Category Archives: Life

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

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One of the best ways I have found to save money is to make your own everything! Really!  And not everything is time intensive.  Believe it or not just about everything can be made at home.  Homemade powdered laundry detergent is easy, earth friendly, and inexpensive. It only takes minutes and with a 2T serving per load a small amount goes a long way.  Store bought green and eco-friendly products can be expensive, making your own takes all the expense out of it.  Not only that, but you know exactly what the ingredients are.

All you need is 3 ingredients, 1 bar of soap (I used Kirk’s Castile Soap*), Washing Soda and Borax. You can find Washing Soda and Borax right next to the big sized box of baking soda in the cleaning supplies section at your local store. Both products are great for using in homemade cleaners to make your house sparkle.

Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap grated
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda

Mix all ingredients well.

Add just 2 Tablespoons per load.

Feel free to include a few drops of essential oil to your washing water in order to kill dust mites, or viruses. The best essential oils to add would be lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and rosemary.

*One of the best and most inexpensive places I have found to purchase Kirk’s is Vitacost.com.  Click the referral link here and get $10 off your first order!

Family Christmas Traditions

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Did you know that family traditions make a family stronger? They do, having family traditions give children a sense of worth, belonging, and well- being. It helps them to identify with family values and enjoy being part of your family unit.

Ever since we began having children I have gone back and forth about what OUR most valuable and meaningful family traditions could be. I have taken notes over the years as I have watched families grow stronger and bond deeper through their own traditions.  I have attempted to discover what would be beneficial to help our children thrive when it comes to bonding to each other and loving each other deeply as a family.

Post Election Words to My Children

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Today as I reflect on yesterday’s presidential election I realize that no man that runs for office can truly give us the hope that we so deeply need.  My deepest desire is to teach my children of the hope that is ours in Christ alone and that they may use it to touch those in their sphere of influence for eternity.  I penned this words in hope that my husband and I both will be able to teach our children how to live a deep and abandoned passion for thee things that really matter most, to not pass their responsibly to honor God and love people to anyone else and to be the people that God truly created them to be. 

Dear Children,

It is time to trust our future in the hands of God and not man.  No matter who might be in the White House God remains on His glorious throne.  “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men who can not save.” Psalm 146:3.  There is a hopeless feeling that seems to be resonating in many hearts and I believe that many people, no matter which candidate we have voted for have mistaken government for a hope that is only meant for God.  Don’t put your hope in the government to save, only Christ can save us.

To my babies, you are called to meet the needs of the poor and the unfortunate and not to leave it in the hands of anyone else.   “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18   As believers in Christ, we are not to leave the widows hopeless.  “Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.”1 Timothy 5:3 You children are called to be gracious to the orphans. “In you the orphan finds mercy.”  Hosea 14:3  As lovers of God, the church is are called to give unconditionally, love unconditionally, and bless others with the incredible riches that we have been blessed with in Christ.  Be the one who blesses others.

Ode to Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Oh my little pumpkin spice latte you comfort me on a chilly fall day.

You aroma is pleasing to me and helps me to feel at peace.

You warm my insides with every sip I take.

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Piper’s Surgery: Bicanthal Advancement for Craniosynostis at Brenners Children’s Hospital

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The past four days has gone so fast and so slow at the same time.  Four days ago Piper, my four-month-old, had a Bicanthal Advancement for Craniosynostis at Brenners Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  My prayer is that this surgery is the most difficult thing that our family will ever face.  Craniosynostis is when one or more of the natural sutures or cracks in an infant’s head fuse early.  The fusing of the skull typically happens in the womb.

Not terribly common, this syndrome happens with about 1 in 2500 babies and is at times not caught soon enough after birth.  Thankfully, we caught Piper’s problem early due to the fact that her nose was crooked and she was barely able to open her right eye right after delivery. This caused us to watch her head closely and ask to see a specialist.  If the fusion of the skull is not corrected it can cause many health problems for the child.  It can cause pressure on the brain, brain damage, developmental problems, neural problems, and/or eye sight problems once a child gets older and the brain expands.  Since medicine is unable to predict which problems the condition will cause treatment is recommended in all cases.

Many surgeons like to do the surgery between 4 and 5 months, while others choose to do it around 6 and 7 months ideally.  Surgeries are often done on older children, but when a child gets older than 7 months or so the surgery seems to get more and more difficult and traumatic for both the child and the parents. The problem is best caught early.

Craniosynostois – Meet Piper

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Meet my beautiful third born. Her name is Piper. Piper has Craniosynostois.

This gorgeous babe just turned 4 months old. Sweet Piper has been diagnosed with Craniosynostois. In the womb one of the four natural sutures in her head fused together and in just a few weeks she has to do surgery to open that suture back up.