Say No to a Separate School Room

I’ve made this mistake…TWICE.  When we lived in Las Vegas I dedicated our whole loft area to be our school room.  I bought shelves, a special table, put school posters on the walls and everything until I realized it was very inconvenient not to be near the center of the home.

I eventually moved all of our supplies downstairs on a shelf right near the kitchen table which proved to be much more convenient.

Once again: I’ve had a lot of our school supplies in this back house for about a year now because I thought it would make the best school room.  I thought that a great thing about having it separate from the house was that if it was a mess, no one would see.  Truthfully, when it’s a mess NO one sees because we don’t even want to go in there.

These last few weeks I’ve been organizing our supplies into our laundry room which is right off of the kitchen, and turning our back house into a garden/tool/project shed.

We try to have places all over the house for our children, or anyone, to read, draw, etc.


But the favorite place that gets used for school work the most is still, our kitchen table.


Girl Par-tay!

For our annual ultimate girl par-tay, Becca and Azure Brinkerhoff came as well as Lindsay.  Becca helped us make pillowcase dresses.

Azure and Hazel

Sylvia’s pillow case dress.

Isabel’s pillowcase dress.

Lindsay’s pillowcase dress.

Hazel’s pillowcase dress.

Sylvia wanted a bunny on her dress.  Isabel and Lindsay got a giraffe and unicorn on their second dresses.

When we are old and our husbands have died, I am going to move in with Becca so that I can get amazing turtle pancakes every morning!

Garden Update

It’s late spring and the saguaros in our front yard have lovely hair-dos!

We got our first small batch of tomatoes the other day.

The flamingos are our scarecrows.  They scare the vegetable eating bugs away.


We also have a number of fruit trees.  These apricots will be ready to pick in a few days.

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent (Liquid and Powder) and Toothpaste

Liquid Laundry Detergent
1 bar of Felz Naptha or Zote (1/4 bar) soap shaved
1 cup borax
2 cups washing soda
1 cup baking soda
3 gallons of hot water
Grate soap into sauce pan.  Add 4 cups of hot water.  Simmer on low until soap disolves. Add borax, washing soda, and baking soda. Mix. Add 3 gallons of hot water to bucket.  Add soap mix.  Stir and let cool. Use 1 cup per load (1/2 cup for high efficient machines.)

Powder Laundry Detergent
1 bar of Felz Naptha Soap
1 bar Dove or Ivory
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
1/2 cup baking soda
Grate each bar. Mix with powders. Use 2 Tablespoons per load (1 tablespoon for high efficient machines.)

We also made toothpaste.  baking soda, water and mint flavor.

It was pretty disgusting.  Note Sylvia spitting and rinsing her mouth out.

We also made our own dish detergent but I am still trying to perfect it so I don’t want to put the recipe up.  But google it and try it out!