Super Ordinary Wednesday

Some days my Instagram feed looks like I live in a fairytale land where all things run smoothly and life is wonderful. Honestly, some days I feel like I’m in a fairytale land. Some days life does run smoothly, all my to-dos get crossed. I spend some time connecting and reaching out to people in my doTERRA business, my kids eat their veggies, and I rock out a YouTube video like a boss. Some days I truly feel like Super Man… or Super Woman, I guess. You get the picture.

But other days… other days are just… an ordinary day. It’s those freakin’ ordinary days that get you. At least the ordinary days get me. My personality is very much achievement driven, and if I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything in a day, my mood can easily go from Life is awesome! to I’m the worst human being on the planet. I know, it’s totally irrational, but I’m working on it, and luckily, I don’t have these days very often…But I’m sure you’ve guessed by now that today is one of those days.

My 2 year old, Isaac, learned how to climb out of his crib, so nap time becomes the most unproductive and frustrating 2 hours of my life. My 4 year old, Tim, won’t go to bed so I’m snapping at the whole family, my kitchen never got cleaned because I’m just tired from constantly having at least 1 child on me, and my laundry has taken over my favorite spot on the couch. (I thought if I put it there it would motivate me more to fold it. It didn’t. Now I just regret that decision.) I did absolutely nothing for my doTERRA business, and it’s one of those days when my husband and I pass like ships in the night, so adult conversation was minimal… Unless you count the times I talked back to Gary Vaynerchuk while watching his YouTube videos while nursing baby Sarah. And I feel like a failure in every aspect of my life… I know, so dramatic!

    So. Much. Laundry.

That is not the day to scroll your Instagram feed and stalk moms you admire. Not today when your house is a mess, you haven’t blogged in over a week, and you discovered caterpillars are feasting on your arugula. It’s okay to admire people and their talents and abilities, but probably not on days you feel like crap. Because that just feeds the feelings of crappiness (someone help a girl out. How the heck do you spell crappy-ness? My computer doesn’t know what to do with that word.). On days you feel like crap you should turn off your social media and text a friend. Someone who can remind you that you’re not a failure in life… you just had an unproductive day.

I mean, kinda. It wasn’t too unproductive. I fed my kids real food, remembered to pick Noah up from school, and I made a few phone calls. It wasn’t the worst day in the world. Seriously as I’m typing this I’m already starting to feel better about life. New thought: When you feel like you’ve failed at your day, make a list of the positive things you did. I’ll start with mine:

How I Rocked This Ordinary Wednesday

  1. Got up at 5:15am to read Scripture and pray.
  2. Went to yoga at 6:00am.
  3. Did some gardening with the kids this morning.
  4. We ate a healthy breakfast and lunch.
  5. Picked up Noah on time… Well, only 5 minutes late.
  6. We ate a healthy dinner.
  7. Contacted some doTERRA friends.
  8. I kept all 4 kids alive.

I feel better already. My outlook on my day has shifted. Ok, seriously, DO THIS next time you feel like you didn’t accomplish enough. You’ve done more than you realize. Remember, even Superman wasn’t Superman all the time. Sometimes he was just Clark Kent. And that’s okay. And remember, that comparison game is kryptonite.

Come on, share some success you’ve been having during the ordinary days! What have you accomplished today?

Friday Fun Facts #20

1. I’m 30 years old, and trying to figure out  how to use SnapChat. God help us. Follow me (Is that even the right jargon? Do you “follow” someone on SnapChat?! I have no clue) @amandamgerber. And help me out, y’all! My boys do enjoy taking “funny pictures” with me using the filters… So there’s that.

2. If you want to be slightly more entertained on social media, you can follow me on Instagram @amandamgerber . I am better at Instagram, and a buddy just showed me how to use the Story part of it (thanks, Ray!). You should follow him too @ray.garza_cc His content is solid and encouraging!

3. Y’all know we recently moved, right? Do you know what we have in our neighborhood? Sidewalks! Glorious, spacious sidewalks where you can take your kids walking with your mom’s dog and not have to worry about a car hitting you. It’s the little things.

family-walks

4. I am up at 11:00 o’clock at night on a Friday night doing laundry. I’m living the dream. When you have 4 kids, there is no “laundry day.” The whole week is laundry week, but it all just piles in one massive pile that your forced to eventually fold. I literally had to put some doTERRA Motivate oil on my wrists to get folding. I’m currently 3 loads in, and I’m close to the finish line!

motivate-and-laundry

5. Lately I have been feeling blissfully thankful… like strangely so. I’m content with where I am at in life, but I’m still working towards a bigger dream, enjoying the process. I was so overwhelmed the other night. It was on Sunday night during the Cowboys game (I know, fellow Texans. We should be done grieving by now. #gocowboys), and I was cooking. Nathan was on the couch, tickling Sarah. The boys were lined up next to them on the couch, giggling. It was such a sweet moment I fought the urge to search for my phone because I didn’t want to miss it. Those smiles and giggles just brought me to tears, y’all. I am loving this newfound sense of gratitude.

Try it. Be thankful for the little things. What “little” thing are you thankful for today?

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have been getting many people ask about a homemade laundry detergent, so for those interested, here is the one I have used for over 2 years.  Again, this is a repost of my previous blog. This is so cheap and has no chemicals!

Ingredients:
1 large container for mixing and storing
1 box Borax (76 oz.)
1 box Baking Soda (64 oz.)
1 box Washing Soda (55 oz.)
3 bars mild (preferably homemade) soap, finely grated

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and stir well.
Store in a tightly shut container away from the kid-os.
For HE washing machines, as well as homes with soft water, use 1 tablespoon per load.
For homes with hard water (like myself) use 2 tablespoons per load.
For cloth diapers, use half of the amount of detergent you would normally use.

Tips and Sidenotes:
I store my detergent in a 5 gallon bucket I got for free at my usual grocery store. In the bakery section of many grocery stores they will give these to you for free, all you have to do is ask… And then clean the bucket… And also smell frosting the entire drive home while trying to convince yourself not to turn around to buy a red velvet cake with cream cheese icing… Luckily I only live 5 minutes away!

This is an unscented detergent so don’t expect the same smell as you would with your normal detergent. The “clean” smell we associate with laundry is usually the chemicals. Now, the clothes do not come out smelling dirty, they just smell like, well nothing really. By all means feel free to experiment with essential oils, but that will raise the price, of course. You can also buy a laundry “booster” from the store, but just be aware that those are not all natural and you may not want to use that for children and certainly not cloth diapers. I actually do that for option my hubby… Compromise is a beautiful thing in a marriage people.

For cloth diapers, try using melaleuca to keep the smell away.  Also, experiment with lavender or citrus oils for a refreshing scent.  Lemon essential oil can be used to take the “stink” out of towels you forgot you left in the washer 3 days ago.  I love dōTERRA essential oils and you can order them at http://www.mydoterra.com/amandagerber 🙂

This detergent usually lasts my family of 5 about 5 months and costs around $15.

What are your thoughts on homemade detergent? Do you have a recipe or laundry tip you would like to share?