Ducky Diaries: April 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

The teachings of a child

 There are moments when my palm meets my fore-head in parenting that happen more often than I'd like to admit.  A moment that literally bites me in the @ss.  Where I go "Ungh!" .

"Ungh" such a funny word to make up. It's both a feeling and an actual guttural sound that escapes my mouth in such a moment, let's say a moment of complete clarity at a sentence or action that I see in my child.

"Girl, you're losing me here! Get to YO POINT , Candace!" 

Okay. Okay. I am going.

A few days ago, sitting with two whiny kids who were completely vegged out in front of our t.v. and still bored, I decided to turn the tube off. I was tired of us all just sitting there. It was a crappy cold rainy day so there wasn't much else to do. . . . . ..

So I just shut it off and said "No more t.v. for now, guys." .

And a beautiful thing happened. They went to separate corners of the living room and started dragging things out. Toys, games, coloring books. Dolls. I turned on some music. And before I knew it I was done with my cleaning and I joined them. An hour went by, then two hours.

There was really no huge drastic notice of the t.v. sounds that are usually wafting through the air at our house, being gone. So I decided to keep it off the rest of the night.

Then roughly around 6:30 p.m. Zo came walking up to me and ever so politely said "Momma I want t.v. please." .  

*Insert mouth agape, foot hitting ass, face here*

She's not even 2! What in the actual heck am I letting happen here!? I looked over at Bear and he was pointing at the t.v. as well. Both of them staring at me with those big blue puppy eyes of theirs.

Why are my almost 2 and almost 4 year old begging for the t.v.? When did I start leaving it on all day? When did I stop noticing it was being left on all day?  What am I doing? 

That was the moment. The *AHA* moment where my brain, heart, and gut, all wrenched. "Ungh!". What am I doing?

That's the question. The answer? Being too busy to notice or care most days. (Go ahead, give me dagger eyes. I deserve them.)

I knew I needed to end this habit.  Like now.

So I calmly said "No more t.v. tonight, sweets. Let's find something else to play.". After a little fit from each of them they went back to playing. And now I've put rules in place regarding the boob tube. Most of our day is spent playing and learning. And while we do still watch t.v. and select cartoons there are time limits and no t.v. at all after 5 p.m.

Even though it sucks to have our children unknowingly point out our mistakes I'm so glad I am able to learn from them.  Our little sponges are just that, sponges. Everything they see and hear gets absorbed. We are how they learn the world.

I don't always like what they're learning from me but I'm thankful every day is a fresh start to give my sponges something good to absorb.


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Just DIY #4 Homemade laundy detergent

 Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE a good DIY project. Like remember that time I ventured into the Fauxby Moby territory? Check it out here cus it's awesome blossom!  Just DIY #3

And anyone that really knows me knows that saying I'm cheap is an understatement..... I am so cheap it hurts. Because sometimes, let's be honest, cheap doesn't always equal quality.  Which in my 30th year of life I am finally learning...

But sometimes, cheap is awesome, and cheap works just as well as expensive, if not better.

So with all that said, for years now I have heard the buzz about home made laundry detergent. I never felt like I would have the time for it. I would vow to do it and then forget about it.

Well, finally I did it.

And it's AWESOME! No looking back sistah! And..... It really, really, cleans my laundry.  I swear by it and am never going back! My husband who is the biggest label snob never even noticed a difference.

Want to know how for just $13.46 I have enough detergent to clean 200 loads of clothes?!

I mean, we are literally talking about cleaning your laundry for just pennies per load. Helllllerrrrr frugal mommas!!!

Okay, now that I've got my excitement out of the way I'm sending you to the store.  Or maybe to your kitchen cupboard or your panty......

Here's your list.  ;) 
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Here's how you use them:

4 cups Borax
4 cups Washing Soda
2 cups Baking Soda
4 cups grated bar soap (2-4 bars (I used 3, which is super handy because the Kirk's Castile soap comes in a 3 pack option) grated). 

Now some people say to cut your bar soap into a few chunks. I did not. I am clumsy and found holding the entire bar of soap to be safer than starting off with small chunks.

Grab your cheese grater. 

Get grating! You are literally going to grate your soap. After you grate it, some people say to shove it into a food processor and make it into a fine powder. I did not do this because I don't have a food processor.

I grabbed a butcher knife and started cutting through my grated cheese as though it were lettuce or onions, essentially I got it to the point where it looked like parmesan cheese and it works great.

Next your going to want to grab your dish washing gloves, a bandana or something to cover your nose and mouth while leaving yourself hands free. And a large container with a lid. I used a 5 quart pitcher that lives in my tupperware cupboard.

If it has a lid this is great because you can reduce your stirring time exponentially.

Now we begin the mad scientist work!

Mix your Borax, Washing Soda, and Baking soda together. You can either stir or shake if your container has a lid.

Stir in your grated bar soap.

Use 1- 2 Tablespoons per load

And Voila you've made your own laundry detergent!!!! 

* After scouring the webs the recipe I really liked came from www.smallfootprintfamily.com Awesome website! Just awesome! I love all they stand for and there are tons of homemade household recipes on there!

Also* keep an eye out for my next Just DIY : homemade dish washing machine detergent.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I like blog.


Hey- O!!!!!

I like blogging. In case you were wondering. 
I want to blog.  I pay for this blog. I like it ever so much. I wish I could blog more. I need to blog more often because it keeps me sane. Which is funny since I'm feeling crazy and haven't been able to blog in a good while with consistency.  Coincidence? I think not. 

But any who, here's my predicament.  

That's a human butt all up in my face space, in case you're curious. 

I'm here. Behind this child.

That is my eye being poked out. I only know it's my eye because I'm being repeatedly told it's my eye.


I'm so comfy it hurts..... 

Which brings me to my predicament. 

It's tough to type with this bugger around and she's always around. 



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Sunday, April 5, 2015

It's Easter!

 Happy Easter everyone!!! 

Well at least to those of you that celebrate it. To those of you that don't, oh well, have a fantastic day anyway!!!

So, spoiler alert. It's actually the night before Easter. I'm sitting here with my wine, sucking salt off of peanut shells (it's what I do) at 11:00 p.m. feeling realllllly thankful that my kids finally conked out. I was about > < this close to selling them on Ebay.

I finally got their little baskety things set up and am freeeeeee!!!!!  

Que Tom Petty's Free Falling. 

Tonight was one for the record books. I thought I'd dye some eggs with the kiddos. In hindsight, I probably should not have. Or should have bought one of those magical dye cups or did the trick with the rice and food coloring. But no, I had to go and be all Original Gangster.

  All Bear wanted to do was lick the eggs and then lick the dye off of them. Telling him to quit a 4th time proved too much for his tender little heart and he FA-LIPPED his lid. I'm talking full blown somebody's beating me screaming, need a window repair man screaming....

It was bad.

Then Zo followed suit because why not.

Then things settled down and Bear went back to licking eggs and Zo went back to squeezing them until their shells broke.

But I will say this. The little stickers that came with the kit were a big hit.

I can't wait until next year when we do this again and I swear I'm never doing it again, again.










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