Make it possible to shop your own house!

Today I moved Mirrors, which you can see below and I have not created a "decor station" (we had elfa shelving that wasn't being used) for all of my extra decor items. So now I don't have to wander around the house looking for those candle sticks!



(this is just some of the many stashes of decor items I had hidden around the house)





This may not look like much, but its right inside of our garage and equiped with our donations bin on top.

This is what happens when you don't have children!



Poor thing- you can tell how annoyed she is!

Quick Change for the First Day of November

Before:



DURING:





After:


Cleaning Prep List

Cleaning Prep

Cleaning Supplies

1. Bring Cleaning Supply Buckets from all floors to one area

2. Inventory

o Baking Soda (place in reusable jars) – Mark with Sharpie Marker

o Borax

o White Vinegar – Put in Spray Bottles Mark

o Essential Oil or Spray for Fragrance (Lemon, Lavender, Mint)

o Paper Towels or Terry Clothes (2 per bucket)

o Bleach

o Scrub Brushes (1 per bucket)

o Furniture Polish or All Purpose Dust

3. Make Shopping List (search for coupons)

o Check Furnace Air Filter – Add to list if needed

o Check/Empty Vacuum Filter – Add to list if needed

4. Clean all Scrub brushes – Run through dishwasher

5. Go to Store Purchase anything that you are low on

6. Place all items back in their containers

7. Put back in designated areas (1 per floor to make it easier)

8. Make sure iPod is loaded/charged and ready for cleaning

9. Boil Water for Cleaning any Drains

Summer Reading List- Christine



In an attempt to read the "classics" (the books I should have read a long time ago) I am reading them now for the first time. DH has brought to my attention a lack of reading on my part (was my little secret). For the first time I am actually enjoying reading and have pretty much stopped watching TV.

The top of the list is of course for fun. I am currently finishing/reading "Palace Circle".

I am listening to the Twighlight Saga on my IPod on my way into work. Once I am done with the Twighligh series I will switch back to Diana Gabaldons "Outlander" series (on my IPod for the ride in) for a second listen just in time for her new book to come out in late September. The other two books by her that I actually plan to read (not listen to on my IPOD) are: "Lord John and the hand of Devils" and "Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade" and "Lord John and the Private Matter".
  1. Palace Circle
  2. Twighlight Series 1-4 Ipod (yes I realize this was written for teenage girls!
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo
  4. The Three Musketeers
  5. Dracula
  6. Lord John (Book 1-3)
  7. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (IPod)



Haven't posted in a while!

It has been a busy summer so far! We just got back from a week long cruise through the Caribbean aboard the Carnival Pride. Before that we haven been playing golf on our off times and trying to enjoy what little time we have with warm weather :)

Product Review- Sunless Tanning Spray!

The Contestants:




  • Bliss A Tan For All Seasons $36 Sephora
  • Solar Power All-Angle Professional Airbrush Tan $15 Bath & Body Works

Routine for both:
  1. Bath as normal, but include exfoliating at the end.
  2. Get out of shower, towel dry, put on lite layer of spf 15
  3. Jump back in the shower
  4. Test sprays on face and body
First Impressions:

Bliss- Very powerful spray, had to hold arm far away from body not an even mist (ended up having to blot with a dark colored towel), normally tanning spray smell.

Solar Power- Very fine mist, light tanning sent, held bottle 6-12'' from body, did not need to blot with towel

Color:

Bliss- Nice color after - not even though because of mister
Solar Power- Color is even, but not as dark as the Bliss


Who held up in the end?



By far the Solar Power from Bath & Body Shop. Its hard to mess up, no streaking, doesn't have a distinctive tanning smell, and you cant beat the price. I actually went out and just bought a second bottle.

Diet Soup Recipe from Good Housekeeping

Soup Diet Basic Recipe and Variations

From Good Housekeeping
(http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet/soup-diet-basic-recipe-1007)

Our recipe for the Basic Soup yields such a large quantity — to make sure you have enough to enjoy all week — that it calls for a 12-quart stockpot for preparation. If you don't have one, not to worry — the ingredients divide easily in half and the soup can be prepared in 2 large saucepans or Dutch ovens, depending on what you have in your kitchen cabinet.


soup diet pot of soup with vegetables
Photo by: Ellie Miller
Soup diet with vegetables

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Makes: 28 cups

  • 1 lb. carrots, sliced
  • 3 med. onions (1 1/2 lbs.), chopped (4 c.)
  • 4 lg. stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 lg. cloves garlic, crushed with press
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) whole tomatoes in juice
  • 1/2 sm. head green cabbage (1 lb.) thinly sliced (6 c.)
  • 3/4 lb. green beans, trimmed and each cut into thirds
  • 1 can (48 to 49 oz.) chicken broth
  • 6 c. water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 med. zucchini (1 1/4 lbs.), sliced into half-moons
  • 2 bags (6 oz. each) baby spinach leaves

1. Coat 12-quart stockpot (or 2 large saucepans) with nonstick cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, add carrots, onions, celery, and garlic; cook 8 minutes or until vegetables soften, stirring occasionally.

2. Add tomatoes with their liquid, breaking up tomatoes with side of spoon. Add cabbage, green beans, broth, water, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper; heat to boiling over high heat, stirring occasionally.

3. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to high; stir in zucchini and spinach and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

Each cup: About 45 calories, 2 g protein, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated), 4 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 410 mg sodium.

Life is as easy as you make it!

Click on pictures to make them larger. (Bella & her buddy Zoey playing this morning)





Am I a product hog??

My mom always said I had a "love" for products. You be the judge. Too many products in my shower? Yes, all are in there right now!











It's the little things...

Its the little things in life that make life so enjoyable.. With mothers day fast upon us, it makes me smile that some of the little things I treasure in life were taught to me or given to me by my mom...


(my moms hands, helping with my wedding dress)

Growing up, my mom would try and escape to the one bathroom that had a tub, but soon my dad would go in and talk to her.. then the cat would start pawing under the door.. then "the boys" (our two rottweilers) would want to know what they were missing... then sure enough my sister and I would finally poke our heads in as well... A tradition I didn't learn to fully appreciate until becoming an adult.. Seems you spend most of your younger years trying not to be like your parents and next thing you know, you turn around and there they are, looking back at you in the mirror... As I am quickly approaching 30, I am no longer scared of the reflection, whether its my wild curly locks or the snort that creeps into my laugh.. at the most inopportune moment...!


For me, we are fortunate to have two full bathrooms on our top floor and one of them - is all mine! This means that I get to soak in my tub and relax after a long hard day......except for the occasional visit from our french bulldog .. checking in to make sure that nothing new is floating in the tub...

My recipe for my relaxing bath:

2 Large Jars (a scoop from each into the tub) 6 Candles lit, and placed around the tub (my husband says its looks like a seance)-
  • 5 the aqua color from our wedding (makes me smile), one from Aveda
1 big squirt of Neutrogena Body Oil

1 big squirt of EO Bubble Bath (thanks to my mom) French Lavender


1 or 2 magazines for perusing by candle light



1 Bath Tub filled with HOT water!

The internet has so many wonderful things!

All of these are thanks to other nesties and bloggers. (this is more a list for me, to refer back too)



ABC Distributing- Furniture for pennies!


Fabric.com - Hello Cool, Cheap Fabric online (and show with coordinating patterns)

DecoPad
- Neetoh!

Love Ahava products- this one looks yummy!



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