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Five Things Friday: What’s New. . .

I am doing my first LINK up for Five Things Friday! Yahoo!  I have seen a few link-ups in the past few months and decided to finally join in!  So thank you to Courtney (Eat, Pray, Run DC), Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for linking up with all this fun!

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Today’s theme: What’s New!

1. For a while now years, I have had issues sleeping.  I have tried a variety of items over the years, prescription and natural, and it always comes back to me not getting enough sleep.
I saw this tea over the weekend at Trader Joes, and combined with this organic lavender lotion, I have had a few better nights of sleep this week!  Here’s to it working long term!!

2. The paste few months have been so nutty that my house has fell apart in terms of cleaning.  And it has overwhelmed me in many ways.  This week I started something new.  Each day I work a little at a time, and by the weekend it shouldn’t be so overwhelming!
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(This week I did a few days, and already feel less stressed….Let’s hope I can keep it up in the weeks and months to come!)

3.  I added a new yoga mat to my life this week!  I have been needing a new one for a while, and I did buy one recently, but it was too slippery for me, and I kept feeling like I was going to fall on my face during my piyo classes!
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4. I also got a new mini foam roller!  I need to foam roll more than I used to, and the foam roller I had was too big to travel with.  This new one is simply perfect for traveling!

I also received a new AMAZING foam roller at work today as a sweet gift from my boss! THANK YOU!
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5. In case you missed my earlier post today, I am part of a foodie link up that will be taking place over the next few months!  Go check out some perfect picnic food!!
You can also check out the other link-up blogs: Farrah from Fairyburger, Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama!

What is new with you?

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-

Before I travel…

I have this thing…before I travel (especially flying), I have to clean.  And not just surface clean, but deep clean everything!  I don’t know why, but I have been doing it for a while now.  Monday  night as I began to do laundry I realized I was about out of my homemade laundry soap.  So I picked up some supplies yesterday!  When I got home from work I made a new batch!  For me I like to know what I am putting on my body (clothes, bedding, towels), and I don’t want to pay a fortune for it.  I have used some more natural detergents in the past, but they were more than I really wanted to pay.  I finally got brave last year and made some laundry soap.  It was a HIT!  Both the hubs and I LOVE IT!  It is pretty inexpensive to make, smells great, and I have a peace of mind about what I am using to wash my clothes.  (This is in NO way judging anyone who uses any other type of laundry soap!  This is just what works for my family).

Ingredients:
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Use equal parts of each powder ingredient then use a grater to shave in the soap.
The Oxi Clean comes with a small scoop and measures out about 13-14 scoops.  I use the same scoop to measure the borax (about 1/2 the box), and the washing soda (almost the whole box).
I scoop them all into a shoe box sized plastic container.  Between each layer of powder I shave in some soap, then blend it all together.
Overall it takes about 15-20 min to make, most of that time is spent grating the soap.
I usually only use one bar of soap, but since I have been having some sleep issues I added an extra bar of lavender soap in hopes that it will help me sleep better!
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I use a smaller scoop for my laundry, or if I use this one I only use it 1/3 full.

Breakdown
Washing Soda – $3.19
Borax – $3.79 (1/2 the box = $1.90)
Oxy Clean – $7.52
Dr. Bronners bar soap – $4.69 (2 = 9.38)

Total = 21.99

14 cups of each product = 42 cups x 3 loads per cup = 126 loads

Price per load = $0.17
(Only $0.14 per load if only one bar of soap used)

Comparison with other brands I have used in the past:
Tide powder – $0.22 per load
All – $0.21 per load
Seventh Generations – $0.21

Well it is back to cleaning and packing before I travel up north! Oh speaking of traveling, I was featured on a travel blog today, Your Fit Trip!  You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/wybesther

Do you have any pre-travel rituals?
Have you ever made your own laundry soap?

Xo
Esther
-Chocolate Runner Girl-