Friday, November 7, 2014

Run Out of Dishwasher Tabs? No Problem!

I saw this nifty little tip on Facebook.   Thanks to Real Simple who forwarded it from Huffington Post.

I wasn't out of dishwasher tabs, but curiosity got the best of me.  I had to see if it would work.
My sister has tried to make the homemade dishwasher tabs before, but she said it was a waste of time.  She said they didn't clean as well and that she ended up having to wash everything by hand anyway. So, could I find something that would work if  I absolutely needed it?

All it takes is regular dish soap, baking soda and salt.  You can find the complete instructions at the link below.

I was worried when some people claimed that they had used regular dish soap in dishwashers before and ended up with bubbly messes.  I kept opening the door to make sure that wasn't going to happen to me.  Luckily, I use Seventh Generation dish soap.  It doesn't seem to bubble as much as the more chemical-laden dish soaps.  I used only the three drops like the Huffington Post article suggested and I had no problems.

The dishes came out sparkly-clean.  

The only issue that  I could see is that they might not have dried as quickly as they would have with a normal dishwasher detergent.  I also don't know how the salt might affect different parts of my dishwasher.   BUT if I ever run out of dishwasher detergent, it is a viable solution.

UPDATE:  I tried it again a second time.  This time I don't know if I put too much salt in???
The dishes seemed like they had a little bit of a baking soda/salt residue.
But, it wasn't all of the dishes though.
The glass and ceramic dishes came out perfectly.
It was the plastic and stainless steel items that seemed like they had a little residue on them.  That might be because I don't have the rinse agent compartment filled.

I still think it's worth doing if you run out of dish detergent, though.  Good enough for one night until you can get to the store.

Have you ever tried any alternatives to pre-bought dishwasher detergent?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Finally! I Made the Halloween Mummy Dogs!

I have been wanting to do this for while.  This food craft is from a web page.  

I'd like to tell myself that I did this for the kids, but the truth is I really wanted them!

What if they are scary because of the actual nutritional value and not because their actual fear value.

Clogged arteries are scary business!  But, I DO love me some piggies in blankets disguised as mummies.

I mean come on. . . . 

It's Hotdogs. . . . . 

wrapped. . . 

in. . .

Crescent Rolls!!!


For these I just layed out two triangles shaped like a square and then cut 3 skinny strips the long way and connected them end to end and wrapped them around the hotdog.  Then I put on crushed red pepper flakes for the eyes.

If you really need a video or tutorial to figure this out, you can find it at the link below.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

That Time I finally Dyed My Hair with Koolaid

Yeah, yeah, yeah. . . . it's been over a year since I last posted.  I know.  But, life has a way of getting in the way.  You know?  Actually, my kids had decided that they had had enough of mommy spending time blogging.  They both asked me to stop spending so much time doing it.  So, I took a year's break.  But, life couldn't keep me away from blogging forever.  It's just too much fun.  

So. . . . . .last year I found all of those cute pictures on Pinterest of people who had dyed their hair with Koolaid.  Some people said it worked.  Some people said it didn't.  I'm hear to tell you that it worked. . . . for me.  In fact, there is still a faint little bit of pink left in my hair to this day.  And I did it at the tippy-tippy end of May last year when my friends and I were going to run the Warrior Dash.  So, that's what. . . . . almost 9 months now?  I think the trick was using vinegar with it and leaving it on overnight.  

Here's the picture of what my hair looked like the day after I dyed it.
It has actually faded A LOT since then.  But, it is still light pink and people still notice it sometimes.
I've gotten lots of compliments on it.  It was well worth the couple cents for the koolaid packets.  In case you were wondering, I think I used grape and one of the light pink colors (I'm not sure which flavor.)  I kept mixing different drink packs until I got a color I liked.  The light pink ones weren't dark enough in the beginning, which is why I ended up adding grape.  I just mixed it with a little bit of conditioner and a little vinegar.  I put it on my hair where  I wanted the color and wrapped it with aluminum foil.  Then I put a shower cap on my head and slept in it!  
The next day, I shampooed it out.

Have you ever tried coloring your hair with drink mixes?