Mom Hack Monday: Turn Bar Soap Scraps into Liquid Hand Soap

We love making something out of nothing around here. This is one of my favorite mom hacks. 
Save your bar soap scraps and start making liquid hand soap out of them! 

So it’s one less thing to throw away and one less thing to buy. A total win-win. 

You don’t need to wait until you save a cup of soap scraps if you really want to make this liquid hand soap today. Just melt a whole bar of soap! It works just the same!!

Any soap you have on hand will work. I used scraps from my homemade coconut oil shampoo bars and some locally made goat’s milk soap. 

This would be a great use for that drawer of tiny bars of soap that you’ve acquired from hotels around the country. I know you have one of those drawers. ­čśë We all do. 



That’s it for today’s mom hack! 

We’re off to play in Rue’s Splash Pad. Ôś║´ŞĆ 

Happy Monday!! 


Kanga ‘n Rue 


10 Ways to Eat Chia Seeds + Bonus Recipe!


Chia seeds are the seeds of a plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatamala. They are a great natural energy booster because of their unique ratio of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Chia seeds are the best plant source of Omega 3s, so vegetarian and vegan friends, please try them out!

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How to Make Almond Milk Lattes with Just Three Ingredients and a Blender 

I recently gave up drinking coffee. I made it a good month. Then one day I was so tired I absolutely could not get through work without some serious java assistance, so I stopped for a coconut milk latte on the way to work.

It certainly helped me get through the day but I live in the boondocks so I don’t have the option to buy lattes everyday. Plus, I hate spending money on stuff I can easily make at home for less.

Plus, making nut milk lattes at home is crazy easy. And you don’t need an espresso machine or a milk steamer.

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Immune Boosting Spice Blend


I am so excited to announce that we have launched an Etsy Shop where we will sell a variety of handmade organic natural living products that are safe for the whole family!

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What’s Cookin’ Wednesday: Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Today’s What’s Cookin’ Wednesday is all about a quick, nutritional breakfast option. Smoothies.

Smoothies are a great way to use up fruit that is under or over ripe as well as sneak in immune boosting ingredients that don’t taste all that great on their own. Like turmeric, sea vegetables, cacao nibs, etc.

Whenever we make smoothies we try to pack them with leafy greens and other naturally protein rich ingredients as well as vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. We’re fresh out of leafy greens today, but we’ve substituted a few other sources of protein/fiber/vitamins.

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Mom Hack Monday: Non-toxic Swiffer Wet Jet Refills

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I’m so happy to share this mom hack with you all because I love the convenience of using my Swiffer Wet Jet, but I hate using the toxic chemical cleaning solution┬áthat comes with it. Many conventional cleaning solutions contain dozens of lung-harming ingredients, carcinogens, formaldehyde, chloroform, and other hormone disrupting and cancer causing chemicals and fragrances. And there’s no sure fire way to know exactly which┬áchemicals┬áthese household cleaners contain because according to the Environmental Working Group, only 7% of cleaning products adequately disclose their contents!


These chemicals enter the blood stream once absorbed by the skin and inhaled through the lungs.

If you have kids, you know they basically live on the floor for the first 5 years of their lives. And they have a tendency to get into E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.┬áThat’s why I like to make sure that whatever we use to clean the entire house (floors included)┬áis safe enough to put on your skin or ingest.

Here’s Rue with the rag I was using to wipe down the counters. Good thing it’s just vingear and water on that rag!

While there are several healthier options on the market, I have found that homemade is safer, cheaper, and creates less waste. So we use our homemade vinegar all purpose cleaner for everything.

The cap on these Wet Jet cleaning solution bottles DO NOT twist off. I even tried using a screw driver to pry it off and it just wouldn’t come off. So I came up with an easy way to remove the cleaning solution that comes with the Wet Jet and replace it with my homemade vinegar all purpose cleaning solution.

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DIY on a Dime

When we bought this old farmhouse, the entire living space was carpeted. Like, walk in the front door…boom! Carpet.

So we knew we wanted to redesign this space but we were told the original flooring was concrete so they put carpet down on top of it.

My husband had to see for himself so he started ripping up the carpet and we were happy to find that a lot of the floors are actually wood!

Unfortunately, the living room was only half wood. The other half was plywood so we weren’t able to rip up all of the carpet. The wood that was there needed a lot of work. The contractors who redid this house before we bought it spray painted all of the trim, so the floors had ivory spray paint all over them. In addition to that, there were tons of nail holes, glue, and wear and tear.

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to rent a floor sander and a few days stripping the floors and refinishing them, we decided to take a cheaper, more unconventional route and paint them.

Paint. Yes. We painted our wood floors. And we love it! It has brought so much more light into the room. It’s amazing.

It only costed $85 and we did it in one night. My kinda project.

We removed all the carpet tacks, took a palm sander to the really rough parts, painted it (3 coats of antique white paint + primer) and put down new quarter round and floor transitions.

This naturally broke up the room into two separate spaces which I really like.


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