Sunday, January 18, 2015

What's Your Sign?

Can you believe it's already Thursday? I really can't! This week has just flown by! It's been a good week with a few rough patches but over the hump and staying positive that today is a new day. Do you like inspirational sayings to help you through things? I do! I love reading different quotes and sayings and try to find ones to help me through different situations, it's kind of therapeutic or something.
Anyway, a few months ago I found this sign at  a store called Home South with this adorable saying. I just love it! For the longest time I had it sitting in the dining room while I was trying to find a place for it.   I try not to purchase anything anymore unless I know for sure where it's going but I really liked this sign. 

 I was considering hanging it on the wall in our living room, in between the fireplace and window. I kept going back and forth about it. I didn't want to crowd the room with one more wall hanging OR cause it to look cluttered.  

Finally I was back in the store looking for something and also trying to get ideas for hanging the sign. Heck, I moved things around on our hearth and decided it looked good there so that is where it lives now. I really like this sign and what it says!
"LAUGH as much as you breathe.
LOVE as long as you live."
 It's a great reminder for us all the time!

Who Wants Gummy Shag? NOBODY!

EWWWWWW GROSS! This has been an upsetting eye sore on our living room area rug for the past month. or. sooo. Oops! One of the kids dropped a fat wad of gum that molded to the edge of the rug and nobody would fess up to it! Just great.

I didn't mean to procrastinate but with the holidays and December "busy-ness", I let it go and got to it when I had the time to research it. I have some very good news to share!

Nasty gum stuck on/in the carpet. GROSS! 
Boiling HOT H2O did the trick! I boiled water in my teapot and placed an old towel under the rug to catch the water. I simply poured the water over the wad and gently picked the gum off with a metal pick found in a drawer. I had to pour water on the gum a couple of times to keep loosening and softening it but it worked like a charm. Took all of about five minutes and it came totally clean. The gum is made of latex and got gummy and a little stringy but lifted completely off. No color stain or residue left on the carpet. Just use caution so you don't pluck the carpet fibers out. Also use caution any time working with boiled water. No burning allowed!
What tricks do you use for gum removal?
No more gummy shag!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Remote Control Candles Are Cool

I haven't gotten a chance to chat too much because I've been trying to nurse all my family back to health. It's been an ongoing thing for nearly a week this time around.
I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas presents from my parents. I got remote control candles. I love candles but really only burn one jar if any and it's rare these days. I try and keep candles out of reach due to our cat singeing his fluffy tail after I caught him up on our bar flicking it over a burning wick a couple of years ago. What a stinch it caused plus the whole house could have turned to ashes... a frightening thought. 
Anyhow I probably never would have bought battery operated remote control candles on my own. I just never gave it much thought. After receiving and playing around with them, I must tell you they are awesome!  

A comment my mom made was that if the power goes out, we have light! SO true.
So they came in a box of eight. I wasn't sure where I was going to put all the candles. With one push of a button they turn on and flicker much like real candles. They are wax on the outside and smell like vanilla. LOVE!
When I began looking for a new spot for the candles, I realized I had wall sconces and pillar candle holders with candles I'd never light because I just find them dangerous. I replaced all my real candles for these and I just love. You can cluster or scatter but I find them lovely scattered. With a point of the remote and a push of a button, they set a nice warm mood!  

Friday, January 9, 2015

3M Sticky Hangers Kitchen Organization!

I don't know about you but my kitchen cabinets have been a mess since before Christmas. I don't have that many pots and pans really (I like to only keep the basics and not too much more) but our cabinets had really gotten out of hand. Here's what they looked like before I got into serious organization mode last night.
Over the break a family member gave me a couple packages of hooks. :) I wasn't sure how I'd use them but I knew I could always put them to good use. There is always need for improvement!
Last night I cleaned out all the cabinets sweeping all crumbs out and organizing EVERYTHING!
I had some wiry thingies too that needed better homes than being tossed in cabinets. I was able to make more room inside the cabinets by hanging these wiry thingies. They are for the pizza stone, brownie pan, etc.

Nothing too exciting but heck it works. If you try this at home, just be sure to hang it so you can close your cabinet! I really like. What have you used 3M hooks and hangers for?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Label Making NERD I AM!

I'm stoked! I have been shopping for a new label maker b/c mine quit printing. I've had it for years and LOVE it. I use it for lots of labeling. Right now I'm working on our filing cabinet to get our files up-to-date. Anyhow I put the label maker in a pile to donate b/c it wouldn't print. The label would come out of the machine but there was no text.

So I was shopping for a new one and honestly, I hate to spend the money on something like this all over again. I started googling techie stuff troubleshooting and learned my batteries were flat. There is no ink in these little machines which is the beauty of them. It's a heat thing and my batteries were just flat. The machine wasn't dead but all it took was a change of batteries and my little label maker is back in business. I love the Internet for stuff like this! YESSSSSSSSSSSS I'm that kind of a nerd b/c it made my morning! The Internet saves again! What has the Internet saved you from doing lately?!?!?!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's January and the past month has been a whirlwind of events. I hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays! We were able to spend a lot of time with family over the break and it was nice. Today marks the first day back to the grind. I'm excited though because I just do better on a schedule. Give me too much time and I turn into a big slug. So today it's early and I've already gotten in a workout and been grocery shopping. I had a strange encounter with a woman trying to sell me on why our government is corrupt in the parking lot at the grocery store at 6:00 am and I would have thought my body language told her to please leave me alone. Not sure she was ever taught about strangers and approaching another stranger in the dark but I got in my car and scooted home to get lots of stuff done before I wake the kiddos.
I love this time of the year because the days are already starting to get longer. Light at the end of the tunnel. I don't have much to say as far as home decorating projects except that I'm all undecorated from Christmas. Yee Hah! Now to get on to other stuff that has been on my waiting to do list for sometime now. On that note, I better get kids ready for school. Happy Monday and Happy New Year!  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Storing Plastic Food Containers

How you doing? You ready for Christmas? I am seriously trying to get in the spirit this year. For whatever reason I haven't been feeling it but I'm trying to do more things that are Christmas themed in preparation for Christmas to spiritually arrive. We have a lot of family celebrations during the month of December and this year especially I've felt a sense of overwhelming stress at times. I still haven't done my Christmas cards. I addressed envelopes in June and July and already purchased stamps but just haven't gotten it together with the cards. Hopefully they will arrive today or tomorrow so I can get them out!
Anyway, I think I'll be there in the next couple of days. So with the stress I've been feeling this poor blog has practically been abandoned for the entire month of December. I've had other projects that have also been put on the back burner. I hope you bear with me even through my lulls!
One simple little thing I've finally gotten to a great point of organization is all the food storage containers in the kitchen. For years I have been so bad just throwing them in a low cabinet and fumbling around when it comes time to put food in one. Well I finally, FINALLY made  a place to put them and I'm happy with that. It is one of those silly things that probably drove my spouse nuts but now I can say we feel relief! My system is in an upper cabinet on a shelf above our plastic cups. I use IKEA containers and they stack pretty well, lids on bottom. I was able to fit all of them on one shelf and simply placed some behind these if there wasn't quite enough room.
My new storage stacking system has seriously simplified things! How's that for simple, silly, organization?!?! Hope you have a wonderful Monday and if you are traveling this week, may you have safe and happy travels! Peace out!  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December! Happy Decorating!

Happy December! Hope everyone is doing well! Things are looking up here. I think I've finally gotten over Bronchitis so that is super helpful and just keeping fingers crossed that the faint, lingering cough doesn't linger much longer! Bleh!
So it might look like I'm rushing to get Christmas up and all this year but I'm trying NOT to rush. I can't stand Christmas being so rush, rush, rush! I've been going pretty slow to get it all done. The outside of the house has been decorated for a couple of weeks so I wouldn't have to decorate in the cold. We are all decorated though and now everybody is excited. The stockings are hung, the big tree and four mini trees are up! The kids were excited and asked to do it this weekend and really got into it so it has made it a lot of fun!
As far as other stuff, I'm just not worrying about any of it. Christmas card envelopes were addressed and stamped in June, I've just got to get our cards together! Trying to manage the little things by doing a little at a time. That is how I am managing the house chores and it is really working. Anyhow, I can't say how glad I am to be feeling better. For the past couple of weeks I've spent a lot of time sleeping and trying to recover. Finally have my energy back!
How are you? Do you have your tree up? If not, when will you put yours up?
Happy Monday and Happy December!
Here's our house all decked out!

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Joy of Raking Leaves!

IS there joy in raking leaves? It's definitely a chore but I find it kinda fun, especially with kids, because then you can take turns throwing yourselves in the heaping piles! Since last year I've been looking for the answer to make raking our yard less of a chore. I'm tired of the raking and bagging. I youtubed it and found many different solutions to bagging leaves, most of which were not going to work for me. This Fall I saw a neighbor across the street using LEAF CLAWS and a stand to hold his bag so there was no fiddling. Sounds silly but it was so organized and neat for him that I'm trying it! Can't wait to try out the new leaf claws that came in the mail yesterday! On that note, Have yourself a Happy Friday!
 Our yard is covered in big leaves!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gallery Wall!

Happy Monday! Hope you have a wonderful day! Wanted to share something I did nearly a year ago that I LOVE. I put if off for so long because I just didn't feel like I ever knew what I wanted and it took some effort to do. Plus I don't like putting holes in walls until I am really ready.
I made this on a wall in our upstairs hallway. I'm a little funny when it comes to the privacy of my family but I have a number of different pictures in these frames and really love the way it all turned out. I found two sizes of frames at IKEA of the same type. I arranged them on the floor several times before coming up with this arrangement and I think it works. I also used 3M stickies to attach the frames to the wall so I don't have to worry about the holes.
It took some arranging but I love the way it turned out and the cool thing about this is I can continue adding photos as our family grows. I'm really happy with my gallery wall!
Do you have a gallery wall anywhere in your home???