Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I had a request from a friend for my homemade dishwasher detergent so here it is! I sometimes use a website called iHerb.com to get my ingredients but you can find them easily at other stores  and online at Amazon.


2 cups washing soda

2 cups oxygen bleach (I use Country Save, I do not use OxyClean as it is full of fillers which defeats the purpose of having a detergent that is void of harmful chemicals)

20 drops of lavender essential oil (optional but boosts cleaning power and smells good!)

20 drops of lemon essential oil (optional but again boosts cleaning power and scent!)


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Transfer to a storage container.

Use 2 tablespoons per load of dishes

NOTE:  I fill my rinse aid compartment with vinegar and it helps immensely!

* If you still have mineral deposits on your glasses you can add a tsp of citric acid to each load and that should take care of it.


Mystery Shopping is REAL!

I am a mystery shopper for a company called BestMark…shhhh! I get paid to go to stores and ask about products and then write a review on the service I receive.  There are restaurant shops where you get paid to have dinner (in addition to getting reimbursed for your meal).  Probably the best opportunities I’ve seen as of late are the oil change and tire rotation shops.  You get a free oil change/rotation in addition to getting paid for your time (this is typically $20-$25 PLUS reimbursement for your service). Who doesn’t want free oil changes?  Shops vary by location.  In my area there are a lot of automobile and department store shops.  Sometimes I am paid to ask about purchasing a new vehicle by going to a dealership and there are also shops that pay just for making a phone call or an inquiry on a website.  In the department store shops I typically have 2 areas of the store to visit.  I will ask about laptops or cameras, for example, and then take note on my experience and the help I received from the associates.  I also provide feedback on the store itself (cleanliness, items in stock, etc.)  It’s actually a lot of fun and easy money.

If you’re interested in Mystery Shopping for some extra cash just go through this link and sign up!  I would really appreciate it if you put my shopper ID WA9756 on your application when asked who referred you.  I know there are other programs out there for mystery shopping but this is the only one that I am a part of.  If I find more then I will pass on the good word!  Go earn some extra cash!

Two Thumbs Up For Thrive Market!

I am not a “couponer”.  The #1 reason for this is because MOST coupons are for processed foods that we try to steer clear of in my household.  Yes, you can get free groceries but that means nothing to me if I’m putting things in my body that aren’t good for me.  I actually stumbled upon Thrive Market when I was looking to purchase a probiotic.  I signed up for a free trial and was able to get 15% off my first order.  Essentially I got 1 bottle of probiotic free PLUS a free jar of organic coconut oil (they offer different freebies when you order a certain amount).  I was intrigued!  I started looking at the different products on the website and the prices for healthy products were much cheaper than you can find in any other store (believe me, I did my research!)

I encourage everyone to check it out, at least for the free trial period.  If you click on the banner at the top of this post you will receive 15% off of your first order.  You then register for free and start shopping.  There is food, health and beauty, baby, home and even items for your pets!  When you register you will be signing up for a 30 day trial which means you won’t pay a membership fee if you cancel before that trial period ends.  If you decide to continue to receive the discounted products you can pay a yearly membership fee and with your paid membership Thrive will sponsor a low income family. How awesome is that?!  If you decide to cancel you simply email or call (and shhhh….they will offer you a discounted membership fee to get you to stay!)

Do I think it’s worth it? Yes! Not only are you getting healthy food delivered to your door at wholesale prices but Thrive gives a membership to a family in need!  The mission of Thrive is to make healthy living affordable.  I LOVE THIS!

As a healthy mama I encourage everyone to give it a try at least for your trial period and first order.  With the 15% discount and free shipping over $49 you can’t go wrong.  You can try out some products you might not see at your regular supermarket and if you love it and decide to keep your membership then you can continue getting your orders shipped directly to you.  That is a perk in itself for this mama!  I mean, I do love taking my 2 children to the grocery store with me.  It is extremely relaxing (insert sarcasm here.)

One last tip…if you are gluten free, paleo, vegan or have other special dietary restrictions you can use the shop by filter to find products that fit your needs. Happy healthy shopping, friends!

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends


I read an article a long time ago about your “to do list” getting longer and longer but never finding the time to check things off.  I am actually one of those people that add things to my list AFTER I’ve done them so I can check them off.  shhhh….

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Make coffee
  3. Write a to do list

No seriously, there are things that nobody likes to do, like clean the bathroom.  Side note…when I had Lukas and my mom was visiting she asked, “Is there anything you need me to do? Do you want me to clean your bathroom?”  I was like, “No, you don’t need to do that.” and in my head I’m thinking, is my bathroom dirty?  A couple years later…Hey Mom, come clean my bathroom anytime you want! 

So anyways, this article was about a group of friends who would get together one time per month at a different persons house.  Each friend kept a running “to do” list.  When it was your turn to have friends over everyone worked together to knock out the list!  What a great idea! The lists included cleaning, freezer meal prep…you get the idea.

So I’m thinking, make some (Irish?) coffee, turn on some music and start a friend/mom/co-worker group.  The goal isn’t to sit and socialize but to knock out projects that you can’t seem to get around to WHILE enjoying some good company.  You set aside a few hours a month and when it’s your turn you get a clean bathroom!