Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Home Made Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes

The recipe I am proudest of is my baby wipes recipe.
Initially I wanted to get rid of all those chemicals being wiped onto our baby’s bottoms, when I had my first two children in the 80s. 

All our mothers and Nanas simply used moistened squares of muslin cloth and washed them afterwards. 

First I made these with kitchen towels but after testing on the boys they weren’t quite tough enough for heavy duty. And I also thought a recyclable option would be good too. 

One of my friends kindly suggested I use rolls of Chux cloths which you can buy for $15 at some bulk bin stores. 

You can then wash the cloths and reuse them. 
So here are two options to try. The witch hazel is a fantastic antiseptic, which has a great effect on itchy or inflamed skin and the rosewater not only smells great but is also antibacterial and antiseptic. 

In Morocco they pour it on their hands to wash them. 
It also balances out the pH levels on the skin.

½ cup water
1 tbsp rosewater
1 tbsp witch hazel

Pour a little of the mixture into the bottom of a plastic container with an airtight lid. 
Rip up a few small kitchen towels or Chux cloths and place them in the bottom of the container and pour a little more of the liquid every time you have about 10 towels laid down. 
Continue layering until you have soaked all the clothes and put on the lid. 
For travel packs you can simply pop a few in a zip lock bag and pour some of the mixture in.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Pre Planned Menus - Making Grocery Lists - Current Pantry Stocks Lists - It Is A Great Idea

Ok I used to have mixed emotions about menu planning, when the children were smaller.


Once I tried it and found it worked for us, I was hooked, and it saved us money as well, because we always used what was at home first before we brought anything from the supermarket.

In our previous guide to Budgeting we made up a budgeting folder, so if you missed that blog, go back and find it and set yourself up with a great helpful guide to home budgeting.

But if you already have that folder set up,  here is something that you can now add to that, or you might like to create your own different folder adding additional files of things you and your family like.

Download and print it here.


It is a great habit to get into as it stops anything going stale in the pantry or refrigerator, because you always know what is in there, so you are planning meals to make things with the stuff you have first.

               And that saves heaps of money believe me.


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

An Easy Peasy Guide To Making Baby Food At Home

Feeding your baby homemade baby food is simple and is also an incredibly inexpensive, cost effective way to begin introducing solid foods and create healthy eating habits.
By making your baby fresh homemade baby food, you can offer your baby more flavors and variety and only the finest quality ingredients. Save money and food waste by offering your baby the foods that the whole family eats

Tips for Safe Baby Food Preparation:

Always wash your hands before preparing foods for your baby.
Ensure your cutting board, utensils, pots and pans, processing equipment and storage containers have been thoroughly washed and cleansed.
Wash, peel and pit fruits and vegetables as needed.
Cover and refrigerate or freeze cooked food immediately once you have processed or prepared the food.
Store pureed foods in the refrigerator for no more than three days.

The Tools You Will Need
  • Blender, Food Processor, Food Mill/Grinder, Potato Masher, Fork, Sieve or Strainer
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Pots, Pans and a Steamer Basket
  • Ice cube trays or other freezer safe containers in small sizes (2oz-4oz)
  • Freezer bags and permanent marker