Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One Excited Momma

I am so proud of little Savvy! We have been working on these little sight words for a few days and she is learning them so well!! We need to work on the 3 letter words a little more but she has learned the 2 letter ones so quick!!! (I just wish I could get Judah to sit down and learn something haha)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Homemade Laundry Soap-Yay? or Nay?

I am really sorry for anyone who really loves using homemade laundry soap. 
But I unfortunately have to give it a "Nay" review after having tried it myself.

I was very very excited to make my own laundry soap
not only do I save a HUGE amount 
But I felt very accomplished and oh so domestic making it myself.

The process to make it was really easy
Simple ingredients.
Simple instructions.


I extremely enjoyed every time I used my laundry soap.
I dumped that scoop into my laundry machine 
Congratulating myself for how frugal and clever I was.

At first it seemed like a great 
laundry relationship. 
I was even looking forward to making my second batch
in a few months time.

Sadly as time passed in the 6 months of using the soap
my excitement started to dim.
I noticed it first with Judah's clothes.
It took me a couple weeks to figure out where it was coming from
A very distinct, stinky, stinky, smell. 
I couldn't believe how stinky his clothes were.
I realize that some people started adding the Downy Unstoppables to their recipes
but that would just mask the stinkiness it doesn't CLEAN it.
I couldn't tell with the rest of our clothes the same way I could with Judah's 
but then again the rest of us don't get as dirty as he does : ).

I begrudgingly went to the store and bought my regular laundry detergent again,
crying a little inside at the price when it rang up at the register.
I took it home and ran a load through the machines.

When I took the clothes out I was shocked at the difference! 
It was like freshness knocking me off my feet. 
I could even feel a difference in the touch of my clothes.

This is my review of homemade laundry soap. 
I am sad to have to go back to the pricey stuff but happy to have clean clothes.

Monday, January 28, 2013

1st Corinthians 13 For Moms

1st Corinthians 13 for Moms
life with jack
by KatieLoveland

If my child speaks in the tongues of men or of angels, masters sign language at six months and Spanish and Mandrin Chinese by six years, but does not learn to love, she is only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If he has the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge-ABCs at a year, reading by two, writing chapter books in Kindergarten-but does not have love, he is nothing. If I volunteer for every mommy ministry-MOPS, AWANA, Sunday School, and if I give all I possess to the poor (or at least bring loads of groceries to the foodbank), but do not have love, I gain nothing. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy other mother's lifestyle choices or possessions, it does not boast in the areas of my children’s natural strengths (while covering for their faults), it is not proud of the way my child potty trained before your child. It does not dishonor others by insisting that my method of parenting is the best, it is not self-seeking-hoping that you’ll notice how smart, talented or well rounded I am raising my child to be. It is not easily angered by perceived slights or misjudgments, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth that all of parenting is fueled and driven by God’s grace. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails-even where I have fallen painfully short of God’s best for my children. But where there are competitions to see whose body bounces back best after childbirth, they will cease; where there are verbal fights over the correct methods of discipline, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge about the best way to feed and clothe and nurture a child, it will pass away. For we know in part and we parent incompletely, but when they are fully grown, what we thought we knew about raising our children will disappear. When I was a new parent, I thought, spoke and reasoned with immaturity and without grace. As my children grew, I asked God to give me the wisdom to put these childish ways behind me. For now we see our children’s future as only a reflection as in a mirror; one day we will behold their adults selves face to face. Now I know in part; then we shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

I loved reading this adaptation of the 13th chapter in Corin. It is so easy to get caught up in the competition of parenting which shouldn't even exist. I try really hard to keep the attitude that every child is different and that there are many right ways of parenting..and yet sometimes I forget. I know that we all want to do our best. We each have different strengths. Someone could point out somewhere in each of us that we are not particularly the best at in our parenting ability. We will never be perfect parents, it is okay that we will struggle sometimes. Over all we are here to help and understand

Sav checking on my skills....

Hersheys, smart move!

Savvy's hair

This is Savannah's hair today. and I love it.
 Glenn thinks it is a little big and he may be right but I am in love with the big curly hair on a little girl!

Not quite winter-like here...

I know you Utahns are jealous of our weather ; )