By Ashley Devonish | Category: Moneywi$e, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Friday, November 29, 2013
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By Ashley Devonish | Category: Moneywi$e, Products, Surprize Me!, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, November 28, 2013
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By Ashley Devonish | Category: Activities with Kids, It Worked 4 Me, Kids Crafts, Moneywi$e, Surprize Me! | Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013
DIY – T-SHIRT BIBS
I think this idea is genius! Its super easy and something that you can do with old shirts that you don’t want anymore. So its environmentally friendly too! Making bibs out of old T-shirts. No tools needed other than scissors. Simply cut around the neck of the shirt and down the front of the shirt making the bib as long as you would like. I guess if you were crafty and had a sewing machine you could finish the edges. I don’t sew so I am leaving the edges as they are. I love how it came out.
I found a couple other pictures on pinterest. So you can see that you can also make longer ones and in different shapes and sizes.
Have any of you tried this idea? How did it turn out?
By kristinabjornbak | Category: Healthy Living, It Worked 4 Me, Moneywi$e, Recipes & Kitchen Tips | Posted Monday, November 21, 2011
Getting ready for company coming over this week for Thanksgiving?
I’ll admit that cleaning the windows, mirros, and glass doors of our house is something that frequently goes by the wayside. When I do remember, I generally use a store bought window cleaner like most other people, but I find I need to wear gloves to use it. The smell just stays on my hands. But what else besides the scent is staying on my hands? Whatever it is, I figure that it can’t be healthy.
Eventually, I ran out of my usual window cleaner and decided to look around for some of the green recipes that I knew were out there somewhere. In my search, I came across Crunchy Betty, a site that I have never heard of before. However, in the archives I found something wonderful: Battle of the Homemade Glass Cleaners! Ms. Crunchy Betty was kind enough to test drive several glass cleaning recipes and report back the results of her tests and therefore the best glass cleaning recipe. The winning recipe contained alcohol, water, vinegar, and cornstarch. Yes, cornstarch! She wasn’t wrong when she assumed that readers would find it an odd addition. I certainly did. But, with a whole morning and a lot of dirty glass before me, I decided to give her “Alvin Corn Homemade Glass Cleaner” a try.
When I first sprayed it and wiped it (best done with a lint free cloth), it seemed like it was going to leave a cloudy film. Nope! After wiping until almost dry, the glass cleared right up and wowee wow wow! This recipe worked even better than the store bought stuff! I quickly went through the house, cleaning mirrors, doors, and windows. Everything was sparkly, even where the dog plants her nose prints and the dreaded mirrored closet doors in the kids’ room.
As a final note, I want to say that I was really worried that the cornstarch would scratch the glass. I didn’t notice any scratches that I’m pretty sure weren’t already there, but if you are worried, test on a small area first before you go all out. Also, I know some people don’t like using rubbing alcohol. If that’s the case, check out Heather’s glass recipe instead.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Creating a Home, Moneywi$e, Recipes & Kitchen Tips, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Finding natural alternatives to chemical household products is something I enjoy so when I recently came across a recipe for homemade dryer spray to replace dryer sheets I was curious to give it a try. As I often find with homemade recipes, the ingredient list was short and it was quick and easy to put together. This frequently leads me to start out skeptical that it will even work (after all, we seem to be programed to believe we need a LONG list of unknown ingredients if we are really going to have a product that works). Once again my skepticism melted away to astonished surprise when this simple spray repeatedly proved its ability to tackle the static clean in my dryer. Want to try it yourself?
1 Cup Water (distilled or filtered is best)
1/2 Cup alcohol (isopropyl or vodka)
20 drops of your favorite essential oil combo (such as lemon and grapefruit or peppermint and eucalyptus or orange and geranium)
Add all ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz 4-5 times over your wet clothing in the dryer and dry as usual. This mix can also be used as a linen spray or room freshener.
My mother-in-law has also been using this simple spray and loves it. Give it a try for yourself!
Another option that I have not yet tried is to simply use a clean cloth and place a few drops of essential oil on the cloth and toss in the dryer. In between loads, refresh it with a few new drops of oil. After every few loads launder it in the washing machine.
Someday I may also attempt to make my own laundry detergent but for now I am content to let Kim’s Rockin’ Green concoction work its magic on our cloth diapers and clothing. If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch the Rockin’ Green Laundry Soap review video I made with Kim, you should. In it you will see how Kim’s soap compares to some of the top competing brands of cloth diaper detergent and how effective it is at renewing the absorbency in your cloth diaper inserts.
How about you? I would love to hear if you have found something to replace your dryer sheets or if you even have any desire to do so.