Coconut Shampoo Bars

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For Christmas this year I decided that I wanted to make things for my friends and family instead of buying things and hoping they would like them.  Now don’t get me wrong I will never turn down wine, chocolate, or any geek paraphernalia (I do have Star Trek shirts and sweats on my Amazon wish list after all).  I’ve made lip balms and hand creams a number of times and everyones loved them.  What I have not made yet is soap or solid lotion bars, so I figured this was a good opportunity to try my hand at making them!

I have to admit that the idea of working with lye is a big part of why I’d never made soap before today.  And before you go any further please read this – Lye Safety Guide by Soap Queen – It is important that the proper measures be taken when handling a caustic material.  David is insisting I get a vinyl apron, better gloves, and full face shield before I go any further with my soap making.  That is what living with someone who is currently majoring in bio-chem is like.  😛

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It’s getting real…

David has officially taken care of the two utilities that we have to have in our names by the end of the week, both of which transfer to us on Friday. Also Friday we will be paying the first month of rent and getting the keys. I will do the walk-through Friday during the day, and David will be getting a rental truck after he gets off work. We plan on loading a few big things like our deep freeze and fridge. It will be 8 degrees overnight, so my fear of things melting is not an issue at all. 😛

Friday will also be our last night in this house as Saturday is the big move day.

Today I purged more things and set more things aside to be donated. I also took down all the stuff that was 3M’d the wall in the living room as well as the top of the bookcase. All that remains on the bookcase are 3 highly breakable items that need a little more protection than a clothes basket.

There is SO MUCH to do still.

The numbers since the last update are still triple digit, which isn’t bad considering I had a pretty full weekend.

Whiteboard count is 250 items.

My goal for tomorrow is to hit the halfway mark for the year…

1,186 items left to go // 828 items purged!!

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2014 in 2014 Update #3

Well, it looks like moving day is getting bumped up. I’m in no way upset by this obviously. David’s brother will be in town and able to help out the day after we get the keys. So that means we officially start the move a week from tomorrow.

This is me right about now…

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My purging is starting to kick into over drive now. Yesterday I had a cute 2 digit number on the whiteboard on the fridge. Tonight it’s a 3 digit number. I fully intend on having another 3 digit number day tomorrow too.

Before I get into specific numbers I must say that Nola went through her clothes and her toys and came back with 25 items for me. Since I know 9 year old do not relinquish personal property easily this is a proud mommy moment for me. It’s just one of many she’s been gracing me with lately, which I need to post about soon, because she’s seriously turning into an awesome girl with a damn good head on her shoulders.

Numbers…

Last time I was at 1,869 items left to go.

My white board count from the last few days is 433 items!

I guessed 200 on a large amount of items. I folded down the back seats in my van, and then filled 3/4 of it, though some was not mine, so I didn’t count that. I also likely underestimated when I cleaned out a tote of random bits. So it surely evens out, if I’m not actually shorting myself.  There was other stuff, like purging my cookbook shelf, Nola’s self regulated purging, and cleaning my bathroom.

1,436 items left to go // 578 items purged!

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Pardon me while I gloat…

Not unlike almost every single parent in the country keeping up on household tasks is an exercise in futility. I say almost because some people are either just too damn organized or they have paid help. I’m neither organized nor rich enough to have someone do my dishes, so that task is largely left to me. I am the stay at home parent, so unless I want to figure out how to cover rent with my good looks (lol) then dishes are mine.

I have never made it a secret that I generally loathe cleaning (see the “About” link). So when I really bust my ass cleaning I think I totally deserve a pat on the back. Four people make quite the mess. There’s 3 longer haired girls, 2 Rainbow Looms, 2 children who are bottomless pits and need a drop cloth to eat plus we live in a dusty desert… My floors are disgusting, dishes are always dirty, and my vacuum is sure to get clogged by rubber bands soon.

In an exceedingly rare moment around here I am totally caught up on dishes. I even “Fly Lady’d” my sink last night! I cleaned it out, and then dried it. The faucet leaks so one side is not so dry… But it’s empty!!!!!

And since I am more than willing to abide by the internet rule of “pictures or it didn’t happen”…..

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2014 in 2014 – Update #1

Sometimes getting side tracked is awesome. Like this afternoon… I was playing Diablo 2 (my Christmas present I got myself with my Amazon gift card one of the girls got me) and had to stop for a bathroom break. On my way back downstairs I for some unknown reason ended up in the girls bedroom. It’s a mess, well, it *was* a mess. It’s no longer a mess thanks to me getting sidetracked. Tomorrow I need to vacuum, but their bookcases and toy bins are organized as are the totes under their beds. I even put Sophia side of the closet in order!

Warning: The following pictures are taken with my iPad mini, while they will do in a pinch they are certainly NOT the quality I would typically post. It was 5 minutes until bed time and I was just grabbing quick snaps of it before the two little tornados wake up in the morning and undo all my work. 😉

The closet and "toy bin"

The closet and “toy bin, excuse the closet shelf, I didn’t get all of that done today.

Reading Area - 2 bookcases, 2 learning towers, 2 pillow mats, and a menagerie of stuffed animals.

Reading Area – 2 bookcases, 2 learning towers, 2 pillow mats, and a menagerie of stuffed animals.

The totes under the bed actually have all their lids, the shoe rack is organized, and the dresser isn't covered in paper!!

The totes under the bed actually have all their lids, the shoe rack is organized, and the dresser isn’t covered in paper!!

I’m just going to count all the trash removed as 12 items, because honestly I lost count with all the wrecked art projects and random small/broken toys.

I have 50 items, mostly books and old mittens and hats, set aside to donate.

I also cleaned up a few things downstairs this morning and tossed 13 items.

Total for today… 75!

Only 1,939 items left to go!

Tomorrow is another day to get things accomplished, and I’m kind of liking the neat and order that comes along with this decluttering.

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Imagine

David has 3 guitars. One electric that rarely comes out of the case, an inexpensive acoustic that he’s had since before we were together, and a Takamine acoustic guitar that he got last year (it was very much a splurge item that he’s been holding off nearly a decade to buy). Music is kind of a thing here. I fully admit I like it when he plays the intro to Tesla’s “Lovesong”, and just about any RHCP.

The same day he got his Takamine we got Nola a ukelele. It’s not been used much by her, actually David has used it far more. Nola has been wanting to do a myriad of things for “Community Gathering” (a monthly talent show of sorts) at school for some time now, and I have been telling her that she should really practice with her ukelele and get good. She finally told David she really wanted to have a lesson on her ukelele today. ❤

She's concentrating pretty hard...

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2013 in 2013

It’s been awhile since I updated about how my decluttering is going, and I’ll be honest for awhile it hit a standstill. A lot has been going on around here. First it was me who got sick, then Sophia, and just this weekend Nola got taken out by the same thing I had in January. I got quite a bit done awhile back before my parents came, and since then I’ve stalled. This past week I managed to get some more done, but I did not count exact items. 😦

I’m going to guess I threw away a good 100 items out of my bathroom. I hoard things I think I might use, but never actually do, like nail polish. My “nail” bin was likely the source of a good 1/3 of my bathroom “haul”.

I also cleaned off the kids bookcase (after I nearly broke it, causing all the books to crash to the floor). I donated 4 Bob Books sets – which are like 20+ books each! And then another decent stack along with them, so I’ll say 100 books. I took a few more to school on Friday, so I think my book donation to the school is like 105. I still have another pile to filter through and see if any are usable for school. O_o

I also finally got rid of my ratty sweat pants. David got rid of 2 very old t-shirts, and I gave 2 pairs of kid shorts and 2 kid tank tops to a friend.

So that’s another 212 items this past week!

My new total for the year is 754 already!

It doesn’t feel like much sometimes, but other times I can tell easily (like my bathroom). 🙂

Next up is taking down my collection of Cooking Light and Shape magazines. I’m going to clip the things I think are useful and then ditch the rest of the magazine. I also found that I can get digital copies of Cooking Light on my iPad, so I don’t even need to clip! I will not currently fess up as to how many magazines I will be getting rid of. That confession will come another time, when they have met their fate with the big green Waste Management bin. 😉

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Super Laundry Sauce

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I have been on a homemade laundry detergent kick lately, because face it, it’s a crapload cheaper than even the Costco laundry detergent. I’ve made liquid laundry soap in the past and liked it just fine. I also recently made another powder laundry detergent which we’ve liked just fine (side note, I used the yellow Purex Crystals in mine because I liked the smell way better). I decided on a whim to make the Super Laundry Sauce despite having nearly half of my Purex mix left.

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Menu Board

Pinterest strikes again. I saw Stephanie pin a menu board, and the description made me think “meh”, but at one point I finally clicked on it. The shopping list description was not really accurate at all from what I can tell, which was why I was not really interested. I have list making OCD. I don’t need help in that department. At all. I will stalk the stores a few days prior to grocery shopping to ensure I have the right prices, and then I make a spreadsheet.

I do have one problem though. Sticking to a menu plan. I manage to stick to it for a few days, and if I can get a week of actually following my menu plan I’d be shocked. Part of my problem is that I have my menu on my computer in a – prepare to be shocked – spreadsheet. David doesn’t creep around on here to find my menu plan. I’m glad he doesn’t because I don’t need him rolling his eyes at my always open SimCity Social window. 😛

Holy organization batman!

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