Hey guys! I apologize for not being that active on here lately! College has been crazy and now that it’s past midterm, it’s only getting harder. Speaking of school… it is not cheap! At all. And if I want to travel and go to school, I need to find ways to cut costs. This homemade laundry detergent recipe is a great way to do so. Keep reading to find out the recipe!


We're are always looking for ways to save money to travel more. This homemade laundry detergent recipe is the perfect way to do so! Click here to find out this awesome recipe. How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have actually had the idea of making my own laundry detergent for over a year now.

Now I am super excited to share with you the homemade laundry detergent I finally made. I figured out I will be saving anywhere up to $100! That’s about the price of a text book, or half the price of a one way plane ticket.

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I’d suggest having the following items:

  • A food processor (Or a cheese grater, but this will be more difficult)
  • A 5 Gallon Plastic Container for storage
  • 2 T Scooper (Should actually come with one of the ingredients)

*Note: This recipe will not yield 5 gallons of laundry detergent, but this size container allows you plenty of space to mix all contents together.


  • 55 oz box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 4 lb box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
  • 76 oz box (or two 65 oz boxes) of Borax
  • 2  (400 g) bars of Zote Soap (or 3 bars of Fels Naptha Soap)
  • 3 lbs OxiClean (this should have a scoop with it that you can use)
  • 13 oz container of your favorite scent (optional for added fragrance or just use essential oils)

My total cost for all ingredients (which can vary) was $31.
This price even includes having bought an extra soap than needed (oops) and buying some fragrance crystals.

Homemade laundry detergent ingredients


  1. Take the entire box of OxiClean, Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, and 76oz of Borax and pour them in your 5-gallon container. Close your container and shake it until all the ingredients are mixed.
  2. Then, put the shredding blade on your food processor. It looks like a cheese grater in the shape of a disc. Take the soap bars and cut as needed to fit into the feed tube of the food processor. My food processor came with a plastic tube that fit into the feeding tube that I used to push down on the soap to shred faster.
  3. Once all shredded, put aside soap in a big bowl.
  4. Change out your food processor blade for the multi-purpose blade.
  5. Put 3 cups of your shredded soap back into your food processor. At the same time put ¼ of the box of baking soda in.
  6. Run the food processor on high until the soap and baking soda became super fine like the batch of ingredients already combined. Once fine, pour into your container.
  7. Repeat until all the soap has been reprocessed through the processor.
  8. Optional: Once everything is combined, you can add your scented crystals.
  9. Close and shake well. You’re done!

Homemade laundry detergent

It’s certainly a bigger upfront cost than your $5-10 detergent from the store. I figure that if I do three loads of laundry a week, I will have enough detergent for 90 weeks! That means I won’t have to worry about buying the ingredients again for over a year and a half. I usually am buying detergent every other month at least.

In case you’re wondering where these numbers come from: the recipe should allow for 271 loads. You will have to figure out how often you do laundry and purchase detergent to see if it’s worth it for you. Part of my savings probably stems from not doing laundry as often as others. So really evaluate if you can do less loads to save yourself a bit more money.

Another thing to note is that this recipe does not have much of a scent, even having added scented crystals to it. This isn’t a big deal to me as long as my clothes are clean (which they are) but I know my boyfriend was a bit disappointed because he loves the smell of Gain.

All in all, I am very happy with how it turned out, and look forward to only paying .12 cents a load to do laundry! For any of you who decide to make your own, I’d love to hear how you thought it turned out. Feel free to recommend any better fragrance to those who might want to add it as well.

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Hey friends! I can’t believe I’m finally writing this lol. It’s been a long time coming and A LOT of hard work. Like, the ‘I’ve hardly slept or ate’ kind of hard work. And trying to juggle what I’m about to announce with a full-time job AND this blog was stressing me out. Bad. But, it’s all worth it because it’s something that I LOVE doing and it’s what I want to do as a career. You’ve probably already guessed from the title (and from my endless snapchats, Instagram posts, Facebook posts…) that I created an online graphic design web store… thing. I don’t really know how to describe it yet lol. Anyways, it’s called Wanderful Designs – a play off of, you guessed it, Keep Wondering & Wandering. I’m very excited and VERY proud of it. Scroll below to read more about it!

From the blogger of Keep Wondering & Wandering, Wanderful Designs is a new graphic design webstore. Here you can premade logos, headers, landing pages, etc. All at affordable prices. We also can create custom graphics. Visit us today!

Introducing Wanderful Designs

Graphic design has been a passion of mine since I took a course twelve years ago in middle school. So I’ve decided to combine it with my other passion – blogging. I’ve been playing with this idea for awhile now so it’s really awesome to see it come to life. Though I’m leaning more towards creating designs for fellow bloggers, I am more than willing to create logos (and other graphic designs that will be available) for other types of businesses. I created some flyers for Aire-Master of the Plains advertising their cleaning products, for example.

Since bloggers will be my main clientele, however, I’m going to be adding a blogging tips and tricks section to Wanderful Designs. I hope to eventually turn Wanderful Designs into a “one stop shop” type thing.

At Wanderful Designs, you can find a bunch of premade graphics (such as logos, headers, landing pages, etc.). With the premade graphics, the only thing that can be changed is the wording inside the graphic. You can, however, request a custom made graphic.

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It’s October! Which means it’s prime time to go looking for some fall foliage. One of my favorite places? The Black Hills in western South Dakota. If you follow Keep Wondering & Wandering on Instagram, sorry in advance for all the photos of the leaves – we’re going crazy over them. Anyways, I (Siera) recently took a weekend trip to the Black Hills, and here’s what we did!

It's October! Which means it's prime time to go looking for some fall foliage. One of our favorite places? The Black Hills in western South Dakota. Stunning.

Fall Inspired Weekend Getaways: The Black Hills

My weekend trip last month to Canada really inspired me to explore closer to home. So, I spontaneously decided to take off this past weekend to the opposite side of the state: the Black Hills. As unprepared as I may have been, I came back with a ton of great memories that I get to share with you all. Although the list of things to do out in the Hills are endless, I have some suggestions listed below.

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Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

When coming from Spearfish on Interstate 90, you will take either exit 10 or 14 to begin your beautiful 22-mile drive. Don’t worry about having to take photos from inside your vehicle, because there are plenty of spots along the way to safely pull over and enjoy the view.
Tip: Take some Dramamine if you get car/motion sickness like me, because there are a series of quick turns throughout the drive. Also, if you’re looking for a day hike, then there are several options along the way: Roughlock Falls, Devils Bathtub, ’76 trail, and many more.

Spearfish Canyon

Roughlock Falls

 This is by far one of the most visited attractions in Spearfish Canyon, and for a good reason. Getting to the falls requires very little effort, so is easily accessible to nearly anyone who wants to take a stroll, bike, and/or photograph these gorgeous water falls.

Roughlock Falls

Devil’s Bathtub

Despite the fact that I have lived in South Dakota my entire life, this past weekend was my first time exploring Devil’s bathtub. I was not disappointed! One thing to be aware of is that this short hike does require you to cross water, climb some rocks, and possibly walk across tree branches. As beautiful as the waterfall and “bathtub” are, my favorite part was the side of the canyon along the way.

Devil's Bathtub

Devil's Bathtub

Crazy Horse Memorial

 In Custer County you will discover the world’s largest mountain carving (in progress), which is in memory of a Native American Warrior. This project began in 1948 and is said to take several more decades to be completed, if ever. Unfortunately, this monument is funded entirely by donations, so you can imagine how difficult it is to complete.  The hike will will lead you up to being inches away from the sculpture. And just so you know, it’s only open to the public twice a year as it’s being worked on 12 months out of the year. If you’re going to be visiting in October, be sure to participate in this. It only costs $3 and is worth every penny.

Crazy Horse

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Hey friends! I have only traveled with a carry on since I was a child. There have been very few times that I have traveled with a checked bag – and that was only because we flew Spirit Airlines and it was cheaper to check than to carry. That’s pretty rare though. With more and more airlines charging exorbitant fees for checked luggage, I found only traveling with a carry on to be a necessity for saving money. So how do I pack enough for a two week trip with only a carry on? Keep reading!

With more and more airlines charging exorbitant fees for checked luggage, I found only traveling with a carry on to be a necessity for saving money. So how do I pack enough for a two week trip with only a carry on? Keep reading!

How To Travel With Only A Carry On.

Tip #1: Plan Your Outfits 

I start thinking about what I’ll be wearing on the trip a couple weeks before I leave. And then taking into account the weather, I’ll start packing a few days beforehand. For hot weather locations, such as Mexico, I packed items such as dresses, shorts, tank tops, and sandals. Since these items were light weight, I was able to pack more outfits.

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For colder weather locations, it’s a little more difficult to pack as much in a small carry on since clothes are typically more thicker and cozier. I plan my outfits far more carefully when travel to cold weather locations. I typically will bring a few pairs of jeans (dark denim and black), some long sleeved tops that will pair well with each jeans,  I’ll wear one of pairs of jeans, a long sleeved top, my thickest sweater, and a coat onto the plane so it doesn’t take up room in my bag. It works well since I get super cold on planes anyways. But if I get hot, I can take off the coat/sweater and use them as a pillow if need be.

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Tip #2: Roll Your Clothes

I am a chronic over-packer. It’s built into my bones. I think of every single thing I could possibly need while away, and I’ll bring it. Only traveling with a carry on has really helped tone down my packrat tendencies but I’ve still found a way to bring more shit with me. Rolling my clothes has allowed me to bring double the amount of clothing I could fit if I just folded them regularly. I swear by this. You can easily search on Pinterest for the correct and efficient way to roll clothing so I won’t bore you here.

Tip #3: Take Advantage of Your Personal Item

Don’t carry a small purse as your personal item. Take advantage of the size limits considered for a personal item. I will bring my hiking backpack as my personal item and fit my purse, camera bag, laptop and chargers, and some extra clothing. If airline is a little more strict with what’s considered a personal item, I will bring my camera bag instead and stuff my purse and some clothing inside and have Christopher put my laptop in his personal item (usually a smaller backpack).


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What are some of your tips for only traveling with a carry on?


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Hey friends! I’m already preparing for our trip to Europe lol. We don’t even leave until August 2017 but I’m already planning on my wardrobe, the content I write, the photos I plan on taking.. yadayada. But the main thing I’m planning is the travel insurance I’ll purchase. Knowing me and my bad luck, I need to be prepared. So I’ve been doing my research and I figured I’ll help you guys out as well!

Travel insurance is something that you absolutely cannot travel without. Even if you're the healthiest person on the planet, stuff can happen and you need protection.

How To Buy Good Travel Insurance

First things first, travel insurance is so much more than just medical protection. Remember that. Travel insurance will cover you if you were to get sick abroad, yes.
BUT it also covers you if / when:

  • your laptop or camera breaks
  • if your flight is canceled
  • you lose your luggage
  • if your purse is stolen
  • and even if a family member dies and you have to come home prematurely.

It’s universal coverage and it is the most important thing you should travel with (even if you never have to use it). The best part? It only costs you a few dollars a day. Don’t be dumb and travel without it lol. Even if you’re the healthiest person on the planet, shit happens and you need to be protected.

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Our favorite travel insurance provider is World Nomads.

When looking For A Plan..

Look for ones with a high coverage limit on your medical expenses.

I believe the maximum coverage limit you can find is $1,000,000 (USD), but you probably won’t need a coverage that large. Well, at least, I don’t know why you would need a coverage limit that large. On the other hand, you also don’t want to be stingy and purchase a policy with only a $20,000 coverage limit. You’ll want a minimum coverage of $100,000. It’s crucial to have higher coverage limits. If you happen to get sick or injured and you need to get professional care – you want to make sure your policy covers hospital bills, right? Right.

You’ll also need to be sure your policy covers emergency evacuation (as well as any medical care that your regular health insurance plan doesn’t include). Let’s say a natural disaster occurs (such as a tsunami, earthquake, or tornado) and you need to be evacuated to somewhere safe – you will want your plan to cover that because that will not be cheap. I recommend you find a plan that could cover an evacuation expense up to $300,000 USD. You’ll also want to make sure that evacuation would cover the travel expense back to your home country. It’s usually included but you’ll want to double-check in case you end up needing it. Better safe than sorry.

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The Best Policies Should…

  • Include some insurance for your electronics with the ability to have a higher coverage limit.
  • Cover injuries and sudden illnesses.
  • Have 24 hour emergency services and support.
  • Have coverage in the majority of countries.
  • Cover lost, damaged or stolen possessions such as jewelry, documents, baggage, etc.
  • Include personal accident coverage.
  • Have coverage for cancellations such as hotel bookings, flight, etc., if you were to have a sudden illness or a family emergency.
  • Include coverage for emergencies, acts of terrorism, strife, etc., that could cause you to head home prematurely.

If you find a policy that doesn’t include all the above, DO NOT PURCHASE IT.


To compare policies from different providers, I would recommend checking out ‘Insure My Trip‘. A ton of people have success finding the correct provider using their site. It’s how I stumbled upon World Nomads and I won’t use anyone else. I’m able to purchase and renew my insurance policy online in a matter of minutes. They have a great staff who are able to answer my many questions and help solve problems via social media. And they provide a lot of coverage at a great price.

Hopefully this helped you guys out! Who’s your favorite travel insurance provider?

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Move aside San Francisco, SF now stands for Sioux Falls. With a great culture, an art scene that rivals New York City, the largest single story mall in the country, and a thriving downtown – you definitely need to add Sioux Falls to your list of places to visit. I also happen to call Sioux Falls my home but I promise I’m not being biased. So here’s the best Sioux Falls Travel Guide you can find.

Move aside San Francisco, SF now stands for Sioux Falls. With a great culture, an art scene the rivals New York City, the largest single story mall in the country, and a thriving downtown - you definitely need to add Sioux Falls to your list of places to visit. Before you do though, make sure you check out this Sioux Falls Travel Guide!Sioux Falls Travel Guide

The Largest City In South Dakota

Sioux Falls happens to be the largest city in the state of South Dakota. That doesn’t mean it’s a booming metropolis such as Los Angeles or Dallas though. It has a good balance between a large city and a small town. It’s small enough that it’s super cheap to live here/visit, but large enough that there’s always something going on. I guess you could call it the New York City of the Midwest.

There’s An Actual Waterfall

Yep, you read that right. Sioux Falls wasn’t named Sioux Falls for nothing! There’s an actually roaring waterfall in the middle of the city. Can your city say the same? It’s the most popular tourist destination in Eastern South Dakota. And from Mid-November to Mid-January, Falls Park transforms into a beautiful winter wonderland. It’s quite the sight. And a popular spot for proposals (hint hint, Christopher 😉 ) Plus, some of the oldest buildings in Sioux Falls are located right by the Falls!

Sioux Falls Travel Guide: Falls Park Winter Wonderland

Photo Credit: Visit Sioux Falls

Downtown Sioux Falls (DTSF) 

Speaking of downtown.. it happens to be my favorite place in Sioux Falls. I mentioned that it has an art scene to rival New York City and I stand by it. Just check out this page as proof! My favorite part of Downtown is the Sculpture Walk.  It’s super cool and a great way to showcase artists. One of the best sculptures located downtown would be The Statue of David– a full scale casting of the original by Michelangelo. And it’s the only full-size replica created? I could be wrong. I probably am wrong. It’s still awesome.

But perhaps the most awesome event that occurs downtown would be the Sioux Falls Zombie-walk. I believe it’s free to take part in (unless you have a float) and you just need to make yourself look like a gruesome zombie. How awesome? I can’t say I’ve heard of many other cities hosting a zombie-walk..

Largest Single Story Mall In The United States

Another awesome thing about Sioux Falls is that we actually have the largest single story mall in the country – The Empire Mall. All of my jobs (before I moved out on my own) have been in the mall so it holds a special place in my heart. I wiped tables in Applebee’s, sewed tutus and sweatshirts at Personal Stitch (they’ve since closed), and sold questionable merchandise at Spencer’s. And I’ve spent hours hanging out in the food court because that was the thing to do back then. When I leave for Europe next summer, you bet I will purchase at least half of my “Europe Wardrobe” from the mall. This is definitely a place you should check out while you’re in town – even if it’s just to say that you’ve been to the largest single story mall in the United States lol.

Empire Mall, Sioux Falls

Photo Credit: Mackenzie


There are SO MANY great restaurants and eateries located in Sioux Falls. So many, that I have ELEVEN favorite restaurants.. just in one city! My favorites include.. Pappy’s, Jacky’s, C.H. Patisserie,  Mackenzie River, Crawford’s, Phillips Ave Diner, Zaroty’s, The Pourhouse, Pho Quynh, Backyard BBQ, and Camille’s. Phew, that was a mouth full.

Japanese Gardens

When you step foot into the Terrace Park Japanese Garden’s, you instantly leave Sioux Falls and step foot into Japan. Or so it seems. There’s beautiful trees, flowers, a lake. It’s stunning. I got my first baby photos taken here too 😉 But seriously, this place has the best photo ops for your Instagram account so take full advantage while you’re in town.

Sioux Falls Japanese Gardens

Photo Credit: Visit Sioux Falls

That’s all I can think of for now! The best Sioux Falls Travel Guide you can find 😉 I may complain about living here a lot but I’m just over-dramatic. Sioux Falls is a great place to live and definitely a place you should visit. Rent an airbnb for a weekend and come say hello!

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