Real Food Challenge Day One
January 10, 2013, 3:59 am
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Remember how I said I was starting my real food challenge on Wednesday because I knew I would have to start it on an off day.  Well, my boss is out of work for the third week in a row so I ended up having to work today.  That changed my plans for me.  My original plan was:

Breakfast — Banana Pancakes (I was going to make them from scratch.  I’ve never even made not-from-scratch pancakes, but these looked so yummy!) That didn’t happen.  I had an apple and two teaspoons of peanut butter instead.

Lunch — Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with apples.  I stuck with that one.

Snack — Popcorn.  I stuck with this one as well.

Dinner — Slow cooker chicken and mashed potatoes.  I didn’t feel like getting up at 4:30am to start the chicken before work and wasn’t really hungry when I got in from work.  I ended up eating the rest of the popcorn I made earlier.

Snack — Granola bar.  I intend to eat this if I get hungry later.

Honestly, I’ve been full all day minus the stretch from breakfast to lunch.  Even after just one day I’m seeing how hard it is to eat healthy with my work schedule.  I normally work 2-10 and don’t get to leave for lunch.  I plan on making the slow cooker chicken tomorrow to use in my dinners for the next two days.

I’ll keep you guys updated as I continue with this challenge.


Review of “The No Mess No Fuss Method of Making DIY Laundry Detergent”
January 6, 2013, 10:35 pm
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This recipe originally comes from Wake Up World.  The recipe is as follows:

3 tablespoons Borax (such as Twenty Mule Team)
3 tablespoons Washing Soda (such as Arm & Hammer)
2 tablespoons Liquid Dish Soap (such as Dawn)
8 cups water – preferably filtered


Find yourself a 1/2 gallon container such as a clean juice bottle that has been repurposed.  Get out a funnel and add the borax and washing soda followed by 2 cups of boiling water.  Give it all a good shake until the powdered ingredients are dissolved.

Add the liquid dish soap and swish it around until the brew is well mixed.”

I first made this laundry detergent for a demonstrative speech I did for class.  I followed the directions exactly and used an old oxyclean container to store it in.  I LOVE it.  My husband is an industrial electrician so his clothes can be pretty dirty when he works.  This recipe works great.  If the load is particularly nasty I’ll add a little extra borax and/or washing soda, but for the most part this recipe works GREAT.

Now I know liquid dish soap isn’t all natural.  I’m not claiming this as one of my hippie brews.  This is more about saving money than anything for me.  I do feel comfortable saying it is better than the commercial stuff though because there isn’t any packaging waste.

DIY Lavender Sugar Scrub
January 5, 2013, 5:57 pm
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I have a mild obsession with lavender. I have for years.  I just find the scent to be so calming and clean.  You could use any essential oil or combination of oils that you like though.

2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup olive or mineral oil
1/8 cup liquid (melted) coconut oil
1/4 tsp lavender essential oil (or oil of your choice)

Let me know how you like this recipe if any of you try it out!  I’d love to hear about what different oil combinations you all use.

This could make a great gift idea.  Just add a little food coloring (if you want to make it colorful) or put it in a decorated glass jar.


I just came across this article: which explains the dangers of using mineral oil/baby oil.  This is the first time I’ve read such information.  It seems legit, but I’m also going to do some more research for my own person reasons.  I would recommend just using olive instead of mineral oil.  It may also be possible to just use coconut oil, but I’m not sure about that.  I’ve also heard of using canola oil in a sugar scrub, but canola oil contains GMOs so I would rather not use that.  I think I’ll just be sticking to light olive oil. 🙂