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Homemade Soy Candles

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I love candles, they make our house smell so good and the ambiance they provide is wonderful.  One thing I don’t like about a lot of store bought candles is that they are not clean burning.  I wanted to have candles in my home to provide that same light and smell but without emitting harmful chemicals in the air.  So I decided to create my own candles.

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All you need is:
Soy flakes – I got mine at Hobby Lobby
Wicks -Hobby Lobby again
A jar – I reused a pasta sauce jarEssential oils

Directions:
Pour soy flakes into microwavable measuring cup, place in microwave for 30 seconds.  Remove and stir, do this several times until flakes are melted entirely.

Dip the bottom of the wick in the melted wax.  Sick on the bottom of the jar, wait about 1 minute until wax drys. Hold wick with one hand and pour melted wax into jar.  Add 15 drops of essential oil,  for this candle I did lavender. My next one I am going to do eucalyptus.

This is what the soy flakes should look like after they are all melted.
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I love my candle so much.  Leave me a comment and tell me if you have made your own candles or suggestions of essencial oils to try out!

Happy crafting!

No Spend Week

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As you know I love to save money, it is one of my favorite things!  I make my own laundry detergent in the name of saving money! I while back I heard a friend telling how her and her husband will have a time every few months where they do not spend money during the work week, Monday through Friday.  She was telling about how much they really caught themselves spending needlessly.

When I heard the idea I thought that we keep good tabs on our finances and we don’t spend that much.  Then I really got to looking at our bank statement and realized we make a lot of purchases each week.

I decided to change that idea and run wild with it.  That is how “No Spend Week” got started.  For one week we spend no money, we don’t go grocery shopping, we don’t go out, we don’t even use gift cards.  It is a spend free week.

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We have to stretch our pantry staples and what ever we have in cans, fridge, or freezer to eat that week.  It can be a lot of fun to see how much you can stretch what you have.  It can also be fun to do without, but it is all about that attitude you go into it with.

In our house the only exceptions to No Spend Week are:
1. Bills
2. Church offering
3. Food for our pets

You may be suprised how much you really do spend in a week and how much you save trying our No Spend Week.

I would love to hear in the comment section how you and your family save money!

Happy saving!


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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I have been wanting to try out a recipe for home made laundry detergent and I have finally done it!  My husband gets itchy and gets little red bumps from a lot of different products so I wanted to create one that I knew was going to be safe for his skin and keep our clothes really clean! It smells so great and gets my clothes really clean, did I mention it is super cheap as well?!?!  (I love to save money!)

I found the recipe from To Simply Inspire and after a few loads I am amazed!

I added a little more Oxiclean to mine than she did because we typically put it in every load to keep our clothes bright.

It makes 2 gallons of detergent.

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Ingredients:
76 oz box of Borax – $3.97 at Walmart
55 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $3.97 at Walmart
3 lb container of Oxiclean -$7.52 at Walmart
4lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – $2.24 at Walmart
2 bars of Zote Soap (grated) – $0.97 each at Walmart

Directions:

  1. Mix Borax, Washing Soda, and Oxiclean in large bucket.  I used a plastic box.  You could use a 5 gallon bucket.
  2. Grate Zote Soap with a food processor or cheese grater.
  3. Once Zote Soap is grated, place 2 cups of shredded soap and 1 cup of baking soda in food processor and blend again.
  4. Blend until it creates a powder.
  5. Add each batch of the soap and baking soda mixture to your other ingredients.
  6. Once all the soap and baking soda is blended and added begin mixing them all together.  I used a large serving spoon to mix mine.
  7. Add to a container and your all done!

All the ingredients cost $19.64.  It made 15 quarts of detergent, if I use 1 ounce a load I will get 480 loads out of this batch of detergent.  That means it only cost $0.04 a load!

4 Cents a load!

You just can’t beat that! My husband even said it smells like the best laundry detergent he has smelled.

Let me know if you have ever made your own detergent liquid or powder.

Happy washing!

12 Days of Christmas: Date Nights

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As we near Christmas I wanted to share a fun tradition that we have in our house.  Every year for Christmas I have given my husband a gift each day on the twelve days leading up to Christmas. Some years the gifts are small things, other years they are bigger.  This year I decided that I wanted to do something a little bit different and I gave twelve date nights.   I wanted to share with you mine and you can change or adapt as you see fit.  If you are reading this and you have less than twelve days an alternate idea would be giving gifts starting Christmas or Christmas Eve and going into the new year.

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This is our tree before we had everything put back together, excuse the mess!

My gifts this year are a date night each month of the coming year.  So here goes………

January – Bowling and beer

February – Homemade pizza and movies at home

March – Take a trip to the winery

April – Go for a romantic picnic

May – Go put put golfing

June – Take a trip to an amusement park

July – Go for a camping trip

August – Go for a romantic night of stargazing and wine

September – Board game night at home

October – Go out to the movies

November – Starbucks date and a long drive

December – Go watch a hockey game

For my list I wanted to mix in some expensive dates and some cheap dates so that each month wasn’t breaking the bank.  Things like going to the amusement park will take some planning and saving because we will have to travel and get a hotel room.  You could make them more expensive dates if you wanted or make them cheaper and take a trip to the fair or park.

Let me know if you have any fun date night ideas!