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DIY Lotion

Ok so I just realized I have gotten a little crazy with all the DIY stuff lately. But it has all worked out great, which is why I’m unstoppable, and I am here to tell you about DIY lotion!

Ischalyn with Moo & RooMy cute sister-in-law recently told me about coconut oil. She explained that if I whipped it up with my mixer, it would turn into lotion AND that it would double in size. Huh? That sounded WAY too easy. She suggested that I try it on Moo’s eczema since it was all natural and great for the skin. I figured it was definitely worth a shot since it would be cheaper than buying Moo’s prescription lotion or even her Aveeno baby. So I ended up with this jar of Spectrum Coconut Oil.

Spectrum Coconut Oil

When I opened the jar, the oil was surprisingly stiff and not very “oily” as I guessed it would be. But I went along with the plan. I spooned half of it into my mixing bowl, and mixed it for 7 minutes.

Whip it, whip it good!


When I was done, I plopped it into an old container and we use it daily. DIY Lotion- Coconut Oil


It does tend to be a little greasy but Moo’s skin soaks it right up. (Very similar to baby oil) It works just as well as other lotions for her eczema, and I have been putting it on her head at bed time and it has significantly helped her cradle cap.Moo is ready for bed


I hear there are lots of benefits to using coconut oil. Please share ideas with me in the comment section below!

*Also, does anyone know what causes eczema? No one in our family has it and I can only come up with one conclusion as to why Moo has it…Y’all ready for this?

Pregnant with Moo


That picture was taken the day before I went into labor with Moo. (I’m sure you’re thinking that I should be the one called, “Moo”) But I had an excessive amount of fluid during my pregnancy which is called Polyhydramnios. Now I’m no doctor, but did she get used to all the fluid and now her skin is constantly in search of moisturizer? Just a thought.


Moby Wrap Instructions

If you are looking for Moby Wrap instructions, then you’ve come to the right place.Hiking Diamond Head

I love my moby wrap. I have loved it since I coveted my sisters, prior to owning my own. Luckily my mom saw my jealous eye and gave me one for Christmas right after Moo was born. (Well either mom saw my jealous eye, or my sister informed her that I was constantly asking to borrow hers.)

We made it!When Roo was seven months old, my sister loaned me the moby to take on my trip to Hawaii. People were stopping me left and right to ask about the wrap and to see the cute cargo it held. I didn’t want to bring a bulky stroller and risk having it get damaged by the airline workers. So the moby wrap worked great and I took Roo everywhere in it. We hiked Diamond Head and when we got to the top, the cutest Asian tourist was so proud of me for what I accomplished with a baby strapped to me, that he kindly asked to take a picture of us on his iPhone. I loved how he asked me to, “Say cheeee!”

The next day when we went to tour the Polynesian Cultural Center, my dad was ready for a turn with Roo in the moby. How cute is that?

My dad & roo

Can I just sell you on it for a minute?

  • The Moby Wrap can be used for newborns, up until the baby reaches 30 lbs
  • There are a variety ways to “hold” the baby in the wrap
  • It is comfortable to wear 
  • The wrap promotes bonding with baby- even for dad’s, or eager relatives that want to hold baby
  • You can leave the bulky stroller in the car and forget about toting around a heavy car seat
  • It is great to use when shopping, especially if you have an older sibling with you that still sits in the shopping cart
  • It is perfect to use on adventures/tourist events/hiking
  • You can buy it here for less than the price of a stroller
  • It is easy to wash
  • It is easy to put on after watching my tutorial here 🙂                                                                                       At the zoo with Moo and Roo 

Packing List

I love lists. I love being organized and when it comes to traveling, there must be a packing list involved, if not several.

We love to travel, especially during the summer. We have a pop-up camper that we enjoy taking to the beach and to the lake. (If we aren’t going to be by the water, I have zero interest in glamping. Glamorous camping. Don’t judge me.) We also enjoy flying out west to visit family and friends.photo (95)

So when we are preparing for our rendezvous I use the following lists as references. I have an overnight list for myself that also works for my husband, and a list for my girls. If we are going to be glamping, I have a list of items that will be needed for the camper. There is also a list for beach items, and a plane/car ride list.Roo catching some Z's in the car

All you have to do is click on the link below for a printable version of my packing list. I hope these will help you feel more prepared for your upcoming adventures. If you notice that I may be forgetting something, or have some travel tips to share, please leave a comment below. I love your feedback!

PS- On the plane/car ride list, I mention Behavior Clips which you can find out more about here. Basically each person in the car gets a clip with their name on it and as long as they are making good choices and being sweet, their clip stays on the visor. Bad choices mean their clip comes down. Those who have their clip on the visor get a treat at the next stop!

Overnight List

Baby and Toddler Overnight List

Plane or Road Trip List

Beach and Lake List

Camper List

Cheap toys from yard sale


DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY laundry detergentThis DIY laundry detergent smells wonderful.
It is super easy to make. (Seriously. Writing this blog post took more time and energy.)
It costs about $1.40 to make 5 gallons. Yeah, you heard me.

Do you know what 5 gallons of Tide would cost you? About $75 according to Amazon prices. $75!!! I am horrible at math, (my sister got lucky with the math brain, not me) but even I can figure out that I would rather pay $1.40 instead of 75 big ones.

Are you convinced? Great. Here’s your shopping list.

Basically, the main ingredients (not the containers) will cost you about $17. You will have a lot of washing powder and borax left over, but do you know what you can do with it? Make dish detergent! I have been making my own for a while now and can’t believe I haven’t shared this info with you sooner. It works great! Now back to the original task at hand.

First, grab your bar of soap and a cheese grater.


I like to grate mine onto a medium size plate.

Grate soap on plate

When you’re done, there will be flakes all over your counter, but the kitchen will smell heavenly and your grated soap will look good enough to eat. Roo was totally fooled by the looks of this and asked if she could eat some cheese.

Grated soap-NOT cheese

Pour 4 cups of water into a medium sized pot, and add the soap. Melt together over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.

4 cups water + soap

While the soap mixture is melting down on the stove, put your 5 gallon bucket in your sink, and fill half way with hot water.

Fill 1/2 way with hot water

Don’t forget to stir!

Stir soapy water

Now measure 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and pour into your 5 gallon bucket.

1 cup Washing Soda

Next, measure 1/2 cup of Borax and add that to the bucket as well.

1/2 cup Borax

By now your stove top mixture should be frothy and all soap dissolved like this.

Frothy soapy water

Pour the melted soap mixture into bucket.

Add soapy water to bucket

Now, you are going to need a long stick of some sort to stir this up. The original blogger suggested a yard stick, but my hubs found me this PVC pipe from his workshop. It worked! Stir until everything is dissolved and mixed well. About 50-60 turns. Yes I counted.

Stirring stick

You are ready to fill up the bucket with more hot water and stir. (I filled up my soapy pot and poured it into the bucket so I could get all the soap that was left behind.)

Fill up with hot water

Ok so this is the hard part. I couldn’t lift the bucket out of the sink! I have recently started lifting weights with Jillian Michaels (via dvd) so I thought I could handle the bucket. Um, no. I needed my heavy duty hubby to help me. Next time, I will remove the bucket from the sink after filling it half way, and continue to use my soapy pot to transfer hot water from the sink to the bucket.

The detergent is ready to sit overnight with a lid on.

Put a lid on it

Tomorrow, I will fill up this water jug 1/2 soap and 1/2 water, and shake well.

water jug

For front load washers, use 1/4 C – 1/3 C per load. For top load washers, use 1/2-5/8 C per load. *Shake before using.*

Don’t forget to check out the original blog post where I found this great recipe. She talks about adding essential oil to the detergent and also about how this detergent is safe to use in HE machines. Plus she has over 60 comments with tons of positive feedback that THIS STUFF WORKS! Oh my and I forgot to mention, she has a recipe for DIY fabric softener. Who knew?

Also, I’m doing a giveaway! Two lucky people will win a bar of fels-naptha soap to jump start their DIY laundry detergent project! Just click the link below. Good luck!

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