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Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

liquid hand soap

My crusade to cut back on plastics in our household continues! I already stopped buying liquid body wash and switched to a bar of soap, so what’s my next target? Liquid hand soap. I don’t like the idea of having bars of soap on every sink in our house – liquid is much neater and [...]


Homemade Laundry Detergent

laundry detergent

About six months ago I became tired of buying expensive laundry detergent in obnoxious plastic packaging. So, I decided to start making my own. If you think this is the craziest homemade mothering idea yet, read these reasons and then give it a shot: 1. Save Money: The cost of making the below recipe is [...]


Call me old-fashioned…

Enough is enough! I’m getting so tired of plastic! I’m taking an inventory of all the household products I use that come in a plastic container, and wherever possible I am no longer going to purchase that product. Where did I start? SOAP! A few months ago I decided to stop using liquid body soap [...]


Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

According to The Food Network, today was National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. So, of course I used that as an excuse to bake a batch! My Aunt Margie and sister Meghan are famous for their chocolate chip cookies, but I never seem to have success when I try to duplicate their efforts. So, I was [...]


Family Historian

As a homemade mother, I am responsible for all the family’s records and documentation. In other words, I gotta keep all our photos organized! In the few months following Evelyn’s arrival we took hundreds (maybe thousands?) of pictures and before I knew it they were all over the place and in no special order. I [...]


The Case for Homemade Baby Food…

homemade baby food

I am a baby food chef. Now, I don’t want to sound like one of “those” mothers — a woman who is so neurotic and controlling that she insists on slaving away in the kitchen to prepare only the finest for her baby. However, when it comes to the food I am putting into my [...]


Welcome Home!

Chris has been out of town on a business trip all week, and Evelyn and I have really missed him. So, I want to welcome him home tonight! First thing on the agenda? Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies: 1 stick room temperature butter 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 [...]


Ewwwwwwwww!

I read an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about the additives manufacturer’s sneak into “healthy” foods. As most people reading this blog may already know, the word “natural” is not regulated by the FDA (unlike the word “organic” which is regulated). Therefore, food manufacturers can use the word however they please. For example, packaged [...]


Bzzzz

Ok, so I am a fan of Burt’s Bees products (even though they were bought by Clorox and I am so not a fan of anything related to chlorine bleach!), and I just found this handy guide courtesy of our friends at that brand: Burt’s Bees Guide to Reading Your Labels: Synthetic Ingredients We Always [...]


A Planet-Friendlier Automatic Dishwashing Detergent That Actually Works!!

Finally! Success! After many trials & errors I have finally found a planet-friendlier automatic dishwashing detergent that actually works!! I tried and liked Palmolive Eco, but since it came in a thick plastic bottle I couldn’t continue buying it in good conscience. I tried and hated Seventh Generation, Planet, Ecover. I even tried making my [...]


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