DIY

DIY Soft Scrub

Growing up like an only child (my siblings are much older than me), saw me cleaning and doing many chores around the house. My mom trained me well, but I never quite loved cleaning. My personal nemesis was the dreaded bathroom. Yet, every week, like clockwork, I was cleaning the bathroom. One of the most effective cleaners I ever used was a simple paste for scrubbing. I used it for the sinks, counters and bathtubs.

Fast forward to being married and just starting to get interested in natural living. That old scrub just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Who knew what kind of chemicals is in that stuff! Also, we didn’t have a lot of money to waste on cleaning supplies so I had to figure something out and fast.

Scouring the internet saw lots of recipes, either baking soda and water or baking soda and castile soap. I didn’t like either. The water mixture worked well for scrubbing, but I didn’t feel like it was cleaning at the same time. The soap mixture was too concentrated, hard to wipe off and it felt like the baking soda was dissolving in the soap. So I decided to combine both recipes and see what happened. The mixture was pure genius! It had fantastic scrubbing power, was easy to use and wipe off. I find it even better than the commercial version, plus I can make it for pennies!

While you can make up any amount you wish, I recommend only making up small batches at a time. It’s just too easy to go bad with the water creating a perfect environment for bacteria and mold. Plus, if you run out, it only takes seconds to whip up some more. Next time the dreaded bathroom chores come around, give this cleaner a try…I think you’ll be impressed!  

DIY Soft Scrub
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. baking soda
  2. 1 Tbsp. castile soap
  3. 1 Tbsp. water, more as needed
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together; add extra water to make a thick, creamy paste.
Notes
  1. To Use: Scoop small amount on a clean, damp sponge. Scrub. Wipe off any residue with a clean damp sponge.
Goldilocks Domesticated http://www.goldilocksdomesticated.com/

 

 

 

Recipes

Minestrone Soup

Warm soup on a cold, wintery day, what could be better? We were enjoying the afternoon at a friend’s house and came home that evening to snow everywhere. When we woke up the next morning, we had lost all electricity, water and were very low on propane (which is what we use to heat our RV). With three young ones, it wasn’t smart to stay in the RV. So we packed up and headed to my parents house (They only live 30 minutes away.) My parents welcomed us with open arms and a request. Could I make dinner? So I set out to make this delicious soup.

This soup is one I’ve grown up on since I was small. The best part of this soup is all the veggies in it. It has cabbage, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Now I’m a picky eater…I grew up on corn, potatoes, canned green beans, cauliflower and the occasional broccoli. Surprisingly though, I love this soup! In fact, when I get a garden, I will grow cabbage and zucchini only for this soup. I would never grow them otherwise. Now, I’m working on eating more vegetables, and this soup has a big part in that. I never knew veggies could actually taste this good! Now if this picky vegetable eater loves this soup, why wouldn’t you? Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it!

Minestrone Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. turkey kielbasa
  2. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  3. 1 c. diced onion
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. 1 c. carrots, sliced
  6. 1 tsp. basil, crumbled
  7. 2 small zucchini, sliced
  8. 1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
  9. 2 cans (64 oz.) beef broth
  10. 2 c. shredded cabbage
  11. 1 tsp. salt
  12. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  13. 1 can (16 oz.) pork and beans
Instructions
  1. Slice kielbasa 1/2 in. Brown in oil. Add onion, garlic, carrots and basil; cook 5 minutes. Add zucchini, canned tomatoes with liquid, beef broth, cabbage, salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil; simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Add pork and bean with liquid. Cooked, covered, for 20 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!
Goldilocks Domesticated http://www.goldilocksdomesticated.com/

 

RV

6 Things to Consider When Buying a RV for Full Time Living

So this is a picture when we first bought our new home in August! When we first started looking into buying a RV, we always knew it would be our new home. We would be living in our new RV full-time. So from the beginning, I had a pretty specific list of things I was looking for, to make full-time living in a RV easier. Most of this was based on extensive research that I had done. While some of my requirements may be a bit unconventional, I was happy to have had this list when we started our hunt. Here is my list of things to consider when buying a RV for full time living.

          1.Future Family Plans – We had been planning on buying a RV since we were expecting our first child. However, we always knew that we wanted more children. I decided early on that the minimum bed space we would accept would be the master bedroom (queen size minimum) and a quad bunkhouse. That way, I can comfortably sleep my husband and I, plus 4-6 children without having to pull out the couch every night. This has served us well, as we have three children and plan on more in the future. As of right now, only one bunk is occupied in the bunkhouse (our two girls are still small enough to share a bed).

          2. Bathroom Placement – Most bathrooms in travel trailers are placed next to the bunkhouse, not the main bedroom. While that would work for vacationing, that was not okay with me. When we bought our trailer, I was seven months pregnant with our third child, meaning I was constantly using the bathroom in the middle of the night. I did not want to be walking to the other end of the RV in the middle of the night, just to use the bathroom. It would have also made showering more complicated. Our bathroom is right next to our bedroom and even has an extra door that leads into the bedroom. Though as a seven month pregnant woman, it was easier to go out the bedroom door and use the main bathroom door. Squeezing between the wall and the bed to access the bathroom was almost impossible those last few months!

         3. Interior Doors – Yes, I just said doors. Most RVs only have pocket doors or curtains that separate rooms. Living with young children, I wanted actual doors that could close and even lock if necessary! In our RV, the main bathroom door, bedroom door and bunkhouse door all have regular house doors (though a bit smaller). The bathroom even has a lock!

         4. Outdoor Living Space – While not a necessity, an outdoor extension of your living space is a wonderful things during the summertime. Our RV has an outdoor kitchen, complete with a mini fridge, gas burners and a sink. On the nice days you can’t imagine being inside, an outdoor kitchen is amazing. As an added bonus, during the winter it double as extra storage. Can’t beat that!

         5. Kitchen Space – When I was looking into the different RVs, I noticed that most RV kitchens are TINY. I couldn’t imagine all my kitchen items fitting in them. Kitchen space was important to me, as I’m home all day and have a family of five to feed. So we found a model that has an island, adding valuable work space, as well as cabinet space, and has a pantry, perfect for all the basic baking supplies and bulk foods I had. We have more than double the space of most RVs. I was even able to fit the majority of my kitchen items!

         6. Storage Space – Last, but definitely not least, the all important storage space. Most RVs these days have an amazing amount of storage space. This was especially important to us, as we live in our RV full time, have multiple young children and are planning on homeschooling our children. Everyone’s needs are different, but storage space is essential.

This was our list of things we considered for living full-time in a RV. In the end, we were able to meet these six goals admirably in our RV. However, your list may look different than mine and that’s awesome!

What are some things you would have to have for full-time RV living?