Monday, June 23, 2008

Lemon Vinegar Cleaner

I have been using all natural cleaners for a few years now. They are inexpensive, work well and are better for the environment and for you. The one that I use most often is my vinegar and water cleaner. I mainly use it for the kitchen counter tops and windows. I put half vinegar and half water into a squirt bottle and then add essential oils of lemon and eucalyptus. Well, I just learned a new trick. You fill up a jar of straight vinegar and add fresh lemon slices and let it sit on the counter for a couple of days. You take half of this mixture and half water and pour it into a squirt bottle. That's it! It has a nice lemony smell and the lemon cuts the vinegar smell way down. It works awesome. Both vinegar and lemon are effective in killing bacteria and germs and are natural deodorizers. I bet you could even add orange slices instead of the lemon to get a nice citrus smell. I might have to try that next.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Table redo

I have had this table for years. It's just your basic farm table with a light oak top and white legs. The chairs (which are not pictured) are the same. I was tired of it and was wanting a new look.
This is the picture that inspired me...

I redid the top of the table to make it look old and aged. I sanded the top like crazy. There was a ton of varnish on it. I then took a hammer and a screwdriver to it and beat it up a little. I took some Minwax stain and wiped it on and then wiped it off. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I just need to paint my chairs white. I will post more pics when the chairs are finished.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dresses, dresses...too stinkin' cute!

When I was pregnant with Maleah, I remember thinking, "There is no way I am putting my little girl in pink." I hated pink. It was too "girly" for my taste; and since I rarely wore dresses, I figured I would not put my daughter in them either. And then she was born. I immediately started dressing her in pink because she looked so cute in it. I also started decorating her room in a few pink accessories. I never did do the dress thing, tough, until recently. I don't know why, but lately everywhere I go I am seeing these adorable dresses that I just can't resist buying her (she's now 4 yrs old). They aren't the frilly-type dresses. They are very simple, yet oh so cute. I just had to share a couple of pics. I have also noticed that a lot of women are wearing these simple-type dresses that look really comfortable and have beautiful colors in them. Who knows, I may just have to venture out and buy one as well. Though, I wouldn't expect any pictures of that.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Growing, growing, growing!

I can't believe how much our garden has grown after planting it only two weeks ago. My husband put up the trellis for the tomatoes and cucumbers. Maleah and I actually got to eat a salad with things from the garden today. Yummmm! We harvested some leaf lettuce, basil and green onions. To the salad I added some walnuts and feta cheese and poppy seed dressing. It was delicious. I can't wait until we can eat some ripe, juicy tomatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.