Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I made homemade powder laundry detergent!

I've been wanting to do this for quite some time,
but was using up my store bought detergent first!

I also wanted to make sure I would like the homemade version
so I asked a friend who uses this same recipe if I could have a small bag
of hers to try it out.  Thankfully she gave me some & I really liked it!
The original recipe can be here on the Being Creative (to keep my sanity) Blog!

Please keep in mind that I am not a professional laundry-ologist,
but I do enjoy being thrifty when I can.  This recipes works for me
and my family right now and so I am sharing
it on this little blog with all 10 of my readers :) 

Read about it, ignore it, make it, try it, share it.... The choice is yours.
Please don't get angry at me if you try it and hate it,
break out in a boiling, red skin rash everywhere,
or your HE washing machine gets all "gunked-up"-
I doubt those things will happen, but...

 Supplies Needed: (I found all of these in the laundry isle at my local store)

  1. One 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz)  
  2. One 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg)
  3. One 55oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda   
  4. Three bars of Fels-Naptha soap  
  5. Two small containers of Oxy Clean (3.5 lbs/1.58 kg total)- She states this is optional- I only used one small container and saved the scoop to use with this new detergent!
  6. A hand held grater.
  7. One storage container- this recipe makes about 2 Gallons of detergent and I bought a large enough storage container which I also used to mix the ingredients in. 
Directions: (This took me about 20 minutes from start to finish!)
  1. Grate the bars of  Fels-Naptha soap- it really will look a like shredded cheese!  I used a hand held grater but I read you can use a food processor.  I tried to grate the soap very fine since we have an HE washing  machine.  I also read that the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in cold water.  I rarely use cold water only, but good to know just in case!
  2. Then add the other ingredients one at a time and mix, mix, mix!
  3. I mixed in the same storage container I am planning on using, but if you're not then go ahead and add it now.
  4. Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load and remember to...
  5. Smile, enjoy the perfect scent, and feel proud of yourself for being thrifty!
I spent $13 on a cute storage container which I will use over & over again.
I spent $3 on a new grater to use just for this project which I will use again.
I spent about $16 on all of the actual detergent ingredients!

This is the cute container I bought -
it came with a matching lid!
I found it in the picnic/pool area as it
is really supposed to be a drink dispencer-
I just turned it around!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

End of the Year Teacher Gifts!

I made 3 end-of-the-year teacher gifts for under $10 total!
My kids were excited to give these gifts & the teachers were thrilled to receive them.
Each student also enjoyed searching for their name in the mix!
The possibilities of what you can create are endless!

Supplies Needed:
  1. printer paper (I already had some card stock which looked the best, but regular old plain paper worked too!)
  2. 8x10 frames (I bought $3 black wooden frames from DG but you could search for something even cheaper or use something you have at home hidden in a closet!)
  3. access to this website- my new favorite site for quick & personalized gifts!
  4. a home color printer since I don't think you can save the creations to print at a later time :)
3 teacher gift under $10 total!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Summertime!- again :) & a Printable Poem

I can't believe it is summertime already!
Where did the time go?

Today (Monday) is my last day for the 2011-2012 school year!
The underclass students finish up finals and then
I'll celebrate by eating lunch at my favorite
Mexican restaurant with one of my
favorite teachers!  I can taste the chips n salsa already!

Saturday night I attended our graduation ceremony
where one sweet girl (an observer)
whose  name I can't remember
passed out because of the heat :(
I hope she is feeling much better now!

I'm always prepared for at least one person each year
to pass out- isn't that horrible!
Next year we really need to advertise the
air conditioned, padded seats,
plenty of elbow room auditorium option!
They gymnasium- with little ventilation and
all those hot bodies- is quite an experience ...

Anyway, I've pretty much wrapped up the 2011-2012 school year
& am already working on my 2012-2013 To-Do lists.
I can't believe it! 
When is your last day?
What did you accomplish this year
& what are your goals for next school year?

printable BandAids poem
by Shel Silverstein

Something fun to print!
You should be able to right click, save, then print as 5x7.
If not, let me know and I will email you an attachment!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

WIWW on a Thursday

I read a few blogs now and again
& am always fascinated with the What I Wore linky posts :)

However, I am not quite ready to start
posting pictures of myself in work clothes :)
But, I am ready to post a picture of my weekly clothes
 all piled up on a chair in my bedroom!

Fun colors don't you think?
I realized as I looked at the pile today
that I really like all of those colors!
Actually, I think my house & office are both decorated
in shades of those colors with some green mixed in too!

This is a typical clothes pile for me....
solid colors, a little texture here & there, mixed with
minimal jewelry and some cute, yet comfortable shoes.

So, yes... now you know... I am a nurse,
a school nurse who wears "work clothes" and not scrubs!
What about you... do you wear scrubs to school or "regular clothes"?
There are pros and cons to both I suppose,
but most days I appreciate wearing "regular clothes" :)

If you read my blog (or this post) and also participate
in a weekly WIWW linky party post I would
love to hear from you & know what linky party you participate in!

have a healthy weekend!

Friday, May 4, 2012

National School Nurse Day!

Did you know that May 9, 2012 is
National School Nurse Day!

Any School Nurse will be pleased to receive recognition on this day!

I'm hoping you're able to right click and save the picture below
then print as a 5x7 and present it to your favorite school nurse!

If that doesn't work (because I'm really not all that
computer fancy) please email me and I'll send
you an attachment!

Or, if you've waited until the last minute 
you can send an e-card from NASN by clicking the link here!

Fisher Price
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