I’m still working on saving money here at the Basham hacienda. Before I began taking medication for my PPD, I was really getting hysterical about pinching pennies. I mean, I was really nervous about it! I lost sleep over whether or not my efforts at cooking from scratch would pay off – pun intended. I was also stressing out about it because I was busier than ever with a nursing infant and four children to home school. I didn’t have much time to bake and cook if I was stuck in a chair nursing my baby. This made nursing seem like a time eating chore, instead of a special time with my baby. I’ve gone back to using mixes and convenience foods for the time being – Terry said this wasn’t the time to become a pioneer woman! lol I needed to get well and get Matthew on a schedule before I spent hours baking and cooking from scratch. I agreed. I’ve also suspended my weight loss efforts for the time being. Once again, I need to get well first. (I am continuing to try to eat right and exercise though!)
I am starting to really turn the corner emotionally. It is SUCH a blessing! There hasn’t been a day go by since starting my medication that I haven’t thanked the Lord for doctors and modern medicine. Matthew is finally getting on a regular schedule, and I’m feeling like taking on my work without a panic attack. 🙂
One job I’ve been wanting to tackle for some time is making laundry detergent. I spend a lot of money on this each year and I felt that this would really save us some money. So, I fianlly made some! It really wasn’t that difficult and only took me about 30 minutes. I used the recipe from the Duggar family’s book,The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America’s Largest Families–How they Do It
4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not detergent, but sodium carbonate)
1/2 cup Borax
You will also need an empty five gallon bucket, with lid, and an empty and clean liquid laundry soap container.