DIY laundry detergent

When I started looking into homesteading and what it looks like for my family, DIY cleaning products, soaps, detergent was the first thing I started looking into.

My sweet husbands skin gets irritated by laundry detergent and I have ezcuma so anything to help improve both of our skin was the first change I wanted to make. Through research, I learned there are a ton of different recipes, different soaps to use, so you use borax or no? Essential oils? Unscented/scented?

This is what I ended up doing and it’s so simple.

– 1/3-1/2 cup dr. B Castile soap. I bought the baby one since that’ll be the most sensitive for our skin.

⁃ 1/2 cup white vinegar

I bought a 1/3 and 1/2 cup measuring spoon that stays in the laundry room for this stuff only.

That’s it. The recipe I found, on the Dr.Bronners website, suggests the vinegar at the beginning of the rinse cycle but my washing machine has a special compartment for liquid softener, so I just put the vinegar in there!

Ive always preferred liquid detergent which is why I didn’t look into anything that was powder/dry.

This mix hasn’t caused any issues with either of our skins and his skin has cleared up since we made the switch! Who would have thought something made for cleaning our clothes could cause our bodies so many problems?!

The best part is that Dr.Bronners soap can be used for all kinds of different things! For more ways to use it, check out their website!


Planning an eco-friendly wedding

I’m going to be honest with you, I did 90% of my own wedding planning myself. I didn’t hire a planner or a full coordinator because I had an idea in mind and new I could figure it out myself. But I did hire a day of coordinator to help with all the details that day like keeping us on schedule, dealing with the vendors, cleaning up, collecting gifts and cards to put in my car, etc.

One of the changes I’ve been working on as a soon to be new wife was how can our money go further, but how can we be more sustainable in the process, even when it comes to the wedding?

Dishes: Our appetizer and dinner plates were all eco-friendly, made from 100% Natural Sugarcane. How cool is that?? I had looked into renting beautiful dishes, but that would have cost us $2,500. Instead we found these simple, elegant dishes that would work perfectly, while also being cautious of the environment. You can order them here.

Napkins: We bought cloth napkins for our guests and donated them to our wedding coordinator for her to rent out to future clients, instead of just tossing them. Plus they looked really beautiful in burgundy with gold silverware tucked inside.

Dessert Bar: We did a dessert bar for the reception. Instead of hiring a fancy bakery, we used our local grocery stores bakery instead to cut on costs. For the set up, we reused all of the items my mom had created for the bridal shower. She’d made these beautiful 2 tier serving platters from plates and candle sticks she bought at the Dollar Store and had other plates and trays that we took advantage of as well.

Guest book: We wanted a guest book that would be useful, rather than something that would hang on the wall. We ended up ordering a giant custom Jenga set for people to leave a note on, so they could help us build our love. ♥️ it’ll be great to have for tailgates, backyard bbqs or just hanging out with our kids in the future. Plus, every time we use it we’ll be reminded of all the love from friends and family!

For my bridal shower, my mom also purchased us a beautiful Bible with our names on the cover. She has guests highlight their favorite verse and sign their name. We used that as a guest book as well so we can look back on those scriptures!

Decor: Our ceremony decor consisted of on a cream chandelier that we rented from the venue. I wanted super simple. Nothing to take away or distract our guests, but also to highlight to beautiful backdrop. We got married under a massive and stunning oak tree and I felt she was a star of the decor. Nothing additional or unnecessary fluff was going to make her any more beautiful.

Our reception was SUPER simple. We rented farmhouse tables from our venue, which thankfully don’t need much decoration since they’re beautiful on their own! I took the labels off of 40+ wine bottles that we’d saved or collected from my parents and friends to use on the tables. My mom added glitter to about half and our florist filled them all with flowers. We added gold candle votives as well for a change of dimension and a little romantic lighting. I was able to rent the majority of those from our florist and then purchased an additional 25 + the tea lights on amazon. We let all of the guests take home the wine bottles with flowers so they could continue to enjoy them at home and hopefully reuse the bottles!!

How did you incorporate being conscious and eco-friendly into your wedding?


How we will save $1,200/year by making ONE change.

I’ve had gel or dipped nails for over 5 years now. and now that were getting super strict about our budget, I’ve decided that my manicure needs to go as well.
 
 
If you asked me 6 months ago if id ever volunteer to give up my manicure, i’d say absolutely not. Actually, Stephen and I had a long discussion about this one night and I had put my foot down that our budget WOULD allow the room for me to get my nails done every other week.
 
 
I’ve lived INCREDIBLY comfortable while being broke, trying to keep up with what I felt was the demands of the world only to find out it was really just the devil’s influence.
 
 
Stephen has been incredible about calling my debt OUR debt, and that we’ll tackle it together. My debt is causing him to give up a lot, and i’ve decided this is one thing I can do to show him how serious I am, but also how much I appreciate the sacrifices that he’s making.
 
To give you an idea of how I got to a debt number of $40,000+:
 
I went to Ireland, Cabo and Jamaica all on a credit card.
I bought a new laptop I really didn’t need.
I furnished my new home – living room, dinning room and master bedroom.
I purchased appliances for my new home – Refrigerator, Washer and Dryer.
I spent thousands of dollars on Lululemon to stay with what was trendy and popular…like the rest of the world.
I bought a Peloton bike I didn’t need…which has now been sold to pay down debt.
 
Honestly, those are only the things I can quickly think of.
 
Some things on my card I couldn’t avoid. I had a bad crack on my windshield that had to get replaced…$500 repair. My turbo in my VW needed to be replaced…that was $3,000. I didn’t have the cash this year to pay my taxes, so I put another $1,000 on my credit card.
 
But now, as a penalty, not a punishment because its the right, adult decision to make, i’m choosing to give up my manicures. Right now i’m spending $53 every other week…That’s $106 a month, for 5 years, which equals out to over $6,000 I’ve spent on manicures…and that’s just manicures. With that realization, I’ve decided I’m enjoying my last manicure right now.
Because I know my nails are going to be a disaster, I did some research on how to repair and strengthen my nails! These’s are the products I purchased:
 
  • Butter London Horse Power Nail Rescue Basecoat – The reviews on this product are really good and lots are from women who had gel nails and were trying to repair as well!
  • Hard As Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream – I LOVE to buy products that are listed as #1 Best Sellers on Amazon, and this product is one of those. With over 1,300 reviews, i’m hopeful that the results are as wonderful as the reviews make it seem! The description says that it prevents splits, peels, chips and cracks even in the most severe case. I haven’t seen what’s under my SNS dip polish yet, but i’m assuming i’m one of the severe cases.
  • Revlon CrazyShine Nail Buffer– Everything that i’ve read has said that besides keeping your nails trimmed and short, you also need to keep them buffed, so I bought this buffer to help keep them smooth and shiny.
  • Ella+Mila Soy Nail Polish Remover  – This is a soy based, acetone nail polish remover that contains lavender essential oils and Vitamins A, C, E oil. These ingredients promote healthy and moisturizing nails without drying out your skin or damaging your nails or cuticles.
  • Ella + Mila Love Collection – Stuck on You polish – I know that it’ll be tough for me to not have any color on my nails, so I decided to get a pale pink to enjoy a few weeks after having naked nails. What I really like about the Ella + Mila brand is that they are vegan and animal cruelty free, while also not containing 7 common chemical: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DiButyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP) and Xylene.
 
 
I have another week and a half or so to enjoy this mani, so i’ll keep you posted on how the healing goes after the removal!