Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Good List 1-9-13

10. The lemon ginger honey tea I've had to drink almost every single day of 2013 so far. I'm told it's super healthy. I'd like to think that's true, but that is just a bonus. My favorite thing about it is that it's magically delicious and smells like heaven while I'm preparing it. :-D
9. My new arsenal of homemade cleaning supplies. I've dabbled in this for awhile, but I was newly inspired by my friend Erin this week. You wouldn't believe how CHEAP all of this stuff is to make, and most of it works BETTER than the expensive store-bought stuff. Laundry detergent is coming soon, but I need better containers for it first.

8. This. So fascinating and gorgeous.
7. Getting back into a good workout routine. One of these years I will find a way to stay more disciplined *during* the holidays, but alas, this was not the year. Glad to be back on track though. 
6. The home brewed hard cider my friend Richard delivered to me Sunday. The perfect accompaniment to playoff football. YUM!
5. Holding my new Mixbook in my hands. I love seeing the images online, but it's not the same as looking at the finished, printed book. Such a treasure to me. 

4. When Macy and Grace giggle freely with each other. Sweetest sound ever.
3. A surprise mini-retreat this weekend. We have a friend a little over an hour away who is moving to Michigan soon, so we're going to his going away party. Rather than make the drive back home late Friday night, Jared booked us a hotel nearby. I treasure these together times so much.
2. There are 3 special ladies on my mind as I type who are expecting sweet babies this month. Lots of prayers going up over the next few weeks for each of those families.
1. John 1:16: "For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace."  So amazing.


Rachel McC said...

Any links for the cleaners? :) please!!

Becky said...

They kind of come from all over the place, but I just went to google to start collecting a few and stumbled upon this. She summarizes everything quite nicely. ;-)

The main ingredients I used (in several different combinations) are Dawn dish liquid (for some reason most people insist it has to be Dawn), baking soda, peroxide, vinegar, and water. One of the mixtures calls for ammonia (which I did add), but it is listed as optional. I spent about $20 on everything including new spray bottles, brushes, sponges, etc. and made a huge batch of each cleaner with lots of ingredients leftover for more. But the real test was actually using them. No kidding. They work better than expensive store-bought stuff. I'm sold!

Becky said...

Oh, one note in case you were able to read the bottle at all. For the all-purpose cleaner, you just mix half water, half peroxide. If a spot needs a little extra oomph, you can sprinkle a little baking soda before spraying the peroxide mixture. But DON'T mix the baking soda in with the peroxide and leave it sitting. It will explode. :-D It will clean everything it explodes onto, but it WILL explode. And that reminds me-- if you ever get a clog in your sink, DON'T spend $11 on Drano. Pour some $.49 baking soda down the drain and then follow it with a few cents worth of peroxide. Works every time and fun to watch. ;-) Ok, I have to stop being a nerd now and go make school lunches. . .