Got babies? Or family members with sensitive skin? Or just can’t afford laundry soap with its super high prices? We sure do! Why spend $15-20 on a gallon of chemical-rich, fragrant-overloaded, heavily-dyed laundry detergent if it could potentially harm your loved ones’ lovable yet super sensitive skin?
Quick remedy: Try making this all-natural homemade laundry detergent! I found a few different recipes and reviews on Pinterest, and apparently everyone swears by this homemade detergent! Its all-natural ingredients are chemical and dye-free, perfume-free, it’s a natural stain and odor remover, it’s safe for sensitive skin, and costs around .5 cents per load to make. Not to mention the fresh natural lemon scent your laundry will be left with after washing each load! I’ve been using this laundry detergent for several months now, and have even found other websites that have compared its super stain-fighting abilities to your average commercial laundry detergent, and this recipe has proven valiant and victorious against the battle with stains!
First of all, to make my claims accurate, I need to share what the ingredients are and what’s in them (thank you Wellness Mama for sharing):
What’s in it:
Borax, Washing Soda, and Fels Naptha
Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is an ingredient in most of the natural soaps available now (Seventh Generation, etc.) but it is much more inexpensive to make yourself.
Washing Soda, sometimes called sodium carbonate or soda ash, is made from common salt and limestone or found as natural deposits.
Fels Naptha is a laundry bar soap that is used for dissolving oils and removes stains; its ingredients include tallow, glycerine, coconut oil, palm oil or palm kernel oil.
Calculating the Cost (According to local Walmart prices):
A 3.5-Gallon batch of detergent costs approximately $5.69 to make and washes exactly 112 loads (using 1/2 cup detergent per load), costing about $0.05 per load!
And now for the recipe you’ve been waiting for:
Print out these super cute labels above that I made and tape them to your milk gallons!
Does your toddler or young child have night terrors? Mine used to.. maybe I can help! Here’s my story:
Ever since we moved to our new apartment, my 3, now 4-year old, Tristan, has been having nightmares. Nightmares of monsters, and ghosts, and being helpless. At first, I thought it was from TV shows he watched, so we changed his shows to only toddler shows (because even G-rated kids’ shows will have lots of fighting). I’m not sure if they’re considered night terrors or what, but he’s been crying and fighting in his sleep randomly, and jumping off out of his bed to come get us at odd hours of the night. I thought maybe it had something to do with the anxieties of being in a new place, mommy getting married, and having a new baby sister. I felt so bad for him, and so helpless like there was nothing I could do to relieve him.
I have a new friend, Nadine, whose son was hospitalized for many months, and she suggested talking to Tristan when he sleeps, which helped her son fight off the ailment that he suffered. She said even though the child does not hear it, it enters their subconscious and comforts them. So I tried it.
Every night for the past 4 days, after Tristan fell asleep, I stood by his bedside and said encouraging words like “You are strong. You are brave. You are wonderful and so so loved. You are amazing. Mommy and Daddy love you so so much. You’re a great big brother.” And for the past 4 days, Tristan has slept better, hasn’t wet his bed (yes, even that was an issue), hasn’t woken up in the middle of the night, and has even come to us in the morning saying he had GOOD dreams of himself being a superhero and having superpowers and flying. He’s doing great!
I’m not 100% positive if there is a correlation between talking to him as he sleeps and his good dreams, but it’s worked for us the past 4 days and I will continue doing it. Thanks Nadine!
The baby is coming and your bags are packed – but did you overpack? Read on to find out what’s essential and what can wait!
There are thousands of blogs and articles out there that sell you on items you absolutely need in your hospital delivery bag. Expert mommies around the world have had different experiences with their births and they all swear they know what’s best. Here I am being one of those moms haha. As an expecting mother in full-blown nesting mode, you want to be as prepared as possible, to avoid any undue stress, right? What that could lead to is extra stress, spending extra money on things that aren’t necessary, and having extra weight to lug around in your hospital bag while you’re in labor, which can be a pain in the neck, literally.
I’m no expert, but I’ve given birth twice, once a C-section and once a vaginal birth, and each time I’ve been amazed at what I actually used and what was a waste of time, space, and money. I have many friends and family members who have also solicited their opinions on what I should bring with me to the hospital. I know it comes from the heart and they have the best intentions, but I also fell into the trap of listening to everyone’s opinions, resulting in having too much “stuff”. So I made a list of the things that no matter how many people convince you, you really don’t need at the hospital, either because the hospital provides it or you could leave it at home until you return. Here we go:
And here are 3 items you DO need, that would be beneficial to have.
1. Your Own Pillow – Hospital pillows are fluffy and are great for having between your legs during labor but you definitely will notice a difference from the moment you first attempt to sleep. It’s bad enough that your lady bits are burning, you have a tiny human crying for reasons you’re unsure of, and a nurse constantly barges into your room and presses firmly on your abdomen causing pain you thought you were through with – trust me on this, bring your own pillow for a better night’s rest. Those few hours you can sleep will be heavenly. In case you have a love-hate relationship with your current pillow, might I make a suggestion – have you heard of the My Pillow? Also, PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to bring COLORED pillowcases, As tempting as it is to bring a white pillowcase, it could get confused with the hospital’s pillows, and you could accidentally forget to take it home with you.
2. A Nursing Pillow – I thought using hospital pillows to prop the baby up would be sufficient, but I wish I had brought my own nursing pillow so the lactation specialist could show me how to properly position the baby on it for comfortable nursing. Instead, I went home with sore arms and a sore back from slouching in order to accommodate a baby who sank into the pillow each time I tried to nurse. I prefer the My Brest Friend pillow, works great as a positioner, has a slight indent to keep baby’s head propped up, and promotes good posture.3. Go-aheads and Slippers – This one is for the clean conscious mommies out there who realize how dirty the hospital floors and bathrooms actually are. It may appear clean and shiny, but don’t be deceived. Chances are, a dozen moms have leaked onto that same floor and who knows when the last time it was mopped thoroughly. Please do yourself a favor and never be barefoot in any hospital, no matter where you are. Hospital floors are also freezing cold, so cozy socks with non-slip soles are heavenly. Wear slippers if you plan on walking around while in labor or after birthing. You won’t stay in your bed all day – the nurses are most likely going to have you walk up and down the halls to promote faster healing. A pair of slippers will help your feet stay comfortable for this. Go-aheads, or flip flops, are great for using while showering. I’ve been to hospitals where I had my own bathroom and one where I had to share a bathroom with 6 other women. I did NOT want my feet touching the same shower floor that other people were leaking onto. Call it OCD or whatever, but we all have enough problems to worry about in our lives, so pack up the lightest, cheapest pair of “chanclas” you own and you’ll be grateful you did!
I hope this helps. There are so many wonderful things to have at the hospital with you, but at the end of that day, it’s all just “stuff.” The most important things to have with you are your birthing partner, your loved ones surrounding you, and of course, that little bundle of joy in your arms that’s yours to keep forever. Congratulations, mama!
While I didn’t think it was possible, this cake from Lemon-sugar literally did put me into labor. There I was, at 38 weeks pregnant, feeling miserable and uncomfortable, hoping that our baby would be born before New Years since our insurance deductible and out-of-pocket max was 100% met and our little girl would be a nice tax break for us (let’s be real, I’m sure any mom would do the same). I started Googling non-tantalizing ways to induce labor, when I came across this labor-inducing lemon cupcake recipe! I was surprised that it seemed so easy (and tasty!), it didn’t involve consuming 7 pineapple cores, drinking a nasty tea or downing a shot of castor oil (which could result in explosive diarrhea during labor), so how could self-inducing labor seem so sweet?
I’ll tell you. The secret may have been the labor process and not the actual consuming of the lemon cake. This recipe took me about 3 hours to make. It involved standing for long periods of time, inhaling citrusy deliciousness, and LOTS of zesting, juicing, and slicing of lemons!!! My intention was to make this as a cake, eat a few slices, and hopefully go into labor within a few days, but not even 5 minutes after I finished frosting the cake, I felt a GUSH and realized my water had broken. I didn’t even get to try the cake! This was Saturday at about 3:30pm.
It was all a blur from there. My husband, being the trooper that he is, scrambled through the house packing up his suitcase and arranging for our toddler to be watched while I sat on the toilet, anxiously wondering if the baby was going to come out right then and there. I’ve watched too many Youtube labor videos haha.
We finally arrived at the hospital about half an hour later, and the nurse confirmed that my water had broken, and I was induced from there (Pitocin is of the devil, seriously) and our little girl was born on Sunday morning just before 7am!
So here’s the recipe that started it all. It was originally designed to make 6-12 cupcakes, but I halved the recipe and made this small cake with it instead, which is the recipe shared below. For safety purposes, I do not recommend making this recipe prior to 38 weeks gestationally. Best of luck and let me know how it goes!