MAKING MY HOME A COZY PLACE TO LAND, ONE IDEA AT A TIME.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

My Hubby Rocks Thursday...

...all the way late from last Friday! Sheesh!

My Mike rocks because he's so willing to help out those in need. I recently gave some stuff to a pregnant mom on freecycle, and just as she was leaving, Mike offered her some cans of formula. Now, I am a breast-feeding mom and these were free samples that the companies sent us. We have about 13 cans and she had a 1 year old and a baby due in 3 months. Talk about hard times. He just gave the stuff to her! He's amazing! His heart is so big...and it makes mine melt.

...and early for tomorrow.

My husband is the best. This week, he came home from work and surprised me twice with items he knew I'd want from the company store.

Fresh strawberries! YUMMY!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Mantel Make-Over

I love my baby so much!

She's so cute!

When we play, I get all these different faces...

Like these:

But, today was not a play day, today was a grumpy girl day.

Possibly a teething, gum-aching day.

Today was a day spent snuggling, feeding and bouncing.

In between all this, I did get to do some fall decorating.

In about the 2 half hour naps that N took.

I made over my mantel, redecorated some of my living room for fall, a little of my dining room, and accomplished to get the dished done, the living room put back together from the shampooing, vacuuming and my counters cleaned completely off.

So, without further ado, here is my fall decor style. It's not much, and everything was shopped from my house.(How do you like that nice clean couch?)

AHHHH...now I can sleep in peace tonight knowing that my urge to restyle my home has been satisfied!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Money Saving Life Simplified!

I am so excited about this tip!

I have been craving to shampoo the carpets in my house but didn't because of the risk of Kawasaki Disease to my little girl. I don't know if it's the germs in the carpet that cause it or the chemicals in the shampoo, but I was scared.

Anyway, I decided that the germs come up when I vacuum, so they must not be an issue. It's got to be the chemicals. And I didn't want my babe to be playing on the floor on those chemicals.

So, I made my own shampoo detergent. It's really easy. And it smells great. And my carpets and furniture look excellent. And, it's practically free!

Now, just a note about this: My carpets don't look as great as they do with chemicals. It takes 2 times of shampooing to get the same results. But, my furniture looks great!

Here's the Before:

And an ugly stain left most likely by a wet dog:

And here's the After:

And that stain, gone:
What did happen though is that the water dried odd, so I re-rinsed it and it went away.

And a look at what my shampooing handle is pulling up:GROSS!

And the disgusting water:
YUCK!

Here's what I did...
I ran the hot water into a 3 gallon bucket, stopping at the 2 gallon mark. While the water was filling the bucket, I added my dry ingredient. Then, when it was full (at the 2 gallon mark) I added my wet ingredient. I took a plastic spoon from my cooking drawer and gave it a stir. Then I put the water in my shampooer and set it to the water rinse cycle. Since I wasn't adding any chemicals, I didn't need to fill up the reservoir.

So, what's this special, awesome, practically free recipe you ask?

Well, here it is!
  • 2 gallons of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish liquid
I used the Dawn with Lavender scent. You can used scented or original. Just don't use the Dawn with moisturizers.

Mike Rocks Monday

Late again! What else is new?

Anyway, Mike rocks because he works super duper hard to provide for his family. Norah and I are so blessed to have such a supportive man in our lives. God really knew what He was doing when He planned out my husband for me.

Friday, October 1, 2010

MHRF

I'm starting this post off with a song and lyrics.

This is why Mike rocks!



Oh, her eyes, her eyes, make the stars look like they're not shining
Her hair, her hair, falls perfectly without her trying
She's so beautiful, and I tell her every day
Yeah, I know, I know, when I compliment her she won't believe me
And it's so, it's so, sad to think that she don't see what I see
But every time she asks me do I look ok, I say
When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change
Because you're amazing, just the way you are
And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while
Because girl you're amazing, just the way you are
Her lips, her lips, I could kiss them all day if she let me
Her laugh, her laugh, she hates but I think it's so sexy
She's so beautiful, and I tell her every day
Oh, you know, you know, you know, I'd never ask you to change
If perfect's what you're searching for then just stay the same
So, don't even bother asking if you look ok
You know I'll say
When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change
Because you're amazing, just the way you are
And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while
Because girl you're amazing, just the way you are
The way you are, the way you are
Girl you're amazing, just the way you are
When I see your face, there's not a thing that I would change
Because you're amazing, just the way you are
And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while
Because girl you're amazing, just the way you are. Yeah


Mike rocks because this is the way he is with me. He always tells me how beautiful I am and how much he loves me. Even when my hair is a mess, I need a shower, and my jammies are less than ideal, he finds the beauty in me. And the sad part is that I don't always believe him, even though I know he's not lying to me.

So, next time your hunny tells you how much he loves looking at you, please PLEASE please, believe him!