Monthly Archives: April 2011

Homemade Laundry Soap – 3rd batch made!

3rd batch DONE! WOWWIE! I can not believe that we are in April and I am still on my initial $30 investment on soap. Here is the recipe ALL OVER AGAIN! ENJOY and hopefully you can see the savings that we have. This batch, we added an extra gallon of water to the mixture and it is still feeling and smelling just as clean!

 

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December 28, 2010 – Our first batch is just about used up – 11 weeks later for a family of 7 – not too bad – I will NEVER go back to store bought. I love how my clothes feel and smell and the amount money that we saved!!! WOWWIE! – NOTE: Stir twice a day for the first week after making it and it won’t be lumpy and will look like store bought laundry soap!!  Also – I added 2T of essential oils on the second batch

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I have been hearing from a handful of my friends on how they make their own laundry soap and LOVE it.

I am game for saving money and knowing EXACTLY what is in items that we use.

Here are the ingredients and step by step.

Ingredients:

  • 5 gallon bucket (reusable for additional batches) I picked mine up at the Chino Valley Ace Hardware
  • 1 whole bar of soap (used Ivory- it was really soft and easy to grate)
  • 1 cup Washing Soda – I found this at Chino Valley Ace Hardware (not at Walgreens or Safeway)
  • 1/2 cup Borax – Found this at both Safeway and at Ace Hardware
  • 3 Gallons (48 cups of water) plus 4 additional cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon Essential Oil (OPTIONAL) – I get mine off of the Internet – www.WFMed.com however you can get them from your local health food store.

Directions:

  1. Boil 4 cups of water
  2. Grate bar of soap and add to boiling water
  3. Stir until dissolved (took about 4 minutes.)
  4. Add 3 Gallons of warm / hot water to your 5 gallon bucket. (3 gallons = 48 Cups)
  5. Add the dissloved soap to the bucket and stir
  6. Add 1 cup of washing soap and stir for 2+ minutes with a long handled spoon until dissolved
  7. Add 1/2  cup borax and stir until dissolved (about 3 minutes)
  8. OPTIONAL: add 1T of essential oil and stir. (I used lavender for our first batch)
  9. Place lid on tight and let it sit overnight.

Rowan kept insisting that this was white cheese:

Add the grated soap to 4 cups of boiling water:

Shelby was my official “stirir”:

Looks like really soapy water right now, however tomorrow it will be a very lumpy gel: (photos to come)

Paperless Geocaching?

Profile for Mazy Fullmer FamilyI have been talking for years about geocaching and my family. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting that my girlfriend Kim of TheOutdoorPrincess.com introduced us to many years ago.  With geocaching, you use a GPS, enter in the coordinates and search for a hidden treasure. Sometimes those treasures are as simple as a piece of paper that you sign your name on, other times there are little trinkets that you can exchange with your own. Some of the neatest geocaches that our family has found contain travel bugs or geocoins that you can take, move to another location and track online. There is a local cache just down the road from us that has a history lesson in it that includes a newpaper article. We use geocaching as part of our PE for homeschooling.

Last month, our family researched new GPSs and came across one by Magellan. The eXplorist GC is specifically made for geocaching and you can load on caches that you want to find right from your computer and the geocaching.com website. It is waterproof (perfect for our family of 7) so that we can take it on our camping trips and not worry that the 5 year old is growing the drop it in a stream, after all 5-year old boys are addicted to throwing rocks into water!

To get started with this GPS, you will need to download the driver to your computer. Visit the geocaching.com site and look for local caches. On the individual cache pages, there is a download to geocache button. Click it and follow the directions. It’s that easy!! The geocache coordinates are now on your GPS!!!

With the eXplorist GC, you can mark the ones that you have found, add comments, view the entire file, including comments, hints and description right from your GPS on location. Then you come pack to your computer and download the file and it updates your finds and comments online! NO MORE PRINTING!! And it is easy enough for a 9-year old to figure out! We are thrilled to find this GPS for our family!!

(Just recently in the news – a local Prescott Geocacher found an INTACT Yavapai Indian pot – check out the post on The Outdoor Princess’ Find Your Geocache tips and tricks blog)

Remember too that Geocaching in a low-cost FUN activity for your family. You can find GPSs on craigslist for inexpensive – Found mine online on AMAZON.com for less than $150. We pack a picnic lunch and plan our caches in order to save on gas money. And you get to SPEND time as a family OUTSIDE!

This week and a few photos shoots

As I am ending my semester and my portfolio class, I am starting to take more and more outdoor portraits. (And since the weather is getting nicer, except for that FREAK snowstorm this last weekend). Here are a few of my latest outdoor portraits. 🙂 I promise soon I will be back to my regularly scheduled programing!!!

My battle against dirt – part 2

I know that I will never win my war against the dirt on our mini kid ranch… but this battle is turning more and more into FUN! There is no way to landscape ALL of the dirt in our yard… however, we have round 2 completed!!!

The first section of trellis wall is up – yep, all 32 feet is up and hanging. The flower bed edges are in… and about 1/2 of the soil is in the flowerbed.

What do I need to do to complete this (slave labor was complaining this morning that it was too windy to “work” outside) so we stopped…for now. 🙂

I need about 10 more sacks of potting soil. I need about 4 more wheelbarrows of “ZooPoo”. Good thing that we have llamas living next door at Vic and Lana’s!! I need to put the “end caps” on the flower bed (which means that Lar has to get out the saw and half one of the ties!!! And I need to plant my grapes which also means that I need to chicken wire them so that those meddling black labs can’t dig… I think that “dig-up-mom’s-new-plants” is all 3 of their middle names, well, that is if dogletts  had middle names. Calling them meddling is funny… can you tell that Berlyn and I watched ScoobyDoo earlier?

Here are 3 more photo shots of the latest version of our yard. 🙂