Happy Birthday!!

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Happy Birthday to my oldest son!! He turned 9 years old yesterday so I made him a special Adventure Time cake that he absolutely loved!! He had a great birthday and we were all so happy!

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Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

One of my favorite DIY cleaning adventures thus far has been this laundry detergent. Super easy to make, easy to get your hands on the ingredients(seriously, we’re already on the internet, utilize it) and I love how my clothes feel when they are done.
I followed the recipe from shalommama.com(if you click the photo of my detergent, you can reach the page with a lot of her input and information)

1 box Borax powder
1 box Washing Soda
3 bars Fels Naptha soap
1 32 oz. container oxygen bleach
40 drops essential oil (I used sweet orange)

Grate the soap bars.  Mix everything together.  Put in a container. Use. TADA!

The hardest part was grating the bars of soap, as my food processor is too small for the bars to fit and I needed some me time. The only items I ordered online that are on this list are the fels naptha and the oxygen bleach, because I didn’t want to use oxyclean. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT, if you can buy borax and washing soda in the store, please, save yourself money and do that. I was pricing everything out and these boxes both are only about $3 each in the grocery store but if you order them online, they are around $10+. Really, it’s not worth it to buy online. I am hoping to find an oxygen bleach I can trust locally because I feel like it would make it even more reasonable of a price.
Also, I added the essential oils and while they make my laundry area smell absolutely delicious, they don’t seem to make it through to the end product for me. I’ve even tried applying it to some homemade wool balls and nada. Oh well, right? At least when I throw my doors open, it smells fresh and bright.

I have a smaller sized washer, not high efficiency, and probably older than me, so I just use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon and eyeball it depending on the size of my load. Much better for me, since I was using liquid before and I couldn’t tell you how much I used on anything, I just pushed the button and fell asleep.

This recipe makes a good amount, so be prepared to store extra away. I filled two of those jars pictured, one to the top and the other 2/3 of the way. I wouldn’t be surprised if I have enough to make it through a few months and I try to do a load of laundry every day.

Super Simple Side

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Super Simple Side

  1. Slice and dice a zucchini, make fun shapes, whatever you like
  2. Cut up red onion(about a 1/4 amount of the zucchini)
  3. Rip up or chop fresh basil
  4. Add two tbsp of lemon juice
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Mix & eat

It is refreshing. The red onion and basil give it immense flavor. I think it is my new favorite summer side dish AND it makes a great topper for a burger!

Easy Breezy

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Easy Breezy

I bought a few new small bowls and a tray last night so I decided to indulge in a Japanese style dinner. Tonkatsu, pickled cucumber and carrots, stir fried bok choy and leeks topped with sesame seeds in this photo. Everything in this photo was VERY easy to make, utilizing very few ingredients each!!