Wednesday, October 26, 2016

DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

The older I get, the more I say, "If I can make it, I'm not going to buy it!"  Then I challenge myself to do so.

Soap, lotion, bug spray, shaving soap, lip balms, jewelry and more. I've done it. I think my lip balms are the best. I can't keep enough stocked!

My next dive into the DIY realm was laundry soap. I researched many recipes. Dry and liquid recipes are abundant online. I decided to bypass the dry detergent because I loathe it. Period. I don't like dry powdered soap left behind on clothes and I hate washing...then re-washing dark clothes because of residue.

And the recipe is fine in cold water or hot and for older and front loading washers.

The recipe I found couldn't be easier at New Nostalgia ....basically if you can boil water, you can make this detergent. The ONLY thing I changed is the amount of cold water just to make a little more concentrated detergent...we have pets and stains and smells.....I want power. LOL

I haven't done the math on how much per load this is...but I'd have to guess it is pennies. And comparing the LOW cost of this soap to the store bought detergent with chemicals and rashy scents they comparison.

Ingredients are :

3 tbsp Washing Soda
3 tbsp Castile Soap
3 tbsp Borax
4 cups boiling water
10 cups of cold water
Essential Oil for scent (completely optional)

PS - I'm working on dishwasher detergeant soon as I have it mastered, I'll be posting that as well!

Watch the video below

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Moody Moments

Come by and check out all the wonderful items has!

Rings, pendants, custom items for keepsakes and gifts. Self standing wood signs and body products. Wine glass charms!  Even photography services, photo editing and photo restoration!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Kathy Shelton Rape Case....Facts

Rape is a horrible thing. The most horrible thing that can happen to a person besides Death, in my opinion. I say this because I want to make it clear that I'm not making light of rape or any rape victims. I'm just starting facts that have been made askew or omitted altogether in this case in order to smear Hillary Clinton.

The rape case of Kathy Shelton is the center of Trump's world these days. He's using it to blast Hillary...but it's pegged with lies. BIG surprise.

I just have to blast facts...because that is who I am.

First of all....let's start with the famous meme going around...

And a video that's going shows a beaten child....

Firstly, neither photo is of Kathy Shelton.

Hillary did not volunteer to be the accused rapists lawyer.

Hillary did not accuse the victim of making up the story nor did she say she enjoyed anything.

Hillary did not 'get the rapist' free and she did not laugh about the rape or his guilt.

THIS is Kathy Shelton at the time of the case.

Kathy Shelton never came forward publicly until 2016, when she gave an interview to a newspaper. In fact, she did not realize that Taylor’s defense lawyer had been Clinton until 2008, 33 years after the case, when the New York newspaper Newsday ran a lengthy story about the case, and Clinton’s role in it. So how did Hillary ruin her life?

According to case facts - Kathy Shelton was sleeping over at a friend’s house when, around midnight, Taylor and another man, his cousin, came by the house and offered to take her for a ride in their pickup truck. Saying she wanted to buy a soft drink, the girl got in the truck.

They drove around and picked up a 15-year-old boy. According to the Newsday account, Taylor then stopped at a liquor store where he bought whiskey and Coke, giving the drink to the 12-year-old. Later, in the early hours of the morning, they drove to a secluded area where Taylor and the other man left the truck for a walk. The 15-year-old told police that he then had sex with Shelton.

After the act was concluded, the boy said that he got out of the truck and Taylor got in. That’s when according both to Shelton and witnesses, as well as doctors who examined her a short time after the incident, Taylor raped her. He also beat her during the rape, she said. Taylor denied raping the 12-year-old, and even passed a polygraph test.

Clinton Challenged Shelton’s Credibility, in an Court Affidavit....That can be seen by clicking HERE.  She was doing her job as a defense attorney. She gathered information from professionals in child psychology and witnesses.  She wasn't going after the child out of hatred or disbelief....she was doing her job as distasteful as it was, she admitted.

Hillary Rodham was appointed to represent a defendant charged with raping a 12-year-old girl. She requested to be removed from the case as she felt uncomfortable with the case. The judge refused, so as a defense attorney....she had to do her job. This is backed up also by the prosecuting attorney, Mahlon Gibson, as noted in a 2008 Newsday article about the case. “Hillary told me she didn’t want to take that case, she made that very clear,” recalls prosecutor Gibson, who phoned her with the judge’s order.

Documents from the case shows that it was other people...including a psychologist said that the complainant was "emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing about persons, claiming they had attacked her body," and that "children in early adolescence tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences." Clinton therefore asked the court to have the complainant undergo a psychiatric exam (at the defense's expense) to determine the validity of that information.

Andrew Schepard, director of Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children, Families and the Law said, “She was vigorously advocating for her client. What she did was appropriate.”  As for the claim that Hillary Clinton "knew the defendant was guilty," she couldn't possibly have known that unless she were present when the incident in question occurred. It's also largely irrelevant given that under Hillary Clinton's handling of the case, the defendant pled guilty rather than going to trial and asserting his innocence.

Audio tapes from the 1980s of Hillary Clinton describing the case to journalist Roy Reed surfaced in 2014. Does she 'chuckle'? Yup. But not at the expense or trauma of the victim. She can be heard describing the case as "terrible." Any laugh was not about "knowing that the defendant was guilty" or "getting a guilty guy off".  This idea makes little sense, given that the defendant pled guilty. What the chuckle was about was musing about how elements of the case that might ordinarily have supported the prosecution worked in the defendant's favor. And that the defendant's passing a polygraph test had "forever destroyed her faith" in that technology.

If you need exact moments of the laughter.....there are four moments where Clinton can be heard “laughing” during the interview. Here they are, as identified by The Washington Post.

•“Of course he [the defendant] claimed he didn’t [rape]. All this stuff. He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.” Clinton and Reed both laugh at this remark.

•“So I got an order to see the evidence and the prosecutor didn’t want me to see the evidence. I had to go to Maupin Cummings [the judge] and convince Maupin that yes indeed I had a right to see the evidence before it was presented.” Faint laughter is heard between the words “evidence” and “before” in the second sentence.

•“I handed it [information on her expert witness] to Mahlon Gibson, and I said, ‘Well this guy’s ready to come up from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice.’” Both Clinton and Reed laugh, apparently at the irony of calling the case a “miscarriage of justice” when in Clinton’s opinion, her client was guilty.

•“So Maupin [ie. the judge] had to, you know, under law he was supposed to determine whether the plea was factually supported. Maupin asked me to leave the room while he examined my client so that he could find out if it was factually supported. I said ‘Judge I can’t leave the room I’m his lawyer!’ he said ‘I know but I don’t want to talk about this in front of you.’” Reed is heard saying, “Oh God, really?” and both laugh at the idea that the details of the case were not suitable to be discussed in front of a woman, even the defendant’s own lawyer.

At no point does Clinton laugh at mention of Taylor’s reduced charges and sentence, or at the notion that she defended a guilty client, which she determined to be her professional obligation.

Hillary didn't "free" the defendant in the case. The prosecuting attorney agreed to a plea deal involving a lesser charge that carried a five-year sentence, of which the judge suspended four years and allowed two months credit of time already served towards the remaining year. None of this was in Hillary's hands or by her doing.

People who just want to throw a smoke screen over the facts have claimed that Taylor was found not guilty as a result of her defense. The truth his, the accused rapist pleaded guilty after prosecutors offered him a plea bargain, in which his charges were reduced to “fondling” rather than first-degree rape.

Why? While Hillary mounted an aggressive defense, in the end prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to make the rape charge stick because investigators mishandled it.

The only piece of physical evidence available was a pair of underwear that had blood on it. Investigators cut out a piece of the underwear and sent it to a crime lab, but a forensic expert hired by Clinton determined that the small sample was not enough to allow a meaningful test. The only remaining evidence was the underwear that had been cut by the investigators, rendering it useless as evidence.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Label Residue Remover

I can't believe I'm writing a blog about this.  I mean, I've forever had bottles and/or jars with label smudge left on after soaking and scraping. Anyone who's tried to reuse bottles and jars has certainly run into this problem. Right?

I've looked online and found remedies like soaking in rubbing alcohol or using fingernail polish remover or cooking oil to remove the sticky residue leftover from trying to remove labels. BUT, I've also come across article after blog entry talking about....of all things....peanut butter.

Really? How in the world does peanut butter remove the schmootz of stickiness from a label?!? I know it gets gum out of hair....because I had to do it on trip to New Orleans....don't ask...and I have children. So I suppose the science that helps remove gum from hair works for residue from jars.....and it works on glass and plastic

Here's the video of a still sick-with-the-flu me performing the miracle of residue removal....I was just so tickled it worked last night that I had to throw a video together today!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Treat Your Body.....and your senses!

FALL is here!  Moreso up North than here in the South. But it's here, nonetheless. It's never too early to care for your skin!

And with winter comes dry, itchy skin. My hands get rough and my face gets dry. All my soaps are Olive Oil based for moisturizing your skin! Whether you want to feel invigorated with Eucalyptus or relaxed with the Oatmeal Honey....we've got you covered!

My lip balms will also moisturize those chapped lips! Peppermint and Eucalyptus perks you up or get the Orange clove to relax. They are all delicious smelling and wonderfully moisturizing for your lips! Coconut oil and Vitamin E oil blend with the essential oils perfectly!

If you have a guy with a buff beard....check out the bear oils!

Please go to and visit the body shoppe!

Removing Scratches From Wood

We have a mid century modern table and my husband wears it out with things piled on top of it. I have wanted to refinish it forever, but I also like to try diy treatments.

So the first I'll try is one that uses two household ingredients......equal parts white vinegar and olive oil.

I whisked it together and it turned more opaque.

Take a dishcloth and rub in small circles on the scratches. 

It worked only on the small scratches and of course didn't work
on any of water stains.

That will be part to remove water stains from wood. 

It looks better than it did, but not completely scratch free......

Dear Early 80s....WHY?

I look back to the many, many formal dresses I wore in the 80s. Two of my brothers went to a military school and there were two 'formals' a year, so I had a LOT of formal dresses.

The styles changed throughout the years and the 80s were awesome for fashion. Except the early 80s, in my opinion.

I looked at my dress for one of the 'balls' the military school held. I was 12 or 13 and it was 1982 or 1983...I think. My mind is a black hole these days.

What I want to know is....Why were formal dresses styled either after a colonial nightgown or a plantation dress? That's all I can fathom... What's up with the all the lace and the high neck? And the line of ruffle 3/4 the way down the skirt?

It was a fad that swept the nation.

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Also....there were a LOT of petticoats being worn. What the hell?

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The closest I got was a petticoat minus the plastic was just a complete tulle one. 

This was my mom's 1950s prom dress that she had to let the back out
by adding lace because I had the boobies at 13 she didn't have at 18. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

At Least Get it Right

I really get sick and tired of someone being pissed off for something they're getting completely wrong.

Case in point : A doctor's bill was sent to my daughter's father's house as unpaid. At first she thought it was the deferred billing she asked for after a visit. But it's actually from the insurance not paying their part because someone didn't change her coverage after we moved. It's not that we refuse to help my daughter pay her bills with her part time job's that we're teaching her to adult.

She lives at home and her own 'bills' pertain to her little cell phone bill, her prescriptions (that are minimal and/or free) and her one credit card in order to build her credit. She buys her own specialty groceries and beauty items and we're having her put some from each paycheck into savings.

Eventually she'll have an automobile in which she'll pay insurance on as well. See, we all learn that the money we make isn't all for Happy Happy Fun Time but for keeping us afloat as adult humans.

We 'help' her. Jesus...she's my child. As tight as things are around here with saving to purchase a home and our own bills....we help her, dammit. But at the same time she's almost twenty years old and wants to eventually be on her own in her own place with her boyfriend and be an adult.

But to correct the Dr bill fiasco...we never 'not helped her'. It's an insurance payment that needs to go through the insurance, not be paid by anyone.  And it got sent to their home because they're the policy holders. So many ughs.

So when my daughter gets berated about us not helping her pay for anything, I get a little irritated.

There's a difference between teaching a child to be an adult and responsible and forcing them to do everything on their own before they're ready.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hocus Pocus

I love Halloween. I love scary movies. I love cold weather.

I wish I could have them all year around. Honestly, I'd settle for cold weather year 'round.

1993 ......ahem...The SUMMER of 1993 is when Hocus Pocus came out and it hasn't lost any steam in all those years. I still can't believe it's been that long.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook a blog from someone who did a self appointed walking tour of the locations in Massachusetts that appeared in the movie. I'd move to Salem in a heartbeat myself. The history, the weather, the architecture and nature. Come on! Let's go!

But since it's not currently in the stars....I took my 'walking tour' of sorts...via Google Maps

This is Dani and Max's house. The exact address is actually 4 Ocean Avenue.  It sits right on the 
banks of Salem Harbor and the view is beautiful.  I believe it's a private residence, but I'm sure
there are plenty of lookie-loos taking photos daily. It's a gorgeous home!
I can see Max and Allison sitting in the little tower at the top!

This is Allison's house where the exteriors were shot. This is the Ropes Masion at 318 Essex. 
It's owned by the museum and "Instead of traditional timed tours, guests can freely circulate throughout 15 rooms of the home, exploring the property at their own pace." There are guides there, but I think it's
Awesome you can just roam. The house was built around 1727 and was home to about four
generations of the Ropes family. I'm not sure that the interior shots were inside the house, usually
they'd be shot on a sound stage. But I'd still LOVE to tour this house!

Thackery Binx's village was shot at the Salem Pioneer Village.  It was built in 1930 to mark the 
tercentennial of Massachusetts and is America's first living history museum. Can you imagine walking 
through this village? Ugh. I'd be in heaven. 

Other exterior shots were taken at Plymouth Plantation as well. 

The Sanderson Sisters' cottage location was also in the Pioneer Village. I just want to go
and just walk around with my camera day and night. 

Max's high school location was an elementary school. 

Old Burial Hill, overlooking Marblehead Harbor.

The daytime cemetery shot where Max confronts the two tards from town is Old Burial Hill.
It's the oldest cemetery in New England and it's just picturesque as all get out!
I mean, the headstones I've looked up are not only old, but so interesting with skull and
crossbones like you'd see in any creepy movie!

If anyone wants to buy me a one way ticket....I'm gone!!!