happy monday

 

Are you sick of my Happy Monday iphone photos yet? Tough luck, because I still have a good amount to post! Exhibit A:

 

[My guess is that they were watching some kind of Christmas movie, but I love how much they love being near one another. It’s so strange to see Bear with a paci and remember how little he was just a year ago.

[The first photo ever taken of our sweet Lab, Dallas! He was Shawn’s Christmas present last year, and he remains such a blessing to our family!]

[These are diapers I made through Serwa Chic for one of my favorite EB kids, Anton!]

[I built a reading fort for J. Bug under our table in the playroom. He pretty much loved it!]

Happy Monday!

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homemade laundry detergent

Did you know that I haven’t bought laundry detergent in four years?

I started making my own laundry detergent mostly for the cost savings, but I’ve also come to really appreciate the lack of toxins and irritants with which I wash my family’s clothes! You can easily do a quick search and find hundreds of laundry detergent recipes, but I thought I’d share my absolute favorite [and the most widely used].

Items Needed:

– 1 Cup Borax

– 1 Cup Washing Soda

-1 bar Fels Naphtha

*The above three ingredients can usually be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store. If Fels Naphtha is unavailable, you can use any bar soap that doesn’t irritate your family’s skin.

– [2] 1 Gallon milk jugs

-Funnel

Grate the bar soap [I usually use the grater on our food processor. My knuckles thank me every time]

Fill a large pot with filtered water. Add the soap shavings. Bring the water and soap to a boil over medium heat. Stir until the soap dissolves. 

Add the Borax and Washing Soda. 

Stir until mixed well, it may start to thicken considerably. 

 

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Using your funnel, divide the soap mixture into the two milk jugs. 

Fill the rest of the milk jugs with filtered water, leaving just enough room so the detergent can be thoroughly shaken before use. 

*Essential oils can be added at this point if desired. I especially  love using mint or lemons scents!

I’d advise waiting about 24 hours before using the detergent, it tends to coagulate even further once it sits overnight. Before use, shake the jug of laundry detergent well. 

Use about 1/2 Cup per load and enjoy! 

Because the detergent doesn’t sud as much as commercial laundry soap, it’s perfect to use with our HE washing machine and is also cloth diaper safe!  Do you see now why I haven’t bothered to buy laundry soap in four years? This homemade laundry detergent recipe is easy, it’s efficient, and it has saved us a TON of money! So now it’s your turn – start saving your family money and try your hand at making your own laundry detergent today! 

happy monday!

Because I just figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer, I must still inundate you with pics I’ve had stored on my phone for over a year. The following pictures have no theme, but I still apparently deemed them important enough to keep on my phone. Worth it? You be the judge:

[J. Bug during Christmastime last year. We have a photo of him at 6 weeks old in this basket. Imagine those cheeks on a 6 week old and I think you’ll understand why I insisted on kissing them every chance I got/get.]

[Serwa Chic was invited to take part in a craft show around Christmas time last year. It was so much fun and I felt so professional!]

[As we were packing up to move from our rental house to the house we own, I found the above photo in some random box. I love this photo so much because 1} I vaguely remember getting those photos taken, and I remember my strong feelings of dislike toward the whole ordeal, and 2} Bug makes this exact face on a regular basis. It was a little shocking to see something as simple as a facial expression being passed down to my son. If he turns out to be half as stubborn as I am, the world is in trouble!]

[I took this photo at Christmastime. I know this because that red blanket is one of my favorite blankets in the world, and red is my favorite color in the world. Shawn will only let me decorate our living room in red {including with that blanket} from Christmas until Valentine’s Day. Our red couch pillows and throw blankets are so comfy though, and I love seeing pops of my favorite color scattered throughout the house!

Anyway, I digress. I took this photo because it’s such a rare occurence for J. Bug to lay on the couch. I know he’s sick when he stays in one place for more than five minutes, and clearly this particular illness was cause for not one, but two Mee-Hees. That’s some serious stuff. ]

Happy Monday!

dear fall

Dear Fall,

I’m so glad you’ve finally made your way to Texas. I wasn’t entirely sure you’d ever come, but you did. I’m sorry for ever doubting you.

I love you. I’ve loved you for many, many years, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. I love that your presence means jackets, cold noses, hot coffee, leaves, pumpkin patches, boots, and soups. I love you and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

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Other people may say how much they love you, but you and I both know they say the same thing about Summer. But me? My love is real. My soul is happier in the Fall. My spirit more calm, and my mind more at peace. You and I have a thing going; we’re kind of an item. So what can I do to make you stick around through July? I’ll give you anything you want. Even my firstborn.

Just kidding. I think.

Thanks for coming back, Fall. Thanks for coming back.