kiss a day collageA great time saver is to find a “signature” gift that you always use for certain events.  Whenever possible, I like to give a stick blender for a bridal gift since I think it is just so useful, and it is likely they don’t have one.

My mom has a signature wedding gift.  She gives a crystal kiss jar filled with Hershey’s kisses and this cross-stitch art work.  If you have ever cross-stitched, you know that this is a labor of love.  I treasure the one that she gave us when Antonio and I got married. Read More →


Have you heard of Pick Your Plum?  It is a daily deals site.  Lately they have been more focused on jewelry, clothing, and shoes (which I am not interested in), but they used to have a lot more craft and party supplies.  I guess the craft stuff wasn’t selling as well because they had some really good markdowns…. and I couldn’t control myself and I bought a lot! Read More →

Make your own laundry soap for 4 cents a load!

Make your own laundry soap for for 4 cents a load!

There is certainly nothing new with the idea behind today’s post.  If you look on Pinterest, there are a zillion and one posts about making your own laundry soap.  I’ll give you the quick rundown on how I do mine, and then my opinions on it after using it for over two years.

First of all, I thought about making my own laundry detergent for a long time before I ever actually did it.  I guess I was scared to take the plunge or something.  In retrospect, I am not really sure what “plunge” I was scared about.  I mean, it takes all of 5 minutes to do, if I didn’t like how it worked, it is not like I couldn’t just go back to using the detergent I usually did.  Not only that, the ingredients required are so inexpensive and great to have on hand for other cleaning uses anyway.  So, if you have thought about it, but have been on the fence, I say, “what’s to lose?” Read More →