It’s that time again – with a larger family it seems like I am always doing laundry. I always chuckle when I read about folks with “laundry days” where they can bang out their laundry in an hour or two a week. I find myself needing to do one or two loads a day to keep up with the family’s needs. And to be honest I’m usually still overloaded with clothes and linens. If they aren’t dirty and piling up, they are clean and piling up, needing to be folded and sorted. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this problem though!
Here is my go-to laundry soap recipe.
(add 2-3 Tbsp to each load of laundry)
1 bar soap, finely grated (I typically use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender)
1 cup super washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup – 1 cup baking soda
I mix all together into a large jar and give a vigorous shake to combine well. I keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the jar.
I do not use dryer sheets (they contain animal fats) or wool dryer balls. But for a little added scent (though the lavender soap works quite well for this), I may put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on a scrap of flannel along with the clothes in the dryer.
I wanted to share a cookie I prepared recently. It’s super easy, and it stores well. Prep ahead and keep in the fridge until you are ready to bake.
We purchased a cottage on 1-acre in the woods of the Florida Panhandle three weeks ago. It’s a real fixer-upper, but each day we make a little more progress. The first week, running water was the biggest task. Some of the water pipes had cracked during the period the house sat uninhabited. The first few days, we would turn the water on just long enough to fill plastic tubs for washing and flushing.
Thankfully, we tackled that problem, and have functional plumbing now. This week, my husband rebuilt the hot water line so we could finally turn on the water heater. That’s right, for almost three weeks, I have had to heat water on the stove for washing dishes and bodies. The shower pipes leaked so we couldn’t use them for showering. And even if they hadn’t leaked, who wants to take a cold shower anyway?! So I used my large camping pot to heat water on the stove and lugged it into the shower, where we used a cup to pour water over us to wash. Very rugged, but it gets the job done.
Just yesterday we finalized the hot water pipe repairs and turned on the water heater. Thankfully, it works well and we’ve had hot water in the faucets. After a grueling day of plumbing repairs in the bathroom yesterday, our shower and bathroom faucets are now fully fuctional!!
Today was mostly spent on smaller tasks, but all add up to making this place our home. We finally put up a mailbox – I am sure the mailman will appreciate that! Mounting shelves, organizing the pantry, emptying the dining room so we can paint and redo the floors.
It’s certainly a change of pace for our family. We have a long way to go to get this place where we want it to be, but we also have a family that has needs. Each day we have to juggle the demands of children, dogs, schooling, day-to-day errands, all while taking on major home repairs and renovations.
Everyday I remind myself that it won’t always be this chaotic and messy. Soon enough our home and homestead will be in tip-top shape! In the meantime, I wake up each morning and smile because this life, even in this time of renovation and repairing, is exactly what we have wanted for years. We are blessed!
If you follow me on Instagram ( and I hope you do! – I share pictures and updates regularly there), you know my family has been camping for the past month. We have been bouncing around this idea of downsizing our home, getting some acreage, and living minimally for a couple of years now. We started putting this idea in motion a year ago when we packed up our house in Texas and put everything in storage. We put our house on the market, and we alternated between crashing at my parents’ house across the country and living in our empty house with no furniture. After our house sold, we thought we had found something that fit the bill for our next home. Smaller house, a larger lot, much cheaper sale price. In fact, twice we found something that seemed to fit the bill, and twice things fell apart.
September is Vegan Month of Food, or Vegan MoFo for short. Once again, I’m not really in a position to do much “from scratch” cooking – we are moving next week! So while I won’t be sharing any recipes on the blog until I have my new kitchen set up, I will be sharing pictures of our vegan food all month on Instagram.
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We’ve had a hectic year with selling our house and living somewhat as transients in Georgia while we figure our where our next home is going to be. We haven’t always gotten all of what I had planned (for school) done, but I think we’ve had a productive year.