October in Review at frazzled JOY {2017}

I’m seriously still wrapping my head around the fact that it’s November. September and October just flew by. We were super busy with kid activities and we tried our best to fit in a project here and there. Things have kind of been all over the place lately!! I have definitely been a little frazzled. But, all these things that keep me busy, bring me so much JOY so I can’t complain.
October in Review at frazzled JOY {2017}
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Positivity Jar

Hey there friends! How ya doin?? Life has been kind of crazy around here lately. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been a bit frazzled lately. Sometimes life can steal your joy. Am I right?? We are in one of those cycles of all the annoying and frustrating things happening. One right after the other. We keep bobbing to the top, just to get pushed back down again. It has been very difficult to stay positive. But, I know that this is just what the enemy wants. So, I decided to be proactive.
A positivity jar is a great way to keep your focus on the positive things.
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Home Made Cleaning Products

About a year ago I got fed up with spending big bucks on cleaning products.  It seemed ridiculous!!  And, then thanks to pinterest I discovered I could make my own at a fraction of the cost!!
 
So, I gathered together the simple ingredients and started with a few simple things.  

 

 

I wanted an all-purpose cleaner that I could use on most surfaces.  I also needed a glass cleaner, and something to cut through grease in the kitchen.  
 
These are still the basics that I use now and have found that they work as well if not better for much less.  I have tweaked these to serve my taste but definitely check the links below with the recipes for other cleanser recipes you might be interested in.

 

 

2 Cups water
1/4 Cup castile soap (mine is Peppermint which I love the smell of)


All-Purpose Cleaner (Watch out for a reaction! It will bubble a lot.)
3 Tablespoons vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon washing soda
1/2 Teaspoon castile soap
2 Cups hot water
 
 
Glass Cleaner
Half Vinegar
Half Water
A few drops of castile soap (optional – to cut the smell of the vinegar)
Also, check out my pinterest board for other ideas.  There are many variations of each cleanser out there in blog-land, so you should be able to find what meets your needs and your tastes.  
 
I also was determined to find an alternative laundry detergent, because with a family of 6, I felt like I was washing my money down the drain every week.  The laundry detergent recipe originally came from The Duggars.  (If anybody knows how to save money with laundry it would be Michelle Duggar!!)  However this site has an awesome step by step tutorial along with the recipe.  I love the laundry detergent, and again it works as well or better than the store bought for MUCH LESS and I have a new HE washer and have had no problems – very few suds with this soap.
Here are the ingredients that go into the liquid laundry detergent:
  • Borax
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
  • Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • 10 gallon milk jugs (or other containers) that have been cleaned and rinsed (the concentrate will disperse more evenly if you go ahead and divide it up.
You will not use ALL of anything except the Fels-Naptha Soap Bar.  Also, I divided the recipe in half because I didn’t have room to store ten gallons, and five gallons lasts me 4-6 months.  

 

Hope you find something you like to help you save some money$$!!
Linking up with Carmel at Our Fifth House.  Check out lots of other helpful cleaning tips!!

 

Also linking up at Living Well Spending Less
Thrifty Thursday Linky Party at LivingWellSpendingLess.com!

 

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Valentine’s Day Dinner {Fun Family Tradition}

A few years back a friend of mine shared with me one of their family traditions.  She told me that once they had kids they stopped going out for Valentine’s Day, but rather spent Valentine’s evening at home with the family.  But, she made it special.  She got out the good china, and crystal and silver.  She made the table up fancy and had everyone ‘get dressed’ for dinner.  I loved this idea and started doing it myself.  We don’t go to a lot of fancy dinners or even nice dinners with the whole family, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to teach the kids how to behave in these situations.  Because baseball season has begun, we had our dinner a day late last night.  

 

 

This year I decided to not drag out my china.  I wanted to use my red chargers, so I decided to purchase some plain white plates from the dollar store.  These goblets are from the dollar store as well – this way if something gets broken it’s no big deal.  

 

 

The rest of the decorations cost all of $5.  Tissue paper poms hung from the ceiling fan.  

 

The vases are filled with shiny basket filler, and a candle. 
 I cut a heart from felt for the center of each plate.  

 

Simple but festive.  🙂  Have a great weekend!!
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