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Baby things

Maybe it’s because we prayed for a baby for a long time, or maybe it’s just because we have the most adorable baby in the world (true story), but whatever it is…boy do we love our baby.

Now I like a clean house, but I love having baby stuff around.

I love using board books for coasters, and burp cloths for napkins.

coffee mug

I love a laundry basket full of itty bitty clothes.

baby clothes

I love blankets draped over a dining room chair.

I love my sewing things all mixed up with baby’s toys on her great-grandmother’s quilt. Never mind the scissors…

sewing and toys

Oh, baby stuff, please don’t ever leave me.

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Embrace the Camera

I found this idea while blog surfing in the middle of the night. Side note on blog surfing: It’s what I do when I’m nursing the baby. Thank goodness for my iPod. I don’t know how women stayed awake to feed the baby in the middle of the night back in the olden days when they only had the internet on computers. Now I have the internet on a little glowing 3 inch screen in my hand. In bed. With the baby.

So back to the idea: Take pictures of yourself with your kids. Mind blowing right? But it doesn’t actually happen all that often. We have appoximately 15,763 pictures of Amelia, but not that many of us with Amelia. We’re always behind the camera. So this challenge “Embrace the Camera” is about getting into photos with your children. I know I love looking at old pictures of my mom and me ¬†– hopefully Amelia will feel the same way one day. Read more about Embrace the Camera here.

Here’s our photo for this week

This is how we spend our days. Just the two of us. Doing everything together. I hold her in one arm while I get the laundry out of the dryer (or put it in). Then I add her to the basket so that I can carry it our room. She doesn’t mind. What she minds is being left alone in the swing or on the floor. She wants to part of the action. Can’t say I blame her. I’m sure one day I’ll miss the days I did laundry with one hand. So today…I photograph it.

How to make Laundry Soap

December is not a good month to try to save money. With all those parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and caroling out in the snow….wait, did I write that?

Anyway, not a cheap month. Happy – yes. Indulgent – definitely. A good month to save for adopting – not so much.

One way that I save money year round is by making our own laundry soap. It’s easy, cheap, and easy. I made some toady – I’ll show you.

Grate 1 bar of unscented soap (regular or laundry). I like this Fels Naptha laundry soap.

The grating can get tedious, but you’ll get through it.

Now measure 1.5 cups Borax, and 1.5 cups Washing Soda and add to the soap flakes.

Voila! Laundry soap! Use 1 TBSP per load.


Bet you didn’t really think it would be that easy, did you? Maybe next time you’ll believe me.

Washing Soda, Borax, and Fels Naptha can be found in the cleaning or laundry aisles of WalMart, Target, Kroger, etc. I personally buy mine at Kroger in the cleaning aisle.

I tried to write a nice, neat breakdown of the cost, but it’s honestly been at least a year since I bought the Washing Soda and Borax. I’d like to say they were around $2.50-3 each, but don’t hold me to that. ¬†They obviously last a while. The Fels Naptha costs $1 per bar. So each batch of laundry soap (that lasts our little family 3 months) costs maybe $1.50.

Not too shabby. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some laundry to fold.