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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Making a Milestone Birthday Special

It’s always fun to celebrate a milestone birthday. I know we had a huge party when my kids turned one and we will probably do the same on other special birthdays like when they turn 16 and/or 18. This year (February 26th, to be exact!), my husband turned 40! We have had a lot of stuff going on the last few months, so planning a bit surprise party or party of any kind, just wasn’t in the cards, timing wise. However, I still wanted to make this milestone birthday a special one. After a lot of reading online and planning, I came up with a really fun and special birthday for my husband.

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Celebrating a Milestone Birthday Idea

I love quotes. If I could walk around and speak in various quotes for most of the day, I would. I’m not kidding! I’ve always been like this. So when I was planning what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted it to have something to do with quotes about getting older (be sure to check below. I listed all the quotes I used).

Do yourself a favor and pick up this inexpensive quote book on Amazon. You will be able to thumb through it quickly and get whatever quotes you need!

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The second thing I wanted to do was figure out a way to make his birthday celebration last the entire day. I didn’t want to just give him some presents, have the kids eat cake and call it a day. This was a special birthday, so I wanted the whole day to be special for him. So instead, I got him enough presents to give him one present every hour we are awake at 40 minutes after each hour. So his first present was at 12:40 am and his last present was at 11:40 pm!

Quotes I Used

Like I said before, I love quotes. Here are the quotes I used and the present I bought to go along with each quote:

  • “It’s better to carry a tune than a grudge” ~ Modern Family
    • Kid Rock concert tickets
  • “At 40 you are not old, you are classic” ~anonymous
  • “Age is not important, unless you are a cheese” ~Helen Hayes
  • “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well” ~Jack London
    • Card game
  • “The first 40 years are just practice. Now it starts for real” ~anonymous
    • Red Bull Total Zero
  • “Don’t take life too seriously, it’s not permanent” ~unknown
  • “Happy 11th anniversary of your 29th Birthday (steel anniversary)” ~unknown
  • “Life is too short. Smile while you still have teeth” ~unknown
    • Toothpaste
  • “At 40, I realize that I was built for comfort, not speed” ~unknown
    • Socks
  • “You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime” ~John P. Grier
  • “Everyone is the age of their heart” ~Guatemalan Proverb
    • Heart Smart Peanuts
  • “You are only old when you think you are old” ~anonymous
    • Suduko and Logic Puzzle books
  • “You are only as old as you feel” ~anonymous
    • Bengay
  • “You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing” ~Michael Pritchard
  • “40 is when your body gives your brain a list of things it’s not going to do anymore” ~anonymous
    • To Do List pads
  • “There is no such thing as too late. That’s why they invented death” ~unknown
  • “Friendship isn’t a big thing, it’s a million little things” ~anonymous
    • 40 Things I Love About Him jar

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  • “Youthfulness is about how you live, not when you were born” ~Karl Lagerfield
  • “At Your age, you are going to need glasses” ~anonymous
    • Book about people in their 40’s

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Each gift was wrapped in either red paper (what I had) or in a gift bag. I used my Tag Makermilestone birthday to make tags for each gift. One side of the tag had the time he was supposed to open the gift and the other side had the quote. He saved every tag. That made me very happy! The night before his birthday, we lined all the presents up against the couch.

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This was so fun to put together! He had fun getting a present every hour. The kids made sure that he opened it right on time and if we happen to be out at one of their many games (lacrosse, soccer and basketball) this weekend, then they made sure he opened what he needed to when we all got back home.

This idea is perfect for any milestone birthday! Use the quotes above or find your own, but the general idea can be geared towards any age. I may do this again for my kids for their big milestone birthday…18! I went ahead and linked a lot of the products I picked up on Amazon for you. A lot of them, like the Yeti cup, for example, are cheaper than what you can get at the store! Plus, I don’t know about you, but I like things to be simple and there is nothing easier than having everything arrive in a box from Amazon!!

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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.

Pro Tip…This is the BEST painters tape. We had zero problems with it and will forever use this tape.

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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…

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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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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!

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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.

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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!

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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?


Heal Cracked Heels Quickly!

Feet are disgusting. I hate looking a them and I especially hate touching them or having someone else’s feet touch me. For me, getting a pedicure all year long is not something I want to spend my money on. I live in Michigan and it is only flip flop weather for like three months out of the year. So for those three months, I get pedicures. The rest of the year, my feet are rough and sometimes the skin on my heals are even cracked. It’s so embarrassing. Let’s put it this way, when I take my sock off, it sounds like I am rubbing it against sandpaper. It’s bad. But guess what…now I have the secret weapon on how to heal cracked heels quickly!! And it doesn’t involve getting a pedicure every few weeks!!

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How to Heal Cracked Heels Quickly!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried all kinds of foot creams over the years that promise to fix your dry feet and guess what…they don’t work. Not only do they not work, but they smell kind of bad and they make a mess. On Christmas, my mother in-law got me an Amopé Pedi PerfectHeal cracked heels. I was pretty excited. I remember turning to my husbands aunt and saying, “I’ve always wanted one of these”! That got us talking about cracked heals and dry feet. What she told me next has completely changed my life. I’m not even joking.

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OK…here it goes. The quick and easy way to heal cracked heels is…Aquaphorheal cracked heels! All you need to do is put it on your feet, put your socks on and go on with your day! I like to use my Pedi Perfect after my shower and put the Aquaphor on at night before I go to bed since I like to sleep with socks on.

The first day I used it, I was shocked how my feet looked when I woke up! They look and feel great! I highly recommend using Aquaphor to heal cracked heels! It really does work! You can pick up some Aquaphor at the link below. It’s a pretty good price!