New Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent Rates an “A”

How to make Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

This helps eliminate bringing dangerous chemicals and additives into your home.
My original recipe for laundry detergent contained Borax.  Although it is a naturally occurring mineral, it is also toxic and very controversial.
I set out to find a better alternative and it payed off in a big way.
Not only do I save money by making homemade laundry detergent, I am happy with all the products I am using are safe for my entire family.
I used the database from the Environmental Working Group Healthy Cleaning scale.
This is the NEW Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent
Super Washing Soda – 1 box
Baking Soda – 1 large box
Oxi Clean Baby – 1 container
Castile Bar Soap Fragrance Free – 3 or 4 bars (grated very small or us food processor)
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Use 1 to 2 tablespoons in each load
Cost Under $20
For Over 300 loads of laundry

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Menu Planning Tips to Save Money $$$$


How to make dinner time cost effective!

1) Plan your weekly menu on sales from the store or items you already have. I find that having a plan for dinner is much less stressful for me. I am not running around at the last minute wondering what is for dinner. Not to say that never happens, just, it is much less stressful on me.

2) Always stock up at rock bottom prices – especially on easy dinner items that your family loves – (my example is frozen pizza) We also really like to make our own pizzas. The kids really enjoy this fun dinner making activity and that will eat it all, because they helped make dinner.

3) Always have the ingredients for that quick “go to” item for dinner. No matter how good of a planner you are, there are days that things do not go exactly as planned.

4) Short cuts – use pre made items and then add your own special touch

Example – add in a frozen veggie, spices or fresh herbs. This is the funnest part of making dinner around my house. I enjoy making new and exciting dishes.

5) Bottom line – make what your family will eat. There is no point to go through the trouble to buy and prepare food if you family will not touch it.

Most of all, Have fun and enjoy spending time with the family!

Low Cost Menu Options:

(when I say low cost, I mean basically under a $10 to feed a family of 4)

(Two adults, Two children)
These are two options from my stockpile. (My cost to make at that specific time)

Beef Roast (5.24) with frozen vegetable (.95) and rice (.75) =  $6.94 for a family dinner

Penne Pasta (.75) and Meat Sauce (1.00) with fresh salad (bag was .75) Salad Dressing (.50) = $3.00

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How to save on everything! Or at least a Good Start to the New Year!

Coupon Contessa
There is always a way to pay less for the items you want.
If you are not aware of a sale going on in a particular store ask the manager or a sales associate. It never hurts to ask. You may be pleasantly surprised.


Gift Cards:
1. Use the coupons for RX transfers to get free gift cards for the grocery store.
2. Purchase gift cards at a fraction of the cost. Selected restaurants only and restrictions apply, but you can find up to 90% off at different times during the year.
3. Use the points from your credit card to purchase gift cards for giving all throughout the year. Not all credit cards do this, but there are a few.


Clothing for the Family
1. Clearance: Be willing to wear last season items – especially for the kids. Shop the outlets in store and online. Your favorite brand is sure to have great deals at the end of the season.
2. Shop the retail shops in your area. Name brands at great prices!
3. Take advantage of the extra % off coupons. Most time these can be used with clearance or on top of the sale prices.


Gifts and Great Buys: (previous years goods)
1. Leather Purses from $80 to $100 each – clearanced up to 90% off
Paid $9 and $19
2. Fill a bag SALE! Years ago at the Sanrio store
Paid $20 and total retail value was $2998.31
3. After major holidays is a great time to buy cologne/perfume gift sets for giving during the year. They can be found from 50% up to 90% off.
4. Home goods – clearance finds: Picture frames 90% off, Note board 90% off


When buying online:
1. Always research coupon/discount codes before you purchase
2. Go through sites such as Ebates that give you a % of your purchase back.
3. Compare prices on different sites. Just because it says SALE, make sure you know the original price. This way you will be aware when you really get a great deal.


Grocery Shopping tips:
1. Sign up for store loyalty cards
Like Kroger’s or Randall’s
2. Load coupons on your Loyalty card, either directly from the site or use your cell phone and download the app for each store.  Most can select a coupon from right inside the store to be scanned at check out.  Check out mobile app too.

3. Home mailers usually have high value coupons. These are sent right to your home.

4. HEB has manufacturer coupons hanging all around the store.
No cutting/clipping/organizing or forgetting to bring them to the store!

5. Printable coupons: there are so many out there My two favs are:
I would really like to hear from you!  Let me know your ideas on how you save!

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DIY Gift Ideas Houston Life KPRC TV Segment

Such a fun time on Houston Life!  Thank you for having me on the show!

Unique Jewelry and Gifts plus Sports Fan Items at Discounted Prices

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Holiday Doorbuster Sweatshirts and Hoodies 40-60% off. Prices start at $19.99

Houston Fan Gear


Houston Rockets 2017-2018 Nike Jerseys

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Target Caters to Last-Minute Shoppers with Free Shipping through Dec. 20, Order Pickup, Extended Store Hours and Holiday Deals

Press Release From TARGET:


  • Free shipping available on orders until 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 20, for delivery by Saturday, Dec. 23.
  • Target stores will open at 7 a.m. local time and close at 10 or 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
  • Guests can place online orders for free same-day Order Pickup nationwide until 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve, and pick them up by closing time.
  • GiftNow offers guests a way to give an instant e-gift, even on Christmas Day.

With just one week until Christmas, Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) is continuing to offer shoppers convenient ways to shop and save. Guests will find low prices on hot holiday products and gifts, extended shopping hours in stores and plenty of options for last-minute gift solutions, even on Christmas Day.

Ways to Shop
Target is offering guests convenient ways to get their purchases, whether online or in stores, in the days before Christmas. Now through Dec. 23, all Target stores will open at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. On Christmas Eve, all Target stores will open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 or 11 p.m. Check Target.comfor local store information.

  • To get free holiday shipping: Place order by 11:59 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 20, and choose “Free Holiday Shipping” at checkout to receive purchases by Saturday, Dec. 23.
  • To use Express 1-day shipping: Place order by 12 p.m. local time on Friday, Dec. 22, and choose “Express Shipping” at checkout to receive purchases by Saturday, Dec. 23. Express shipping is not available for all items and all shipping destinations. Visit for details.
  • To pick up order in store: Place order for free same-day Order Pickup nationwide until 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve, and pick up orders by closing time.

Guests also can send an instant gift, even on Christmas Day, with GiftNow on New this season, GiftNow is available for tens of thousands of products on Guests can send the e-gift instantly or select a future delivery date.

“With just a week to go before Christmas, guests can feel confident they can get all their shopping done at Target – and on their terms,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Whether they take advantage of free shipping from, place an order for pickup, or stop by one of our more than 1,800 stores through Christmas Eve, Target is making it easier than ever for guests to save time and money on gifts, décor and everything else they need to pull off their holiday celebrations.”

Savings for Shoppers
Target is offering low prices on top gifts all week long through Sunday, Dec. 24. Guests can visit to view details. Highlights include:

  • Up to 50 percent off select family sleep
  • Up to 30 percent off sweaters for the family
  • 20 percent off select LEGO toys
  • Save $70 on Apple Watch Series 1, starting at $179.99 (Reg. $249.99)
  • Save $150 on iPad Pro 10.5”, starting at $499.99 (Reg. $649.99)
  • Save $40 and get a free $25 Target GiftCard with purchase of Powerbeats Wireless 3, $159.99 (Reg. $199.99)
  • Kitchen appliance deals across top brands, including Ninja, KitchenAid, Instant Pot, Calphalon and more
  • $2.50 gift wrap
  • Beauty stocking stuffers $5 and under
  • 5 for $5 Holiday candy stocking stuffers

Target’s guests also can enjoy more savings throughout the holiday season with an extra 5 percent off every time they use a Target REDcard, as well as great offers available through Cartwheel in the Target app.

Gifting Made Easy
Target is offering incredible gifting products at low prices with four special collections curated for women, men, kids and teens. Last minute gift-givers will find nearly 1,700 items, most of which are exclusive to Target and under $15. These holiday collections, with products ranging from grooming sets for him, stationery for her and hundreds of stocking stuffers for only $1, are prominently displayed in the main aisles and key departments of Target stores, as well as a dedicated experience on

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,834 stores and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For more information, visit For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter

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Gift Ideas for the “Handy” Man that has it ALL!

Do you need ideas for the perfect “Husband” gift? These are some good ideas if your spouse is handy or likes to grill.

Who wouldn’t love a custom Branding Tool?  Now, that would be a great conversation starter, even if it is on the coffee table or hanging on the wall.  This would be perfect

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How to Start Using Coupons

How to start couponing….

The first key to saving money is to get multiple inserts of the Sunday Paper! The coupons are usually with the magazine section that is wrapped in the funny paper. There are three kinds of inserts: the Redplum, the SmartSource and the once a month and Procter and Gamble

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Houston Life KPRC 2 TV Leftover Turkey Ideas

Houston Life November 2016

Super fun! Easy Recipes!


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Survival of Black Friday?

HI Everyone!

I hope you had a great time at Thanksgiving and spending time with the people that matter most in your life.  It is so very easy to get wrapped up in all the sales and hoopla this season brings that many may forget the actual Thanksgiving part of this Holiday.   Personally, I am

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Houston Life KPRC 2 Thanksgiving Leftovers Segment

Check out the Recipes from the segment.

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes Houston Life KPRC TV Segment

Houston Life invited me to share a few ways to creatively use all the turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving.

These recipes are super simple and quite tasty.

After a wonderful  Thanksgiving shared with family and friends, I am truly exhausted.

I want to use my leftovers, but don’t really want them to taste like

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Recipes For Thanksgiving Leftovers

Recipes for all that Thanksgiving Turkey Leftover

Super Easy and Really Tasty!

Turkey, Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Peppers


6 Bell Peppers

½ Bunch Broccoli Finely Chopped

1 Cup Chopped Turkey

1 Cup Shredded Cheese (divided into ½ cup for mixture, ½ cup for topping)

½ Cup Rice

¼ Cup Softened Cream Cheese

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