Featuring:

  • Adam – Dr. Frankenstein’s monster (Mary Shelley fans will note the distinction with pleasure)
  • Madeleine – Bride of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster
  • Gus – the Mummy
  • Also featuring 5 year old me as the witch  (because it’s my blog so I get in there twice)
  • Aaaand my baby sister Mawney as Dracula because she’s flooded out in Thailand and… well, look at the face!

(I’m sorry. I can’t sleep.)

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I don’t know why, but this video encapsulates EXACTLY what it’s like to live with Adam.

(Also, that last shot is torn right from my nightmares. I swear our first child will come out with a full beard, just ready to mess with me.)

Tough Love Thursdays

Ok, I’m going to give it to you straight.  When you pay for crap in a store, the majority of the purchase price goes to marketing, advertising, packaging, transportation and display- the actual PRODUCT itself is worth just pennies of each dollar you spend. 

This is why it’s worthwhile to make your own stuff as much as possible. What kind of stuff, you ask?Well, laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioner and cleaning supplies, for starters.

Making your own products ends up being cheaper, better for you and better for mother earth too  (won’t someone think of the children!)

I am a clean freak and I’ve been doing this for like three years. It’s simple, it’s cheap and it works. Let’s get started.

                                                LAUNDRY SOAP!

Don’t be intimidated, kittens! If you can operate a cheese grater and a measuring cup, you can do this.

First of all, go to the grocery store and wander through over to the laundry aisle. Note how you can smell the overpowering scents of “Fresh Breeze” and “Spring Meadow” even through their SEALED containers – this is gross.

Commercial laundry detergents use chemically derived fragrances and harmful chemical compounds to coat the fabric that we wear closest to our skin.

This is bullshit (and overpriced bullshit at that).

SO, ignore all of the brightly coloured expensive plastic bottles of chemical goo and look along the bottom shelf – that’s usually where the good stuff is stashed. The stuff with no advertising budget, no marketing strategy. Just pure product.

You’re going to buy one box of Washing Soda, and one box of Borax. Note how they are packed in easily recycled cardboard boxes as opposed to hulking great plastic bottles.

     

Now go over to the baking aisle and get a giant box of baking soda. Then pay for your shit (probably a total of $20 or less) and go searching for natural soaps.

If there’s someone in your town who makes soap, support them. If not, see if you can find Dr. Bronner’s bar soap at your local health food store, I usually use eucalyptus or peppermint (this bar is Rose scented because I like pink).

                                             

If you live in a backwater hellhole where no one makes soap and you can’t find Dr. Bronner’s, don’t despair, you can use Sunlight soap. It’s not as eco-friendly but it’ll do the job. 

Get two bars of whatever soap you’re using and pop them in the freezer for a few hours so they harden – then grate them.

Add the grated soap to 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Baking Soda and 1 cup Washing Soda. Mix well.

You’re done!

Use 1-2 tbsp per load, it’s safe for HE machines too.

I know I sound a bit preachy, but all joking aside I can’t overstress the importance of initiatives like this. We can make stuff ourselves! We don’t need huge corporations to sell us this junk. I’m completely incompetent at things like basic addition but I KNOW cleaning, and this works like a hot damn and I’d estimate that this detergent probably costs like a penny a load. Maybe half a penny even!

Do it. Send me pictures. I’ll send you a puppy.

(I will not be sending you a puppy. But seriously, do it.)

Tufting and bunting and dishes – oh MY!

Some things I am coveting:

         

1. Tufting. Specifically the tufting on this sofa from Gus Modern (the company is called GUS! Doesn’t that entitle me to a free one?). And actually just this sofa in general, except in Canada we call them davenports. Why, WHY does this amazing davenport have to be so expensive? I love it ever so much. Please I wish it to come home with me.

I KNOW I said I would never buy anything from Ikea again but I might have to settle for the cheap imitation on the right. The likelihood of my ever having a spare $4K to spend on a davenport is nil (champagne taste and beer budget and all).

         

         

2. Bunting! I’m kind of obsessed with bunting lately. There’s a crafty lady I know who makes bunting out of recycled coffee bags, and last Christmas one of my friends got me one that said JOY in red letters against a burlap background and I love it. It’s perfect for Christmas and now I am kind of obsessed with just, bunting in general. Even the name delights me: Bunting.

Bunting.

BUNTING! Brings to mind bunny punting.

Ahem. Moving on…

 

3. Mismatched Plates. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while as it fits into both my colourful home and eco-friendly agendas. I’d love a stack of 8-12 dinner plates that were all the same (or similar) sizes but totally different patterns, colours, styles, eras etc.

This would be the perfect way to replace my aging and dwindling dish supply without spending a buttload of money or creating more waste by buying something brand new. Plus, no stress if one breaks, just go to the Sally-Ann and spend .25 more for a replacement.

OMFG what an amazing idea Ima do it. 

That’s all for the moment.

p.s. Adam discovered the paint post yesterday, I swear to you I would do it all over again just to see the look on his face as he was inspecting our room, trying to find the spot. I made him admit that he couldn’t find it because the stain was NO LONGER VISIBLE and shake on this fact before I pointed out the location. And then dear readers, he got down on his hands and knees and SNIFFED the carpet! 

I have no words. It was awesome. Totally worth the panic and the rubbing and the blotting. Totally.