Saturday, December 24, 2011
OH GIRLSSSSSS!!!!! Get to grinding that soap! "With a smile, mom!"
I spent around $14 to make my own detergent that should last me a year at 1-2 tablespoons per load. I mixed all ingredients together in a 5 gallon bucket and then measured out 100 loads into my glass canister and put the rest up on the back porch closet.
I opened the door during the wash to see what was going on and if their were any suds. Here is what I saw.
Later on, after pulling them out of the washer and dryer, I inspected them for cleanliness and color. I must say I was impressed. This homemade betty detergent does a better job than my current detergents which float between All Clear and Purex All Natural. The clothes were indeed brighter and cleaner than normal. I put on my favorite green tank (which was greener than normal) and I had no allergic reaction. Yay! I'm just waiting to see how this detergent fairs with my husband as he is allergic to several detergents on the market. If he finds himself itching and carrying on, I will just purchase him a separate detergent. Cause that's how I roll.
So, I'm telling you to give this a try. Save some money. Spend some somewhere else. Or not. But you should. It's good stuff.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I must say I kinda love it!
This is day 3 hair. Day 3 means I haven't put anything on her hair but the lotion as needed.
I think she likes it too!
The Ellis Family
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
And while Reese is missing an assortment of teeth, I can still pick out her outfits pending her approval.
I'm gonna blog some pictures of 4 months later to see how much they have grown!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I've used Miss Jessie's Baby Buttercreme in the past and it works great with a braid out on Maria's 3C curls. No frizz, lots of shine, and lots of defined waves and it will stay like that for several days. I just don't like the build-up. So, I got my Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion in the other day and washed Maria's hair with Kinky-Curly Knot Today, rinsed, and then re-applied the Knot Today. I layered Curls in a Bottle over that and then the Smoothing Lotion on top of that. I diffused and it looked good initially. After school, it had shrunk to her ears and didn't feel good at all. It's fairly simple to assume I will not be using that combo again. I got a spray bottle out and started sectioning for her braids. I do medium sized ones. About 7. I would get the hair wet, comb it out, and then apply the smoothing lotion. I applied about a dime size amount to each section. Those braids have been in her head for 4 days. I just took them out and I have a few pics of the result. It looks nice. I applied more smoothing lotion throughout the hair for more moisture and suspect I will have to do so tomorrow. This product claims to be a moisturizing leave in conditioner and I would agree. Her hair has been in those braids and it was still nicely moisturized. 3C hair is extremely dry and needs lots of moisture. LOTS! It's real hard to achieve, I tell ya.
This hair down here is Kinky-Curly Knot today layered with the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard. This looks like it might be day 2 hair. I can't remember. I love this look but it's still really dry. I'm hoping I can add in the Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion to this hair for moisture.
Monday, December 19, 2011
So after spotting on and off for a week with very little pregnant feeling, I started to bleed yesterday upon waking up. It stayed pretty much the same until 8 pm when I started cramping so bad I could barely take the pain. I got real nauseous and had to use the bathroom. My mom told me to go to emergency room, so I did. They got my blood and gave me an ultrasound. I did have a pregnant uterus and thickened endometrium but no sac was visible anywhere. I must have passed it at home before I left to hospital. So, continues the sequence of events that I'm so familiar with. I don't know why I thought this time would be any different. It's a pattern. I miscarry and then I get pregnant again pretty quickly and its all roses and sunshine. I don't know that we will try to get pregnant again though. I really just need to get my ass back in school and stay there until I graduate.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Reese asked her daddy for hot cocoa in her sippy cup. She's 6 by the way. Alex said, " I think your mom threw them away."
She looked at him with almond eyes of chocolate and said,"no daddy, Jackson's cup."
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The day was December 9th and after that strange episode of dizziness, I decided a pregnancy test might just be a good idea. By my estimations I should have had a period about two weeks ago. Ooops. I really should set a reminder on my phone for such things.
I quick got the kids off to school and raced to Save-a-Lot for my $1 test and then raced back home to drop those quick drops of urine on the test. It didn't take a minute to show up that I was indeed pregnant. I'm kind of giddy at this point. Pregnant. Again. So soon. That's not normal for me at all. Maria is 10. Reese is 6 and Jackson is a month over 1. I take forever to get pregnant. Forever. Nevertheless, I'm excited and quickly call my mom who is thrilled...I think. I mean, she did pay for her food at McDonalds Drive Thru and then just drive on through without getting her food. Yeah, I would say she was a little excited. Alex, my husband, couldn't believe it when I told him. Like, he didn't have a part in getting me pregnant. Darling. I just don't know what to say about him. He is a man. That's about all I can say.
Anyway, we are all thrilled over here and I look forward to sharing my experiences with all of you. This could get hairy. I'm not very organized. Having a few more than a few children requires organization. I probably should go google that now.