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.

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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?