Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Smiley 360

Ever heard of Smiley 360? It is a great place to receive free products for reviews! I received an Oral B Prohealth Toothbrush this past month and have been loving it. Click the link to find out more!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Too Many Little Lego Minifigures?

Every wonder how to display all your lego minifigures? With the recent popularity of the mystery bags I felt like I needed to find a way to display those cute little boogers! We, my now 11 year old son and I, started purchasing when the very first series was released. We happen to be at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney and were happy to be able to grab a few. It wasn't until the third series was released that I thought these can't just decorate our town, they need a display of their own. Years ago my grandmother had introduced to me printers drawers. Here is what I am talking about in case you have never heard of them.

This one was filled through the years and currently a few things are missing out of it. But if you look at the drawer it is the perfect size for little lego men. I then began my search for the perfect drawer. These are old and not always the easiest to find but I usually hit the antique stores. My mom ended up finding the one below when she was up at her mountain house and grabbed it. It was perfect!!!

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The one thing I realized is that we would soon be needing another drawer therefore I was on the hunt once again and once again my mom came through. Here is our second one.

I'm not as fond of the Simpsons set along the top but again was running out of the room. For now they are grouped up there. Overall I'm not a fan of the Simpsons.

These drawers both ran me around $50 but were well worth the cost and if you count all the little spots there is room for lots and lots of minifigures. They can also be found on ebay just be prepared to pay the shipping on a large item. If you just want to showcase one mini series collection, like the Simpsons, then the smaller size would be adequate.

Hope you enjoyed our collection and what I feel is the perfect way to display our lego friends.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Have you ever wanted to make your own laundry detergent? I have two thrifty friends, well okay, I have alot of thrifty friends, but two who are a little more into making things themselves and we were discussing no poo, shampooing your hair without shampoo and the topic turned to laundry detergent. I decided to give it a go and see how it turned out.

They were both kind to share their thoughts with me. The first used this link, http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/laundrysoap.htm, as a guide and then tweaked it to her liking. I used a mixture of her tweaked version and the linked version to make ours this evening.

Here is what you will need -
3 gallon bucket
Washing Soda
Fels Naptha Soap
20 Mule Team Borax

First off, a bit about finding the items. The washing soda and borax weren't too hard to find. I bought the borax at Target, but they didn't have the washing soda. So went into Publix next door. They had the washing soda but were sold out of the Fels Naptha. We hit a Kroger a few days later and scored the soap! At both stores that carried this item it was found on the top shelf and was very hard to see! It was also pushed back and you had to reach super far to get it! So look hard or get someone tall to help you. All of these were down the laundry aisle, but not necessarily close to the laundry detergent.

I did find them on Amazon at a HUGE mark up though! I paid $.99 for the soap and about $3 each for the other two.

First order of business is to smell the soap! LOL! Dallas enjoyed making sure it was going to be a good fit for us!

Grate the soap. I used 1/2 the bar. I also found the grater for $.49 at Kroger! I was pleased to not have to worry about using my food grater (even though you clean it with soap I just had some issues with that thought).

Lin helped too!

After the soap is grated put it in a sauce pan with water and melt it. I stirred it while it was melting but this didn't take long at all. Once it was melted I added 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup of the washing soda to the hot water and stirred.

Then I took my bucket and added hot water. While the hot water was filling I poured in our mixture. Fill to the 3 gallon line (almost the top on what I would call a regular size car wash bucket).

We then used a funnel and poured the mixture into gallon milk jugs. This could be messy but with the two of us it was pretty painless! It says to let the mixture set overnight and it will kind of gel up a bit. I used ours after about two hours and so far am loving it. I washed a load of towels with a winter jacket and snow pants tossed in. The jacket had visible dirt on it and it all came off, no issues. I use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.

This entire process didn't take long at all. 30 minutes max and that was with a kid having fun grating the soap. I would say you could easily make it all in 10. I was surprised at how fast the soap melted.

So to sum up what I used -

1/2 bar fels naptha soap
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
3 gallons of water

Thanks Teresa and Tifani for your guidance in making my own laundry soap.

For comparison Teresa uses -

1 bar fels naptha
1/2 cup borax
1 cup washing soda

mixed in 5-6 gallon bucket (filled to top)
then fills her bottles with half water and half mixture

If you found this helpful please leave me a comment letting me know! Also if you have a question I'll be happy to try and answer it. I am by no means expert, just trying new things out!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Hoping 2011 brings great joy for everyone!

For all my sewing friends and wonderful customers I'll try and start posting over here more often with the joys that happen in my life along with pictures of my wonderful creations!

I made these adorable t's for a great customer and hope her little cuties looked adorable in them! How fun would it be to have a little one in that onesie again!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Nerf Vulcan

Another hit is the Nerf Vulcan Gun!

Dallas received a generous gift card for Christmas and chose to purchase this gun. With a little help bargain shopping online we found it for 50% off and even better then that he'll receive a free toy in the mail!

Hasbro is running a promotion right now where if you spend $20 or more on select toys you can send in for a free toy. He is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a beyblade now. Below is a link to the PDF form. Make sure you read the fine print of course!


I even purchased some toys for tots this evening so I can send for another free toy (which I'll also donate). Gotta love FREE!

Keva Contraptions

Since I love toys and I love to find great toys I thought I would share with you a gift I bought Dallas for his birthday. It is called Keva Contraptions 200. I read about it on the disboards so checked out Amazon and decided to take the plunge and buy it! We have had so much fun building different contraptions and then rolling through the ball. It was well worth the $35 (on sale of course) and I can see this being a big hit for years to come.

I made this design tonight while we were watching a movie. It is almost as tall as he is!

This was my solution to a marble run that I wasn't quite ready to spend so much money on. I thought this might make Dallas use a little bit more creativity and that there were more opportunities to build different items.

New Year's Eve

I thought with the new year starting I would check in on my blog. My friend, Jill, pointed out that I had not blogged in quite a while, which is very true. Blogging is very time consuming I have found and with sewing I just don't really have time for both. I'll give it a better try this year though.

So, I want to share our New Year's Eve tradition. I am pretty low maintenance and enjoy staying home. I have no interest in partying or being out on the road.

I got this tradition from an old friend of mine, Janice. Janice is a very special person and was best friends with my old neighbor, Kay, who was also very special. A few years ago we were emailing back and forth and I asked what she was doing for New Year's Eve and she told me her and her husband go to their friend's and enjoy fondue and good conversation.

I loved the idea so much that we started this tradition. I know for sure this is the 3rd year we have done it. Here are a few pictures from our evening and what we enjoy cooking.


Squash and Zucchini

And for everyone who my entire life couldn't understand why I didn't eat any fruit, guess what, both of these are a fruit! Yes, they are! They have seeds inside, the easiest way to know something is fruit. Feel free to google it, you'll see I am right!

Steak and Chicken

Normally they aren't dumped in the same bowl but tonight I told hubby to just mix them to make life a little easier. They are all getting cooked anyways so what did it matter!


I am actually not a big salt person but this is a must for my fondue night! In honor of Janice and Kay I used my super special salt shaker. It is tupperware and just like they had when I was growing up.

Here is our food cooking!

And Dallas giving it a thumbs up!

He kept saying over and over how great this meal was and that it was the best steak ever. That it was so nice and quiet and relaxing! He loved being able to cook his own.

Towards the end we get tired of cooking it bite by bite and just dump it all in.


This happens to be our leftovers which we'll enjoy tomorrow with rice. I am not much of a collars and black eyed peas girl.

So, what are your New Year's traditions?

I would love to hear about them in the comments! And remember it is never too late to start a new one!

We'll polish off the evening with some pound cake and chocolate syrup.

I hope everyone has a Happy and Healthy 2011!
Happy New Year!