It’s My Blogiversary

This month 2 years ago I began blogging. I took a hiatus but I’m baaaaaaacccckk.

What was supposed to be a holiday time off became a four and a half month break, but what can I say, but life got hectic. It still is, but I missed blogging and hope that with a regular one day a week post that I can still make time for family, church, work and give you a great quality blog.

I’m hoping to do more DIYs, recipes, mommy stuff. That said I’ve got some exciting blogs planned. But for now here’s a few of my favorite blog posts from the past 2 years.

I’m always on the go for either work, family, church and have to really maximize my time. So I had an idea that there are probably things that all moms and some dads do to manage their time. I created a list of 10 things this busy mom does.

Moms and dads are always juggling something. Here you’ll find some tips to streamline your load.

I love a good slice or three of pizza. We have our favorites and have quickly added our own at-home pizza to this list. It’s such an easy way to add everybody’s favorite ingredients and heck make it healthy and do all veggies.

The post I created in October was the first time we made our own pizza and we have since then perfected our recipe and tried different ingredients. But if you are looking for an easy at-home pizza recipe then look now further.

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza.

When my Bath & Body Works Peach Bellini foam soap ran out this DIY Diva had to create her own. I had so much fun creating this for my Tip Tuesday series. I did try other “soaps” first like the original blue Dawn, but the Olay Hand Renewal version left my hands clean and soft and isn’t that the point. It only required like two “ingredients” — Dawn liquid soap and water. That’s it. Pour in water, mix in a few squirts of the soap and you have DIY Foam Hand Soap.

A little Dawn dish soap, water and a reused foam soap dispenser is all you need to make your own.

The last post I thoroughly enjoyed and still love is the last one before my break — Relax….it’s the Holidays. In that December post I talked about how holidays can be stressful, duh. So instead of holiday food recipes or Christmas decorating tips, I shared how to relax. Yasss, girl.

I created, with the help of the Internet, three detox bath recipes. I’ve always been a bath person and when I was pregnant bath time was such a relaxing way to end my day. So without any further discussion here’s my favorite detox bath recipe. Check the blog post for more.

epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil make for simple and relaxing detox bath.

If you are a follower of the House That Walker Built and have a favorite post, please comment below. Or share with me on any our socials if you’ve re-created or used any of my blog tips via instagram, twitter or facebook.



Tip Tuesday: DIY Foam Hand Soap

I’m a fan of Bath & Body Works foam soap (actually I’m a fan of all of their products), but recently my Peach Bellini soap ran out and I knew it would be awhile before I replenished my stock. But I’d read on Pinterest (no surprise there) that with just two ingredients, one of which being water I could make my own foam soap.

I did my research and through trial and error came up with one I liked. It was simple and required very little effort on my part. I’ve read where people used body wash and shampoo, but I chose something different.

Literally it’s Dawn dish soap. I used Hand Rewewal with Olay, mostly because the regular Dawn is a little too drying. Dawn is known for cutting the grease and although I want my hands clean, I don’t want to strip the natural oils from my skin. The other reason I wanted to use dish soap is because it’s thin.

This is the dish soap I used to make foam hand soap.

This is the dish soap I used to make my DIY foam hand soap.

I wash my hands a lot and so I wanted something that would be moisturizing as well. I used the soap dispenser I already had. I filled it a little less than half way with warm tap water and about 2 tablespoons of soap.

I reused a Bath and Body Works foam soap dispenser.

I reused a Bath & Body Works foam soap dispenser.

The reason it creates foam is not the soap, but the pump. The pump injects air and a small amount of soap simultaneously creating a foam. You don’t even have to shake or mix the water and soap, but I gave my a gentle swish.

The finished product using only water and dish soap.

The finished product using only water and dish soap.

If you try this tip let me know or if you try a different soap, shower gel or other cleansing agent please share via instagram or twitter or comment below.



Spring Cleaning: Car Edition

We are always on the go. Simply put we spend a lot of time in our car and sometimes it gets messy. I know we are not the only family whose car looks very lived in. We won’t show you the before pictures but let’s just say the Honda needed a bath.
Since we didn’t have the time to actually wash the car we did “cheat” and went to a car wash. Actually I had a gift card for a free wash at Jimmy Clean’s which was what we used. Thankfully Jimmy Clean’s includes free vacuum service (yay!). But what about cleaning the tires and the dashboard and center console? Sorry Jimmy, but that wasn’t part of my gifted cleaning package.
Hunty, I’m all about the DIY. Let me tell you I scoured the internets, as my girl Lonnie Love would say, and found a very easy DIY “Armor-All” Tire and dashboard cleaner. Now the version I found had the mixture in a larger spray bottle, but she ain’t got time to go buy one when we have a mini bottle on hand.
So my version cost me…..wait for it….wait….74 cents. What the What? I had everything except Dawn dish soap. But if you have to run out and buy these items, go to my favorite store — the Dollar Tree and save yourself some dough. So you know one ingredient. Here’s the other two: baby oil and water. Easy peasy. The dish soap was on sale at Walgreens for 74 cents with a coupon. I already had baby oil and I got my water straight from the tap.
Follow the directions below to learn how I cleaned my dirty tires and car interior.
Three ingredients — baby oil, Dawn, water.

Three ingredients — baby oil, Dawn, water.

We used my version of Armor All to give some shine to my tires. We did have to take an old toothbrush to get into the grooves and loosen up some of that dirt. Afterward we took a cloth to wipe the hub cap. We agreed this DIY worked better on the hub caps than the tires. You be the judge.
Before and after DIY Armor All.

Before and after DIY Armor All. These hub caps are much improved.

If you try this DIY, let us know how it works for you via instagram or twitter.