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 


Adventures in Organic Gardening 

OMG. I started planting two weeks ago and we’re finally almost done for a while!┬áAll I have left to do is plant carrots and peas and then broccoli rabe, eggplant, and butternut squash once the spring crops are harvested. And build trellises for the zucchini, cucumbers, and peas.

I can’t wait to see how much money we save on our grocery bill!

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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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Mom Hack Monday: Natural Pink Eye Remedy

Rue woke up with her left eye completely crusted shut. It was red and inflamed and she kept rubbing it so I knew there was an infection.

Immediately, papa Rodriguez was freaking out, but I knew we could treat it if we acted fast. Tea tree and lavender are the two essential oils I always grab when there’s any kind of infection, cut, scrape, or burn because of their natural antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.

We’re all out of tea tree right now but we never go without lavender and since it’s one of the most gentle oils, that’s what we used.

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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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Mom Hack Monday

Rue got an awesome art easel for Christmas and it’s been her favorite toy ever since.

We didn’t have any dry erase markers when we got it so we started her on the chalkboard side since we had a lot of chalk.

One day I had the idea to let her paint on the white board side and since then, we’ve also used regular markers on it as well. Washable markers and kids paint both stick to the white board nicely and wash off easily with a wet rag so we never went out and bought dry erase markers!

I love that there’s no paper waste it also teaches her a new way to clean up.

So save your paper for actual crafts and let them get endless hours of creativity out this way!

Happy crafting!



Vegetables That Actually Regrow in Water

 You’ve probably seen this post or one like it about regrowing vegetables from kitchen scraps.

I’m here to report that it actually works! I’ve had great succees doing this with scallions, celery, and Napa cabbage. 

They all last a few months just in water on the counter. 

Just clip with scissors and change the water when it starts to get green and slimy. 

Once the roots of the vegetables get too long for the jars, transplant into a pot of organic soil and keep in a sunny window for year round garnishes! 

I really want to try garlic and carrot tops next! 

I did not have success with Romaine lettuce the few times I tried. It turned brown before it started to regrow, and just shot right up into one long stalk of plant when I transplanted it in soil. So I’ve given up on that. 

Which of these vegetables have you tried to regrow? Did they work for you?  

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