Friday, February 27, 2015

Tested: Bathtub cleaner

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Alright, I am going to show you a before and after picture, and I don't want any judging :)
We've all been there people.
 We moved into our new house about 6 months ago.
Everything was so new and clean.
I almost had anxiety from it, because I knew it wouldn't last long, but I wanted it to.
A few months after moving in we unexpectedly had the opportunity to put grass in our backyard.
It took us one very busy week to get everything finished, and at the end of the day we would be covered in dirt and mud and we were exhausted.
It was so hard trying to keep everything clean.
One thing that didn't survive well was our bathtub/shower.
I had some Clorox cleaner on hand that I have used plenty in the past, but this time it didn't do anything.
So I decided to turn to Pinterest.
It has all the answers :)
I found this blog post about cleaning a bath/shower and I already had everything on hand, so I figured I would give it a try.
You will need:
1/2 c. white vinegar
1/2 c. Blue Dawn dish soap
I used 4 T. baking soda, as was recommended, (but next time I would add more so it can be more of a paste)
container to mix it in.
Yes, baking soda and vinegar will cause a reaction. Stay with me here.
I had a tall tupperware container with a lid, so I first poured in the baking soda. With the lid in one hand and the vinegar in the other, I quickly poured in the vinegar and with lightning speed I put on the lid. Hold the lid on tight! Once the vinegar and baking soda settle down you can open the lid and add the Dawn.
On the other blog she said it would be like a paste.
Mine was pretty runny, but I went ahead with the process.
I closed the drain and poured the whole solution into the tub and kind of spread it around,
Let it sit for 2 hours.
The instructions were to then simply wipe up and everything was clean.
I ended up scrubbing for a good 10 minutes with a facecloth, but it worked!
Rinse with water and you are done.
Even though scrubbing was involved, I will probably stick with this method of cleaning because I like that it didn't have any harsh chemicals or smells.
So there you have it, how our tub turned out so clean :)
Do you have any thoughts/tips on tubs/showers? Comment below!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quiet Book: Garden Page

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Back when my oldest was younger I really wanted to make him a quiet book, but I somehow never got around to it.
Now that my second is a toddler I am getting my butt into gear and getting it done!
Slowly but surely :)
I'll be posting the 'pages' one-by-one with a step-by-step tutorial.
Also, I should mention that I made this a no-sew version, the whole thing is put together with a hot glue gun.
Here is the first page I made.
We'll call this one 'The Garden'
What I love most about this is that I was able to use felt scraps that I already had on hand!
I started out with a piece of white felt, and I cut some brown fabric to cover about 1/2 of the felt.
 Using a hot glue gun I glued the edges of the fabric around the felt.
I wanted to do it this way so the fabric wouldn't fray and the edges were clean on the front.
It was after I glued it that I realized I needed to cut little slits, so I used a piece of cardboard and slid it behind the fabric so I didn't cut all the way through. 
I used an Exacto knife to cut the slits.
I cut out 4 'onions' using white felt to make a circle and green felt to make the top part.
I then glued the white part to the green.
 For the basket I used a cream colored felt and just cut out what I thought would be a good size.
 I then glued the bottom and sides of the basket to the main white part.
Do not glue across the straight part.
Also, do not glue it to where it is flat, you want the straight part to kind of stick out a little so your little one can put the veggies in the basket.
I then cut a little strip across the top for the handle.
 I then made 4 carrots.
I cut out a rough shape for the bottom and the top green part. and then glued them together.
For the final veggie I made 4 lettuces.
I just cut out 4 green odd shaped circles.
I also traced around the basket with a black marker to kind of make it pop a little.
And that's it!
Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for the remaining pages!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bathroom Scale Review

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* I received the following product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog. I DO NOT receive any compensation if you click any links in this post.

I have a review for you today!
Today we are talking bathroom scales.
Really? Yes, really.
I have never had a 'nice' scale before.
I've never really put much thought into purchasing a scale in the past, we have just purchased a cheap one on sale and been good to go.
For a little while.
Then the scale would get old and worn out and not really work well, and it would just sit there in our bathroom.
So I was really excited to get the change to review this COOSH CBS001B Precision Digital Scale
It looked sturdy and of high quality.
This is how it came in the mail.
Well packaged, and ready for use!
The scale comes with a lithium battery, which will obviously last a while, but I like that when that does die, you can remove it and there is a space for 2 AAA batteries as well.
Because those I have on hand :)
Once you step on the scale it automatically turns on.
In a matter of seconds it accurately calculates your weight and blinks the number so you know it has finished.
Step off and the scale automatically turns itself off.
I love that the scale matches my decor perfectly and has a very large display.
As soon as I opened the box I weighed myself and my toddler to test the accuracy.
At first I thought the scale was a little too wide, but once I got my toddler on there I realized that I like the width because chubby little feet don't just stand in one spot :). Even with his little body moving a little, the scale was able to calculate his weight accurately.
I also like the lightweight aspect and that it is thin, making it easier for me to store away after use so my son doesn't play on it!
All around I would say this is a great product, and definitely worth picking up if you are in the market for a new scale.
You can find it on Amazon here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tested: How to clean a shirt collar

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There are so many cleaning tips on Pinterest.
It can get a little overwhelming.
I had some shirts I needed to clean and my regular bottle of Shout just wasn't doing the trick, so I thought I would try out some different techniques and see what worked.
Here are my before and afters of two collared shirts.
This light colored shirt was the first one I washed.
For this shirt I tried a tip I  had seen to use shampoo on the stain.
Just any cheap type of shampoo will work, because they said it will clean all of the dirt, sweat, etc.
I poured on the shampoo,
and scrubbed it in.
I then washed on a regular cycle. 
It still had some remnant of stains left, so I repeated the shampoo and scrubbing step and washed again, and this is the end result.
It looks pretty clean, but not good enough.
On to shirt #2.
For this shirt I wanted to try another method I had seen over at Tidy Mom.
1 part Blue Dawn dish soap
2 parts Hydrogen peroxide
She had mixed them together and put them in a spray bottle.
I didn't have one on hand, so I just mixed it in a bowl and poured it across the stain.
Lightly scrubbed it all in with an old toothbrush, and washed on a normal cycle.
Much better!
I think I am going to stick with the dish soap/hydrogen peroxide mixture for now!
Have you tried either of these methods?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to fix footie jammies

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During the winter months my older son lives in his footie jammies.
I'm not even kidding.
Needless to say they didn't last long before these holes started showing up.
Since winter is only half-way through I knew I needed to fix them before they got any worse.
I could have just cut the foot part off and we wouldn't even be dealing with this, but my son is a master at being warm and snuggly, and his feet needed to be that way as well. Seriously. :)
So, here is what I did.
I turned the feet inside out,
 and picked the stitching to completely remove the bottom fabric,
I had to do this with 2 pairs of jammies.

 Using the bottom fabric piece I removed, I then traced and cut out 4 new pieces of fabric, (since I had two pairs of jammies to fix).
I used a soft flannel that I had on hand.
Place the fabric right-side down on the foot opening, and try to line up the sides as best you can.
The bottom fabric will be slightly smaller than the foot opening because the bottom just goes flat across the bottom of the foot,
 I sewed twice around the feet.
First I went around with a straight stitch, and then I went back around with a zig-zag stitch.
I just wanted to make sure it was reinforced.
I know it will be getting plenty of wear!
 Turn the feet right-side out and you're all done!
Here's a close up of one pair of his jammies.
There are some white threads sticking out because I originally did it another way and had to go back and rip the seams and start again.
He wanted to wear them to bed so badly, so I will have to trim those white threads at another time.
Now those cute little feet will be all warm and cuddly :)
Do you have footies at your house?
How do you handle the holes?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Creamy Tomato Soup

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It's been chilly here for the last couple of weeks and as I was scrolling through pictures I stumbled across these.
The moment I saw these pictures I was reminded of how amazingly delicious and creamy this soup was!
I haven't made this soup in a couple of months because I usually like to use this recipe as a good way to use up tomatoes from the garden...after reminiscing here for a minute though I may need to add it to this weeks menu...
Look at those colors...
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 garlic clove
1 c. carrots, sliced
1/2 white onion, diced
3/4 c. celery, diced
7-8 medium sized tomatoes, roasted (see below), and diced
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. heavy whipping cream
1 can chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
To start out, cut tomatoes in half and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and brush the top with olive oil and broil in oven for about 20 minutes. While tomatoes are roasting chop the remaining vegetables. When the tomatoes are finished, remove skin and roughly chop tomatoes.
In a large saucepan over medium heat add butter, onion, celery, garlic and saute for a few minutes.
Add chicken broth, roasted tomatoes, can of diced tomatoes, water, bay leaf, sugar, oregano, garlic salt, basil, sat, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a medium simmer for about 10 minutes. 
Add parmesan cheese and heavy cream and heat through.
Remove bay leaf and pour everything into the blender and puree.

Serve with some yummy grilled cheese sandwiches and you have a warm comforting meal!
For a printable version of this recipe click here.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Fabric Flower Tutorial

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Welcome to a new year!

My first post of the new year is a tutorial.
If you were here a few weeks ago you might remember the post I wrote for my new Christmas stocking I made. (If you didn't get a chance to see the super awesome tutorial, you can find it here DIY Burlap Stocking) I had added this beautiful flower to my stocking as a finishing touch.
I am back now with a step-by-step tutorial to show you how it all came together.
I had some brown scrap fabric in my stash so I just cut off a corner.
I then cut out 4 teardrop/clover leaf type shapes in the brown fabric, and I then cut out a much smaller version in the leftover white fabric from my stocking.
Using a hot glue gun I then glued the white piece, just at the tip, and pressed it down on the brown piece.
I then pinched the tip together and placed a small dab of glue in the pinched part.
Sorry, that part was hard to get a picture of while I was doing it!
I hope it makes sense.
I then laid it out on the stocking to see how I liked it.
I glued all of the 'pinched' parts together at the back.
Here is a view of the front.
Next, add a dab of glue right in the middle, 
and press the pearl down in place.
Put a lot of glue on the back of the flower,
and attach to the stocking.
I love how this turned out!
This whole project was so much fun because it was a lot of firsts for me, first time making a stocking, first time working with burlap, and first time making a fabric flower!

Thanks for reading and as always, please let me know if you have any questions!
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