Monday, September 30, 2013

Homemade Granola

This ish right here? Player please! Homemade granola is the business! You can make it as basic or as fancy as you like, just make it! I've not purchased ready made granola in I don't know how long. This stuff is amazeballs over Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, as a cereal with your milk of choice, with a banana or hell just to grab a handful as a quick on the go snach.  It's healthy, you control the ingredients, and it's delish!   Hit me in the comments for more details on how to purchase it premade or tips on making your own! 

Later babes, 

Laundry fresh n so clean-clean

Hey Bougie Babes!
Hope all is well and that everyone is living their bougie lives to the absolute fullest!
Last week I put together the homemade laundry detergent and it was awesome! I wanted to wait until I had some other folks try it before I posted about it so there was no bias.  So my testers were my straight no chaser mom, and my friend who I'll call "T.K" to protect her privacy.   I gave them both a sample of the dry/powdered detergent and the liquid and....<drumroll>...they both said it worked great!
The first picture is the liquid (obviously) and that's only about 1/4 of the batch! In true bougie form,  I re-purposed an empty Woolite bottle so I wouldn't use all my quart size mason jars, momma got plans for them.  The second picture is the powdered  - it looks kinda strange I know.
I used it on my dogs bedding and it was clean and fresh but the real test was using it on my 16 year old sons laundry...and again clean and fresh.
Just as a disclaimer, you won't see a lot of bubbles or suds but trust the cleaning power is definitely there.  And only 3 ingredients. The total cost to make was around $7.00 bucks, and a full batch makes 5 gallons of the liquid.  Now because I'm fancy and like to do my own thing, I actually made mine a little more concentrated so I had maybe 3 gallons.
Hope this helps and if anyone is interested the ingredients and directions are as follows:

2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing  Soda
2 Cups 20 Mule Team Borax Laundry Booster (has tons of uses)
1 Bar Fels Napa  - its a bar laundry soap. You could also use Zote.  Some recipes suggest using a bar of Ivory or what you have on hand or can get cheap.  I think I'm going to use a bar of Dr. Bronners in my next batch.

To Make powdered laundry soap:
1.       Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice. I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap because of its exceptional quality, and because it is available in several different natural scents like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond and others.
2.       In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
3.       Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
4.       Use 1/2  to 1 cup per load of laundry depending on how badly soiled your clothes are.
To make liquid Laundry Soap:
1.       Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
2.       Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
3.       Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
4.       Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
5.       Cover and leave overnight.
6.       Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.

7.       Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Later Loves!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


This is the notebook that I carry with me all the time everyday-I actually bought two of them because of the serenity prayer on the cover. I use it to jot down notes, ideas, random thoughts, things I want to talk to God about, etc. 
My decision to tighten up my financial house was based largely on my need for PEACE in my life.   I believe the planting of the seed was Gods way of giving me the COURAGE to change what I can, namely my budget, the financial seeds I sow, and my stewardship over my financial blessings.  Conversely, by forcing myself to be more accountable for my finances is helping me ACCEPT that the way my bank account is set up, there is not an endless supply of residual income-yet.  I also believe by showing that I am and can be a responsible steward over my finances, that my cup will soon runneth over!
Finances are only one piece of the puzzle as there are other things that will require change and fine tuning for me it's an appropriate place to start.  With money not being a worry I can focus my energies on the important things!

Bougie Blessings!


Hey Bougie Babes!
Hope all is well.  Man! There is so much going on righy now - I really don't know where to begin!

Coming up this week:

-Laundry soap recipe and reviews

-Birthday Budget fail and bounce back plan

-Homemade Granola

- Business ventures

- Full meal plan

- Christmas budget

If there are any subjects you all are interested in leave it in the comments-let's grow together! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What's up Bougie Family!

My apologies people!  I've been unintentionally M.I.A.   Well that's not totally accurate,  I've definitely been in action. I've celebrated a birthday, took a staycation which I'm still on,  did lots of reflecting on my past and planning for my future. Lots of D.O.P.E stuff in the works so I'll be posting regularly to keep yall up to date.
Oh I also got a new camara so I can take my blogging on the road in 1040HD! I'm excited about that. I've wanted/needed a new camara for a minute now after giving babygirl bougie my last one so yeah, its about to go down.
Stay tuned for DYI Day.  I have some crafts and diy projects coming as well as some budget updates coming.

Hope all is well.
Love, Peace and Bougieness!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Busy Bougie

Hey Bougie Babes!
I hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend, even if it was just a weekend of chilling out.
This past week has been bananas! It has been a week of family drama(but what's new there), self-improvement, self reflection, and budgeting!
Now that I have my cash flow under control (kinda) my next phase is taking a look at my spending habits to see where else I can cut back.   I'm exploring some D.I.Y. options which should be an adventure in and of it self.  This weekend I am going to make and try homemade laundry detergent and...wait for it...deodorant. Don't look at me like that! I think it'll be ok.  The laundry detergent I'm not really worried about.  From the recipes I've found, it should be pretty powerful. I'm going to do a load of coloreds and whites so I'll be able to really see how it does.  The cash savings should be mind-blowing!!! I use Gain liquid. I usually get the 64 Load bottle which runs between $14.99 and $16.99 depending on where I buy it, and it usually last about 3 weeks.  My husband has to wash towels at least twice a week -its his thing- so it would probably last longer if it were not for his obsession with washing towels. I digress.  The homemade detergent will cost $6.00 to make three times more than the bottle of Gain AND you use less per load *hits my dougie*.  I'll be posting the recipe after I try it - no need in having yall try it before I know it works.
Now let's talk about the homemade deodorant.  I know, I know don't nobody got time to be walking around here funky.  I concur because quiet as its keep Bougie sweats, yep, the pits perspire.  This one I'm really interested in though because there have been studies that tie the Aluminum in deodorants and antiperspirants to breast cancer and I took a solemn oath to protect "the girls" at all cost so I'm willing to give it a shot. Mind you I'll be trying it this weekend when I'm close to home and the shower, Bougie ain't nobody's fool and I'm much to fine to be funky!

Well loves, that's whats on tap for my weekend, D.I.Y til I die, well not really but it rhymed so there you have it.