Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vinegar, versatile vinegar!!



Soooo... Since becoming an chemical paranoid hippy type mama, I've fallen in LOVE with vinegar. For $4 a gallon a Costco, you can't really go wrong.I have one (dollar store) spray bottle with pure vinegar and another with vinegar and a bunch of drops of Tea Tree Oil (TTO... More on the wonders of that later). Here are some ways I've used vinegar with much success!!

* I spray pure vinegar on my floors and then wipe with a rag. You could also use a mop but I'm too lazy to get the thing out! Works just as good as Mr. Clean but I don't have to worry about any chemicals.

*All purpose cleaning. I spray it on my counters, stove top, etc for most of my cleaning purposes. If, for some reason I feel I need to disinfect, I spray my vinegar/TTO solution on instead

*Jericho's yeasty butt rash.... 1 cup of water + 1Tbsp of vinegar+ an hour of airtime cleared that thing right up. I have to warn you, for some reason that seemed to stop working when he was about 4 months old.

*Glass/mirror cleaner... Works awesome! Leaves no streaks!

*Laundry Soap bubble annihilater: Detergent residue is a cloth diaper mama's WORST enemy (besides brocolli poops). Vinegar is the answer to many CDing woes. I add vinegar to the rinse cycle to disenigrate the suds and prevent detergent build up on my diaps! It also helps neutralize the PH balance and remove stinkies

*Fabric softener: Same as above... Add vinegar to your rinse cycle for softer fabrics. Toss a couple tennis balls in the dryer to prevent static cling

*Sarah has used an open container of vinegar in her 'dog room' to get rid of dog smell

*And finally, let us not forget the ultimate use for vinegar: Salt and Vinegar Chips.... Yuummmmm.....

Here's a website with more uses than I could have thought of on my own:

http://wideopenwallet.com/2009/01/100-uses-for-vinegar/

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Have you given birth in the last 3 years?

The following is a link to an online, ongoing maternity care survey...

http://www.thebirthsurvey.com/

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

To anyone out there as of yet.....

I think I would like to start with asking YOU, dear reader, to post your birth story (stories?)!

I love me a great tale of how families came to be! They can be hospital births, vaginal, homebirths, c-sections... Also, feel free to include the GOOD, the bad and the UGLY! But what I really want to know is what are some GOOD memories you have of welcoming your precious one?

Hello, Friends!

Lord,

It is my most humble prayer that I will use this blog to inspire and intrigue, never to tear down. Thank you for the glory revealed in your wonderful creation!

...For You formed my inward parts; You knit me in my mother's womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, {And} skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained {for me,} When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You


Psalm 139:13-18