snap, snap!

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My camera has arrived! I am so excited about this new adventure. Already I have learned so much about the elements that comprise a great photo and I am beyond excited to learn more. I am by no means striving to make photography a full-time job. I have no desire to own a photography business or pursue professional photo credibility. I am however, completely ecstatic about the possibility of being able to take professional quality pictures without a professional quality price. Woo!  Here’s a few of the pictures I have snapped over the past week… enjoy!

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Laundry Soap DIY

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Happy Sunday! I have had quite a few people ask me over the past couple of months what recipe I use for my homemade laundry soap. There are TONS of good liquid and dry recipes available online. When I first started looking into making my own soap, I remember being blown away by the volume of recipes available and the inconsistency in most of them. My recipe is loosely adapted from many others that I have found online.

Homemade Laundry Detergent 

Supplies Needed: 1 bar Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap (available in most local grocery stores), 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, a cheese grater, 1 large bowl to mix ingredients, measuring cups, an air tight container to store finished product, and a blender (not shown and optional).

#1. Grate as much of your soap bar into a large mixing bowl as possible. This takes a while and can be very tiring. I remember the first time I made my own soap I was extremely discourage at the amount of time it took to grate the entire bar of soap – but just keep pushing, it is all worth it in the end. The more times you make the soap, the faster you get each time. The batch I made for this DIY only took about 10 minutes to grate. #2. Once the soap has been grated, it should be a very fine texture. This is the texture of how the soap will be put into the washing machine, so big chunks are a no-go. #3. Measure out 1 full cup of grated soap. This should be close to the entire bar. #4. Measure 1/2 cup Borax, and 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. I prefer to use a blender to ensure that all ingredients get well-mixed. The first few times I made the soap I mixed them by hand, and haven’t found one process to work better than the other. I prefer the blender because it is far less labor intensive than mixing by hand. #5. Place detergent into an airtight container and store in laundry room for future use! Scoop out 2 full tablespoons of detergent per 1 full load of laundry. TADA! Simple as that. You can add in oils for more “fresh” scents in you are so inclined, but I have found that my laundry comes out smelling just fine after washing and drying with my DIY fabric softener sheets. It is incredible how quick this method of making detergent comes together and how ultimately inexpensive it is. The Fels-Naptha bars at the local grocery store run about 1.60/bar and the other two ingredients are anywhere from $2.50-$3.90 for a large box. I have made 4 batches of laundry detergent using the measurements above from 1 box of Borax and Super Washing Soda and there is still enough left in each for a few more batches. I would say that each round of detergent will do about 30 loads of laundry. Saving myself from math – I think it’s obvious that this an extremely nice savings. Plus, it’s fun, which is really what I’m all about.

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Have fun making your own laundry soap! I’m off to do a couple loads before dinner…

Photoshop, take #1

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Just some random shots from our honeymoon. I just got both sets of Totally Rad! Actions for Photoshop and I’ve been editing away at (old) pictures learning as much as I can before my new camera gets here! I’m excited about a new challenge and am very much looking forward to learning a new skill. Since finishing college I’ve been looking for ways to stimulate my brain… and I think I’ve found just the solution! 

 

I’m off to celebrate the first official “Spooky Friday” of the year. You might be asking yourself, “what’s ‘spooky Friday’?” It’s an unofficial holiday that we made up today. Here’s how it works: pick a day and go to as many scary spots as you can think of. We’ve heard a lots about Tony Capone’s burial site, the haunted mansion south of town, and (gasp!) the KKK cave around here. So we’re off. Spooky Friday. Full effect.  Wish us luck!! 

mail days

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. So sorry. Good intentions swarm my mind constantly, but, you know, sometimes when you share a computer with the mister (who is a totally techy, by the way) it becomes a little more difficult to find some solid one-on-one time with the Internet. And there’s only so much you can do in an iPhone post. 

Anyway. My mail days have been totally solid the past few days. Was that totally geeky? Totally solid. Oh hey, 2006, I didn’t see you there. 

 

ANYWAY. LOOK WHAT I’M GETTING IN THE MAIL SOON.

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I don’t think that I could be any more excited. I’ve had all-things camera on the brain, searching and searching for a super cute camera bag. I love this bag from JoTotes

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Eeeeep. Can’t wait!!