Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Go Broke, Die Rich

I love reading, and when I found the opportunity to read, review, and giveaway a book about entrepreneurs, I jumped at the chance. Through Business 2 Blogger I was sent an autographed copy of "Go Broke, Die Rich" by William Manchee. William Manchee has helped business owners for over thirty-five years, and shares their stories (with names changed) in this book. He explains why they failed, and how you can avoid those circumstances yourself, or how to get out of it without losing your shirt.

I thought this book was great and would suggest it to any aspiring entrepreneur, or anyone who has already established a business-new or old, big or small. Hindsight may be 20/20, but wouldn't it be nice to have a little foresight into possibilities when operating a business. This book does not guarantee success, in fact Manchee mentions quite a few times that you can learn and rebuild after failure. The facts in this book are startling, informative, and delivered in such a way that I, without any legal training, have a more clear understanding of bankruptcy laws, methods, and loopholes.

William Manchee was born in Southern California, then later in life relocated to North Dallas, where he opened his own law practice, where his son Jim now also works. In 1995, Manchee wrote his first book as a release from the stress of his law office. Since then he has written a total of 15 books and has aspirations to write one book a year. He is known best for his Stan Turner mysteries and the Tarizon Trilogy. You can read more about William Manchee and his works, you can visit his website at : http://williammanchee.com/home.html

I'm pleased to announce that I am able to offer one copy of "Go Broke, Die Rich" by William Manchee to one lucky SaMiE Designs reader! Use the rafflecopter below for your chance to win!


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Monday, May 7, 2012

Making Your Own Laundry Detergent!

With six people living under one roof, laundry adds up, quick. Lots of laundry detergent means that the money also adds up quick. I was amazed at the idea of making your own laundry detergent for pennies per load and immediately put the task on my "to-do" list.

I found The Duggar Family Recipe of Laundry Soap  through Pinterest. Immediately I began searching for the products to make it. I couldn't find them at the local small grocery store or the local chain supermarket. Instead I found them at my local Whole Foods store. Occasionally I would find one or two of the items, but the local Whole Food store had all three. And right next to each other. I actually hugged the attendant who helped me to the aisle because I was so happy. What were the three ingredients I was so eager to find? Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and a Fels-Naptha bar.

For your quick viewing pleasure, here is the recipe from the Duggar's website:
4  Cups - hot tap water

1  Fels-Naptha soap bar

½ Cup Borax

Step 1.
Step 2.

And here are the directions to make your own laundry detergent:

Step 1. Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Step 2. Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
Step 3. Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

You can add in some scents if you like, but I wanted to try a pure and simple recipe, so mine is just the basic. This recipe was super easy and super cheap. Originally I had kept milk gallons to fill them up with the detergent, but I figured this was anything but a space saver. So I have kept the detergent in the five gallon bucket and add it to an old detergent container I happened to have on hand. It has been very convenient for us. We will definitely be making more when we run out- no idea when that will be!

As far as to how well it works? I think it works just as good as any other detergent we've used. It gets out stains-and get things clean. And best of all-we haven't had to buy detergent in a long, long time. It's great. If you get a chance, I urge you to make your own stash.  Or you can buy ours- in stores Fall 2012. Only kidding- but check out this swanky picture!

Happy Mixing

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