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Laundry Detergent DIY

13 Jan

This is one of those home-remedy type of DIYs that I really should have jumped on long before 2015, but it hasn’t really been until nowadays that I’ve actually needed to pinch pennies and find ways to save a buck or two – not working’ll do that to ya! Anyway, there are endless tutorials on how to make homemade laundry detergent all over Pinterest, so I won’t go into crazy amounts of detail here, but my combination of ingredients was a mash-up between two “recipes” that I found to be both easy enough to follow and convincing enough to make me a believer (those can be found here and here) with the biggest reason to try it out being the huge money-saving advantages. This recipe makes over 285 oz. of laundry detergent.  You only need to use 1 tablespoon or half an ounce of detergent per load (2 tablespoons for more heavily soiled loads) which adds up to over 570 loads of laundry for less than $25!!! Yeah. And for our household, we do maybe 2 -3 loads of laundry per week, so we’re talking over 2 years worth of soap for less than $25, and that’s with using a full 2 tablespoons!

Just mix up the following ingredients and you’re good to go:
  • 2 bars of Zote soap (14.1 oz each) – I found Zote soap that was already grated, so I went with that instead of shredding down bars of soap, but you can do it either way
  • 1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (55 oz)
  • 1 box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4 lb)
  • 1 box of Borax (4 lb 12 oz)
  • 1 tub of Oxi-Clean Stain Remover (3 lb)
  • Downy Scent Crystals (9 – 26 oz depending on how scented you want your soap to be)

Most of these items will be located in the detergent aisle except the baking soda which should be located in the baking aisle of most grocery stores.

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We had enough soap to fill the large glass jar, the small Ball jar, AND the Oxi-Clean tub! I’ve already done 3 loads of laundry with it and so far so good.  Everything came out clean and fresh smelling, so I think this home remedy is definitely a winner 🙂

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The Big Move

6 Jan

As most of you know, we picked up and moved 4 hours south to the big ol’ city of San Antonio in July of last year:) Yep, San Antonio, Texas… except we didn’t quite move to the city.  That’s right, country living is the life for us in this new chapter we’ve started!  The move was brought on by many factors, some family related, but mostly for personal growth opportunities not only for myself, but also for Olive and Billy – my newly “betrothed lover”(we decided we liked the sound of that better than fiance). 

So here we are, finding our bearings after moving just 6 months ago with the goal of setting up a homestead/sustainable living space in mind.  The land we are on belongs to my most awesome grandpa – that’s about the best part of the entire move for me, being able to be close to him.  The property is just around 2.5 – 3 acres (after several times whittling it down over the years) with roughly 1.5 – 2 of those acres at our disposal to work with.   I have endearingly nicknamed our new digs “the paper house,” but plastic is probably a more accurate term than paper.  Whatever the materials for fabricating this lovely home of ours, there’s without a doubt that it is just that – fabricated.  I’ve always grown up calling these babies “trailers,” but not long after shopping for one, we found that the new industry term is “mobile home.” So here you have it, a glimpse at our new mobile home and the property it sits on…

These are the photos that we took at the mobile home dealer in our initial walk-through of the model home:

IMG_2742The living room:

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

The kitchen:

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The master bedroom and bathroom (located on the other side of the kitchen through the white door pictured three photos up):

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

The fancy “glamor bath” :

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There’s also a stand-in shower on the other side of the sink that I didn’t get a picture of.

His and her’s walk-in closets (this was a HUGE selling point for us) :

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The hallway on the opposite end of the house where the spare bedroom, Olive’s bedroom and second bathroom are located:

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I’ll get an update on Olive’s bedroom posted soon.  That’s pretty much the only room we’ve done anything to since there’s not much to work with as far as the interior of the home goes, but that’s not why we moved out here anyways.  We want to tackle the great outdoors!

Here’s a pic of the house that my aunt sent me when she drove by before we moved down:

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And here’s what things are looking like after the Texas summer-sun scorched that pretty green turf (the purple house in back is Grandpa’s house) :

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This is the area opposite of the driveway where my great-grandparents built their home in the early 1900’s out of an old school-house, hence the location of the well.  I’ll definitely post some old photos if I can get my hands on them.  My family history surrounding this place is something else that helped influence my decision to move out here:

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

Just past those trees pictured above is an open area of land where my grandparents would garden from time to time.  Just past that, beyond the barb-wire fence, is my great-aunt and uncle’s place (my grandmother’s brother and his wife) where they keep a handful of cows that keep things lively around here:

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mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San Antonio

The driveway from the other end:

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This picture was taken from my grandfather’s front patio:

mobile home, trailer, house, home, homestead, apples for olive, San AntonioJust about the only project we’ve started outside other than working on getting this bad-boy skirted out, is making the front steps out of pallets.  As you can see we have a pretty sizable collection of pallets sitting in our back yard, most of which will be getting used to build a storage shed (more on that to follow) :

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So there you have it, the start of our newest adventure together 🙂  We had a few hurdles to jump through when we first moved, mostly dealing with permits which pushed back actually living in our house to September, the very end of September, even though we moved in July (living electricity-free in a trailer in the dead heat of summer was not an option for us) so we stayed with grandpa for a couple of months, which turned out to be a good thing in the end 🙂

On September 29, 2014 when we finally got electricity.  Glorious, glorious electricity! :

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And one last shot of the house for good measure 🙂

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THANKS FOR LOOKING!

Daybed

30 Dec

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Check out how I turned an old set of twin mattresses into a cute little daybed for the office by clicking here.

Getting Graphic in the Green Room – Accent Wall Style!

8 May

I decided way back some time last year that the green room was in need of a little makeover, (more details on that to follow, so stay tuned) and what better way to get started in that direction than to do an accent wall?!

Ahh, the beloved accent wall – a new one pops up on my Pinterest feed at least three times a week, and it seems as though everyone in blogland is doing one… and well … now so am I!

Check it out:

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I thought long and hard about how to accent this wall for a very, very long time – going from thoughts of a solid contrasting color, to stripes, to something stenciled, to finally deciding on something grahic, abstract and super colorful.  Even though this little project was a long time a coming, I am glad that I deliberated over it for as long as I did, making sure that it was something that I would absolutely love and that reflects me.

Here’s a quick little pictorial rundown of my day-to-day progress: (I am currently working on a more detailed how-to that’ll even include a little step-by-step video, so again, stay tuned for that!)

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And finally, after making a few more tweaks, I called this turkey done!

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My inspiration for this project came primarily from the painting below by my super talented and bestie, Devon Nowlin:

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and also from this image that I came across on Etsy:

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As an added bonus, I completed this project just in the nick of time to submit toward the self-imposed  “Pinterest Challenge” that the ladies over at YoungHouseLove and BowerPower cooked up to get folks to stop pinning and start doing their pinned projects (more on that here). So you can click on the button below to get in on this big ol’ pinterest-project-share-fest and check out lots of other fabulous DIY projects that the great people of blogland are doing and showing off:

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Here are some of the accent walls that I have pinned along the way that have inspired me to create an accent wall of my own:

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Thanks for looking!!!!!

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