I’ve made the switch…

21 12 2012

Come follow my new **customized** layout!!!!


House of DLC


DIY Laundry Detergent

9 12 2012

For the past few months I have been making my own powdered laundry detergent.  I just go so sick of buying the kinds you can get at the store; they are overpriced.  My DIY laundry detergent costs me about $10-12 every batch, and each batch can last me 3-5 months.  Remember, I washing clothes for seven people right now.  We do about 10 loads a week not including biweekly bedding washes or the stuff I have to wash randomly throughout the week (dog beds, shower curtains, window curtains, ect.), and this detergent lasted for 3 months.  I don’t really know what else I could say to anyone to convince them to just give this a try.

The performance isn’t something I’d brag about from the rooftops.  It’s not Tide, to say the least.  I’d say its comparable to smaller brands like Purex.  You’re still going to need to pretreat heavy stains, but I think if you turned the detergent into a paste or liquid, worked it into the spot and let it set a bit before washing the staining would come out easier.

If you look on pinterest you will see a lot of different recipes for DIY liquid laundry detergent.  I’m sure this is an effective option, but I am a mom of three, a full-time student, the only housekeeper for the most part, and a volunteer.  I’m busy, and often don’t want to spend extra time boiling ingredients or whatever you have to do for the liquid type.  My powedered detergent took me 10 minutes to make including grating 3 bars of soap.

Keep Reading to learn how to may your own laundry detergent.

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Quick FYI, Upcoming Changes

5 12 2012

I am slowly making the switch to blogger.  I am not happy with wordpress.  Especially the requirement to pay money for extra customization.  It may take a while because I want to get it set up just right before I make the official switch, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up that it will be happening soon.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


Baby Eli {EB Awareness}

3 12 2012

Maybe you remember my post a little while ago about Baby Eason Friedel.

Maybe not.

In any case, its happened again.

Another soul has been born into this world with searing pain.

Meet Baby Eli.  He’s EB’s latest victim.

Born on November 27, 2012.  Look at the date of this post.  Not even a week old.

The skin has two layers; the outer layer is the epidermis, and the inner layer is the dermis. In individuals with healthy skin, there are protein anchors, called dermal papillae, between the layers that prevent them from moving independently from one another (shearing). In people born with EB, the two skin layers lack the protein anchors that hold them together, and any action that creates friction between them (like rubbing or pressure) will create blisters and painful sores..

Donate to Baby Eli

The Butterfly Fund



Presidential Elections 2012

8 11 2012

Obama is the President of the United States of America again.

Let me be honest.  I suspect that no actual change will occur.  At least, no changes in the current lives of American citizens.

At the end of this term, the National debt will be pretty much the same, if not drastically larger.  The economy will still be in its recession.  The rich will still get richer, while middle class American’s will be just barely floating–if even that, and the poor may still qualify for public assistance–although there no guarantee of that either.

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Baby Easton Friedel

2 11 2012

Heartbreaking, isn’t it?

Baby Easton was born August 23rd, 2012 at Auburn Memorial Hospital and immediately his parents knew something was wrong. He was missing skin on most of his limbs, covered in scary, deep red, open wounds. He came out screaming violently, his weak five-pound, fifteen-ounce body shaking because of the unbearable pain. Auburn Memorial hospital had never seen a case like this so he was transferred to Crouse, where the doctor had only seen 2 in his entire career. Baby Easton was unable to even take a pacifier for comfort because the friction of it against his skin left his lips blistered immediately…so they had to put in a feeding tube and his mom will have to pump instead of nursing him. His pain was eventually controlled with a combination of morphine and Tylenol, and he is on antibiotics to try to prevent infection from his many open wounds. He is getting new blisters from being cleaned after he goes potty…and needs to be medicated to tolerate the pain of cleaning him up. Changing his bandages is also extremely painful and calls for more morphine.  The doctors are talking about moving him from NY to Cincinnati Children’s hospital.  He is the worst case they have ever seen.–Support Baby Easton Friedel

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare genetic skin disease.  There is a defect in the connective tissue of the skin and mucous membranes.  This defect causes the skin to be delicate.  THe slightest friction, as slight as a baby moving his arms around, causes sever blistering all over.  Even in the mouth, stomach and esophagus.
The blisters are at great risk for becoming fatally infected.  The relentless blisters often to blindness, infection, disfigurement, disability and dehydration.  They have been compared to third degree burns.   Eighty-seven percent of babies born with EB die within the first 12 months.
It’s unimaginable the pain baby Easton, and many others, go through.  I can’t even bear the though of what baby Easton’s family is going through.  This was their fourth child.  I’m sure no one ever dreamed a genetic disorder possible.
Baby Easton’s medical bills are quite extensive and will not go down when he is released from the hospital.  He will need his special bandages each month costing about $10,000 each month, of which insurance will cover only $1,500.
Please, please spread awareness so that this disease is brought to light and we can find a cure.

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The Butterfly Fund




John Ward, we are looking for YOU!

30 10 2012

According to Lance’s birth certificate, you were born in DC.  You were 25 at the time of his birth in 1988.  Your middle name is Robert.  You had Lance with Melissa Hillman, and his two little brothers Roger Von and Jared James.

You left before Roger and Jared could even have a concrete memory of you.  Lance remembers you though.  He doesn’t know what happened to you but he would like to.

Where have you been, John?  Why haven’t you come back?  Is your heart so cold you don’t care about your sons?