Sunday, March 29, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan IrishSource: Wikipedia
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Well, I feel like I should say, “I took one, or in this case, 3 for the team!” LOL
Here is what I am talking about. I have been making my own cleaners for about 15 years now. I started because of one reason….money! Cleaning products can be so expensive. And I really needed to cut my budget drastically. I have a Pinterest board with different DIY cleaner recipes and I thought it was time to test them out!
So, here is the latest…”Saw it….Pinned it….Tried it!!”
Before I go any further, I must tell you my dishwasher is a cheapo model. Not the very cheapest but, a far cry from an expensive one. So, I know everyone's dishwasher will be slightly different. These are MY results.
First up…The most simple recipe:
1 cup of Borax & 1 cup of Washing Soda
Simply mix the 2 cups together and use a tablespoon per load of dishes.
Not good at all. Dishes were filmy and still cruddy.
Same as above except you add 2-3 tablespoons of regular white vinegar to the rinse agent dispenser.
Not much better. A little bit less filmy but, that is about it.
1 Cup of Borax, 1 Cup of Washing Soda and 5 Lemonade unsweetened Koolaid packets (for citric acid).
This recipe cleaned okay. I would use this (since I now have it made up) in a pinch when I am out of dishwasher detergent. However, it wasn’t the miracle cleaner that folks are saying it is. It is not what I would use as my everyday dishwashing detergent.
That was the results of the three DIY dishwashing detergent recipes I found on Pinterest. I took all three of those pins down from my board. I will not recommend any of them.
For just for this post, I thought I would try a Dollar Store Brand dishwasher detergent. This one comes from The Dollar Tree.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well this one worked. I really hadn’t expected it to do as good of a job as it did!
Have you tried any DIY cleaning recipes you found online? If so, what were the results?
I am going to continue trying the different recipes I find and I will post them with my honest opinions.
Here is another “Saw it….Pinned it…Tried it” I posted.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Well, there have been some changes around here this past month. Troy has gone back to work full time and I started a small side business. I know, like I don’t have enough on my plate already! LOL
Organizing my time when my businesses are home based is becoming quite a challenge. When you don’t have a mandatory time and place to be, it is so difficult to develop a regular schedule!
Let me just say, anybody that tells you that owning and running your own business is easy, do me a favor and just smack them! Seriously, you have no start and stop time. You are working on or thinking about your business 24/7. And what’s worse, you aren’t getting paid for all those hours! You are hoping that they will pay off in the future. You don’t have anyone come up to you and say, “Great job!” or better yet, “Clock out!” LOL
So, trying to keep my home running smoothly is very important. After all, my home is also my business. If I have constant chaos in my home, my businesses will suffer.
So, making and doing these monthly tackle lists help me out a lot. I can’t do these big projects in a day. Even if I physically had the perfect body of a 20 year old, I still have businesses to run here at home.
Time, money and energy are all part of being thrifty. People think of being thrifty as just a money thing. So not true!
This month for our February Tackle List we are dealing with our kitchen cabinets. Since I got this list up late, the first week (which is half gone already!) is a pretty simple assignment. Just scrub down the fronts of all your kitchen cabinets.
But, next week we delve into a bigger project. Just know that going into Spring your kitchen cabinets will be completely cleaned and you won’t have to worry about anything but wiping the fronts down for quite awhile.
I was able to make this free printable only 2 pages this month. You can tell I am new to this free printable creating! LOL I’m getting better! Just click the picture to go to the printable.
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
If you missed January’s Free printable tackle list, just click HERE!
Sunday, February 1, 2015
I thought it would be a nice change of pace to feature some other blogging friends. So many fun blogs out there and so little time right? And I like the idea of sharing some blog posts from bloggers you may not know or follow.
So, let’s check some out…..
This is such a sweet idea for Valentine’s Day! My friend Jennifer from “Days of Chalk and Chocolate” shares an easy tutorial to make these Valentine’s Day Fabric Hearts.
My friend Evey from “Sweet Song Bird” is sharing her gorgeous Vintage Blue Buffet Redo. I so wish I had a basement or garage. I have several pieces of furniture to redo and Evey is inspiring me like crazy!
How cute are these printable Free Valentine Gift Tags! My friend Stacy at “Anastasia Vintage” has they available for anyone to print off.
Another awesome redo from my friend Karen Marie at “Dragonflies & Lily Pads”! Check out how Karen Marie Transformed this Ikea Craft Cabinet into a one of a kind piece.
Thank you ladies for some fun inspiration!
I hope you are having a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I love to use Epsom slat for that whole snowy look during Christmas and winter decorating. They are pretty cheap and they can be reused. A simple DIY idea for Valentine’s Day is to reuse some Epsom Salts and turn them pink and glittery for candle jars.
This is one of those easy and thrifty little DIY projects.
During Christmas I used a bunch of various jars with Epsom Salts and candles in them. As you can see, I really do use my candles.
There is no reason to throw out the Epsom salts. You can reuse them and change up the color to reflect a different holiday. So, just empty all the jars into a bowl.
Pick out all the large chunks of candle and then sift the rest to get the smaller pieces out.
Now add drops of red food coloring. You can always add more until you get the right shade of pink.
Grab an old whisk and mix. At this point you can also add some pretty sparkly glitter.
See, super easy and no out of packet expense! Find a jar and pour in some of the Epsom salt and add a tealight or a candle. I used an old jar candle and just glued a scrap piece of white lace around it.
So easy and
Are you ready to add a little Valentine Day charm to your home? Just simple little additions here and there is really all you need and it will make you smile!
Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. Have a wonderful day!
Sunday, January 25, 2015
I was trying to think of something for my door during the month of January and decided a snowman would represent the month nicely.
You all know I shop thrift stores/yard sales/flea markets for crafting items. I look at the different wreaths out there and don’t even see the décor that is on them. I just look at the wreath base. I buy them knowing I am going to rip the little dusty flowers or what nots off and just use the wreath base. I hate paying retail craft store prices for these kinds of things!
Back in the summer I found a double wreath (a larger one and then a smaller one glued to each other) with some little tshirt rosettes glued to them. I had my 50% off coupon and the price marked was $1.21 so, for the two grapevine wreaths I paid 60 cents! Can’t beat that with a stick!
I ripped off all the rosettes and the two wreaths apart. I decided they were the perfect size for the large and medium wreaths for Frosty. I had a small dollar store wreath that was just the right size for the head.
I grabbed a can of cheap white spray paint from my paint stash and headed outside to paint the wreaths.
I didn’t worry about getting them completely white. I wanted a dusty snowy look.
Once all of that was dried I assembled him with craft wire. I wired from the back so you wouldn’t see the wire.
I tied a scarf around the “neck” and that was all it needed. I did try it with a hat as well and just didn’t like the way it looked.
I didn’t have to go out and buy anything in order to make this snowman. Everything was in my stash already.
What do you have on your door during January?
Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
As I have taken down the Christmas decorations around the house, I have been adding January wintery décor in it’s place. And for January I have always pulled out white and silver. I just feels wintery and icy to me but, also a clean fresh feel after all the fun colors and sparkle of Christmas. Using these colors, I almost feel like adding January home decorating changes gives me a fresh start for the new year.
I have a brick wall in the dining room so, I always like to use white or light colors on this shelf.
A few evergreen boughs tucked in here and there. One of my white Ironstone pitchers with a snowflake.
Another white pitcher and snowflake. The mercury glass candle holders were from the Dollar Tree. They are larger than the votive size ones.
The white coffee server is a;so Ironstone and I have a complete 6 piece cup and saucer set that goes with it. The platter in the back was a gift from Troy and few years ago.
On the shelf in the living room I did basically the same thing. Snowflakes and mercury glass décor.
All very simple.
I really like to keep January home décor simple. In February I’ll be adding pink and white Valentine décor throughout the house.
Do you have a “look” you like to create during January in your home?