Archive | June, 2012

The BEST Window Washing Method EVER!

30 Jun

Washing windows is definitely a pain!  That is until  I found this method from Chaotically Creative.  It is so easy to do and the results are amazing!  My Mom tried this method out after I told her about it and said that this worked on her mirrors too.

All you need is:

  • Dawn dish detergent
  • A bowl or bucket
  • Squeegee
  • 1-2 sponges
  • Absorbent rags, towels or you can use paper towels
  • Optional: Toothbrush (An extra one that you won’t ever use to brush your teeth.)

Instructions:

Squeeze a couple drops of Dawn into your bucket and fill halfway with water.  Dip your sponge into the soapy water, squeeze it out and then scrub the glass.  Use the squeegee on the window starting from the top and working your way down.  Wipe off the squeegee after each swipe with your rag, towel or paper towel.  After you finish the whole window, use your rag, towel or paper towel to wipe around the edges to get up any left over water.

After I cleaned the window I dipped the toothbrush into the soapy water and used it to scrub the bottom of the window sill.  (I never use the toothbrushes the dentist gives me since I have an electric toothbrush.  Instead, I like to use them for cleaning or scrubbing stains out on my laundry.)

Now, I need a good tip for washing walls.  Anyone care to share???

#19 Summer Fun List: Make a bird feeder and watch for birds

24 Jun

We got to cross something off of our 2012 Summer Fun List this weekend!  FabDaughter and I made a few bird feeders and watched for birds.  We haven’t seen any yet.  Originally, I was just going to use the old method of covering an empty toilet paper roll with peanut butter and rolling it in birdseed until I saw this fabulous method on eighteen25.  It was super easy and the bird feeders came out adorable!

I used 3 cookie cutters (heart, star & duck), a piece of wax paper, a package of Knox gelatin, 1/4 cup of water, 3/4 cup of birdseed and some left over white ribbon.

Step 1: Mix the water and gelatin in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer.  Stir the gelatin until it dissolves.

Step 2: Remove sauce pan from the heat, let cool for a minute and stir in the birdseed.

Step 3: Lay your cookie cutters on wax paper and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.

Step 4: Loop your ribbon, tie the ends into a knot and push down into the birdseed.

Step 5: Finish filling the cookie cutters with the birdseed mixture and let dry overnight.

The dried birdseed was very easy to push out of the cookie cutter molds.  Here is our finished product:

FabDaughter and I went out this morning and hung them on the tree that FabHubby planted for her when I was pregnant:-)

2012 Summer Fun List

22 Jun

In honor of the summer solstice, I’ve put together a list of things that I want us to do as a family over the course of the summer.  I’ve noticed that some people are calling these their “Summer Bucket List.”  I’m not sure I like that name, since to me the expression “bucket list” has a bit of a morbid connotation.  So I am calling this our 2012 Summer Fun List!  We may make some additions to the list along the way.  We also may not accomplish everything on this list but we sure will have fun trying:-)

  1. Catch lighting bugs
  2. Have a water gun fight
  3. Slip n slide!
  4. Play in the sprinkler
  5. Make a sand castle
  6. Go to the zoo
  7. Dance in the rain (thanks for the idea Jackie)
  8. Make s’mores
  9. Get ice cream at an ice cream stand
  10. Make some sun catchers and display them proudly in a window
  11. Have a picnic in a park
  12. Make some fun homemade popsicles
  13. Visit a farmer’s market
  14. Pick some berries
  15. Go to the wildlife safari
  16. Make some sidewalk chalk paint and paint the driveway
  17. Go to the splash park
  18. Teach FabDaughter to ride a tricycle
  19. Make a bird feeder and watch for birds
  20. Feed the ducks at the pond
  21. Go on a walk
  22. Plant some flowers / vegetables / herbs (plant anything really)
  23. Have a movie night
  24. Paint some rocks
  25. Go to a carnival
  26. Let FabDaughter have a sleepover at Granny and Papa’s house so FabHubby and I can have a date night!

What are some things you and your family are looking forward to doing this summer?

Update:

We had a fun and hetic summer and still only managed to get through half of our list.   I can’t believe summer is over already but it’s time to switch gears and think about all the fun things we can do during fall.  I will definitely move #26 to our fall fun list.   Even though FabHubby and I have lunch dates and watch movies together after FabDaughter goes to bed, it is still very important to get in date nights out of the house!

Golf Cupcakes (& Printable Toppers)

16 Jun

Father’s Day is tomorrow and since FabHubby’s favorite hobby is golf, I decided to whip up some golf themed cupcakes. The cupcakes are chocolate with cream cheese frosting coated in green sanding sugar. The golf ball is a coconut Jelly Belly jelly bean. I created the golf flag toppers in Photoshop Elements.

If you would like to make these cupcake toppers, save the below image to your computer, print it out on white cardstock, cut out the flags and glue them onto lollipop sticks.

I did it!!!!!

7 Jun

I did it.  I graduated with a Master of Business Administration!

I still can’t believe that I’m FINALLY done with having to attend classes right after work, studying and writing papers!  I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing husband and my parents!

The ceremony was on a Friday evening.  I worked a half day and then left early to get a manicure and have plenty of time to get ready.  My Mom, Pop, husband and daughter all came to the ceremony to cheer me on.  I know a graduation ceremony isn’t an ideal setting for a toddler but it was important to me that FabDaughter attend even though she’s only 2 and a half.  I hope that I have set (and will continue to set) a good example for her.  I want her to know that if she works hard, she will be able to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to do.  I hope that she learns how to grow up being a strong and independent woman (just like her mommy).  Anyway, I packed a bag full of stuff to keep FabDaughter amused during the ceremony but no sooner than after the auditorium quiets down, I hear a scream that sounds vaguely familiar.  Then I hear a “NO.”  Yup, that was my daughter screaming loud as can be during the keynote speaker:-)  I looked up and FabHubby was carrying her out of the auditorium.  FabHubby and FabDaughter were able to watch from a loge that had audio playing inside so they didn’t really miss anything and FabDaughter got to play with another little girl during the ceremony.  In fact, when FabHubby saw I was getting ready to head out of the auditorium to get in line backstage to receive my diploma, he brought FabDaughter out so they could meet me right before I went backstage.  It was wonderful to see both of their faces right before I got in line to walk across the stage!

I am very proud that I was able to pull off getting a master’s degree while being a wife, mother and career gal.  I am also very thankful and touched for all the support I have received from my family and friends!  I can’t believe how many cards and gifts I received.   I got a couple really amazing gifts too:-)  On top of that my coworkers decorated my cube, took me to lunch and had a little party for me with yummy snacks and surprised me the graduation cap charm for my Pandora bracelet.  I also got to have a fun dinner at PF Changs (one of my favorites) with most of my best friends.  I wasn’t expecting anything from anyone outside of my immediate family and it sure made me feel loved!!

However, I was quite surprised that my “real” (biological) dad didn’t call me on graduation day.  I didn’t invite him (but he never asked to come either) since I was leaving right after the ceremony to go see my Mom’s family (to celebrate my Granny’s 91st birthday) and would see him too in the same weekend.  I did tell him on multiple occasions as well as emailed him the info and link so he could watch the live stream online if he wanted to.  Well when he asked me “how classes were going” two days later, I realized why he didn’t call…because he forgot that I was graduating!  This is the biggest thing I have ever done so far and it really kind of sucks that my own father didn’t really acknowledge my accomplishment.  So many people did such nice things to for me so it’s kind of funny in a way… Well maybe not.

I am very lucky girl to have the most wonderful, loving and supportive husband.  We are lucky to have such an amazing daughter.  I’m lucky to have the best mom ever and such a loving step-dad who has been my “real” dad for the past 26 years.  I am also lucky to have such a caring and supportive family and friends:-)  I would like to thank you all for being in my life!