Store Bought Mom to Homemade Mom

I am so honored and excited to share today’s guest post from a wonderful friend of mine.  She has been such a blessing in my life I couldn’t keep all her wisdom to myself.  I am so thrilled that she was willing to share with all my fabulous readers.  
 
Thank you for this opportunity to share with you how I have gone from a store bought mom to a homemade mom. Almost two years ago, I quit my full time job to become a homeschooling mom. I knew I would have to cut corners on our monthly spending. So I dove head first into couponing. I knew there had to be more I could save on, so I started researching homemade cleaning supplies. The money I saved by going homemade on those supplies was not the only plus, it had health benefits as well. Which for a mom of 3 with 1 having reacquiring health issues, it was a big plus. So I started with 4 easy recipes: glass cleaner, shower cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and an all-purpose cleaner. I used them daily and loved them! Was there more I could make and save on? Back to researching I went, then I found the recipe for dishwasher detergent and powder laundry soap. They both worked great! After months of using the homemade cleaners, I wondered what else could I make homemade? I made a list of our most bought and probably most expensive items. Then I set out to find recipes for those items. After I spent time reading blogs and Pinterest, I had found more homemade recipes! I have made and continue to make the following items homemade: Bisquick mix, Jiffy cornbread muffin mix, brownie mix, dry onion soup mix, dry ranch dressing, taco seasoning, brown gravy mix, chicken gravy mix, cream of chicken soup mix, cream of mushroom soup mix, and I have finally perfected my bread making!! I am always looking more ways to save my family money and more homemade recipes. The benefits have been: less money spent monthly, no added chemicals/preservatives, and they taste/clean better.
 
 
Patricia is a Christ follower, wife, and a homeschooling mom to 3 boys. She enjoys baking, crafts, spending time outdoors with family, and a good book.
 
 
Many thanks again to Patricia for stopping by to share with us how she ditched the processed, store bought stuff and went homemade.  What an inspiration!
 
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Extra Chore Rewards

I just had to share with you what I made for my daughter today before I head out for my 3 mile walk with my sister.  You know how some businesses give customers reward punch cards.  (Like buy 10 large coffees, get the 11th free.)  Well, I made one of those for my daughter…except, her’s is a chore card.  Each time she does extra chores, she gets a punch.  Once she gets 13 punches on her card she gets a free prize.  Her typical daily chores are to keep her room clean, make sure all dirty clothes are put in her hamper, make her bed, and to keep her stuff picked up around the house.  So anytime that she helps unload the dishwasher, or dusts, or sweeps, etc. she will get a punch on her chore card.

So I know what you are thinking now…what are the prizes?  Prizes are small and random.  It will be anything from a small toy I have in a special stash I keep, a trip to get an ice cream cone or an icee, or maybe a quarter or two for her piggy bank, a trip to the park, a spa day (at home) instead of school work, or maybe to play a board game instead of napping for a day.  It can…and will (for us) be random small things and gestures.  This is just a tangible way for us to show her how much we appreciate her hard work, and a way to teach her that when you work hard in life you are rewarded/capable of doing and getting things you want.  We try to emphasize the difference between wants and needs.  In our home we focus on getting what we need, and then if we can we get what we want.  If we can’t get what we want, we find a way to work to get it.

How does your family deal with chores?  Do you offer rewards, payment, etc?

Pin Test Results

The results are in!  I made the febreeze, and it is awesome!  Works great!  I give it 10 out of 10 and totally recommend you try it.  I also made the tub cleaner, and I would give it an 8 out of 10.  It does work, but I didn’t find it to work any better than the other products I’ve used (i.e. homemade soft scrub, bleach, etc.).  Now, you do have to keep in mind that we have really OLD tubs that just don’t look good.  The product works great on the day-to-day dirt that builds up over the week.  Another thing I wasn’t thrilled about was the smell.  Ick!  If you try this, I do NOT suggest using apple scented Dawn…I am still smelling that!

I hope my little version of pin testing helps you in your future cleaning endeavors!  Keep a look out for my next pin test.

 

God Bless and Have a Great Weekend!!

Pin Testing

I decided to try a few pins I found.  The first one is for a tub cleaner.  If you go to the link, you will find where I picked up this pin.  This lady tried this 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 dawn spray on her tub, and you can clearly see it worked.  I’m going to try it out on my tubs, which are really old and were in yucky shape when we moved in.  My tubs have never looked clean…we clean them, but it just never looks like it.  So hopefully this works for us!

Here is one for homemade febreeze!  I will be trying this one today as well!

I’ll report back later with results!

 

Have a blessed Friday!

P.S. – Don’t forget to pray for your husband!