Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Easy DIY Green Drain Cleaner

Going Green with Earth Week, as promised...

Super Easy DIY Homemade Drain Cleaner

What you need:
  • Equal parts baking soda & white vinegar (1 c. & 1 c. works great for a clogged drain.) (1/2 c. & 1/2 c. is excellent for maintenance & fun volcano times!)
  • Boiling water
What to do:
  • Pour baking soda over drain. Pour vinegar over and watch it bubble. (Kids love to help with this!)
  • Wait as long as you can (An hour or two is great. A half hour is good too.) & pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. 
  • Marvel at your unclogged drain!

On a side note, do a little scrubbing around the drain after. This works wonders for cleaning! Sorry no pic of the boiling water and end result, but it is really just an unclogged drain! 

This has worked for us every time. I hope it works just as well for you!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Slacker

Sorry that I have been a blog slacker lately. I know I promised some good Earth friendly ideas, and I still plan to deliver. But, I need another day... I know, I know...

But we were busy yesterday doing this.

Our backyard floods once or twice (or more) per year and we have to take advantage of it when it does!

Hope you are taking advantage of whatever fun may come your way!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Easy Wheat Dog Biscuit Recipe

I know I said Wednesdays were going to be recipe days-still working on that schedule! For today (Wednesday) we do have a recipe-for some of our four legged friends! Very easy and inexpensive whole wheat dog biscuits. I am not sure where this recipe originally came from-my mom and I have been making these biscuits for many years.

Whole Wheat Dog Biscuits

4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. wheat germ (if I don't have this, I use wheat bran or any other flour)
1/4 c. corn meal
1/3 c. oil
1 1/2 c. water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. Add water and oil. Knead dough until mixed well. Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut with cookie cutters. Dogs like whatever shapes you like! Bake for 30 min or until edges brown. 

In Spring, Winter, & Fall I store these at room temp. In Summer, I store in the freezer, because if they aren't used right away they can spoil in humid weather. 

Makes however many you want, depending on the size of the biscuit!

Dozer felt the need to color one with food coloring-that's what we have here...
Let them cool and share with a friend...

PS These can also make a great gift for anyone who loves their pet. Just package them up really sweet, and include the recipe.

Friday, April 8, 2011

DIY Dishwasher Soap

Earth Day is coming up-Friday April 22. So, my plan is to post some Earth friendly ideas on the Fridays up until Earth Day (OK, it is only 2 Fridays-when I had this plan there were many Fridays before Earth Day!). Maybe we can do a few Earth friendly posts the week leading up to Earth Day too-OK?

First up, DIY Dishwasher Soap. I generally use this dishwasher soap, which is totally awesome, but it quite expensive (I think). I have been wanting to make my own dishwasher soap for a while now. I googled it and found a few recipes, all very similar. In the end, I went with this recipe, for the most part. (But, it is not the recipe I wrote on the jar-long story!) I used two packages of the lemonade kool aid. Next, I may go for the giant amount of citric acid. It is about $5 per 4 ounces at the natural food store (so $20 per pound!), or $23 for 5 pounds on line. I figure if I make this recipe often, and make a bunch of bath fizzers, then it will be a good buy! (Other recipes, like the one I wrote on the jar, call for 1/4 cup citric acid, rather than the packet of Kool Aid.) The recipe on the jar calls for 1 teaspoon of rice too, to keep the citric acid from clumping.

So, it was crazy easy-just mix it all together! Here is the recipe, from Sustainable Sakonnett.
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 packet of Lemonade Kool-Aid drink mix (for the citric acid, optional)
  • 1/4 cup of salt (optional) 
Use 2 Tablespoons per load. Done. I have used this for a few loads so far and I like it. I love the Method soap a bit better, but for the price and DIY factor I am going to stick with this one for a while. Let me know if you try it!
I got to use Squirrel's sticker maker to make some labels for the jar! This sticker maker is pretty cool. I have been wanting to use it for a while, but it never seems to be 'my turn' when we get it out to make stickers!

So, here you have it. A quick and easy Earth friendly project to get you started on your way to I love our Earth day!

PS. If you haven't seen it yet, you should check out SouleMama's DIY laundry soap. I have made that a couple of times and I LOVE it. I like to use the Dr. Bonner's peppermint soap and it smells so good when you open your washer after it finishes. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Winner! I am a winner!

OK, I have been complaining casually mentioning to Mr. Rescued Goods that I have not been lucky in any blog land giveaways lately. But, my luck has changed! Two big wins in one day!

First, the Pickin Chicken app! Seriously! It is an iphone (ipad too?) app that gives you the scoop on different chickens. I have been wanting to get chickens for a long time now, but the whole taking care of them piece always holds me back! And Mr. Rescued Goods knows me well enough to know that there may be a complaint or two occasionally once we get them, and that he may frequently have to do lots of the work (kind of like how my mom knew she would be taking care of the rabbit and the puppy that my brother & I swore we would take care of as kids). But I digress... We saw some of the cutest chicks the other day and I think we have finally decided to give it a go. We are hoping that some little bundles of fluff may be an Easter surprise for Squirrel and Dozer. (We'll see-don't hold me to it!)

I don't have any cute little chicks pictures, so here are two of our seasonal boarders. They come every spring and stay until our little ponds are somewhat dried up. They didn't really love our April Fool's Day storm, so we fed them for a few days while their food was under ice and snow. 

Anyway, I was doing some chicken coop research and came across The Garden Coop-totally informative site.  I of course checked out the blog next and there was a giveaway for the Pickin Chicken app, which I won! Yeah! It is uploaded and ready to roll-I just need to sit down and check it out. It looks good so far, according to Mr. Rescued Goods! (Not sure how much it costs normally to download, but I am guessing that it can't be too much.)

On to my next big win, Alphabet Glue! I love love this! I am pretty sure I heard about it through maya made, then I headed over to bird and little bird to learn more. And, she was having a giveaway! Alphabet Glue is full of book recommendations for families along with project ideas and inspiration. Some of the really great ideas in this first issue are a mini book bracelet, and wildflower seed pods. You know when you want to read books and tie in what you are reading with activities-this is great for that! I definitely recommend this-it is a serious steal at $4. I can't wait to do all the activities with the kids. Yeah!

And, speaking of giveaways, this month at The Crafty Crow there are plenty of giveaways, reviews, and interviews. It looks like a jam packed Blog Tour! I plan on testing my luck and seeing if the winnings happen in threes! (Greedy, I know!)

PS-I really think that we are all winners! 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Veske by Lindsay clutches

So, this is a long overdue post (understatement). Remember when I did the bag swap? And I raved about my clutches? (That's right, plural!) Well, this is kind of like a Thank You note (or a wedding present) that is long overdue, like when you are two years out from the wedding, but you totally still plan to give a gift. It's not good that it is sooooo late, but it is better late than never. So, these are my two totally awesome clutches by Lindsay.

She gave me a bonus clutch! I love them both, but lately I have been using this one below.   I love the textured material and the varied browns and rust. Totally love the pleating and shape too. And, it is lined and has perfect little pockets for chap stick, keys, phone, or whatever little goodies you have to stash away.
PS-Sorry about that Rescued Good in the background-an old Jeep that will be parts for another Jeep!

Back to the clutch-It is the perfect size for a wallet, phone, lip gloss, and gum! (Seriously, totally perfect size!) Perfect for running around. I usually have a giant bag in the car with just about everything in it, and then I just take a clutch with the bare essentials when I run in and out of the store, post office, etc. etc. I love this!  And, it matches my new iphone case. It's the little things, right?

The jean style clutch is the perfect size too, and it has the handy strap, so you can wrap it around your wrist. I think these straps are cuter than cute! I really like the fold over styling and I love the different materials-denim, linen, and a suede strip. And lots of decorative stitching that really adds to the design. I also love the grommet that the strap goes though. Both clutches have the super handy magnetic clasp-love those!

So, I have many excuses as to why I hadn't done this post yet, but none are good. (Don't worry, one excuse is not that I am always wearing sweatpants and think a photo shoot with pretty clutches and sweatpants would be weird!) (Also, I think lateness & procrastination might be genetic!) Suffice it to say, I am trying to catch up and get organized! (Story of my life, but I am making strides!) Anyway, I love them! And Lindsay usually has lots more really cute stuff in her shop-I love the flower pins-they would look awesome added to an understated clutch! Thank you so much Lindsay for being a great (and patient) swap partner! (And, in case you all are wondering I of course thanked Lindsay right away-it was just the blog post that was lacking!)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Peeps Easter Wreath Part Two

So, there is a slight issue with the Peeps wreath.  Things weren't looking good this morning. Then, a whole row of Peeps flew the coop! They jumped right off! I had the wreath on an outside door, but inside a screen door.In my defense, it got hit at least once a day with a giant laptop backpack. Maybe it got too cold? Too hot? Too snowy in our April Fool's Day storm? Who knows, but I sure hope you didn't have any wreath mishaps like this! I am going to try again tomorrow to redeem myself. I will let you know if it can stay in tact for more than a week, but I fear that it may have to be an indoor (hung up high) wreath only! I have also heard about a Peeps situation in which a Peeps wreath 'looked so good' that the poor Peeps lost their heads! Here's hoping your Peeps are faring better than mine...