Home Made Cleaning Products

This weekend we concentrated on replacing our cleaning product with home made ones.

PROJECT:  Make your own Washing Detergent.

How easy is this!  Three ingredients, a large bucket, 24 hours and some old milk cartons and I now have enough detergent for at least 6 months. This is based on a family of 5 – four adults and a toddler which approximates to about 6 full loads of washing per week.  20 litres x 125ml (1/4 of a cup) of detergent, though after some experimentation I believe you could use less.

I was going to post a video on how to do it but I just followed along with Completely Nourished’s Video. The one thing I would change is I would probably add a scent as it smells a bit soapy maybe a couple of drops of Eucalyptus oil.


Borax – 125g $1.00

Washing Soda – 250g $0.92

Soap – 2 Bars $0.98

Total Cost:  $2.90 At a 1/4 cup per load this equates to $0.02 per load.

RESULTS:  To come.


PROJECT: Make your own Dishwasher Detergent.

This one is even easier.  Four ingredients and a container with a lid.  Add the ingredients to the container and shake it up.  Here’s how.

As a little upgrade, I’d like to research making this into dish tabs because I know my family will over fill the dispenser in the dishwasher, you only need 1 tablespoon.  And as an added extra use vinegar as a rinse aid.  Too cheap.


Borax – 125g $1.00

Washing Soda – 125g $0.46

Salt – 62.5g $0.05

Citric Acid – $1.79

Total Cost:  $3.30 At 1 tblspoon per load this equates to $0.12/load

RESULTS:  To come.

Total Cost of these ingredients came to  $21.64 AUD but as there were large quantities in each I should be able to make a few more batches.

Chicken Lickin Good?

This is how it went…..

I was collecting my son from his daycare and his teacher said –  Alice knows all about the chickens, have a talk with her and she’ll let you know what you need.

Our Six Chicks

Me  ??????

“What chickens?”

“Aren’t you adopting some of the chickens?  Your husband said you were……”

“I’m not having chickens, what is he thinking?  We have a CHOOK KILLER at home!”

After much discussion and reassurance we are now the proud owners of six chickens.  Six is all we’re allowed on our suburban block so let’s hope we get a couple of hens.

I’m Eggcited!


And of course Aden is extremely eggcited (sorry couldn’t resist).

They came from Henny Penny Hatching.  A great program in which they set up 12 to 13 eggs in an incubator and they hatch out over a couple of weeks.  The kids get to watch them hatch, feed them and harass them.   Kidding.

Now we embark on our journey in chicken farming.  Ha ha

Who me?

Assuming Brodie will let us!


Fatty Liver Diagnosis

So I have been diagnosed with a Fatty Liver…..  And what does that mean,  it means that everything that is wrong with me can now be explained!

Hot Flushes – I thought I was going into early menopause.

Fat Belly – the liver is enlarged

Tiredness and irritability, stressed.

Unable to lose weight.

The good news is that the liver is the only organ in the body capable of healing itself and by a change in diet and some supplements I should be feeling a lot better soon.

So with this in mind and with my new venture into gardening, I’d like to share a recipe I discovered in Dr Cabot’s Fatty Liver book.



10 Pieces homemade pickled  beets

1 handful fresh young beet leaves or arugula, washed and chopped.

1 Small Red Onion

1 Celery Stick with leaves finely chopped

1/2 bunch fresh Basil

10 Walnuts or 1/2 cup Pine Nuts

250g goat cheese or fetta in bite sized pieces


Cold Pressed Olive Oil

Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 tsp Mustard

1 tsp Honey


Chop all herbs and onion and place in a bowl.  Dry roast walnuts/pinenuts in a skillet or fry pan on low heat.  Watch carefully so as not to burn them.  Put aside to serve.

Just before serving, add the beet and goat cheese to salad bowl.

Whisk olive oil, honey, mustard and apple cider vinegar in a bowl and pour over salad, add nuts to serve.


How to Pickle Beetroot

There are lots of recipes for pickled beetroot, I’m going to use one that is liver friendly, however they’re mostly the same but Dr Cabot’s recipe adds onion as onion is good for the liver.


1 Bunch Beetroot

1 medium Red Onion

1 large Bay Leaf

1/2 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tbsp Honey

1 Clove

Black Pepper and Salt

Juice 1/4 Lemon

1/2 tsp Fresh Mustard or approx 20 Mustard Seeds


Wash and Peel Beets and chop into chunky pieces.  Fill saucepan with water add beets and spices (water should cover the beets generously) Heat, then add honey, vinegar and lemon juice.

Cook on low heat for 45 minutes, add chopped red onion and cook on low for another 25 minutes.

Check occasionally so as not to overcook

At this point it can be served hot as a side dish or drain and cool for salads.

I found a lovely little vinaigrette to go with this.


Make the vinaigrette by combining the cider vinegar, sugar, olive oil, and dry mustard.  Whisk ingredients together with a fork.  The dry mustard will help to emulsify the vinaigrette.  Adjust to taste.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Combine beets and vinaigrette in a bowl and allow to marinate for a half hour at room temperature.

Please Note:  This is not preserving and should be eaten within the week.

 Handy Tip:  How to Remove Beetroot Stains from your Hands!

Our Worm Farm

What can I say about our Worm Farm adventure….

What I would do different:

Make sure the plastic container wasn’t brittle plastic.  When drilling the drainage  holes the plastic it cracked.

Get a dark coloured container as the wormies like the dark and we ended up painting the sides of the container black to block out the light.

And probably get another 500 worms, we only got 500 and it looks like we produce too much household scraps for them.

Other than that it was fun and in a few weeks hopefully we’ll have some really great fertilizer.

Here’s how we did it

The Weekend Homesteader

So I’m really excited. I have just finished reading everything Anna Hess has ever written.

For those who don’t know Anna, she and her husband Mark are Homesteading on a 58 acre property in Virginia and she released a series for Weekend Homesteaders……  Me!

It is a monthly series with projects for each weekend of the month and though it is set in the Northern Hemisphere it’s pretty easy to translate it here in Oz.  The series begins in May ie November here so I have a couple of months before I can start my garden but the other books have projects I can do now such making bread and a rainwater tank for the garden.

I know it sounds obvious – making bread.  I mean you don’t need a book to tell you how to do that, just google it but Anna’s series of projects has the ability to get procrastinators like me off their proverbial and get into it.

I feel like I can do something now towards our dream of being self-sufficient while we’re waiting for the property market to improve.  Yay!

If you’d like to learn more about Anna and her way of life you can find them here at Walden Effect and the Weekend Homesteader  books at Amazon.

I guess you just need something to click!

Just Call me a Financial Acrobat!

Ever felt like a Financial Acrobat?

I know most mum’s would, always robbing Peter to pay Paul.  There never seems to be enough cash to go around.

This morning at 4.30am I am looking at our budget, wondering how the hell I was going to pay for all this.  You see the MOTH needed to go to a funeral about 5 hours away from home.  So of course he gets a speeding ticket and a unroadworthy vehicle fine for a cracked muffler.  There goes the budget!

I sometimes think our partners have no idea on what things cost.  I am appalled by his lack of consideration, a speeding fine!  We all know not to speed and I think this so rude, but I only have myself to blame.  You see years ago when we were deciding on who was responsible for what, I got saddled with the finances.  Little did I know what was in store.

ME:  worry, going without, arguments.

MOTH:  deniability, blame game, evergreen attitude.

Several times over the years I have tried to give this responsibility to him or at least make joint decisions but with no luck.  You see I’ve let him believe that I can always find the money for these unexpected expenses and he thinks I’m a financial genius, flattering yes, but I’m sure he just doesn’t want the responsibility, why would you?

My advice to all is don’t take it all on yourself, make sure that it is shared and joint decisions are made about the family finances.


Going Home

Opah 11/7/1935 – 2/7/2012

Went home on the weekend.  Not really for the best of reasons…. a family friend died.  He was just worn out.  A lovely man and a lovely family.  The funeral simple just family and friends farewelling the life of a simple man who gave everything he had and lived a full and happy life.

We should all aspire to this.

While home I had the chance to catch with friends and family and I realised just how unhappy I am where I am.  So now the plan is to move from the Gold Coast somewhere closer to home.  Actually it’s not even a plan yet.  But now that I’ve made the decision of what I don’t want anymore I can move on with want I want.

Just take a look at this video of someone living off the grid in Canada.  Now I’m not saying this is for me but how awesome is it and what a lot of great ideas there.  Some I can take on board and some I won’t.


So many possibilities for living your life.  Just need to know…. How do I get there??


Feeling a Little Disheartened

So once again I’m sitting in my office wondering what the hell I’m doing here.  Was this where I wanted to be at the ripe old age of 40.  Shouldn’t I have the control now and not be jumping to the commands of diva bosses and self-important workmates.

Do you know what it’s like to achieve what you set out to do only to find that it’s no longer what you want.  And now you have a new dream and can’t get started because you’re tied to your old dream.

My new dream is to buy a piece of land and become self-sufficient.  I don’t want to be working for others anymore.  I’d like to be able to watch my son grow up and not let others do it for me, I’ve already missed out on too much!

How great would it be to own some land by a small running creek.  Build a self-sufficient house, like a Cob House for instance.

Some chooks, vege garden, underground water tanks and a massive solar power system.

This all takes money and time.  Money I don’t have because the property market is crap and our house wouldn’t cover the debt at present and time I don’t have cause I’m stuck at this desk!

Can I wait the two years the experts are saying that it will take the property market will recover……  this is the question!


For the Hundredth Time!

The inspiration for this blog doesn’t come from doing things over and over although this is probably the hundredth blog I’ve set up on my journey to conquering internet marketing.  It was inspired by Albert Einstein!

“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

This quote describes me to a tee!  I think and think and mostly things don’t turn out the way I want but I always believe that something can be learned from my failures and in the end I will achieve my dream of financial freedom.

I have been learning about internet marketing for about five years now and I always seem to get there and then everything changes.  I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome as well.  No more!

This blog is about putting into action the things I have learned.  I found it difficult to apply these skills because I believed that I had nothing to say.  Until I started reading other peoples blogs and became engrossed in their lives.  Maybe somewhere someone will be interested in my journey and will be inspired to change their life as well.

The catalyst for me?  It was reading Our Sonny Life.  A truly inspirational family.  You can read about Trek here.  Be warned it is a story that is inspiring but it doesn’t have a happy ending.  But it made me think about my life and where I want it to go.

I promise to share what I have learned, the good, the bad, the mistakes and the triumphs.  Stay tuned.


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