Homemade Washing Soda

From Wellness Mama. Heat oven to 400° F. Pour baking soda into a baking dish (I use a glass Pyrex casserole dish) about 1⁄2 inch deep. Bake in the oven for ~1 hour, or until the consistency is right; stir a couple of times. Washing soda tends to feel "grainy" rather than "silky". When cool, …

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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

From Live Simply. 1 C. borax 1 C. washing soda 1 C. liquid castile soap 1 gallon (16 C.) water ~40 drops essential oils (optional) Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add borax and washing soda. In a separate container combine the rest of the water, liquid castile soap, …

CASA Gallery: Mid-Winter Light

I am pretty excited. This is my first art exhibit other than the mandatory Sophomore Project during college, at which I didn't receive very good reviews, and as much as I hate to admit it, it was a bit traumatizing. I understand the concept of constructive criticism, but when you literally pour your sweat and …

I Love Food

I cook nearly every night. I do not particularly like leftovers, and if it were economically and environmentally responsible then I would have a freshly cooked meal every time I eat. When I do heat up leftovers, I often do not use the microwave. When I reheat food on the stove-top I like to incorporate …

Sequoia National Park

We left at 5:00 a.m. I am rarely awake at that time in the morning, but I do enjoy it on occasion - what I don't enjoy is a 5 hour car ride. However, it was a means to an end, and that end was camping. At five in the morning, the Pacific coast is …

Yarn Bowl

Here is another of my ceramic masterpieces. It actually started off really well, then when I was trimming the bottom, I made a hole. Also, one of the sides was thin and broke (hence the swirly design). So I decided to turn it into a really cool yarn bowl. I think my favorite part about …

Handmade Soap

In my attempt to limit the amount of caustic chemicals I put on, in, or near my body I have eradicated store-bought shampoo, conditioner, and toothpaste from my hygienic regime. The areas I am still working on are body/hand soap, dish soap, and laundry soap. I finally got the supplies I needed to make bar …