Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Beautiful Succulents

I was able to take a bunch of centerpieces from my brother and sister-in-law's wedding, which just so happened to be succulents!  I really wanted to make them last so I did a bunch of research and ended up going with a suggestion that my mother made for trying to re-rooting the succulents to keep them lasting longer.
 I started by taking apart the planter boxes.  I took out the parts that I knew I could keep such as the bay leaves and the succulents.  Then I purchased cactus mix and sand along with rooting powder.
I started by mixing the cactus soil and the sand together and put them into bowls.  Then I took the succulent and turned it over to find the root.
Using a knife, I carefully picked out some of the pieces of dried leaves and poured the rooting powder over the entire stem of the succulent.
Then I put the succulents into the cactus soil and sand mixture with water underneath the succulent.  And three weeks later, these bad boys couldn't look better!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Cleaning Update...Cleaning The Kids Closets

As I have been pounding away at my spring cleaning checklist, I decided it was time to tackle the kids closets.  They really weren't that bad, but they just needed a sprucing up to make finding things more efficient.  I started with the little man's room.  His closet has one side with built-in shelves and the other for hanging items.  Since I don't hang any of his clothes (mostly because I forget they are there), I have been using that side to store extra clothes that don't fit him right now.

I decided to start with the shelf side.  I cleared off all of the shelves and sorted the items that go together (i.e. diapers, wipes, butt paste, toys).  I started at the top and worked my way down.  I put all the diapers on the top shelf, all the wipes, butt paste on the next highest shelf and use the remaining shelves for toys.  This is easily accessible to the little man as he can reach the shelves I placed the toys on.
Then I took out the extra hangers on the hanging side of his closet and was done with organizing that!  On the top shelf of the closet I have books that the little man isn't ready to read yet but still want them out in case he has the attention span that lasts longer than 2 minutes!
Then I went to the little lady's closet to get that all organized.  This one is much more tricky because we have some furniture in her closet since she does not have the built-in shelves.  Again, I don't hang any of her clothes because I will totally forget they are there, so I am using the hanging side to store her extra clothes that she doesn't fit into yet.  I also have some baby carriers and high chair covers in her closet that I have hanging on hangers along with the pack'n'play.

We also have the bassinet that she slept in on the top shelf of her closet.  Once I sell that, I plan to use that space to hold more books (yes I have THAT many books.  I was a teacher, what can I say!)
The bins are broken up by age of clothes (i.e. 9 month, 12 month)
The side with the furniture in it is not the easiest to get to, so we decided to move the dresser to make it easier to get to. 
In the dresser, I have burp rags, blankets, sheets, mattress pads, shoes that are too big at the moment, hats and bibs.  I decided to put the most used items (sheets, mattress pads and extra burp rags) in the top drawers and the items we don't use as frequently (extra blankets, shoes, hats and bibs) in the bottom drawers.
I have to put the little lady's chair near the glider with a basket of books took keep the little man occupied while I feed and put the little princess to sleep. 
What are some ways you get your kids closets organized? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Best Drain Cleaner Ever

I have been doing this to clean my drains for as long as I can remember.  When I first moved to Chicago, I tried cleaning our shower drains with those harsh, chemical cleaners.  I would use them like once a week because the shower just kept clogging.  The apartment was super old and I'm sure haven't been cleaned out in ages.  I decided to try something different.  I was teaching second grade at the time, and we were mixing baking soda and vinegar to make volcanoes.  One of my parent helpers shared that she used this mixture to clean many things around the hotel she worked at.  I figured it wouldn't hurt to try this on my shower drain.  And guess what??  It totally unclogged that pesky drain and I haven't looked back since!

It's super easy and will leave your drains clog-free and you won't be hurting the environment because everything is all natural!
Add baking soda to drain
Pour vinegar over baking powder
The mixture will bubble and foam. 

Once the foam stops bubbling, rinse with water and your drain will be unclogged!  If you have a pesky drain that is really clogged, you might have to do this process a few times to get everything really cleaned out.

Happy cleaning!