4 Family Health Challenges That Everyone Will Be Motivated By

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Keeping your family healthy is a prime concern for all parents. However, getting them to take responsibility for their own health is learned behavior that begins in early life. If you want your children to engage in habits that will help to keep them healthy throughout their lives, begin by being a good example. You can start by educating them on the actions that contribute to good health and by engaging in these positive behaviors as a family. Here are just a few areas where early habits can pay off in better health throughout your life. Continue reading “4 Family Health Challenges That Everyone Will Be Motivated By”

5 Things You Can Do to Simplify Your Family’s Next Move

Moving homes can be a stressful process, especially if young children are involved. It can be difficult to find time for packing, and fragile items can be quite difficult to pack as well. Following a few basic steps will simplify this lengthy process and ensure that everything gets to your new home unscathed.

Pack Room by Room

Running through the house attempting to find belongings that will all fit in one box is a lot of work.  You will be better served by packing one room at a time. This will help when it comes to unpacking because your belongings will be well organized. Plus, it will help you and your movers to know where they should place the boxes on moving day.
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How to Embrace the Eccentric Look

One of the most important things to consider when creating your own look is how to make it unique and add a personal touch to it. Following trends blindly isn’t always the best choice, especially if you end up looking exactly like everybody else. So, instead of blending in with the majority, embrace your eccentric look. Here is some useful advice on how to achieve this.

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Spring Clean: Tips For Easily Dejunking Your Life

Spring cleaning can be much more than simply scrubbing the house from top to bottom. It is also an excellent time to de-clutter the home. There are probably many items around your home that you aren’t using and someone else could benefit from owning or using. Going through the clutter is a great way to free up your life and help someone else out along the way.
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Here Are 5 Crucial Ways How Music Governs Your Behavior

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You listen to music without knowing that it provides any sort of benefits to you. Whenever you do your routine activities, you love playing music at the backdrop, because it plays a great role in making you cheerful and content. You might not know what sort of technical benefits are provided by music, but when you try to focus on some task you definitely have a strong urge of listening to a particular type of song so that you can easily finish your work. That generally happens because, different types of music affect our brain differently and in some cases, it starts responding accordingly.
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DIY Candle Lanterns

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Here’s a great DIY project to work on this weekend.  Make your own outdoor candle lanterns to dress up your porch or yard! These are so easy, plus they make a stylish statement without breaking the bank.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Mason Jars
Wire
Pebbles
Sand – *Optional alternative to Pebbles*

All of these items can be found at Walmart in the craft section, Michael’s Craft Store, or your local craft shop.

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Here’s how you make them:
Drill a hole on each side if the lid of the mason jar.  Run the wire through and twist it with needle nose pliers. Then add your pebbles and placed a votive candle holder inside.  Easy enough, right?!

 

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If you prefer, you can skip the wire part all together and just set the jars on a table outside to enjoy.
Special thanks to my friend Dee for taking all of the pictures and sharing this with us.  Thanks, Dee! xo!!

 

 

DIY Lemon Dish Liquid Recipe

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Making DIY Lemon Dish Washing Liquid is really a breeze! I was amazed at how easy it was and how well it cleans. 😉 If you have a lemon, a couple of drops of tea tree oil, bar soap, and water – you’re set! Luckily I had half of a lemon left over in my Citrus Keeper from Good Cook.  Did I mention that I love, love, love my Keepers?  They sure are handy to have around!

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You can make DIY Lemon Dish Liquid with or without tea tree oil.  It still works perfectly, either way.  I actually love tea tree oil but my husband doesn’t tolerate it very well.

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DIY Lemon Dish Liquid Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

DIY Lemon Dish Liquid Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a bar of soap (I used Dial Basics)
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2.5 cups of water
  • Optional* Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Grate 1/2 of a bar of soap into a pot on the stove
  2. Add water to soap
  3. Heat on medium until grated soap melts
  4. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon into soap mixture & stir
  5. Optional* Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil
  6. Let cool completely
  7. Pour into a bottle & use! (I re-used an old dish liquid bottle!)
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NOTE:  Bar soap has a thickening agent in it. I noticed the next morning that the soap was trying to solidify. I took the top off and added just a little bit more water, replaced the cap, and shook it very well. It has been several days now, and it has retained its liquid form.

DIY Laundry Detergent #Recipe

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We do a lot of laundry around here! I have been studying several recipes for making your own laundry detergent and how cost efficient it can be.  I was a little concerned because my husband is a diehard Tide customer. 😉  He will be the first to say “um Babe, please don’t buy that anymore” when I try the latest brand on sale.

I tried several recipes, then tweaked them a bit to make my own.   I even tried making liquid detergent and it worked well, but didn’t have a scent.  Again, hubby didn’t like the water-like consistency.  He just wasn’t convinced!  ( If you would like the liquid recipe, leave a comment below and I will give it to you.)

So far, with this powder recipe… no complaints! I have been washing at least 3 loads per day for over a week and he hasn’t said a word. With that being said, I feel like the coast is clear to share this with you all! 🙂

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Here’s what you will need:

1 cup Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1 cup of OxiClean (not pictured above) Chlorine Free
1 cup Purex Crystals or crystal softener of your choice
1 Fels-Naptha Bar (can substitute Ivory Bar or Zote Bar)
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Here is how I made it:

I put a large kitchen trash bag over a tall laundry basket – (you can use a large jar, huge bowl, or even 5 gallon bucket).  I grated my soap into the bag first.  It took me about 20-30 minutes to grate the whole bar.  I wore plastic gloves while holding the soap and grating.  My son and I took turns. 😉  Then, after the hard part was over, I measured out the remaining ingredients and poured them into the bag.  Then I closed it up and shook the bag to mix all ingredients.  After mixing well, I poured into containers with lids.  You will only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load.

Note: This recipe makes a lot!  There are other recipes that use all ingredients listed above to make enough for months at a time.  Like I said, I have been experimenting and did not want to waste the ingredients if I didn’t like the detergent.  For the next batch I will use this recipe:

1 Box Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda
1 Box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1 Box Borax
1 3lb container of OxiClean – Chlorine Free

1 -2 Bottles Purex Crystals or crystal softener of your choice
2 Bars of  Pink Zote  (can substitute Ivory Bar or Fels Naptha)
Cheese Grater

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Update:  I wanted to let you know that the Zote Laundry Bar comes in white or pink.  The white is available already grated! I bought the pink because we liked the scent best.  The Zote is softer and larger than the Fels Naptha Bar and easier to grate! 😉  I found all ingredients at Walmart on the laundry and cleaning isle.   Below is a picture of the second batch with the pink Zote instead of Fels Naptha.  

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I would like to thank the following ladies for inspiring me to try this by sharing their recipes – Thoughts on the Matter & Being Creative to Keep My Sanity & Reader, Katrina H!

On a side note:  I have a HE washer and it works perfectly.  There are not a lot of suds which is a good thing.  I place the powder in the same container that the liquid goes into and it disolves completely during each wash.

Disclaimer:  Please use at your own risk.  I decided to try it for myself before sharing it.  We have not had any allergic reactions or problems with it.  I have a family of 5 and wash everyday! 🙂