A Life In Progress

Wash Me January 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jdalsin @ 2:01 pm

Awhile ago I told you all about my love for the laundry detergent called ECOS.  Well, I’ve found something just as good and very very cheap.

For those of you who buy ECOS for about $18/6L, approx. 100 washes- imagine doing the same amount of laundry for $1.50. 

All you need is:

1/3 cup washing soda

1/3 cup Borax

1/2 sunlight laundry bar

6 L of water

Grate 1/2 of a sunlight laundry bar into 1 L of boiling water.  Stir until no lumps remain.  Remove from heat.  Stir in washing soda and Borax.  Mix until well combined.  Add remaining 5 L of water.  Mix well. 

Add 1/4 c. of this to each wash load.  

Once my ECOS bottle was empty, I just reused it to hold this new washing liquid.  Works great!


All these ingredients will cost approx. $10-$12 total but you should easily be able to make 4 jugs of detergent. 


Let me know if you try it and what you think!

Thanks to my mom for sharing this recipe she found with me.


A New Year January 6, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jdalsin @ 10:46 am

A whole year has passed since I started up this blog! Hard to believe.  I have to say I’m quite happy with the progress I made on my on-going resolutions. I’d consider 2008 a great year healthwise! We made a lot of healthy changes, got a lot more active (well, not so much in those last  freezing cold winter months) and I did manage to lose some of the weight I wanted to.  I’d consider our home to be a healthy, clean one and all the things I was trying hard to do have now become habit.

This year I plan to continue on with what I started in 2008 and add a bit more to the mix.  This year I want to pay a lot more attention to what I eat and to what I feed the girls.  This likely won’t lead back down the path of vegetarianism but more so on eating a whole foods diet, with a specific emphasis on what we eat between meals.  That’s the area where I need some work. Much easier to throw the girls a bowl of Goldfish than it is to cut up some apple and cheese slices. Easier for me to grab a handful of pretzels than it is to cut up some veggies and dip. Worth the effort though.  Effort that I will put in this year.

I also want to continue with my weight loss as I seem to have found some of those “lost” pounds over the holidays.  I’m not going to diet though.  Only contiue eating healthily, eating whole foods and making more effort to stay active, even over the winter when my activity might have to revolve around the weather and finding things to do indoors.

One resolution that got missed last year was working on the spirituality aspect of our lives.  This year we are going to go to church, get in the habit and keep going.  I think we made it less than half a dozen times in 2008.  Our goal for this year is atleast twice a month. For me spirituality extends beyond the walls of a church and beyond religion so I do want to work on those aspect of it at home as well.

Jordan and I are also determined to go on weekly dates.  We seem to hardly get out anymore and we miss that time! We do spend most evenings at home together watching t.v., playing a game, etc. but it’s different when you don’t have to listen for the baby’s cry and feel the desire to maybe splash on a little make up and head out for a night out.

And last but not least we want to focus more on the simple living that we truly desire.  We don’t plan any renos this year (besides shingles, out of neccessity) and hope to spend our time outside, doing things more in the moment, building our friendships and saving up that money we would have spend on a new deep soaker tub (sigh! … maybe one day) to go on a trip together. By ourselves. Some place warm.

What are your resolutions for the year?