Smart Sheep! (My post about balls….)

IMG_9857

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!

Advertisements

Thankful… Day 26

Thankful today for the cool hobby that I seem to have a talent for! Making custom jewelry is a nice stress reliever for me, and I love working with all the different materials to make that special piece for someone. It’s not fancy jewelry like silver or gold, but it makes people smile and that makes me happy! My current favorite to work with is Czech glass, I just love the look and feeling and the bold beautiful colors and designs.

If you’d like, give me a visit at:

Vintages Texas Facebook

Vintages Texas Etsy

IMG_8881.JPG

Totally failing at being Thankful…

This trying to do something every day with a baby in the house is a total fail *grin*

Day 20-

Thankful for the opportunities we have had to travel.  We’ve been a lot of places and experienced a ton of cool things and I have a lot of memories that I wouldn’t have had.  I’m looking forward to traveling with Tatum and giving her the same experiences we’ve been fortunate enough to have!  ❤

Day 21-

Thankful for my job.  It’s a really good fit for me, and even though it has its stressful days (ahem…. the holidays) it has been a really huge blessing for me.  I love my boss, I love my coworkers, I love MOST of the customers *grin*, and I love not being stuck in an office staring at the same thing day after day.  I really love what I do, and I hope it shows in my interactions with my customers.  ❤

Day 22-

Thankful for good neighbors!  We are really fortunate in that we have some really great neighbors.  We love getting together and socializing with them, and they’re always happy to lend a helping hand.  Plus we have a cutie patootie baby two doors down that’s a few month older than Tatum that will be great for her to play with when she’s older.  =)

Day 23-

Thankful for my jewelry making hobby. I really enjoy the creative outlet, and it’s always a huge pleasure when others find delight in my work.  I know Wade is not thankful for the huge glut of beads that have taken over my side of the office, but I love all the materials I work with.  There’s nothing better than Handmade, I’m a huge believer in that!

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!)

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3

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!

photo 4

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.  =)

photo 5

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

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

%d bloggers like this: