Something to Celebrate

Archive for February 2013

I know…you read the title and thought I have gone WAY too “Martha” on you. But I promise, this is so easy! You should try it if:

-You love a bargain (my only cost was the glycerin which was $1.75 for the amount in this recipe)
– You want to get rid of those bars of soap you never use. Come on, you know you swiped at least 3 from the last hotel you stayed at ūüôā
– You want to be able to say, “Hey I made that soap!” after someone uses your restroom.

I won’t lie–the worst part of this entire process is grating the soap. I read on another blog that you can put the bar of soap in your blender to do the trick but I’m pretty sure my Kohl’s blender would explode if I did that. So I grated….and grated (just used the largest holes on my cheese grater). It really didn’t take that long. I just like to complain.

So, heat a gallon of water on your stove in a big pot (medium heat). Then add 2 Tablespoons glycerin (I got it from the pharmacy at Target) and the grated soap.  I also added about 10 drops of peppermint essential oil but this is just optional.  Here is what it looked like after I did this step and stirred for a few minutes:

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Stir until all the soap has dissolved.  Then turn off the heat, cover it and let it sit overnight.  When I uncovered mine it seemed really thick but once I started stirring, it loosened up to a normal liquid hand soap consistency:

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Then start filling your soap pumps or store in jars/plastic containers. I found that a funnel and soup ladle made filling containers easier:

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Notice in the above photo that I refilled a liquid soap container from Bath and Body Works–Haha, BBW, I showed you!!! ¬†I filled my 3 soap pumps, a pint jar for my mom and still had a large plastic rice bin container of soap left over for refills later!¬† Finished product:

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When I used my new soap today I heard little “cha-ching” sounds in my head…ah I love saving money.¬†¬† I got my homemade soap inspiration from this blog.

This post linked up at New Nostalgia¬†and Women Living Well¬†and Housewife How-To’s.

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Lion

Hannah requested a lion for her lunch today and since I had all the supplies for a lion, I agreed. ¬†She even suggested a Cutie for the lion’s hair/mane so apparently she is getting pretty good at this creative lunch thing.

Here’s a fun tip: To get the face pieces (cheese and carrots) to stay put on the bread, use a little mayo. ¬†It goes with the sandwich anyway since there are little rolls of ham underneath the bread.

Hannah’s lunch container came back completely empty today so the lion is a winner ūüôā

If you’d like to see all of the creative lunches I’ve made thus far you can visit my Lunchbox Creations board on pinterest.

Happy lunch making!

*Linked up at New Nostalgia

Today was all about getting treats made for Hannah’s preschool party tomorrow and making Valentine’s goodies to those we want to say “I love you’ to tomorrow.

First up, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for Hannah and her classmates. ¬†I used the same recipe from this post but I made them heart shaped for extra Valentine’s Day spirit. ¬†Here is a photo of the completed pies:
005Hannah made some old fashioned valentines for her teachers.  I basically just cut her a heart out of red foam and let her go crazy with the glitter glue and silver hearts.  Then, Hannah & I decided some good tea would be fun to attach to the hearts since her teachers will probably be bombarded with sweets tomorrow.  Here is the finished product:
011What can I say, we love puns around here.  Our final project was chocolate covered strawberries and cake balls.

I had some of the cream cheese frosting I used for the whoopie pies left over so I mixed that with a homemade chocolate cake. ¬†I bought this huge chunk of Ghiradelli dipping chocolate from Sam’s for only about $3. ¬†It was perfect to coat the berries and cake balls and tastes delicious. I just melted it in a bowl set over a pan of boiling water. ¬†This ensures your chocolate doesn’t burn. ¬†Hannah thought pink and red sprinkles would be¬†fabulous on both products and we also did coconut and sliced almonds on the berries.
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And, since I don’t have a picture of Leia on here…
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Happy Valentine’s Day!