Friday, October 25, 2013

Basement Renovation

When people step into our basement the first thing they say is "Wow, your husband has a lot of car stuff", which I then say, they are actually mine.   Well both of ours now since we've been married for 11 years, but you get the point!  I've been collecting die cast cars, Hot Wheels, and Dodge, Chrysler, and Plymouth things since I was 14 years old.   There are a few Chevy pieces in the collection but only because my husband likes them so I figured he should be represented at a least a little bit.  

So the basement got refinished and all the car stuff got put up. 

We decided to use corrugated metal for the ceiling, mostly because it looks awesome, but also so we can still access the pipes above, as we have hot water heat on the main level. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Homemade Baby Wipes or Cleaning Wipes

I am always on the lookout for ways to reduce the chemicals in our home and make it healthier.  When I found out I was pregnant with Brynlee I knew I wanted to cloth diaper and along with that came making my own baby wipes.  I use washable cloth wipes most of the time, but for those times when we are out and about I wanted disposable too.  By switching up the essential oil used you can make cleaning wipes too!  

1/2 t. fractionated coconut oil
1 t. Dr. Bronners Castile Soap
1/2. cup water
5 drops Young Living Lavender Oil

Other Options:
Young Living Gentle Baby EO for baby wipes
Young Living Thieves EO for cleaning wipes

Mix together and pour over your choice of wipes

I tried using paper towels and didn't like how they fell apart. After some searching I found these awesome Medline Wipes that hold up really even through the wash! Not that I am reusing them, sometimes they slip in there with the cloth diapers. I cut them in half to get even more out of them as one of them is kind of big.  

I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils as they are 100% therapeutic grade.  Visit for more information.