Monday, June 27, 2011

{Homemade (liquid) Laundry Detergent}

As some of you may already know, William & I try to be as frugal as possible in many areas. But not only frugal, we like it to be for a reason too. For example, I have made all of our household cleaners since the day we got married because, one, its cheap, & two, I think we feel better not having the harsh chemicals in our home. {& they work just as well, if not better, than store bought cleaners} I think i will begin sharing a few recipes every now & then on natural home care, if you are at all interested :) It is a part of our lives that we have just gotten used to & love! I will share today, the home care product i just finished making a new batch of yesterday: Laundry detergent. Sounds weird, but we love it! It cleans just as well as the stuff we used to use! Here is the recipe & instructions:

{You will need Washing soda, Borax & Fels.Naptha soap}
Walmart has all three ingredients. Make sure you get WASHING soda & not BAKING soda.

{Cut 1/3 of the felsnaptha soap off the bar}

{Now grate the 1/3 of bar soap. You can use a cheese grater, or be lazy like me, & use your cuisinart with the grater attatchment.}

{& voila! Grated soap that looks like shredded cheese, yum!  not}

{Now pour your grated soap into a pot with 6 Cups of water. Keep the mixture over the heat until the soap shreds melt completely}

{While the water & soap are heating, Portion out 1/2 C each washing soda & Borax}

{Once soap shreds are melted, pour in the portioned out washing soda & Borax}

{Stir all ingredients very well!! You want to make sure all ingredients are dissolved}

{Once the mixture is completely ready, Remove mixture from heat. Pour 4 C of hot water into a 5 gallon container. Then, pour your hot soapy mixture into the container as well. Mix. Then add 1 gallon & 6 cups of water to the mixture.}
** We also added about 30 drops of sweet orange essential oil at this point. You do not have to add any sort of smell if you dont want to though.

{Cover mixture & Let sit for 24 hours before using it. After 24 hours, open up the container. If the consistency of your laundry detergent looks like a bunch of mutilated jelly fish... you did it right! (that's what i think it looks like haha) }

{Store some of your detergent into easy to carry containers for every day use. I like to use these Lemonade bottles. Just because they're cute} 

{& there you go! Use about 1/4 C - 1/2 C per load, depending on soil level}

{Store the remainder of your detergent in a nice cool place. We store it under the laundry folding table in our laundry room.}


Monday, June 20, 2011

{Happy Belated Fathers day!!}

I know i'm a day late, but our fathers day was a busy one! William & I both worked from 6am till 4pm {looong day} then came home & changed into Normal clothes. We then went to Buy Buy Baby to pick out something special for william for Fathers day :) Even though our little munchkin isn't in our arms yet, it still exists, right? So we are celebrating! This is what William chose as his fathers day gift:

Haha yes, I was surprised too. He walked right up to it at the store, picked it up & said, "This is what I want!" He loves it & is excited to use it! Which makes me very excited :) He will be so cute! 

After our trip to the store, we called Willy's dad, & grandpas, & my grandpa & wished them a happy fathers day. We then said a little prayer for my step dad.. {for those of you that don't know, my step dad passed away last month}  Later on in the day, my mom & sister came over, so we could all celebrate together. We went to dinner at one of Willy's favorite restaurants, Cornish Pasty Co.  Great conversations & great company, It was a great night! My sweet little sister Sarah {12 years old}, made willy the cutest card:

{Isn't that precious?} 

Today we went to my doctor for my 13 week checkup. We got to hear the heart beat again :) It is always so special when we get to hear it. It just gives us that constant reminder that, yes, there is something living & growing in my body, that I need to constantly be taking care of & that even though I cannot feel it moving around quite yet, everything I do can effect it. 

Today we also found out that I have a pretty rare blood type. I am AB-. We aren't sure yet how this will affect our little one. My Dr. was telling us that I may need to undergo a series of RhoGam shots once I am further along, in order to keep my blood from attacking our babies blood as it develops. {If you want to fully understand why, follow this link, it's kind of hard for me to explain} This is the only complication we have had so far & it's nothing to really worry about yet. Everything else seems pretty normal & in 5 weeks {July 28th} , we get to find out the sex of our baby, & we are sooo excited. I hope that day comes fast. 

Here I am, @ 13 weeks. Still look the same, for the most part! According to my Doctor, I have only gained 1 pound since my last visit a month ago, even though I feel & look like I have put on a lot more than that. He said It's probably due to the fact that my body is simply changing & moving around!  Crazy to think! 

Well, we hope you all had a great weekend! Happy Fathers day from the Johnstons! 
Did you do anything special for your dads, grandpas, or husbands? Tell us about it here! 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

{Belly laugh: Pickles & Captain Crunch?}

Ok, I always thought that when people said "pregnant women crave pickles & Icecream during pregnancy" it was a myth... that is until 2 weeks ago. Yes, I finally broke down and bought a jar of pickles. {I still can't believe it} One of those big gallon ones ya know? That has like 50 pickles in it?  Yup! There it is! >>>

{Found image on google}

 I am so ashamed. & that's not even the worst part.. I bought this jar of pickles.. at walmart.. at 2am...when I was supposed to be getting something else that our little family actually NEEDED.{This just keeps sounding worse & worse! Promise I'm not crazy!} But good news, no ice cream yet, at least not WITH the pickles at the same time :)  I walked into our house after my shameful trip to walmart, jar of pickles in hand, my husband looked at me & laughed. "Here we go!" he said. "They just looked so good! I couldn't keep walking by!" I quickly rebuttled.

Anyways, I have gotten into a  habit. I eat a pickle at least once a day. Seriously, ask my husband.  Can that be considered a daily ritual? "My daily pickle enjoyment time?" {Ok, that just sounds weird, maybe I won't call it that.} But, whether it can be considered a ritual or not, I am going to call it one, even though it makes me feel funny to think that I have such a strange ritual instead of something cool.
All this pickle talk actually has a purpose, I promise:

Yesterday, after getting ready, I ran down our stairs to the kitchen, opened up the fridge & immediatly went for that big, beautiful jar of pickles, Picture this, this jar is so big {& it seems like the lid is always screwed on tighter & tighter every time} I have to use everything I have to open it! I have to like squat a little, & put the jar between my knees & twist the lid with both hands! {Awkward picture, I know} So, it takes me quite a bit of time to open this jar and I'm like out of breathe by the time I get it open. Anyways, I get the jar open, finally, gasping for air, grab a fork, fish for the pickle I want, & stab it, wrap it in a paper towel & lay it on the counter, close the jar and put it away. After I put the jar away, I grab the pickle off the counter, & by this time my mouth is watering, {seriously guys, I think pregnancy has made me like a crazy person! Salivating over a pickle? I mean, come on. I'm like Shmegal from Lord of the Rings "My precious"} I immediatly just take a big bite of it. I barely broke the skin , and out of the little fork holes I had just made getting it out of the jar, a load of pickle juice just shot out...INTO MY NOSE & EYES!! Gross! I dropped my pickle on the floor, & coughed & choked for quite a while. My husband, not knowing what was going on,  became very worried, & asked me what was going on & if I was ok. I told him what had happened, my eyes watering from the pickle juice & from choking. I could feel the smell of pickle juice coating every little nose hair. He tried to act serious, because he could tell I was quite distraught. But he couldn't help but laugh as he comforted me. He thought it was the funniest thing ever. I'm sure he was thinking "That's what you get." as he patted me on the back & held me close.  So needless to say, I don't know when or if I will re-start my daily Pickle eating ritual,  haven't eaten one yet today, & I don't plan on it. That was seriously traumatizing & totally gross. I  STIll smell pickle juice! I will just stick to eating my Captain Crunch berries a couple of times a day, as usual, but without the pickle snack time in between. haha
Good luck to all you Pregos out there & your crazy cravings. Be careful, because sometimes they come back to bite you in the butt.. or the nose in my case :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

{Coconut flour}

Have you ever heard of Coconut flour? I had never heard of it before, until I read the latest post on one of the blogs I follow {Heavenly Homemakers}. I am very interested in trying this white flour substitute. You can use it in place of flour in pretty much any recipe. It seems like it is pretty healthy for you too! & with a little one on the way, William & I are constantly looking for new ways to incorporate healthy eating in our home. I will be talking about some other ways we are planning to incorporate healthy eating soon :) But for now,  I would like to begin experimenting with Coconut flour immediately!

{Image found on Google}

{Image found on Google}

Has anyone used coconut flour before? If so, please feel free to comment & leave some advice or a yummy recipe to try out :) 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{Baby love}

As the days go on, William & I are getting more & more excited about our little baby. Sometimes, I become impatient. I am so ready to be a mommy already! Then, other times, I become overwhelmed.. it's kind of hard to imagine what life will be like in our home with one more person. I fear that William & I will not have enough time for each other, or that we will forget about each other & get lost in taking care of our little one. I fear I won't be a good enough mom, or that I won't have enough patience, or enough love to share with the baby & William.. so many thoughts. Whenever these overwhelming thoughts take over our minds, we sit & talk. We know that we are in love & we know that all of the trials we have gone through the last two and a half years have only made us closer, & more in love than ever. So we feel that our love can survive through this. {not that it's a trial, but, you know what I mean} We have also talked about how no matter what, we still need to remember that God comes first in all things, & we need to make that very apparent in our home. We know that God is in control & would never give us something we can't handle.

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted & built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, & overflowing with thankfulness"..Colossians 2: 6&7
"I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me." .. Phil 4: 13

During this last week we have focused a lot on the growing baby in my belly, on all of the things we need to do before it gets here. I don't know if it is even possible to be completely prepared. But we have started prepping the little things. For example, yesterday we drove out to scottsdale to a clothe diapering store. We purchased our first "Fuzzibunz" diaper. For those of you who haven't been reading my last few posts, William & I have decided to Clothe diaper all of our children. It is something I have always wanted to do. We chose to use the brand "Fuzzibunz" because of the recommendations of multiple friends who have used this brand, & because of they're wonderful reviews.  {If you want to learn more about Fuzzibunz, click here} Anyways, we bought one diaper, mainly because we wanted to become familiar with them on a more personal level, instead of just reading about them.

We are going to use the One size Fuzibunz. They are adjustable on the legs and waist so that you can have a perfect fit no matter the size of your baby. You can use these diapers on your children from birth to potty training.  {Saving you & your hubby, LOTS of money while keeping your children diaper rash free & comfy!}

We brought it home & immediately sized it to the "Newborn" size. Isn't it so cute & tiny?? William is very excited about it too, surprisingly. He asked me if they make them in his size! {Because they are so soft & comfy}  Wish us luck as we learn more about Clothe diapering! & everything else we need to learn about before this little blessing gets here :) 

Here I am at 12 weeks! Belly hasn't "Popped" yet, but I sure do feel {& look} bloated :) 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

{June 2010}

Its seems like the years just keep going by faster & faster! It's just so wrong. I remember when I was in high school, I wanted time to go by a lot faster, I wanted to be considered a grown up already!  & now i just want time to slow down,... & i don't think i really like being a grown up. {Sometimes} The reason I am saying this, is because we just realized that 2 years ago, around this time, we put the first offer down on our house. We had to wait a LONG time to find out if we got it, because our house was a short sale. We finally moved into it in September of 2009.
When we first bought our house it was a wreck! We bought it knowing how bad it was & thought we could easily fix all of the little things very quickly. But we were wrong. {Home improvement supplies get expensive, fast!} Here we are 2 years later & we're still not done. haha Although we have accomplished quite a bit these last two years. Here are some before & after pictures of our house {You may be shocked}

{Front entry way before, yucky carpet and weird random tile}

{Entry way after! We pulled up most of the carpet downstairs and layed tile. Hard work.}

{Kitchen before..}

{Kitchen after! Painted cabinets gray & added knobs, installed new countertops , new sink, & all new appliances.. this has taken the most time & most money... yuck}

{Floor near garage door.. yucky carpet. Serisouly, I dont understand what these people did in this house before we bought it.}

{Garage door entry after! Pulled up the carpet, layed tile, painted the walls}

{Back living room before}

{Back living room after! Still yucky carpet, but that is another project we will attempt in the future :)  }

{Stairwell before}

{Stairwell after! haha I know it looks the same. It's just not as dirty :) We are still in the process with this project. The stairwell goes up pretty high & is almost impossible to paint!}

{Master bath before, laminate, yucky cabinets}

{Master bath after! Pulled up laminate, layed tile, painted cabinets & walls}

{Back yard before..} 

{Backyard after! We are constantly working on our back yard. The next project back here is building a purgula over the patio. (Which is actually a william project) We also need to fill the planters with luscious plants :) } 

So as you can see we have done so much work! But there are still so many little projects we need to do. {Finish painting a couple of rooms, The garage,  finish the back yard, replace the carpet, & yadda yadda yadda.. haha} But we have time to finish all of these things! We aren't planning on moving anytime soon :) We love our little house, & all the work we put into it makes it feel more & more like home. 
We will be posting our home improvement projects as we finish them! 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

{What's for dinner?}

Every now & then, when William & I have time, we like to take our time and make a delicious meal. We always invite friends over to help prepare & enjoy the meal too! This week, we made something I have been wanting to..., ok, BEGGING.. to make for weeks: Mini Crab & Avocado Quesadillas. They sound weird, but seriously, they were delicious & very filling. These little quesadillas are stuffed with Crab, avocado, monterey jack cheese, scallions, cilantro, & lime juice. {is your mouth watering yet?} & to top it all off, a homemade mango salsa with Mango, Chives, Cilantro, Tomatoe, red bell pepper, lime juice, & fresh jalapeno.

{Recipe found HERE

Try it out for yourself! It takes a little bit of time to prepare, but is definately worth it :) & the recipe makes a lot too! I think this would be a great finger food for a get together.

Friday, June 10, 2011

{Little pretties}

I seriously want to attempt to make this :) Such a smart idea & so decorative! 

This would look so amazing in our living room! & I know just where to get the palettes :) 

Thursday, June 9, 2011


So lately, I really am feeling quite pregnant. I'm not sleeping very well, having crazy weird dreams, Hungry ALL THE TIME, & very emotional. Seriously, my hormones are kicking right now. For example, yesterday, I was watching the Tellie & eating a bowl of mini wheats, & a commercial came on. It was a pretty sad commercial. But not like crazy sad. But sure enough, haIfway through, I started crying! Like, out loud! I was just so distraught over this commercial! In the moment, it was the saddest thing I had ever seen! Seriously! I texted willy & told him about it and he laughed at me & told me I was cute. haha. Then when he came home, he asked what the commercial was about, & again.. I started crying, just explaining the commercial!

It's so crazy to think that in just 2 days I will be a third of the way done with this pregnancy. It has just gone by so fast! William & I are just getting more and more excited every day.

I am especially excited to found out what were having. I think we find out in 8 weeks. I am excited and anxious mainly because I keep finding all these cute little baby things I want to make before the baby gets here! Like these cute little onesies:

Aren't they so cute???  I hope I have enough time to make everything I want to make for out little one :)

Any who, happy thursday everyone, hope the rest of your weeks is great!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

{Happy Birthday Jeremy!}

Today is a special day! It is our Dear friend Jeremy's Birthday! Yay! As some of you may know, Jeremy is like family to us. We don't do anything or go anywhere without dragging jeremy along. We have known Jeremy for about 7 years now. He is a great man. Here's to you Jeremy!
Here are some memories from the past couple of years!
{Wish i could have found some of our pics from highschool!}

Love you Jeremy :) Happy Birthday!