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September 28th, 2010

Green Your Clean: Make Your Own Laundry Soap by Jaime McKee

I had the privilege of meeting Jaime McKee IRL a few years ago at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. At the time, I was handling my husband’s PR and she was reviewing his concert. Several years later, we have reconnected via our blogs and Twitter. And although I don’t like running, or cats, I love her blog and her!

You can follow Jaime on her blog or on Twitter.

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For Christmas, I received two copies of “Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home.” (I gave one of the copies to a friend, since I missed the return deadline by a few days.) I had high hopes for this book. My mom has owned a copy for years, and has been making her own cleaning products since I was in college. I used to think she was a little weird for making her own cleaning products. I mean, it’s SO much easier to just buy stuff at the store.

Then my husband and I bought a house. I started realizing just how many chemicals were in our household products, and it made me sick. At times, I was literally sick. (Like the time I poured a bottle of bleach in our shower to try and clean it? Yeah. Had to open the windows for a few hours in the middle of winter to let that one air out. We’ve since figured out that a little bit of vinegar goes a long way – and is less harmful to our health.) My husband, in the past several years, has developed an allergy that we’ve tracked down to certain soaps. We started looking into alternatives for soaps, which led to alternatives for cleaning products.

I digress. Back to the book. I was really excited about this book, and it has different alternatives for making your own cleaning products, including laundry soap. The “recipe” for laundry detergent is:
1 part borax
1 part washing soda

That’s all there is to it. I had bought bars of washing soda in New York last summer, and I finally had the chance to use them. (Turns out, Ace Hardware sells the bars I was looking for in my town. Go figure.) I used a grater to grate the washing soda (we had it in bars, not the powder form), and then added borax to a container. I shook the container to mix it all, and I was done! To make things easier, and to reuse the measuring cup from our old bottle of detergent, I cleaned the cup and threw it into the container with the new laundry powder.

The best part about the laundry soap is that I don’t have to worry about touching it. I know what’s in there and I don’t have to stress out about it being on my hand after pouring it into the washer, or the cat getting into it (because she’s curious.) It’s natural. Our clothes are clean, and nobody has had an allergic reaction to the new soap. It also cost very little ($1 for a bar of washing soda, $4.29 for a box of borax on < a href="http://alice.com"> alice.comand we can make our own detergent when we run out. No more trips to Target on the other side of town to buy it.

We’re about three months into using our homemade laundry soap, and I am always wondering why we didn’t think of it sooner.

June 23rd, 2010

Designer on a Budget

If you are anything like me, you love designer duds for yourself, hubs, and kiddos. And if you’re anything like me you can’t afford them full-price, or even the so-called “sale” price. I have collected a list of sites that are top-notch for buying designer on a budget. All these sites feature sales of a particular brand or product for a set period of time. The popular products or sizes go fast, so signing up for the email list is essential to getting to the deals fast.

Without further ado:

FOR THE KIDDOS

FOR MOM & CHILD

FOR EVERYONE

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. This is a collection of sites that we use in real life and wanted to share our knowledge with our readers.
June 17th, 2010

gDiapers Deal

It’s no secret that I think gDiapers are the best diapers ever made! (I’m not even paid to say that.) So, I’m going to push them on you one more time (for now anyway).

1. They’re cute. I mean C-U-T-E. No worries if you don’t have a bloomer for under that dress – you won’t mind these showing underneath. Heck, you may even want to show off how adorably environmentally responsible your little is!
2. They’re biodegradable. In less than 60 days these dipes are back to mother Earth. Which leads to …
3. They’re compostable! Compost your wets to enrich your garden’s soil.
4. They’re flushable. Yes – that’s right! Flushable! No more stinky nursery.

And if that’s not enough, they just created flushable gWipes! Prefer cloth? No problem, they make those too.

And now through Sunday, June 20, 2010 save 20% with code gdad20.

Oh and one more thing: I have $2 off coupons for the first 20 people to comment. Go!

Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this post. As a fan of gDiapers, I have chosen to share my love by being a gMum. In doing so, I am provided with coupons to give away to people and stores. If you are interested in becoming a gMum or gDad, you can learn more here.

February 2nd, 2010

Kate Quinn Organics $10 Sale

One of my favorite organic clothing lines is Kate Quinn Organics. I got notice this morning that they are having this fabulous (and almost unheard of) sale! Don’t forget, you get 20% off your purchase when you use code hurriedhome20!

January 14th, 2010

My Parent Rewards Card: Giveaway

Who can’t afford to save a little money? In this economy, you’d be crazy not to take a discount when it comes your way! Enter the My Parent Rewards Card. With this one little card you can save money on dining out, shopping, sports activities, travel and more.With this one little card, you can save up to 50 percent!

Usually these puppies cost $20, but not today! I have 2 to give away … who wants one?

All you have to do is go to the My Parent Rewards website, type in your zip code, and tell me where you’re really excited about saving money!

1 bonus entry for each of the following:

  • Click on TOP MOMMY BLOG button to the left to vote for HurriedHomemaker.com
  • Follow me on TWITTER and tweet about this giveaway (must have 50+ followers) – 1 tweet/day
  • Follow me on GOOGLE Friend Connect
  • Subscribe to my blog via RSS feed

Contest will end on January 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM (EST). Two winners will be drawn via random.org. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email before another winner(s) is chosen.

Good luck my friends!

Hurried Homemaker was in no way compensated for this post – we did receive our own Rewards Card so that we could provide an honest review of the item prior to offering this giveaway.

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December 8th, 2009

Tackling Timely Cards a la Jack Cards

I am admittedly the WORST when it comes to greeting cards. I always remember at the last minute that I need to get one, rush to the store, and rush through picking out a paper card. This is not my idea of proper card giving, mind you, but after 2 children my mind isn’t what it once was. I have trouble remembering everything!

I pride myself on picking the perfect gift, but I always fall short on the card. Where are all those fantastic cards that perfectly complement that perfect gift? Where is that perfect card to send during tough times to a friend, graduation to a cousin, etc? Well, we can all look no further than a click away:

It is so simple! Create an account (for FREE). Upload your contacts. Pick your cards.

The cards to choose from are incredible! I was amazed at the selection and quality online. Then I wondered – would the cards look as nice in person? So, I chose this cute card for my little darling’s upcoming 1st Birthday:

It was actually far more beautiful in person than on the computer screen – thick paper, rich colors, glossy finish. And enclosed with the card is a lovely sheet of paper including who the card is for and the address to send it to (or they will address it for you)! The only downside? (A) I thought they used too much paper to protect the card – luckily my oldest is using it for art; and (B) I haven’t noticed a place on the site that saves the cards previously chosen.

What a fantastic idea! I can now find the perfect birthday card, anniversary card, graduation card, holiday card … the perfect anytime card! I will now always have a fabulous greeting card forany occasion.

BONUS FOR YOU!

MY READERS GET 10% OFF WITH CODE: TWITTERMOMS



Hurried Homemaker was not compensated for this review. we did recieve a card of choice but this in no way affected our opinion or review of this product/company.

November 27th, 2009

Special Cyber Monday Deal for Hurried Homemaker Readers

Just for you!  A very special deal on some of my FAVORITE brands!

Use code CYBER6 for 25% off at these retailers …

Enjoy friends!

November 11th, 2009

Green x 3

We all know the phrase “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” … here is my spin on those three wonderful words and how you can use each to go green the easy way,

REDUCE the poo:  Got a baby?  Did you know that ordinary disposable diapers take over 1000 years to disappear from our Earth?  Cloth diapering is a wonderful thing, but not practical for everyone.  Welcome biodegradable diapers to the neighborhood!  (Enter gDiapers and Nature Babycare.)  Of course, if you’re really brave [and have a lot of free time] you could try EC. :)

blue-gdiaper

REUSE clothing:  Fashionista?  Go green without a lot of green.  Create a clothing swap with your similar-sized, similar-taste friends and neighbors.  Raid each others’ closets.  Want something new?  Go shopping together (carpool).  Chip in on a few great outfits.  Share.   Circulate and reuse baby/kid clothes too!  (I just made baby pants out of Hubby’s old t-shirt!)

tshirt-pants

RECYCLE everything:  This family of 4 humans (one of which is a baby) and 2 dogs usually has about 1-2 bags of garbage per week.  How?  We recycle as much as possible … that toilet paper roll, tissue paper from that birthday gift, the box the noodles came in, the plastic thingy from new socks … You name it, we recycle it!  (Remember last week when I told you not to forget to recycle those plastic bags?) Most counties have recycle pick-up that doesn’t require that you separate glass, aluminum, and plastic from one another.  Our recycle collection does ask that we flatten boxes and paper.  Go ahead … sign up.  Don’t have pick-up in your area?  Look for a recycle center near you now!

recyclebaby

Airwear wants your top 3 tips on going green.  Since Thursday is my Going Green segment, it seemed appropriate to produce my tips in the form of my regular blog post.  Be sure to visit their site LighterSaferGreener.com to see what they are doing and to let them in your secrets too!

September 13th, 2009

Free Shipping This Week

For the week of 9/13/09 – 9/19/09, I am offering FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE in my Etsy shoppe!

August 28th, 2009

Friday Finds

A couple of great finds this week!

Try on a pair of Pantfits at Talbots and get a $5 gift card.  Go on … get yourself somethin’ pretty!

Say “Organic Cactus” at your local Aveda store for a free sample of Green Science Firming Cream.  Go on … feel pretty!

When you’ve got something to put on and your face feels all pretty, you’ll need these … You’ll get 4, to be exact!

So go ahead, get back on that horse (or at least read about getting on a real one)!

Enjoy ladies.

 

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