Forgive me now for typing all over the place, it's been a long time and my brain works in crazy ways. (Plus I had Starbucks this morning) Try to keep up!
Why am I blogging about this? Well, I'm a stay at home mom who sits around with so much time on my hands, so I eat bon bons all day and watch 'my stories'... I figured, hey, let's try something productive with that time and then let's tell everyone how easy it is and maybe they can do it too!
Well, the last part is true, but any mom knows how ridiculously crazy it is, this thing called motherhood. A picture I found on pinterest sums it up best. (expletives have been censored)
A quick update:
Well, it happened. My 'after' story has finally started! Praise God, it was a long time coming. Our family learned a LOT during this period. There are still difficulties, don't get me wrong, but we have been able to stretch our wings and were given a roost that fits all of our chickies! I am saving that story for another post, but I am here to say that God is faithful and (warning: mixed cliche epithets ((word?)) ahead.) if you can learn to dance in the rain, Joy really does come in the morning...
So now that we are all settled in our beautiful, God given home, hubby and I are trying to really make it our own. For example, I am actually gardening! I have watched my mother and Nana all my life and never understood their love for gardening. Now that I have dirt to call my very own and have been introduced to the miracle of pinterest, I have all of these ideas I cannot wait to try. But again, I am getting ahead of myself.
Let's bring it back to the point of the post. All of the cool tips I have learned about 'making your own'. Why, when there is a perfectly good supermarket down the street with all of these items ready-made? Well, my biggest factor is cost. Why pay full when you can pay half? (Or even less!) Also, I feel like I was born in the wrong decade, and I really like to make my own with less ingredients. That way I reeeaaaally know what exactly is going into my products. Where did I learn all of this? Yep, you guessed it. Pinterest.com)
Basically, I am going to reference all of the mom blogs who did it first and did it well. You can just click the link to see the how and why they did it :O)
How to make your own!
Laundry Soap - I made my batch last June (2012) and we are only half way through! I spent less than the $20 every blog said it would take and I only use 1 TBL. for each load. Love it!
Dishwasher Detergent - If you normaly use gel, the cost is cut in half - If you use tablets, the cost is 80% less!
Baby Wipes - My children are allergic to everything but the 'chlorine free' brands. Those are a bit more expensive. With my 3rd I decided to use cloth diapers, and I love them! But I was still spending money on baby wipes. I did my own research and found out that if I bought this exact brand and type of paper towels, I would be getting 4x more wipes for the money I was already spending on name brands. So far baby's bum has handled them well. Not sure if that means my children were allergic to the other brands in general or they really needed 'chlorine free', but this is working, it costs waaaay less and that makes this momma happy.
Baby Food - I did a lot of searching for different ways to do this. There are so many, but you can search on the internet for what fits you and your family. The thing that got me were all of the slow cooker recipes! It was so easy to throw whatever vegetable or fruit into the pot, forget about it for a few hours and then puree it in my magic bullet. I invested in freezer containers to store the baby food (about $6 for 16 - 4 oz. containers.) (they are cheaper at some stores.) I also bought a storage kit at BabiesRUs for $8 and it holds 16 - 2 oz. containers.) Making baby food cut costs in half again, so I will be doing that more often! It really makes a lot, so I have some time at least between batches :O)
There are plenty more, but I don't want to be overwhelming. I am just really excited about these things and the money I am saving by doing them. I understand that not everyone has the same amount of time I have, but even if only one of these piques your interest, then I have done my job! Hope you enjoyed reading. I forgot how much I missed blogging :O)
*this word has been brought to you by the number 90, because that's the decade it became popular.