Sunday, September 27, 2015

How was your weekend?

I just got back from my fantastic medial therapeutic yoga training this week. I'm really excited to incorporate all of the knowledge into my physical therapy practice.

I really want to try out these homemade fudge pops.

When gathering ideas of our Little Lady's second birthday, I found this great article on toddler pumpkin decorating ideas

Why didn't I buy this yoga mat years ago? Best decision ever. 

One of the best books on prayer I have read in a long time. Want to read about meeting the pope, traveling to North Korea, and attempted fire walking? Check this one out. 

As I write this I'm listening to Little Lady fighting her afternoon nap and singing "twinkle twinkle". Mommy life. Have a fantastic week!

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Monday, September 14, 2015

DIY Laundry Detergent {without borax}

I have been using this laundry detergent recipe for several months now. Let me tell works. It is also super duper cheap! Inspired by this recipe, I decided to see if the laundry detergent would work well without essential oils. (As much as I love the smell of something wonderful, most scents ultimately give me migraine headaches.) So here is my unscented version:

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

1/2 cup super washing soda
1/2 cup baking soda
3/4 cup liquid castile soap, unscented {if desired can use scented versions}
2 gallons of hot tap water
*Amazon links provided, but all ingredient can be found cheaper at Walmart except the castile soap*

2 gallon container {I used a large empty vinegar container}
funnel {or a rolled up piece of printer paper because I'm cheap like that}

  • Pour super washing soda into 2 gallon container. Fill with hot tap water just till the washing soda is covered. Shake or stir container until dissolved.
  • Add baking soda and repeat shaking/stirring to dissolve.
  • Fill remainder of container with hot water, then add the castile soap. Shake/sitre to mix.
  • If you want scent, you can add essential oils at this time.
  • Use 1/3 cup per regular laundry load.

I have even started washing my nasty work scrubs with this detergent. That should give you any idea of how much I like it!

Note: this mixture may appear to separate when the temperature changes. Don't worry! It will still work. Just shake before each use. No need to be concerned about the clumpy appearance.

Want to check out other Simple. Affordable. Natural. posts? Check out this homemade bronzer!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Have a great weekend!

It's my Saturday at the hospital, but I hope everyone else gets out and does something fun tomorrow. My Little Lasy will be having a daddy daughter date. 

The first pediatric bilateral hand transplant. An incredibly moving story. 

This is an amazing FREE e-course to help you evaluate your debt. The spreadsheets provided are awesome! 

I cannot get enough of this podcast on slow living. Highlight of my Thursdays. And on that note, when does the second season of serial come out?

The simplest guide to healthy eating. 

Our Little Lady started gymnastics this week. How cute would it be to get her a little leotard

We also checked out the American Girl store last weekend. It was a huge hit with Littlw Lady and my grandmaw!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Follow-up to Selecting a Baby Bottle

Looking back through some old posts I discovered that I never wrote a follow up to the popular "Selecting a Baby Bottle" post. Oops!

So, without further ado {and no drumroll necessary} the winner was...Dr. Brown's Standard bottles for our Little Lady.

The competition was between the Dr. Brown's, Joovy Boob, and Tommee Tippee. Confession: I never ended up trying the Tommee Tippee.

So here's the roundup between the Dr. Brown's and Joovy. I really really really wanted to make the Joovy Boob bottle work. It was easy to clean, fill, and assemble. The only problem was my daughter was able to drink from the newborn nipple in a record 5 minute timespan. Since I was breastfeeding, whenever I was with my Little Lady, I wanted a bottle with a slower flow nipple. Ultimately, that ended up being the Dr. Brown's.

My only hesitation with the Dr. Brown's was that these bottles are insane-o to clean. SO-MANY-PARTS. It will take a few tries teaching the grandmothers how to assemble these bottle and how they need to be cleaned. Despite this flaw, they are still a super choice for slow flow feeding to simulate breastfeeding.

Ultimately, your baby may decide which bottle he or she prefers. And everyone's situation is different. This information is to help give you a starting place for trying out baby bottles. Good luck! {If all else fails, get your lovely neighbor who works for a daycare to come over and teach your baby how to take a bottle the week before she starts daycare....did I do that? YES!}

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