Goo Gone (or, what to do with homemade deodorant)

I made some baking soda deodorant for myself the other day. (Ok, it was a longer while ago than that…)

And it just didn’t work for me.  It was nice-smelling, and I really, really wanted it to work. But I guess my skin is a bit sensitive, and the format was just a bit messy, and I just wasn’t feeling it.

Vanilla-scented Goop in a tin. Sigh.


So it sat on the shelf. I didn’t want to throw it out.

Fast forward to sometime last week, when I discovered that making a paste of oil and baking soda is a recommended way to remove goo from glass. I had some glass jars and bottles I was hoping to re-purpose, so I had to try it!


Put the gunk on the goo that you want gone.

It worked perfectly!

Squeaky clean!

Keep in mind that removing the actual sticker goo takes some scrubbing, and that you should wash it with dish soap to remove the oil. But I sure love being able to repurpose those lovely glass jars and bottles that accumulate in our house.

The Lady of Shallots

I love shallots. They have such a soft buttery onion flavor. Super tasty in chicken salads, etc.

They’re pretty much my favorite allium.

What a cute little shallot, am I right?

Problem is: shallots are darn expensive. They’re no caviar, but $3 for a handful of bulbs is a bit steep when onions are so cheap.

So, what’s a stir-crazy shallot-loving gardener to do? Grow my own, of course!

Just buy a few from the store (make sure they have some roots, even just teeny trimmed roots will grow again!)

Put them in the top of any pot of dirt that gets sun and water. That’s it! If you’re patient, you should be seeing green shoots and white roots in no time.

This should work for onions, green onions, several other groceries with varying degrees of success. More grocery store gardening adventures to come!

Toddler Tuesday: Balloon Drums

This morning, our breakfast was interrupted by the local marching band heading along their parade route.

Why? Not a clue. But the drum line was so exciting to Eve, that I got an idea…

Little drums!
Little drums!

I know I did this as a kid. Balloon drums, and rubber band guitars. (Which may happen later. For now, the drums are enough.)

To do it, you start with a couple things:

future drums
future drums.
  1. As many containers as you want drums (2 flowerpots=2 drums). It can be flowerpots, half an old water bottle, jars, cups, etc….
  2. Balloons. (If you want this to last for a while, have some back up. I’ve already replaced the balloons on the drums in the pictures once today.)
  3. Scissors.

To make them, you just cut the neck off the balloons. Not too much, but just cut the rectangle of the neck off of the circle of the balloon.

Riiiight there.
Riiiight there.

After that, simply stretch the balloon over your containers/pots and enjoy! For our second round, Eve insisted on putting a few things inside before they were shut. It makes it easier for smaller kids to make a satisfying noise. I’d recommend a pebble, marble, or other small object, preferably made of metal, glass, or stone. (Why? Because those materials sound nicest.)

...probably best to keep this away from the babies. Hi, Robbie!
…probably best to keep this away from the babies. Hi, Robbie!