Sock Advent Calender
Solo kids sock? – turn the lonely leftovers into a fun advent calendar to countdown the days to Christmas. This is such a cute fun easy craft to do with the kids. To make it a little more complicated you could paint the clothespins. Have other fun Advent calendar ideas? We would love to hear about them. Trying this idea? Let us know how it turned out, we would love to see pictures.
What you’ll need: 24 socks, number stickers, ribbon or rope, clothespins
Make it: Hang a piece of ribbon or rope on your wall – you can make any shape you like, just make sure it’s long enough to hold all 24 socks. Then, add the number stickers to your socks and attach them to the ribbon with clothespins. Place a special trinket or piece of candy inside each sock and let your kids pick a present every morning before Christmas. www.parents.com
Why I have a clothes line.
I didn’t grow up having a clothes line, my family lived in the country but the dryer was all I knew. My husband on the other hand grew up with his grandparents and mother hanging clothes on the line. When I moved in with them I didn’t want my clothes hung out. I have lots of allergies and I just knew it would drive me nuts with rashes so I didn’t even try it. 10 years a few apartments, one child and a move to the country later I have a clothes line of my own. Did my allergies just go away? Nope but I found a way around them. I decided to try a clothes line to save money, less electric. And found that it also is less wear on the clothes, ever wonder where dryer lint comes from? I found that I enjoy hanging laundry on the line, it gives me a little work out and I am always looking for ways to burn a few more calories. The clothes smell nice and the sun brightens my whites. I hang clothes out most days and let them dry completely on the line then I bring them in and put them in the dryer for 10 min, I found that is enough time to kill any allergens that the clothes collected while hanging outside. Then just fold and put away. I have found that the clothes retain the nice smell even after being in the dryer for 10 min. And best of all I save money on electric and on clothes. I found that it is easier to spot stains and treat them before they are set in by the dryer because you handle each individual piece of laundry as you hang it up.
2 tablespoons peroxide
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 table spoons Dish soap.
Combine and let set covered overnight, makes a gel then apply to stain with a tooth brush and wash like normal. This stain remover won’t fade colors and works really well. I make this in an old baby food jar and find that it is the perfect size.
Homemade laundry soap
First, let me tell you it is just as effective and better for your skin because it does not have any dyes or perfumes.
Clean 5 gallon bucket with lid
Small sauce pan
4 cups hot tap water
1 bar Ivory soap 5.5oz
1 cup Super-washing soda
½ cup Borax
Directions: Grate soap, the finer the better add to water stir continually over medium heat until melted. Fill the 5 gallon bucket ½ full with hot tap water and soap, washing soda and borax. Stir well until all the powered is dissolved. Fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot tap water. Cover and let sit overnight. The next day it will gel together. Fill a 1 gallon container (I just saved the last jug I bought and used it) ½ full with soap and fill the rest with hot tap water. Shake well before each use. Feel good about saving money and giving your family healthier laundry.
All of the ingredients can be found at Wal-Mart and you can buy a clean 5 gallon bucket with lid at Lowes (approx. $6). The washing soda and borax will last you along time they were 3-4 dollars apiece and the ivory soap is usually 3 for $1. I have been using this laundry soap exclusively for more than a year and I am still using the first boxes of washing soda and borax that I bought. So for approx. 15 dollars I have had laundry soap for more than a year. And I don’t have to buy the bucket again so it will be even cheaper next time I have to buy the ingredients.