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Homemade Disinfecting Wipes


I ran out of my homemade cleaner the other day and found this recipe.  Since I had almost all the ingredients, I thought I would try this out.  I liked that I could use my essential oils, and that it is disinfecting!  And, Have I ever mentioned…I love the smell of essential oils!?! Added bonus: it’s inexpensive to make!!!


  • old baby wipes container or sealable plastic container
  • white vinegar
  • tea tree oil
  • lavender oil
  • castile soap
  • old t-shirts cut up I used 5
  • water


  • Put cloth into wipes container or plastic container with lid.  Just about anything with a lid will work.


  • 2 cups of water
  • a big squirt of castile soap (mine was castile soap and lavender oil)
  • 1/2 c. of vinegar
  • 6-8 drops tea tree oil and
  • You can also add 6-8 drops of lavender oil if you wish (my castile soap was infused with lavender so I only added 3 drops)
  • Pour liquid mixture over cloth

Voila!  When you are done wiping down counters, or toilets, or whatever, simply throw these in the wash with your clothes, and make a new batch!  I keep my wipes on the kitchen counter so they are handy to grab!

Trim the Tree

We have never had a real Christmas tree before. We have always been saving the real tree for the first year in our new home.  Needless to say, us adults were just as excited as the little ones!  I think our next yard sale will probably have an artificial pre-lit Christmas tree in it!  We bought our tree the night before the big ice and thought we would spend the next day shut in, making ornaments and decorating the tree.


The kids were very excited  when daddy brought in the tree.  Lee likes to take every opportunity he can to use his knife, so he helped his daddy cut off the plastic while the other kids hauled water to give our thirsty tree a drink.


The next day I made a big pot of stew and we started working on ornaments.  We thought it would be fun this year to make our own ornaments and I really didn’t want to try to  find ours in storage!  A few weeks before I bought several packs at Hobby Lobby 40% off and we also made up a few on our own (the snowflakes and angels).


We had already made several ornaments in the weeks before but they really got in a hurry while they were looking at an empty tree!  The kids really had a great time with all the glitter, glue and stickers!  I sure hope they did anyway, I think it took 4 sweepings and 2 moppings and there is still a sparkle of glitter that catches the eye every now and then!








We made the angels out of paper plates.  We cut them in half, made a cone shape out of one side and stapled the other side to the back for the wings.  We punched a hole in the top and added a string for a hanger and the kids glittered them up.  They thought the angels needed heads, so I dug our some cotton balls and they glued them on.




I tried to stay as hands off as possible this year!  I wanted this to be their tree.  In the past I have always been such a perfectionist and shamefully didn’t let them help too much!  Lee helped me string the lights and then I tried explaining to them how you wanted to spread out your colors and try to make a pattern of sorts, then I just put hooks on and let them go. They really did a beautiful job and were very proud of their work.  Momma is very proud too!





Sewing Adventures – with 17 kids and counting!


The “girls”, Stacy, Jess & I recently had a little sewing day.  I have never been taught to use a pattern and I was very excited to learn!  The kids had a great time playing.  Mostly the big ones played outside, and the “littles” stayed inside, but every once in a while Eli and Mary Claire would sneak out to play with the big kids.


This is me…learning to cut out my pattern…I still have so much to learn.  I am thankful for patient friends!  We all planned on matching dresses for our little girls and our plan for the day was to have one completed.  Plans change!  Its hard work sewing with 17 kids. :)   We still left with one nearly completed dress.  I’m hoping after we move I can finish the other one!  I stayed so busy I didn’t stop to take many pictures, so I borrowed some from Stacy’s post.


This is my “almost completed”  dress for Jo Anna.  I think we would all agree that a dress with a round yoke and curved gathered pockets should NEVER qualify as an “easy” pattern.  Having this one under my belt definitely gives me a little confidence!


REALLY…we didn’t put the kids in a cage!

Thanks again to Stacy for her hospitality and patience!  And thanks to Madisyn for lunch and all those yummy chocolate chip cookies!  And to Jess for the “made by momma with love” tag that made the dress extra special!  At the end of the day we sat and visited a little while and then had all the kids pose for a quick picture.  Look at all those kids!  No wonder we didn’t get finished!!!


Madisyn suggested a mommy picture as well and we obliged…



Momma Jewelry


In celebration of Motherhood, I thought I would take time this week to make something special for some great momma’s and friends I know.   The blue beads are for our boys, the pink for our girls, and the clear for those un-born and those in the arms of Jesus.  I hope they will like them.

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.  PSALM 127:3-5


For more “momma jewelry”  check out……BIRD EGG JEWELRY.


Homemade Diaper Wipes Solution

I really like these wipes!  They smell so great, and you can even customize the smell.  They are great for in-between bath baby wipe down and there even great on the kitchen table to clean off those spaghetti faces!  The recipe is easy and if you have a little one you already have all the ingredients you need.  It takes about 5 minutes to make them.


What you need:

  •  a round or square plastic container with a tight-fitting lid (the one I use is a Better Homes and Gardens 7 1/2 cup size.  The papertowels fit perfect in it)
  • thick, strong roll of white paper towels (I like Viva brand, as it is very thick and strong but also soft and cloth-like)
  • Sharp, serrated knife to cut paper towel roll in half
  • 2 cups water that has been popped in the microwave for 2 minutes and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. baby shampoo or baby wash (I like Johnsons bedtime because it has a lavender smell)
  • 1 Tbsp. baby oil (I like Johnsons Aloe Vera & Vitamine e)


 Cut your paper towel roll in half and remove the inner cardboard tube.

Then mix your liquid ingredients in container and place one of the paper towel halves inside, cut side down (save the other half for the next time you need to make wipes).

Pour the Liquid over your paper towels.

 Put the lid of the container one tightly and let it sit until all the liquid is absorbed.

Next, turn the container upside down and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Then turn it right side up, open your container, and “start” your roll by pulling a towel from the center of the roll.

You have just made baby wipes that will not only clean your baby’s skin, but make it feel super-soft as well! Plus, these wipes are alot cheaper than commercial brands and don’t contain unknown  ingredients.

If you would prefer to make washable, reusable wipes, simply use this solution along with cloth wipes!

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