Monthly Archives: February 2013

Clean Freak

Do you get butterflies in your stomach when you see a well-organized closet, or bounce up and down in your seat when you stumble upon a blog which focuses on different tricks to keep a tidy house?

My friends, welcome to my life. To me, cleaning and organizing is a HUGE stress reliever. If my home is messy and unorganized, to me it feels like everything is unorganized and chaos ensues. Let me clarify, I am not such a clean fanatic that if a toy is left on the living room floor, I freak out. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a clean house.

Since I am by no means an expert at cleaning and organizing,  I’m alway searching for ideas, tricks, and tips on different ways to tackle projects. I found some really cool ideas that I just had to share.

I am drooling over Ingrid’s (from Now At Hom Mom) home office. I honestly don’t know where to start; from her DIY Desktop carousel  to her bright pink peg board, I am in love with this room!

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Then there is, Cassie from Hi Surgarplum; she can fit more under her bathroom sink than I can fit in my entire bathroom. I love her use of labeled containers. This is definitely a must do for me.

Hi Sugarplum | Organized Bathroom Cabinet

Clean and organized isn’t limited to your house. Keeping all those bills/receipts out shoe box and filing them away in an organized fashion keeps money in my wallet and a smile on my face. A great site for organizing your budget (as well as your home) is A Bowl Full Of Lemons. I first stumbled upon this as I perused Pintrest and this picture caught my eye.

Her site is jam-packed with great cleaning tips, DIY home-made cleaning supplies, printable checklists and so on. If organization is your bag, you have to check this site out.

Do you have tips and tricks you use when cleaning and organizing? Or do you prefer the casualness of clutter and to let things fall where they may? 🙂


DIY Vase Makeover

It is time for the unveiling of my submission in the Winter Edition Pintrest Challenge.

If you recall, I had so many cute ideas to choose from and it was too hard to choose just one, so I did a couple and I will post about each later on. For this challenge, I decided to submit my take on the DIY Vase Makeover.

Here was my Pinsiration:

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Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/62768988528742404/

I chose an empty Desorono bottle which I thought was quite pretty (and tasty) and a clear vase that I had tucked away.

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We had some purplish paint left over from our JBear’s room which will complement the green hallway upstairs. I know that sounds crazy but trust me, the purple against the green looks so pretty. 🙂

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I laid out some newspaper on the counter to accommodate my extreme clumsiness. This was a great idea since I managed to spill some paint just by opening the lid. 😉

Using a paper cup, I scooped up some paint and began pouring it into the empty bottle.

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I used a wet paper towel to wipe up the paint that spilled on the outside of the bottle and then began to swirl the paint around so that it covered every side.

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Once the inside of the bottle was fully coated I repeated the process on the vase.

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As to how much paint to use in each, it is really just a guess. I kept adding a little at a time if I thought it needed it. I was amazed at how different they looked just by adding some colour. Picture these babies filled with flowers….can you tell I am dreaming of spring. 😉

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I found a broken necklace that I had been hanging onto and added it to the vase for a little flair.

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What do you think? Is this something you would do? I must admit I am hooked.  These are so easy and quick to make and that my friends is my motto. 🙂

A big thank you to SherryKatie, Megan, and Michelle, who hosted this edition of the Pintrest Challenge. Don’t forget to pop on over to their site and check out what DIY goodness they came up with.

Happy DIY’ing and thanks for stopping by.


Chocolate Banana Bites

My little man has a sweet tooth like his mama; although he LOVES apples, pineapple and any other kind of fruit you put in front of him, some nights he longs for a little chocolate.  Since he was such a good boy all night, I searched through my pantry to see what I could whip up for desert. 

This is what I came up with:

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This is super easy to make and you can even add some peanut butter to the mix if you have some in stock, but I kept it simple.

Step 1: Use a tablespoon of Nutella and melt it down. I just popped mine into the microwave for a couple of seconds. Remember, a little goes a long way so you won’t need much more than that.

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Step 2: Slice up the banana. (see I told you this is easy peasy 😉 )

Step 3: Here you have a couple of options, put a small dollop of Nutella on each slice of banana, or make mini Nutella and banana sandwiches…

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OR use a fork or tooth picks and simply dip the banana slices into the melted Nutella.

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Since the banana slices were a little slippery my little man opted for the last method. Overall, I believe he gave this a big ol’ thumbs up and I didn’t feel too guilty about giving it to him.

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Every time I see Nutella, I think of my older sister Scina who always had it on hand whenever we went over to her house. Great memories. 😀

So what do you guys think? Have you had this before or a variation of this?


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