Sunday, September 5, 2010

Throwing in the towel.

I can't do it.
I can't keep up with two blogs.
And work.
And everything else.

Please come visit me at
Little C Makes Three.
I'm taking the spirit of
Clean, Lean and Green
and spreading it there.
You'll see.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ikea 2011.

I love me some Ikea.
Have you seen the new 2011 catalog?
She's a beauty.

Here's a few of my favorites...

1. Hemnes Shoe Storage $99: This is probably next on my Ikea wishlist. I have been looking for a slim entry way table and a creative idea for shoe storage. Once again, I gotta hand it to Ikea.
2. Ektorp Bromma Ottoman $149: Anyone with balance impaired toddlers out there? An ottoman may be your coffee table solution AND, this baby has a removable cover PLUS an organizational inside (not pictured) just waiting to be filled.
3. Ringskar Faucet $129: I love the design and Ikea claims that by replacing your run-o-the-mill faucet with an Ikea beauty, you'll save up to 30% on water consumption.
4. Skruvsta Swivel Chair$149: Adorable fabric. Birds are totally in and these lean away from being too kitsch by sporting a more abstract bird print.
5. Sondrum Frame $4.99: I don't think it's possible to go wrong with anything white when it comes to home decor. And white frames are a staple in our house. Add a little dazzle detail like this one and a five dollar price tag, makes it hard to justify spray painting your old frames.
6. Pluggis Stackable Waste Paper Holder $14.99: Stackable. Need I say more? Okay. They're made from 100% recycled PET plastic.
7. Ektorp Sofa $599: This one looks like a winner but I would definitely do a lengthy lounge-ability test prior to taking this one home. It is worth mentioning that Ikea made this old favorite a customer assembly piece for the upcoming year which reduced packaging materials (check for environment), reduced transport (check for environment) and reduced price (check for us).
8. Sorglos vase $12.99: A little bit of shine.
9. Kottebo basket $16.99: I'm a little ashamed to admit the number of Expedit bookshelves we own. So I won't. Suffice it to say, we truck it to Ikea pretty frequently and we almost always find one reason or another to bring home another Expedit. It's a little of an obsession. Anyway, when you have slight variations of the same bookshelf in every room of your house, you have to get creative with storage and decor. I don't know how I've passed it by, but I don't have one of these yet. But I will, dear friends, I will.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Tea Time TuTu

What to do with fabric scraps...

A quilt?
Been there, done that. 
It took me forever.

No, no. 
We are focusing on re-using & re-purposing, remember?

How about a tutu?
Yes, yes!

For Little C?
No, no. 
Well, who then?
For the tutu drive!
Samster Mommy Tutu Drive

Please check out this charity & help in some way.
What a fabulous idea!

A special thanks to Jessica at Oh So Happy Together 
for the tutorial that allowed me to complete this little gem
and to Samster Mommy for her genius idea!

Linked to:
Someday Crafts
Oh So Happy Together


A Feast for One, maybe.

The dad and I planted our own vegetable garden this year.
The idea stemmed from our desire to be greener
or should I say, sustainble?
The dad prefers the term sustainable.
And also to become more aware of where our food comes from.
I'd be interested to know how many people know what our veggies look like before they hit the produce bins at the grocery store.
I didn't. I'll admit it.
Anyway, we've had a few tomatoes.
Some broccoli.

And one carrot with legs.

I'm thinking this plan may need revisions before we start depending on our garden to feed us regularly.
I wonder if the neighbors would mind us spreading our garden into their yards?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tackling the Bathroom Grime Part 2

Welcome to Part 2.

After re-reading the Real Simple post that I found a few days ago,
I decided there was a greener way to go about this.

Enter, re-nest.

They did a post on using a grapefruit
& salt to scrub the bathtub.
No wasting of rags or paper towels.
Totally natural.
And free.

Well, I didn't have any grapefruit laying around
but I did have lemons.
So I cut a lemon in half,
sprinkled some salt on each half
and scrubbed away.

Pros: Smelled delightful. No chemicals. Only two items needed. Easy to clean up my clean up supplies.
Cons: Lemon seeds don't fit down my drain. Difficult to get in the corners and crevices.

Overall review: I will be using this method again. I think it's great for in between cleaning jobs but the bathtub cracks and crevices still need some TLC.

Image courtesy of

Monday, July 5, 2010


There are millions of cookbooks out there today.
And when you pair that with the internet,
there seems to be almost no excuse for not
cooking at home or cooking healthy.

But, if you're like me, it's easy to get bogged down
and overwhelmed by all of the information out there.
So, I thought I'd share two of my go-to cookbooks.
They both meet all of my must haves...

1. Lots of chicken and veggie recipes
2. Very few off the wall ingredients that cost an arm and a leg and will expire after using 1 teaspoon.
3. A dessert section.
4. Quick, easy and affordable dishes.

Find them both here and here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tackling the Bathroom Grime.

Who loves to clean the bathroom?
C'mon. You know the thought of scouring the toilet
makes you jump out of bed early on a Saturday...
what's that?
Not so much?

Well, me neither.

Enter, good old Real Simple.

Follow their step by steps and get your bathroom sparkling in 5 minutes.
I'll be testing the plan out for you this weekend.

P.S. Who knew Alka Seltzer could do the toilet job for you?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day One.

Ay. Day One. Sounds so foreboding, doesn't it?

So what's this all about, you ask. Well, the title says it all. This blog will be a written record of my journey to becoming clean, lean and green. I chose to blog about this for several reasons...

First, this is a very public way to hold myself accountable. It's easy to talk the talk but not such a breeze to walk the walk.

Second, I know I can't be the only lady in this boat.
Come on, do you know someone like me?
A little messy?
A little chubby?
A little too careless about the dreaded carbon footprint?

Yep, that's what I thought. It's okay, really.
So, join me, let's do it together.

Over the next 365 days, I'll share with you my own experiences, tips to make things easier, links to some brilliant people who have come before us and celebrate with you as we get closer to our goals.

Thanks for choosing to ride along with me.