I have to say it was a perfect weekend! The weather was gorgeous, we were able to spend time with wonderful friends, good wine, good food, good conversation, it really doesn’t get much better! We are pretty fortunate here in San Diego to have such amazing weather. When the first signs of spring appear I can’t wait to turn our backyard into our little slice of heaven and hang up the drapes!
Last spring I purchased the Home Depot drop cloths on sale, two for $10. I gave them a hem, spray painted some pipes bronze and my hubby hung them for me. Now we can block the sun from any direction and it’s like our outdoor living room. Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon, wine at sunset, we use it so much.
It was one of the easiest projects and one that gets so much use! So hopefully before Summer arrives you can rade your home store of the painter drop cloths and make your little outdoor room! Trust me, when you see the prices for the sunbrella fabric you’ll thank me.
This is how they we secured them to the house.
This right here is what it’s all about!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!
So I’m finally ready to spill the beans, some very exciting news to share with all of you! Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications magazine is coming to photograph our kitchen for an upcoming issue in early April!
When I started this little blog of mine it was a way to document our projects around the house, a way to thank all those that were so forthcoming with their tips when we were going through our kitchen renovation. Never in a million years would I think I would have more then 5 followers or have someone like Better Homes and Gardens look at my sight. Do you know how many years I’ve subscribed to their magazine and drooled over their inspirational photo’s. The Special Interest Publication is one of my all time favorite go to resources.
I’m one of those people who never thought I would be good enough for many things in life, it’s held me back from many of my dreams. When I received the e-mail from the associate editor followed up by the call I realized maybe I am OK, it’s definitely been a self-esteem booster! So thank you Rachel from BHG for noticing me.
So now you know why all the sprucing has been happening around here we have even started adding the glass to the kitchen cabinets that have been sitting in the garage. We normally don’t work at such an accelerated pace but I figured Better Homes and Gardens deserves our best.
So as exciting as this is for us I’ll be honest, I’m a little nervous, OK I’m terrified. Still can’t believe it’s happening, we have a list of things to finish in the kitchen before they get here. So if you’re in the process of thinking of a kitchen or bath makeover pick up their Spring issue, it’s fabulous! Big dreams on real budgets, it’s packed full of wonderful ideas!
Lastly and most importantly, thank you for making this new journey in my life so rewarding! The friendships I’ve made have been life-changing, thank you for just being you and for reading my journey in transforming our home!
My readers truly are the best!
Today I’m going to show you how to make your own homemade fruit and Vege wash. with 2 simple ingredients.
Did you ever see the Dr OZ show that showed what happened to your fruit before it hit the grocery store display? Well, I thought I was pretty good about washing my fruits and vege’s…Now nothing gets put in the mouth unless it’s been washed after seeing his show! I won’t go into the details but it really was a eye opener! I even wash the rinds of the watermelons and cantaloupes before cutting into them. Think about all the bacteria on the outside of the skin and you just keep cutting into the melon spreading the bacteria all around. I used to always buy the vege spray at Trader Joes (my favorite store) until I found out how to make your own with two simple ingredients. Think of all the money you will save!
Now, I just fill the cute vegetable wash container with my own homemade version.
Fill your spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray the solution onto your fruits and vegetables, rub it in and rinse.
The acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria and helps to dissolve the wax and pesticide residues.
That’s it, promise, give it a try!
I’m taking a little break from projects this week while I have company in town. Something that unfortunately doesn’t get put on the back burner is cleaning. I figured I would focus a little bit of time this week on how I keep my house clean while keeping our planet in mind. Let me start by saying I’m one of THOSE people who can’t really relax unless the house is clean. So for the most part my house is usually pretty spotless because I love to sit and read a great design magazine!
Let me start with the floors today. If you have any type of wood surface you will get what I’m saying. Why is that every cleaner I have tried leaves a residue? It drives me crazy! I finally switched to a steam cleaner about a year ago and I absolutely love it! No more residue, none! Just a bunch of wood floors that are spotless, streak free, residue free and cleaned with nothing but really hot water! No chemicals used, it cuts through all my dirt, grease, grime and all bacteria is killed, it really is amazing!
So if you have a lot of hard surfaces in your home a steam cleaner is really something to think about! It comes with a carpet attachment and I used it on the boy’s mattresses during the summer. I use it on the tile upstairs, the marble in the bathroom and I walk away feeling like my house is super clean yet I haven’t used any harmful chemicals. It’s a good feeling!
So get to work and start steaming those floors!
Enjoy your day-