Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY Daily Sink Scrub

Something I do every day is scrub my sink. I have been making my own sink scrub for quite a while now and still love it.  In fact, I have posted this recipe before, but I think it's a good one to repeat! Plus now I have a cute and easy shaker to go with it! 

I love scrubbing my sink at night while I'm cleaning up the kitchen. Something about waking up and coming out to a clean kitchen makes a huge difference in starting my day. 

DIY Sink Scrub

1 part borax
1-2 parts baking soda

Fill your jar half to two-thirds full of baking soda. Add borax to fill the rest...almost full. Leave room to mix well. This isn't an exact science. The borax adds a bit more scrubbing power that I like. 

To make the shaker, take the lid from a mason jar and trace it on cute cardstock. Cut it out and punch four holes in it. Secure it on the jar with a band. There you go! Cute and easy!
 I found this great idea here

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Easy Mini Banner

Happy Halloween! I hope you are all making some fun memories tonight and having a great time! We will be bundling up her in northern Alabama. It is going to be more like January than October for us.  Crazy!

I wanted to share the mini banner I made the other day. I love the look of book page banners! To make the letters, I printed out the phrase and taped it to the window. Then it's as easy as tracing with a Sharpie!

Super easy, right?  I think I will be making lots of these mini banners!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

School: Letter Tile Storage

Here we are a few months into our homeschool journey.  One of the things the kids like to do is an activity called making words.  I give them a set of letter tiles that make a 'secret word' and together we make all the words you can using those letters. 

I needed an easy way to store and search for the letters we need...a Ziploc bag wasn't cutting it so I came up with this idea. 

During a trip to Hobby Lobby I picked up this divided box and used my 40% off coupon, came home, and started organizing.

Using washi tape, I labeled each compartment. Since I only wanted one box to store on the shelf so I assigned two letters per compartment. The last two compartments are for blends, word beginnings, and endings. 

I am thinking there are a few different ways I could use containers like this. And by the way...the vertical sides of each compartment is removable. Lots of possibilities!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup

Shut the front door. This pumpkin spice coffee syrup is the best pumpkin coffee drink I have tried at home!  Plus your house will smell amazing while you're whipping this up!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
1 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp pumpkin purée 
1 tbsp vanilla 
2 tsp pumpkin spice 

Simmer all ingredients in a saucepan for 20 min or so, stirring occasionally. You want it to thicken up nicely. Cool and store in a mason jar in the fridge. Add 1 tbsp or more to your coffee and stir. For a super delicious treat, top with homemade whipped cream. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Heart Fall Chalkboard

The other day I picked 30 pumpkins from the garden. 30! There are some pie pumpkins but most of them were the small decor type pumpkins. So.....I got to decorating.  I soaked them in bleach water for a while, let them dry, then buffed them with a small amount of Vaseline to make them shiny. (of course, don't bleach any pumpkins you will cook with)

All the pumpkins made me want to keep on going so I broke out the chalkboard paint.  I had this small mirror that was a gift from my sweet mom and thought it would be great as a chalkboard!.
Read this post to find out how to turn a mirror (or window) into a chalkboard.

Here is my start for the mantle. Our TV is up in DC with my husband and I had to hide the hanging brackets. Enter stacks of books and a sign. I love it! I'm not done decorating yet but it's early. I'll get there!

The wall color is the same as the above picture. that wall just has poor lighting. 

Have you started your fall decorating? Are you dreaming of all things pumpkin?  

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