over the weekend

Over the weekend //

~ we watched as Belle’s due date came and went and we still are baby goat-less.

~ I cut out the pieces for my new spring top.

~ we threw my sister-in-law a baby shower and I got to give her my tiny knits.

~ Joe and my dad built a milking stand (which is making me stress just a little less).

~ I made the most amazing pizza I ever had.

~ Joe got the opportunity to hang out with “the guys.”

~ Posted on Broken Record Confessions.

Did you do anything fun or interesting over the weekend?

how do i get rid of stains!?

Yesterday I did laundry just like any other laundry day. I had diapers that needed washing, and a dress I wanted piper to wear for her aunt’s baby shower this weekend.

To my horror this is what I discovered upon pulling my lights/whites out of the dryer:

The only dark thing in the load was the bottom to the above shown dress. But I’ve washed the dress before and nothing ever affected previous loads.

I don’t even know if stains can be fixed after a garment has gone through the dryer.

I really have no clue how to get these stains out and I would hate to throw away the clothing. But let’s be honest, I’m not putting my daughter in these things to take her out if they are stained. UGH!

Does anyone out there in internet land have any helpful advice??

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking God for:

  • Piper’s lack of sleeping through the night this week out of nowhere. Don’t know why, but apparently we need to go through it.
  • a very active 9 month old who’s getting into everything! It’s actually quite fun if I have nothing to do.
  • grocery stores that stay open past 9pm so I can get my shopping done when my husband gets home late.
  • sisters who take me out so that I can have some time to myself.
  • a mom who is willing to babysit.
  • a husband who is a fussy eater, but also not so fussy that he wont eat Ramen when I’m stumped for something to make for dinner. (epic wife fail)
  • pain, hurt, sorrow, failure, stress, and things that go wrong because they make us better stronger people.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

self-sustainability for everyone #7

I bet you all thought I was done with my self-sustainability posts.

False.

I still plan to do them sporadically.

natural home and body cleaners / /

This post goes out to Melissa of Inspired. She has been posting a lot about switching her family from store bought chemical and synthetic cleaning and body products to more green and natural homemade products. What a perfect name for her blog because I find myself constantly inspired by her posts. Go on over and leave her a comment if you like what you read.

I have a confession: I backslid on my baking soda/acv hair washing last weekend. My sister was having her bridal shower and I felt like my hair was so “icky.” I thought, I’ll just shampoo my hair this once and cross my fingers that it doesn’t mess up all of my progress (since I’m still going through my greasy transition period).

What a let down! My hair did look clean but it was completely flat and I still felt icky. So I went back to the baking soda/acv and my hair feels clean again.

Last summer Joe switched from toothpaste to a baking soda tooth scrub. We got the recipe from the book Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World. I just recently made the switch myself. Let me tell you that this scrub is better than toothpaste. Every time I brush, I feel almost as if I’ve been to a cleaning at the dentist. That’s how smooth and clean my teeth feel. This book also has other natural tricks for cleaning and flossing teeth. Incredible.

Homemade Tooth Powder / /

found on p. 14

You’ll Need:

  • baby food jar (or lidded jar similar in size)
  • baking soda (approx. ¼ cup)
  • peppermint (or anise) essential oil

Fill jar with baking soda and add essential oils for flavor. Shake well.

The book recommend you let your nose be your guide for the amount of drops needed. But it also says 10 drops. Do as you like.

I love this book because it is close to being the bible of self-sustained tricks. It has everything from the baking soda/acv wash and the tooth powder, to home grown medicines, DIY olive oil lamps, beekeeping, slaughtering chickens, and making mead.

But there are all sorts of resources you can find without buying books. Check out your library or Pinterest. It’s amazing how much info there is out there, and this stuff is so simple and so cheap to do. Well…maybe not the chicken slaughtering 😉

photos lately

Sorry for my absence yesterday. It was a gloomy day and I just didn’t have any motivation to blog. Plain and simple. Today isn’t much different, but I shall anyway. Sometimes I need to force myself to blog, but quite honestly, blogging is the one place where I feel like I get some “me time” so I really need to try to stay on top of it.

Piper has tried some new whole foods lately (as in: not mashed)

photo 1: pickle
photo 2: carrot
photo 3: Cheerios

I’ve been trying to work on some projects.

photo 6: Zac’s scarf (ugh!)
photo 7: shirt turned skirt/dress for P
(i am saving the buttons for future knitting/sewing. they are fantastic!)

I am so excited that spring has officially sprung!

photo 8: leaves are popping out on the trees

Over the weekend I failed to photograph:

pictures of my baby sister’s bridal shower
pictures of friends coming to visit

Tuesday is usually the day that mama and Piper go out together and have a girls morning out. We normally go to the library and have play group/nursery time. However, today Joe has painting work (yay!) and actually has it for the rest of the week and maybe into next week (*fingers crossed*). So P and I don’t mind giving up a week or two of play dates in order to let Papa provide for us. Thank the Lord for His provision!

I really think that the weather the past 2 days has put me in an off mood. Not a bad mood. Just blah. Thankfully today looks like it will be bright and cool. Plus I think sister and I are going out shopping and I haven’t been doing that in a very long time!

Happy Tuesday!

soap fiasco

Our pine tar soap was running out and rather than spend top $ on soap at the store or on the internet, I figured it was high time I made my own.

I decided to make a batch yesterday, and had my mom help since she’s been making soap on and off for years.

She led me to a pretty cool device called a lye calculator, found here. It lets you punch in your ingredients in whatever amounts you are using and then tells you how much lye and distilled water you should use. Very handy.

While soap making is fairly simple in theory, yesterday I failed to add one of my main ingredients and it suponified too quickly so I’m not really sure how well the lye or pine tar were mixed in or how the soap will turn out. I tried another batch this morning, but again, it suponified too quickly and I’m not real sure how well my lye got mixed in. Time will tell.

I guess if at first you don’t succeed, try try again…right?

thursday thanks

Taking time to reflect on God’s goodness, no matter the circumstances.

Thanking God for:

  • lots of friends who have goats in order to give us advice about ours
  • homemade – baby food, beauty products, health products, cleaning products
  • breakfast from scratch and not from a box
  • the new moon to stimulate plant growth
  • wheat, hops, lupine, spinach, garlic, chives – all springing out of the ground
  • the blessing of animals for food, drink, manure, and creating compost
  • my mother to teach me the domestic arts
  • spinning wheels soon to be in use

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God concerning you

 

Warby Parkers

Last night my Warby Parker home try-on box came in the mail and I picked my fames! Hopefully in the next 6-8 weeks I’ll be officially sporting these bad boys!

This is me first thing in the morning, pre-shower and sporting a huge pimple that will not go away!

What do you think?

Even Joe tried a couple of pairs on! 🙂

I can’t believe I got a picture of him smiling!

Gotcha Joe. Gotcha.

wardrobe revamp: intro

I need a new challenge. The posts on self-sustainability for everyone were really good for me to blog about because it gave my blog something substantial to write about. The baby food was definitely a worthwhile challenge. I just need…something.

Ever since I had Piper, nine months ago (has it really been nine whole months!?), I have felt…well…dumpy, to be quite honest. My body looks different than it did pre-pregnancy. And I’m ok with that. At first I didn’t think I was, but then I realized. It’s my wardrobe. I’m still wearing the clothes of a young, flat tummied, early twenty-someone.

Only I can’t justify dumping all my current clothing, and going out and buying a whole new wardrobe. Nor to I have the time to buy a new one one piece at a time. No, I need drastic action.

Last night I folded my family’s laundry and I was absolutely disgusted with the amount of clothing I had and the fact that I hated just about every piece of it. The only reason I wear any of it is because I have no choice. This is no way to live.

Then I had to ask myself…

What would Little Women do?

or

What would Laura Ingalls do?

They would reinvent their wardrobe! Dye a used/stained white garment in tea or coffee. Place a bow over an old stain. They would turn something old into something new again! Genius!

And so my lovelies, with the help of pinterest, books, and sewing patterns, I shall endeavor to overhaul and revamp my entire wardrobe one garment at a time. If it cannot be reused, it will be given to a new home!

Would it be gross to offer a giveaway of my used clothing on this blog? Maybe yes?

Anyway, I’m off to find THE thing to transform or create today. Wish me luck!