Archive for the ‘Frugality’ Category

DIY Facial Cleanser

You may remember my November book review of Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider.  I really enjoyed the book, and have also enjoyed her blog and subsequent articles.  Recently a friend of mine mentioned that she was trying a DIY facial cleanser, inspired by Tsh’s Simple Mom blog.  I was almost out of face wash anyway, […]

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

My husband, Brad, has been urging me to try a recipe he found for DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent for some time.  We are not only a family of five, but we also cloth diaper our children, so we go through a lot of laundry.  I was able to pick up all three ingredients (yes, only […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Projects #28-#30 Vacuum, Sweep, & Mop the Entire House

So we’ve reached the end of the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge!  Yesterday was jam-packed, so I only found time to vacuum all four of the rugs in the house.  (I also had a killer headache yesterday and this morning thanks to a spontaneous decision to give up my morning cup of coffee.  Ouch!)  However, today […]

30-Day Cleaning Challenge: Projects #25-#27 Clean Out the Refrigerator & Freezer

Anyone who has known me for very long will tell you that I am a perfectionist.  Perfectionism has its good and bad angles.  As a perfectionist, I do many things well and give 110% of my effort.  On the other hand, I also procrastinate and often zero in on unimportant details.  A couple days ago […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #24 Surface Clean the Kids’ Bedroom

Project #24 of the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge is to clean your linen closet.  However, our linen closet is pretty organized so there wasn’t much to do there.  Instead I decided to go back to the kids’ room.  I hadn’t cleaned up much in there since Project #4. Our kids’ room is my favorite room […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #23 Clean the Garage

Well, today the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge didn’t  happen.  However, I did sweep (every room but the bedrooms) and vacuum the entire house yesterday because we were hosting Club. Today I recovered from getting too little sleep last night, and did the regular chores.  I washed dishes, folded laundry, picked up toys, made meals, and […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #22 Surface Clean the Living Room

Happy Monday!  Welcome back to the 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge.  Today I got to choose between surface cleaning the living room, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom.  Tonight we are hosting another Club (this time in our backyard) so I decided to work on the living room. One of my recently goals was to box up the […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #19-#21 Sweep Your Entryway, Driveway, & Patio

Last night when I looked ahead in the 30-Day Cleaning Challenge to see what I was doing today, I had to laugh.  My husband Brad was up on our roof yesterday sweeping off all the debris and cleaning out the gutters.  He had cleaned up some yesterday, but the ground around the house still looked […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #18 Organize the Pantry

This morning we went to Bible Study for the first time in 6 months.  I packed lunches last night and we ate at the park afterward.  So we were out of the house for more than three hours.  That meant I didn’t get to the cleaning challenge until this afternoon.  Oh, did I mention that […]

30-Day House Cleaning Challenge: Project #17 Wipe Door Knobs & Switch Plates

Good afternoon!  This morning I was up bright and early to go grocery shopping with my girls.  We went to WinCo and back, and then I put away the groceries, prepped barbecue chicken for dinner, and made lunches.  In the midst of the melee, we got a phone call about the filing cabinet we had […]

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