Friday, March 07, 2014

Refreshing Towels




I recently learned about this trick on refreshing towels. Do you ever noticed your towels smelling funky?  Over time, towels build up detergent and fabric softener, leaving them unable   to absorb as much water and smell.  Here is a way to refresh your towels by washing them   once with hot water and 1cup vinegar, then a 2nd time with hot water and half cup baking soda. This strips the residue and leaves your towels fresh and able to absorb more water again and smelling wonderful. 




If your not feeling like running two washes, I also tried washing with just the vinegar and that works too. I had a friend tell me that she refreshes her towels washing once on hot with one cup vinegar, 1/2 cup bleach and half the detergent. I haven't yet to try this I was out to of bleach plus it made me a tad bit nervous about the bleach with my blue towels.  Hope this tip will help you with fresh smelling towels. 

Do you ever refresh your towels and if so what do you do?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Picture Frame Wreath

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When I saw a wreath like this on Infarrantly Creative, I wanted to make one right away. I loved that it captured so many great moments all in one. I have a love for pictures especially ones of my kids. It is just so amazing to be able to look back and remember some amazing times. It gets me excited for the memories that we will build in the future.

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My Supplies
24 2.5 x 3.5 picture frames (I got some from the dollar tree and some from Michael's the tag said $3.99 but when scanned they came up $1.49
Wire Cutters ($1 dollar at the Dollar Tree)
18” Grapevine Wreath (Michael’s$4.99)
Burlap Ribbon (Wal-Mart $3.97)
Pictures from Costco (Pick out about 30 make sure you pick some horizontal and vertical)
Floral Wire (Wal-mart $0.97)

Choosing my photos was my first step, I love washed out color photos and black and whites. So I thought it would be prefect to combine the two.

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Here is a close look of the frames. As you can see at the bottom of this photo the one has two frames connected together. Don’t let that discourage you from buying ones like this, just examine it to see if you could take it a part.

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While my hubby disconnected some of the frames that  had two frames attached,  I cut my pictures down and separated them into categories to see what I had. Then I separated them by orientation, horizontal in one pile and vertical in the other.
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I then flipped over the frame to the back and gentle wiggled and pulled the easel part on the hinge.  After the easel part was off I place the picture of my choice into the frame.

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Once I had all the arms off the back put the floral wire through the hinge of the frame.  I like to do everything at once so I worked through the whole batch of frames.

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Now the fun part I grabbed one frame and the wreath place the frame on the wreath and wrapped the wire around the wreath. Twisting the wires together to secure where I wanted it.  You can use your pliers to make it easier to twist the wires together.  Some of the frames I poked the wire through the wreath. I continued doing this frame by frame. Once I had attached all my  frames I tied my burlap ribbon on, it gave it the prefect finishing touch.

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I love the way the wreath turned out. It was very simple to make, I’ll be making another one for myself.  This one was a gift for my mother in-law for her birthday. 

My Supplies
24 2.5 x 3.5 picture frames (I got some from the dollar tree and some from Michael's the tag said $3.99 but when scanned they came up $1.49
Wire Cutters ($1 dollar at the Dollar Tree)
18” Grapevine Wreath (Michael’s$4.99)
Burlap Ribbon (Wal-Mart $3.97)
Pictures from Costco (Pick out about 30 make sure you pick some horizontal and vertical)
Floral Wire (Wal-mart $0.97)

Here are the Steps:
1. Compile all your pictures and have them printed or print yourself.
2. Take a part in double frames.
3. Organize your photos into two piles.
3. Take your easel part off the back of the frames and add photos in.
4. String your wire through the hinge.
5. Place your frame on your wreath, wrapping your wrap through or around your wreath and twist to secure the frame into place.
6. Tie you Burlap ribbon on in a bow.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Organizing My Kitchen Sink


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How embarrassing is this? Yes, this is really what it looked liked under my kitchen sink. It drove me nuts. I never wanted to open it to get anything out let alone pull everything out to find what I need I searched on Pinterest for an idea. I found an idea I love which was putting a curtain rod in the cabinet to hang your products on. 

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So off to Joann’s to look for a curtain rod, I found on for $5.97. When I got back home I pulled everything out and looked for anything I had multiples of and combined them into a single bottle.  Next I trashed anything that was expired or hadn’t been used in two years- I had a trash can overflowing.  Then I grabbed my cleaning bucket to put any sponges, rags and other cleaning products I use only when clean the whole house. 

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I placed everything back in neatly. It still looks super full under there but that’s because we have a water filter taking up a large portion of space. Its so nice I love i.  I can open the cabinet to grab something without  having to fend off a kid while I dig through a giant mess. 

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