Smart Sheep! (My post about balls….)

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Wool Dryer Balls…. You dirty minded people!

Here comes my initial review on my “Smart Sheep” Wool Dryer Balls.  One in the first of many little project designed to get my house and life a little more “natural” and less coated in chemicals!  I purchased my dryer balls from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GA9P5P0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I started using these dryer balls a couple of days ago in lieu of fabric softener.  There are a lot of claims made about dryer balls that I have to admit I was pretty skeptical.  Since I’ve only been using them a couple days, this is just an initial assessment, we’ll see how I like them in the long run!

Initial Opinion: I LOVE them!

Some things I have noticed right off in the last few days:

1- These really do soften laundry without chemicals.  In fact, it may just be my imagination, but I really think the laundry is coming out of the dryer SOFTER than it was with fabric softeners.

2- I love that these have no chemicals and they don’t leave a funky residue on the dryer like fabric softeners and fabric sheets. My family has VERY sensitive skin and there is nothing to react to with these dryer balls.  I love that I don’t have to use the “natural fabric softener sheets” with my baby’s laundry and even though it’s a small thing, that’s less stuff going into a landfill.

3- I can scent these with whatever essential oils I choose or none at all.  I haven’t found the best ratio of drops of oils to dryer balls yet as I don’t seem to be putting enough on them to catch a discernible scent when clothes come out of the dryer, but I’m working on it.  =)  I’m shooting for just a light whiff.

4- There seems to be a lot less static with these, if there’s even static at all.  Usually when doing my husband’s white undershirts they’re always sticking together.  I just folded a load of these and there was no sticking at all!

5- LESS WRINKLES! So I’ll (shamefully) admit, both my husband and I usually cram a ton of clothes into the washer, which then equals a ton of clothes in the dryer, and we always usually have some wrinkles.  There are a LOT LESS WRINKLES per load than before.  Side Note: Must learn to put less laundry in the wash at a time.

5- Drying time is greatly reduced.  Again, because we (shamefully) cram a ton of clothes into the wash, we generally have to tumble a load 2-3 times to get completely dry.  My clothes are getting dry in one tumble, and that’s not only less time doing laundry, but less electricity used running the dryer!

So far, I LOVE THESE DRYER BALLS.  Supposedly they also knock pet hair off clothes really well, but I haven’t really put that to the test yet.  They also supposedly last up to a year, so we’ll see if they continue to perform as well in the long run.

Next up (hopefully soon!):

Handmade Essential Oil Diffusing Jewelry!

Wish me luck!

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Thankful for…. Days 24-25

Day 24-

Thankful that a month of thanks is almost over *grin* I know that’s something terrible to be thankful for, but I have total newborn baby brain and remembering to do this every day is killing me. *grin*

Day 25-

Thankful that Tatum SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT last night! I am so ridiculously excited about this, 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep for both of us! I feel like I won the lottery, truly. =) She is totally spoiling me for any other babies we may have *grin*

Thankful for… Days 18,19

Is it Wednesday already?

Day 18- so thankful that Tatum is such a good, calm baby!! She’s really spoiling us in parenthood with how easy she is!!

Day 19- thankful for the crockpot potato soup recipe I found on Facebook. Made that today and it was absolutely delicious and a great dinner choice for a winter day ❤

Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

Ingredients:
1 30oz. bag of frozen diced hash browns
1 32 oz box of chicken broth
1 can of cream of chicken soup (10 oz)
1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free)
3 oz bacon bits
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Put the potatoes in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cook on low for 8 hours or until potatoes are tender.
An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.
Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.
Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

Behind yet again, Thankful for… Days 15, 16, 17

Whew! It’s been kind of a crazy weekend, which is funny because being on maternity leave I don’t really do anything but play with Tatum and keep her fed and happy, and also carve out a few hours a day for working from home and chores. =)

Day 15…

Thankful for the time I had with my dog Aspen, who passed away a couple weeks ago at the age of 14. Her passing was (and still is) really hard on me, as I’ve had her since she was six weeks old and she’s been with me through a good portion of my life. I’m really thankful for the awesome memories I have with her and that she managed to touch so many lives and introduce me to so many awesome people during her short time here on earth. True story, if I didn’t have Aspen, I would never have met Wade and never would have the amazing family we have right now. I owe her so much, and I hope she’s at peace. RIP Aspen. ❤

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Day 16…

Thankful for really patient photographers who take the time to happily take family photos that include TWO six week old babies and a 3 year old toddler (Not to mention the 63 year old man who acts like a toddler….DAD!) *grin* I’m really looking forward to our Christmas cards this year, I think they’re going to be amazing, and I’m really excited to have a picture of our entire family together, as I know my mom is too. ❤ Thanks to Mary Cyrus Photography here in Dallas, TX!

Day 17…

Thankful for this contraption:

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It’s called a MamaRoo swing, and while they normally sell for $300 in stores, I scored one on a local Facebook garage sale group for $50 in like new condition. This thing is saving my life a couple hours at a time and it’s absolutely amazing. THANK YOU MAMAROO!! ❤

A November of Thankfulness <3

Going to try to do my yearly thankfulness routine for the month of November. I missed yesterday so here goes two!

Nov 1 – Thankful for an easy pregnancy, an uneventful birth, a healthy and beautiful baby girl, and the blessing we’ve waited for a long long time.

Nov 2- Thankful for the Pandora Radio Lullaby station that’s currently keeping that little blessing from screaming.

Weekend Wrap-Up

Wow – we were really busy this weekend!  I was so ready to be done with this week at work that the weekend had been looming for me for what seemed like forever and it was finally HERE.

There is a very small historical cemetery near our house that over the last few months had become quite overgrown.  It really made me sad driving by it 1-2 times a day and thinking about how if those were my ancestors I certainly wouldn’t be happy with the neglect the cemetery was going through.  Finally after contacting the owners of the cemetery and finding out the people in charge had just kind of forgotten about it and would be unable to do anything about it for a while, I decided to do something about it myself!  I organized a bunch of people from Murphy, and we all went out there Saturday morning for the big CLEAN-UP!

I was so excited at the number of people who showed up to help spruce up!  I think at one point I counted 17!!!  I absolutely love living in a small town.  New friends were made, and lots of fun was had, and I LOVED everyone’s kids that came to help as well!  What a really awesome group of youngsters and parents!  ❤

Here’s our album of pictures from McMillen Cemetery Clean-Up Day!

https://plus.google.com/photos/111290182317687401101/albums/6037795749909604929?authkey=CJnNzMi86-yePw

Then after we were done with that, my parents came over and we went over for our first 3D ultrasound of Miss Tatum!  I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but we got some amazing pictures, and a DVD of the entire session!  It really is amazing the clarity of the photographs and video you can get with the 3D.  I think my parents were absolutely fascinated! (I certainly was!)

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I really love them all, but the one of her yawning gets me every time.  ❤  Getting so much closer to meeting her in person, it’s really flying by at this point!

Sunday we spent kind of a leisurely day (with the exception of our air conditioning unit going on the fritz, but we combated that by just staying out of the house as much as possible)…  Hit up the local flea market and came home with a second “Tatum” street sign, a new pot for my Aloe plants, and Wade got a new rain gauge.  😉

Once we got home we headed to the pool.  MAN all the rain on Thursday made that water FRIGID.  Wade was making fun of me because once I got my feet in it took me almost an hour to get the rest of me in the pool.  He kept telling me I was freezing our baby, but honestly, it felt a lot better than my hot stuffy house with no AC!

We ended up going to dinner with Dad at Cracker Barrel – it’s his birthday tomorrow and he’s bacheloring it this weekend while my mom is at the beach so we’re meeting up with him as much as we can!

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Father, Daughter, and Granddaughter all hitting the rocking chairs 😉  That bump is getting kind of ridiculous for 6 months!  ❤

After that we came home and I tried to do some things to keep my mind off the heat in the house so I ended up finishing Tatum’s nursery letters!  Just need to hang them now!  I’m really happy with how they came out – I think they’re really cute.  =)

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And now I’m sweaty, exhausted, and ready to go to bed!

Coming up on July 29….. Maternity pictures on the BEACH!!!!  ❤

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