April showers

Another month from the hand print calendar Phee make for us at Christmas.


New this month: Homemade shower cleaner

Well, I promise I've actually been sticking with the "new this month" projects, even if I can't remember to write them up! This month, I tried a cleaning idea instead of a kitchen idea, and I'm so glad I did.

I've seen this shower cleaner on Pinterest a number of times. I always thought it was a great idea, but just hadn't ever given it a try. Well, let me tell you, it definitely works. And it's ridiculously simple.

All you need is a soap dispensing dish scrubber, Dawn, and vinegar. Really, that's it. There are different kinds of scrubbers out there, and I chose to go with one that had a softer, sponge like top instead of the bristly brush kind.

Fill the dispenser with nearly even amounts of Dawn and vinegar and shake to combine. I filled the dispenser a little more than halfway with vinegar. You may need to add a little more vinegar after a few uses.

Be careful when you fill it up. Add the Dawn first, as it's much less likely to leak out the sponge part of the scrubber. I found that out the hard way. So, dish soap then vinegar.

I've been using this in the shower for about six weeks now. I only scrub after every two or three showers and it is definitely keeping the shower tile and floor sparkly clean. It's easy to do and only takes a couple extra minutes. Plus, you're already in the shower, so it's not extra time you have to set aside for cleaning. That's a win in my book.

Have you tried any cleaning recipes or tricks you've found on Pinterest? I'd love to find some more good ones!

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Toilet paper roll butterfly

We've made many a toilet paper roll butterfly. It's an easy, fun project for kids, and it takes minimal prep which makes it great for a last minute, rainy day project. Or even just for an afternoon when you really need to get something done, but you have a little helper.

The little feature I wanted to share with you today is the addition of the antennae on this butterfly. Usually when we make these, I don't even bother with that part. But, Phee made this butterfly at school a couple weeks ago and it's adorable. First, it has googly eyes, and colored googly eyes at that. I love it!

But, the antennae just completes this little guy. If you use a hole punch on the back of the toilet paper roll, you can thread a pipe cleaner through for the antennae. Now your little butterfly is complete and ready to fly around the house!

Have you tried making any cute toilet paper roll animals? I've seen lots of fun ideas on Pinterest, of course,especially owls. We may play around and try to make some more for Easter this year. I'd love to hear which animals have worked best for you.

Looking for some other easy Easter craft ideas this week? Check out the things we made last year!


Thankful Thursday - Music & Coffee

These weeks are just flying by. Life doesn't seem to be as hectic as last week, but at the same time, here it is Thursday already and I don't quite know where the rest of the week went. Work has been busy, as it usually is this time of year. The addition of Phee's Saturday morning class means we don't get to lay around being lazy on those mornings anymore.

And so, I really am quite happy to take these few minutes to think about all the lovely things going on. Because in the middle of it all, it's really hard to see sometimes.

I'm thankful for music this week. I went to two concerts over the weekend and both were fantastic. I love going to live music, though until recently, I really wasn't going very often at all. I still have two more coming up this month! I love the experience of standing in a crowd with a bunch of other fans, listening to the music, laughing when the whole crowd sings along. Being thoroughly swept up in the moment and the music is wonderful feeling.

I'm thankful for snuggles, and kisses, and silly games with Phee.

Coffee. I'm honestly always thankful for coffee. I love to have my morning coffee, I love to go to coffee shops, I love coffee with something sweet. Given the choice to go grab a beer or go get a cup of coffee, coffee nearly always wins. Really, you just can't go wrong with coffee.

I'm thankful for the fun of writing this blog. I love sharing the projects, trying out and tweaking recipes, finding new things to try and ways to keep up with my house. I know it's mostly project and recipe writing, and not as much writing-writing as I'd like, but it's still a fun hobby and creative outlet.

I'm thankful for the warm weather that means open windows, growing plants, and playing in the yard.

I'm thankful that it's nearly summer and my sister will be finished with her first year of teaching and then she'll be able to take a breather and relax a bit. And come visit, too!

I'm thankful for the group of friends I have who are only too happy to lend a hand, offer advice, celebrate success, and who do their best to lighten the load when another friend is having a rough time. You are very lucky if you have such a group of friends.

I'm thankful for friends who show me that I'm on the right path, even if I'm not there yet.

I would love to hear the brilliant things going on for you this week. Feel free to link up with us, or even just share in the comments. It's so inspiring to share these Thursdays with you!


Silly girls

Phee and I had a really great night last Thursday when we went to the Starry Night event at Girlstart. We learned about moon phases and did some fun projects. 

We went to dinner beforehand. I asked her questions about her day, we talked about lots of things, then she turned to me and said, "How was your day mom?" Such a sweetie. 

We also were totally goofy. The first time we went to this event, we took a cute picture of the two of us and sent it to Doug. This time, Phee was in a really silly, funny mood so we laughed and made faces.

I love these nights and getting to learn with her, instead of just teaching and showing. I also love that she is totally into space and science and exploring. Her little mind is always going full speed and she comes up with some amazing ideas, and insightful connections. 

Children are fascinating. I feel so lucky to watch this sweet girl grow up.

Linked up at The Jenny Evolution, How to Survive Life in the Suburbs, My Organized Chaos, Feed Me Dearly, Curious as a Cathy, A Star in My Own Universe.