Homemade All Purpose Lemon Power Cleaner

Homemade Lemon Power Cleaner

I was inspired by reading the All-Natural Living ebook that I got as part of the Healthy Living Bundle to continue on in my quest to slowly make the switch to more natural alternatives for household products we regularly use.

I especially loved these simple steps the author outlined:

Ditch your fabric softener/dryer sheets – These are some of the most toxic things found in the home and really aren’t necessary. There are homemade options, plus different detergent options that may make the need for fabric softener obsolete.

Make your own detergents – Making your own laundry and dish detergent are both easy and cost effective.

Make a simple All Purpose Cleaner – Even if you aren’t convinced that this homemade stuff can really replace all your cleaners, starting with a simple APC can help ease you into the transition.

Try switching out one beauty product – Not sure if you’re up to a full commitment of diy beauty products? Just pick on that you are willing to try. Maybe it’s the homemade mascara, or the mouth wash, or shaving soap.

These seem doable — even for busy moms, don’t they? I’m all about baby steps and taking it slow, so this was perfect for me.

Homemade Lemon Power Cleaner

After reading through the ebook, I picked one recipe to try and I landed on the All Purpose Lemon Power Cleaner.

All Purpose Lemon Power Cleaner

1 cup warm distilled water
1 cup white vinegar
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
10 – 20 drops lemon essential oil (you could also use orange or tea tree oil — or just omit this)

Measure ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to mix. Shake before each use.

This recipe was very easy to make and very inexpensive (especially if you opt not to use the essential oils). It smelled very strongly of lemon and wasn’t the best all natural cleaner I’ve ever used before. But I’d say that it was fair and one that I would make again.

I love that the ingredients are things I usually have on hand, but I thought the smell was pretty strong. So if/when I make it again, I’d probably adjust the essential oil ratio down or use a different essential oil than lemon.

Homemade Lemon Power Cleaner

All in all, I enjoyed All-Natural Living ebook. The one thing I didn’t love was the author plugging her essential oils site multiple times in the space of just a few pages. Once or twice would have been great, but doing it repeatedly got a little old and sales-pitchy feeling.

However, I loved that she included so many different recipes — even one for Windshield Wiper Fluid! Some were really basic, but there was a lot of variety — including recipes for homemade makeup.

Have you tried making some of your own household products or make-up? I’d love hear about how it worked (or didn’t work!) for you.

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Why I Did a Happy Dance at Dollar Tree + My Amazon Order

My Dollar Tree Shopping Score

I ran into Dollar Tree with the kids last week to pick up a few things for Jesse’s birthday (yes, we’ re all extravagant like that! ;))

I hadn’t been in that Dollar Tree yet since we’d moved and decided to peruse the aisles to see what they had available. Imagine my absolutely delight when I rounded the corner of one aisle and saw an end cap completely stocked with Nature’s Own bread for $1 per loaf!

My family loves this bread for sandwich bread and it made me feel so very much at home to discover that Dollar Tree in TN carries Nature’s Own bread just like our Dollar Trees in Kansas did.

Our freezer is now well-stocked with sandwich bread for the next few weeks! It’s often the little things that can make a new city feel like home.

I also picked up a spray bottle for some homemade cleaner I wanted to make, some sandwich bags that were marked down to $0.50, and some brown rice.

Also pictured: my coconut flour that I ordered from Amazon using some of my Swagbucks credit. I’m excited to try it out in some new recipes.

Have any of you used Coconut Flour before? Have any recipe recommendations or tips on how to use it?

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Brigette’s $48 Grocery Shopping Trip and Menu Plan for 6



2 3-ct packages Romaine Hearts ($1.99 each) – $3.98

1 3-ct package Green Peppers – $0.99

1 jar (38-oz) Ketchup – $1.29

2 packages (5-lbs each) All-Purpose Flour – $3.10

1 package (12-oz) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 container Honey Mustard – $0.99

1 1-lb package Butter – $2.99 (Yikes!! I am hoping butter will go on sale around the holidays like it did last year at Aldi and if it does – I am seriously stockpiling for the whole year!)

4 packages Baby Carrots ($0.69 each) – $2.76

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.99

1 12-oz package Frozen Broccoli – $0.99

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 2-oz container Pure Lemon Extract – $1.99

1 2-oz container Pure Almond Extract – $1.99

1 40-oz package frozen Chicken Tenderloins – $5.99

1 package 3-ct Tomatoes – $0.99

1 32-oz container Nonfat Greek Yogurt – $3.89

1 bunch Bananas ($0.44/lb) – $0.81

1 gallon Milk – $3.75

Total: $41.57

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter

(I was planning on stockpiling the advertised $0.69/lb chicken, but they only had a couple of not-very-fresh packages left. I got a rain check and will be buying a bunch next week!)

Peaches ($0.79/lb) – $2.48

3 boxes Hamburger Helper – $3.00, used $0.75/3 printable (doubled), plus $1.00/3 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive back $1.00/3 from SavingStar – $0.50 MM after coupons and rebate

1 20-oz box Bisquick – $1.50, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.50/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive back $0.50 from SavingStar – $0.50 MM after coupons

1 Glade Scented Oil Warmer – $1.79, used $1.00/1 printable, plus $1.00/1 Harris Teeter evic – $0.21 MM after coupons

2 boxes Rice Krispies Cereal (B1G1 @ $3.89) – $3.89, used 2 $0.75/1 Kelloggs printable (doubled) – $0.89/2 after coupons

1 jar Smuckers Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread – $2.50 – used $0.75/1 Smuckers printable (doubled) – $1.00 after coupons

1 jar Smuckers Natural Grape Fruit Spread – $2.00 – used $0.75/1 Smuckers printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupons

3 32-oz cartons So Delicious Coconut Milk ($1.50 each) – $4.50, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $1.20/3 after coupons

Total after all Coupons and Tax: $6.49, plus receive $1.50  back from SavingStar

Weekly Total after all Sales, Coupons, and Tax: $48.06, plus receive $1.50 back from SavingStar

Weekly Menu


Oatmeal x 2, Scrambled Eggs and Toast, Smoothies (using frozen fruit and coconut milk), Cereal x 2, Pancakes


Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar x 2, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Bananas x 2, Tuna Sandwiches/Pepper Slices/Peaches, Macaroni and Cheese/Apples/Carrots, PB&J Sandwiches/Cucumbers


Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Carrot Fries, Baked Potatoes

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup (using ground venison), Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

Spaghizza, Tossed Salad, Roasted Yellow Squash

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Carrots, Homemade Applesauce

Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets, Homemade Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad, Big Daddy Biscuits

Fried Egg Sandwiches (meatless), Broccoli



Popcorn, Oatmeal Cookies (for the rest of the family), Chocolate Zucchini Cake (for me – a new Trim Healthy Mama recipe)

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My Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Experiment

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner

As I told you not too long ago, when we moved into this rental house here in Tennessee, it was my first time to ever have wood floors. And we don’t just have one room with wood floors; the house has more wood floors than carpet! So this is a new territory for me and I’m learning as I go.

So I was excited to see a recipe for Wood Floor Cleaner in the Clean & Simple ebook when I read this book last week. I love the idea of using all homemade cleaners and we’ve used a lot of them over the years, but it seems that I fall back into buying some cleaners occasionally, just for the sake of convenience.

Clean & Simple Book Review

After reading this ebook, though, I want to switch to all homemade cleaners. Why? Because Stephanie made it feel so doable and simple.

My favorite thing about this book was that all the recipes in it can be created by buying only 7 ingredients total. And the majority of the ingredients are inexpensive items like vinegar!

The ebook was well laid out, easy to read, and included cute pictures of every recipe — which made you want to go whip it up right away!

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner

Want Step-By-Step Help To Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle?

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This Bundle is packed with ebooks, e-courses, and some cool free bonuses. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll get for just $29.97:

And much, much more! See all the contents of this bundle here (it’s over $1,000 value!).

Go grab your copy before the sale ends!

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Work-At-Home Opportunity: Paid Blogging Internship

Paid Blogging Opportunity

Blogelina currently has a work-at-home opportunity available that might be a great fit for someone who is good with blogging and social media. Here are the details of the position:

Here at Blogelina, we’re excited to be adding to our team!  We’re looking for a couple of motivated, organized, social people to work with us in maintaining the Blogelina blog and social media platforms.

Our internship positions will start on a trial basis at 4 hours/wk. – for 1 month.  At the end of the month, there could be potential to increase your hours if you would like to!  Our internship compensation is $10/hr.

The Tasks We’re Looking For Help With Are:

Uploading Posts To Blogelina
Adding To & Organizing Our Pinterest Account
Recycling Old Posts to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
Organizing Online Events
Editing Images To Make Them More Social Media-Friendly

Think you’re a good fit or know someone who is? Go apply for this opportunity here.

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Income-Earning Opportunity: Become a Mystery Shopper with MSI Services/TrendSource


Looking for a way to earn some extra income? Mystery shopping might be a great option for you!

When we were first married, I did a lot of mystery shopping. And while it was sometimes tedious work, there were also many fun opportunities — like beauty shops, expensive restaurants that we would have never been able to afford to eat at otherwise, fast food restaurants, and more!

There are many different reputable mystery shopping companies out there that you can apply to work with. One such company is MSI Services/TrendSource and they are recruiting right now, specifically for grocery store mystery shop projects. Here’s what they emailed me about this opportunity:

MSI Services/TrendSource is recruiting Independent Field Agents to participate in Unrevealed Mystery Shop Projects at local grocery stores. An Independent Field Agent is an independent contractor who is paid to anonymously complete an evaluation and inspection of a local business based on specific criteria.

Independent Field Agents pose as regular customers while performing their evaluation. After the project is complete, Independent Field Agents submit their collected data through an online evaluation form.

A typical evaluation looks for the following information:

  • Counting the number of associates in each department.
  • Evaluating whether associates actively engage with customers.
  • Reporting how associates engage with customers.
  • Reporting how associates respond to specific questions.


Becoming a mystery shopper is a great way to get reimbursed for your groceries. MSI Services/TrendSource pays agents twice monthly for their projects. Independent Field Agents spend approximately 30 minutes on-site.

Are you interested in applying for this opportunity? Head over to MSI Services/TrendSource to learn more and apply to become an Independent Field Agent today!

{Note: This post was underwritten by TrendSource. Read our disclosure policy here.}

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