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Renovating / Re: Household recipes - cleaners etc
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:36:41 PM »
Thanks Tam, I have a really good book called Green Clean, it might give you all some ideas of how to live a life with many less chemicals.  I find most of them (like soda crystals for example) clean better than any chemical scrubber I can get from the supermarkets and I save a lot more money also.

I'm thinking Soda Crystals are the same thing or very similar as our Baking Soda. More ideas are always welcome!  ;D

Renovating / Re: Household recipes - cleaners etc
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:33:42 PM »
That's a neat idea.  I don't use liquid fabric softener but we use dryer sheets.  Making a reusable one from a wash cloth might save a lot of money.  I wonder what the cost difference is?  Any ideas?

It will depend on how expensive it is to buy the essential oils where you live. I need to drive an hour to the closest store that sells them, and they range in price from about $3 to $30 (Depends on scent and the difficulty in extracting it).

The other products are generally much less expensive than the store-bought Fabric softener. Here, you can buy a box of baking soda and a large jug of Vinegar, for less than half the cost of the least expensive Fabric softener.

Renovating / Household recipes - cleaners etc
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:23:46 AM »
I'm renovating a lifestyle and thought I'd post here.

How to save some money and change the way you buy.

First, Liquid Fabric softener.
Vinegar is the easiest solution, adding drops of essential oil for fragrance is optional.

Using essential oil means your clothes can smell as you want them to! If your family only has a bath before bed, then adding soothing Lavender for your towels, makes sense. If your family is the get up and go type, perhaps mint is more refreshing. Maybe its the smell of Lemon that makes you feel clean. Bergamot for men, or perhaps Vanilla is your fave.

I've seen a recipe that uses both Baking soda and vinegar. after they're carefully mixed (they will bubble, of course), add your essential oil for scent, then mix before using, as the baking soda will settle on the bottom. We have hard water, so I like this idea.

The last recipes I saw used Hair conditioner with the vinegar and baking soda, but I think that's too many chemicals for my comfort. Most hair conditioners, use oils that I wouldn't want staining my clothes.

I've never been huge on liquid fabric softener, myself. I prefer a dryer sheet. So I looked up those recipes too.

The absolute easiest, is to take a hand towel, or pieces of cotton, soak it in your liquid fabric softener recipe, wring and dry before using.

I don't know why it needs to be dry when its going in with wet laundry anyways. Maybe using a few drops on a washcloth before tossing it in the load would work too. I need to try this. I know a spray bottle won't work as the vinegar will stop the mechanisms from working.

If you just want to scent your clothing, you can simply add a few drops of essential oil to a cloth and toss in the dryer.

Coffee Break / Thank you, Admins, owners and Mods!
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:45:59 AM »
Thank you to everyone who helped clean up the site again!  :-*

I wish some people would get a life and not hack other sites!  >:(


The law and the News / Re: "When Taking Multiple Husbands Makes Sense"
« on: February 03, 2013, 07:56:59 AM »
That was a very interesting read! Thanks for sharing it!

Hobbies, entertainment, and music / Re: Books!
« on: January 02, 2013, 09:51:47 AM »
Oh! I do that too! I have Kobo and Microsoft reader on my laptop, and one awesome audio book website.
www.booksshouldbefree. com (minus the space).

I have several websites with children's audio books too.

There are NO Karoke places near us at all. :(

We are very ecclectic in our tastes of music.

Gas loves Blues and Rock. My daughter has about 20GBs of just about every genre except Jazz. (I don`t know why she doesn`t have Jazz, not intentional, I am sure)

I have more easy-listening stuff, but it ranges from music in the 40`s and 50`s, classical, Jazz, soft Pop, soft Rock, Country. International including African, Celtic and Didgeridoo. North American Native. Folk.

Then there is the Disney songs and kids songs too!

Hobbies, entertainment, and music / Re: Books!
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:05:58 AM »
Some of my fave modern authors include:
Diana Gabaldon
Jodi Picoult
R.A. Salvatore
Anne McCaffrey
Stephen R. Donaldson

Some of the old timers I like:
Alice B. Emerson (Her Ruth Fielding series, early 1900`s)
Tolkien (Lord of the Rings)
C.S. Lewis (Narnia)
Louis L`Amour (The Sacketts etc)
Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

And although not modern, not really old either... Earl Hamner jr. (Spencer`s Mountain... later known as the Walton`s)

News / Re: Happy New Year!!!!
« on: January 01, 2013, 10:51:42 AM »
Wishing everyone great Health; a little Wealth; Peace, Joy and Happiness in abundance!

Pregnancy, babies, breast and bottle feeding. / Re: Non Bio connections
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:52:51 PM »
During pregnancy a mother can:

Ask for a list of names... no promises... but its nice to consider them.

Share ultrasounds, have someone video/audio record an ultrasound, so the baby's heartbeat can be heard by everyone.

Let the Non-bio family know what the doctor says and when appointments are set for. Keep them informed.

When baby starts kicking... allow others to feel. (Not everyone is comfortable with this. While Mom might not even think about... Non-bio might be dying for the opportunity).

There are apps & programmes that follow a baby's progress in utero (I've seen this alot on Facebook! lol).

Choose a colour / theme for baby... so if they wish to make or buy something for the nursery, they can.

If someone sews... ask for quilt blocks. Either you can ask family to sign their names to a block, or actually make a block within a colour scheme. Sometimes, just sending their signature via the internet, it can be turned into a quilt block.

Have everyone give the baby some advice, or a fave saying or something and scrapbook it, along with their photo. Even goofy photos can make a fun baby book!

Have a plan for hospital. This may mean calling the Non-bio family on the way to the hospital... or waiting until after the baby is born, but ask what they'd prefer. Babies often do things unexpectedly, so make sure they know you will do your best to respect their wishes, but it may not be possible.

Practical Poly Advice / Re: Boring technical problems
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:40:33 AM »
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Practical Poly Advice / Re: Boring technical problems
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:38:00 AM »
I'm getting the same "internal error" message, once I hit enter. But then if I refresh the page... my message is there.

It's annoying... but at least my messages are getting on anyways. Unlike the spammer who is simply annoying! lol

Sisterwives / Re: Season 4... Housing
« on: November 30, 2012, 10:34:15 AM »
Hi Natja;

Your "madcap thought" is something I considered after..lol. I could see having the 4th property... but making it more like a community hall... big kitchen and living area where they could all get together in one space, for Birthdays or other celebrations.

I was thinking more of jealousy. I'm not a material girl in the sense of "Status", I just like what I like (I LOVE my Gadgets!). It never entered my head that type of connotation. Thanks for helping me to see another perspective. I wasn't putting any of them down... I just couldn't understand it.


Sisterwives / Season 4... Housing
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:37:37 PM »
1. Why didn't they buy an old apartment building and just do their own renovations? lol. A 4 storey walk-up with different wives on different floors... or depending on the size, a 2 storey walk-up with 2 wives per floor? And hey... if the building was big enough... they could even rent out some apartments, and live there for free!

2. Do you agree or disagree with the wives all having the same housing budget?

Personally, I don't agree.

It reminds me of when my older 2 children were young and wanted EXACTLY the same amount of juice, food, presents etc. As though if I gave a bit more to one, than I was "favoring" that one.

I resolved the kids issue by telling them if they wanted everything exact, then they would need to wear diapers like their brother. They'd all need to wear the large shirt and pants, since the small one wouldn't fit them. They'd need to drink out of baby bottles, until their brother could drink from a glass. They could only eat as much as their baby brother did, etc.

I helped them to realize that what one needed, they might not... so they each recieved EXACTLY what they needed. They are all loved the same, even if treated differently.

Am I off base here?

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