Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Homemade Cleaners


8 oz. concentrated cleaner (Lysol is a good one.)

16 oz. isopropyl alcohol


Pour cleaner and alcohol into a gallon bucket. Add enough water to make one gallon. Pour into a spray bottle. Thoroughly clean shower before using. Spray on shower daily. Use daily to prevent water deposits and soap scum.


1 gallon water

1 cup ammonia

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients. Put in a spray bottle to clean showers, toilets, sinks and counters. Great for most cleaning needs. Use all-purpose cleaner to clean your floors. Just spray on and wipe off as you would counter-tops.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1/3 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap, grated

6 cups water

1/2 cup washing soda

1/2 cup borax

Heat 6 cups water and soap in a large pan until dissolved. Stir in washing soda and Borax. Mix and heat until dissolved. Boil 15 minutes. Remove from heat. (It will have the consistency of honey.*) In a 3 or 5 gallon bucket, add 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap mixture. Mix. Add enough cold water to make a 2 gallon mixture. Mix until well blended. Let sit 24 hours. The soap will gel*. Use 1/2 cup for each load.

Makes 2 gallons. (Approximately $ .40 per gallon)

*If the detergent doesn’t gel or reach honey consistency it will still work.

I make my own and leave it powder form … I make one batch last lasts 1 year … 2 boxes of Borax > 2 boxes of Washing Soda and 4 bars of Fels Naptha or Ivory and 2 boxes of baking soda Mix it all together in a WELL washed Cat litter container and I mix before each time I use .. 1 tblsp per load and also I use 1/4 cup vinegar for Fabric Softener > I use spray bottle with a mixture of 1/2 liquid fabric softener and 1/2 water for the dryer > 4 squirts does thd trick … in the winter I use the dryer sheets as well but cut them in 1/4 and use 1 in the dryer.. The laundry soap lasts 12 months and the fabric softener lasts abut 5 months .. we have bought stain remover for really tough stains but normally take 1/2 tsp of the powder and add water to make paste works great.. Love the page … Interesting reading

I’ve been making this homemade laundry soap for years….the water measurement doesn’t have to be exact. We are a family of 7 so I make mine up in a 5 gallon bucket I got from a fast food restaurant. This way I don’t have to make it so often. I use 2 bars of Ivory soap melted into 12 C. of water, 1 1/2 C. of washing soda, and 1 1/2 C. of Borax. Follow the same directions as above. Pour the mixture into the bucket, fill with cold water, stir and your done! (I also stir in some “clean linen” fragrance oil to mine…you can get it at Wal Mart) You can then ladle out enough of the soap mixture to fill a laundry detergent bottle and keep the bucket in a closet with the lid on it…refill the detergent bottle as needed. Be sure to stir the soap in the bucket each time you refill you bottle! I like this simply because it is all soap…most laundry soap in the store that are inexpensive are 90% water and fillers which don’t clean anything, and often are toxic. Even at $3 a bottle that’s alot of wasted money for colored,scented water…not to mention the toxic chemicals.

DIY Liquid Scrubbing Cleaner

1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 vinegar

2-4 TBSP dish soap

Heat the vinegar a bit in the microwave just until warm enough to incorporate well with the baking soda. Mix in the dish soap and stir thoroughly. Store in old soft scrub bottle or any bottle.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Pictures As Promised

Oh Yes PURPLE! The only color Jane had Carlee was mortified. K State Purple obviously was not this OSU fans choice

This is the day trips I was use to. We wanted to show the girls what can be done that doesnt include a fortune spent.

LOVE this sign! Its in Medford, OK

It belongs to this restaurant! Greasy spoon, so of course the best food!

This is where we went! The Salt Flats by Jet Oklahoma

My little treasure I dug up. OK OK I have lots!

Pretty cool picture of her diggings

And Redneck Movie Theater courtesy of Shandra Hatfield. The movie was Gullivers Travels with Jack Black HI Larious!! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Where to begin:

Pictures will follow:
Got a call from Carlee on Saturday afternoon, she was at Waynoka with her dad 4 Wheeling. Yes you guessed it. A tree looked a little too close coming head on and she bailed off her 4 Wheeler and was complaining about her right arm, hand and wrist. I knew I had a two hour time frame so I gathered her insurance info and her indian card preparing to head out the door. Then the second call came that her dads mom "Nanny" as we call her had a heart attack and was being Life Flighted to Wesley. Shandra drove me and helped me keep my stuffs together as we got updates and got to the hospital and waited.
Sunday they took the tube out of Nannys throat and she began to talk. Thank Goodness
Monday I took Carlee to Newkirk to the doctor and they gave us a splint and sent us on to Ponca City Hospital for Xrays. It was obvious there was a break but we had to wait for a radiologist to read them. By Monday at 5pm we got no call. Carlee had 8th grade awards so we went to that.
Tuesday the call came but the Kaw doctor was out of town so Jane Kaufman scheduled us for 3:15 and Carlee is now sporting a purple cast. UGH!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Its True

I have dirt under my finger nails and toenails and I am fine with that. After another 4 to 5 hours the transformation of the front dirt pile is in progress. Now the question is whether I can fit a porch swing on there and if the porch can hold me.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

So a little bit of dirt digging

The last two weekends I have been cleaning out flower/plant beds and planting pots. My friend Flower Kathy Johnson not to be confused with Scrapbook Kathy Johnson has a greenhouse out east of Winfield called Flying Begonias. So last weekend and this weekend I have been planting flowers and herbs and some veggies. The fun veggies like Cucumbers and 3 different kinds of peppers.

This is my lettuce plant my mother in law gave us. Yes its just like Spinach Leaf Lettuce and yummy! Raspberry Vinegrette and Sweet Vidalia Onion Dressings are my favorite.

This pot contains Parsley and Cilantro.

This one contains Lemon Leaf Basil and regular basil along with some Thyme. (Cant grow enough of that lol)

This has a Misquito Shoo plant and some Zinnas

This is my cucumber teepee which was made out of cane to help them grow big and tall. There is the Diva Cucumber and the Taste of Asia Cucumber.
 I also have 3 different kinds of peppers in here: We have your basic Jalepeno; Hungarian Hot Banana Pepper and Red Beauty Sweet Pepper.

WHEW Time to rest.


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

OH Hello There...

I am still breathing. And I have NOTHING for the next two months on my schedule;agenda;mom agenda; refrigerator agenda;  phone agenda NADA!!

So I will be here to up date on Crop Camp; Organizing etc. But after working a 12 hour day I need to do a load of laundry and sleepy sleepy

OH Hello There...

I am still breathing. And I have NOTHING for the next two months on my schedule;agenda;mom agenda; refrigerator agenda;  phone agenda NADA!!

So I will be here to up date on Crop Camp; Organizing etc. But after working a 12 hour day I need to do a load of laundry and sleepy sleepy

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Time goes on..

Sometimes with us sometimes without us.

Had an amazing day teaching 10 wonderful ladies who I am sure at some point during the day, whether it was in the begining or in the middle questioned why the heck they paid for some crazy girl to tell them to dump out all their scrapbooking supplies; categorize them; purge; assign and containerize.

I taught yesterday in Andover at my favorite store Scrap Funattic and it was a great day to stay inside and organize no doubt. I know we all become so overwhelmed by daily life and I myself struggle sometimes too with the fact that I teach organization but some days in my house it doesnt seem that way.

TO DO lists are my life! We discussed yesterday about a "Fancy Special" my new favorite word from Mrs.Judy Kruse that we had sections. One for PICTURES TO BE PRINTED and one for "LAYOUTS TO DO" that way we are never confused about what is going on in the world of Scrapbooking. Why stay organized in that world? Because we scrapbook to enjoy and have fun not to be stressed; and just like our house we have to have a little jump start or a discipline or a sketch to begin.

For me being able to check mark off something gives me the sense of accomplishment and when I feel like I didnt have a productive day I can just go to this list and see that even if it was one or two things it was completed and that is ok.

Ladies remember you are your own judge; your scrapbooks are the way you like and noone can judge you on your pages except yourself. If you like it that is ALL THAT MATTERS.

Please have a wonderful day and week. In 9 days I will be 34 so I am sure there will be some birthday fun to share.