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Fine dining to laundry detergent – A weekend review

December 14, 2015
Downtown Atlanta

This weekend was fun, it wasn’t long enough though. They never are. I blink and suddenly my employer is expecting me back at work on Monday morning. The nerve, I know. Rose and I were downtown Atlanta Saturday having a girls day. We spent some quality time at Centennial Olympic Park but early lunch time was approaching. Rose noticed McCormick & Schmick’s near CNN and asked to go there. She is never one to pass up a nice dining experience and she loves seafood. We decided to eat there since I have also wanted to eat at McCormick’s and Schmick’s since they first opened that location years ago. It was really good! I had the Bourbon salmon. She had the clam chowder and the coast to coast tuna.

Bourbon Salmon

Coast to Coast Tuna

Check out these pictures from our walk Sunday morning. Our local park recently added disc golf and we have been watching some of the people play. Looks like it could be kind of fun. First I’d have to not suck at frisbee throwing but there is hope.  I’ll try it one of these days.

disk golf

walk in the woods

This time of year people have all sorts of social events and Christmas parties and I’m over here like, “Hey, I made some laundry detergent this weekend!” It’s just the way I roll and I’m good with that. After years of procrastinating I finally made laundry detergent again. I used to make it all the time and then I just didn’t. I have made powder versions and liquid versions and I can’t recall which I liked better so I thought I would try liquid first. I used the tutorial from The Realistic Mama to refresh my memory. The process of making it was as easy as I remembered and it is much cheaper than buying it.  You literally put hot water in the container, pour in the powders and stir until dissolved and then add the Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. (Side note about castile soap, it makes an awesome face wash. I’ve used it everyday for years. It’s cheap, easy and works fabulously.) Then put the lid on it and by the next day it’s turned into thicker gel. I wish I was one of those cute people who store their detergent in a pretty glass dispenser. I love that, it looks so cute. Yeah…I’m not that person. This time mine ended up in two random Tupperware containers that I could find quickly. I had a five gallon bucket that I used last time I made detergent and it has been sitting in my laundry room patiently waiting for my return. When I got it out yesterday it had a huge crack in the bottom of it. How did that happen while it was just sitting there? I swear I only stood on it a handful of times to reach something from the shelves. I also tried duct tape on the bucket, like lots of duct tape. FYI…duct tape lasted for two hot seconds once I poured the water in. Therefore….I made the dash for the Tupperware. If you don’t have to deal with cracked buckets and duct tape then your detergent should only take about five minutes to make.

Ingredients for laundry detergent

Homemade liquid laundry detergent

Maybe over the Christmas break I will make another batch of lotion bars and Chapstick and get back to making vs buying. But I’ve also been saying that for years now…




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