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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shut Yo' Mouth Saturday

I am so extremely happy that Halloween is finally here!

Why? Well....
It's NOT because I like Halloween. Sorry.

And It's NOT because I get to dress up like that dude...

It's NOT because I get to spend $100 on costumes for the kids (because I'm so tired with my work schedule to be frugal and MAKE them) so they can wear them for TWO WHOLE HOURS....

It's because I can officially pull out my warm fuzzies!!
It's because I can officially make feel good foods for dinner!!
It's because I can officially start thinking about
 all the fun projects I want to take on during the winter months!!

Most importantly, it's because I can officially start planning the memories I hope to make
for my sweet babies to pass on to their children!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I found this really helpful site from a local Mom Blogger (Love my local girls!) who has really helped me with my Saving Money Endeavor! Go Check Her Out:  My Memphis Mommy 

She posts all the sales ads for top stores in my area, but also other areas as well. I've truly fallen in love!!

One of the most helpful posts she's passed on was how to make your own laundry detergent. I decided to give it a try and I've been really pleased! If you know me, you know I love to try things out and let everyone know about it!

Here's the recipe I used for the Laundry Detergent:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soap* ( I picked some up at Kroger b/c they don't have it at Walmart or Target)
1 bar of your favorite soap. (We use Lever 2000, but you can use whatever smells good.)
3 gal. water
5 gal. bucket w/ lid (You can get this at Home Depot or Lowe's)

* I used Arm & Hammer Washing Soap

Find a pot large enough to accomadate 3 gallons of water. Grate your bar soap. I used a cheese grater, My Memphis Mommy cut hers in chunks then used a food processor.
Bring water to a boil and add grated soap. Turn heat down to medium and stir occasionally until soap is dissolved. Pour Borax and Washing Soap into 5 gallon bucket. Pour Soap mixture into 5 gallon bucket. Stir together. Let mixture sit for 24 hours. The mixture will form a gel-like substance. Just make sure you stir or shake before each use.

I have a small laundry area so I chose to save one of my old laundry detergent bottles and pour some of the mixture into that. I keep the excess stored and only have to get out my smaller bottle when needed.

I have an HE washer and have been SOOO excited that I still only use the Same Small Amount of detergent as I did before. That's going to make it last that much longer!

My Memphis Mommy says the mixture should last a year. In my house, we do Tons of laundry. I'm guessing it will last me probably 6 months if not a little longer. I'm keeping track, and I'll let you know!!

She's got a post about making your own fabric softener sheets. I haven't done this yet, but can't wait to try it! Bounce and Downy get really expensive! Go check out my post about it here: Homemade Dryer Sheets

You can also check out her recipe here:


Make Your Own Fabric Softener Sheets

I found this great post over at My Memphis Mommy. I Love Local Mom Bloggers!

I've been using my Homemade Laundry Detergent and love love love that I'm saving money and my laundry is getting just as clean as when I was spending $15 a month! I spent a total of about $3 to make 6 or 7 months worth of detergent! How can you beat that?

I'll tell you how: Save EVEN more by making your own Dryer Sheets!

You can check out the recipe here:
*Cut up an old towel into washcloth size squares.

*Pour your favorite fabric softener into a bowl.

*Soak squares in softener, wring out excess and pour left-over back into bottle.

*Allow the squares to dry, then throw in the dryer with your laundry.

*When the smell goes away, soak again.
You can check out the official recipe here:
 Make Your Own Fabric Softener Sheets


Saturday, October 24, 2009

The 12 Year Old and Her The Belly Dancer Reunion

This is the coolest story EVER! Talk about some KARMA!!

When Miss Talks-A-Lot was 2, her daddy and I took her to eat at a Russian restaurant. There just happened to be a belly dancer there. Her name was Jasmine, and Missy T fell in love!

She talked about this lady for 2 solid years after their chance meeting.
We would turn the television off just to watch her perform her "belly dance" moves...

Over the years with each ensuing birthday, I've asked Missy T to have an "Arabic" themed birthday because she is infact Arab and it seemed appropriate. But Missy T wasn't like most girls. She was never into Disney Princesses. Never wanted an "Arab" theme party.

That was...until this year! While at the fair in September, she had some henna done. To her surprise, it lasted about 2 weeks! That's when she came to me and finally said the words I'd longed to hear....

I want a henna party. (Well, I didn't long for those exact words, but I knew what she meant!)

My very first thought (10 years later) was: JASMINE!!!

Oh wait...How would I ever find her? I had not seen her since that night 10 years ago. I had not a clue as to what her last name was or how to go about finding her.

But then it happened.....

I was at work one night. It was about 4am. I went outside to grab the newspaper, and as I was reading....

There she was!! An article about a lady named Jasmine who teaches at the community center just minutes from my house. She was giving a performance later in the week. I ran back down stairs to Google her, knowing if I could find a picture, I'd be able to tell from memory if it was the same one.

And it was!! I emailed her right away, telling her my story. She replied within a day and below, you'll see what we worked out!

Let me just say how incredibly gracious this woman was for not thinking I was some lunatic stalking her after 10 years! She was wonderful to the girls and gave Missy T a birthday to remember!!

And by the way....BFF and I have signed up for Belly Dancing Lessons in Novemeber!!!


Missy T before the party


Hootie helping mommy make the cake. (Ofcourse, doing his part to keep the enviroment clean)

It turned out to be a very sad day in the TangledEutopia house. The cake turned out really, I mean really bad. But Kroger saved the day!!! Thank you bakery lady for having 4 tickets infront of me and still whipping up a sky blue 1/2 sheet cake in an hour! I love you for that!!!


Runs With Scissors waiting patiently for the action to begin.

He was soooo in to this! Can you believe it? (Really, it was just a way to get close to the cute belly dancer)


 Even daddy and granma got in, on the action!!

She spent about 15 minutes teaching the kids a small routine.

BFF really got into the swinging hips movement....

           They really enjoyed themselves!

After the lesson, Jasmine gave us a special dance.

Hootie loved the show! But he missed his mama because I didn't get to see him all day!


They all took some awesome pictures!!!


We had really really good Arabic food from Starter Husband's restaurant. ( He has an international market and restaurant with his brothers.)

We ate, had cake, opened presents before going out for our Hilarious Scavenger Hunt!!  Go check out the next post, HERE to see the crazy stuff these girls did!



Miss Talks-A-Lot's Scavenger Hunt 2009

(The 12 year old AFTER Party)


First order of business....Take a picture with a Police Man

Take a pic with a pumpkin before the neighbor starts banging on the window!

They had to find a bank deposit slip

PhotobucketThey had to form "YMCA" in public


This was the BEST part! They had to get some INK!!

 Come On! It didn't hurt that bad!!!

It only hurts a minute!! Suck it up!



And the finished product!

As a reward for being brave soldiers....You guess it! STARBUCKS!!!

Mama even got a little surprise....


I can't end this post without being truthful....You know me better than that!

The girls stopped at Walgreens and got temporary tattoos and I stopped by the tattoo shop and asked the cute boys standing outside for a "favor..." They thought it would be just as funny as I thought it would to pretend to tattoo the girls then send the photos to their parents!


So here's my disclosure:
There were NO 12 year old girls harmed during the making of this project. Body modification included!
The cigarette was in the tattoo artists mouth for affect! It wasn't lit and the tattoo gun had no needle and was not plugged in!!!

But....Being the crazy (or OLD, as Missy T put it) MAMA that I am....The nose ring IS REAL....

Even if 32 IS old to some un-named 12 year old snot nosed kids.....


Friday, October 23, 2009

Support Girldles Revisited

As I settle into my midnight shift at work, I start catching up on email and all the posts I've missed in my Reader. One of my very favorite bloggers, Laurie from Tip Junkie, wrote a post about What NOT to do when you're a new blogger. The very first thing her writer touched on was exactly along the same line of thinking as what I wrote earlier here.

In a round-about way, she wrote:  Don't be "Blenvious," (okay, not really the word she used but the word sounds silly to me in the first place, so why not make up my own silly word) but instead be happy that another blogger is experiencing something good in their life.

Remember everyone has good days and bad days.

You just might happen to be reading a good post in a time that you're having a bad day!

Feel good for her and let it give you inspiration instead of tearing you down and making you feel worse!

I promise I promise I promise: There will be a day that everything seems to be going right in your life and your words will inspire another.
In honor of Support Girldles everywhere, I give you my favorite positive posts of the day!

The Girls over at The Blog Rollers are featuring strong women bloggers! Go Be One Of Them!

Really Excited about this one! My Girl over at All The Weigh lost 7.6lbs this week! You Go Girl!!

Judy over at Coffee Jitters writes her sweet baby girl a letter a month. (Remind you of anything I've written lately?)
Go check these girls out and tell 'em TangledEutopia sent ya!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

What's been going on in the land of TangledEutopia?

Truthfully? I've been trying to be SuperWoman! Because of my addiction to all things Cheap, I gave myself a Site Makeover that turned chaotic. But what's new? Everything I touch turns chaotic. I'm like a Bull in a China store...

I just can't help being the kinda girl who likes to understand WHY I do things even though Blogger makes it easy by just showing you HOW.

In my OCD mind, it drives me crazy everytime I think of the other women bloggers who've "gotten it." However it's happened, however they've learned...they've learned. And that gives them an edge. They have something to offer.

They aren't just logging on and vomiting at the mouth about how their 3 year old learned how to color inside the lines. Or how you...ahem....spray painted your 16 month olds faux hawk hot pink...(by the way, that picture just looks like my offspring, I really found this on the internet to drive my point home....whatever. Stop laughing. We all know it's Hootie. And we all know that I will never stop posting about crap my babies do.)

**Stay tuned for the "color inside the lines" post in about a year.....**

Now, back to my subject...I finally finished editing the coding enough to get my site back up and running. There are tons of bugs I want to work out, but it has to a process if I continue my quest...okay addiction....to learning to do things myself.

Anyone that knows anything about html coding, can look at my site and see the mistakes that are still profound.
But I assure those of you....that me and w3schools.com are tight. 
We talk on a daily basis and as frustrated as I get, we're gonna make this relationship work.

Next order of business?  

Getting down and dirty with the other bloggers I've been conspiring with to form a team. There are so many facets to learning how to UNTANGLE our crazy, chaotic, hormone induced, rushed, stressed lives that I am more determined to pull an Oprah and monopolize on the niche of living an UnTangledEutopian Life...

Wanna know the awesome epiphany I've had?

It's the same misconception that people have when deciding to make that leap into becoming a Christian...People think they have to wait until they are perfect to step up to the plate and ask to be a part of God.

That is SO wrong. God wants you just the way you are. He wants you so He can show you just how OK you are right now. Only then can you begin to fix the issues that have plagued your mind for so long.

The same goes for starting a new site on learning how to UNTANGLE your world. Your world doesn't have to be perfect in order to give advice or teach other women what you've found. That's why I am so very excited about this group of women I've been talking with. We are all really really...did I say really?? IMPERFECT and REAL.

Each one has an insight into a different topic. More importantly, each one is willing to learn. Not only about themselves, but about their own comfort zones.

I'm looking for extremely shy women to write on the topics that scare them the most. 
I'm looking for really opinionated women to write on topics that make them see ideas in a new light. 
I'm looking for women that wonder if their life has lost it's meaning because they spend their days cleaning up poop and folding laundry to write on topics about women who've made it to the other side. They've formed companies or finished college.

I'm looking not just to form a group of women that help transform our readers. 
More importantly, I'm looking for a group of women who pull together and transform themselves! 

That's a tall order, I know. That will mean the Life UnTangled site may grow to 100 writers. But that's 100 women who don't know or understand the potential of their own minds yet.

What about you? Is there a boundary you've not been able to break through? Is there a comfort zone that's kept you comfortable? Do you know there's better out there, but just don't know how to find it?

Every single word up there......Is me......Was me.....Will be me.  There are challenges I've overcome. There are challenges I'm struggling with. There will be more in the future.

What do you have to overcome? What could you offer the Life UnTangled site?