My 2018 Reading List

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Before I became a mom I loved to read. Well, I still love to read, but motherhood has kind of made me put it on the backburner. I used to stay up all night devouring books, and now I barely get five minutes here and there to open them up. But I want to get back to it, I want to go back to that place where I can zone out in my own little world. A place where I can run off to at night once the kids are in bed. It has to be better than the world of Facebook.

Because of that I have decided not to do any crazy resolutions in 2018. Nothing full of massive pressure like lose weight, or stop cussing (let’s get real, I’ll probably never stop cussing) and instead resolve to do something that brings me happiness.

My goal is to read two books a month, each month in 2018. And because I am neurotic I have already compiled my list of books I will read. Some are new releases that I can’t wait to get my hands on, and some are a few years old that I am ashamed to admit I haven’t gotten my hands on yet. Check out my list below and let me know what you think.

My 2018 Reading List:

  1. Parenting With Love And Logic
  2. The Fault In Our Stars
  3. Eleanor & Park
  4. Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children
  5. The Casual Vacancy
  6. Get Your Shit Together
  7. White Houses
  8. I Thought It Was Just Me ( But It Isn’t)
  9. I am Malala
  10. Gone Girl
  11. Water for Elephants
  12. This Heart of Mine
  13. Go Set A Watchman
  14. The Nest
  15. The Cursed Child
  16. Love Your Life Not Theirs
  17. Start
  18. The Spring Girls
  19. The English Wife
  20. The Handmaids Tale
  21. The Millionaire Next Door
  22. The Lost Girls
  23. The Red Clocks
  24. The Go Getter 

    Do you have a book you think I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!

DIY Cloth Wipe Solution

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We’ve talked before about my love for lazy and easy recipes. Because, well quite frankly I do not have time for anything more. But I also can’t bring myself to spend unnecessary money, and baby wipes are one of the things that I put in that category. Not only are baby wipes really, really bad for the environment but with a kid using roughly 12,000 wipes in the first two years of life and those wipes costing on average 5.4 cents each…well, it adds up.

Since I have already taken the leap in cloth diapering for my youngest two children, cloth wipes seemed like a logical next step. In fact it’s kind of easier for me than disposable wipes because now the diaper and the wipe can go into the pail together.

At first I just wet each wipe with water, which worked just fine honestly, but something about it didn’t feel right. I guess I just felt like my kids butt needed to be cleaner than water alone could get it, and so to Pinterest I went. Y’all, there are tons of wipe solution recipes out there, but I dabbled with a few and eventually tweaked several together into one that worked best for my babies bottoms.

2 C Distilled Water

2 Tbsp Castile Soap

1 Tbsp Witch Hazel

2 Tbsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil

Mix items together and pour over wipes in container.

 

No Spend June

Today’s a special day, you’re getting two blog posts from me. I’m so excited about this news I just couldn’t help myself.

This morning I sat down with my husband and offered up the idea of a no spend month. A month where the only money coming out of our wallets is for gas, groceries, and bills.

No eating out. No trips to the ice-cream store or to the movies. No Target runs for mom (well, other than the once a month I have to go get Austen’s meds).

Nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch.

I know that getting ahold of our finances also requires getting ahold of our spending habits, and a no spend month will help us in that endeavor. It’s going to be tough, but I know when July 1st comes around and I see my bank statements, it will also be so rewarding.

And the winner is….

Congratulations Sara on winning two sets of unpaper towels from Creekside Kid! You should have gotten an email letting you know of your win. Please email me at meagan@themoogie.com by Sunday May 14th to claim your prize.

Thank you all for your participation, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

 

Meagan

The Lazy Mom’s DIY Dish Soap Recipe

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When I first started on our minimal waste journey one of the main things I knew I wanted to tackle was the mountain of cleaning products I use. My great-greatgrandmother didn’t have this many cleaning products, I told myself (she was the author of several Home Economics books back in the day) and she somehow survived. If she could so can I. So I started reading and researching different products I could make on my own using less, and more sustainable, ingredients.

Alas, one of the first things I ran out of was dish soap, and for some reason it was also the most intimidating. I mean this needs to clean the things my family eats off of each day. Our healthy quite literally was dependent on me getting this right.

But y’all, I’ve got to admit, I can be lazy. I was not interested in a massive undertaking involving melting, cooking, and stirring ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have been a huge fan of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for several years now, so I started looking for recipes that involved it, but then I made another discovery. Dr. Bronner had another product that I had somehow missed all these years-and it’s seriously changed my life, and my cleaning game.

So here it is, my DIY easy-peasy, lazy mom approved liquid dish soap. I hope you enjoy 🙂

 

1 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner

1 Cup Distilled Water

1/4 Tbsp White Vinegar

10 Drops Plant Therapy’s KidSafe Germ Destroyer

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Zero Waste Paper Product Alternatives | GIVEAWAY!

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Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway, seriously Creekside Kid’s products have made it so easy for me to begin switching to a minimal waste lifestyle and I love being able to share that with you. Check out the contest rules below and don’t forget there is more than one way to enter! The winner will be announced Wednesday May 10th!

Meagan

Products Featured:

Unpaper Towels

Facial Rounds

Baby Wipes

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