Up until recently I didn't have an actual home bar. I had most of what I needed...I just had them all in the basement pantry section and would have to go up and down again when I wanted to mix drinks, etc.
Well...I changed that recently and am going to be complete with it soon.
I'll take pics later.
What about you? Where do you keep your home bar? Do you have a special place you keep everything? Do you have a nice built in bar? Is it well stocked? What is your signature drink you can whip up easily? What liquors and mixers do you keep stocked?
Here's Martha's take on it: Home Bar Basics
I can't sleep without heavy covers. It's always cold in our house because I can't sleep hot...but I have to sleep under covers. Like...if it's hot and I can't pull the bed covers over my head...I'm not sleeping much. And I need darkness. I turn into a straight sleep vampire. Cold, dark, heavy.
So...I started reading up on it and wow...seems that heavy covers release seratonins which help you sleep better. They even tell people suffering from insomnia to get heavier comforters and blankets.Interesting huh? I then started thinking about how I hardly ever get good sleep in hotel rooms and well...the comforters are never "heavy" enough. I can never get it "cold" enough and well...I always know that sliver of light from the hallway is right under the door.
Then I thought about how people always say they sleep so well in our guest bedroom. Well...I know the comforter in there is way heavy because I used to use it on my bed before a tragic ink pen stain happened and it become a duvet. LOL! Yup...I slapped a duvet cover on that sucker and started using it in the guest bedroom because I KNOW how good it is.
It made me think about whether or not our guests benefit from the heavy comforter and don't even realize it.
It's that comfort thing too. Like a swaddled baby. They tell people with autism and aspergers to use them too. There is even an actual weighted blanket for sleep therapy but they aren't that attractive and they cost a grip but wow...pretty awesome if you ask me.
That said...are your bed covers heavy? Or light?
Yall know I LURVE doing my table! It makes me HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!
The meal is going to be a one plater. LOL! Yes...I made that up. I didn't go overboard with the menu for once.
Prime rib with red wine mushroom sauce
Garlic mashed potatoes
Brussels sprout saute
See...one plater. Everything you want can fit on one plate. No salad. Informal setting. Red wine, wine white, sparkling wine. Simple.
Centerpiece filled with hydrangea, hybrid lilies, garden roses, berries, ranuculus, magnolia leaves and inhibition roses. (I wish I could let yall smell it cuz BAAAAAAABY...those hybrid lilies are TO.DIE.FOR.FABULOUS!
Check out this garden heart rose:
IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! GO ME!
Dinner around these parts will be around 2pm. What about in your neck of the woods? What time do you guys generally eat Christmas dinner? Yall having a one plater or a two plater? Are bowls needed?
I bought a bunch of Alstroemeria Sunday before last to put in a vase. I didn't want to spend a lot on flowers because I knew we'd be leaving even though I wanted flowers that day. I paid $3.99 for a bunch at Trader Joe's.
When we got home last night I was blown away at how they'd opened up and how such a cheapo pack of flowers looked so beautiful.
I changed the water today and here is how they look tonight...8 days later:
How is that even possible? I think this is going to be a standing flower for our home. Cheap, lovely and super long lasting. GO ALSTOEMERIA!
The artist is Randy Hibberd. You can find the print here: Beauty In Blue II by Randy Hibberd
This is my challenge for outdoor Christmas decorating this year. I want to do this type of filler inside of my urns. I do NOT want to pay $179 each for it. I imagine the people who came up with that price are still giggling at how funny they are because seriously...THEY FUNNY.
I tried these lights last year and they were okay. I think if I used more than one string per urn I'll get the look I'm shooting for. White 30 LED String Lights Battery Operated
These plus the burlap Christmas wreath should make the front pop quite nicely. What say you? Do you have planters out front? What do you do with them for Christmas?
Yesterday Shelly and I were on the phone talking about cleaning up. An hour later...we still hadn't cleaned anything. We were both trying to get the energy to get up and get moving ans we went down the list of stuff we knew we needed to do.
It wasn't getting done.
Then...I said...let's have a competition. In 10 minutes, let's get up and start cleaning for one solid hour and then see who got more done in the hour.
Shelly...the overachiever that she is jumped up and said, BET! (Well...that's not exactly what she said but I can't remember what she said but it was prolly something like that so we good.)
We hung up the phone and started.
I had stuff flying around this house something FIERCE! I started by decluttering and putting everything where it went. Then I emptied the dishwasher and loaded it again. I started the stock for the Creole cornbread dressing. Next, I dusted and picked up the dining room chairs and put them on the table. I wiped down all the counters and cabinets and vacuumed the floor and rugs. I pledged and cleaned the doggie drool from the windows. Then...I mopped. The entire main level. I'd almost finished when the hour was up. I broke out into a sweat and I couldn't BELIEVE how much I got done in an hour!
So Shelly called huffing and puffing. She was like...I'm almost finished mopping! She ran down the list of what she'd done and she was shocked at how much she got done too. Then we were like...we should do this again upstairs! So we did! One solid hour of competition cleaning.
I walked around my house afterwards astonished at how much I got done in such a short amount of time. LIke seriously...WHOA!
How long does it usually take you to clean your house? Do you ever need motivation or are you the type of person who is on such a regular cleaning schedule that you never have stuff that piles up?
We're going to do it again next Sunday! GO US! CALLENGE!!!!! (I STILL giggle every.single.time someone says challenge because I totally think CALLENGE like old dude said in his email back in 2011: http://creoleindc.typepad.com/rantings_of_a_creole_prin/2011/01/grrrrrrrrrrr.html
Hostess gifts make me smile because they truly are usually the most USABLE of all the gifts you receive. Folks don't understand how hard it is to find gifts that people will actually use but hostess gifts pretty much keep you covered.
And they are normally VERY inexpensive!
Someone asked me recently if I considered a bottle of wine a hostess gift or a contribution to the dinner. Um...huh? You said wine. Wine is a GOOD gift at 13700 and thank you very much in advance of all advances.
I thought about that some and thought about how some of the Usual Suspects generally bring a bottle of wine and something extra a lot so I guess maybe some people agree that wine is lagniappe.
Plants make excellent hostess gifts. I think I did one around here somewhere...lemme check...hold on...I'll be back. Here it is. Used a grocery store plant and made it nice: Simple Hostess Gift
Spreaders make great hostess gifts: Classic Spreaders, Set of 4
The trick with spreaders is to keep it simple. Don't get the colorful, jeweled bead ones because the hostess will get more use out of ones they can use with many different tablescapes. And really...some of those jeweled ones are simply just...no. You can't wash them in the dishwasher. The beads can fall out. (Totally speaking from experience here okay!)
Bookends are always a hit. I mean...who doesn't have books right? And...certain styles of bookends can be used as decor on a end table, window sill, etc. Cast Iron Fleur de Lis Bookends
Bottle stoppers: Here are some cheap ones: Set of Bottle Stoppers
Pottery Barn has some super cute ones! Pottery Barn Bottle Stoppers
Plain white kitchen towels: All-Purpose Kitchen Towels, Set of 4
Kitchen hand soap/lotion combination: Caldrea 3 Piece Green Tea Verbena Kitchen Set
I have so many that I love giving to include bath products, cutting boards, cheese trays, etc. What are some of YOUR favorite hostess gifts to give?
My mother-in-law and I are going to make Christmas wreaths while we're at the cabin for Thanksgiving. I wanted to test one out so I can make sure I had all of the supplies we'd need for the ones we want to make. I think the test one came came out pretty nice if I do say so myself. I'm probably going to add some stuff to it before Christmas like some type of green sugared fruit and I think I'm going to pull the tails closer together. Making the bow was cool in that I used two different types of ribbon, one behind the other and made a basic bow with 5 loops on each side. Then...I pulled out both pieces of ribbon to arrange once I'd put the floral wire on the ribbon properly.
Michael's has all sorts of awesomeness you can decorate your wreath with. I wired all of the decorations on the burlap wreath form because I want to change it up whenever I want to so I didn't use my trusty glue gun.
To make one you'll need:
2 rolls of Burlap Garland, 5 Inches by 10 Yards
If you get your supplies from Michael's do NOT forget to use your phone to pull up their website to get the coupon of the week. You'll kick yourself if you don't. The wire form is about $4, the burlap is about $5 per roll. Your ribbons and whatnot is on you. LOL! This wreath cost me about $20 to make as I already had floral wire and whatnot. The initial 'M' was only like $1.19 and I had a coupon for 25% off my full purchase. GO ME AGAIN!
Once you finish putting the burlap on the wire frame, it should look like this:
See! It kinda looks nice like that by itself! Using this you can put whatever you want on it and make it as simple or as extravagant as you want to! It's completely up to you!
COTTON CANDY GOOD AS GOLD LET ME SEE YOU TOOTSIE ROLL! LOL!
What are you going to put on your door for Christmas? Do you make it or buy it?
Once a week I fill the tub up with hot water, add a lot of bleach and run the jets for 20 minutes.
Keeps my tub clean combined with the daily use cleaning.
Today...I realized I was out of bleach so I poured some Fabuloso in there.
Yeah...don't do that.
On Sunday I decided to go to the laundromat to wash a doggie bed that's too big for my washer. I asked Mr. Google to tell me where one was and was surprised to find there wasn't one in our city. No biggie...the next city isn't that far away.
So I went.
I was STUNNED at how busy it was. I thought I'd run in and run out but that wasn't the case. I had to wait for one of the large machines. When it was my turn I put in the bed and went to put my $3.50 in quarters in. Well...it was $6.00. I was short. I thought I could start it washing and run out and get some additional quarters for drying. I went to the ATM at the front and there was a $3.50 fee to use it.
Um...no. It's the principality of the sitch-i-ation.
So I left and went to a store, bought something and got $10 over in quarters.
Back I went.
I sat in my truck and listened to NPR while it washed and watched the people going in and out. Families. People who just want clean clothes. People just coming from church still in their church clothes. I even saw one young lady decked out Quinceanera style. Father's in steel toe working boots with their kids. I imagined they were giving mom a break and she was home alone relaxing. Good people just making it do what it do. Many of them probably have to make this trip weekly.
It made me feel guilty for the gripes I had about my washer not being big enough to wash the bed. I felt like donkey doo-doo and it made me grateful for the little things I sometimes forget are blessings.
When was the last time YOU had to visit a laundromat?
I was a tad bit annoyed recently when I realized we only had 2 of our normal everyday plates left. Somehow...6 have been broken in the past few years. What made me REALLY annoyed, however, was the fact that I couldn't find replacements for them.
So I decided to do all white plates and I wanted to buy them individually from somewhere I knew would always have them.
Hence...the Crate & Barrel Essential Dinner Plate.
I bought the set of 8 for $27.96 and got free shipping (they are currently on sale). At only $3.96 (on sale) per plate, I can always replace a broken one without much effort. I'm actually pretty proud of myself. I feel all brainy smart and whatnot. GO ME!
What color are YOUR everday plates? Are they easy to replace when one gets broken?
We turned on lights and Scooby Doo Jaru was trying to detangle himself from the damn curtains which USED TO hang around the window behind him.
Turns out dude got into his sleep so tough...he got wrapped up somehow in the curtains.
I saw a commercial for this recently and thought...hmmmmmmm...Swiffer Bissell Steamboost
And hell...yall know I LURVE me some Morty and Lee! LOL! For 90-year-old couple, Swiffer ad stardom is ‘unexpected’
Do you use any Swiffer products? Which ones? Do Morty and Lee make you smile too?
I'm old school when it comes to cleaning products. If you look at the stuff I buy...it's pretty much the same stuff my mother used to buy. Pledge, Windex, Old English, Pine Sol, Tilex, Comet, ammonia, bleach, vinegar, baking soda, etc.
I have a tendency to put hot water in the kitchen sink and add Pine Sol to it and wipe down my kitchen cabinets. I love the smell and it keeps them pretty clean.
The last time I did this I walked around for about an hour after trying to figure out what the smell was I kept smelling. I'd purchased the Citrus, Lime, Basil candle from Target's MELT collection and kept wondering if that's what I was smelling. It wasn't an unpleasant smell...just an unfamiliar one. I hoped it wasn't the candle because I thought it would smell better than what I was smelling and anyway...I'd only just lit it so there is no way the smell could be so strong and...following me around.
I went upstairs to wash my hands and use some of the brown sugar and vitamin E oil scrub that I made a while ago to use on my hands after I handle harsh household chemicals or work in the yard and I realized I smelled the smell in my bathroom too.
And then I smelled my hands.
The smell was there.
Not unpleasant...just DIFFERENT.
So I went downstairs under the sink and pulled out the bottle of Pine Sol I'd used. It was a new bottle that I'd picked up when I bought the candle and yup...the words, "New and Improved, Longer Lasting Scent" jumped out at me.
Say bruh...Pine Sol doesn't need any changing. Pine Sol is perfectly perfect just as it is/was. Now...I hate that I have to go on this rant and whatnot but honestly...I'm feeling some kinda way. It's Pine Sol. People who know how to keep house well...know about Pine Sol. You don't need to do anything to attempt to entice us. We LIKE the old smell. It's all...you know...Pine-Sol-ey. This new stuff seriously smells like the sap that gets on your hands when you're bringing the Christmas tree inside. No. Just...no. Why you gotta go messing with the good stuff? You already have all those shiny candy colored fragrance ones for new folks...the old school folks like me are good with our original scent big bottle of Pine Sol. We keep a bottle upstairs and a bottle downstairs so we don't have to carry it up and down the stairs and now you gotta be messing with our delicate sensibilities like this. Is NOTHING sacred anymore?
I've been buying Pine Sol the entire time I've lived in my own dorm room/apartment/condo/home, etc. as, I'm sure, many, many others have. I've never NOT bought it. When I run out, or get close to running out...it's added to the list. I'll never NOT buy it.
You don't need to change it. I've been hooked for a while now. Well...hooked on the old smell. This new stuff?
Do YOU use Pine Sol? Did you think it needed a "new and improved" smell?
I was vacuuming the tops of the kitchen cabinets when I realized that I think it looks all nekkid up there. I stepped back and really looked at it and decided I should put some stuff there.
I started pulling stuff out of the basement storage that just sits around waiting on me to use when I'm in the mood to use it and started layering those things up top there.
And I kept going...
...until I'd run out of space.
And now I'm all like...hmmmm...why didn't I do that long ago?
It's not finished as I needed to see what I liked and didn't like and now I know. I'll remove some things today and space it out some more. I think I want more bold colors up there only.
If you have space on top of your kitchen cabinets...what do you keep up there?
I saw this on Pinterest and I wanted it:
I have two wreaths for fall and one of them was kinda similar. Larger berries. I didn't have brown ribbon nor a random 'M' hanging around so I had to roll out to Michael's and make that happen. Not before going to their website and sending a 40% off coupon via text to my phone though. GO ME!
The 'M' was $2.99. The roll of ribbon was $8 something. I got 40% off the ribbon, came home, and got out my crafty box:
Now...yall don't know this about me...but ya girl is a sharp shooter when it comes to wielding a glue gun. YEAH I SAID IT! POP, POP!
So I tied some stuff and glued some stuff and twisted some stuff and yup...jazzed my old wreath up something ferocious for around $5 if you factor in how much ribbon I actually used.
I'm pretty pleased with it. Sure...I could have purchased another wreath EXACTLY like the one pictured but honestly...I was pretty proud of myself that I didn't and simply used what I already had. Check me out saving and ish. LOL!
Me makey wreath. Your turn! What kind of wreath do you have on YOUR front door? Have you changed it for the season yet? Do you? Where did you get it? Did you make it? Did you ENHANCE it?
A couple of weeks ago we started getting the house ready for Fall. We only have a few things to do but we have to do them.
We trimmed the big cherry blossom tree away from touching the house in the front.
I have bulbs I need to plant and I'll do those before the first freeze and then do fresh mulch while I decorate for Halloween.
We need to clean the carpets in the house and make sure the dryer vents are cleaned out.
Once we start using the heater, we'll rotate the blades on the ceiling fans to clockwise position to help keep the heat from rising.
We need to check to make sure our covered gutters don't have cracks in them and, if so, fix with caulk.
Gotta make sure the windows don't need new caulking so we can keep drafts out.
Oh...and I need to check our ice melt supply and restock it if need be to make sure we're not out in the elements with everyone else trying to get some in preparation for a storm.
And gas in our cans in case we need to run the generator this season.
Whew...and break down the deck furniture once it's too cold.
Yup...getting ready for winter around these parts! Have you started doing any fall maintenance yet? We try to keep up with maintenance because our home is our largest investment. Do you feel the same?
So...my birthday party this year was an old school Field Day like when you were in elementary or middle school. I reserved a park for the whopping permit fee of $20, bought some balls and whatnot, served hotdogs and grilled veggies with cupcakes, sunchips, etc. and GOT.IT.IN!
Here is my template for the paper lollipops and you can personalize it your way for your use: Download MINGO FLAGS
The rest of the stuff I used was stuff I already had down in the basement. I've collected some nice things over the years by simply keeping an eye out for things. The best time to get good deals on stuff is when you don't need it. LOL! So yeah...I see something nice on a random Tuesday in March and buy it and store it down in the basement until I'm ready to use it. GO ME!
The best thing I've ever purchased has got to be the 54 x 108-Inch White Tablecloth $3.50 each. I use them so much and, at only $3.50...you don't worry if something is spilled on them like red wine. Oh...and my silverware I bought in bulk, Stainless Dinner Fork - 24 / BX - $4.68. I started out with about 48 each of them at those prices and bought forks, spoons and knives. You're totally not mad if someone accidentally tosses one in the trash at those prices. I keep them in ziploc bags between parties and put them in a buffet silverware caddy for parties. I've had it forever and forgot where I found it. Works perfectly.
Since we were at a park...I used paper plates because paper plates are for parks and barbecues. And that's all Imma say about that. Humph. LOL! Bought the paper plates at the dollar store too.
I did buy dodge balls and a flag football set but I can use them again. If you're in the area and want to throw a field day party...you're welcome to borrow them because they will simply be in the ball bag in the basement. LOL!
For the three legged races I used an old sheet cut up in strips. Worked perfectly and completely throw-way-able.
Food was easy. Gluten-free all beef hotdogs, grilled veggies and corn on the cob. I put the corn on wooden skewers so folks didn't have to use their hands while outside. I had a gallon of hand sanitizer on hand to disinfect before eating. LOL!
Water and gatorade were the drink choices (G-Baby brought some drink packs for the kiddies) as we couldn't bring alcohol to the park. I was going to make some awesome adult beverages to put into these Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6 :
Yall know I'm anti-drinking-out-of-mason-jars because I always dribble on myself so I drilled a hole in the top of the lid and then put Nickel-Plated Brass Eyelets - 3/8" - 8 Ct. in the hole. I didn't put the back of the eyelet on because I did the hole exact and it was a really nice and snug fit. Then...a straw just pops in nicely! WHEEEEEEEEEEE! Well...I'd already made 6 when I found out I couldn't bring alcohol so I didn't make anymore. LOL!
We had fun. It's always cool to do something completely different and well...we get together all the time for drinks and or drinks and dinner so it's fun to switch it up to something we never get to do.
Before we left the park yesterday someone asked what we're doing next year.
I like the way it looks.
I remove it from the planter once a week and take it outside and put it on a stand. Then I water it until the water starts coming out of the bottom of it. After that...I allow it to stay out there until it stops dripping and put him back inside.
Then...I bought another new plant. A baby one. The lady where I bought it said a fern would work really well in my bathroom because I don't have any windows in there. She also told me to take it outside and let it get some sun.
I read an article recently about improving the air quality in your home and how plants are VERY good at doing this for you. Turns out you need a plant ever 100 square feet of your home in order to do it to the standards of a NASA study on houseplants and air quality.
I don't know exactly how big our house is but I think it's somewhere in the 2,500 square feet range give or take. That would mean I would need 25 plants up in here for optimal use. Um...
I think I'm finally mature enough to care for plants the way they need to be taken care of but 25 of them is just crazy talk. LOL!
But...I'm going to buy more, of course, because now that I understand more about them...I want them in every room. I realize that I really like the way they look and I have a really good eye for choosing decorative planters for them which accentuate the decor I have going on up in here. I'm looking for something for our bedroom now. I want a big something and two little somethings. Maybe two big somethings. Wish me luck...I'm going out today to find some.
Here's the article I'm using as a guideline on what types of plants to buy: Best air-filtering houseplants, according to NASA
How old is the oldest plant in your home? Would you consider buying new plants for your home?
I'd also want an awesome movie viewing section and a super comfy reading corner filled with light.
And a state of the art music system.
And lots of book shelves.
And a writing desk facing a window with an Eames desk chair.
And a fireplace.
And a bathroom nearby.
And space enough for Pilates without having to move anything.
And room for all my nail polish on display.
And a Monnie-snack drawer.
And a heavy duty crafting table.
And a sofa for my friends who come over.
And wine/wine glass storage.
NO MAN/DOG FARTING ZONE!
What would YOU add or remove?
Recently I found out that the house style I'm most attracted to is the Shingle style house. Funny...cuz I didn't even know there was a style called the Shingle style. LOL! The homes I REALLY like are the Shingle styles with Arts and Crafts style influences. Yet another style I knew nothing about.
This particular house is my current obsession:
Robby doesn't like the placement of the garages. Prior to learning this, I thought my favorite house style was Craftsman.
What about you? What is YOUR favorite house style?
My mother-in-law is pretty awesome. So awesome that I can't identify AT.ALL with friends or framily who have awful mother-in-laws.
We were doing good right up until my birthday last year. And then...she tried to get cute.
She sent me a plant when everyone knows I'm the plant killer extraordinaire. She told me that pretty much anyone can keep a Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) alive and I promise you I've tried my best since them to do so.
I looked at the poor dear today and thought...enough is enough. Something needs to be done about that damn plant.
So I brought it outside.
And I took it out of the container I keep it in. Look what I found in the bottom of the container:
Well...apparently they don't like their "feet" wet. Their feet were totally wet. And the overwater/underwater process showed:
Icky dusty plant. So I cut off all the brown edges and pulled out all the brown pieces.
Then I added this BRAND NEW STUFF that's been in the basement for over a year I'm sure. Womp, womp...
Next I added water until the water ran through completely without putting it back in the ceramic pot and wiped the leaves down with a damp paper towel:
Straight up NINJA'd it:
I'm going to leave it outside overnight and then tomorrow since it's going to be another gorgeous day. I'll check it for bugs before I bring it back in. I made sure to add a reminder to my phone to water it and I'll add fertilizer to it when I'm supposed to and see how it does.
You know...in case my mother-in-law decides to visit and whatnot. LOL! Don't want her thinking I wasn't taking care of the poor plant.
Remember...this is just DAY 1. No telling how long I'll be able to keep this up. I'll keep yall posted. LOL!
Do you have any plants in your home that are barely breathing? Or is it just me? LOL!
I replaced the towel rack in the basement guest bathroom with this and it's turned out to be the BEST.THING.EVER!
Usually when we have guests who are staying in the basement, it's more than one person so having multiple hooks for multiple towels really makes sense!
I can't believe I never thought of this before!
THANKS MARGARITE!!!!! YOU ROCK!
So...yesterday I came downstairs with a word goal. I put the deck umbrella up, blew the dead leaves off and put my computer, water, phone, notebook and pen out.
Then...I put my iPad on a stand and found OWN on the Verizon app and buffered up.
Then I went inside to get a towel because it looked like there was something on the table and I wiped it down well.
Then I REPLACED all my stuff back on the table.
Then I went inside to wash my hands and noticed the hand soap dispenser was low so I got out the refill soap bottle to fill it up. As I was under the sink where I store the soap, I decided to take everything out from under there and throw away anything that was almost empty because it was an unorganized gabble of ick.
And then I saw this mess:
A few weeks ago I was broiling something in the oven. The skillet I'd used to sear it was on TOP of the stove. I was cleaning the kitchen as I cooked and reached for the skillet to clean it. The handle was near the back of the stove and the heat from the broiler made it HOT.AS.HELL.
I burned 4 fingers and yall...it hurt.
I immediately ran cold water over it until it was bearable and The Robinator gave me some Advil and put Neosporin on it. It hurt for days after with two blisters. I kept putting Neosporin on them daily and I let the blisters do their thing. Basically, the liquid you see inside of the blisters is the body's own medicine that helps to heal the skin under the blister. Before long, the blister turned white and got flat and now I'm just waiting for the skin that was around the blister to dry up and come off. This way...I don't have scaring.
I was telling a friend about it and she asked me why didn't I put butter on it and I told her because that's not how you should treat a burn. She shared that's how she always treats it and how her mother treated them as well. I said okay.
How do YOU treat burns and blisters?
I had a meeting in DC last week at the Dean Wood Community Center & Library. While in wait mode, I took a walk around the facility. To say I was impressed with it is the least I could say because the place truly blew me away.
I kept asking questions because I couldn't believe it was free to the public with minimal fees for use of services like the fitness center and the pool. There was a full blown senior center with a VERY active senior population, meeting rooms, quiet rooms, computer room, etc.
And it was all free.
I walked outside and walked around a bit stopping in my tracks when I saw this:
There could be worse things right?
Because we have carpet on our top and basement levels, I keep 2lb. boxes of baking soda stocked in the cabinets. I buy them in the baking section of Target and they are only about $1.20 for a 2lb. box.
About every 2 weeks, before we go to bed, I liberally sprinkle baking soda on the carpets leading down to and in the basement and let it sit overnight after using a carpet broom to rub it in really good. The next day I get up, make my bed and do the same to the bedroom level as I leave it to vacuum the basement.
Before we go to bed...I vacuum the bedroom level. The baking powder absorbs all of the pet odors in the carpets and it makes me happy, happy, joy, joy.
I also wipe down the walls from my waist on down about the same amount of time.
E burned some popcorn and decided he'd eat around the burned bits once and the main and basement levels smelled like ick. It was winter so I couldn't open the windows to air out the house.
I took out some wide mixing bowls and poured a good bit of white vinegar in the bowls. I put one on the table in the family/dining room and one downstairs in the basement. I let it sit for 24 hours and yup...it absorbed all of the burned popcorn smells big time.
I also keep those febreeze plugins on the main level.
I hate odor and my nose is very sensitive so yeah...my deodorizing game is proper.
What about you?
Anything you do that you find works really well when you think you smell something?
A relative told me they sweep their main level every night before bed.
My mommy used to do that too.
Not so much.
In fact...I only sweep when I see something. Then I get the broom and actually sweep it up. ESPECIALLY in the kitchen.
Twice a week I run the vacuum on the bare floor setting and hit the rugs too.
Since we don't have kids crawling on the floor or walk around without shoes on...I think I'm doing well.
What say you? How often do YOU sweep your floors? Do you do it daily?
I'll be honest when I say I only use prep bowls when I'm trying to keep the kitchen as clean as possible while cooking because I have company coming over or I'm recording what I'm doing. I have a stackable set that I bought at TJMaxx for like $7.99 for about 6 in the stack of varying sizes.
You put each ingredient in it's own bowl and then put the source product away. Keeps everything neat.
Do you use prep bowls?