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DIY Cleaning Wipes

DIY Cleaning Wipes

Just a few short years ago I shunned all paper products in my house except cleaning wipes. Fast forward a few years and it seems to be the opposite. I am using paper products, but not paper wipes. I started making my own DIY cleaning wipes and haven’t looked back. I use them for everything. They clean better than store bought wipes plus they save me money! I know a lot of other people use them and perhaps follow a similar recipe, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to share the recipe I use.

DIY Cleaning Wipes - Homemade Wipe Recipe by Life as a Convert

I use an old plastic storage bowl and mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with 1/4 cup of alcohol and enough water to cover the wipes. The alcohol helps cut down on germs and dries fast. The dish soap helps get through even the greasiest mess. I have enough cleaning wipes to last me about 1 week, but I imagine you can store them for much longer.  I recently found some at Dollar Tree (3 for $1) so they can be found inexpensively.


1 teaspoon dish soap
1/4 cup alcohol
microfiber towels

Mix all ingredients and clean, clean, clean!DIY Cleaning Wipes - Homemade LYSOL Wipes - by Life as a Convert


Benefits of using alcohol in your cleaning wipes:

Cleans and shines stainless steel
Dries fast
Can be used on windscreens and glass
Removes stains from cloth
Removes frost and dust
Doesn’t leave streaks

Natural cleaning wipes:

Alternatively, some people prefer not to use alcohol in their cleaning wipes and opt for a more natural solution. Instead of alcohol, you can use vinegar, or essential oils (lemon and lavender are both great choices). You can also use your wipes with just water. The friction created from scrubbing will eliminate most germs.

What can you clean with your cleaning wipes?

Anything, including: counters, floors, walls, toilets, showers, glass, candles, ceiling fans, cloth and more!

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Do you make your own homemade cleaning wipes? If so, what is in your recipe?

White Wine Cupcakes (Recipe)

Disclosure: I am required by the FTC to tell you that I was compensated for this campaign. All opinions (and delicious treats) are my own.

White Wine Cupcakes

If you know me then you know that I love chocolate.

What girl doesn’t?

Because of my love for chocolate, I jumped at the chance to work with Ghirardelli Chocolates and Josh Cellars wine for their #asweetpairing campaign. It took me a while to decide what I wanted to make but ultimately decided on a Valentine’s bark using Ghirardelli chocolate. While shopping for the ingredients my daughter picked up a funfetti cake mix. An idea was instantly born and while I made the bark too, the white wine cupcakes were the bigger hit.

White Wine Cupcakes (with Ghirardelli chocolate and Josh Cellars wine):

White Wine Cupcakes with Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars

They look delicious, right? Here is how you can make them. I promise it’s easy and because of the high oven temperatures, they are also kid-safe.

White Wine Cupcakes 

1 Funfetti cake mix
1 Tub Funfetti icing
Josh Cellars wine
Ghirardelli Chocolate squares

Make Funfetti mix as directed, replacing 1/2 cup of the water with 1/2 cup of Josh Cellars wine. 
Cool, Ice, and Sprinkle with pearls, then top with Ghirardelli chocolate square. 
Serve with chilled Josh Cellars wine.

This is truly #asweetpairing. The best thing is that you can purchase all of the ingredients at your local Wal-Mart making this an easy to prepare treat.

Here are some additional ideas that will help you enjoy #asweetpairing with Ghirardelli and Josh Cellars wine:

Julianne Gray: Galentine’s Party
Wine Lovers Village: Sweet Pairings
Family Vacations US: Sweet Ways to Show you Care
Zesty South Indian Kitchen: Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes
Kids are a Trip: Pack the Perfect Valentine’s Picnic
Our Daily Craft: Dark Chocolate Snack Mix
Daily Momtivity: Date Night
Really, Are you Serious?: Cheap Dates at Home
Sherry Boswell: Valentine’s Day Ideas
Just Short of Crazy: Red Wine and Chocolate Ice Cream
Hugs, Kisses, and Snot: Stay at Home Date Night
Kayla Dean: Chocolate, Wine, and a Good Book
Sand and Snow: Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cupcake

Be sure to like and share with your friends on Facebook:

As part of this campaign I am giving away two $75 prepaid American Express gift cards. In order to enter to win you must comment on my Instagram and my Facebook posts related to this campaign. (They are pretty easy to spot on my feeds!)

What is your favorite kind of cupcake? 

Eat Local and Support Farmers – #Farm2Home15

Eat Local and Support Farmers – Farm2Home15

A few posts back, I talked about my second trip to Moss Mountain Farm. I didn’t really go into detail about what we did that day; I wanted to give that a post of it’s own. My purpose for attending the event was to use my voice as a blogger and share how important it is to purchase locally and support our local farmers. I happen to live in Arkansas, but this is an issue that is important globally.

eat local support farmers farm2home15


Not only did we tour Allen’s farm, we also had the chance to sit down and talk with a panel of Arkansas Farmers representing the #ARMade and #ARGrown sides of the equation. Not all farmers produce food, some produce products (think soaps, lotions, oils etc)

The #ARGrown panel included:

Beth DeSalvo from Big D Ranch
Jeffrey Hall from Hall Family Farm
Chuck McCool from McCool Farms
Mark Morgan from Peach Pickin’ Paradise

The #ARMade panel included:

Misty Langdon from Our Green Acre
Tammie Pope from Tammy Sue’s Critters
Cat Swenson from Great Fermentation
Bob Wayne from Wayne Plantation

Each one discussed ways that we can support farmers. They also discussed the benefits of buying local. Many of these overlapped and because they all boil down to the same thing (supporting your local economy, I will just share the highlights in some easy bullet points).

5 Ways to Support Farmers:
1. Shop at your local Farmer’s Markets
2. Eat at restaurants that support farmers (Ask them when ordering “Which menu items are locally sourced?”)
3. Look for signs displaying Arkansas Grown/Arkansas Made products in stores and buy those products
4. Talk to your school about purchasing foods from farmers
5. Share! Know a local farmer? Share their business with your friends and family. Social media is great for that.

5 Benefits of Supporting Farmers:
1. Cost – Because there is no middle man and no cost of shipping, you save money.
2. Quality – Food can be purchased that has often been harvested the same day. Talk about fresh! Additionally, because the food hasn’t sat on a shipping truck for days, this means it lasts longer after purchase, again saving you money and reducing waste.
3. Economy – Buying local puts that money back into the local economy.
4. Visual – Have you ever seen the farm where your beef came from? What about how your corn was grown? Most local farmers will be more than happy to give you a quick tour of their farm and show you what they are doing.
5. Environment – Think about all of the fuel used transporting goods across state lines. Less travel time  = less harm to the environment.

With all this talk of buying, and eating local, I thought I’d share some posts to go along with the theme. Check out these other bloggers who support farmers in their community and some yummy recipes they have to share:

Rhonda’s ACB’s of Farm2Home over at Captain Mom.
Debbie’s Berry Tempting Blueberry Smoothie from Dining with Debbie
Anita’s Vegetable Tian from Aunt Nubby’s Kitchen
P. Allen Smith’s own Buttermilk Pecan Pie as shared by Debbie from Dining with Debbie
and finally, Could you use a Few More Recipes? from Katherine at Home’s Cool

What are some ways that you support farmers in your community? 


Facts about Malawi – a homeschool lesson

Facts about Malawi

March is Aybra’s birth month and to celebrate I wanted to share some posts on the blog that are unique to her.  Some of you may know that Aybra’s father is from Malawi – a small country in Africa. I am going to share some facts about Malawi as well as a recipe and activity to make this mini lesson complete.

Malawi is located in the South-eastern part of Africa and is approximately the size of Pennsylvania. Malawi gained independence from Britain on July 6th, 1964 and became a Republic two years later. Peter Mutharika is Malawi’s current President.


The colors of the Malawian flag are black, red, and green. Black represents the people of Africa. Red stands for the blood shed during Malawi’s fight for independence and green stands for Malawi’s plush vegetation. The rising sun stands for the dawn of freedom.

A staple food in Malawi is nsima. This is a thick paste/patty made from white corn powder. It is usually eaten with two relishes, or side dishes, consisting of a vegetable and protein. One of the most common relishes is ndiwo and contains tomatoes, onions, and leaves. Aybra’s father introduced me to this dish early on and it has been a favorite of mine since.

Ndiwo Recipe:

1 chopped onion
2 chopped tomatoes
1 tsp cooking oil
salt to taste

Sauté the onion using the cooking oil in a small pot
Add the remaining ingredients and cook until slightly tender
Serve with nsima anything!

Facts about Malawi - Ndiwo food

More fun facts about Malawi:

Malawi’s Independence Day: July 6, 1964
Capital City: Lilongwe
Population: over 16 million
Major Religions: Christianity and Islam
Official Language: English and Chichewa
Climate: Sub-tropical
Average Family Size: 3-5 children
Malawian Currency: Kwacha (Approximately 1USD = 430MWK)



I found this great coloring page of the Malawian flag. You can click on the source link to see the full sized version.

Facts about Malawi coloring page(Source)

Have you ever been to Africa? 

Have you ever heard of Malawi before?