7 DIY Going Green Recipes

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I try to be as eco-friendly as I can although I don’t always succeed. But with these DIY green recipes, it makes the gradual changes I’ve been making a lot easier. They all link over to What The Flicka? where I was doing my Green It Yourself series.

1. Furniture Polish and Dust Cleaner: My daughter loves to help me clean and I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals.

2. Citrus Infused Vinegar: I love the scent and it’s a great disinfectant.

3. Grapefruit and Lemon Cleaning Spray: This is my favorite go-to cleaning spray. I even use it for spot cleaning on our bathroom and kitchen floors. An excellent cleaner that won’t make you flee the room from overpowering fumes.

4. Powder Dishwasher Detergent: I’m very happy with the way my dishes come out when using this.

5. Fruit and Vegetable Wash: Several of the DIY cleaners I’ve made incorporates grapefruit seed extract, which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.

6. Dry Shampoo For Light and Dark Hair: Save money by using these simple ingredients.

7. Stain Remover: I have two cats and a young daughter… this is a must to have on hand!

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Book Review: The Mother Of All Meltdowns

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The Mother Of All Meltdowns is a collection of stories written by 30 bloggers who write about their very relatable “mommy meltdowns” when dealing with their children. The candid experiences these moms share will make you want to put everything else on hold while you dive into this delectable read.

From Lego stress and getting that precious liquid gold through TSA to Christmas flu and a fantastic powdered sugar fight.

It had me feeling much better when it comes to some of my own meltdowns I’ve had with my 5 year-old. One of my fondest moments came when I was in the parking lot of a grocery store just a few weeks shy of Christmas. My husband had run into the store for some formula and I was waiting in the car with my then 7 month old daughter.

In just a few short minutes, my little girl had one of the worst diapers I’ve ever smelled. Even though we were about 5 minutes from our house, I couldn’t take it and decided to change her in the car. There were several parking spaces all around us and after making sure the coast was clear, I popped out of the car with my butt in the air while I tried to set the record for the world’s fastest diaper change.

The passenger side door kept on hitting me in the back on the legs while I was changing my daughter’s diaper and I was simultaneously trying to keep a look out for cars while making sure there wasn’t contact with the loaded diaper and the car interior and trying to keep my baby happy.

All of a sudden I heard a man yell “Get your ass out of the way!”

Huh, me??

Oh yes, he was talking to me. Out of all of the parking spaces around us, this older man wanted the one right next to our car. I was in mid wipe and tried to scootch the car door closed as much as I could without slamming it on my ass. “Move your ass, lady!” Oh no, he didn’t!!

Tis ‘the season to be jolly!

My blood began to boil but I tried to remain calm. I replied by saying I’m right in the middle of changing my child’s diaper and I’m going as fast as I could. “That’s not my f*cking problem.”  is what I got in return.

Fa la la la la.

Trust me, I had a very clear thought of wiping my daughter up and then taking her poopy diaper and slamming it on this man’s car windshield. Then, I pictured my husband walking out of the store and seeing police cars and me in handcuffs, being charged with defacing property.

I’ll pass.

The man couldn’t finish getting in the parking space because my ass was hanging out of the back seat so he started revving up the engine of his car.

Joy to the world!

I have quite a mouth and can make a trucker blush but somehow I didn’t go off on this jerk. With my face hot and as red as fire, I yelled out “JUST GIVE ME A DAMN SECOND!!” and surprised myself with the lack of f-bomb’s. Who am I?

I was pissed beyond belief. Despite the several other parking spaces around, this man finally got into the one next to us and yelled at me the entire way as he walked into the store.

I still had that poopy diaper in my hand and wanted to grab my daughter and run after him, screaming and cursing him out while I went SPLAT with the diaper on his windshield. By this time, my head was exploding with rage and my daughter was crying. My husband finally came out of the grocery store and he saw me red faced with both me and my daughter crying our eyes out.

I’m pretty sure what I told him about the older man in the car made absolutely no sense but he calmed us both down. The huge glass of wine I had after we got home was a big help as well.

No matter what stage of motherhood you’re in, The Mother Of All Meltdowns will reasonate with you.

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Mark Ruffalo riding a unicycle.

Happy 4th of July! It’s no secret that I have a slight obsession that’s putting it mildy with Mark Ruffalo, swoon, so lets watch him ride a unicycle. And this is where I have to comment and say “He should be riding me.” Bada bing!

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20 DIY ways to pamper your skin.

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Once upon a time, I used to be an Esthetician and although I’m still licensed, I’d like to go back to school to update my skills. I love making my own skin care products and hope to someday have my own small skin care line that I can sell on Etsy or even my own blog.

Some of the recipes are what I’ve done over at What The Flicka? I hope you enjoy these DIY skin care recipes I’ve come up with!

1. Chocolate Pecan Pie Body Scrub.

2. Hydrating Body Butter.

3. Cafè Mocha Face mask.

4. Cocoa butter Lotion Bars.

5. Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Face Mask.

6. Skin Brightening Papaya Face Mask.

7. Soothing Parsley Toner.

8. Cinnamon Face Mask For Acne.

9. Chocolate Espresso Mask For Face And Body.

10. Blueberry Pie Face Mask.

11. Coconut Cream Sugar Scrub.

12. Antiseptic Ointment.

13. Super Moisturizing Lip Balm.

14. Cinnamon Sugar Foot Scrub.

15. Warm Vanilla and Chocolate Salt Scrub and Sugar Mama Lip Exfoliator.

16. Oatmeal Cookie Bath Soak.

17. Fizzy Bath Bombs.

18. Brown Sugar Blackhead Scrub.

19. Oat Straw And Goat’s Milk Bath Tea.

20. Vanilla Latte Bar Soap.

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Hot soccer guy.

I’ve always been attracted to grungy, rocker type guys, although my husband is pretty clean cut. But as I’ve gotten older, when it comes to men, I ain’t be hatin’ or discriminatin’.

Omg, that’s the first time I’ve ever used “ain’t” and it’s driving me crazy and making me feel neurotic and I want to change it and ahhhhh……

Anyway, as I’ve gotten older, a hot man is a hot man is a hot man.

Enter hot soccer guy (Jon Brownwell), who I discovered on Facebook the other day.

The woman in me says “Honey, lay your fine ass down and let me have my way with you.”

The mom and wife in me says “Honey, lay your fine ass down and let me do a few loads of laundry on your rock hard, washboard abs and then I’ll feed you warm cookies with a glass of milk and dig up some band-aids from the bottom of my purse for your non-existant boo boos that you keep whining about. What’s that? You don’t want the SpongeBob band-aid? You want an Ariel one. Sweetie, mommy doesn’t think I have any Ariel ones. Just use SpongeBob. No? Fine, let me take another look. Oh, lookie here. I have Tinkerbell. She’s kind of like a princess. Sweetheart, just take Tinkerbell. No, no I don’t have a princess band-aid. Take. the. Tinkerbell. band-aid. before. mommy. loses. her. mind.”

Where was I? Oh yeah. Hot soccer guy.

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Children’s Book Review: The Worst Princess

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The Worst Princess

I’m just going to jump right in and say this is a must have for your young daughter’s library. The hummingbird and I love this book and I usually end up reading it 2 or 3 times in a row. The story has such a wonderful rhythm.

It’s about a Princess. Princess Sue, to be exact. She’s ready to find her Prince and live the life she was destined for. Princess Sue finally gets what has always been expected  of her but quickly sees that getting her Prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

She wants more than the beautiful dresses and shoes she’s given. She also wants more than just living in the tower of her Prince’s castle. Princess Sue finds a friend in a dragon and with that, she finds that she alone can make herself happy. Girl power!

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Our little strawberry picker.

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*Soul One

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