Life

Currently: August 2018

Somehow we are in the double digits of August! I feel like this month is just flying by. I keep seeing fall decorations in stores and it’s making me realize a new season is just around the corner. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Current book Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth. Just started this yesterday, but it seems great so far. I think I have a fascination with books about the Amish way of life because I always find myself picking them up!

Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth book

Current song Counting Every Blessing by Rend Collective. Love jammin’ out to this one.

Current beauty product This body wash and shampoo combo. It smells like a Creamsicle!

Current blessing Jimmy. He’s just all around amazing, supportive, helpful, and loving. I am so blessed to call him my husband.

Black and white picture of smiling couple

Current confession I don’t know if it’s being in my third trimester, the heat of summer, or a combo of both, but I officially have cankles. Does anyone have any remedies?!

Current baked good Malted milk chocolate chip cookies. I am on the quest to make the perfect one. I tried a recipe in May, but wasn’t impressed with it. I just made a batch last night using milk chocolate chips and semisweet chocolate chips and they’re much better!

Current drink Coffee, as always! Jimmy and I have been enjoying our Angel’s Cup subscription that I gifted him for Father’s Day, along with Starbucks and Sheetz lattes and frappes as a treat here and there. Jimmy likes anything caramel, and I’m a vanilla gal through and through.

Angel's Cup coffee subscription in Catfinated coffee mug and Starbucks coffee mug

Current fun Scrapbooking. I’ve really been enjoying it lately. Still using the Project Life kits/method, which makes it super easy and relaxed.

Current fact As of August 12th, Mavis has been a part of our family for a year! It feels like just yesterday we brought her home and officially made the Zottola house a complete zoo 😉

Current obsession These pens. I have been a Pilot G2 fan for a few years now, but these are quickly becoming a favorite writing utensil of mine.

Paper Mate InkJoy Pens

Current excitement Welcoming our daughter next month, Lord Willing. It’s surreal to think about! We’re praying for a safe delivery and healthy baby and mama.

Current procrastination Blogging. I haven’t been very great at keeping up lately! I am hoping to post more this week. This space is my favorite!

Current food Black bean soup. I just made a big pot on Saturday and actually took a few photos. Would anyone be interested in the recipe? It’s one of my absolute favorite soups!

Black bean soup with cilantro

Current goal Cleaning and organizing our house. I’m pretty sure this is my goal each month, lol.

Current need I’d love a day spent with my sister. We’re both so busy, but I just love when we get an uninterrupted day to hang out and have fun together.

Current app I’ve been loving using Ibotta for a few months now. Definitely check it out if you’re into saving money!

Tell me something current in your life!

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Homemade DIY Laundry Booster

I mentioned making homemade laundry booster a few posts back and promised to share the recipe if anyone was interested. Quite a few people were intrigued, so here we are! This DIY homemade booster is simple to put together and smells great.

Borax, arm & hammer washing soda, and felts naptha soap

The ingredients are Borax Detergent Booster, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stain Remover. They’re all very inexpensive and can even be purchased together as a kit on Amazon!

Homemade laundry booster made from borax, washing soda, and fels naptha soap

Homemade DIY Laundry Booster

Ingredients
2 Cups Borax Detergent Booster
2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
2 Bars Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar & Stair Remover

Directions
1. In a large bowl or bucket, finely grate the Fels-Naptha bars with a hand grater.
2. Add the Borax and Arm & Hammer and stir to combine all ingredients.
3. To use, add 1/4 cup of the booster to your empty washing machine before adding clothes. Add your detergent, fabric softener, and clothes and wash as you normally would. For smaller loads, use three tablespoons of the booster.