During our last shopping adventure at Whole Foods my kiddos had a sample of Brownwoods Farms Cherry Barbeque Sauce. All three thought it very tasty! Brownwood Farms is located in Traverse City, Michigan and uses Michigan grown fruits in their products.
Another Michigan food item we had today was Sweet Italian Sausage from Pleasant Hill Farm. This sausage is made from healthy pork and sold by a local family. It has a short ingredient list making it allergy friendly, yet it is full of flavor. If you are in the area be sure to visit Pleasant Hill Farm at the Springfield or Battle Creek Farmer's Market and try their products.
Uncle Matt, Aunt Ellie and Gavin joined us for supper
"Children need to learn how to do things which they do not want to do, when those things ought to be done. Older people have to do a great many things from a sense of duty. Unless children are trained to recognize duty as more binding than inclination, they will suffer all their lives through their lack of discipline in this direction."
-H. Clay Trumbell
"Duty then is the sublimest word in the
English language. You should do your duty in
all things. You can never do more, you should
never wish to do less."
- General Robert E. Lee
"'The hard but right way,' he said. 'The hard but right way,' Faithful repeated."
-John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress as retold by Gary Schmidt
My friend Theresa at Aunt Theresa's Adventures posted on cloth wipes. It is a topic I have wanted to write about and Theresa is graciously allowing me to use her post.
Here is a great way to save a little money with that extra flannel you have.
I realized a few months ago how much toilet paper I was using.
So I made some flannel wipes.
I know, sounds a little gross but it really isn't.
You can cut them to any size you like. Put the wrong sides together and sew around.
I have a little drawstring bag by the toilet and once used, I just drop it in.
You can throw the bag in with a bag of towels or sheets to wash.
Thanks to Sarah and her mom for the brilliant idea.
Some questions you may have.
Do they smell?
Only a drop or so ends up on the wipes. I haven't noticed a smell
coming from the bag but I don't let them sit there for weeks without
being washed. I throw them in the washing machine every time I throw in
a load of towels or sheets. I would also throw them in with diapers if
I was using cloth diapers.
Do you use them for everything?
Nope. I don't use them during that time of month and I don't use
them for #2. I suppose you could but that seems a little to gross for
If I come to visit you, do I have to use these?
No, guests still use regular toilet paper. Just want to put that out there in case you are thinking of visiting. :)
What will they look like after the first wash?
The reason why you need to sew around the edges is that the edges
will fray after the first wash. They will also shrink a bit so make
them a little larger than you'd like.
Does this really save you money?
It does for me. With my endometriosis and small bladder I use the
bathroom a lot especially when I'm drinking the required amount of water
a day that you are suppose to.
We've been using cloth wipes at my mom's for two years. She also has a drawstring bag for used wipes.At home in Virginia I have an enamel pot with a lid for them. I put baking soda and a few drops of essential oil in the bottom. When it is time to wash wipes they get dumped out onto a used bath towel along with the baking soda and carried to the washing machine. Using cloth wipes definitely saves money, doesn't add much to our laundry, is healthier than always using paper processed with chemicals and bleach, and is better for the septic or sewer system. They are soft and pretty, and actually very pleasant to use.