Thursday, May 30, 2013

DIY Laundry Detergent Gift

As I mentioned before, I am on a DIY detergent hunt.  Last week I made DIY Cleaning Products here.  And next I have made my own laudry soap.  In a right container, this would be another perfect hostess gift!

I have spent weeks looking for the right detergent.  It was very important for the detergent to clean well, smell really good, and be compatible with my HE washer.  I have taken a few recipes and combined them to make the best one for me.

This is the ingredients you will need:

  • Borax - 1
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soap-1
  • Zote Bar-1
  • Oxi Clean Powder-2
  • Purex Crystals-2  ( I wanted to it to smell really fresh)

Mixing the detergent is so easy!  The hardest part is grating the Zote bar.  I cheated and used one my processors. 

Once the bar is grated, get a large container and mix everything all together.  I used one of my large commercial mixing bowls.

This recipe is cheaper and better than normal detergent!  Everything cost me $20 and I will last me months!

I was able to fill up two containers.  The larger container is an old Kirkland's Laundry Pods, and the other bottle is the Purex Crystals container.  The smaller bottle will easily do 80 loads at 2 tbsp. per load.  For larger loads you would use 2-4 tbsp.  The container top is perfect to measure the detergent.  The second line is about 2 tbsp.

For my large container I saved the Oxy Clean scoop.  It is a perfect 2 Tbsp.

Another project marked off my list!   Have a great day!

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Klassy Kreations Clothing

I am excited to introduce to you a modest clothing seller.  Klassy Kreations Clothing is a small,  home based business that was started because of the need to find cute, modest skirts.  Today we are testing the water online to see if my mother in law (seamstress extraordinaire) would like to take it the web.

The skirts listed below are made and ready to ship.  The skirts, at this time, are only available in the sizes listed below.  All prices have shipping included. (Prices are introductory offers and can change in the future.)  Klassy Kreations prefers Paypal, but will discuss other options.   Please email questions to: notionsfromnonny at yahoo dot com or comment.

Dark Brown Ruffled Skirt
Size: Large
Hip: 42  Length: 27

Salmon with Black Polka Dots Ruffled Skirt
Size: Large
Hip: 42  Length: 37
(Can be trimmed to your length)

Black Ruffled Skirt
Size: Medium
Hip: 40  Length: 37
(Can be trimmed to your length)

Yellow Ruffled Skirt
Size: Small
Hip:38   Length: 37
(Can be trimmed to your length)

Taupe Small Pleats Skirt
Size: Large
Hip: 42  Length: 37
(Can be trimmed to your length)

Taupe Ruffled Skirt
Size: Small
Hip: 38  Length: 37
(Can be trimmed to your length)

Black with Grey trim Ruffled Skirt
Size: Large
Hip: 42  Length: 37
(Can be trimmed to your length)

Red Bubble Skirt
Size: XSmall
Hip: 34  Length: 33 1/2

Shipping is additional. One skirt typically costs $5.  All Skirts are first come, first served basis.  If skirt is not paid for within 24 hrs, skirt will go to the next buyer.  Thank you for stopping by!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May Cara Box Reveal

Cara Box

I was very excited to participate in the May Cara Box.  Who  doesn't like to receive something special in the mail? (I do, I do, I do!)

My wonderful partners were Amanda & Kelly.   (I sent Amanda a gift and Kelly sent me a gift.) 

I absolutely loved my gift! Thank you so much Kelly!!

She took the time to make coasters and a bow.  They are my favorite colors!

She also sent me two music CD's.  Her sister and brother in law made a CD that was very nice.  Also Kelly made a CD of her harp playing.  WOW! What  a talented family!

She also sent me a cute recipe holder with wonderful recipes included!! Yummy!

Kelly also sent me cute pink shoe laces and KT straps.  They are perfect for my new healthy journey!

I am really glad I participated!  Kelly and Amber are very sweet and I enjoyed getting to know them!  I also look forward to the next Cara Box.  This was very fun!!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Cleaning Products Gift

I have been wanting to try to make my own cleaning supplies and detergents for a long time.  I have spent weeks looking for the right solutions that work and also economical storage and labels.  

While getting this project together, I was excited how far the products go.  I had plenty left over to share.  This would be a perfect hostess, house warming, or a just because gift and very budget friendly.  

Malia at Yesterday Tuesday had great recipes and FREE labels.  I was really happy how well the solutions cleaned and her labels saved me a lot of time of having to create my own.  

I made three cleaning solutions: Window Cleaner, Mult-Surface Cleaner, & Tub & Shower Cleaners.

Window Cleaner:
white vinegar, blue generic brand dish soap and water.
Directions: Using a funnel, mix 1/3 cup of vinegar, 6 drops of blue dish soap and 3 ½ cups of water into a spray bottle.
Mult Surface Cleaner:
Borax, white vinegar, blue generic brand dish soap, orange essential oil, water.
Directions: Using a funnel, add 4 T of vinegar, 2 t of Borax, ¼ cup of dish soap, 2 cups of water and 8 drops of orange essential oil inside a spray bottle. Shake gently.
(I did not have essential oils, so I made it without it.  It smelled very clean.)
Tub & Shower Cleaner:
white vinegar, blue generic brand dish soap, and lemon-
eucalyptus essential oil.
Directions: 1. Warm 2 cups of vinegar in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Using a funnel, pout into spray bottle.
2. Add 2 ½ cups of blue generic brand dish soap. ( I used less because it wouldn't fit in bottle)
3. Add 12 drops (optional) of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil.
(Once again I didn't have oils, I used recipe without it)

Here is what you need to complete this gift basket:
  • Spray Bottles from Dollar Tree
  • Basket from Dollar Store
  • Ribbon from Michaels (I used 40 % off coupon from my Iphone app)
  • Labels were printed from my computer on regular paper
  • Mod Podge & Foam Brush

Yesterday Tuesday has several different labels to choose from.  I decided to go with the color ones.  To make the labels somewhat liquid proof, I put them on with Mod Podge.  Let the bottles dry overnight.

I was really pleased how the the bottles turned out.  I love the bright colors!

I didn't have it on hand, but when I give the gift to someone, I will wrap it with clear basket wrap.  

Now I have a fast and easy gift!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Remembering Memorial Day

I cannot let this day go by without remembering the soldiers that fought and are fighting for my freedoms.  I will never be able to repay them for their sacrifice and dedication. 

Thank you! 

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Sunday Sayings #9


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Friday, May 24, 2013

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

We just had a birthday and his favorite flavor is Oreo.  While planning his birthday dinner, I remembered an ice cream cake that my sister use to make for her kids.  It is was such a  treat and cheaper than Baskin Robins. (Do they even have those anymore?)

What you need:

  • 1- 1/2 Gallon of vanilla ice cream
  • 1- Package of Oreos
  • 1- Container of Cool Whip
  • 13 x 9 pan

    -As you prepare to make the cake, you will leave the vanilla ice cream out to soften.  
    -Take your pan and line it with Oreos. (I put whole, my mom puts crumbs)
    -Take the leftover Oreos and crush them with a rolling pin.
    -Now take your softened ice cream and stir the Oreos and Cool Whip.  Once combined, spread over cookies in pan.
    -Cover pan and put in freezer to reset.
It is that easy! You will have a yummy ice cake that will make the whole family happy!

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Snickers Cake in a Mug

When doing Weight Watchers in the past, they shared with us the fabulous, low calorie dessert, called Cake in a Mug.   I have tried many different variations and they all have been good.  Just recently Hungry Girl shared this variation; Snicker's Cake in a Mug.  It looked so scrumptious that I just had to try it!

Snickers Cake in a MugEntire recipe: 194 calories, 5g fat, 408mg sodium, 33.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 19.5g sugars, 4.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*MAKES 1 SERVING
3 tbsp. moist-style devil’s food cake mix
1 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
1/8 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. fat-free, low-fat, or light caramel dip (like the kinds by Marzetti)
1 tsp. chopped peanuts
1 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a microwave-safe mug sprayed with nonstick spray, combine cake mix, egg substitute, sour cream, and baking powder. Add 2 tbsp. water, and mix until uniform.

Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds, or until set.  (Do not over cook, it will make the cake very dry; my microwave required less time)

Immediately run a knife along the edges to help separate the cake from the mug. Firmly place a plate over the mug, and flip so that the plate is on the bottom. Gently shake mug to release cake onto the plate. 

Let cool completely, about 15 minutes.

Drizzle cake with caramel, and sprinkle with peanuts and chocolate chips!

A perfect low calorie treat for the chocolate lovers!!  Enjoy!

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A big thank you to Hungry Girl for sharing all of her yummy low calorie treats!
Recipe adapted from Hungry Girl Newsletter

Monday, May 13, 2013

May Chain Linky Climb

 For the first time I a co-hosting  God's Growing Garden Chain Linky!  Angie is a wonderful host and I am excited to be a part of this month's link!  Please stop by her blog and the many others.  There are some great blogs out there!

Last month's CLIMB was so much fun & I'd like to thank everyone who participated! -
You are all so talented & amazing!!

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