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!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Organizing Our Master Closet

We only have one closet in our master bedroom, which means that I have to share a closet with the hubby (insert scary face here).  The hubby is not the biggest fan on putting his clothes back where they belong.  He's more of the "I'll shove my clothes into one drawer/shelf and look for it later when I actually need it" type of organizer.  Well that wasn't working for me because I would cringe whenever I would open the closet to put away my clothes!
As you can see, things were really out of control.  So I decided to clean up the closet with some spring cleaning.  First, I took everything that was hanging out of the closet so the rungs were completely empty.  Then I started with the hubby's clothes.  If he hasn't worn it in the past year, I either put it in the donate pile or the sell pile.  I had him turn around all of the hangers so the round part of the hook was facing in.  Once the shirt/pant was worn, I would turn the hanger around.  When it came time to figuring out what he wears and what he doesn't, all I had to do was look at the hangers!

Then it came time to evaluate my clothes.  Seeing as I have just popped out two babies in the past two years, I had to come to terms with the fact that I now have hips and boobs (which I never did before).  So some of my clothes I didn't get rid of before baby #2, ended up getting put into one of the piles on the floor and not hung back up in the closet.

Once everything that was going to stay in the closet was hung up, I needed to make some changes as to where things were stored/hung.  I started with my dresses/scarves because they would only fit in one place (the left side of the closet)!  Then I put all of the hubby's shirts back up on the top right side of the closet.  Since I am so short, I put my shirts on the bottom right side.  In the middle of the closet, I decided to put our jeans and dress pants.  Having the jeans and pants in the middle of the closet really worked well for us, so I didn't want to change that.

Now it was time to evaluate the shelves.  They were just not working for me!  So I took to the dresser drawers to see what I could do to make the hubby's clothes less noticeably messy!  I decided to take my tank tops and t-shirts out of the dresser drawers and move them into the closet.  I put Ben's shirts in that drawer and now I don't have to look at them any more!

After getting rid of some of the sweaters that we don't wear any more, I think the closet looks much more organized and easily accessible!  What do you think?

I like to keep the hanger for the shirt that Ben is wearing in its place on the hook
I decided to move the laundry hamper into the closet because I really hate looking at dirty clothes!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Weddings, Parties and Very Little Sleep

This past week has been crazy busy with my brother's wedding! We had dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties and all of the wedding festivities! I thought I'd share with you what has kept me away from the computer for so long!

For the bachelorette party, we started off the night with all meeting up at Jordy's parent's house for drinks and some snacks (the "classy" part of the night).  Then we went to a fun class at Flirty Girl Fitness followed by dinner (or as I called it, the "sassy" part of the night!)  We ended the night with drinks out on the town!
We made a drink called the "Yardin-ini" in honor of Jordy!

The groom's dinner was the following night at Maggiano's downtown Chicago.  Since the theme was old school Italian, my mom found large tomato sauce cans and filled them with flowers and twigs.  Hanging on the twigs, she mounted pictures of Tommy and Jordy throughout the years.
Then came the wedding!  It was a gorgeous ceremony and reception.  If you want to check out all the fun pictures, check out my Instagram account!