A Day with Mama….Homemade Laundry Soap

Lately, I have been inspired to make more and more homemade products. I’ve made homemade butter, herb butters, jams, jellies, bread and most recently laundry soap.  I cannot believe how easy this was and how much money is saved by doing so.  I posted pictures on our facebook page facebook.com/mamaslilguide and a few asked for the recipe.  Have Fun!!

You will need:

  • 1 Box of Borox
  • 1 Box Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
  • 1 Bar Fels-Naptha Bar Soap and a 5 Gallon Bucket (I got all items from Walmart.. they were all in the laundry aisle)

Grate Soap on small side of grater.  Take grated soap and 4 cups of water to a boil and stir contantly.  Get your 5 Gallon Bucket and fill 1/2 way with Hot Tap water.  Add 1/2 cup Borax, 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda then stir well.  Add desolved soap bar and add to water and stir well.  Finish filling the bucket to the top.  Cover or put lid on and let sit overnight.

In the morning, stir (I used a yardstick) well and begin to fill used laudry detergent bottles half way… then fill the rest with hot tap water… You will have 12-18 depending on size of containers.

The hardest part was grating the soap.  It will take you about 1/2 hour to start and 1/2 hour to finish it up the next day…    Have Fun!     laundry soap laundry soap 2

 

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Monster Jam 2014!!

I spent the evening with a dalmation, a bull, a superhero, a horse, a pirate and a few of their friends.  No, we weren’t at a disney show, we were watching Monster Jam at the Wells Fargo Center.  To kick off the festivities, two teams of quads battled to be winner of the Quad Wars!  Eight enormous monster trucks entered the arena and took their places for the start of the show.  Grave Digger, El Toro Loco, Spiderman, Team Hotwheels Firestorm, Captains Curse, Monster Mutt Dalmation, Black Stallion and Overkill Evolution all took turns running through the course while fans screamed with excitement.  El Toro Loco schooled the other trucks in the donut contest wth an amazing show that made me dizzy just watching.  A visit from Transaurus wowed the crowed as flames shot from his nostrils and he devoured his junk car dinner.   The Freestyle competition was the final event with Grave Digger taking the win with his amazing display of jumps and turns.

If you missed the show last night, don’t worry – tickets are still available for today’s shows.

Use code BLOG for discounted tickets. Tickets available via link on www.mamaslilguideonline.com

 

By the way, two of the trucks are driven by women!  Girl Power!!

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Mama’s Lil’ Guide September/October 2014 — Available Now!!

MLG is celebrating our 4 year Anniversary, and would like to thank our sponsors , advertisers and fans for helping us continue to bring you our ‘Lil Guide!

The September/October 2014 edition of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is now hot off the presses!

This issue is loaded with coupons, and deals from local merchants as well as articles, events and places to go for Fall Festivities.

Featured on our cover and an advertiser for 4 years, Shady Brook Farm.

We love Shadybrook and the Market at Del Val, and we are sure you will love it to.

See inside for all the great things going on and check our Facebook page for Fall Fest passes.

Enjoy the ONLINE version of Mama’s Lil’ Guide or visit one of Mama’s Distributors to pick up a printed copy of your own!

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Mama’s Lil’ Guide July/August 2014 — Available Now!!

July August 2014 IssueThe July/August 2014 edition of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is hot off the presses!

This issue is packed with articles for every stage of motherhood, information about fitness, health & fun activities  &  events, plus many wonderful DISCOUNTS from local advertisers.

Featured on the cover of this issue of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is
Camp Curiosity!
www.CampCuriosity.comCamp Curiosity – Summer Camp

Curiosity Shoppe – Private School
Toddler Center – Early Child Care
Curiosity Stables – Equestrian Riding Program
Curiosity Courts – Tennis Programs

At CURIOSITY they try to offer as many programs as they can right at their facility for children and families to partake in a variety of learning experiences!
Enjoy the ONLINE version of Mama’s Lil’ Guide or visit one of Mama’s Distributors to pick up a printed copy of your own!

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Finding Joy in the Lil’ Things

I try to live my life being observant and open to every experience. I work to be present in the NOW. This attitude has led me toward unbelievable spiritual growth, and sometimes I am amazed at where the lessons come from. Today, as I was making my, ‘daily,’ visit to the grocery store, I was reminded of that old saying, “you never know when there is a lesson to be learned.”

There was an elderly lady in the check out line, she was finished with her order and taking her time to put her wallet away, fetch her car keys and leave the cashier with a final greeting. “Have a nice day,” she said with a lovely smile on her face. You could tell that this little outing was one of the highlights of her day. It was a very sweet exchange; however, she had her cart passed the end of her lane and was blocking access to the common path to exit the store.

There was also another lady, also finished with her shopping and not in such a leisurely mood. I watched as she very slowly got aggravated with the elderly woman. This other woman was swaying back and forth trying to get around our happy little shopper, with no avail, and she just seemed trapped. Maybe the old saying is true, and maybe she was put into that situation to learn the art of patience, or maybe compassion.

I stood back and watched all this with a smile on my face. It brought me back to when my mother was alive and the many trips we took to the grocery store. Oh! How she loved going! I don’t know why she loved it so much, but she made it a production every time I took her. With her list and a pen to mark everything off, she tended to her job like a pro! She spent a lot of time in the grocery store in all those years of raising 10 kids and having a husband to take care of. She has a system and it served her well– even if now she was only shopping for herself. Yet, I never rushed her, because it was something that she loved and it brought me joy to see her filled with such happiness.

I miss having to take her to the grocery store and miss talking with her. I just miss my mom…

As we go about life everyday, sometimes we rush or get irritated that people don’t move as fast as we think they should. Maybe we get upset when we feel someone is in our path or they just seem to bother us for no apparent reason, we need to reflect more on them and not us.

Are we living and enjoying life’s every moment or are we just rushing and thinking about the next thing we need to accomplish? If we are lucky, we too will be elderly one day, and hopefully others will be compassionate and patient with us.

Another old saying seems applicable here, “don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” What you think is bothersome and just a chore that needs to be completed, could be the highlight in someone else’s day! You may not ruin someone else’s happy with your impatience.

Live and Let Live!

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Mama’s Lil’ Guide May/June 2014 — Available Now!!

May June 2014 IssueThe May/June 2014 edition of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is hot off the presses!

This issue is packed with articles for every stage of motherhood, information about fitness, health & fun activities  &  events, plus many wonderful DISCOUNTS from local advertisers.

Featured on the cover of this issue of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is
BC Discoveries – Dance & Theater Arts Company, Newtown, PA
215-913-0690
www.bcdiscoveries.com
Creating a safe and fun place for students of all levels to express themselves.

Enjoy the ONLINE version of Mama’s Lil’ Guide or visit one of Mama’s Distributors to pick up a printed copy of your own!

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Mama’s Lil’ Guide March/April 2014 — Available Now!!

March April 2014 IssueThe March/April 2014 edition of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is hot off the presses!

This issue is packed with articles for every stage of motherhood, information about fitness, health & fun activities  &  events, plus many wonderful DISCOUNTS from local advertisers.

Featured on the cover of this issue of Mama’s Lil’ Guide is
Just Between Friends
www.jbfsale.com
North America’s Leading Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sales Event!TM

Enjoy the ONLINE version of Mama’s Lil’ Guide or visit one of Mama’s Distributors to pick up a printed copy of your own!

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Harlem Globetrotters

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Use promo code “HGMOM” for discount tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters.

Liacouras Center March 7 at 7:00pm

Sun National Bank Center March 8 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Wells Fargo Center March 9 at 12:00pm and 5:00pm

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Sesame Street Live! Elmo Makes Music

Do your kids love Sesame Street Live?  If so, CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to Sesame Street Live at The Liacouras Center and enter promo code “XFINLIVE” for $5 off! All purchasers who use the promo code will be eligible for entry. Winners will be drawn at random. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets & use promo code “XFINLIVE” for $5 off!

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The Philadelphia Wings!

Written By ..  Alexandra Berry
The lights! The Sounds! The Lacrosse! You could practically taste the excitement as the Philadelphia Wings lost their home opener 12-11 to the Buffalo Bandits in overtime.  Ecstatic fans were everywhere you looked, and I was lucky enough to be one of them!
My seats were fantastic! I could see every play, every hit and every goal!  As a matter of fact, I was so close to the action, I was practically on the turf. I felt like I  was on the bench with the team.
The Philadelphia Wings made sure to make the intense game a family friendly experience in many ways.  Every break in the game  held a way to get the fans even more involved. There were free give-a-ways, young lacrosse players showing off their skills, and there was even a hot dog eating contest.  Literally, there was something for everyone in the family to enjoy!
I encourage anyone to go see a Philadelphia Wings game! It’s not just an incredible game of lacrosse, but a one-of-a-kind experience.
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You need to be at the next Philadelphia Wings game for a thrilling fun filled family outing.
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