How to Naturally Clean Hard Water Stains on a Bathroom Sink

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How to Naturally Clean Hard Water Stains on a Bathroom Sink

We have a history, hard water stains and me. When I was growing up there was a time my family lived in an old farmhouse with a well and our water was so hard that it deposited reddish stains on our sinks, tubs, clothes, and even hair. These mineral deposits were hard to clean – even with strong chemical cleaners. I hated those stupid hard water stains!

I can remember one time when I was about 13 or 14 and it was my job to clean the family bathroom. I was determined to get the hard water stains off of the tub and shower. I used one of those scrubby sponges, powered cleaner, and I went to town. After much scrubbing, the tub and shower looked white again! I was pretty pleased with myself. The only problem was the scrubby sponge I used was so abrasive that it completely ruined the finish on the tub and the shower. Oops. (Sorry, mom!) Continue reading “How to Naturally Clean Hard Water Stains on a Bathroom Sink”

PB & J Smoothie

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PB & J Smoothie

Peanut Butter & Jelly. They’re like the underrated power-couple of cuisine, right? No? Ok. Well they still make a cute pair. In honor of Valentine’s day I decided to whip up one of our family’s favorites… the marriage of the PB & J dynamic duo…

The PB & J Smoothie!

Anyone who knows us knows that we are big, big fans of smoothies in our household. I mean really, what’s not to love? Continue reading “PB & J Smoothie”

Life-Changing Magic – A Review of the KonMari Method

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The Kon Mari Method - Life Changing Magic

I recently finished Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Now typically, when I think “tidying” and “magic” my brain immediately goes to Mary Poppins. That gal could clean up a room in no time. And she was so cheerful. To be honest, I have a tough time finding an element of fun in every darn job that must be done. Some aren’t so bad – I really don’t mind making the bed. Dishes? Not so terrible. Picking up the house? This makes me loony.

Maybe it’s because my toddler only cleans up after himself when he feels like partaking in the experiment of “Will this block go in this basket?” Maybe it’s because we have a zany schedule that changes every day and every week – so it’s hard to maintain a rhythm of keeping the house tidy.

STUFF. There’s just so much stuff. I go cross-eyed thinking about it.

Our family has developed a mantra in the past few years – “It’s just a thing.” We say this whenever a piece of furniture gets a ding in it. Whenever a wine glass breaks. Whenever a mysterious stain appears on the carpet or a page gets torn in a book. “It’s just a thing.” We’ve gotten to the point where we really, really don’t want to be so attached to things. Because the stuff in our lives may be useful, lovely, or sentimental – but at the end of the day it’s just a thing. An object. It’s only as meaningful as we allow it to be. And truthfully – these things, all this stuff, weighs us down more than it brings us joy.

So, when I kept hearing rave reviews of Kondo’s book and her “KonMari Method” of tidying, I was super intrigued. Maybe I’m late to the game, but I finally read it and well – what can I say…. It is life changing magic.

Here’s what I loved about the The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and why the KonMari method is working for us: Continue reading “Life-Changing Magic – A Review of the KonMari Method”

When Resolutions Don’t Go According to Plan

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When Resolutions Don't Go According to Plan

What can I say? This has been a rough start to the new year for us.

We started off the new year with some nasty cold bugs. Then both our dogs got sick (I don’t wish sick dogs on ANYONE…). Our “good” car broke down and suddenly we had to scramble to buy a new vehicle. Two weeks later our “bad” car broke down. My amazing husband had extra work commitments. My teething toddler decided to cut 6 teeth at once and needed his mama 24/7. My extended family had ups and downs that weighed on my heart. A friendship that I thought was stable suddenly felt rocky. Physically, financially, emotionally, January depleted us. And unexpectedly so. I felt blindsided.

Usually, December is the crazy month out of the year for our family. Usually, I look forward to January and am actually giddy about making my resolutions. My inner Hermione comes out and I get so excited. A fresh calendar! I can accomplish so many things this year. This is going to be my best year ever!

So I set out to show 2016 that I was the boss. Buuut January had other plans. And some of my resolutions look pretty laughable to me now. Continue reading “When Resolutions Don’t Go According to Plan”