Happy anniversary to my amazing husband Jim! We celebrated 9 years today. It’s another occasion to sit and reflect on how God has worked in our lives and how blessed we are. Almost a decade of incredible memories and a beautiful journey! A few years ago I posted a picture of Jim and I outside the Crawford County Courthouse (after picking up our marriage license) in Georgia. Here is that funny photo. Although reading back over my blog I had to laugh at my error because I said we were 22 and 24 when we got married. No, I was actually 21 (Jim was 24) that’s what happens when the years fly by, it’s hard to remember!:) We always go out to dinner to talk about our goals for the next year, prayers for our children and our family, etc. It’s also nice to remember where we came from. We struggled with a small Army PFC salary and my radio job but you know what? I wouldn’t trade or change any of it, not one bit. Our challenges have made us grateful along the way and it’s a great thing to build something with someone you love and although we aren’t there yet (lucky lotto ticket please hurry) Lol it’s a ride that I cherish every day. Happy anniversary Jim!:)
I also have to share this little thrifty tidbit. It’s how to make your own laundry detergent. Usually I run across things like this but my criteria for trying it usually eliminates most experiments like this. For instance it has to be relatively easy, quick, and something that doesn’t need a ton of ingredients, preparation or clean-up. So I was intrigued when I watched it because I think I could actually pull this off! It does teeter on the time-consuming side but not too much. Check it out and I will also post the ingredients below.
Make Your Own Laundry Soap! – For more funny movies, click here
How To Make You Own Laundry Detergent…
1 Bar of bath soap (I use Ivory)3/4 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
3/4 cup BoraxWater
Grate bar soap in pan with 6 cups of water. Melt on medium heat. After all the soap is completely melted add Super Washing Soda and Borax. Continue cooking until all is dissolved (about 3 minutes).
In a large container or bucket with a lid add 1 quart of hot water. Then, add the soap that should be all melted. Stir.Then, add another 1 1/2 gallons of water.Cover and leave set overnight. It will be a watery gel-like consistency.Use 1/2 cup per load.
We have been making this at my home for months. Now we make it for all of our extended family. We love the stuff. You can also stretch out your downy by using the using the following recipe:
Inexpensive Fabric Softener Recipes
Container of Name Brand Fabric Softener
4 Inexpensive sponges, cut in half
Pour entire container of softener into a 5 gallon bucket. Fill empty softener container with water twice. (2 parts water to 1 part softener) Add sponges to softener/water mixture. When ready to use wring out extra mixture from one sponge and add to the dryer as you would a dryer sheet.
I got the recipes from The Duggar family website