Friday, August 9, 2013

{Slightly} Crunchy

I have delved into the world of homemade natural solutions a tiny bit over the last couple years. Most of this was because I was tired of spending a lot of money on a little bit of stuff (more than the whole 'natural' aspect). That some things were better for us and the environment was bonus as far as I was concerned.

I tried homemade liquid hand soap (you can read about that here). I also made homemade laundry detergent last July. I used this recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee. Seriously, I still have a ton of this stuff so it's lasted us well over a year. This one is a hit (as in the boys don't complain about the texture or smell) and it gets our clothes clean. So we can count this one as a winner EXCEPT for the one fact that during the summer, the freshness doesn't hold up so well after you start sweating. This can be a problem in SC for sure. So, I bought some Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day (Geranium). Haven't tried that yet but I'm sure the boys "might" say something about the smell. We'll see! So I figured we could use the Mrs. M during the hot months and the homemade during the less nasty humid months. :)

I have tried my hand at homemade glass plus surface cleaner. I like it just fine, but the vinegar smell lingers a little bit longer than I'd like, so I picked up some Method glass + surface cleaner in mint. It's a comparable cost to Windex and stuff, but I prefer the smell a lot more. It works great too, so I'm sticking with that!

I also went with Mrs. Meyers for hand soap. Since I was forced to buy liquid hand soap again, I figured it may as well be less toxic. Again, comparable cost and a little less toxic. I'm good with that. I bought a whole bunch of different 'flavors' so we will see what the winner is in the house and stick to those preferred smells.

I've been looking into homemade deodorant, shampoo that's a little less toxic, and other 'better for you' body products. We'll see how it goes.

So, I'm trying to bring less toxic things into the house - a little at a time - and hopefully some things will help us save some money too!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

{An Art Project}

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I'm trying to make a concerted effort to include art this year in our homeschool. I'm not very artsy and I find teaching art - well, boring. But doing art, well even making bad art is fun! My son feels the same way, so we're going to do some fly by the seat of our pants painting and other projects this year.

I pulled our first project off Pinterest (of course!). I'm not as addicted to that site as a lot of my friends, actually I rarely use it - but sometimes I find cool stuff I'd like to try and this idea was one of them

The idea seemed super simple and I thought, why not - some cool artwork on the wall will be nice when we're done. So I drug the boy to Michaels, had him pick out some colors (along with the rest of the supplies), and we dove right in.

He picked shades of blue and purple (which matches nothing in my house!) but again - it's more about the doing here...

Hubby didn't paint - he was our photographer
Hi Honey!

All dry and waiting for our swirls of white

We just used a plastic bag with the corner cut out
I also may not have made the white thin enough


As you can see, we went with the diagonal hang rather than the square. We liked it better that way! So, I'm calling our first art project for 7th grade a success!

{21 years, 2 months, 28 days}

Friday hubby had his retirement ceremony. Here are a few pics from the day. These are not the fancy "official" photos - just ones that were taken by a friend of mine on her iPhone.

Zach pinning his retirement pin

The main man

He's Happy

Now I get my "thanks for supporting
your husband" certificate

And another

I'm wearing heels - I never realize how
much taller he is until I see a pic!

I believe I said something *gasp*

Our little family

Zach gets his "thanks for supporting
your dad" certificate

It was short and sweet! Now we get to move on with the next stage of our little family life. Who knows where the road will lead us, but the journey is going to be a blast!