really it was me! ;-) ).

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nurse, just like my mommy (which changed quickly when I tried to watch a show on PBS on leg surgery!), and she was the first person I called with all my good news in college (Like getting an A on my Senior Project).

On this, her 30th Mother's Day (My sister's 30th birthday was just Friday, as a matter of fact!), I want to wish my Mom the happiest of days, because she's the best mother ever. Seriously.

And also to the two great women who raised my parents, who are missed more and more each year.

Winnie Lippert

Beverly Martin
And to all of my wonderful aunts and cousins who are also mothers, and all the mothers in the world, Happy Mother's Day!
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Homemade Laundry Detergent...Not a Trend, a Way of Life

I've been really getting into more natural methods of cleaning, and living. I'm a huge fan of using baking soda and vinegar for everyday cleaning, and after a year of making my own laundry detergent, I can honestly say that buying detergent from the store is something I'll never go back to.

I started last year with this recipe, and followed it to a T. We used it and really liked it. We were really close to running out again, so on this, my usual day off, I made another batch. Not as big as the last time, when I used THIS recipe, which involves dumping whole boxes into a tote or bucket, but for now, this worked well.

Now, MY version of this recipe.

  • 2 Bars Ivory Soap
  • 2 Cups Borax
  • 2 Cups Washing Soda
  • 2/3 Cup Downey Unstoppables (I like the Blue scent)
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda

Shred the soap. I use the food processor with the shredder attachment, but then also the S blade to chop them into smaller bits.

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir well.

Place the mixture into a screwtop jar (I use an old gallon pickle jar, but feel free to use something pretty).

Use 2 T of detergent per load. In my initial load, I used OxyClean instead of baking soda, and have continued to use one level scoop per load.

That's it. Super easy, am I right?

Check out my Pinterest Board for homemade cleansers.