Hi there! It’s Liz again, from Liz on Call. My family and I just recently returned home from a trip to Disneyland! We had such a fun time and I can’t wait to see what Disney will reveal in celebration of their 60th Anniversary. I have 3 young children, and if you’ve even had to go on a road trip with one child, you know it has potential for disaster. Today I’m excited to be sharing some fun tips for traveling with kids.
Cleaning & Organization
Hi Or So She Says readers! I’m Becky from Bite of Delight, and I’m so thrilled to be a new contributor here! I’m a Utah girl married to my best friend, and together we have four little buddies. I love to cook and I spend most of my time in the kitchen. We don’t eat elaborate meals every night, but we do eat together as a family every night. I love reading and Sunday afternoon naps and a clean house. Things that I miss since having 4 kids, but they’re all slowly coming back into my life!
Normally you’ll find me in my kitchen elbow-deep in bread dough or chocolate, but for my first post here, I want to talk to you about houseplant care because…it’s Houseplant Appreciation Day! When I found out about this fun day, I talked to the nice folks at Western Gardens and they agreed to help me out with a giveaway just for you! (Keep reading for details!)
For my first post here, I get to share some of my tips to help you simplify your life. A very fitting topic as we enter a New Year and probably have ambitions of making this our best year yet. I have been thinking a lot about this topic lately, of simplifying, and have been working hard at doing just that in every area of my life. Sometimes I fail miserably. But I think I’m making baby steps towards living a simpler life.
So. Here are 9 strategies I use to simplify life. And this all comes with a disclaimer that my life is anything but simplified and easy. But I do what I can to simplify where I can so I don’t get sent to the crazy bin.
If you’re familiar with toilet bowl stains, you know what a bugger they can be to get off. Talk about STUBBORN! Lucky for me, there is this amazing thing called Facebook. Have you heard of it? (Just teasin.) You can ask your friends (readers!!) questions and they always come through. Favorite perfumes?? Answered. Cold remedies? Answered. … you get the point. Anyway, as usual my FB gals gave me the coolest tips, ones they’ve tried and loved, on how to remove toilet bowl stains. Some a little more mild than others, and some for when the big guns are needed
I love discovering new and great online shops and I just recently heard about Erin Condren. Have you heard of it? It’s where you get ‘personalized, stylized, and organized.’ I checked it out and… um, pretty much want one of everything. Note cards, address labels, announcements, wrapping paper, note pads, ect. But, they are mostly known for their awesome, customizable planners for organization. I just ordered one a couple weeks ago and have been so proud of it. It’s so CUTE and totally appeals to my girly-girl side, with customized stickers, colorful pens, organization pockets, and inspirational quotes.
I’m on the living room couch, half-sitting on some slippers. To my right is a bowl of grapes, a random hanger, a pair of shorts, and half of a throw. The other half is on the ground. In front of me, the coffee table is covered in mail (which has been there for days), a kitchen timer, a hair clip, a bottle cap, and oh yeah – – a bag of mozzarella cheese that really should be in the fridge. And that’s just the surrounding area. And I don’t even have kids yet.
Have I painted a vivid enough picture? Does it sound like your home, too? Oh, good.
As messy as I am, I’m a person who craves having organizational systems…
Once upon a time, there was no Pinterest, or Facebook, or Internet and the only good household tips I knew were passed down from my mom or good friends. But not anymore! Now I’ve got a Pinterest board packed with cool household tips and tricks! I’ve tried many of them, and thought I’d share a few of my favorites … most are from Pinterest, but a few came to me the old fashioned way!
1. Clean Pee Stained Mattresses – This post has literally changed my life! I have three young children who manage to pee, poo and/or spew on their mattresses on the rare occasions they aren’t covered by their mattress covers. Right after the first major pee incident, I literally ran to the computer to see how we could salvage the mattress. The whole family sat around the mattress (after I applied the “magic” potion) and watched the yellow stain disappear. It is that good!
2. Get Grease Stains Out – This tip comes from one of our awesome ‘Or she she says …’ contributors, Veronica. She’s got nine kids, so she knows a thing or two about laundry. She promised me that if I rubbed Dawn (only use this brand) dish soap on the grease spot(s) and then sprayed it with my favorite stain remover that the stain would be gone, even if the item had been previously washed and dried. I have tried this trick on super old, set-in stains and it has yet to disappoint!
I recently moved into this really cool loft apartment and I’m now looking for all kinds of fun ideas on how to make my workspace prettier and organize my slightly chaotic sewing station (yes I have to admit it, there is yarn everywhere, spools of thread just leisurely laying around or crammed into their little boxes and all other essentials are probably in another box somewhere in that box chaos).
I love for my workspace to be a place of inspiration and not just a nice collection of small boxes so I came up with an easy solution for sewing station chaos and created a fun make over. It’s simple and easy, a quick DIY.
Hi All, Melissa from Ellison Reed here with a very useful DIY free printable weekly calendar that you can use year round! Spring is here and with that comes cleaning and getting organized. When I try to get organized ( TRY is the key word! ), I like to make a list of what needs…
This is the current state of my playroom… … times that by five, and you’ll have the whole picture. Wanna see the girl’s bedroom?? No, you don’t. I promise. It doesn’t matter how much my girls clean up, how many motivating lectures I give, how much they get in trouble, how great the reward is…the…
Hey there! It’s time for another FabuLESS post. 🙂 Today I want to share with you one of my favorite things from my kitchen: My Recipe Binder! Back when I was a newlywed, I didn’t really have a lot of recipes. I had a few family favorites written down in a little book my grandma…
Hi friends! I just finished giving my craft drawers a major organization overhaul, and wanted to share it with you. Here’s an “after” picture: They’ve undergone quite the change. For way too long, my craft storage drawers were in a sad state of disorganization and in desperate need of some purging and a bit of…