Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Two Months to go…

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Two months to go! Can you believe it?

Hi everyone! I returned to work two weeks ago and the first couple weeks are always super crazy; meeting parents, setting up the classroom, etc. etc. Thus, blogging had to take a back seat. However, hopefully things will be back to some semblance of normalcy soon. Ok, y’all, guess what you’re looking at!? Yep, a pic of the little bundle of joy soon to be in my armsSmile. I did a 4D ultrasound when my Mom was here so that she could “bond” with him and he was “busting a move” for her the entire time. He had his feet over his face almost the entire time- amazing how flexible they are. However, we were able to get some wonderful shots of his face and he was sticking out his tongue, yawning, opening his eyes, and just was so animated. I kept shouting at the technician/nurse, “did you see that!?” She probably thought I was crazySmile.
A warm welcome to my new readers and to my long time readers, thank you for all your support. I will be catching up with you all soon. XX

Friday, August 12, 2011

Loving these…

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I really love all of the above! I especially adore the words by Audrey Hepburn. What’s up for the weekend my friends? My Mom is coming on Sunday for a week long visit and I am Super Thrilled! I am going to be pampered endlessly and probably told what to do like, “you shouldn’t be lifting this,” or “why don’t you go lay down and relax?”. But, you know what, I am going to enjoy every minute, the pampering and the “nagging”.Smile. Z is going to be excited to see his Grandma too and she just can’t get enough of her Z!  I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and that you have tons of fun spending time with family and/or friends! XX

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Keeping a Clean Kitchen.

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can be a pain in the buttocks! I feel like I am always cleaning my kitchen. How about you?  If I’m home, most of my time is spent in the kitchen either prepping a meal, fixing a snack for Z, cooking, sorting my mail( I sort my mail at our kitchen bar/counter), and other random activities.

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Since I complete so many tasks in my kitchen, I find that I’m always “cleaning up”. The kitchen is the heart of the home, but I really do hate all the time I have to devote to its constant cleaning. Anyway , I was thrilled to  recently find a feature in one of favourite mags; Realsimple on how to speed clean your kitchen.

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When I saw the title,  Speed clean, I thought-that’s my type of language!  So here is a snapshot from the feature:

Every Day
Wipe down the sink after doing the dishes or loading the dishwasher (30 seconds).
Wipe down the stove top (one minute).
Wipe down the counters (one minute).
Sweep, Swiffer, or vacuum the floor (two minutes).

Every Week
Mop the floor (five minutes).
Wipe the cabinets, backsplashes, and appliances (10 minutes).
Wash the dish rack (four minutes).
Wipe the switch plates and phone (one minute).
Wipe the inside of the garbage can (one minute).

Every Season
Empty and scrub down the inside of the refrigerator (30 minutes).
Empty and clean the insides of the utensil drawers (15 minutes).
Scrub down the cupboard exteriors (30 minutes).
Clean the stove-hood filter (10 minutes).

Beat the Clock
In the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee, you can get through your "every day" list(above).

Be Prepared
Keep extra garbage bags (or a whole roll) at the bottom of your trash can( I already do this and it really makes life easier) and never again have to retrieve an apple core from a bagless bin.

Let It Shine
Streak-free stainless-steel surfaces are the Holy Grail of kitchen cleaning. Caldrea's olive oil–based Stainless Steel Spray promises to reduce fingerprints. (Available in five scents, including green tea and lavender pine, $11 for 11.8 ounces)

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Great tips, don’t you think? I just gave you a snippet of the feature. You can read it in its entirety here.

Here are some more clean and beautiful kitchens to inspire youSmile

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Hopefully these tips were as useful to you as they were to me. Happy Tuesday everyone! XX

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Colour, Texture, Layers…

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I didn’t need an elaborate narrative on this house. It flirts blatantly with you through its splashes of colours, use of a variety of textures, and all the layers. Such beautiful accessories!  Ohh la la !  Happy Thursday everyone! XX

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beating the Heat…

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Z and I are headed outdoors to have some fun before the heat index hits over 100.

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One day, the screen in porch will be properly appointed with beautiful outdoor furniture. However, for now, it’s where I exercise(that’s an elliptical), and where my little man has lots of fun.

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It’s so lovely outside right now, but not for long! Have a lovely day my friends and thanks for all your support! XX

Monday, August 1, 2011

Zion’s Homemade Sandbox on Wheels.

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Hi everyone! Yes, Zion has his own homemade sandbox on wheels and he loves it!! A couple weeks ago, I posted here that I wanted to make a sandbox for Zion and I included some inspiration sandboxes. Amongst them were


this sandbox on wheels. Many of you preferred this one. And so did i.  It’s mobile ability was a major appeal to me since it made it quite flexible.  Having decided that this was the one I wanted, I set out to find out more information on how to make it. Just one google search later and voila, I found the instructions on how this exact sandbox was built. The instructions can be found here on Nonchalant Mom(the pic above shows a shot of  Nonchalant’s Mom’s home that was being featured in the now defunct Domino magazine).

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So the hubby got some pretreated wood to build this for me, but as you know, he had to leave (thank you for your support too btw-it’s consoling to know that I have my blog friendsSmile). Anyhoo, he wasn’t able to build it before he left, so Mr S. (a teacher colleague and talented carpenter) came to my rescue. He whipped this baby together in less than two hours. The materials: 2- 1x12 8feet long $14.00 ea, half sheet of 3/4 in plywood $18.00, 4 wheels $4.50 each, screws $4.00 can be found at your local Lowes or Home Depot; really any hardware store should have these items. The wheels also can be locked into place so the sandbox won’t move with Zion in it. In addition, there are tiny holes in the base to ensure that any water poured in it have an exit point.

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This weekend I sealed it with some Thompson’s  Clear water sealer that I purchased from Home Depot . I always attach that (above)Rust-oleum sprayer to my aerosol cans when I’m spray painting and it worked beautifully with this Thompson’s water sealer can.

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After the sealant was dry, I poured the sand in. I only used  7 bags since I wanted to be able to readily push the sandbox when it’s filled with sand (gotta be careful since I’m preggo). If you noticed too, I have the sandbox on our screened in porch. It’s way too hot here to place it outside; Zion would never be able to use it if it were outside. Imagine that, right ? But it has been that kind of summer where we’ve spent more time indoors instead of out.

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I barely emptied the last bag of sand before Zion climbed into the sandbox and started to enjoy. I am really pleased with it especially because he can be “almost outside” doing a fun activity instead of being stuck inside all day hiding from the heat.

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Welcome to Monday everyone. Have a lovely day! XX