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Hello! Has everyone been managing to stay cool this weekend? It is way too hot to get out and do anything in my opinion. I had to go out yesterday to the DMV to renew my driver's license...yippeee...nothing like doing that with a new baby! But luckily he slept most of the time. He is a good baby.
 
Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas to get rid of Jared's butt problem.  It is still there, but I have not been able to get bag balm yet or antibacterial vaseline. I know Bag Balm well. I grew up on a farm and we used it for everything. I am glad you reminded me about that! Anyway, today I am doing laundry and cannot hang out for long. But I hope you all have a marvelous weekend!
 
FRUGAL TIP
This tip I received from my frugal tip of the day newsletter. I haven't tried it, so if anyone does, be sure to report back and let us know. Also, I am confused about washing soda...can someone tell me what that is? Is it like Borax? Thanks:

A recipe for laundry soap!
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This will cost you only around $7 a year to make your own soap!
You will need:
Bar of Ivory soap
1 cup of washing soda (Arm and Hammer for example)
Directions:
Fill large bucket or container with 3 gallons of hot tap water. Grate the bar of soap into a saucepan. Add just enough water to cover the soap, and heat, stirring constantly until soap is dissolved. Add soap/water mixture to the hot water in the bucket. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup of washing soda and stir (do not mix up these steps). As this cools, it will turn into a white gelatanious soap. Thickness depends on the size of bucket used. Use 1 1/2 to 2 cups per load of laundry. You can add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the load as well. Use 1/2 cup vinegar in a downy ball as a softner (the vinegar smell does not stay in your clothes).
 
RECIPE
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 cups quick oats
1 cup raisins
 
Cream shortening and sugars. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Stir together flour, salt, soda, and spices. Fold into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and raisins. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonsfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
 
***NOTE***my friend showed me a way to make all cookie recipes yield stay soft cookies. In dough, add one box of vanilla instant pudding (just the powder). Cookies stay soft and chewy!
 
Alice
SAHM to Jared 4 1/2 months