Spring Cleaning Essentials

Spring is right around the corner. In fact, it barely seems like we even had a winter this year. We hit record highs in February and I am happy to say, I barely had to shovel any snow at all this winter. As if the temperatures aren’t crazy enough, my tulips are already coming up! Since we are well below freezing today (we were at almost 60 yesterday…crazy, I know), I am sure my tulips are done for this year. At any rate, spring is around the corner, which means we need to start thinking about getting started with our spring cleaning.

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When I first got married, I always laughed when I heard someone talking about spring cleaning. To me, you clean all the time, why do you have to have a special spring cleaning? It’s wasn’t until I owned my own home and was responsible for the entire place, and my kids got much older, that I began to understand the importance of spring cleaning.

Spring Cleaning Essentials

Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be difficult and it’s not something that you need to spend all day, one weekend doing. Sure, it’s easier to knock it all out at once, but with kids in travel sports, our weekends are mainly taken up with those sports. So I put together this spring cleaning guide, complete with those essential items you might want to pick up to make your cleaning easier. And who wouldn’t want their cleaning to be as easy as possible?!?

Protect Those Hands

Before I clean anything, I make sure I have these Mr. Clean rubber gloves. I cannot stand my hands getting dirty and I don’t like all the cleaners, no matter how natural they are, on my hands. I suggest you pick some up. They are really inexpensive on Amazon.

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Get the Kids Involved

One of the first things I take care of, or bribe my kids to do (let’s be honest), is cleaning the baseboards in my house. You don’t realize how dirty they get, and yes you should be cleaning them regularly, but who does? The best way to clean them is with these microfiber clothes and vinegar (I mix up my own with water, vinegar, dish soap and essential oils). Be sure to label your spray bottles.

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The nice thing about the microfiber clothes and the homemade vinegar spray, is that you can use them to clean other surfaces and areas in your home too!

Speaking of microfiber cloths…what if I told you that you could get microfiber slippers that will dust your floors? Hand your kids a spray bottle and have them dance around the floor. They will have fun AND be cleaning at the same time. You’re welcome!

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Must Have Item

If you feel like splurging this spring on something that you will use all year long and that will help you with your spring cleaning, as well as all those hard to reach spots all year long, then you really want to take a look at the Dyson V6 Animal Cord-Free Vacuum. Right now it’s $150 off on Amazon!! Quick…pick it up before it goes up in price!

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Other areas to remember to clean:

  • Windows, inside and out
  • Spray down your air conditioner
  • Change your furnace filterspring cleaning (6 pack on a tremendous sale!!)
  • Vacuum your air vents
  • Wash or dry clean your curtains
  • Clean, organize and sweep out your garage

Am I missing anything? What are some of the things you do when you are spring cleaning your home?

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Do Not Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

A month or so before Christmas, my husband and I decided to redo our family room. It’s the room in the house that we spend the most amount of time in, so as you can imagine, the carpet, walls and furniture has taken a beating over the last 13 years. Right off the bat, I knew I wanted new carpet, the walls repainted, new furniture and a wood wall. Yep…a wood wall. I had pinned a bunch of ideas and googled where we could get the reclaimed wood from (Home Depot) and we got started. While I will be showing you the amazing transformation of our family room, the main focus on this post will be to tell you why you do NOT want to use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

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Why Shouldn’t You Use Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint?

When we bought our house, 13 years ago, we painted every room the same color with the most inexpensive Behr paint that we could buy. I’m not joking. We bought 5 gallon jugs of it. It did the job and got us in our house quickly. If you could have seen what the house looked like when we bought it. Holy cow…it was stuck somewhere in the 70’s.

This time around, however, everyone told us to use Sherwin-Williams paint. We went to the Sherwin-Williams store near us and talked to the manager. She told us that we definitely wanted to use the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint. She told us that it was expensive, but worth it with the great coverage and how the finished product looked. So we did it. We bit the bullet, paid the expensive price tag and used the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.

Guess what? It’s so not worth the money AT ALL. Look at what happened to our walls…

Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint

See those bubbles? The Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint began bubbling like that on all the walls we painted. As if that wasn’t bad enough, check out what started happening next…

Sherwin-williams emerald paint

All that hard work we put into priming and painting the walls was for nothing. The paint bubbled and then peeled off the walls. When we went back to the store, the manager tried telling us it was an issue with our walls. It’s not. After this happened, I began Googling “Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint” and there are entire websites and messages boards devoted to why people should not use this paint. Wish I would have thought to Google the paint before we did all the work.

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Did Sherwin-Williams Work with Us?

Thankfully the store was willing to work with us. We told them the paint we wanted to use and then refunded the difference back to us since the paint we wanted to use to fix the walls was A LOT cheaper. This just goes to show that just because something is more expensive and labeled “the best”, it doesn’t mean it is the best. Not to mention, the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint, according to the manager, is supposed to have a very low odor. So not the case. This was the worst smelling paint I ever used.

If this ever happens to you, do not hesitate to go back to the store with the cans of paint and pictures of what happened. Sherwin-Williams will work with you, as well as Lowes and Home Depot. Despite our struggles with getting this room done, it is now finished and one of my favorite rooms in the house! I highly recommend, if you like that reclaimed wood look, to check out the reclaimed wood at Home Depot. It’s such an easy DIY project!

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Free Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you have kids in school, they are probably already begging you to buy their Valentines to hand out to their classmates. My daughter has already asked me to get Fun Dip for her classmates. But in true Bella fashion, she likes to make her cards. If this sounds like your child (or you just want to make your own), then this free Valentine’s Day printable cards is for you!

Free Valentine’s Day Printable Cards

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Aren’t these free Valentine’s Day printable cards super cute?!? There are so many inexpensive options you can pick up to add with these DIY Valentine’s Day cards! One idea, and a relatively inexpensive idea, is to print out these cards and add these Valentine’s Day pencils.

If your kid is like mine and insisting on giving their friends Fun Dip, then by all means, get the kids Fun Dip candy! I found the cheapest price on Amazon. Pick it up before it’s too late!

Another idea is to put together little favor bags. Amazon has a great assortment of Valentines Day party favors for a really good price. Simply print out the free Valentine’s Day printable cards and attach it to your favor bags!

Print the free Valentine’s Day printable cards HERE

Wouldn’t you like to make your own Valentine’s Day cards? What ideas do you have to add to these free Valentine’s Day printable cards? Will you be going with one of the ideas I posted above?

If you liked this post, then you need to check out the other Valentine’s Day posts I have. You will like these other Valentine’s Day posts:

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine’s Day DIY Gift Ideas

Strawberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

DIY Date Night Jar


Valentine’s Day Crafts Round-Up

Valentine’s Day is coming up and I don’t know about your family, but ours love that holiday! My daughter gets excited about the Valentine’s she gets to hand out to her classmates. My son is in middle school, so like most middle school kids, I’m sure he will want to get something for a girl, even if they are just friends. I think it’s pretty sweet. Besides writing out Valentine’s, my daughter also enjoys making Valentine’s Day crafts. So in honor of my daughter, I put together this round-up of Valentine’s Day crafts that are easy and fun!

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Each of these crafts are very different and have varying degrees of difficulty. However, with that said, I am pretty sure my daughter (10 years old) could make each and every one of these crafts!

Valentine’s Day Crafts Round-Up

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The first craft I decided to share with you is really clever. It’s a Love Potion necklace from Momdot! If you haven’t been to Momdot before, then you need to stop what you are doing and head over there to check out how to make this adorable Love Potion necklace and check out some of the other crafts and recipes. They are great!

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This Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath is something my daughter would love to make! Not only would this look cute on the front door, but you could make one for different seasons and holidays by using different fabrics. Head on over to Third Stop on the Right for the directions on how to make this super cute Valentine’s Day craft!

valentine's day crafts

This next craft is another one that my daughter would enjoy making and hanging all over our house! She loves anything and everything that has to do with making things out of paper. So 3D Paper Hearts are right up her ally (and I’m sure your kids…or even you, would enjoy making them too)! You can find the directions for this craft at Suburbia Unwrapped!

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These bird seed hearts are my favorite Valentine’s Day crafts! We have a big tree in our backyard and I’d love to make some of these and hang them in the tree! I’m sure the many birds that are always in my yard tormenting my cat, would appreciate it! You can find the directions at Thrifty Jinxy.

Valentine's day crafts

This is an absolutely adorable craft to do with your kids. Have them each get their own coffee mug and have them decorate it for dad, grandma or whomever they would like to make this Valentine’s Day craft for! You can find the directions for this craft at A Grande Life!

valentine's day crafts

This last craft is absolutely adorable! It would be a perfect craft to make to add to your table, a shelf, your mantle or anywhere you would like it! You can find the directions at Simply Being Mommy!

So…what do you think of these Valentine’s Day crafts? They are all easy enough to do and super cute! Which one will you be making first?


Inexpensive Teacher Gift Ideas!

Teacher Appreciation Week is quickly approaching and if you are like me, you are trying to come up with some clever and inexpensive teacher gift ideas! Both of my kids schools are going all out for the teachers for the week with a breakfast buffet, taco bar for lunch, desserts, giveaways…it will be a great week for the extremely hardworking teachers! If your kids are like mine, they will also want to personally give their teachers a little gift during the week, as well. Below you will find a bunch of inexpensive teacher gift ideas that are perfect for Teacher Appreciation Week!

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Inexpensive Teacher Gift Ideas!

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This adorable idea (and FREE printable) can be found at A Sparkle of Genius. It uses something pretty much all teachers love…Sharpies! Oh…and chocolate. No one can resist chocolate! So head on over and download the free printable and be sure to check out Amazon for good deals (like this one) on Sharpiesinexpensive teacher gift!

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Most years, my kids will pick out a plant to take their teacher for Teacher Appreciation Week. Over at Sippy Cup Mom, you can find the adorable (and FREE) printable for the sign added to the flowers. It adds that extra special touch!

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Some classes like to go in on one big gift for the teacher (which I really like doing too). The nice thing about this gift idea is that you can give the teacher a bunch of gift cards to enjoy his or her time outside of the classroom! Check out your local dollar store for the drink tub seen in this picture and candy to add to the basket!

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My Sweet Sanity has come up with a great way to upcyle an old container into a cute gift idea! Do you have a to die for cookie recipe? Bake those cookies, have your kids decorate the container and don’t forget to stop by My Sweet Sanity to download the cute printable to attach to your gift!

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This is one of my favorite gift ideas! Everyday Savvy put together a very cute and useful teacher gift! Be sure to check out Amazon to see if you can find the cups in bulk (like theseinexpensive teacher gift) that you could split the cost with other parents (in different classes, of course!).

inexpensive teacher gift

A handwritten note or this fill-in-the-blank printable that can be found at Frugal Novice is a perfect gift for any teacher, any grade. You could volunteer in the classroom and have each kid fill one out while you work with them and then get it bound at your local office supply store! What a cute book for the teacher to thumb through for years to come!

What are you doing for Teacher Appreciation Week?

 

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