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Best DIY Laundry Detergent

Best DIY DetergentOk I know I was really excited about my first recipe for DIY laundry detergent, but unfortunately…it’s not gonna cut it. Well to be honest, it was good while it lasted, for regular soiled clothes, but the true test came when my daughters caught a vomiting virus a couple of weeks ago. I had to wash their sheets, blankets and clothes 2-3 times to get the smell out. Eww.

So I asked my sister which DIY detergent they used, and she told me about this one. I asked her if she thought it was strong enough to handle vomit and while she hasn’t experienced that personally, she did vouch for the fact that it works on her sons underwear, and that he poops his pants daily. Nice.

The recipe we used was from this blogger, and she has hundreds of comments about its success. You can check out the link if you are interested, and you can see how I made it below!

*My disclaimer is that this recipe does require more than my previous detergent, and is not as “natural”. However a plus side to this new recipe is that it only requires 1-2 tablespoons, yes tablespoons, per load. Pretty awesome, right? Making just one batch of this stuff could easily last you an entire YEAR! For less than $30! You just mix together the following:

Best DIY Detergent

Grate soap like cheese

(All of the items above can be found in the detergent aisle at Walmart except for the baking soda which is on the baking aisle)

I have washed about 10 loads with this DIY detergent and have no complaints thus far. I’ll let you know how I feel about it the next time we get sick. Let me know what you think of it too!

~Janna

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Essential Oils

I’m aware that essential oils are becoming quite popular, and I wanted to see what you think about them, and what you’ve heard. Recently I have learned about four different oils: lemon oil, peppermint oil, lavender, and on guard.

Lemon OilLemon oil can be used to cleanse your body (great for kidney stones) when mixed with water in a glass cup and consumed. It is very important not to use a plastic cup because the lemon oil extracts the toxins which are in your body and can do the same thing to the plastic. Interesting, right?!?

Peppermint oil can be rubbed on your tummy if feeling nauseated or crampy.

Lavender oil is my favorite thing to use at night. I put a tiny amount of oil under my nose, and just a tinge on my tongue to help me fall asleep faster and to sleep deeper. It’s such a calming scent and it really helps me relax at the end of the day.

On GuardOn guard is a protective blend that I rub on the bottom of our feet, or I put a drop on the back of my hand and lick it off in an attempt to keep us healthy and immunities strong.

I know this may sound a little coo-coo but I have been trying these oils and I am enjoying them. Three people that I love and trust very much have separately informed me about essential oils, so there must be something to it, right? So what are your thoughts? Your experiences? I want to hear more and learn more, so please share!

~Janna

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Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas from the Frei family and the random spray nozzle in the background!

Merry Christmas from the Frei family and the random spray nozzle in the background!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! When this time of year rolls around, I always look forward to listening to Christmas songs on the radio, Pandora, or YouTube. I wanted to take a minute to share my top three four with you that really help me feel the Christmas spirit. (In no particular order)

 

First, this is my favorite rendition of “Go, Tell It On The Mountain” by Big Daddy Weave

Secondly, I think that “Mary Did You Know?” is such a beautiful song which means even more to me now that I am a mother. (How on earth did Mary bear and raise the son of God?!? Imagine the pressure. It is mind blowing!) Clay Aiken’s voice really exceeded my expectations on this track.

Third, I listen to this song all year round. I don’t think it’s exactly a Christmas song, but when I am listening to holiday music on Pandora, they throw it in from time to time. Now if you have ever underestimated Justin Beiber, take a couple minutes to listen to his song titled, “Pray.” It is a very humbling and touching song that reminds us of others who have many more trials than us, and that we must pray for them. It’s a great message to be shared. Good job Justin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiHKoVEdUxw

Fourth, have you heard of the Piano Guys!?!? Oh my gosh they are crazy talented! Check out this fun video they did for “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n543eKIdbUI

Alright I know I said I was only going to share my top four Christmas songs, but here is a bonus track. My little Roo singing, “Christmas Bells” from our church’s children’s hymn book.

We wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

~Janna

 

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Baby Sign Language

It seems like ever since I saw the movie “Meet the Fockers”, baby sign language has been a hit. I knew that when I had my own children, I would have them signing too.

Before I became I stay-at-home-mom, (SAHM) I was a sign language interpreter for the public school system. I got my degree in interpreting, and went through the state to receive certification. It was fun while it lasted, but once I had our first child, I had a new passion.

baby Roo

For the first year of Roo’s life, I worked on average one day a week in an effort to keep up my signing skills and bring in extra money. But right after her first birthday, I got pregnant with Moo and we moved far from my old job, so I became a full time SAHM. It has been a huge blessing to our family and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to do what I do.

Anywho, back to the sign language! I started signing to my girls the day they were born and they both know several signs. There are many reasons why I do it, so I will name a few…

-Baby sign language reduces the child’s tendency to have outbursts/tantrums because they can tell you what they want

-Baby sign language encourages communication

-Baby sign language encourages coordination

-Baby sign language helps their speaking vocabulary later in life

(Children with Down syndrome or other disabilities can also benefit from signing if their speech is delayed)

Whether your baby is a newborn or a year old, it’s never too late to teach them signs. It can be a lot of fun for both of you and it provides a bonding experience for you and your child. Not to mention, it is super cute when your child uses their little hands to sign! Roo was just six months old when she signed “milk”. Precious, precious, precious.

baby Roo

There is a plethora of information on the web about baby signs and I am here too if you want more information about how to get started. Remember to use repetition, and eventually, baby will catch on. For example, at every meal or snack time, do the sign for “eat” and say the word aloud multiple times so baby can make the correlation.

When Roo was a baby, she LOVED the book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? It was a great book to use signs with because of all the repetition. Take a look at the video below and you will see what I mean. Also, at the end of the story I review a few of the signs for clarification purposes. (Please don’t judge me for my animal voices. Just making it more enjoyable for my girl.)

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