How To Watch The Duggar’s TLC Show Online!

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It is very difficult to find any good family show to watch. We actually have chosen to not have tv reception in our house at all, because we don’t want the negative influence in our house.

How to Watch the Duggar Family Show online without a cable reception! (Photo credit from Duggar Family Official Facebook Page)

A favorite show of my children’s is the Duggar’s 19 Kids and Counting show that is shown on TLC. They used to release the DVD’s of the series, but for the last few years they have not done that. So we have recently started purchasing the seasons to watch online!

The new season started last week and we enjoyed watching it together as a family last Friday night. You can see a few clips that TLC shared on YouTube below.

And one more!

I’ve been surprised that more people don’t realize you can purchase a season of the Duggars on Amazon, or you can purchase one episode at a time for $1.99 each!

These can make good rewards for your children at the end of the week! They can work towards watching an episode through good behavior in school, or use them as rewards for the Character Badges program! Or simply just enjoy some family time together. :)

 

 

DIY: Make Your Own Liquid Hand Soap Tutorial!

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When it comes to cleaning products, I don’t take the time to do a lot of DIY projects. I try to find natural cleaning products on sale, and stock up when I can. But when I saw different tutorials online to make this liquid hand soap, out of a bar of Mrs. Meyer’s soap I knew I wanted to try it!

DIY: Make your own liquid Mrs. Meyer's hand soap!

I love using Mrs. Meyer’s soap, the smell is amazing and it’s all natural. But at $5.00 a bottle, it is a splurge. I tried making my own liquid hand soap, and made a gallon of liquid soap for about $5.00 on supplies! That gallon of liquid soap is worth $50.00 of Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap. I find the savings to be worth my time in making this!

Grating soap for making liquid hand soap

All you need is one bar of Mrs. Meyer’s bar soap, some liquid glycerin, and a gallon of water! Some sort of hand grater is needed as well. I used the Lemon Verbena scent.

You need one bar of Mrs. Meyer's Hand soap to make your own liquid soap!

Open up a bar of Mrs. Meyer’s bar soap in your favorite scent, and admire how pretty it is. :) It’s your last look at this lovely bar of soap!

Grate your bar of soap using a hand grater!

Grab a hand grater, and start grating that lovely bar of soap into tiny shreds.

Grate your whole bar of Mrs. Meyer's soap into shreds.

Once you have the whole bar of soap grated up, stop and enjoy the smell for a minute. :)

Pour your grated bar of soap into a gallon of water

Pour your grated bar of soap into a gallon of water. Add 2 TBS of liquid glycerin as well.

Melting soap in a gallon of water

Stir your soap and liquid glycerin together over medium to high heat. Stir occasionally as you wait for the soap to melt.

The soap is all melted!

The soap is all melted! Now just turn off the heat, and let it sit on the stove for 10-12 hours, or overnight. I let mine sit overnight and preferred that. You are waiting for this soap to thicken up as it sits.

The soap is nice and thick!

After sitting overnight, the soap is nice and thick!

Mixing up the soap after it has sat overnight

After the soap has sat overnight, mix it up using a hand blender. This helps breaks up the thickness and blend it together well, before you put it into a container.

Make your own liquid hand soap with a bar of Mrs. Meyers soap!  You can save so much money through this DIY project!

Pour it into a gallon container, label it, and you are all done! It really doesn’t take very long to make this, and the cost is a huge savings!

I haven’t tried making this with any other brand of bar soap, so I can only recommend using Mrs. Meyer’s bar soap for this recipe to work.

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It’s Ok To Be A Mom And Be Creative!

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DIY projects. If you’re like me, you alternate between having a huge list of them that you look longingly at as you think “someday”, or you have completely given up on them.

At some point I gave up. What was the point of trying to start a project when you’re interrupted constantly by little children, the demands of life, and more responsibilities that require your immediate attention?

One day I realized what I was missing. I had lost my creativity and I really wanted to get it back.

That desire to sew, make some amazing Pinterest projects, try out a new recipe, or even just paint with my children. Of course, all of this still has to be balanced with real life. And real life is messy.

Messy House and trying to balance DIY projects as a mom!

Yes, that is my actual living room. This is what it looks like after a school day is over. I could let this defeat me, and honestly some days it does. I have to choose to be creative, or I can let the mess of life squash that creativity and my children will be in college before I ever touch a sewing machine again!

I have to make choices. I can call my children in and we all clean up the living room and dining room in 10 minutes together, or it can take me 45 minutes by myself and I lose any extra time I had to work on a project.

Please understand I don’t want to be creative just for my sake. I want to bless my family, sew my girl’s clothes and make our house a pretty and peaceful place. I’m not off at crafting classes learning how to decorate cakes or fire pottery simply to fulfill a need in myself (though I have nothing against cake decorating or pottery).

I still have to balance this creativity with the fact that I have young children and a home to look after. I have to make sure that when I find an outlet for all my pent up creativity that it blesses my family.

It's ok to take time and do a DIY project to bless your family!

So far this week I’ve taken some steps in the right direction. I got my serger out (it’s sitting by my rocking chair in the picture!), I sorted through some fabric and made a pile, I purchased paint for a project and bought Chalk Pastels to try an art project with my children. Baby steps..one day at a time, and before you know it, I’ll have a project completed!

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Watch “Bringing Up Bates” For Free!

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The Bates Family has a new shows, Bringing Up Bates!

 

If you enjoy watching the Duggar’s show, you will love this first episode of “Bringing Up Bates”! The Bates previously did a one season show under the name United Bates of America, but took a few years off and they are back with a new name and a new season!

You can watch the first full episode free on Youtube!

I found the show really encouraging, and love the sweet spirit that Kelly Bates has as a wife and mother. I hope you enjoy it as well!