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I’ve been wanting to try to make our own laundry detergent for some time now.  Transition from two incomes to one income has made me think about different ways we can save money, and all this talk about laundry detergent caught my eye.

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Link to pin: here.

I did a lot of reading through various DIY deterent pins and this seemed to be the one that I was drawn to the most.

So we bought the ingredients that the blog post specified.

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It was surprisingly easy to find all of these items.  They were pretty located in one section of one aisle at our local Walmart.  Seriously.  It was that easy.  Everything was there.  We spent roughly $30ish on all the items, including the large bin to store it all in.

The hardest part about making this deterent was the grating of the Fels-Naptha soap.

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Hubby agreed to do it for me because he knows how clumsy I can be.  I would have certainly hurt myself if I had to do this.  He had all three bars of soap grated within an hour or less.

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M had to watch what was going on.  She kept saying that it looked like daddy was grating cheese.  We had to tell her that was NOT cheese.  Thankfully, she didn’t decide she needed to taste it to be sure.  She just liked watching daddy do something out of the ordinary.

After all of the soap was grated, he poured the rest of the powders into the bin.  My suggestion is to do that outside.  Hubby was super careful about not stirring up too much dust, but I think a well-ventilated area would be much better for the next time.

We’ve used it several times.  The detergent doesn’t get all sudsy, but we’ve been pretty satisfied with the results.  Our clothes smell fresh due to the Fels-Naptha soap and our garage always smells like fresh laundry.

I’ll try to blog again about it after some time has passed, but so far, I’m liking what I’m seeing.

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Stuck on a dinner idea?  We’ve been looking to Pinterest for some inspiration.

Sometimes, before we go grocery shopping, I will scour Pinterest for some meal ideas.  We take inventory on the types of meats we have in the freezer, and I just do a search for those types of meals.

We seem to have tons of chicken in our fridge.  I don’t know how we accumulated so much chicken, but we have it.  So we decided we needed to use it.

I went on Pinterest and pinned these two recipes.

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These two recipes were perfect for our family.  They were quick and flavors were good enough for M to enjoy.

Now, when I find a recipe, I have a difficult time following them precisely, unless I’m baking.

So when I find a recipe, I tend to just take the “idea” of the meal and make it my own.

For the Chicken Asparagus Lemon Stir Fry, we didn’t have any lemon juice, so I didn’t use it.  I also added mushrooms with the asparagus.  The recipe called for a certain amount of ginger, but I decided to lessen it because I didn’t want it to be too harsh for M.  However, I did make sure that we got the hint of a ginger flavor in the dish.  I would like to try it with lemon juice eventually.  I just have to remember to buy some next time I want to make this dish.  My version of the dish was M and Hubby approved, but I would love to kick up the ginger flavor eventually.

For the Honey Soy Baked Chicken Thighs, we found this recipe last minute.  The recipe states to marinate the chicken thighs overnight in the marinade, but since this was a last minute find, we only let the chicken sit in the marinade for about 10-20 minutes before we cooked them.  In this case, we saw the ingredients and just added them all to taste.  We didn’t even look at the measurements.  We wanted a good balance of the sweet from the honey and the salt from the soy sauce, and I think we found it.  The chicken smelled so good and it was most definitely M approved.  Next time we do this, we would like to let the chicken marinate overnight.

So basically, we use the Pinterest pins as more of an inspiration than a definitive recipe.  It helps give me a better idea of what to buy during our weekly grocery trips.  Sometimes, I pin a recipe that inspires me to create something completely different from the pin.  It’s all about inspiration.

How do you handle Pinterest meals?

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As promised here, this is the blog post about the hands/feet wreath in the middle of our Christmas mantle.

I found this on Pinterest and I knew I had to try it!

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Click here to take you to the website the pin is linked to.

I had supplies.  I had green cardstock in two different shades.  I had red cardstock scraps and a circle hole punch.  I also had a paper plate to make the process of wreath-creating much easier.

I took two full 12in x 12in sheets of green cardstock in a light shade and a dark shade.

I took M’s hand and traced it out.

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Sorry so blurry.  It was hard enough keeping her still to trace her hand, so you could imagine how hard it was for me to try to trace her hand AND take a picture at the same time!

After I did her hands, she wanted her feet traced too.  The pinterest project doesn’t feature feet, but I figure we could take some creative license and add some feet.  So I took the other shade of green cardstock and used that for her feet.

In the end, we had a stack of hands and feet.

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I cut a hole in the middle of a paper plate, covered it with glue and we just started sticking the hands and feet down.  It took a bit of guidance from me to make sure we made it circular.  She had fun sticking things down in the “goopy glue.”

I used my 1in circle hole punch to punch out several red circles out of a piece of red scrap cardstock.  I put down blobs of glue and allowed M to stick them down where the blobs of glue were.

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I’m sure we could have covered the paper plate better buy adding more hands and feet, but the amount of hands and feet we had were just the right amount to keep her attention.

Have I told you how much I love having a three-year old during Christmas time?!

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Before bed, M and I sometimes browse Pinterest on my phone.

She LOVES looking through the Christmas pins, so we’ve been finding some toddler-friendly Christmas crafts to do.

One big shopping trip to Joann’s later, we had enough supplies to start working on these Christmas crafts.

M and I started with this pin.  Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the pin.  Clicking here will take you directly to the pin’s website.

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These items were super easy to find at Joann’s AND they were reasonably priced.  All these items costs less than $10 and we have enough to make about 10-15 candy canes.  Perfect to hang around the Christmas tree this year.

M loved stringing the beads onto the pipe cleaners.  She started off following a traditional candy cane pattern of alternating red and white, but after awhile I let her just do her own thing.  After finishing the first candy cane, she was so proud of herself.  She held it so carefully so she wouldn’t ruin the shape and would look at it many times.

She wanted to make a second one.  She started off ok, but being three years old, the lure of just playing with the beads was just too strong.  So I finished the second one for her, and I let her continue to play with the beads.  We counted them, lined them up on the ground, and sorted them by color.  It was a great learning opportunity AND a super fun craft!

I can’t wait to work on more Pinterest Christmas projects with her!

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Bedrest is a funny thing.

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Not being able to do much makes me want to do SO MUCH!

Pinterest isn’t helping either.

I’ve found myself browsing Pinterest on a daily basis.  If it isn’t for dinner ideas, it’s baking ideas.  And if it isn’t that, I’ve been browsing sewing projects.

I’m constantly pinning projects, meals, baked goods… it’s maddening how much I want to try!

Poor Hubby.  While he’s at work, he gets all these texts from me about things we need in the kitchen or craft room that would allow me to complete these Pinterest projects.  My current request: An oven-safe skillet to make a chicken and mushroom dinner.

When Pinterest first came out, I went crazy.  I had so many boards and so many pins.  Then I abandoned it.  It got to be ridiculous.  I knew I wasn’t going to try any of those things I pinned, so I just stopped.

Then, a few months ago, while I was still working, I went through my Pinterest account and deleted a lot of my boards and pins.  I figured I would start all over eventually.

I guess now is that time.  I’m a lot more picky about what I pin.  I want it to be a more realistic source of ideas for me.  I really check through each potential pin to make sure it’s something that I can really make, or at least try making.  I also pin things that I can easily modify to suit my family better, such as recipes.

When I become more functional (aka: off bedrest, or baby is born, which ever comes first), I plan on working on the things I’ve pinned AND possibly blogging about the experience.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a looooooong time, but being a working mom just didn’t allow me the time.  I hope once I find some normalcy after the baby is born, I can finally do something like this.

Are you still Pinterest-obsessed, or has the hyped died down?

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Usually I post anything to do with crafting on my crafting blog, CutieQCardsnCrafts, but this isn’t just a craft post.  It’s a mommy post as well..

This year, I had decided that I was going to go all “artsy, craftsy” this year with Christmas gifts..

Initially, I wanted to make families sets of greeting cards.. not only is it a great heartfelt gift, it also saves money.. yay!

However, I dropped the ball on that.  I should have started WAAAAAAAY earlier.

Then, I wanted to make my own Christmas cards to mail out. 

But that’s too much.  I usually send out about 100 cards.. and I have NO time for that unless I started early.. like January..

So, thanks to Pinterest, I compromised with myself and decided to just be all fancy-schmancy with the wrapping..

And to me, fancy-schmancy just means, that postal package wrapping paper, a bunch of stamps, and handmade tags..

I also decided to make my own gift card holder cards and money holder cards…

So far, I’ve wrapped a few gifts and made most of the card holder cards.. but sheesh.. who knew this would be so time consuming.

It’s bad enough that I spend a good amount of my day at work, I also come home and have to do mommy things..

It’s at this point of my life that I realize that motherhood is very time consuming.. and being a working mother is like working two jobs.. It’ very tiring and leaves you with very little spare time..

I know one of these years, M will be old enough that I don’t have to make sure she isn’t getting into anything harmful, or that she won’t be looking for me every second of the day.. and I know that when that happens, I will totally miss those days that she was young and needed me..

But, during Christmas time, Mommy needs a little spare time.. it’s not too much to ask for, is it?!


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