It's been a little over five weeks since we sanded our floors and we only just got a second coat of finish on last week. Now the floor in our living room is completely finished, with a Scandinavian white-oil finish, by WOCA Denmark, and we…continue reading
My husband and my tenth wedding anniversary is this month and we're celebrating by sanding the one-hundred-year-old floors of our rental's living room and kitchen together. I'm so grateful that my husband is enthusiastically embracing this project with me. We've lived here for six and a half years and…continue reading
My girls are both in Vacation Bible School this week, for three hours a day, and it's the first time I've had this much time to myself since my second daughter was born, nearly two years ago. I had so many ideas about how I could use my time. Foregoing the temptation to spend the…continue reading
As I write, it's evening and the girls are in their matching pajamas. The sun is setting and I just observed a hummingbird fly by the window, a pink cloud floating behind it.
It's hard to believe it's been over three weeks since I last posted. While not much of significance has taken place, I've been feeling…continue reading
A clean refrigerator is an inspiration. An ideal time to clean it is before you go grocery shopping, when reserves are low. Then you have less to move around. To begin:
Take everything out, including the drawers and shelves.
Wipe the inside out…continue reading
We're snowed in and I'm enjoying the quiet day. My husband already took the girls out to play in the snowfall and now the three of them are watching The Wizard of Oz. I'm tempted to watch White Christmas later; the snow is really coming down! I'm resigning myself to winter today, though, that hasn't…continue reading
This little Redwing pitcher, a "pre-inheritance" birthday gift from my husband's sweet grandmother.
This tiny tissue, which my nineteen-month-old gave me when I was having a hard day. I find it amazing to be the recipient of empathy from my small children.
This shampoo and…continue reading
While daily monotonous tasks, such as dishes, can get me down, I love the event of spring cleaning. I feel energized by the promise of a completely refreshed space.
My kitchen is small and…continue reading
A clean and ordered bathroom provides a serene start to the day. While my tiny bathroom could never be considered spa-like, I appreciate it so much when it is spotless and filled with good smells. Below are the steps I…continue reading
To make a glass spray bottle, look out for nearly-used-up items in your home that you can recycle. I used a glass apple cider vinegar bottle and a sprayer from a BioKleen cleaning solution. I simply removed the label and plastic ring from the bottle, trimmed the spray tube to size, and put them together.