Pinterest Pickings- Independence Day

On New Years I made a "I don't really make resolutions" resolution to add one decorative item to my collection for each holiday. Yeah, it's not gonna happen for Independance Day this time round (read: crazy busy at work, with my church calling, and oh yeah- I'm turning 30 birthday extravaganza plans!) , but that doesn't mean that I haven't thought about what I'd like to craft up if I had the TIME.
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Made from Pringle cans- how clever. I only managed to save one can, so maybe
I'll make these after I eat some more Pringles!
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So cute for a BBQ in the backyard!
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These are from Etsy, but it'd be fun to try and make one if you could find awesome paper like this!
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I need to learn how to make layered cakes that don't fall apart!
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For more cute Fourth of July ideas go visit my friends blog here. Victoria is so creative and always has inventive ideas!


Birthday Wishes

A few weeks ago the girls at work were taking about stuff that they wanted, probably for mothers day. I seriously couldn’t really think of anything! What an awesome place to be; I could really do, or do without anything (unless we’re talking about babies. Babies are welcome in my house anytime!)  I am a pretty happy girl when it comes to daily physical needs, I have everything I NEED and it really is just coming down to WANTS these days.

WANTS come in handy, however, when you have a birthday on the horizon and people are out on the hunt to get you presents. So I thought hard, and tried to come up with some things that I’d like. Turns out I thought up a pretty good list. This is for you familia:

For Me-
Red Lipstick: I forgot to write down the name, but I found the “perfect” red lipstick at MAC.  I need to find it again and get one!
Earrings: I’ve been jones’n for some gold and aquamarine/jade earrings. It’s just such a pretty color combo.
Black Cardigan: I want another, more casual, black cardigan. I wear one all the time at work and could use another.
Gray Shirt: I need some more “go to” casual shirts. Just shirts that will always fit my mood.
Floral Work Shirt: I like shirts like this that look super comfortable but are still appropriate for the office.
Black Purse: I’ve been on the lookout for a cute black purse forever. This one is cute and inexpensive!
Navy Heels: I really actually need some black heels for work and church, but these navy kitten heels really float my boat.

For the Casa-
Deer Hook: I love little bits of quirky home decor, and I like it even better when they are also functional like this deer hook. (Jeff says all decor items have to be functional, so stuff like this works for us both.)
Art: I’ve really wanted this art print for a long time, but I’d take any art that I’ve been eyeing lately.
Turkish Hand Towel: I really want this gray hand towel from West Elm, not monogrammed necessarily, but I think it would look awesome in my half bath.
Domino: I need to beef up my design book collection, as in, I need to start one. This book has always been at the top of my list but I’ve just never gotten around to picking one up.
Jawbox: These are awesome, plain and simple. Having a speaker that would work for my phone and my ipod would be tops!
Meyers Cleaner: I’ve always wanted to try this stuff, but, again, have just never gotten around to it. I am overflowing with cleaning products right now, but I’ll always welcome more.
Bissell Spot Cleaner: We now have a dog. A dog that likes to pee for attention. I think this may even tread into the NEED category. My carpets NEED some cleanin’!


Pinterest Pickings- Review of cleaning recipes

I spent this last weekend running around completing errands like a mad women, being sick (yuck!), and cleaning my house. Ever since the re-plumbing, my house has just not felt like it's gotten back in full order, and of course, a really good scrub down always makes things feel better.

My usual run down of store bought cleaning supplies were just not cutting it lately, so I decided to try a bunch of those cleaning recipes I keep pinning on Pinterest and test them out. Here is what I found:

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"How to remove grease/dirt build up from kitchen cabinets. 1st heat slightly damp sponge/cloth in microwave for 20 - 30 sec. until it's hot. Put on a pair of rubber gloves, spray cabinets w/ an all-purpose cleaner containing orange oil, then wipe off cleaner w/ hot sponge. This should make the kitchen look & smell wonderful too! "

The Good: This did make my cabinets look and smell wonderful.

The Bad: It didn't get off all of our grease spots on the cabinets. When we moved in there were grease spots all over our kitchen cabinets. The last people who lived there obviously never used the stoves fan and liked to cook greasy food. We have tried pretty much EVERYTHING on the cabinets and although it's better, grease spots still remain!  Grease Lightning has probably still worked the best to date, sorry hot orange cleaner.

The Ugly: I didn't heat my sponge up in the microwave, seemed too germy for me. I just put super hot water on the sponge and rung it out really well. Not sure if this affected its effectiveness.

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"Pinner said: My bathtub has never been whiter!! Works great on glass shower doors too- no more soap residue! Martha Stewart's Tub Scrub--works better than any other cleaning product to get off hard water and soap residue "

The Good: EVERYTHING! I am seriously in love with this recipe. I'm not sure I"ll ever use another cleaner to clean my tubs and showers again! This sounds gross, but the bottoms of our tubs always looked a little gray on those built in slip protector bumps. I tried everything to clean my tubs but nothing ever made it seem clean enough. THIS WORKED! My tubs have NEVER looked whiter!
The recipe calls for 1 cup Baking Soda, 1 Tbs Dish Soap (we used our blue dawn dish soap), and several drops of essential oils (we couldn't find essential oils, so we used this rosemary mint oil we found at Walmart in the candle section. SMELLED LIKE HEAVEN!). Then you add water to make a paste. Scrub the paste all over the tub and shower, let it sit for a bit, then wash away dirt and grim. Tried the bits of left over in my toilet and it worked there too.

The Bad: You have to scrub, use some elbow grease, but the payoff is totally worth it.

The Ugly: None!

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"Forget keeping skin soft, baby oil also polishes chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to hubcaps. You'll end up with shiny, happy surfaces from a medicine-cabinet staple. (Who actually owns chrome cleaner, anyway?) "

The Good: This definitely does get faucets sparkling, and seems to remove hard water stains.

The Bad: It seems like a temporary fit. The next day everything comes back . . .or maybe we are just really messy?

The Ugly: My faucets seemed slippery and slimy, no matter how much I kept whipping off the oil.

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"Laminate Floor Cleaner: Vinegar, Water, Dish Soap, Alcohol."

The Good: This did clean my laminate floors. Even without any alcohol (I had none on hand) it still seemed to streak less then my store bought cleaner. My floors looked amazing afterwards.

The Bad: The vinegar smell seems to linger for a while, and it is a pretty strong smell.

The Ugly: I read on eHow that vinegar on wood floors can ruin the protective finish on the floors, which makes me nervous that it would ruin the finish on my laminate floors too. If that protective finish gets ruined on laminate, then you've basically just ruined your floors. Not sure I would use this one again just for that reason alone. not worth chancing it.

Now, while I was doing all this cleaning Scout decided to have her first, second, third, and FOURTH potty accidents on our carpet. Totally frustrated with that little pup. We would take her on a walk, then 20 minutes later she'd pee on the rug. What is up with that?

I think she wanted me to stop cleaning and just play with her or something, not sure what she was doing. I tried to use the rest of the laminate cleaner on the pet stains but that just made my house smell worse (a similar recipe was being toted on Pinterest as working for pet stains). I need to do some more research on this issue. After all that cleaning, my house now just smells like animal- so gross. I've never wanted to be that house!

Any good solutions you have for pet stains please share!


Window Shopping Wednesday- Art

Spring and summer really, REALLY make me want to go shopping. I've been having a hard time keeping my wallet in my pocket lately, and for some reason I keep wanting to get my wallet out to pay for some art.

It's not for very expensive, "La-Ti-Da" art, but I have a hankering for art. I haven't really spent much on art in my life. Maybe because I'm going to turn 30 soon is making me think I need some more grown up visuals on my walls?

Here's what's gotten' me drooling lately . . .
If I had children I would be all over these.
The wood print made out of animal silhouettes is beyond charming.
If I had a boy I would be all over that Rocket Print. Love the colors, love the graphics.
For a girl I would love that elephant print! It gets my imagination going.
Let's be honest, the Star Wars poster is for Jeff and I, but it'd still look cute in a nursery.
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I want these for me. The first scene I could see going in our hallway as just a happy little print.
I've wanted that Shore wording picture for almost a year. I should just really get it!
The Whippet print looks almost EXACTLY like Scout. Down to the spots on her nose!
I want that old WPA Zion poster for our office. It combines 3 of my favorite things- history: because it's a WPA poster, hiking: because I love to hike Zion, and travel: WPA posters were created to make people want to travel after the war.
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Who doesn't love a good map? These two would look wonderful in the office. I wish I could have them both, but they are some of the priciest pieces of art on the page!
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These last two maps are my favorite. I can imagine both very easily in our guest bedroom, but they are so pretty that I would hang them anywhere. Please, oh please, be mine!
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Window shopping online can be really fun, but come summer, and nearing my birthday, it really is hard not to pull the trigger and purchase one of these guys. Who knows, maybe I will someday. Maybe I'll get myself a birthday gift this year!