Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY Thursday!

So I'm stuck at home from work today because I have strep throat.  I seriously pick this illness up at least three times a year.  Since I'm stuck inside, I thought I would mix it up a little and give you guys a DIY post.  I actually did not pick this one up on Pinterest, but had heard about it from a friend at church and decided to look into it. So hold onto your seats, because this awesomely cheap DIY will save you tons of money each year, and it's relatively simple to put together. 

DIY laundry detergent:

I got the "recipe" for this detergent from DIY natural on here.  Everything costs under $20!  Here's what you need (all parts can be found at your local grocery store-I shop at Kroger so that's where I picked up everything and the pricing listed was the price I paid.)

Arm and Hammer Super Washing Powder-3lb box- $3.29
Arm and Hammer baking soda-2 lb box (on the baking isle)-$1.89
Borax-4 lb box-$4.49
Fels-Naptha laundry soap bars-3 bars at $1.19 each
Oxy Clean powder-(I used the 1 lb. smaller container to save money)-$4.09
15L storage container-(I got mine from Target)-$2.00

First, you have to grate the Fels-Naptha laundry bars.  I used a simple hand held cheese grater to do this step.  This is the longest step and takes about 20 minutes to complete. Here's what it will looks like: (kind of looks like cheese-haha!)

  After shaving the laundry bars, you simply mix all other ingredients togther.  Make sure to stir everything up well so that the laundry soap shavings are well and evenly mixed in.  Also if you prefer, I've heard of people adding Purex crystals into this detergent to add more fragrance.  For me, I use downy liquid fabric softener for every load of laundry, so it wasn't worth the extra money.  Hint: do this outside because the powdery substance will go into the air while mixing everything together and can get on your furniture and cause breathing problems-esp. if you have asthma.

I didn't take an after picture of everything mixed together, but it looks like a white powdery mixture.  This is supposed to work on regular and HE washers.  I have an older model top loader.  You only need to add 1-2 tablespoons of this per load (2 tablespoons for more heavily soiled clothing)  Tip: add a little water to the washing machine first, then add the detergent.   I tested the laundry detergent on some older clothes first to make sure it wouldn't fade or leave spots on the clothing.  I am so pleased with the results.  After I did the first load, I decided to wash my scrubs for work and I am pleased to say they didn't fade at all.  My clothes also smelled so clean. 

Side note: Don't expect the water to bubble up like it would with other detergent.  Even though it doesn't bubble up, it still works!

I know that I usually spend $10 every other month or so on liquid detergent and this is supposed to last a year for a family of 5 and cost me $17.33 to make! Talk about an easy way to save $$$$$.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Day 3: Jamica trip recap!

 I'm continuing with my recap of Day 3 of our trip to Jamaica from this summer.  Day 3 of our trip also happened to be our 2 year anniversary! We started our our day with our daily ritual of breakfast at Norma's On the Beach.  They had the best french toast and omlets, and if you know me, you know I am obsessed with breakfast foods.  haha.  After eating breakfast we headed back to our room and got ready for another beach day.  
There was a jet ski shop literally right next door to our hotel, and since the guy that rents them out had ben harrasing us all week to rent one, we decided to take him up on the offer (once we talked the price down of course!); We rode jet skis for about an hour, then decided to head back in to eat lunch.  Since we were trying to save money, we ate some good old PB&J sandwiches in our room on the balcony.  After eating lunch we headed back out to the beach to relax for the rest of the afternoon. 
Here we are in front of our hotel's sign on the beach.  Please excuse my paleness!  
After more beach time we headed in to get ready for dinner.  We saved the restaurant which had the best reviews on the cliffside of Negril for our anniversary dinner.  It's called Ivan's on the Beach.  We dined outside under the stars.  While waiting on our food we were able to take a picture overlooking the beach.  Unfortunately it was already dark, so I couldn't get a good picture of the water.  This restaurant had gorgeous views and the food was delicious! We both got the jerk chicken pasta and some frozen cocktails. 


Excuse my hair in this picture.  It was rather windy on top of the cliff.  That concludes Day 3 of our trip.  Happy Wednesday everyone!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Playing catch up!

Ok so I last left off three months ago....THREE MONTHS AGO you say......where I last finished a post about day 2 of our Jamaica trip.  Life around here has been a little crazy because I have decided to apply for graduate school and have been studying my little behind off for the GRE.  So I will update on my life with some pictures and I promise to finish the recap on our trip later this week.

From top: Monica's (sister) 19th birthday; Amanda's bachelorette weekend in Ashville (at the Biltmore winery); me with the bride on her bachelorette weekend (on a patio at The Biltmore Estate);
the hubby and I with the bride and groom (bffs since 6th grade); my sis in law's 19th birthday;
last but not least girls day trip to Hilton Head Island, SC!

And today my friends is my 25th bday. So here's to 25 being the best year yet! Hope everyone has a fabulous Monday tomorrow!