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I can’t believe it took me this long to make my own laundry detergent. I pinned this about 3 months ago and I’m just now getting around to making it. I am so excited about it that I had to share it with you all!

A little bit about me: I am FRUGAL. Sean may disagree on some things but for 99% of the time, FRUGAL is my middle name. Very rarely do I pay full price for anything. It has to be something pretty spectacular for me to pay full price. Like gasoline. When I shop deals online, I even shop the price of shipping. So when I found out that I could make my own laundry detergent for PENNIES and I would be ditching all the chemicals that are in the majority of store bought detergents, I was stoked. Now, when I was buying detergent in the past, I was buying the dye free and environmentally friendly soap. Not the cheapest stuff out there and I was buying a lot of it. My washer is constantly going, mostly with my workout clothes.

I have some pretty high expectations of my laundry detergent so I was kind of skeptical. I decided to test it out on Preston’s clothes first. I wasn’t too worried about botching his clothes. Everything looked great and smelled fresh. On to Kylie’s clothes. Same deal – bright, clean and fresh. Now comes the true test: my workout clothes and Sean’s soccer clothes. SCORE!

A word of advice if you decide to go this route. Do not wait until you are completely out of your current detergent before making your own! The “recipe” I use calls for Mrs. Meyers bar soap and you can’t buy that stuff anywhere! If anyone knows where I can find it in Austin, please let me know. I shopped around online and found the cheapest price for soap and shipping on Walgreen’s site. You can use any “natural” soap that you like, it doesn’t have to be Mrs. Meyers. I personally love the product so I knew I’d be happy with the scent. Let’s get to making some detergent!

Here is what you will need:
1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Soap. I used Lavender and Lemon Verbena.
Cheese grater – I used my microplane. Just make sure to wash it really well after!
Essential Oils (optional)

Mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 cup of the washing soda. Add in 2 cups of grated soap and mix well! If you are happy with the scent, you are done. I mixed up a big batch with the lemon soap and a smaller batch with the lavender soap. I like my laundry to smell really fresh so I added drops of lemon and lavender essential oils to each batch. If you so this step, mix it up really well with a fork to make sure you don’t have any little oil clumps. This adds an extra layer of scent. All you need to use is 1/4 – 1/2 cup per load. I experimented and I used closer to 1/2 a cup because I wash big loads. You can also add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar to your rinse cycle in place of your fabric softener!

Piece of cake! It works great, smells great and looks really cool in glass containers. Happy washing!

I strive to have some form of consistency in my life and the one thing that I can always count on is what I buy at the store. I love Costco. It has 95% of what I need so I do almost all of my shopping there. I hit HEB for coconut milk, bacon, lunch meat, veggies and fruit that I can’t find at Coscto. If you are not already a member of Costco, I highly recommend it. They carry organic meat, poultry, eggs and certain organic veggies and fruit when they are in season. The quality of veggies and fruit is really good. It may not all be organic but that’s ok. I’d love to be 100% organic but our budget doesn’t allow for it so I buy what I can. No matter what, I always buy organic eggs, chicken and ground beef. Any other cuts of meat I buy are lean like sirloin. If you do end up with a cut of meat that is not grass-fed, just cut off the extra fat and don’t stress about it.

Here are some pictures of what I buy on a normal trip to the store. Some other things that aren’t pictured that you can get for a great price at Costco are almond butter, olives, artichoke hearts, maple syrup and nuts.

Veggies! Avocadoes (super cheap!), organic salad mix, baby bella mushrooms, celery, baby cucumbers (I’m going to make my own pickles.), English cucumbers and kale salad. I also buy asparagus, red bell peppers and brussell sprouts.

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Protein! Rotisserie chicken, sirloin steak, organic eggs and organic ground beef. I also buy organic ground turkey and organic chicken thighs. They carry organic chicken breast but personally I think thighs have much more flavor.

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More protein! Sausage and Canadian bacon.

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Coconut oil. This giant jar is only $15.

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Pure Irish grass-fed butter. Once you taste this butter, you’ll never go back to the regular stuff.

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Chicken broth. Can’t beat this deal.

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Now for the non-Costco items. Coconut milk and creamer. Always buy unsweetened.

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Ostrim sticks. Little sticks of protein. These are the BEST go to snacks. I keep at least three of them in my purse or bag. We go through these like crazy so I order them in bulk from Amazon and it comes out to be about half of what you pay for them in the store. I order two kinds: the natural flavor which is a mix of ostrich and beef and the second on is a maple brown sugar turkey stick.

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And last but not least, supplements. Here’s what I am currently taking. I’ll be adding in Advocare protein shakes in a couple of weeks.

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That’s it! Happy fueling!

My new favorite drink.

Posted: August 7, 2012 in Recipes, Stuff I like

How I did not figure this out a long time ago, I’ll never know. I am a carbonation junkie. I can go on a Diet Coke binge like nobody’s business. My adult drink of choice is vodka, soda and a squeeze of lime. We can get into how much I love those in another post. I don’t know why I never thought to just take out the vodka part and then I’d have a nice refreshing, sparkling, carbonated drink without the booze. Genius!

Kylie actually talked me into buying La Croix. I tried it once a long time ago and thought it was awful. This time around I added fresh lime and half a pack of Stevia. It is so good and refreshing! Try it when you are craving something carbonated but don’t want to blow all the good you have done on a soda.

Right now, I am sitting outside our RV in an amazing RV Resort right ON THE BEACH in Destin, Florida. We took a very much needed vacation with some really good friends of ours and their 7 year-old daughter. We left Austin on Saturday at about 9:30 am and stopped in Lafayette, LA. OMG – we meet the most awesome people at the KOA campground. We stayed up drinking wine until after midnight with our neighbors. We also had some AMAZING cajun food.

We hit the road at about 10am to head to Florida. This is my first time out of Texas heading East and the scenery was so beautiful. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything greener and the swamps and bayous are so cool. We made it to Destin at about 5pm on Sunday. Pulled into our spot and ran straight down to the beach. I’ve been to some really pretty beaches in Mexico and let me tell you, the sand and water on this beach is second to none. It’s like sugar! And it’s in my teeth!

My friend Rae that I am traveling with is also a client of mine and hooked on CrossFit. When you travel with a client, be prepared to work out! We brought mats, a resistance band, 4 empty sand bags and one 25lb kettle bell. We were going to bring medicine balls and more kettle bells but we didn’t want to add too much extra weight to the RV.

We did a super quick partner WOD this morning on the beach after we got everything set up. 100 American swings, 100 sumo deadlift high pulls and 100 situps. Tomorrow will be much harder with our sandbags!!!

Here’s an awesome list of WODs you can do on vacation without any equipment. Courtesy of CrossFit Round Rock – http://crossfitroundrocktx.com/travel-wods/

Here’s Rae killing it with the kettle bell!

2 things.

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Stuff I like

Two things that make me happy right now are my leg warmers and my Converse. I was a dancer when I was a kid and I loved my leg warmers. Loved the holes in them, loved that I could wear them to dance and with my outfit during the day. Child of the 80’s here. I was so happy when I saw them in stores again and even more excited when I could justify once again, wearing them. My garage is freezing in the morning so they definitely help out. As far as the Converse go, that goes back to the ugly brown shoes. Mymom still hates it that I wear Converse because there is absolutely no support. She is still in corrective shoe mode. I just love them because they are comfy, simple and pretty cool.

Now go enjoy the things that make you happy!