So, recently I have switched to using Nature Clean Dishwasher powder detergent. I have been fining the dishes have a residue. So I tried a little less detergent. That seemed to help some, but not so much in the glasses. Though I don’t find it is getting worse.

I also found that the dishes were not coming out clean. Dried foods bits, like potatoes, were still there. Our dish washer is old. The water pressure is not great with it and there are other issues in this old house. So I was not sure to blame the dishwasher or the detergent. The detergent seemed to work fine when I tried it as a trial for a few days about month or two ago.

Today as I was unloading the dishes, I noticed there was still some detergent left in the dispenser. Also a one dish was not at all clean and it was facing down, where the water surly would spray it. No doubt about that. But it was still completely dirty.

So I decided to take the dishwasher apart a little. I did not want to go to far, as I think, I may loose my way. Haha. I only really found the the bottom of the door was super dirty. I got that cleaned up. Put it back together as I thought, me and Chris can tackle the rest another time in the evening.

I through in a bunch of vinegar and baking soda. Set the washer to quick rinse with the dirty dish inside. And yes, it got rinsed! Yay. But, when I opened the door mid waymthe cycle, I noticed the water was not spraying out of the spinning blades very much. Maybe a couple inches high. And the rotating blade on top was not moving fast either.

So there you have it. We seen this before, took the washer apart right down and gave it a good cleaning. Worked fine until recently. And when I think about it, I can remember hearing the water spurting around the washer, loud, like it should be.

I’m happy to learn that I don’t necessarily need to switch detergents!!!

I was trying to use vinegar in the rinse aid, but I think it is plugged. Not sure how to clean that or even empty it. I’m not even sure where the rinse aid comes out of during the rinse cycle. I did find a bunch of plugged up holes (vents?) on the bottom of the door. Not sure if that is the area for the rinse aid to come out of . . .

Anyways, deep clean coming soon to our washer.

Oh yea, and, I found a tsp and 2 plastic spoons Thomas used to use (not for the past 8 months or so) trying to fit their way down the slotted drain. Oh dear!!

DIY Deodorant Tryout #2

Trying this DIY deodorant recipe again, January 6th.

I recently read an article that says you should detox from store bought deodorant for several weeks before switching to a natural (DIY) kind. It can cause irritation and other problems. When I first tried this recipe 3 or 4 months ago, two days later I was inflamed and itchy.

So here we go!

Update January 17th, 2019

This homemade deodorant is awesome!!! No irritation!! I guess it goes to show to take several weeks without deodorant before trying a DIY kind.

So I emptied one of my old deodorants from its case. Put the deodorant in a container marked, Hazard. As those cleaning and beauty products are not supposed to be disposed in your house hold garbage. Good question here: why do we lather ourselves in hazardous products?!

Once emptied I let the case and other parts soak I  warm soapy water. They got a good scrubbing with an old toothbrush and paintbrush in hard to reach areas. Though, I could not take away the old product smell.

Once dried, I put the case back together and and unwinded it so the inside platform was at the bottom of the case. Then I scooped my homemade deodorant inside, gently pushing it to the bottom. Once full pack it gently so it is well compressed. Put on the cover and your good to go!

The coconut oil melts quickly once applied, so I recommend half turns of the deodorant stick, so you don’t get an overabundance of product.

You could easily must skip the deodorant case and store the product in a container and apply with your fingers.

Also, if your shirt rubs on the product, you will get white smudges on the clothing, which can be washed.

Update, January 24, 2019

DIY deodorant still a go!! Super happy!

Harvey Wallbangers

Last night Chris took a trip to the liqure store. Not for beers but liqure. He could not remember the last time he bought that!

We are 10 years married, November 15th, 2008, and have not been able to share the experience together of having a few drinks! Except that one time on our 1st anniversary!

Reason being, firstly, we were set up by our moms! Not in a bar or party. Our moms. Sweet! We moved in together here in Summerside and shortly after our first pregnancy happened and engagement! What a happy time! Would not change a thing! Nothing!

So that being said, I was not drinking while pregnant. I was not drinking while breastfeeding either. That only lasted about 6 months and formula was used. So our first anninversary we went out together in Charlottetown at Baba’s bar. This was the last time I drank with Chris!

Sometime after, pregnancy #2! Breastfeeding for a year. Pregnancy #3, #4, and #5 and breastfeeding each child, each with a 2-3 month window of not pregnant or breastfeeding in between. Not much time for any fun!

So here we are, year 10. I’m not pregnant. I’m not nursing. I got some freedom! We were low on grocery items and did not have the ingredients to make my favourite drink, Bahama Mamas. We thought about my dad and a memorable drink he makes. Harvey Wallbangers!

We each had 4 drinks! 8 shots of liqure each. Within an hour or two. I don’t really remember. Oh what fun!! We talked and talked and laughed and laughed! Oh the social we were missing all these years! I was pretty tipsy! But not overly, well kind of. Hahaha.

Oh yes! I have to mention this! I was laughing so much, I pulled a muscle (or ligament) in my neck! Right beside my throat! Hahaha!!! It hurt to swallow and talk. But it was so funny!

Thank you Chris for giving me a great night! Xoxo

Full Days Work Ahead

  • Regular house chores –on the go . . . Sort of.
  • Laundry –on the go
  • Bake bread –Done!
  • Make sacks with the sewing machine. got some done!!
  • Supposed to tidy kids bedrooms. Jack and Julia’s room done.
  • Super =Beef Stew. – stewing!
    Bread and sub buns!
Jack and Julia’s room tidied. Took a box of toys out too. Still so much!
Couple more loads then done.
Sewing machine I borrowed. Lost the thread a couple times, learned how to redo the bobbin thread and load it! Yes!
Bags I made so far. Only takes a couple minutes to make one. If that! More material to choose from soon!