Monday, September 29, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap!!

"Sick of buying laundry soap?? Me too. This stuff is awesome because it is way stronger then the store bought laundry soap. You only have to use 1 Tablespoon per load. This recipe makes a huge cookie jar full of soap and is going to last a life time, well maybe not quit that long. I originally made mine in July and I still have a ton and I do at least 8 loads of laundry ever week. So I am thinking it will last me almost a year. 1 year of laundry soap for less than $20, have I got you sold yet? I love not having to buy laundry soap all the time anymore. This laundry soap also works just fine in HE washers. 

Update: **I just ran out of laundry soap and it is March. So July to March that's 9 months of laundry soap for $20 bucks. I am pretty happy about that.**

Here is what you need:

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.  (This is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.** 

This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle.

Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. Those of you with an HE washer may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.

**Don't worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me.**

Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like. The recipe makes about 2 gallons worth of detergent. Walmart has large glass jars in the kitchen department."

I got this posting from a blog, Being Creative to Keep My Sanity, for this posting, I just snarfed it because the information is so good! All you gotta do to go directly to her blog, is click her blog name in this paragraph. As soon as I get out of this rehab place, I want to try making this! 

I got this from Being Creative To Keep My Sanity,

Other sites:
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don't worry if you've not read the previous books, much of the back story is contained herein. For those who have read the previous books, this can be a bit annoying but it did not stop me from enjoying this edition or wanting to get the next book! This, like previous books are quite addictive.

The narrator, Roy Dotrice, really adds to the enjoyment of the story

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

What An Introduction to Cree Black

5 of 5 stars

Cree Black, a parapsychologist, is contracted by Lila Beauforte to deal with some ghostly apparitions that are appearing in her ancestral home. The 150 year old Beauforte House is located in the Garden District of New Orleans.

What a perfect setting for ghost story! What a perfect ghost story this is! The mystery is enhanced by the narration of Anna Fields. It's a long listen (15 hours, 43 minutes) but you won't be bored as the colorful characters are introduced. Of course New Orleans is one of those "colorful" characters.

Don't enjoy Friday Night Football that continues all weekend long? Find another room, get out the boring knitting pattern and yarn, and LISTEN! Just don't be surprised to find the knitting sitting in your lap because you find yourself so engrossed in the story!

O, I used one of my credits in obtaining this this book.

The Lincoln Lawyer
by Michael Connelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw the movie and had to get the book to compare. It more than does and Adam Gruper was definitely a contributing factor!

Warning: don't listen at bedtime when you get to an exciting part or you won't sleep due to the adrenaline rush! Yes, it's that good!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Homemade Laundry Soap

I gotta send you over to Being Creative To Keep My Sanity.  She has all the data (it saves me a lot of typing).  I love saving money.  Click on the blog name to be whisked over there.  I've read the posting throughly and want to try it when I get out of this rehabilitation facility.  I love saving money! Don't you?

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was so excited to get this book! As expected, her writing was beautiful!

But I just could get into, or stay, into it. It just kept putting me to sleep. I finally gave up. Trust me, this is not normal. Maybe this is just a British book. The narrator is good and did not contribute to my faulting the novel.

I've tried several times to read The Casual Vacancy again. Same result. It had nothing to do with this being so different from the Harry Potter series. It was dry and just didn't have any characters that made me want to learn more about them.

I've listen to her Robert Galbraith series, The Cuckoo's Calling, and loved it! So much so, I grabbed the second book of the series, The Silkworm, as soon as I saw it! (Aside: I read The Cuckoo's Calling before I brought The Casual Vacancy.) I'm glad she found a voice that I think crosses "the pond" where The Casual Vacancy did not.

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