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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Going Green(er)…..

This year I thought I’d do something a little different. I’m not going to make resolutions (because I never keep them anyway) and why set myself up for failure. Instead, I’m going to try to make several small changes that will hopefully set me up to make bigger changes throughout the year as my small changes build on themselves. Confused? Me too =)

One of the things I started to work on last year (and to be honest the year before as we were trying to get pregnant) was to go a little more natural in my everyday life. Use more natural products, eat more natural and less processed foods. Purchase organic where I can.

This year I’m hoping to expand on that. Especially with a new baby in the house! There are so many natural baby products out there, and so many more good options for household items that the prices seem to be getting more reasonable and easier on the pocketbook for the average family.

My two new things this week are I’m starting to learn about essential oils and all the different uses and different oils available. I think it’s going to take me forever to learn, but so far what I HAVE learned and put into practice has been really awesome and seemingly has been working! It’s really exciting!

I also got some organic wool dryer balls that I’m going to try out (if I can ever find time to get some laundry done now that I’m back at work and done with maternity leave) and I’m looking forward to “reviewing” those!

I’ve also added a recycle “bin” to the kitchen so it’s more accessible and easier for me to make the commitment to saving things to be recycled. So far that’s going really well too!

My other small change that I’m going to try to make over the next couple months is healthier/cleaner eating and also to start adding in some weekly exercise to my routine. I have some other mom’s locally wanting to do a walking group, so as soon as it warms up a tad I’m ready to get started on that a couple times a week!

If you haven’t heard enough about Aspen yet…

Here’s another update 😉

Aspen is doing REALLY WELL!  I’m trying to remain cautiously excited, but it’s really looking good for her right now!  I’ve gotten almost en entire can of food in her today and she’s kept it down.  She’s also kept down all her meds and homeopathics and a bunch of coconut water.  She’s still not doing very well with her limp, but she’s got really bad arthritis, and honestly that was troubling for her even before the bout with pancreatitis, so I’m not really concerned about the limping.  =)  It does seem much better in the afternoons about an hour or two after her dose of arnica, so I’m thinking that’s probably really helping her out!

I spent some time out in the backyard working on winterizing the garden (I know, I know, Winter is almost over) and she found herself a nice little sunny spot in the yard and lounged around for a bit watching what I was doing.  She really seemed to enjoy her time outside, and I was really happy to see her sunning herself.

I know, realistically in the grand scheme of things, she probably doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot of time left in this world, but I’m so happy to have been granted some more time with her and that she’s feeling good enough to enjoy it.  Thank you so much everyone for your prayers for her – it’s been a rough road, and though we’re not out of the woods yet, I can see the clearing through the trees!!!

An Encouraging Monday Update

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Some good news to report!!! Miss Aspen seems to be improving!!

She ate almost a full 13oz can of food today (2 spoonfuls at a time) and the last two meals she ate almost entirely directly out of the bowl! I’ve been “chasing” each meal with a spoonful or two of plain non-fat yogurt and so far everything has stayed down!

I did add some homeopathic remedies for pain and nausea to the mix today. I dissolved them in some coconut water and syringe fed them to her twice today and they really seemed to give her a boost in the right direction! I’d read that for dehydration, coconut water is better than regular water, so I’ve been giving her syringes full of that a few times today and plan on continuing that until she’s drinking on her own a little more regularly. I did see her take a few licks from the water bowl today, which is also totally awesome!

Keep those prayers coming – they’re working!!!! ❤

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