Enjoying The Journey

Welcome to “The Beauty is in the Blooming Blog Tour”

Find more posts from about living in the now HERE

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Awesome Picture Created By Melissa @ Print Therapy

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
― Bill Watterson

 

Melissa Wert at Print Therapy wrote a wonderful blog post recently about enjoying the day to day journey and process of life.  We are so consumed by how much better life will be once we reach our goals that we never appreciate the steps we take to get there.  She summed it up very eloquently: “The Beauty is in the Blooming”.  Her beautiful words inspired me to create this free printable for you (I have it hung in my office):

 

 

The Beauty is in the Blooming

 

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Since starting my creative business I have definitely noticed a shift in my priorities and that needs to change.  I taught myself to crochet, began creating some awesome stuff and decided I wanted to turn my hobby into a business.  It is something I enjoy and do well.  Once you make the leap to creating a business everything changes!  I can’t tell you how much time I spend reading and learning about creating a successful creative business.  On top of that I have to set goals, market, promote, and connect with others.  I spend much less time actually creating my items than I do selling them.  (I really do love the business side though).  I am so focused on having a successful shop and blog that I forget how much I love crocheting and writing.  From now on I am going to stop and enjoy each step of the journey!

Please remember to stop in over at Melissa’s blog and read her wonderful post (I know you’ll love it)

 

Are you rushing towards the finish line?  Do you wish you were enjoying the journey more?  How can we make sure that the joy of our hobbies doesn’t get lost in the pursuit for success?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

Pinterest Adventures: Fixing Broken Makeup

Fix Broken Makeup

 

Find Original Source Here (lots of great beauty tips too!)

Pinterest Try Grade: A+!

This pin is very popular right now across Pinterest.  Basically, it says that you can follow a few simple steps and fix your makeup.  For example when you drop your bronzer on the floor and open it and what was once a nice pressed powder is now a mess of powder chunks.

Drop a few drops of rubbing alcohol into the makeup (enough to make it into a paste).  Then use something like a spoon, butter knife, or small spatula (a Spatty Daddy perhaps?) to smooth it out completely.  You want to make it look like it originally did, nice and packed down and smooth.  Then just wait until it dries and… good as new!!!

This pin is 100% awesome! I use it when I drop my makeup and ruin it and also when I am running low and the makeup is stuffed in around the corner and I want better use of it.

Fix Your Makeup

Find original source for this photo here (with video)

Try this one for sure!  (The first time I tried it I broke my makeup on purpose just to try it)

Have you tried it?  Please share!!!!

Summer Creative Bucket List

Between the warming weather and reviewing April Bowles-Olin’s 101 Creative Habits (which you must check out)  I have been inspired to spend my summer creating and trying new things.  Warm weather gives me much more flexibility and inspiration for making and creation.  You can find supplies all around whether it is leaves, pretty feathers, or beautiful flowers.

I have an ongoing regular “summer bucket list” so that I make sure I don’t forget any of the fun things I want to do but here I am sharing my “creative bucket list”.  These are a few of the things I want to do to work on my creative process and keep my inspiration nice and sharp.  The first one is mine with the activities that I want to accomplish.  The second is a free printable for you!  It is blank so you can use my ideas, check Pinterest, or read the article mentioned above.  Enjoy and make the most of your summer!

Summer Creative Bucket List

 

To Download Your Free Blank Bucket List Click Here

Creative Bucket List Blank

To Download this Printable Click Here 

I would love to hear what is on your “creative bucket list”.  Please share in the comments!!

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Supply Review: Method Glass and Surface

Method Glass Review

 

*This is NOT a sponsored post, I pay full price for all my products and I am a regular paying consumer just like you*

Cost: $3.99 at Hannaford for 28 fl oz ($.14/oz vs Windex at $.11/oz)

Method products are advertised as eco-friendly appealing to customers wishing to inject a little “green living” into their homes.  This particular glass cleaner is said to have “ammonia-free plant based powergreen technology”.  When first picking this up in the store I had absolutely no idea what that meant (as most people probably don’t).  So… I did a little research and according to methodhome.com it means:

“powergreen™ technology is cutting-edge green chemistry that harnesses the strength of naturally derived, non-toxic ingredients to deliver a mighty cleaning punch.  In our glass cleaner, a corn-based solvent eliminates dirt, dust and pesky handprints, so ammonia is but a distant memory”

I’m still not 100% sure what it means but it is better than using nasty smelling ammonia.  From what I have researched so far I can tell that the Method Home company does in fact try to make the world better and does take steps to create products in a more sustainable way (at least according to them).  Their bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic (that’s good), they never test on animals (also good but not sure it is relevant to glass cleaner), and they seek to reduce their carbon footprint (good if they ARE reducing their carbon footprint).

Now, back to the product.  As far as glass cleaners go this one does work.  It does not streak and does a great job of cleaning glass and mirrors.  It is also labeled as a surface cleaner but it doesn’t necessarily have any anti-bacterial power so I personally wouldn’t use it there.

This product is mint scented.  I found that incredibly odd at first.  I don’t think I have ever bought any cleaning product with a mint scent before this one.  Personally I really don’t like the smell but it doesn’t linger and if you like mint I highly recommend it.  It also smells WAY better than Windex or ammonia.

Grade: B+

I give this a B+ because it does work.  However, it is $3.99 (compared to using vinegar at $.50 for the same amount) which is a little high for cleaning windows and mirrors.  I also really did not like the scent but I am going to be trying their other products soon and those scents look amazing!

If you have an extra $3.99 to spare and are in need of glass cleaner go ahead and buy this and know that the recycled plastic and lack of ammonia are doing just a little bit more to help “green” up the Earth.  Also if you like the scent of mint than definitely buy it!!

 

Have you tried any of Method’s products?  What are your thoughts?  Which ones would you like to see reviewed?

 

Other Related Posts:

Cleaning Product Review: Krud Kutter

Clean Your House Like the Pros Do

Green Living: Baby Steps to an “Eco-Friendly” Life

 

 

 

 

Green Living: Baby Steps for Living an “Eco-Friendly” Life

Green Living

 

 

Eco-friendly, sustainable, green… they all seem to be “buzz words” these days.  I have always had an interest in environmental science and conservation but living “green” can be overwhelming and expensive.  It is incredibly hard to change how you live overnight especially when you don’t necessarily see the effect easily.  Even if you are not passionate about the “saving the world” there are small changes you can make that won’t break the bank or turn your life upside down.

I have researched this topic quite a bit and here are my thoughts and best advice on getting your feet wet in the new “let’s get green” world.  You may not fix the whole in the ozone layer but every little bit really does make a difference.

 

Baby Step 1.

Recycle

Duh!  We have been hearing this for decades now.  I am ashamed to admit that I didn’t recycle at all until about 3 years ago.  Since recycling soda cans, cardboard, and glass I have saved hundreds (at least) of dollars on my trash costs.  Recycling is free in most (if not all) neighborhoods and some even offer “No Sort”.  This means that anything you have that could be recycled is all just thrown together and you can dump it all in one place (glass usually needs to be separated).  If for no other reason than saving tons of money this is a very easy way to head towards “green living” and makes a big difference in the health of our planet.

Baby Step 2.

Read

Get into the habit of reading the labels of items that you buy.  I am not talking about all of a sudden switching to grass-fed beef, cage free eggs, and organic veggies.  I just want you to be aware of what you are bringing into your home.  This applies to everything that you purchase.  Food, clothing, home goods, furniture and cleaning supplies all either contain multiple ingredients or are created through an extensive process.  The ingredients and process can be unsustainable, toxic, or just plain gross!  Know what you are buying.  Know what you are eating.  Learning about products can often be enough to encourage a change.  The documentary “Food, Inc” is awesome if you are at  all interested in learning more.

Baby Step 3.

Reuse

This is my favorite!  Not only will it save you tons of money but it is super easy.  Reuse what?  Start off by buying less stuff!!  Stop buying hundreds of rolls of paper towels a year and buy reusable cloths (shameless plug for my items here).  If you do HAVE to use plastics bags save them and bring them back with you the next time you are shopping.  Clean out candle jars and find new fun uses.  I use an old candle jar with a nice lid for Q-tips and cotton balls.  Not only is it great for the Earth but it is pretty!  If you enjoy crafting this can be a lot of fun.  Check out Pinterest for inspiration.

 

You may not save the world by implementing these tips but I promise you will be making a difference!!!  Stay tuned for posts on homemade, inexpensive, and effective cleaning supplies.  I am also launching an eco-friendly line of home and baby goods so keep an eye out.

I definitely did not cover all the easy ways to implement small change but here are some resources you may find helpful:

Mother Earth News  I love this magazine and website.  They offer tons and tons of resources and tips on making changes in your everyday life.  I find self sustainability completely fascinating.

Worldwatch Institute  More ideas on going green while saving green!

The Green Guide  This site will help when doing your shopping.  Find out what large companies are doing to be “greener”.  How can you make your beauty routine eco-friendly?

What are you already doing that is eco-friendly?  Do you shop and eat organic?  I’d love to hear more about how that is fitting in with your life!

 

 

 

Scent Booster Pinterest Adventures

Pin Worth Trying!

I love Pinterest!  I always find amazing tips, DIYs, and recipes that I never would have thought of.  Since signing up with Pinterest I have tried many (many) of the pins I was intrigued by.  I will be sharing with you the trials & tribulations of various pins I have tried and how they worked out.  Today we will start with an easy one that you can try today!

Pinterest Adventures

Source

The original pin (the one I found) came from Amber at Texas Tales (Bells and Kilts)

Use Downy Unstoppable Scented Wax Beads in your tart warmer as an air freshener.  I have tried this trick and I love it.  It makes the whole house smell like clean laundry (if you like that) and since it is being warmed with a candle the scent lasts at least as long as your candle does.  These also pop out of my tart warmer much easier than Yankee Candle tarts.  As much as I love the scent and dual purpose, take the cost into consideration.  These little scent boosters are super expensive and you can go through them incredibly fast.  If the cost doesn’t bother you, do it!

Do you have any pins you are scared to try?  What have you pinned that you are curious about?  Let me know and I will try them out and let you know how they work out!

Cleaning Products Worth Buying

Cleaning Products

I have a confession to make.  I am completely addicted to buying cleaning supplies.  Whenever a new one appears at the stores I have to have it.  I don’t know if it is the magic that they promise or the smell of the cleaning aisle but I just love them.  So I am starting this series to share my thoughts with you so that you all know which ones are worth purchasing.  I test these in not only my one home but I also use them in other people’s homes.  I wanted to begin with one of my favorites… *These are not sponsored posts, I have paid in full for these products and they are my honest opinion*

 

Cleaning Product Review #1:  Krud Kutter

Krud Kutter… Oh Krud Kutter…. A few years ago my boyfriend and I were moving out of an apartment and doing the “get your deposit back” deep clean.  My mom said I should buy some “Krud Kutter”.  Um, what?  Well I gave it a whirl and I am completely addicted to this product now.  I buy it by the gallon and refill the spray bottle at my house and at my client’s.
Krud Kutter

Cost: $5.98 for 32 oz or $12.94 for 1 gal at Home Depot (I live in NH and Home Depot is the only place I have ever seen it)

Grade: A+

 

This stuff is absolutely amazing and is always my go to when cleaning up tough messes.  Although it is concentrated I don’t usually dilute it (unless I am mopping with it).  I love it for cleaning walls, cupboards, and floors.  I haven’t found anything that is too tough for this product.

It doesn’t really have much of a smell which is unusual with products like these.  It is also “non-toxic” and “biodegradable” which makes me feel much better about using it everywhere.  In my opinion, buy it!

Have you ever tried Krud Kutter?  Which cleaning products would you like to see reviewed here?

Clean Your House Like a Pro

Clean Your House

 

A few years ago I worked for a commercial cleaning company.  It was one of those situations where I just needed a job so I jumped in.  We worked in teams of two (my partner spoke a completely different language causing some confusion) and drove around cleaning businesses and homes.  After working for that company I decided I wanted to have a housecleaning business (which I did until my client begged me to work for her full time).  There was a strict system we followed which I want to share with you since I do this even in my own home.  When we worked in teams of two one person did the “dust and vacuum” and the other did “kitchen and bathrooms”.  In your own home you can just separate it out but definitely dust first!!!

Dust & Vacuum

  • Starting upstairs dust ceilings, corners, walls, furniture, door frames and baseboards.  Dust every surface making sure to start at the highest point so dust all falls to floor.  (Wiping baseboards with a dryer sheet will help battle dust).  Don’t forget ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  •  After dusting the entire house now vacuum the entire starting with the highest point.  I vacuum my kitchens and bathrooms as well because it gathers the dirt and dust so much better than sweeping.  When vacuuming make sure you pick up bathroom rugs and trash cans and move small furniture.

Kitchens & Bathrooms

  • I usually start in the bathroom just to get it out of the way.  Start by cleaning the shower.  I spray it with a cleaner made for battling soap scum, like Comet, Scrubbing Bubbles, or Soft Scrub.  Then I sprinkle with Bon-Ami or baking soda.   Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Spritz toilet with disinfectant, and scrub.  Wipe the seat, back and entire outside of the toilet.
  • Wipe the kitchen sink and counters with an all purpose spray.
  • Wash mirrors.  Then go back and scrub your shower.  After scrubbing take a damp rag and wipe off all the ickiness that is still on it.
  • When everything had actually been cleaned I go back with a microfiber towel and polish and shine the shower, fixtures, and sink.  This last step makes a huge difference.
  • In the kitchen start by washing the dishes!  Dry dishes and put away.
  • Wipe down all small appliances and counters.  Throw damp sponge in the microwave for 60 seconds.  This will sanitize the sponge and make the microwave about 1000 times easier to clean!
  • Big projects like the fridge and stove do not need to be done on a regular basis.  These will be covered in a future post.

Now you can go back through and mop all the hard surface floors.  For wood floors I love using Murphy’s Oil (it smells amazing) and Bona on the rest.  So in summary: dust, vacuum, bathrooms, kitchen, mop, and enjoy!

When cleaning your home please investigate the uses for vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.  I will have more posts about these coming but they are incredibly effective and cheap (and safe).  I highly recommend using these in cleaning your home.

Check Out These Cleaning Product Reviews for more help:

Krud Kutter Product Review

Method Glass & Surface Cleaner Review

 

Weekly Reading List June 1st

Weekly Reading List

Starting today every Sunday I will share my favorite articles and finds from around the Internet.  I find so much great stuff throughout the week I wanted to share it here with you!  I will include tips, DIYs, shopping, helpful stuff, and informative resources.  What did you find this week?  Have you read any of this too?

Journaling Ideas:

1. April at Blacksburg Belle has a post (it isn’t new but it is to me) of 50 Art Journal Prompts, I am working on a summer journal challenge over at Oh My! Handmade Goodness and this list is super helpful.  You can find her list here.  If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, please do!

2. As an avid crocheter I love this idea from Ruby Murrays Musings about crocheting your journal!!!

Crochet Edged Journal

Recipes:

I think this recipe for Apple Nachos from Taste of Home needs no explanation.  Just look at the picture! Yumm!

Apple Nachos

 

This is another one that looks just too good!  Baked French Toast from the Amazing Pioneer Woman

Baked French Toast

 

 

Things I Want to Try:

I have a Pinterest board of “Projects To Work On”.  It is one of those places I throw all the things I want to try ASAP and then… never get to!  But I am still gonna keep on finding stuff and now I will share it with you!

I couldn’t find the source for this Flip Flop Wreath so if anyone knows where it came from please share it!!!  It is super cute and I think it would be pretty quick to put together.  You can find $.99 flip flops almost anywhere now.

Flip Flop Wreath

 

I have been admiring this lighted wall art from Craft Warehouse for a very long time.  I think it is beautiful and I love lighting and finding creative ways to use it.  Someday hopefully I will get around to making it.  I don’t think it would be that difficult…

Lighted Wall Art

 

I am obsessed with the printable bucket lists all over the internet.  I love love love them and have been collecting summer bucket lists for awhile now.  At the end of most summers I get very sad and think of all the stuff I haven’t done.  I think having a list like this could help eliminate this issue.  I am in the process of creating my own but in the mean time here is one I found that is great.

160 Summer Fun Ideas from the Crafty Chicks

Summer Fun Ideas

 

Hope you enjoyed!  Let me know if you try anything here I am very curious.  What did you read this week?

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