I get so excited whenever I find out someone is having a baby… especially when it means I get to be an Aunt to that new bundle of cuteness! My sister-in-law Bethany is expecting in about a month so I knew it was time to start making homemade baby presents. I like to do handmade gifts anyway, but since my husband just got laid off it is the ONLY option right now. Fortunately for me I believe in not only keeping a fully stocked pantry, but a fully stocked craft room!
Anyway, I digress…. so back to my new niece. This will be their 3rd baby so they have all of the necessities already. (Check out this list of baby items you can’t live without) Which means I just get to do fun stuff. I decided to start with a baby hat and go from there, which gave me a great opportunity to redo my baby hat crochet pattern post by adding a video with step by step instructions on how to make this hat. Since my niece hasn’t been born yet, you’ll have to settle for a picture of my baby boy wearing this hat last year, although in the video I’m using pink and brown to make the little baby girl version!
This crochet hat fit my baby as a newborn… but he started out at 10 lbs, 2 oz with a giant head to boot… so 3-6 months for “normal” size babies
Size G hook
In the photo color A is Blue & color B is Teal.
In the video color A is Brown & Color B is Pink
When switching colors, don’t cut the thread, just hide on the inside when you switch colors.
Chain 73 with color A. Join chain.
Rounds 1-10 72 sc. Join with a slip stitch to first chain. Repeat for next 9 rounds switching colors every 2 rows.
Rounds 11 With color B, Ch 1 (Sc 17 skip 1)x 4, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (68 total stitches)
Round 12 Ch 1 (sc 12 skip 1) x5, sc 3, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (63 total stitches)
Round 13 Switch to color A. Ch 1 (sc 17 skip 1) x3, sc 8, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (59 total stitches)
Round 14 Ch 1, (sc 15 skip 1) x3, sc 11, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (56 total stitches)
Round 15 Switch to color B. Ch 1 (sc 13 skip1) x4, sc 1, skip 1, sc 2, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (53 total stitches)
Round 16 Ch 1 (sc 15 skip 1)x3 sc 5, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (49 total stitches)
Round 17 Switch to color A. Ch 1 (sc 11, skip 1) x4, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (45 total stitches)
Round 18 Ch 1 (sc 13 skip 1) x3 , 4sc, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (43 total stitches)
Round 19 Switch to color B. Ch 1 (sc 10 skip 1) x 3, sc 10, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (40 total stitches)
Round 20 Ch 1 (sc 8, skip 1) x4, sc 4 , join with a slip stitch to first chain. (38 total stitches)
Round 21 Switch to color A. Ch 1 (sc 5, skip 1) x5, 4 sc, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (29 total stitches)
Round 22 Ch 1, (sc 3, skip 1)x7, join with a slip stitch to first chain. Cut, tie off, and hide Color yarn. (21 total stitches)
Round 23 Switch to color B. (Sc 2, skip 1)x7, sc 1, join with a slip stitch to first chain. (15 total stitches)
Round 24 Ch 1, (sc 1, skip 1) x8 , join with a slip stitch to first chain. (8 total stitches)
Round 25 Switch to color A. (Sc 1, skip 1)x4, join with a slip stitch to first chain. Cut, tie off, and hide yarn.
Bottom Ribbing With Color B, connect to the bottom of the hat, ch 2 and (double crochet behind the post, then double crochet in front of the next post), all the way around. (72 total stitches) Repeat for the next 2 rows.
This gluten free cornbread recipe is fast, easy, and frugal. “These are a few of my favorite things!” Okay, I love The Sound of Music and I couldn’t resist. FYI not only is this recipe gluten free, is also vegan aka no eggs and no milk.
1 3/4 cups corn meal
1/4 cup rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1 1/2 cups soy milk
1 tsp vinegar
4 tbsp flax meal
6 tbsp water
Mix together and bake at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes
Okay frugal moms, are you ready to learn how to cut expenses and get those bills down? If you answered yes then you’re ready to learn how to make laundry detergent, or homemade laundry soap… whatever you want to call it! I actually posted a blog on this like a year ago, so go take a peek if you want to take a trip down memory lane with me! It’s worth checking out because I do the financial breakdown of the homemade ingredients and how much money you save.
Spoiler allert: Making laundry detergent saves me over $200 a year… no joke this stuff rules
1 bar soap (shaved with cheese grater)
1 quart of water
½ cup borax
1 cup washing soda
3 gallons water
*Optional- Several drops of essential oils
Hello this is Joquena with Modern Homemakers and today I’m going to show you how to make laundry detergent laundry soap whatever you want to call it. Laundry detergent has chemicals laundry soap doesn’t. That’s kind of my differentiation there. This is super easy I’ve been doing it for years it saves a lot of money and a lot of trips to the store. You need a pan, I recommend getting a giant pan, not only do I melt my soap n this pan, I store it in it. It’s the perfect size I don’t even have to measure water anymore. Get a grater a bar block of cheese , ok soap but it’s gonna feel like cheese by the time you get done with it. Washing soda and borax. That’s it, and some water. That’s all you need.
The first thing you’re going to do is grate your soap. If you want exact measurements there’s a link at the bottom to modern homemakers. So if you’re smart you’ll enlist the help of older children or your husband. I’m not fortunate enough to have older children yet so what I had to do is bat my eyelashes at my husband, try it with me. Get’s the job done and I didn’t have to do it. If you have to do it yourself at least go sit in front of the TV, put your feet up and enjoy yourselves.
Add a quart of water, put on the stove and you don’t have to stir constantly, but keep on until they dissolve. As you can see it’s dissolved. While it’s still warm add a cup of washing soda and a half a cup of borax. Stir until dissolved and then we’re gonna add some more water. I would say doing this saves me over 200 dollars a year. I did some math on my website, I don’t like doing math I only do it for saving money and this is a big money saver that doesn’t take very much time. Add 3 gallons of water. I know my pan so I’m going to not measure.
One of the reasons I first started doing the laundry soap wasn’t even just the money, although that was a nice reason for me. I was having a lot of health problems and I started researching that all the fragrances and dyes and stuff can have adverse effects on your health, so one of the first things I did was start cutting out cleaning chemicals, and positive benefit save on the dineros. I couldn’t go back. I was always having to put laundry detergent in my cart , I still use like stain treatments and air fresheners occasionally like in the laundry like fabric softeners and whatever but I’m just as quick to throw in some vinegar in a load as a fabric softener. If you want to have a special smell I recommend you do it on a per load basis but you can add some essential oils in here. They’re just so pricy and most of my loads I don’t even care. I’m more likely to save some tea tree oil for the pee soaked bed sheets from a kid or something that you really want to get smell out of , or diapers.
One more reason you need to make this, it may not seem very convenient to be grating soap, but I find it is more convenient then having to find space in an overflowing garbage for one more giant container or to have to haul that down to the recycling. And as an environmental side note if you stop having to buy all these giant chemical containers you will be amazed at how much less stuff is in your garbage can. We look down the street and everyone else has theirs like overflowing and ours fits. You can look at what it looks like right now, and I’ll try to come back later when it turns into a thick snot. As a side note if you’re using like an olive oil or natural type soap, like I’ve made my own soap and that doesn’t ever really turn into the thick snot it stays runnier because it has more olive oil in it. If you’re using not a commercial type soap, if you’re using a more holistic type of soap don’t expect it to turn into the snot and if I want to go start a load of laundry right now I can or you can wait until it firms up. I have a front loading machine I’ve used it with that, I’ve used it with a top loader it totally works.
I find I use more of this than I would a store bought for a front loader so look at your 1x 2x 3x and I still pretty much use a ladle full which is like ½ a cup to ¾ a cup. But, I like to really fill my loads in the washer, probably a little too much so I still use that amount. But if I were only putting a few things in there if I didn’t have more laundry than I could ever keep up I would use less. I’m going to add some vinegar to this load to neutralize some stinkyness!
If you’re looking for frugal recipes add this fried cabbage meal to your list of budget friendly meals. Believe it or not cheap and easy dinners can be fast and tasty without keeping you in the kitchen for HOURS!
I can feed my whole family with this recipe for under 3 dollars!
1 head cabbage
oil (canola or olive)
What are some of your favorite frugal recipes?
If you’re a mom in need of some encouragement here’s an inspiring story from my grandmother who was an army wife in WW2. She followed her husband around the country with a baby at the mercy of strangers! If you’d like to see some more inspiring stories check out this video on cloth diapers.
Did you know that liquid hand soap is a luxury, not a necessity? I know, it came as a shock to me too. I can’t remember ever not having it. Until a few months ago it never would have even crossed my mind to not buy liquid hand soap for my bathrooms. I was in the grocery store when I saw an end cap sale for hand soap. That giddy little joy at getting a “good” deal took over and I wheeled my cart over. ” Wow, 89 cents for liquid hand soap… oooh cinnamon.” I bought multiples and proudly put one out in the bathroom.
A few days later my hands started to look really weird… like poison ivy weird. But this wasn’t summer so I couldn’t figure out how I’d gotten poison ivy. It got worse and worse and I tried anti itch creams and all sorts of stuff. Then I realized that this had all started happening when I got that soap!
I was having an allergic reaction to the hand soap. You know, the hand soap that smelled so good, that was such a “great” deal. It was chock full of so many dyes, fragrances, and who knows what all chemicals that my skin literally couldn’t take the nonstop onslaught of my constant hand-washing. So I grabbed out a boring white bar of soap and started using that instead. It took forever for my skin to go back to normal, but it went from gross itchy sores to the drying out and healing phase.
So here’s the positive side effect. I knew I wasn’t ever going to use hand soap for myself again so I decided to stop buying it for the whole household and it’s cheaper, like way cheaper. Watch this video and I’ll tell you all about it!
How to save money - hand soap
Obviously the hair is going to grow all by itself! But the challenging part of how to grow out bangs is really how to style the hair during that awkward growing phase. Watch this short video to see some easy hairstyle ideas.
I will admit to being a little overly ambitious this year. I was trying to be a cool mom and save money so I decided that the kids and I would make homemade presents and print off and color our own Valentine’s Cards this year. I even adapted my reusable snack bag pattern to make valentine bags.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Valentine Bags. What I didn’t take into effect was that I’d be making like 60 of everything when all was said and done.
That being said, I loved working with my kids but you might just want to make a special bag for your kiddos and not tackle the whole school like I did!
What special Valentine’s traditions do you have?
Waste drives me absolutely bonkers, and even though I know I can (and do) toss my juicing pulp in my compost I’m always searching for ways to use up the pulp. One of my favorites is my Raw Stuffed Peppers, but as much as I love them I can’t eat them EVERY day, so I decided to make carrot pulp crackers.
So I went on a personal quest and tried a bunch of carrot pulp recipes but I just couldn’t find one that my family was willing to eat… except for my poor husband who ends up eating the stuff we don’t like
So after a few botched attempts I came up with this recipe, although as a disclaimer I don’t LOVE these crackers plain. They are the crunch and body that should be in a cracker. Your yummy flavor will have to come from peanut butter, hummus, or my kids’ favorite veggie cream cheese. The great think about the plain nature of these crackers is that they can be used in so many different ways.
4 cups carrot pulp
2 cups flax seed soaked in enough water to cover for a few hours
2 cups flax meal soaked with 2 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp salt
Being a stay at home mom is hard work. My Grandma’s inspiring stories help me get through rough days so I decided to interview her so I can always have my videos to cherish and to share her with you as well. In this video we talked about being content with hand me down clothes. If you have little ones still in diapers you might like this video, where my Grandma talks about cloth diapers in the era before washing machines… ahhhh!