Wednesday, April 14, 2010

And The Winner Is.../Remodeling Progress/Laundry Soap Update

First thing we did this morning was get up and put all our Nourishing Traditions Cookbook giveaway entries onto slips of paper and stuck them in Hailey's little pink cowgirl hat. Between my blog and Facebook, we had 34 entries! I loved reading each of your goals for eat healthier this year. It was so exciting and encouraging to know I'm not alone on this journey to healthier living.My lovely assistant drew the winning name. And the winner is my sweet friend MOPS/Facebook friend, Cora!!!! congratulations!!! I wish I could afford to give each person who entered a copy of this book. Even if you didn't win, I'd encourage you to try to find this book. It really has changed my life and the way I look at food. It is an awesome resource. I love it because if someone asks me a question about healthy eating, I've got the evidence in this book to back it up. Thanks again to everyone who participated, both on this blog and through Facebook!  Thought I'd slip in a few remodeling pictures on this post. Here is a picture of our new dining room/office. In order to fix the dry rot, we had to take out built-in china hutch. It is where you see the strange pink paper. This wall was once the exterior wall many years ago. Michael is getting the drywall up and it sure is making it look more like the addition is part of our home.This is our new door. I really like it because it is fiberglass and has built-in blinds that I won't have to dust. It was horrible to stain though. One side looks good, but the other looks pretty uneven. We're hoping we'll be the only ones to notice. It took Michael 3 hours to put this door in because the contractor framed in the door a half inch too short. I had no idea how much patience it takes to put in a door. My husband is a saint! I would have thrown a crowbar through the window after an hour of working on this baby. Despite the stress and being frustrated we managed to work as a team and didn't get angry at each other. Huge victory there! The big dot you see on the front of the door is a dust particle in the air. It is pretty dusty in here and it is only going to get worse once we start sanding the drywall. We've taped up plastic to seal off the rest of the house, but it still manages to creep in. We can't use our new door until we get the concrete poured and steps built for our new porch. Hopefully soon! 

FYI -A fellow blogger brought something important to my attention. Just did some research and found that the Felsnaptha bar soap I use in my homemade laundry detergent is made from petro-chemicals. I found a safer alternative that is the same price, called "Zote". It isn't perfect, has some dye, but is sounds a lot safer than Felsnaptha which has toxicity issues when used over a long period of time. Zote is safe enough that you can use it to wash dishes. Ingredients: Zote Soap is made with coconut oil and tallow. It contains sodium chloride, glycerin, perfume, an optical brightener and dye. Zote Soap is scented with citronella oil, making the soap fragrance long lasting. So it'll be great for keeping the mosquitoes away, too! I feel so bad that I just now found this out. It sounds like you can develop health issues when using Felsnaptha over a long period of time. However, I'm sure that you'll be fine if you use up what you have. Here are some of the links about Felsnaptha and Zote I was reading:


Congrats to again to Cora! Hope you all have a wonderful day.



Camille said...

Congratulations to Cora! I will have to get a copy of that book for myself. Thanks again for hosting Jackie! :)


Amy said...

Looks like the remodel is coming along. Pretty soon it will be done.

My Mom used Fels Naptha for work clothes because it got out the grease. I was talking about getting it to make laundry soap. But my hubby, who has worked in the petro business, said to me you know that is made from petro chemicals? That is what made me try the Zote instead. It is very available here due to the large Mexican population.

Always glad to share. We need to help each other.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I'm so glad you said something!

You are so welcome! Glad you're thinking of getting a copy.

Kathy C. said...

Congratulations Cora! :) I guess I'd better head to Amazon and get mine... :)
Have a lovely day!

Anonymous said...

Thought I would mention that I use Zote to make my laundry soap and I like it.


Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I hope you can come over, too, sometime. I love your gardening input!

Andrea said...

Congratulations Cora!!

Wow...looks like an adventure at your house.

Blessings, andrea

RaD said...

Did you remember to make that change to your original post about the laundry soap? That way if anyone googles it they will get the correct ingredients?

I had a hard time envisioning the way it looks now but then I realized I was thinking you took the picture from the kitchen. I can only imagine how much space you have added!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Yes, I edited that post last night. Thanks for the reminder, though!

Yes, it is hard to take a picture of the dining room because of the plastic sectioning off the rest of the house.

Mich said...

Congrats to the winner. The remodel is looking good.

hope you are having a beautiful week.

Jenn said...

EEEK! I've been using the fels naptha for a long time. I hope I can find the zote. Thanks for the information. I really appreciate it.

Patty said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Fels Naptha. I have used this myself in homemade laundry detergent. Unfortunately, I still have a couple of bars on hand.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Congrats to Cora!

So glad you finally got a door!

Love you so much!

Anonymous said...

I think I'll return the bar of Fels that I bought, I'm pretty happy with the laundry soap, using ivory. I've been excited to try the dishwasher soap, finding citric acid, seemed impossible; I couldn't bring myself to by an expensive box of dishwasher soap, only to stretch it- I did buy about 15 packets of lemon koolaid today, and now I'm returning them. Our very favorite market here has citric acid in the bulk section and reasonably priced. It's about $3.50 a pound, I needed 1/4c for the trial batch, which was about $.50, I figure that's pretty reasonable! I'm running a load now, even though it wasn't full, as I'm excited to see the results. I've already been using vinegar as a rinse agent for some time now. I'll be blogging on this probably tomorrow.

Mary R. said...

I'm going to be following you through a private blog, so I haven't stopped following really. Writer's block.

Mary Moss said...

Good for Cora! So exciting to see the progress on the remodel! Looking good!!


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