Being Unique Is A Blessing

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We are what we choose to be!! Walking around in a cloud of self doubt & negativity not only is depressing but brings misery to your doorstep. This uninvited guest takes more than they give, draining you from the inside out.
Accepting and embracing who & where we are right now, is the 1st step. Stop looking to the past for help in the present. Leave the past mistakes, hardships, sadness, & insecurities where it belongs…in the past.
Everyday make it a point to truly see yourself & embrace it.  We are all unique, which is what makes us all beautiful!

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Wonderful Wedneday Linky Party

School vacation week here.  And of course it’s been very interesting losing power & having our internet broken for a few days now.  Only now, am I able to get on, & play catch up.  How has your week been?  Is it school vacation where you live?
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7 Tips on Affordable Decorating Hints To Make Your Home Cozy
♥Karren-Host / Oh My Heartsie Girl / 7 Tips on Affordable Decorating Hints To Make Your Home Cozy
Whether you are just moving into a new house or simply want to make your home more personal,
there are always some easy and budget-friendly ways to start something new and
change the whole feel of the house or a flat with clever decorating tactics.

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Walking onto the grounds is like stepping into the pages of Alice and Wonderland.
I half expected the Mad Hare to rush out from the flower garden
at any moment in a frenzied rush to make his appointment with the Queen of Hearts.

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Warm Coconut Almond Bread Pudding can be made the day before and
baked in the morning for a no-fuss brunch dish or dessert that everyone will go crazy for!
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Sewing Box Makeover

♥Co-Host Evija Roberts/ From Evija With Love/ I transformed this old sewing box in a retro beauty!
I transformed this old sewing box in a retro beauty!
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Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

♥Co-Host Donna Wirthlin / Two Chicks And A Mom / Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake /
Very pleasing coffee cake with delicious apple and cinnamon–great for brunch or a dessert.
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♥Co-Host Ashleigh / Simply Wright / Sunsets in Waikiki/
Stunning sunsets of the beaches in Waikiki, HI. This should be on everyone’s bucket list!
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The Fish Camp
♥Co-Host Susan B Mead / Fish-Camp
New town. New home. New ways of doing things. And the home will be gutted,
so we are living at The Fish Camp for a few months. Step off the grid with me as we hard to The Fish Camp!
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Having a Martha Home the Mary Way (Book Review) ♥Co-Host Kelly LaFollette / Raising Samuel’s Home-School / Having a Martha Home the Mary Way (Book Review)
Whether you are a Mary, Martha or somewhere in between,
there is something in this book for everyone.

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Eliminating The Unnecessary 2000 Things In 38 Weeks ♥Co-Host Sarah Hamlin / Living Intentionally Simple / Eliminating The Unnecessary 2000 Things In 38 Weeks/
Get decluttering under control with this simple challenge.

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♥Co-Host Indah / My Purple World / Sayur Asem – Indonesian Tamarind Soup with Veggies
Let’s try Sayur Asem, Indonesian Tamarind Soup with veggies.
A lovely medley of great veggies in a fresh tamarind soup
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♥Co-Host Tracy / Turnaround at 50 / All it Takes is Simple Sweetness /
People think of long lasting romance as “work” but in reality all it really needs is a little simple sweetness.

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My office project is well on it’s way to completion.
This week I have some creative storage solutions
and stylish carpet I chose for this area.

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Nautical Rope Rug

♥Co-Host Paola Ayers/ Do It With Heart / Nautical Rope Rug
Cute outdoor/indoor rug for your nautical themed room in a fun and intriguing design.

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Minion Whoopie Pies with a delicious marscapone cream filling

♥Co-Host Kim Friedl/ Baking For Blessings / Minion Whoopie Pies
Minion Whoopie Pies with a delicious mascarpone cream filling

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Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party

Have any of you heard of the Facebook group Legacy X?  It’s this neat group of people doing fun & crazy things that encourage one another, pushes us outside of our comfort zone, & endorses positivity through sharing encouraging, inspiring, & uplifting things with one another.  They have challenges & different events too.  This week my sister is doing their lip sync battle & enlisted my son & myself to help her out.  Talk about a fun time!  I video taped & got to watch her & my oldest leave their comfort zones & really enjoy themselves.  Can’t wait to see what we will be doing next week, if she wins her battle.    Go check out the group, it’s really a cool group of people.
This weeks link up is a giveaway one, so don’t forget to enter at the bottom of the page for a chance to win some money.  Cause who couldn’t use more of that, right?!?!
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Path To Glowing Health and Path To Glowing Health and Vitality_Oh My Heartsie Girl
♥Karren-Host / Oh My Heartsie Girl / Path To Glowing Vitality-Health Series
Being healthy is the prerequisite not only for normal functioning, but for happiness as well.

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Details In Monochrome-The Fabulous Journey
♥Co-Host Shellie/ Fabulous Journey / Details In Monochrome
One can easily detect the subtle beauty of details in monochrome. A black and white palette allows
your eye to focus on the details, rather than being distracted by color.

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Must Love Home-Lime Jalapeno Poppers
♥Co-Host Christine Mello / Must Love Home / Lime Jalapeno Poppers
Cream Cheese is the rich, smooth filling for these spicy Lime Jalapeno Poppers!
These favorites are baked rather than deep fried.
You’ll want to pop them down one after another. A Cinco De Mayo classic!
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Shabby Chic Chalk Board

♥Co-Host Evija Roberts/ From Evija With Love/ Shabby Chic Chalk Board
I created this beautiful shabby chic chalk board from an old mirror.
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Quick Sew Receiving Blanket-Two Chicks and a Mom

♥Co-Host Donna Wirthlin / Two Chicks And A Mom / Updated Quick Sew Blanket /
A easy to sew baby blanket. Great for shower gifts!
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 I Will Forever Never Judge Another Mom Again

♥Co-Host Ashleigh / Simply Wright / I will forever never judge another mother again…/
…not that I do often as it is. It’s just that we’ve all been in those parenting situations where we
might look at another parent and question their actions and choices.
What have you been judge for?
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Over It! -Susan B Mead
♥Co-Host Susan B Mead / Over it!! Susan B Mead
Two guests post today! How to get over comparing yourself. Need that? Kristine Brown
walks us through putting down our yardstick. Betsy de Cruz sends us light and hope! Join us.
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Ever wonder what happens in a homeschooler’s week? Come stop by to share our week🙂

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Living Intentionally SImple-Saving Money With Soap Nuts & 10 Recipes To Get You Started
♥Co-Host Sarah Hamlin / Living Intentionally Simple / Saving Money With Soap Nuts & 10 Recipes To Get You Started/
Learn all about soap nuts & how it naturally cleans your clothes. As well as how it can save you money.

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♥Co-Host Indah / My Purple World / Ayam Kecap Masak Mentega – Butter Chicken with Sweet Soy Sauce
Simple and yummy food for you to try. See how sweet soy sauce, worcestershire sauce,
chicken and some Indonesian spices turn into a delicious
plate of butter chicken with sweet soy sauce🙂
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People think of long lasting romance as “work” but in reality all it really needs is a little simple sweetness.

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Stenciled Wall Art Application-Studio Paint♥Co-Host Maxine White/ Studio Paint Design / Stenciled Wall Art Application
Welcome to Week #2 of my office project. Have you ever wanted to stencil a wall?
Well I’ll show you in this blog post how to complete this project.

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Nautical Wood Decor-Do-it-with-heart

♥Co-Host Paola Ayers/ Do It With Heart / Nautical Wood Decor
Create a fun and unique decor for your nautical themed room. A minimal design with a big impact.

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Baking for Blessings-Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones

♥Co-Host Kim Friedl/ Baking For Blessings / Bacon Cheddar Chive Scones
Bacon Cheddar Chive scones are a wonderful, fluffy
savory scones that are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack.

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♥Co-Host Pick by Donna of Two Chicks and A Mom /
Oh My Creative / Dipped Wooden Utensils
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The Summery Umbrella / Repurposed Toolbox Flower Planter

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Clean and Scentsible - Spring Home Tour Kitchen

♥Co-Host Pick by Ashleigh / Simply Wright /
Clean and Scentsible – Spring Home Tour Kitchen There is more…

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Alba Rosa-Seven ways to use Chamomile
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Alba Rosa /Seven Ways To Use Chamomile

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♥Co-Host Pick by Kelly Raising Samuel’s Home-School /
Simply Darling /DIY Harry Potter Hogwarts

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Kiku Corner-Tea Cakes with Honey Butter ♥Co-Host Pick by Kim / Baking For Blessings
Kiku Corner / Tea Cakes with Honey Butter

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Cookilicious / Blueberry Vermicelli Kheer Pudding

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Chemistry Cache-The Simple Joy of Springs First Blooms #livethelittlethings
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Chemistry Cache / The Simple Joy of Springs First Blooms #livethelittlethings

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Honey and Birch Chicken Corn Chowder Recipe♥Co-Host Pick by Indah / My Purple World
Honey and Birch / Chicken Corn Chowder

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Honey and Birch / Strawberry-Rhubarb-Daiquiri-8-1

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The Summery Umbrella Rustic Spring Decorating Ideas + GIVEAWAY
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Eliminating The Unnecessary……..2000 Things In 38 Weeks

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Decluttering my life is something important to me.  Over the last few months I’ve been working on myself a lot and other things like decluttering my house for example have been pushed aside.  Yes, I’m admitting I’m not super woman & cant do a hundred things at once.  But this weekend while I was cleaning, I began really looking at my house and  realized that I really need to do a deep cleaning of our home.  That there are numerous things throughout my home (inside & out) that we don’t use, add no value, & just simply take up space.   It’s time I get back on the decluttering wagon.
Of course, this isn’t going to happen overnight but from now till the end of 2016 I’m making it my mission to get rid of 2000 things in our home.  If you think about it, it’s kinda of interesting that I would have 2000 things clogging up our lives, taking up space & adding no value,  which in the end will take up my time that could have been spent doing something enjoyable, doing something that added value to my life, & or spending it with the important people in my life.  It’s kinda of embarrassing.   But I’m not even close to being a hoarder.  I can’t imagine so people’s home & how many things that are taking over their lives.  It’s crazy when you think about it.  Now think about your home & your situation?  How many things (big or small) could you live without?

Now 2000 may sound like a lot but if you break it down, it really isn’t.  2000 things @ 38 weeks equals 52.63 items per each week.  If you divide that by 7 it’s only 7.51 things a day I need to get rid of.  Piece of cake, right?!
And because I’m all about sharing, I’m going to share my progress with all of you.  I’ll even break it down to let you know what I’m doing with the things for example: where  I’m getting rid of my things like selling it, donating, or simply throwing it away.  That way I can honestly share what I do with my things, which I hope inspires others to join in with me. And I want to show people how easy or hard it is to make money from what we have in our house.  Any money I make from decluttering, I’ve decided to put towards my credit card, hoping to have it paid off by the end of the year with only using the money I make from this endeavor.

Week #1-
1. bag of stuffed animals the girlies no longer loveput in yard sale pile (April 30th we are doing a school wide yard sale that we can rent spaces from.  I’m doing it with my daughter so it’ll only be $7.50 for a space)
2. two shirts that no longer fit my boys- put in yard sale pile 
3. 5 brand new texture paints I’ve been holding on to for a yr now- put in yard sale pile
4. 3 pairs of skinny jeans that I’ve been saving for when I lose all my weight- put in yard sale pile ( if I ever get to my goal, I’ll just buy myself some new jeans.  Holding on to my skinny clothes hurts my weight loss journey more than it motivates me)
5. 5 pairs of shoes- donated to goodwill
6. 2 cake pans I haven’t used in 2 yrs-put in yard sale pile
7. 2 Furby booms- Sold super quick on Craigslist….made $10
8. rug remnants- trying to sell on Craigslist

This week’s breakdown is:
*3 items on Craigslist (2 sold & 1 waiting to be sold) making me $10 so far
*5 items donated to Goodwill
*12 items + bag of stuffed animals (about 20 in bag) for our yard sale on April 30th
totaling: 20 items & $10 in cash for 30 mins of work

FYI-If you look at my list, each item has numerous items in it.  I didn’t see the need to count things individually like doing 8 stuffed animals as my week’s goal.  If I did that to begin with, I’d take even longer than I am to declutter my house, & I’d lose steam.  But you can do whatever suits you.  It’s all about our own unique goal, perspective, & how fast or slow you want the process to go.  For me, by the end of the year I’m hoping to have more than 2000 items gone.

How about you?  What have you gotten rid of lately?  How’s the decluttering going?  Have you pushed it aside like I did?  If so why don’t you join me & share your progress each week with me.  I would love to hear your thoughts, see your progress, &/or ways you can make money from it.  


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Living A Happier Life: Make A Commitment To Ourselves

On one of my favorite blogs, I came across something that really I really just loved.  It was making a commitment to ourselves in order to live a happier amazing life.  Check more of the post out here.
Today I’m sharing a part of the post that I felt was the most important.  Being more mindful, let go of things that don’t add value, & being more aware of our daily actions is the 1st step to living a happier life.  Not only does it eliminate the unnecessary but it adds room for the important people, places, & things.
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I (name),

Make a commitment to myself,

To spend so much time improving myself and my life that I have no time for worry,  judgement, criticism, whining and complaining;

To forgive, release and let go of my attachment to any past struggles and allow every challenge life sends my way to make me better not bitter.

what’s in front of me;

To let go of all the pointless drama, all the toxic relationships, thoughts and behaviors that are present in my life and to constantly shift my focus from the bad on to the good;

To make room in my heart for love, happiness, peace and tranquility and to create my life from a place of infinite choices and possibilities – the present moment, and no longer from a place of limitations – the past.

I commit to staying true to myself at all times and to never betray myself just so I can please other people.

I commit myself to give up on toxic thought, behaviors and relationships but never on myself and my dreams.

Starting now and starting today, I will  begin rebuilding my life and to make it ridiculously amazing.

Sincerely,
(name)

Are you going to join me & make a commitment to yourself,
to live a happier life?
I would love to hear your thoughts.


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Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party

This past week has been great but boy has the weather been weird. One minute it’s spring like outside & next it’s snowing a few inches with freezing cold temps. Even though the weather has been unreliable, it didn’t stop us from celebrating my daughter’s 16th birthday, going to the gym, & running my 1st mile, ever.  Talk about being proud of myself for achieving one of my healthy goals..  Here’s a few quotes in my motivational journal has helped motivate me to keep on going.  One goal down, now on to the next one.
How’s you week been?  Have you worked towards any of your goals?

Now it’s time for some fun.  Come join our party this week in numerous ways: reading all the great content, adding your own links, & becoming a co-host.   Here’s to another great party & another great week.

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Make 6 small changes for a mid century look
♥Karren-Host / Oh My Heartsie Girl / 6 Decorating Ideas For The Mid Century Look
The simple, minimalistic look of the time
brought “casual living” in as the central focus of the era’s style.

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Tired Of Mentally Debating Your Food Choices?
♥Co-Host Shellie/ Fabulous Journey / Tired Of Mentally Debating Your Food Choices?
Today I sat down to consider, “what are my top 5 Spring images?”For me,
Spring is a season that speaks hope and optimism.

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Southwest Bacon Frittata
♥Co-Host Christine Mello / Must Love Home / Southwest Bacon Frittata
A Southwest Bacon Frittata, on the table in less than 30 minutes!
So quick and easy as a weeknight dinner or fancy brunch!
And it can be made ahead of time!!
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Bathroom Competition with Tile Mountain
♥Co-Host Evija Roberts/ From Evija With Love/Bathroom Competition with Tile Mountain
This is a fun post sharing my dream bathroom and also my entry in a fabulous contest!
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Reception Palm Tree
♥Co-Host Donna Wirthlin / Two Chicks And A Mom / Reception Palm Tree /
A fun and delicious design for a wedding reception or shower!
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DIY Scarf Hanger/Organizer
♥Co-Host Ashleigh / Simply Wright / DIY Scarf Hanger/Organizer/
A simple, inexpensive and aesthetically pleasing way to hang your scarves –
or belts, ties, & hats- so that they are not
falling onto the ground or hidden in a drawer.
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John Stahl is sharing a story with us today. Pastor. Friend. Author.
♥Co-Host Susan B Mead / Just JESUS Them
Just JESUS Them comes with a WARNING. This is not a devotional, it is a DO-votional.
Your faith is ignited when you begin loving others as Jesus loved.
Oh, by the way, comment for your chance to win one of 5 FREE books!
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What is a Funk and How Can I Avoid It?
♥Co-Host Kelly LaFollette / Raising Samuel’s Home-School /
What is a Funk and How Can I Avoid It?
How we can avoid the pitfalls of a funk, and embrace the joy that is around us.

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Release Your Guilt 5 Reasons Why Taking Care of Ourselves Isn’t Selfish
♥Co-Host Sarah Hamlin / Living Intentionally Simple /
Release Your Guilt: 5 Reasons Why Taking Care of Ourselves Isn’t Selfish
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Caregivers tend to put other people’s needs before their own. Here’s 5 reason we should
make it a point to stop pushing our needs aside.

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♥Co-Host Indah / My Purple World / Bakwan – Vegetables Fritter a la Indonesia
Vegetables lovers, come closer..Let’s try this super easy veggie fritters
a la Indonesia with all the goodness of veggies you have in your fridge. Enjoy..
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♥Co-Host Tracy / Turnaround at 50 / Organizing Weight Loss /
Tech tools that help to organize your weight loss efforts.

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French Pinched Pleat Curtain Construction- My Office Project♥Co-Host Maxine White/Studio Paint Design / French Pinched
Pleat Curtain Construction- My Office Project

My post is from the fall and did not get much traffic.
I thought I would share my whole office makeover series over the month.
The first is a post on how to construct a french pinch pleat curtain.

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DIY Multi-Strand Bracelet

♥Co-Host Paola Ayers/ Do It With Heart / DIY Multi-Strand Bracelet
Create a fun one of a kind bracelet using basic jewelry making skills. Perfect for gifts,
Mother’s Day or wine and craft nights!

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Ebleskivers-apple and chocolate filled pancakes

♥Co-Host Kim Friedl/ Baking For Blessings / Ebleskivers-Apple and Chocolate Filled Pancakes
Ebleskivers, otherwise known as pancake puffs in my
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Saving Money With Soap Nuts & 10 Recipes To Get You Started

I have been wanting to try soap nuts for a long long time.  The other day I finally was able to do so and I’m so glad I did.  It not only worked much better than I thought, but after doing some research, I realized how versatile these little berries are.  After sharing with I found with some friends, very few of them knew what they were.  Have you heard about them before?  If not, read below.  If so skip to the recipe part.
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For those of you who haven’t soap nuts are actually berries found that when combined with water, produces a natural soap called saponin that helps clean, deodorizes, & lift stains.
I’ve always been allergic to all the laundry & body soaps out there.  They make me itch insanely, which makes me very uncomfortable.  When I stumbled upon soap nuts, I knew it was something I had to try.  And boy am I glad I did.
So far my laundry has been super clean & actually smells clean.  It’s great.  Since they don’t leave a scent, I did a few drops of grapefruit & lavender essential oils.  If you have sensitive skin like me, soap nuts are the way to go.  But don’t just stop at laundry soap, they can be used for so much more.  Plus, using them can save your family a lot of money.  Here’ s how:

*you put 5-6 nuts into a small bag for your laundry
*these nuts can be used up to 5 times (if using cold water) or 3 times (if using hot water)
*once you used them up, you can boil them in water to create a liquid soap nuts
*This liquid then can be used to make household cleaner, facial cleansers, shampoo, soap etc.

By using soap nuts for all these different things around the house, you can save a lot of money by simply using soap nuts as much as possible.  You won’t have to buy any of products that contain harmful chemicals, instead you can clean the house, yourself, & your clothes naturally.
There are 4 different forms of soap nuts that you can use:

  • The whole nut/shell, which is good for laundry.
  • Liquid, which you can learn how to make in this post. It’s this form that’s handiest for most soap nut uses.
  • Paste, which is basically running the boiled soap nuts through a food processor. This is good for shaving cream and heavy-duty cleaning jobs.
  • Powder, which you can buy in powder form, or make yourself by grinding the shells VERY finely (in a coffee or spice grinder – the good news is, it cleans out really easily). This is good for laundry or adding to a homemade dishwasher detergent, which I’ll talk more about right now (taken from Crunchy Betty)

To get you started, I searched the web & come across 10 great recipes for you to try.  All recipes taken from Crunchy Betty.

Soap Nut Power Dishwasher Detergent

  • 1 c. Borax
  • 1 c. Washing Soda
  • 1/8 c. Finely Grated Castille Soap
  • 1/8 c. Finely Ground Soap Nut Shells

Stir everything together well, and use as you would a dry dishwasher detergent. (Don’t forget to put white vinegar in the rinse well, too!)

Soap Nut Glass Cleaner

  • 1 Tbsp Soap Nut Liquid
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Water
  • 2 Tbsp c. Isopropyl Alcohol (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Use as you would any glass cleaner. This doesn’t streak, and it’s also really great for windows/glass that are particularly messy (like toothpaste splatters or mud on the outside of windows).

General Household Soap Nut Cleaner

  • Straight Soap Nut Liquid

or

  • 1/2 c. Soap Nut Liquid
  • 2 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1/8 c. Water

Combine everything in a small bowl or spray bottle, and use as you would a kitchen or bathroom cleaner.

Soap Nut Bathroom Cleaner

  • 1/8 c. Baking soda
  • 1/8 c. Borax
  • 1/2 c. Soap Nut Liquid
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Oil or Peppermint Oil (optional)

Stir everything together well, breaking up any clumps. You should have a thickish paste, which you can add more liquid to, if you’d like it thinner. Scoop out a bit of the paste with your sponge and clean your bathroom counters/tub/toilet with it. If you have any remaining, drop it in the toilet and use the toilet brush to clean the bowl well.

Soap Nut Hand Wash

  • 1/2 c. Liquid Castille Soap
  • 1/8 c. Soap Nut Liquid
  • 5 drops Essential Oil (Lavender, Tea Tree, or Rosemary would add extra antibacterial power)

Mix everything together in a small pump bottle and use as you would any hand soap. Alternatively, you could just wash your hands with a little bit of soap nut liquid, but adding this all together will give more cleansing power, and mixing the essential oils and castille soap in with the soap nut liquid will prolong the life of the liquid.

Soap Nut Jewelry Cleaner

  • 3 Tbsp Soap Nut Liquid
  • 1/4 c. Distilled Water

Mix the two ingredients together and place jewelry into the liquid. Allow the jewelry to sit for 15-20 minutes. With a small toothbrush, gently scrub your jewelry clean. Sparkly!

Soap Nut Dandruff Treatment

  • Pre-Wash: Mix together 1 Tbsp soap nuts liquid with 3 Tbsp coconut oil. Massage into scalp for a few minutes. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.

Then wash with:

  • 3 Tbsp soap nuts liquid
  • 3 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Castille Soap

Mix the above ingredients together, and use as you would shampoo. If you do the coconut oil scalp treatment beforehand, there should be no reason to use conditioner after shampooing. Repeat three times a week until dandruff is gone.

Soap Nut Facial Cleanser

  • Soap Nut Liquid

Rinse your face with warm water. On a clean, damp washcloth, pour a tablespoon or so of soap nuts liquid. Gently scrub your face with the washcloth and rinse well.

Alternatively: And this is the way I’m really enjoying the soap nuts liquid at the moment.

Mix the two things together in a small bowl. Rinse your face well with warm water, and then gently scrub the mixture onto your face for 2-3 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and finish up with moisturizer.

Soap Nuts for Athlete’s Foot

  • 3 Tbsp Soap Nut Liquid or 1 tsp Soap Nut Powder
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil

Stir everything together well and massage into freshly washed feet, concentrating on the effective area. Apply socks. Do not rinse off.

Soap Nut Shaving Cream

  • Flesh from 15 Soap Nuts, leftover after boiling them for liquid
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 tsp Soap Nuts Liquid

After pitting and removing the hulls around the pits (as well as any “harder” chunks of the boiled soap nuts flesh), put the flesh into your food processor and turn it on. After the flesh has become a paste, dribble in the olive oil and liquid. Watch out! The paste starts to foam A LOT. Shave immediately after making.

Some other ways to use soap nuts are:

  • Kitchen counter tops
  • Powdered laundry soap
  • Floor cleaner
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable wash
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Non-toxic spray to deter pest from garden plants
  • Car wash
  • Body wash & bar soap
  • Pet shampoo

As you can read, there is so much you can do with these little berries, which is how you can save lots of money.  You can do so much with so little, it’s definitely worth your money & time.
Have you tried them before or is this a new product for you?
Would you try them, now knowing about an alternative to what’s out there?


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