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pillowcase dresses

I’ve been wanting to try this little project for quite some time, and I just hadn’t found the right supplies.  After searching on Ebay for some great deals, I came across 7 vintage pillowcases for only $5!  A few of them are sets, so if baby #2 turns out to be a girl, I can have matching babies!

Oh wait… I forgot to mention

Now..back to the project.

I found a super easy DIY tutorial from A Room Somewhere and I got started.  This dress only took me maybe 30 minutes.  I didn’t take pictures of every step, and I know I didn’t follow the tutorial to the T, but this is a project that doesn’t require precision, and it still turns out great!

It always helps to have a super cute model.

I’m planning on switching this ribbon to something more satin like, but this is what I had on hand and it matched perfectly!

Drum Roll Please……


summer lovin’

Summer is in full swing here in Charlotte, which has taken a toll on my blogging.  I apologize!

I just can’t say no to my little lady when she is pulling on my finger and saying “side, side”…wanting to get out there in the sunshine and play.  There is so much to see and do, and she is getting there fast with her brand new set of wheels.

I had to search craigslist for this new used cozy coupe, because our neighbors have one for their baby girl, and they shared with Astaire one day.  Since then she has been obsessed!  Every time she sees it, she yells CAAAAAAHHHH!! RIDE! BABY! Then she is off, across the yard, on her way to their house in search of the car, their baby girl and all the fun she thinks she’s about to have.

I decided that we would get her one, and then when they play in their cars they can be twinsies.  I think if she could sleep in this thing she would.  She loves it!

What kind of fun toys have you gotten for the summer?


DIY: Laundry Detergent

I wanted to come up with a clever name for this post…but then I thought, maybe people won’t read it! This is such a great post, and I just can’t risk it!  I will admit though, that I am not the person with the original idea, and I must give credit where credit is due.  I got my recipe for my detergent at the Save at Home Mom, and you can visit her blog for this recipe as well as other great money saving ideas and freebies.

First of all I have to say, this was one of the fastest recipes I have ever made, including all the food I make and that is saying a lot! You can totally do this, and still get your mommy time in, all while your toddler is taking their very short “I don’t like to take naps anymore” nap.

Enough of that though…let’s get to it!

What you will Need:

Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

20 Mule Team Borax

Fels-Naptha Soap

*You can buy all of the above from Harris Teeter or your Local Grocery Store

Goats Milk Soap (Check out my good friend Kathee– she makes it from her live goat’s milk!)

Essential Oil of your choice (I picked Orange…yum-O)- GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or

5 Gallon Bucket with a lid

 1.  In a saucepan add 4 cups of Hot Water.

2.  Set heat to Medium and grate into saucepan 1/2 bar of  Fels Naptha soap and 1/2 bar of Goats Milk Soap.

3.  Continue stirring until both soaps have melted completely.

4.  Fill the 5 gallon bucket half-way with hot water and add in the melted soap mixture.
5.  Add 1 cup of the washing soda and 1/2 cup of Borax. Stir until dissolved.
6.  Fill the bucket to full with hot water. Stir, and let sit overnight.
7. Once cooled, add 30-40 drops of essential oils and stir.
8.  For each load of laundry you will need approximately 1/2 cup.
You can then put it into your laundry dispenser, or you can dip it out of the 5 gallon bucket.  I plan to just dip mine out.
And now, for the part you have all been waiting for…the savings!!
Item Amount Conversion Amount Needed Uses Cost Total Cost Per Make
Washing Soda 55oz 6.875 Cups 1 cup 6.5 2.95 0.45
Borax 78oz 9.75 Cups 1/2 cup 19.5 4.75 0.24
Fels Naptha I Bar 1/2 Bar 2 1.39 0.69
Goats Milk Soap 1 Bar 1/2 Bar 2 0 0
Essential Oil 1 oz 600 drops 40 drops 15 4.32 0.28
5 Gallon Bucket unlimited 5.28
18.69 1.66
Detergent Made 5 gallons 80 cups 1/2 cup 160 0.01
You are reading that correctly!! that is ONE PENNY PER WASH!
I was blessed with the goats milk soap…but pricing it out at $2 a bar at local stores, it still is a savings of $65 per year, when typically I pay approximately .19 per wash with Costco savings on Gain detergent!
Not to mention…no more nasty plastic containers sitting in a landfill

show me the money!

Today I made a very intentional coupon venture to CVS and Target.  I have decided yet again to give the couponing thing a try, and even though I’m pretty convinced that it is way over my head,  I’m giving it a shot.  I’ve decided to take baby steps, and to only buy the things that I need in this moment.   I will not be stockpiling for now, and I will not even be attempting to share or trade coupons yet.  I have to first focus on wrapping my head around the whole experience, and hopefully getting my coupons organized out of this massive pile on my counter into some sort of binder sometime soon.

So here is what we needed today, and what I had coupons for:

Without going into all the details, here are my bottom line deals.

CVS: Colgate toothpaste= Regular Price-$3.29, I got it for FREE.

CVS: Baby Was= Regular Price= $4.49, I got it for $2.72

CVS Total Savings= $5.06

Target: Pantene Shampoo- Regular Price- $3.99

Target: Pantene Hairspray-Sale Price- $3.50, I got these two items combined for $2.99

Target: Annies Organic Granola Bars- Regular Price $3.59, I paid $2.59

Target: Covergirl Eyeliner- Regular Price-5.99

Target: Covergirl Eye Shadow- Regular Price-4.49, I got these two combined items for $7.98

Target: Market Pantry Eggs- Regular Price $1.49, on sale for .99, I paid .49

Target total savings= $9.00

I definitely can see where I made a few mistakes (ahem Covergirl anyone?) but I also had a few great victories! We are going to have minty fresh breath and a clean baby on the cheap for the next month at least!

I also found some spare change in my “laundry jar” and happened to have just enough to get these super cute dinosaur sneakers for A.  They were on clearance at old navy, and were just her size.

They will be perfect for her don’t you think?

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