Today I took Wyatt to the Mid South Live Steamers meet up in Columbia,TN. It was amazing! My son is absolutely obsessed with trains so this was a perfect event for us. They have tons of mini track laid in the park and all the generous people that build and operate the trains as a hobby let the public go for a ride. If you get there early be ready with distractions for your toddler. Wyatt was at Def Con 5 by the time we reached the front of the line in about 45 minutes. Then we had a pleasant 5-10 minute ride over and under bridges, past the train yard with all the extra trains set up, there was even a tunnel! The event is free but you can donate to help support them, they also had a food truck and amazing playground! This group holds 4 events per year and we will be attending them all from now on! You can check them out here.
Here's the how to. I got everything I needed for this project off of amazon.com except the essential oils which I purchased straight from my trusted wholesale supplier. You will need
1. Cut the soap base into small blocks and melt them in the double boiler
2. Separate melted base into however many different colors and scents you want. I did 3 different soaps and used jam jars to separate them. Now you need to work fast!
3. Stir in coloring and any scent you want to each container. I had mine in ball jam jars and ended up putting lids on them and rolling/shaking them to get the color even. I used about 15 drops of dye and 15 drops of essential oil to each jam jar. This is also when I added my whole oats for my Lavender soap, just a handful was plenty. If you arn't quick enough the soap will start to harden and you will need to microwave it for a few seconds.
4. Pour your soap into the molds and let it set overnight. When you pour try not to overflow each mold, it will be fine if you do, but if you get it perfectly full they look better. They will pop right out when you are ready to take them out.
Easy right? I suck at crafty stuff like this and it turned out great so give it a try!
Yes, that is the back of our toilet. That stack of folded cloth is what most people refer to as Family Cloth. If you are looking to cut down on some of your reoccurring expenses this is definitely something to pay attention to. Think about how much money you spend on toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, & disposable cleaning rags. The list goes on and on, not to mention the environmental impact. Our country is obsessed with disposable products, but you don't have to be. At our house we have paper towels and toilet paper on hand, mostly for guests. But we like to reuse things like old t-shirts or wash cloths in place of all those disposable paper products. It was really a no brainer for us because we were already using cloth diapers and wipes for our son. All you do is put a stack of any type of cloth near your toilet. It can be old t-shirts that you cut up, wash cloths, or you can take any material and make wipes out of whatever you want. Then instead of using toilet paper, you just use the wipes instead. After use, you just put soiled wipes in a wet bag that should be stored near the toilet and throw the wipes in with your towels whenever you do the wash. Easy right? Same thing with napkins and paper towels. My advice is to keep your extra cloth rags/wipes/towels on hand where they are easy to see, and easy to remember to use. It's cheaper, & the cloth works a lot better than paper products anyway! Quick tip. Don't add fabric softeners or use too much detergent on the cloth since it will make it way less absorbent! If you need wash tips let me know and I will be happy to help you!
First blog post ever! We love our city home, being close to everything in town, and not having to drive far for work, or play time. While sometimes we both dream of being 100 miles away from the next person, that dream just isn't practical for us. It would not only be a ton more work to manage, it would also be very unhealthy for our mental state. Mike and I are both loner types that have to work very hard at connecting with other people. Who knows what we would be like if we weren't forced into it on a day to day basis. That's part of the reason for starting this page. We need to connect, our lives are better when we do. My husband likes to claim he hates bowling. He jokes that the night he proposed to me, he did it to get out of having to go bowling. As much as he complains and tries to get out of going. EVERY time we go he has so much fun! It's much like our issues with community and maintaining relationships with all the people we love. It seems so daunting when we are sitting at home alone in our alternate reality. But is so great when we really put the effort in. There are several things that have to happen though to actually survive living in a blur of houses and businesses. We have a fix for nature that must be sated. We go hiking all the time, and camping when we can. If you want to stay positive and sane with only a quarter acre of your own to roam, you really need to just be in the woods sometimes. It slows down everything and reminds you just how amazing this world was created to be. While we go on our own quite a bit, I love taking my son out with Hike it Baby Nashville. It sorta kills two birds with one stone. I can get my nature fix, and I can force myself out of my comfort zone and connect with other parents. There are so many great green spaces, trails and parks around Nashville. It's great we can take a 20 minute drive down the road and be in paradise! If any of you other city dwelling families are looking for that same fix, www.hikeitbaby.comhas hikes in many city's. It's a group that was started to get families out on the trails with their baby's. What an amazing group!