Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Review

Today I am doing what I hope is the first of many reviews. If you are like me, I love the idea of making my own cleaning supplies. Not only is it more natural, but it saves money on your budget. However I find it a little daunting when delving into the cyber world trying to find recipes to make things myself. You never know if  the recipe will actually work and if you are like me, I hate wasting time and money. So here I have tried a recipe from www.choosingsimplicty.blogspot.com for homemade liquid dishwasher soap. For the recipe click here http://choosingsimplicity.blogspot.com/2012/01/choosing-simplicity-homemade-liquid.html

I have to admit that I have nothing bad to say about this recipe. I’ve been using it for about a week and a half now with success. I can’t tell the difference between it and store bought dishwasher detergent. I’ve tried several recipes in the past, most of them a powder version. It didn’t get my dishes very clean and honestly left a gritty film on them. This one is the exception and I have not had a problem with that in my dishwasher.  Now the only tip that I can give is: if you have hard water add lemon juice and salt to the mixture. I got this helpful tip from my friend Michele at www.seriouslythatsmylife.blogspot.com .

I don’t have hard water, but I do have an older dishwasher and adding these 2 things really helps. I added several tablespoons of salt and the juice of 3 lemons. Now don’t you dare throw out those lemon rinds! They have powerful anti-bacterial properties that can be used for other cleaning projects. Later this week I hope to post a collection of recipes that will show you how to utilize the awesome power of lemons!


D-Day is Coming!

So I have been busy and just generally worn out this pregnancy. So no posts from graftedvine….It’s all I can do to keep up with the kids, school, and the house. I want to get better about this as I love to write for an outlet. My due date is only 6 weeks away, so even though the school year is almost finished, it will soon be replaced with a newborn! I have done really well sticking to a gluten free diet with this pregnancy. I have had a couple cases of cross-contamination, which never really bothered me in the past. I also have for the most part been on a grain free diet, simply because I feel better without them. It has nothing to do with health benefits, etc. I just don’t like feeling as if I am carrying a brick in my stomach. Due to me following my body’s cues I have only gained 9 lbs total this pregnancy 🙂 I’m sure that number will go up as baby is in a growth spurt to put on weight these last few weeks. Despite my lack of weight gain, baby is right on target for her size.

She has been head down for the last 3 months, and is much lower that she was 2 weeks ago. Through much of the reading I’ve done she isn’t technically engaged, but I have been reassured that is normal for not being the 1st baby. 2nd+ babies tend to wait until just before or just as labor begins to drop completely.

Yes I keep saying “she” we are excited to be expecting our 2nd little girl! Andrew still dotes on my belly as it has grown. He pats her, gives her kisses, and tells her he loves her. Vivian has enjoyed listening to her heartbeat, watching/ feeling her move, and is super happy that she is finally getting a baby sister.

Our newest addition has already been creating some changes to our lives. We have decided to cloth diaper exclusively this time around. We tried with Andrew, but not knowing much I purchase some really expensive AIO diapers. While these were great, we couldn’t afford  to buy enough to make a go of it. Through friends and research I have decided to try again, this time using a wider variety that is much easier on the wallet. Since this blog is about faith and family, I want to focus on sharing the new things that I learn and do product reviews. Also I am getting ready to start my cooking marathon to have a stash of frozen meals. I will try to do these as recipe reviews as well, since most of them will not be ones I create. Hopefully that will be a help to those that are also expecting, or just have a hectic lifestyle.