Documenting the everyday challenges of going a year without shopping for anything other than depletables for a family of four.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I hope everyone had a great mother's day. I had to come up with something crafty this year. I have included a pic so you can see the flower on top of the bag, but the stuff inside included a bottle of bath salts (they will deplete completely because they dissolve), as well as a bag of specialty cookies. Quade had the idea of including some type of teas in the bags so I made decorative boxes out of thin cardstock and we put flavored teas and relaxation teas inside the box and included this in the bag. The flowers on the tops of the bags are simple tissue flowers - I already had the tissue paper. You may be wondering why there are three bags - one for my mom, one for Quade's mom and one for Quade's step-mom. We love them all and grateful we are blessed with three mommas!
baking soda white sugar brown sugar sea salt olive oil vanilla extract
In a bowl, add 3 tablespoons of the white sugar, 3 tablespoons brown sugar. Add tablespoon of sea salt, add tablespoon baking soda. Stir until lumps are gone; should be smooth and basically one color. Add tablespoon olive oil, stir in; keep adding half spoonfuls of the oil, keep stirring until your scrub has the consistency of a slush. Add 2 drops of vanilla and stir. Found at www.instructables.com
Psalm for the Day
Suggested Reading for Frugal Living
Living Cheap & Loving It, tomatoes in the flower bed by Carrol Wolverton
Simplify Your Life by Elaine St. James
Vinegar: Over 400 Various, Versatile and Very Good Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of by Vicki Lanksy
Home Remedies From Amish Country
Baking Soda Over 500 Fabulous, Fun and Frugal Uses You've Probably Never Thought Of
Some of the best and safest cleaners around are also some of the cheapest. You can use baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice for cleaning and household purposes. Another great product which I use is Basic H by Shaklee. I love it because it is very inexpensive for all the cleaners it makes - window cleaner, all-purpose and degreaser. I have had the same concentrated bottle for a year and still have lots left to make up all three individual cleaners previously mentioned. If you want to know more about Shaklee or Basic H, look no further than www.shaklee.net/sharonharris
Hand and Body Lotion Recipe provided by Pam Taylor
2 16 oz. bottles baby lotion 2 16 oz. jars vitamin E cream 1 7 oz. petroleum jelly
Mix with electric mixer until creamy. Pam found the vitamin E cream at Dollar Tree (naturally for a dollar). She uses it for her hands and as a body cream.