My thoughts

Happy Holidays

I just want to write a quick post about, the holidays. To me it seems like more and more people cannot keep up with societies version of Christmas. This is absolutely ridiculous, it’s insane to think of. When did the holiday become more about the presents, than the time spent with family? I know I personally don’t have a ton of money to buy my kids iPads or iPhones, but even if I did I wouldn’t. In my eyes an iPhone, or any cellular device isn’t a gift. It’s something you earn. My children got a few toys, learning books, a journal, some coloured pencils, and regular books. I would much rather them have their heads in a book, than have their eyes on a device. I know one lady in particular who didn’t spend much, and then took to social media with her tree, and presents. Apologising it seemed for only spending a little. Society has mothers apologising for simple Christmases.. Mind you the tree was beautiful, and the presents were meaningful. I’m not saying all gifts aren’t meaningful, but when you only have so much to spend they mean more. You put more thought into them. My daughter asked for a “Dora computer” I couldn’t find one (honestly I didn’t spend much time looking). Then it changed from the computer to a dinosaur. Christmas morning came and they opened everything. Valletta got her dinosaur, and Keira got a Pegasus. The one thing both my girls gravitated to was the journals, and the coloured pencils. My kids doodled for hours. Valletta walked around all day clutching her journal in one hand, and the pencils in the other. Kids are very simple of you let them be. My best friends son asked his mum for cat sleeper jammies, and a mind craft game. Both she gifted him. His sister was super excited about the socks, and the lipgloss she got. Of course they got other things but it’s really a lot of “less is more”. I wanted to keep this Christmas as simple as possible, and I think I was successful. Well at least my one bag of trash made me think I was. The girls are grateful for all they received. I’m most grateful for the new winter jackets my mother in law got them. Their jackets were getting too small. Now we can gift the used jackets to a family who needs them. I hope y’all had a wonderfully simple holiday. Here’s to a fantastic 2019!!

Homesteading

Homemade laundry soap

I have wanted to make my own laundry soap for some time now. I just never did it. Well today I noticed I was at the bottom of my Tide container. I didn’t want to buy more of it with all the new information I had gotten weeks prior. So I went out and bought everything I would need to make my own. I’m going to keep this short and sweet so you can just get to making your own as well. So below is what I used, keep in mind you can use what ever scent you want for your recipe. Tweak this as you see fit. Enjoy.

Simple laundry soap – just 4 ingredients.

3 cups washing soda

2 cups borax

1 bar Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap – I used unscented. You’ll need more for other batches.

20 drops tea tree essential oil

1. In a tightly sealed container add the washing soda and borax.

2. Cut up the bar soap and process in food processor. If you don’t have a food processor a grater will work just as well. Please cut it up into small chunks if you’re using a processor. You do not want to ruin it.

3. Add soap to the container.

Mix well – or seal the container and shake vigorously. That’s what I did.

4. Add essential oil of choice. Seal and shake vigorously again.

For top loaders use 1/8 of a cup

For front loaders use 1 tablespoon

Best for warm or hot water.

By making your own soap you cut out so many unnecessary additives and toxic ingredients. This will last some time since you do not need to use as much.

Borax $4.47 4lbs – Walmart

Washing soda $5.99 55oz – hardware store

Dr. Bronners pure Castile bar soap $4.69 – whole foods

Tea tree oil $5.99 or less depending on where you get it.- Walmart (I had mine already on hand)

Total $21+ tax – pricing will vary depending on location.

Any “decent” soap is over $10 if you buy a larger size, but most is highly toxic. You can look up how toxic it is.

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