essential oils // diy hand soap

DIY Hand Soap

10 oz foaming soap dispenser
Fill with water (leaving 1-inch room at top)
Add 2 tablespoons liquid Castile Soap
Add 5-10 drops of essential oil
Give a little shake

*our favorite soap to use for this diy is Dr. Bronners Unscented Baby Mild
*distilled water is recommended if you go several weeks before needing to refill your soap.

I thought DIY hand soap was going to be the death of me. It is truly the easiest thing in the world to make. But I was making it all sorts of complicated in the beginning. Here's what I learned after ruining about 18 batches of hand soap. ;) 

1. Foaming soap dispensers are a must. I bought pretty glass amber bottles and although they are pretty, anything but foaming just doesn't work great for DIY hand soap. You can buy foaming soap dispensers from Amazon or Abundant Health. Although my favorite dispensers are repurposed from Mrs. Meyers. I just (very slowly) use up the (very expensive) soap from my Mrs. Meyers bottle and then remove the stickers and I've got myself a free bottle. Or kind of free. But any foaming soap dispenser should do the trick!

2. Don't buy guar gum. Does anyone want a gigantic bottle of guar gum?

3. Put the water in first. Then the soap. I still mess this up from time to time. I am a very slow learner.

This might be my favorite DIY yet. Safe and gentle for those little hands that need washing alll the time. And so easy and so cheap. How cheap? Like $0.56 per hand soap cheap. I typically get my hands on a 32 ounce bottle of castile soap for around $18. I have heard that you can find it cheaper, but I usually go with Amazon and it's usually right at $18. So let's go with that number. There are 64 tablespoons of soap in one bottle of castile soap and I'm only using two tablespoons per soap dispenser. Still with me? Zzzzzz. So this means I can make 32 hand soaps for $18. That comes to like $0.56 per hand soap. I think? Did I do that right? Who knows, who cares, right?  

The best thing about this soap? It is totally customizable. If you have extra dry skin, try adding in a teaspoon of fractionated coconut oil. You can also customize it using different essential oils for your favorite smells of the season. I love using Lemon + Lavender combo in the summer. Lemon has strong antiviral properties, perfect for washing away those icky germs, while Lavender is great for dry skin. This fall/winter I plan to switch it up to Thieves, which is my go-to when it comes to antibacterial. Plus Thieves has cinnamon bark and clove in it and smells like Christmas. Oh man. Now I'm craving Christmas music and gingerbread cookies. Mostly just gingerbread cookies.

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Baby Keller is (thank goodness) a pretty good sleeper. He goes to bed right around 6:30 and sleeps about 12 hours. Most of the time it's 12 hours straight. But sometimes he'll wake up at 5am to nurse, before heading back to dreamland. And then we have those times when sweet baby K will wake up at 5am and decide he'd rather say good morning to Sherman and eat Cheerios than go back to sleep. Mama friends keep telling me I'm going to miss these early morning nursing sessions. These special little moments with my special little guy. And I usually just roll my eyes and snort and say "yeeeeaaah riiiiight."
Then I happen to find a few dark and grainy pictures of us at 5am and I'm all, "noooooo, never grow up, never stop nursing, please keep waking up at 5am!"
Then my coffee wears off and I start snorting again. 

Love you forever, Keller Wine. 

life lately

dan is fired

He was eating watermelon from a bowl on this same kitchen counter a year ago
Just one little year.
He had long, curly hair. 
He was a BABY.

Dan, you're fired from cutting his hair.


chocolate banana popsicles

Sorry for the lack of popsicle pictures for this post. The chocolate ones go so fast that I don't even get a chance to snap a few pictures before they're gone. I mean, Porter's face in that last picture. The little mooch is trying to steal a chocolate popsicle while he's mid-bite with a strawberry one. I can't blame him though. They have cocoa powder in them. And banana. And peanut butter!! You want the recipe, huh? Here ya go!

Chocolate Banana Popsicles:
(makes approx 6 popsicles)

1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup yogurt
2 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter (sometimes we sneak in 2)
1 tablespoon honey

Blend all ingredients in blender and pour into popsicle molds. 
Let freeze overnight and enjoy!

Best if served with a bowl full of dark chocolate chips (sorry; not sorry).

*We bought these popsicle molds from Amazon and love them.
*Chobani Greek Yogurt is my favorite for Porter. And we typically go with vanilla flavored for a sweeter taste. But you could do plain whole milk yogurt for younger kiddos.