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The big kid room…

I spent half the week painting the upstairs bedroom (which is twice as big) so that Jeff and I could move upstairs.  Amazingly I didn’t get any paint on any pets and only a little on me.  As we were cleaning up after the painting stuff Jeff suggested we clean the carpet, it smelled a little musty from being closed and the previous owners of the home smoked so it still smelled a little of smoke.  I recently became a member of Young Living Essential Oils and I thought this the perfect time to test them again.  I have been super pleased so far every time I have used them on ourselves as well as in the house!  I looked up how to make a carpet deodorizer which I was thankfully surprised was so easy.  All needed was their Purification oil and their Thieves oil mixed into baking soda (which we buy in bulk for the sheep).  I put 1 cup of baking soda 10 drops of Purification and 5 drops of the Thieves, after whisking this together I let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes.  This fit perfectly into a half pint mason jar with a lid with holes in it which sprinkled perfectly on the carpet.  We waited 20 minutes to vacuum this up and it smelled so amazing, it was citrusy and bright with no hint of the previous odor!  With our bed moved upstairs and we are mostly moved and it is s much brighter and happier upstairs (I also don’t have to think skinny thoughts to get out of bed so close to the wall).  You can get the mason jar lids here and the mason jars here.IMG_4203

Squeaky clean

I have been making soap for our home for about a year now, today I tried a new recipe.  I used almond milk instead of water, we will see how this turns out in about 4-6 weeks.  For those of you who have never made soap this is how I do it (I am not a soap expert but it gets us clean).  First I measure out all the ingredients by weight in plastic cups.

The next step is to mix the lye with the water or milk.  I used and ice water bath to keep the lye mix from heating up to much so that I can add it to the oils.img_3671  After lye is mixed set aside and melt solid oils in a pot.  Once the lye and the oils reach between 90-110 degrees you mix them together.

I use a hand mixer to mix the soap, the soap is mixed until it reaches what is called “trace” which is like runny pudding.

At the trace point you add essential oils and colorants (I added vanilla oil and calendula petals to this soap).  At this point you place the liquid soap into the mold (grease the mold with oil to help release the soap later I used coconut oil).  I added some extra flower petals on the top to make it pretty.