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May 31, 2010

Our entire family is going on vacation together soon and its time to think about packing for vacation. There are times when this becomes a bit overwhelming to us! We have 6 adults, 1 toddler, 1 baby, and a whole bunch of stuff!! We loved being organized. Therefore, we took a moment to think about the best way to organize ourselves to prepare for vacation, which brings us to our LIST. Lists aren't always the most easy to make (more on that at a later date), so we began by creating categories for items we would need.  Here is what we came up with:

 First we started with the essentials: Clothing and toiletries

 Next we made a list for kids: Toddler/Baby items

 Then we moved on to technology. Yes, it is now an official item on the list. We have computers, cell phones, portable DVD players, GPS units, and chargers for each one! You just can't leave it off the list.

 There is always a need for this category just IN CASE: Other/Miscellaneous

Once we had our categories we just began filling them in like crazy!  We are also planning on cooking our meals while we are there. Therefore we planned our menu ahead of time.  Then decided what food we'll be taking with us and what we'll need to buy when we arrive at our destination.

 Below are 2 Google documents of our lists as well as blank lists for you to create your own!  Happy packing!

Menu and Food List

Vacation Packing List

Posted by Tami on May 31 10 | Comments (2)
Categories: Organization,

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May 27, 2010

We received this tip about freshening your home from our reader, Natalie, and thought it was a great tip!

I worry about using those carpet fresheners (powders and sprays) with a baby being on the ground, so i found a new way to accomplish the same thing without putting anything on the floor.  If you have a bagless vacuum you can put air fresheners in the filter part.  I put a handful of Renuzit crystals in the filter holder of mine and now it smells great every time I vacuum, which is a lot! Also, every once in a while, i will febreeze the furnace filter, so whenever the air/heat kicks on, it smells good!  This could be done in a house where allergies are a problem as well. 

Posted by Tami on May 27 10 | Comments (2)
Categories: Bedroom, Living Room, Products,

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I've been interested in making my own laundry detergent for awhile, so I finally did some investigating & found a few recipes here.  I really wanted to use Fels Naptha soap as an ingredient--as I've used it for years for stains & thought it would be great to have it in the recipe.

The recipe I used:

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha soap

6 cups water


1/2 cup Borax

2 gallon bucket

Boil 6 cups water on top of the stove. Shave off 1/3 of the bar of Fels Naptha & put in the boiling water. Turn to low & keep stirring until dissolved. Stir in 1/2 c. washing soda & 1/2 c. Borax. Stir till thickened & remove from heat. Add 1 quart hot water to 2 gallon bucket. Add soap mixture & mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water & mix well or until thickens. Cover & let sit for 24 hours. Use 1/4 - 1/2 cup per load.  The consistency is a little more gel like.  

There is quite a cost savings by making your own detergent.

 My cost :

This 2 gallons of detergent cost 71 cents.  If you use 1/2 cup per load the cost is 1.5 cents per load.   I only used 1/4 cup per load so I'm getting a great deal.  

I've been using this homemade detergent for over a week now & it's cleans the clothes the same as the store bought I was using!!

Posted by Kim on May 24 10 | Comments (7)
Categories: Laundry,

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May 20, 2010

In this family we LOVE coffee. My husband and I don't leave the house in the morning without our mugs of coffee in hand. Therefore, the coffee pot gets used quite frequently. I find that the best way to clean the coffee pot is to use 1 parts white vinegar to 2 parts water. Put a filter in the pot as normal and run the vinegar/water solution through the pot. My coffee pot happens to have a "clean" cycle, but if yours doesn't just brew as normal. If the pot hasn't been cleaned in awhile do this process at least twice. Then run a full pot of water through the pot at least twice to clean the vinegar out of the pot!

Posted by Tami on May 20 10 | Comments (0)
Categories: Kitchen,

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May 16, 2010

There is one bar of soap that I do not want to live without. I call it my miracle soap. With a toddler in the house there are constantly stains all over her clothes and this little soap is my life saver. Fels-Naptha soap has been around since the mid 1800s and has been a staple in many American homes for a long time. It comes wrapped in paper with its original logo and is slightly longer than a normal bar of soap at 5.5 oz. It is now owned by the Dial. You can watch a short video on Fels-Naptha HERE.

Personally, I keep the bar in a small Ziploc bag with a toothbrush inside. Any time I have a tough stain I put some water on the toothbrush, rub it on the soap, and brush the stain with the toothbrush. You can also scrub the bar directly on the stain or use a cheese grater and grate it right into your washer! It always makes my stains disappear! You can also use the soap in your homemade laundry detergent, which we are currently experimenting with, and even on your tile showers. The bar of Fels-Naptha lasts for quite a long time. The soap can be hard to find at times although I have found it at places such as Meijer or Walmart. This SITE sells it for $1.75 a bar with low shipping rates. I would tend to pay a little more for shipping seeing as how the soap lasts quite some time.  I definitely encourage you to buy a bar of this and try it out! You maybe never want to live without it!

Shirt With Stain

Shirt without Stain

Posted by Tami on May 16 10 | Comments (6)
Categories: Laundry, Products,

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