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Spring Cleaning Room By Room

[…]blinds, light fixtures and ceilings. Spot clean any wall surfaces that have been splattered by cooking. use a wood cleaner to scour grease or cooking residue from cabinetry. Apply oven cleaner to the stove or run the self – cleaning cycle. Remove the knobs from the stove top and clean the surface and burners.  Don’t forget to also clean the range hood. See if any food has accumulated in the dishwasher catch drain.  Remove. Wipe down the surfaces of all other appliances, and clean the interior of the microwave. Launder draperies. Sweep and mop the floor. Organize or sort through pantry items for expired ones. Living / Dining Room   The bulk of cleaning in these rooms will likely entail dusting and surface cleaning. Dust down all artwork, lampshades, furniture, ceiling corners, fans, fixtures, etc. Move furniture down the walls. Vacuum furniture, including under sofa cushions. Remove draperies and launder. Remove books from bookcases and dust. Clean electronics after unplugging. Dust decorative accents. Swap throw pillows and blankets for lighter hues. Remove items from china cabinets and clean. Polish silver flatware. Thoroughly vacuum flooring, carpeting and accent rugs. Steam clean or shampoo the carpet. I hope you find this checklist helpful.   Happy Spring!      […]

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Day 22 #30things My future holds:

[…]school and sports.  Hopefully we will have paid off our house as well and began saving for the kids’ college! In 15 years, since the kids will be older, I hope to get back to playing poker.  I have really missed it a lot!  I’m sure I should have more goals that don’t revolve around the kids, but I don’t, and i like it that way. What about you, what are your goals for the next 5, 10 or 15 […]

Quality drinking water without the bottle

[…]except at our cabin, so I really have no idea if it is good water.  We cook with it, we fill the kids’ water cups with it, I assume it’s good for them.  But I wanted to know for sure, so we scheduled the test.   We have a water cooler that we get most of our drinking water from.  Recently, we have ran out of jugs for the water cooler more times than I can count.  We have had to make runs to the store just for another one, which means a 25 minute drive each way {wasting gas, time, energy} just so we have some jugs of water to drink.   Having a water filtration system would eliminate those trips to the store for water.  We were undecided if we really wanted to bother with one, but then, he did that fancy water test.  The one that showed that we had 198ppm in our water…yuck!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s all of the gunk that is in our water that, well, isn’t water.  The good news is that there aren’t nitrates or nitrites in it, but it still looks nasty.  After seeing it next to the water from the portable water filtrations system that was our water only clean; I realized I wouldn’t be filling the kids’ cups from there again.  To say the least, I was grossed out!  What goes into my families body is important, and 198 ppm isn’t quite what I had in mind.  We may just be installing this because I’m not sure I want to use the tap water for cooking.   Did I also mention that we have very hard water?  As in off the charts?  Yep.  Know what that means?  Water spots, no soap suds, a dirty film on everything.  The system the guys said would work best for us would take care of all of these problems.  That means saving money on soaps, cleaners, lotions.  Plus, no more paying for jugs of water for the water cooler.  We always have clean drinking water without the waste of the jugs.   If you are in the Coppell, Texas area and are ready to get the quality drinking water that you deserve, give Reeves Family Plumbing Inc a call.  What goes into your body counts.  Be sure it’s good for you.  Right now, new customers can get $50 […]

If You Were Me and Lived In…{Review}

[…]children, favorite places, money, favorite activities, foods, special days, school and more.  My kids absolutely loved being exposed to different languages but their favorite part was learning about common names in different countries. What a fun way to introduce young children to different countries! If you can’t tell – we are so excited to have these books and cannot wait to add more of these titles to our list. My daughter picked them up and randomly would read through them which was great. I wanted to take it a little further though. I read them – one after another – which led to great discussions about the differences from one country to another {Norway to Australia was a great comparison}. It gave us a great opportunity to point the countries out on the globe and discuss what makes their temperatures the way they are. We learned so much more than just where the country is though, being able to glimpse into the culture of that country made learning even more fun. For added fun – we love to try cooking a traditional meal from different countries as we learn about them. Carole P. Roman has other amazing titles. Click the link below to read some more […]

Let’s Go Geography Review

[…]and Create.  At the end of the weekly lesson, you will find printable pages that go along with that week. I love that each lesson contains a variety of activities. I want to share with you how we use this throughout the week. We work through the beginning part together – reading about the place and she does the mapping activity. {She is nine and could absolutely work through this part on her own, but I don’t want to print out every page and my computer is riding the struggle bus, so the less the kids use it, the happier I am}. She can choose to color the flag, do the coloring page, the craft or the writing at any point in the week.  I also add in any books about that place or anything about that place that we have.  We have a few atlas books that also have some information about wherever we are learning about.  If it’s some place where I have been, we look through my photo album and money or anything else I have related to the area.  We have a fun cooking around the world book so we cook some of the traditional foods for that country. Designed to be used by a variety of ages – K-5th grade, this allows you to do all or some of the activities in each lesson based on your child’s skill level.  As we read through the first few pages of the lesson, we like to compare the size and population of different countries to the United States. I absolutely love that everything is clearly laid out.  You can even find the call number to look up books related to that country at the library.  Day one of the program guides you in setting up a travel journal – a three-ring binder.  As we go, we use a three-hole punch and add all of the pages in the binder.  These are separated by continent and are a great way to keep track of what you have done and the countries you have learned about. Since Maggie is nine-years-old and is doing the work – I tend to ask her opinion on things.  Since I have been giving thought to what we will be using next year, I wanted to know what she thought about Let’s Go Geography.  Her opinion – “I love it!”  She is very much a project / activity-based person so this is a great geography curriculum for her, so her response was no surprise.  This has been a fantastic jump into geography for us and I love that she has the freedom to choose what activities she does when during the week.  Working on Honduras, she is already asking where we are learning about next week. If you would like to hear what some others have to say about Let’s Go Geography – click the image […]

Become a dining daredevil in 2014

[…]Fork Diners’ growing eco-awareness and their desire for the wholesome simplicity of home-style cooking and minimally- processed foods is on the rise. Riding this wave, restaurants are returning to their predecessors’ roots, sourcing fresh produce and natural ingredients and cooking them up in a style that more closely resembles the authentic recipes that graced Grandma’s kitchen table rather than modern, industrial food products. We dare you: When people hear “farm to fork,” they immediately think of steamed vegetables, but this trend encompasses more than just radishes and such. Tender meat alternatives and locally produced cheeses are two items to look for on the menu. Don’t be afraid to order something with a beet or two for an added super food bonus! 3. Tea Time, All the Time Once confined primarily to Asian restaurants, tea is an increasingly popular beverage. In 2014, you’ll find tea used for novel and surprising purposes. For example, ground teas like matcha and chai can be used as dry rubs and marinades for beef, chicken or veggies. Tea-smoked salmon and pork will both make headway in the new year, and English-style tea-time gatherings at local cafes will also be big. We dare you: To find these tea-fusion meals, take a trip to an Asian fusion restaurant near you and keep an eye out for tea-smoked pork, ribs, or stir fry. For an added bonus, try one of our other favorite food trends of 2014, a hot sauce like sriracha. Feeling brave? Why not tackle the rest of our top food trend list on the blog: Your tummy will thank you! Be social with Twitter – Facebook – Blog – Google+ *Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of  All opinions are 100% my […]

#Win dad an iPod Nano {Giveaway}

[…]Nano?? One lucky reader will receive an iPod Nano (MSRP $149)!!TO BE ELIGIBLE: Create a registry with at least 3 items on (or add an item to an existing registry if you already have an account). Use “MOMMY” in the “Referred By” field. All other entries in the Rafflecopter are optional.Sponsored by! Hosted by Bay Area Mommy, Katie’s Krazy Savings, & Filipino Cooking Recipes. Giveaway ends June 14 at 11:59pm EST. Open to US residents only. Must be at least 18 years old to be eligible. To enter, use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. will send the prize directly to the winner chosen randomly. See full terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter form. For questions regarding this giveaway, contact Bay Area […]

Prepare and Clean Up Lasagna the Easy Way

[…]sauce over that Layer with uncooked noodles again Spread the rest of the hamburger around Cover with cheese Cover with tinfoil Cook 40 minutes {approximately} Take tinfoil off and cook 5-10 more minutes until cheese is golden Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by Yummly Rich […]

Cooking with Kids: Salty and Sweet Trail Mix

[…]favorites and some other goodies Mini Marshmallows Pretzels Chocolate Candies Directions Start with the Goldfish crackers.  We started with one cup of Goldfish crackers.  We added in about 1/2 cup mini marshmallows, 1/4 cup chocolate candies, and 3/4 cup pretzels.  See – a great way to talk about the different measurements, or for the younger kids, which is more / less than the others.  It involves a lot of conversation and even more giggles when somebody sneaks a bite before we are finished, after all, that is half the fun, right?! Anyways, after our {not so} precise measurements, we shook it up really well, then added in more of anything we decided we wanted more of in it.  We had so much fun working together and being silly and even more fun eating it.  You can bet that when it was time for Maggie to do her writing assignments, she made sure she had a bowlful of fresh fruit and a few handfuls of her new favorite trail mix.  Now her brain was ready to get to writing.   What stories will you create when you let your imagination run […]