May 2017 Debt Total

I have a confession to make. Until earlier this month I hadn’t totaled our debt up since last summer. That’s right, I didn’t know how much debt we had for 9 months.

Even when we stopped using our cards earlier this winter, I still couldn’t bring myself to total our debt. I knew it was high, but I was scared and ashamed to see just how high.

A few weeks ago I gathered up the courage and bit the bullet. I added it all up; and y’all, I almost fainted. It’s that bad. 147,557.02 bad to be precise. You having trouble reading that?

147,557.02

I told you it was bad.

But you know what, it’s okay. I mean the debt is okay, but seeing the number is. Seeing that total might have made me almost faint, but it also lit a fire under my butt. It’s time to get to serious work on this debt free journey.

 

And the winner is….

Congratulations Sara on winning two sets of unpaper towels from Creekside Kid! You should have gotten an email letting you know of your win. Please email me at meagan@themoogie.com by Sunday May 14th to claim your prize.

Thank you all for your participation, and I hope you have a fabulous day!

 

Meagan

The Lazy Mom’s DIY Dish Soap Recipe

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When I first started on our minimal waste journey one of the main things I knew I wanted to tackle was the mountain of cleaning products I use. My great-greatgrandmother didn’t have this many cleaning products, I told myself (she was the author of several Home Economics books back in the day) and she somehow survived. If she could so can I. So I started reading and researching different products I could make on my own using less, and more sustainable, ingredients.

Alas, one of the first things I ran out of was dish soap, and for some reason it was also the most intimidating. I mean this needs to clean the things my family eats off of each day. Our healthy quite literally was dependent on me getting this right.

But y’all, I’ve got to admit, I can be lazy. I was not interested in a massive undertaking involving melting, cooking, and stirring ingredients. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I have been a huge fan of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap for several years now, so I started looking for recipes that involved it, but then I made another discovery. Dr. Bronner had another product that I had somehow missed all these years-and it’s seriously changed my life, and my cleaning game.

So here it is, my DIY easy-peasy, lazy mom approved liquid dish soap. I hope you enjoy 🙂

 

1 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner

1 Cup Distilled Water

1/4 Tbsp White Vinegar

10 Drops Plant Therapy’s KidSafe Germ Destroyer

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Zero Waste and Toiletries: Making the Switch

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When I first decided to jump on the zero waste, or minimal waste, bandwagon I wanted to start in the easiest place possible. Low and slow have been my motto, and after analyzing my household usage I decided that the bathroom was it.

I decided this for once simple reason: I was already out of almost everything in my bathroom so I could simply replace it all in one fell swoop. It was fast, it was easy, and it was actually relatively painless. In fact, the only things that we continue that still create trash are toilet paper and my husbands toothpaste. Even though his shampoo and conditioner are still in bottles, as soon as those are done we plan to head on over to the Zero Market with the hopes that they have liquid shampoo and conditioner that we can refill our bottles with.

I’ve honestly been very excited about how easy the switch has been, and how little my husband has complained about it.

Interested in seeing exactly what I use? Well wait no further…

I switched out both our adult and child sized toothbrushes to bamboo alternatives. I love this brand because literally everything about the toothbrush, from the bristles to the packaging, are all 100% biodegradable. No more toothbrush waste! My toothpaste is a homemade recipe I’ve been trying out that includes activated charcoal as a whitening agent. I’m still 100% how I feel about it, and will post the recipe once I perfect it.

For my hair I went to Lush to check out some of their zero waste options, the New Shampoo Bar and Big Solid Conditioner had me a little nervous at first, I’m not going to lie. But they have been amazing for my hair so far. In fact, I have been able to go longer in between washes than I ever have in my life, and my hair feels soft and healthy. I’ve tripled down and also started using a solid soap bar as well instead of liquid body wash. Lush’s Honey I Washed the Kids Soap Bar is tough enough for the adults in our home, while gentle enough for the kids.

Like with my shampoo and conditioner, I wanted to try out some zero waste options for my face as well. Lush’s Movis Face Soap and Full of Grace Solid Moisturizer have been great choices. The Movis Face Soap is tough enough to take off most of my makeup, while also gently exfoliating my skin, and the Full of Grace Moisturizer feels light on my skin while doing a good job at protecting it from the dry Colorado climate.

When my makeup is super tricky to get off I reach for a normal kitchen staple in coconut oil, seriously nothing has done a better job at getting of my water proof eyeliner! I then reach for an alcohol free witch hazel as a toner, although neither of these products are fully zero waste I can reuse the coconut oil bottle in my pantry, and the witch hazel bottle is recyclable in my city.

Last but not least comes my deodorant. Aluminum based antiperspirants are the pits, studies show they are horrible for you, but every time I’ve tried to move towards a more natural option I’ve been left smelling like a barnyard. I have to admit I didn’t hold out much hope for Lush’s T’eo Deodorant, a solid deodorant bar that is again zero waste, but I have been more than pleasantly surprised. It smells like sweet lemons and lasts all day long. Please remember though, this is not an antiperspirant, so you will sweat. But sweating is actually good for you, so that’s okay with me.

The awesome thing about Lush is they also offer reusable tins to hold your products in. So when you buy from a Lush store you do not even have to use any packaging to purchase your products.

There is only one thing in my bathroom that has not yet been switched out, and that is my razors. I am down o my last disposable product, and my next purchase will be a good quality safety razor. I have to admit, I am scared to death go. Stay tuned for an update on how that turns out!

Zero Waste Paper Product Alternatives | GIVEAWAY!

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Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway, seriously Creekside Kid’s products have made it so easy for me to begin switching to a minimal waste lifestyle and I love being able to share that with you. Check out the contest rules below and don’t forget there is more than one way to enter! The winner will be announced Wednesday May 10th!

Meagan

Products Featured:

Unpaper Towels

Facial Rounds

Baby Wipes

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Open only to contestants in the United States.

The only mandatory entry is that you MUST subscribe to my newsletter.

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Blow Money – The Budget Category You Should Not Be Slacking On

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Were you the person creating your budget and wondering if blow money was really something you could justify? Have you ever found yourself in the midst of your debt free journey and found yourself thinking, “well I’m doing so great now, if I gave up my blow money I could put all that towards my snowball and get done with my debt x amount of times faster?”

Don’t do it!

I was you, and it was a huge mistake, seriously.

While blow money might seem like an easy thing to cut in order to reach your goals faster, in my experience it actually did the opposite.

That’s because while blow money also provides you a little bit of freedom, it also provides you with structure. The structure of having a set amount of money you can spend on you is often a huge motivator in continuing your journey.

It allows you to get that Venti Starbucks Caramel Mochiato you’ve been craving.

It allows you to buy that fancy CC Cream that’s the only thing you like on your skin.

It allows you to take the kids to grab a snowcone as a treat on a hot summers day.

It allows you to say yes to the new Melissa & Doug Puzzle your kids have been drooling over.

And it allows you to do it all guilt free.

Let me tell you a secret: taking away your blow money is not going to stop you from spending money on yourself. All it does is take away the structure, the boundaries, and the that it’s line in the budget creates. Taking it away is a breeding ground for guilt, and it’s not a fun way to live.

So allow yourself a little bit of freedom, your conscience and your wallet will thank you. I promise.

Going Minimal Waste?!

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Hi Guys!

I’ve always considered myself kind of crunchy. I cloth diaper my kids, breastfeed as long as possible, and try to go the more natural route with both our food and our health. But I recently came across a few Zero Waste YouTube channels, and then read Zero Waste Home by Be a Johnson and I came to the realization that even though I am a little crunchy, I am not making anywhere near as much of an impact on the planet as I would like to.

So I’ve decided to tackle our waste output, to bring less packaging into our home, and decrease the amount of waste going out of our home as well. I know I can’t be completely Zero Waste, Austen’s medical needs would never allow that, but I want to make an effort to combat the amount of trash we are sending to the landfill.

I know that a lot of people assume that by going green we will be spending a lot of green, but I am going to tackle that too. I actually thinking that going green will help us on our debt free journey. Because by reusing what we have, recycling what we can, and buying the least amount of extra stuff as possible we will be saving money along the way.

I look forward to taking you on this journey with us, don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter to stay up to date on everything going on, as well as subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video!

Love,

Meagan