Battling a cold and preparing for my oldest son’s sixth birthday, my do-it-yourself projects took a little different form this past weekend.
DIY Laundry Detergent
I have read a few blog posts lately about people making their own laundry soap, and with my detergent running low, I decided to give it a try. There are lots of laundry soap recipes online, but I used one I found over at Tipnut. In addition to the Fels-Naptha soap, Borax and washing soda, I also mixed in some Oxyclean powder for extra stain fighting.
Is that a photo of the world’s largest urine sample? No! It’s just my homemade detergent. As you can see, the resulting soap mixture separates quickly and requires stirring or shaking before use. I washed a few loads of laundry over the weekend and the results seemed as clean and fresh-smelling as when using commercial detergent, at a substantially cheaper cost.
Birthday Block Cake
I’ve blogged in the past about my childhood lifelong love of Legos. Now my kids are getting started with Legos of their own. For his sixth birthday, my older boy requested a Lego party, so of course I needed to build him a Lego cake.
The frosting was a bit of a challenge, but, all things considered, I think it turned out pretty well. More importantly, my son couldn’t wait to blow out his candles.
I continue to deal with persistent pigeons roosting on my roof, but now I have proof that I don’t struggle alone against these pests. Check out the sweet raptor I managed to catch on film while it paused on the garden fence in my backyard.
I had to snap the picture quickly through the screen window and I unfortunately didn’t get a second shot to fix the focus. Even blurry, it’s clear that is one wicked bird. My bird identification skills are lousy– can anyone make out exactly what kind of raptor this is? I just hope he likes pigeons.