Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Snippets



Summer is just zooming past.  I can't believe it's almost August and my son will be starting high school.


Where did the years go?  We had orientation in June.  As I sat quietly listening to the school administrators speak, I couldn't help but reminisce about his toddler and preschool years.  Those feelings are normal, I guess.  I'm not ready to let go.  


My daughter is doing well in college.  She's always been self motivated.  She works hard to exceed in her classes.  She made dean's list in the spring and her summer classes are wrapping up.

Next month my husband and I will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.


That makes me feel so old!!  We've grown so much over the years.  This marriage thing isn't always easy, but he's my partner; always encouraging and supportive.  I love my husband so much!
  
Nice sunny days make me want to get outside and do yard work.

I don't mind getting my hands dirty.

I love being able to look out my window and see so many flowers grow.

I brake for plants!  Whenever I see something I like, I must stop and check it out.

My idea of fun is visiting different garden centers, walking around looking for inspiration.

I found these beautiful lavender pots at Trader Joe's.

I found this really cute wooden planter box at IKEA.  I filled it up with some shade-loving begonias.

We replaced our outdoor light fixtures.

The old back light had a wiring issue.  The new lights were cheap, but add such a fresh look to our home.

I painted my deck.  It was beginning to look bad.  The new color looks much lighter, but it's harder to maintain.  To keep it looking clean and nice, I hose it off or use the leaf blower daily.

I love the makeover.  I can't wait to share it with you very soon!

I love cooking with fresh herbs, so I decided to grow my own.

There's something really satisfying about clipping herbs from your garden, then cooking with them in your kitchen or garnishing a mixed drink!
  
I choose sage, basil, thyme, rosemary and lavender because they smell so good.


I love the smell of a natural simmering pot.  A medley of herbs from my garden, lemon, dried lavender and spent flower blooms make my house smell so good.


There's nothing like an ice cold drink on a hot summer day.  I love making sweet tea and lemonade to sip on.  But have you ever tried juicing pears and apples?  I like to enjoy a big glass on the porch.  It's the perfect way to end the day.


My brother came to visit us last week.  He went back home yesterday.  It was such a great visit.  Living far away from family is hard.  I don't get to see them often.  It makes me realize how much I'm missing.  But after a week of cooking and cleaning I'm ready for a long nap.  

That's it for now!  So nice to be able to catch up with you!  I hope you're having a fabulous summer and making memories with your family and friends.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

POPSUGAR #MustHaveBox

Do you ever wonder what's included in those monthly subscription boxes?  POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try.

I love surprises and couldn't wait to look inside!

Lots of fun picks for June!

Let's take a closer look.

-A Neutral Diamonds Printed Sarong
-Cheers Gold Bottle Opener
-Ridley's Game Room "Who Am I" Quiz
-Born on the 4th Nail Lacquer
-Are You Ready(For Your Close Up?)Compact
-Underarm Deodorant Wipes
-Siracha Flavored Pressels

The pressels were so good I couldn't stop eating them!

Click here if you're interested in receiving your own box filled with curated surprises each month.

*This post was made possible through a partnership with #MustHaveBox.  All opinions expressed and experiences are my own words.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Cafe Curtains From Pillowcases


When the time came to select curtains for my laundry room, I had a tough time finding something that I liked. Everything was either too expensive or just not my style. Before leaving the store empty-handed, I decided to browse the bed-linens aisle. There, I found pillow cases in a simple pattern that I loved. I decided to use the pillowcases for curtains in the laundry room. The pattern and colors were perfect and best of all, they were easy to hang and didn't involve any sewing!


Supplies and steps used:

Drapery rings with clips- 5 clips per curtain panel. Be sure to space the clips evenly.

Pair of cotton pillow cases- Lay the pillow cases flat so you can attach the curtain rings.  

Iron and fabric freshener- For ironing and freshening your curtains.

Curtain Rod- Slide the rings through to attach curtain to the rod

You're done! Stand back and admire how nice your windows look.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Spring Cleaning With Mean Green


Spring cleaning has always been my favorite way of giving my home a fresh start. I can finally finish up those house projects I’ve set aside and liven up each living space. For some reason, however, it always took me forever to finish cleaning in one day due to constantly scrubbing in one area. The bathrooms take me about two hours each, the kitchen also takes up a great portion of my time and the floors are a never-ending task. Although I'm a huge fan of having a clean house, I realized there has to be a better way.

Being a Mean Green ambassador means that I no longer have to overwork  when I clean. Their strong cleaning agents do practically all the work for me so I can easily multitask.

Using their products and leaving it on surfaces for a few minutes while I work on something else means I can make the most of my time.

Spraying down my appliances and surfaces without immediately wiping them down allows the products to power through all the dirt and grimy build up. I'm able to do another spring cleaning chore, like washing all the curtains or wiping down the baseboards.

Mean Green embodies effortless cleaning, saving me from a day of headache.

A clean porch provides a welcoming entrance to your home.  It's the first thing you notice as your walk up to our house.

My porch has been stained by leaves and muddy water.

I cleaned off the residue by spraying Mean Green Anti-Bacterial Multi Surface Cleaner on the surface and letting it sit for a few minutes.

With the help of a good scrub brush, the stain was gone.

Now that I have Mean Green products on standby, I no longer stress over spring cleaning my home. What usually takes me around eight to ten hours now takes me less than six to get the job done( I like things excessively clean). In fact, cleaning is more fun because I can fully enjoy my favorite parts of sprucing up my home like planting new flowers, power washing my driveway or even touching up the walls with a new coat of paint. 

Spring cleaning can now be done seamlessly and my family and I can enjoy our clean home because of Mean Green.


**This post was made possible through a partnership with Mean Green.  All opinions expressed and experiences are my own words.

Monday, June 13, 2016

As-Is Home Tour


For the past week I've been sharing a peek into the rooms in my house on Instagram as part of the #TheAsIsHomeTour, hosted by Cinsarah.  Our house is a constant work in progress.  As much I love my house there are some things I would like to change/upgrade.  But that's for another day.  Today I'm going room by room sharing my house as it is!

mailbox as you pull up to the house

front porch- exterior

My hydrangeas have grown so much since this post.


Entryway 

Living room

Kitchen

There's no pantry, so I purchased a 3 tiered basket(Pier 1 Improrts) to store our fruit and vegetables.

dining room

I love the look of fresh greenery from my yard filled in a vase.

deck


family room/man cave

My husband's favorite movie posters are hung on the wall.


3/4 bathroom

  
 
laundry room


small patio outside of laundry room

upstairs landing

my daughter's room





my son's room




guest room

   
main bathroom


garage bedroom






garage bedroom sitting area

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the tour.


*Make sure to visit each of my co-hosts' blogs to view their home tours:

Christina - Christina's Adventures  
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Cindy - Cinsarah   
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Courtney - A Plus Life 
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Amanda - Our Humble Abode
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Ann Marie - White House Black Shutters 
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