ReStore – Habitat for Humanity – DIY Home projects

ReStore – Habitat for Humanity – DIY Home projects

DIY, Uncategorized
One of my favorite places to buy cheap discounted house materials is the ReStore – Habitat for Humanity.  If you haven’t been to one of the local locations in NOVA, I strongly suggest you do. They have a location in Alexandria, and Chantilly. ReStore – Habitat for Humanity has donated materials that come from home owners and builders.   Materials including tile, cabinets even paint that was used once.  You can donate just about anything to them too.  Light fixtures, ovens, and dishwashers are available.   We’ve found electrical material that my hubby was looking for and couldn’t find at any other store. Click HERE if you are interested in donating items to the ReStore.   You can even schedule a pickup. For our current house we bought some beautiful Bruce (named brand)…
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Dollar Tree: XXL Bulk Stor It Bag for $1

Cleaning, DIY, Dollar Tree, Organization 2014, Uncategorized
  I've been working around the house to re-organize as my 2014 goal.  I have to share this.   I've been going to a couple different Dollar Tree stores and finding some great products to help.  I found this XXL Bulk Stor It Bag.   You can see here it is pretty big.  I have it next to a regular gallon Hefty bag in the picture above.  This is holding my extra slip cover for my Ektorp sofa.  I can then store it under the sofa perfectly.   The best part is this seems to seal better than the Space Bags that easily cost $2-$4 each.  This is only $1!   Imagine all of the other things you can store in these type of bags.
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My Laundry Schedule

Cleaning, DIY, general, Uncategorized
Back in 2012, I asked about how others did their laundry and heard several different responses.  In December 2013,  I asked my friends on Facebook how they handle all of their laundry and the responses got me on a mission.   I had to figure out a new system for my family. Step 1:    I got everyone in my family a laundry hamper that fits ONLY 1 X-large load of laundry.   This is key!  If the hamper is too big then the loads get overwhelming.  If they are too small then it just seems like a waste of water and time.   The Jall hampers from IKEA work great and the price is right currently $4.99 each. Step 2.  I also created a hamper system for towels and delicates.…
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How to make yummy cupcakes?

Recipes, Uncategorized
I'm a huge fan of Georgetown Cupcakes.  My sister-in-law introduced them to me a couple years ago and whenever there is a special occasion I ask her or others for at least one. This evening we spent some time over at a friend's house and I offered to bring over some desert so I tried at my stab at a yummy cupcake and icing. I found this really good Allergy Free cake recipe - no dairy, and no nuts - called Wacky Cakes Allergy-Free Dessert Recipe: Kathy P's Wacky Cake Recipe Information Category: Cakes Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara Ingredients 1 1/2 cup flour (see below for gluten-free options) 3 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional) 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp vinegar 5 Tbsp oil…
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Making My Home-Made Dishwasher Detergent

Cleaning, DIY, Uncategorized
April 2013 - As I was working on cleaning up the kitchen last week, I was thinking about the fact I was getting low on dishwasher detergent and needed to find some good deals.    I just haven't seen or heard of any recently.     In addition, I've become very interested in using healthy products in the home such as Shaklee Basic H2.     I did some simple searches and found several websites offering their recipes for Homemade Dishwasher Detergent including DIYnatural.com .   This got me very excited because I have most of the ingredients at home!  Not only would this be healthy but also cheap!   Now the question was would this really work??? From Homemade Dishwasher Detergent including DIYnatural.com: Soap recipe 1 cup borax 1 cup washing soda 1/2 cup…
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Day #18-28 -30 Day Cleaning Challenge

Cleaning, DIY, Uncategorized
Day #18-28 I’m going to challenge myself by following the 31 Day Cleaning Challenge with Money Saving Mom.     She is using the chart from Fresh and Organized. So, I’m a little off the same schedule but we are getting most of the things done. Day 18:  clean out your refrigerator and/or organize your pantry I'm amazed how fast time has past!  It has been over 10 days since I updated my blog.  Trying to keep up with it all is hard work.   Even though I haven't been good about posting here I have been great at keeping up with my daily activities for this challenge or doing something on the list. I did go grocery shopping and re-filled the pantry and refrigerator.  I do need to clean out the refrigerator! Day…
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Day #15-17 -30 Day Cleaning Challenge

Cleaning, DIY, Uncategorized
Day #15-17 I’m going to challenge myself by following the 31 Day Cleaning Challenge with Money Saving Mom.     She is using the chart from Fresh and Organized. So, I'm a little off the same schedule but we are getting some of the things done. Day 15:  surface clean the living room and kitchen. We had a huge playdate at our house that was a bit larger then I was planning for so I quickly had my daughter and I clean as much as we could. I ended up filling up a basket of items from our dining room and put them in the upstairs guest room and papers were put back into the office. My half organized office is back to piles again. :( I had my daughter help me…
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Day #6-14 – 30 Day Cleaning Challenge

Cleaning, DIY, Uncategorized
Day #6-14 I’m going to challenge myself by following the 31 Day Cleaning Challenge with Money Saving Mom.     She is using the chart from Fresh and Organized. Has it been over 8 days since I posted on this Challenge?  Well, I have to admit I have been doing the challenge!  When I get on my computer I have been doing a lot of other things like finishing up my small business paperwork, creating some embroidery items for customers and working on a new up and coming sewing forum.   Feel free to check it out!   It is called 4 the love of fabric.com. It is a paid subscription forum. It is a great place to talk and learn about sewing, quilting, and embroidery. Day 6: Clean Bathrooms - Since the bathrooms…
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Day #3-5 – 30 Day Cleaning Challenge

Cleaning, DIY, Uncategorized
Day #3-5 I’m going to challenge myself by following the 31 Day Cleaning Challenge with Money Saving Mom.     She is using the chart from Fresh and Organized. Day 3: Surface clean the bedrooms Day 4: Surface clean other rooms Day 5: Surface clean kitchen or living room/family room This is hard!   My kids and I worked hard on the bedrooms and only got to 2 of them.  It was a lot of hard work for 2 hours with 3 small kids.  I got pretty exhausted and it did cause me to fall behind on my other chores like dishes.   Here is the before of my Doodle's room. Here is the before of the boys' room. Yesterday we had outside activities so I fell behind again on working on the  "other"…
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Day #2 – 30 Day Cleaning Challenge

Cleaning, DIY, Uncategorized
Day #2 I'm going to challenge myself by following the 31 Day Cleaning Challenge with Money Saving Mom.     She is using the chart from Fresh and Organized. Per Money Saving Mom: Your project for today is to clean your bathrooms. Clean the toilets.  I usually just use free shampoo or if I toilet bowl cleaner I use that and let it sit. Take everything out that doesn't need to be in there. Including taking the rugs and washing them, if I haven't already done this recently. Clean the sinks with a microfiber cloth and Shaklee Basic H2. Mop the floor to get the dust and grime up.  It's been awhile. Rinse out the tubs and spray them down. Clean the mirrors. Clean the front of the cabinets. Woohoo!  I finished…
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