Monday, June 8, 2009

mixing it up

So, I put a website on here a little while back about vinegar and it's AWESOMENESS and the many uses it has!! So the other night, I needed to clean off the mirror in the boys bathroom, so I went to this website and found this recipe for a window cleaner:

Create your own window cleaning solution by combining 1/2 cup non-sudsy ammonia, 1 cup white distilled vinegar, and 2 tablespoons cornstarch in a gallon of water.

...and I must say that it worked really well!! I was super excited! Also, being the super smart mom that I am-NOT-I realized that we didn't have any paper towels or napkins in the house. typical. So how was I gonna clean off the mirror? Just so happens that we got a newspaper off the street vendor that morning, so I used that to clean my mirror with! I had heard that newspaper works well, just never tried it. And it really did work out well for me :) No streaks on the mirror at all!! *yay* gotta love that!

Also, I've been wanting to see if there was a recipe for homemade detergents - dish and laundry- and the morning I sat down to look for them, I logged in to my blog and saw where a supermom had posted that very thing on her blog !! *double yay* well, the dishwasher detergent recipe calls for liquid castile soap. Well, I had no idea what exactly that was or where to get it! So I typed it into my search bar to check it out, and lo and behold I found a recipe to make it yourself!! I haven't tried it yet, but next time I go to the store I plan on getting the things to make it myself. I will definitely let you know how my detergent turns out :)

And after my laundry detergent runs out, I really wanna try to make that homemade too... we'll see:)

Another thing I plan on making myself is baby wipes (as soon as we run out of what we received as gifts). A friend of mine posted on her blog how to make these and I can't wait to try them out!

I also found some cloth diapers (new) on ebay that I look forward to trying. I only got a few to make sure that I liked the brand. **I found them for around $5.00 each with free shipping and most retailers start them around $18.00 each....a really good deal. So if you're interested in trying them out too... you should do a little research and go for it:) Can't hurt to try! I'll letcha know how it works out for me!

I have to say that I DESPISE cooking, I LOVE baking, and I'm really starting to enjoy mixing up my own solutions to use around the house. I absolutely LOVE that I am providing things for my family that save us a little money and that are little less harsh because they are free of so many chemicals. I feel ...what's the word... I dunno, I just feel like I am doing something really important and valuable when I do these things for us. It's amazing. It feels like I have something to offer them from my own hands, and I love that. While I don't bring home the big bucks, I love that I can PROVIDE by using coupons, and making homemade detergents and cleaners, and saving on diapers and wipes and other things. It definitely lifts the financial burden - at least a little bit, especially since we're a one income family!

While I don't think I could live up to every single thing the Proverbs 31 Woman was, I think God created me to do the best I can with the abilities He gave me. I can't make my own clothes, I'm not patient enough. The best I can sew is curtains and throw pillows. I don't work to provide in that way, however, I do other things to save for us. I am TOTALLY NOT a morning person, so getting up before the sun ain't gonna happen. But I try stay busy as soon as I do get up. I make a to-do list every morning (she planned the days work daily too) and get my chores done in the morning. The list really helps me and I have certain chores I do on certain days of the week. My words are not always kind to my family when things get out of hand, but I'm working on that. In fact, everywhere I turn lately, I'm hearing about speaking with kind words....think the Lord might be tryin' to tell me somethin'. I'm not as energetic as she probably was and I'm probably a bit more lazy, but as long as I kinda keep the house in order, I feel pretty good about myself. I don't cook every single meal like she must have, but I do enjoy making some delish cookies and a boston cream pie from scratch on occasion! I also am NEVER always put together like I picture her to have been. And I know my 'beauty' doesn't always shine through my bad moods. I know God sees my heart, I know He sees who I really am on the inside with all my flaws and failures...and also with some of the good things I can do for Him and my family. If I can bring Him just a little glory each day, I feel I have accomplished something. Now however, I'm striving to bring Him more glory each and every day. He's changing my heart right now and growing it into something better than the pitiful thing it's been for the last few months maybe years. I give Him all the praise today for molding me and shaping me, not into the Proverbs 31 Woman, but into the woman He named Brooke. I am who I am. I want to live by His standards daily, not my own. I want to lift my hands high to Him daily, not just on Sundays. I pray He will keep putting that craving in my heart to know Him better and to spend more time with Him daily! Praise to my King for making me and giving me the good qualities I possess and helping me to grow into the qualities I lack which I know are many!!! May I have the passion for my Lord that I see in others and long to have for myself. It's's growing...and it's all for Him!! And praise God for all MOMS!!! For giving us emotion, and love, and a heart to care for our families! It's so beautiful....Moms are beautiful-every one of you!!

wow.... sometimes it's like my hands can't stop.... I love it... truly.

Happy Tuesday!

James 1:19-20

1 comment:

I am so happy you are here. Your words make my heart so happy.


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