And it`s not just about what we eat; our childhood was brim full of active living. There was no such thing as a gym except the one at school which we played in every noon hour or when we had that bi-weekly 40 minute gym class. It was hard to paste ourselves to the television all day if only because that one channel didn`t offer all that much in the form of entertainment. Trust me, nothing irritated my mother more than when it was either too cold or too wet to spend long outside and she found three children hanging around her feet, lamenting about their boredom -- at which point out came all those board cames or, perhaps a little baking lesson.
In my family, I now hear the generation that followed discussing all their sensitivities and allergies. In one family, it's almost impossible to cook a family dinner since one child is eating gluten free, another is dairy free and the third is sugar free. although the fourth hasn't specifically eliminated any particular food group her family is concerned about the level of pesticides and herbicides used, not only in the immediate yard but also in the surrounding crops. I'm not suggesting that these diets aren't necessary, I'm suggesting that perhaps, all of our easily prepared processed diets and lack of any serious exercise has ultimately caught up with us and is showing itself in our children.
- 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap -- I use Sunlight Laundry (Dr. Bronner’s, Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha)
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
All Purpose Liquid Cleaner
- orange peel
- 1 c vinegar
- 2 c water
- 1/2 tsp corn starch
Sticky Stuff Remover
I had one of those sticky fly catchers in our porch only to find it pasted to the window glass and sill one morning. I tried all my regulars: vinegar, dish soap, nail polish remover -- and then I tried olive oil. I soaked a bit of paper towel and left it sitting on the stain
Twice a year, my mom would go through the house cleaning everything and i mean EVERYTHING. Everything would come out of every closet and every cupboard in the house, some things would be tossed and the remainder would be reorganized. As part of this ritual, anything made from wood, be it furniture, cupboards, baseboards, etc. would be wiped down with Liquid Gold. While I don't go quite as crazy as my mother, I have a few old pieces of furniture that I like to treat the same way, only I no longer buy Liquid Gold. Instead, I use:
- 1 tblsp. Olive Oil
- the juice of 1 Lemon and 1/4 c Lemon Juice
- 1 tblsp. Water
While I probably originally sourced these recipes, I've been using them for a long time. The only one I know for sure is the laundry soap because I've only made a couple of batches of it.