Monkey and I have started Dino week! We had a busy day with tot school fun. First, I introduced some plastic dinosaurs I found at a thrift store, I brought the Lego mountain in, Monkey added Littlest Pet Shop. There were a lot of RAWWWRS!!
Then we colored a Dino puzzle together and worked on putting it together. I Have further plans for that later.
I found a great memory game at busybeekidsprintables.com that I turned into a file folder matching game. Monkey is a little young but he liked seeing all the dinosaurs.
Lastly, I introduced scissors. Under very close supervision! Monkey is very good at finding where the kids put scissors, so I am hoping a little discovery time will help take the mystery out of them. Plus, give him acceptable boundaries where he can use them.
I was scheduled to have Monkey today but due to car issues he got to stay home and I got a surprise day to myself. Probably the last one I will have for at least a year since Summer vacation is coming and Princess is homeschooling next year.
With a wide open schedule I had a brain storm session (in my head) of what to do today. At first I thought absolutely nothing! Stay in my jammies curl up on the couch and veg between books and TV. Books….I just received a new book on soaps… There were lots of hand milled soaps ( you grate up a base soap add water and other additives to make different textures and scents) I really wanted to try out. Soap making won out!
I ended up hand milling almost 4lbs of base soap into Aloe Vera, Coffee, Rosemary, Rose Petal and Oatmeal-Cinnamon soaps. Between chopping, melting, blending and molding it took most of the day! By the time I was done I realized I had used all my unscented regular soap, so I made another batch of hot processed soap for the next time I need to make laundry soap or get the opportunity to make more hand milled soap. It was so much fun to just go through my cupboards, plants and garden to make soaps with different properties to heal, soothe, hydrate and exfoliate. I am so excited to take them out of the molds and see how the look tomorrow.
Today was pretty relaxed, which was really nice! My Mother-in-law came down to visit and loved her soap. I am so glad! I didn’t get a picture off all the soap cut into bars because it was easier to transport her bars home before they were cut. I did get a picture of the few that I kept. I think they turned out pretty well, I like the nice soft later.
She also brought me a new book on soap making and just flipping through it I have already found a ton of different ones I want to try! So I am sure there will be plenty more soap adventures happening soon.
This afternoon Rocket and I went to see one of his friends play in a Blues band. He is the drummer in the band and they were in a competition that hopefully will take them to TN. They were the only youth band to be playing and they totally took the house down! It was AMAZING! They are all between 13 – 15 years old but if you were just listening you would never gues they are just kids. These are some very special and talented young men and women! I wish I could put a video in here of them but I do not have permission to do it.
Just for a little fun we went and did a little thrift shopping too. Debbie found some cute dresses one of which we decided would be really cute if she dyed it since it is black with a white print and she felt it was a little boring. But we decided if she dyed it a bright blue, the black would stay black and the white print would be blue making it bolder and not so boring. I also found a new ice cream maker. With Rebel’s food allergy I am excited to try this out as well. I feel like today is a day of ideas and of potential. I may not have made or completed any projects but I have once again started my brain working on more things I want to try and do and make. I love creating!
Today was defiantly a day in which I felt like I thrived!
I love making soap, I haven’t been doing it long so haven’t tried many different ways or scents. Today I am trying out making hot process soap for the first time. My Mother-in-law is coming down tomorrow and most of this batch is for her, I am going to pull out a little to make some vanilla scented soap for myself. I ordered some vanilla soap scent but haven’t made soap since it arrived. I did turn some of my previous soap into liquid soap for hand washing and added the vanilla to it. I will probably try a different kind next time, this is not quite the vanilla scent that I am looking for, but it isn’t bad either. My Mother-in-law requested clove scented, so I am excited to see how that turns out. She is vegetarian so I do not use any animal oils in soaps for her, castille soap can be pricey to make (not nearly as pricey as it is to buy) and I do make that sometimes too. But for an everyday soap and one that you can make laundry soap out of, price is a factor as well. So I have made lard soap for us, and it works great and is super inexpensive to make, but the idea of rubbing the fat of a pig all over my skin….well it grosses me out. So I was thinking one day, vegetable shortening is about the same consistency as lard and about the same price, why not try that? It works great! But hey I don’t really care what color it is. This will make a pretty big batch for me, I usually keep mine pretty small since I still have to store them, and cold process had to cure for 6 weeks. I am using my silicone loaf pan for some of it and the rest I will make in Pringles cans. My poor children, the things I make them eat for my love of soap making. Plus I love the little circle shaped soap they make.
Vegetable Shortening Soap
3 lbs Vegetable Shortening
1 lb Coconut Oil
7 3/4 oz lye
18 oz water
Melt Shortening and oil in crock pot. Once it is melted add lye to water ( please use extreme caution, if you have never made soap before please use a complete tutorial of how to make soap and use lye safely, this is a recipe only) Add mixture to crock pot, blend with stick blender until trace. Cook until non – caustic, I will be using the tongue test. Then add scents or extras, put into molds.
You can make this without the coconut oil just use a lye calculator to adjust oil to lye ratio. I just liked the idea of adding some in this time, last time I did straight shortening.
The biggest problem I have run into is my crock pot runs to high of temperature even on low, once I put it on keep warm it seems to be working much better, so hopefully I haven’t ruined this batch. On low it just kept bubbling and expanding and I was constantly having to stir it, which none of the sites I saw really talked about, one said you might have to stir but it sounded like maybe once or twice, not all the time, and it was making a big mess.