Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thrifty Thursdays

I am always looking for ways to save money for my family. One thing I do is try to make my own "convenience" foods. My family's favorite so far is my homemade shake and bake.
4 cups bread crumbs
4 cups flour
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp poultry seasoning
1/4 cup oil

Mix it all up and store it in an air tight container. (I use an old coffee can)
You can change the seasoning to suit your tastes. Sometimes I add Italian seasoning.
We use this for breaded chicken and pork chops, onion rings, and breaded zucchini. My husband loves it!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Eco Sprout Review and Giveaway Ends October 31!

I am a cloth diapering mama so I am always looking for different detergents I can use on my diapers as well as my home. I recently came across a detergent called Eco Sprout. They were kind enough to give me a few samples to try, and boy did I try them out. I always go through the same steps when trying out a detergent. One reason is because my youngest seems to have very sensitive skin in her private parts were the detergent sits. So we always want to make sure this does not happen with her.

The first step we do is see how strong the detergent is. I always have a stain on my floor that needs cleaning. So I found this stain and I rubbed a little of the detergent in it with a little water. I scrubbed (but not terribly hard) and almost instantly the stain came up. Hmm, so it is strong enough to clean the stain but will my daughter tolerate it?

Next we headed to the laundry and washed a load of clothes for her. I soaked the clothes first. This was for two see if there was any buildup in the clothes and to get that detergent nice and into her clothes. Let me tell you Eco Sprout smells wonderful going in! After the laundry was done I folded up her clothes and waited til later when I could put her in some. So for 3 days she wore her Eco Sprout cleaned clothes. No rashes and no worries!

So finally I tried her diapers in some Eco Sprout. I did a nice good soak on the diapers. I was amazed at how brown the water was (without a poopy diaper). I then washed the diapers using my normal routine but added an extra rinse- JUST IN CASE! The diapers went into the dryer and we waited. After a week of her wearing her diapers we had no rashes and no problems.

Eco Sprout is an amazing detergent. It has some awesome scents going into the laundry....but not so much coming out. However, that is ok with me since we don't care if out laundry really smells as long as it smells clean.

Would I buy Eco Sprout for myself, you betcha! It is amazing.

So who is Eco Sprout? Well Eco Sprout was formed by a Work at Home DAD! who was sick of having problems finding a detergent he could use on everyone's clothes but yet not have issues with ammonia smell in the diapers. So he made his own!

Eco Sprout Detergent is an eco-friendly, all natural detergent that's great for your entire family, and SAFE for cloth diapers & sensitive skin. It will clean and disinfect your diapers while rinsing clean. No more battling with eye-watering ammonia smells, as Eco Sprout dramatically helps neutralize the odor.
The scent is for you to enjoy and will freshen your washing maching and make your laundry room smell nice. It is designed to safely wash out of your diapers or clothing and leave nothing behind but a clean fresh scent.

Where can you buy? Of course from their website.  Princes range from a sampler pack for $13.76 to 96oz bags for $24.98 and they have scents such as Lavender Chamomile, Sandlewood Vanilla, In the Buff (Scentless), and their scent of the month.

  • 96 oz bag: 96 to 192 loads*      $24.98
  • 48 oz bag: 48 to 96 loads*        $13.98
  • 24 oz bag: 24 to 48 loads*         $7.98
  • 2 oz sample bag: 2 to 4 loads*     $1.75

Guess what! Eco Sprout has given me a bag to giveaway to one of you luck readers.  So how do you win?  Well...fill out this Rafflecopter form and on Halloween a winner will be drawn!  This is open to US and Canada so get those entries in!