Archive for March, 2015

Spring Cleaning Week is March 19 – March 24

March 19, 2015

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Spring Cleaning Week is March 19 – March 24 Wahoo! Let’s begin your spring-cleaning adventure with these 6 steps.

Step 1: Inside Appliances
The inside of the refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher have really taken a hit during the past few dreary winter months. It’s time to give them a little pick-me-up! Baking soda is actually a fantastic cleaner for all of these. Not only will it scrub away any stuck-on food, but it will also work hard to deodorize. A double whammy!

Step 2: Inside Cabinets and Pantry
While it’s important to wipe down all of the shelves in your cabinets and pantry, this is also a great time to purge expired items, give away mismatched or unused dishes, and bring a box of non-perishables and canned goods to a local charity.

Step 3: Highs and Lows
When wiping down these areas, you are going to want to work from top to bottom. Start with the highest area, usually the top of doorframes or the top of cabinets. Once the high areas are taken care of, clean any windows, wipe down the doors, and give the baseboards a quick swipe.

Step 4: Outside Appliances and Fronts of Cabinets
While you most likely clean smudges from the front of your dishwasher on a regular basis, you probably don’t get to those unseen areas like the top and sides of your refrigerator. With a wet rag, wipe down all of these areas. You can make a mixture of vinegar, water, and a mild dish detergent if you need a little more “oomph.”

Step 5: Counter tops and Sink
This is a great time to move everything off of your countertops (including microwave and all small appliances) and give everything a good scrub. As you put each item back, wipe with a wet rag and dry thoroughly. Then, clean in and around your sink, and wipe down your faucet.

Step 6: Floors
Now that everything in your kitchen is spic and span, it’s time to finish up with those floors. I’m a huge fan of vacuuming with a hard floor attachment. If you normally wet-mop your floors, this is a great time to give your floors an old-fashioned mop and bucket scrub.

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Homemade Beauty and Body Gifts for Girlfriends

March 14, 2015

Whether you’re hosting a party and are looking for some unique favor ideas or you just want to gift your girlfriends with a homemade and practical gift, these ideas for natural bath and body goodies will surely give them an excuse to indulge during bathtime. Don’t hesitate, try cooking up some of these DIY recipes for giving to your posse:

 

Homemade Bubble Bath

Source Julie Blanner

2/3rd cup liquid glycerin

1-cup clear unscented dish soap

10 drops of a favorite essential oil

Dried Lavender or Lavender essential oil

4 Tablespoons water

2 tsp. salt

Gently mix ingredients together. Find a pretty vintage bottle or glass container and pour all ingredients inside. Optional: add whole lavender stems to keep them solid during a soak.

 

Lavender Mint Sugar Scrub

Source Julie Blanner

¼ cup carrier oil (almond, grapeseed or olive)

½ cup of sugar

10 drops of spearmint essential oil

5 lavender heads

Mix all ingredients together. Find a cute clear jar with a screw top lid and add mix to the jar. Tie a ribbon or decorative tag around the jar lid for an accent.

 

Honey Sugar Lip Scrub

Source Hello Natural

2 teaspoons sugar (raw or regular will do)

1-teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon almond oil

Note: add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cayenne for a lip plumping effect

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Find a small jar with a twist off cap and place ingredients inside. Spread over lips and gently slough off dry and dead skin.

Coconut Body Butter

Source Hello Natural

½ cup shea butter

¼ cup coconut oil

Over a broiler or low heat, melt shea butter and coconut oil together. Refrigerate for one hour. Beat newly chilled mixture for five minutes and transfer body butter to a jar with a lid.

7 Ways to Streamline Your Laundry Routine

March 6, 2015

Whether your 5-year-old has a penchant for dressing up in multiple outfits a day or your beloved is a serial pajama rotator, there are ways to more efficiently and effectively manage all those clothing overflows. Here are our top seven tips for dealing with a serious load (pardon the pun) of laundry:

  1. Wash Day-Rather than wash clothing every single day, let it grow and reserve one day for washing all the socks, play clothes and towels that have piled up. On two other days, designate time for folding and hanging up clothes.
  2. Universal Detergent-Unless someone in your household has super sensitive skin, it’s fine to use the same detergent for adult and children clothing. Feel free to pre-treat spots with the same laundry stain remover as well.
  3. Kids vs. Adults-Separate clothing into kids and adult clothing for washing, it will be faster and easier to organize and sort. It also helps to have kid and adult laundry piles for putting away.
  4. Wet Shake-If you shake out wet clothing after a round in the washing machine to catch last minute stains and prevent wrinkles.
  5. Sorter Wonder-Splurge on a laundry sorter to manage darks, whites and colors. This sorter will restore your sanity.
  6. Forget the Hampers-Kids’ laundry tends to accumulate by leaps and bounds and by the time it’s dumped from the hamper into the laundry room, the pile is huge. Rather than let it collect, have laundry bins that kids can use directly situated in the laundry room, and then it will be easier to see the amount of laundry that is ready and waiting to be done.

Brighten It Up-There are many great resources and blogs for finding more tips on streamlining your laundry routine but remember to keep the laundry room inviting and the laundry war will be an easier fight. Try photographs or fun decals, decor or wall art.