Friday, April 27, 2012

Bleach Alternative

Alright...I was on Pinterest the other day and found a bunch non-toxic cleaning solutions, like I always do and I was inspired to try some! I already use vinegar and baking soda to clean, and I have also tried using a half of a lemon dipped in salt to scrub the sink. But let's be real, I don't always keep lemons around the house. So one did stick out to me the most, here is the link to the formula. There is also some information on the reasons why we should not use bleach! Chloroform being one of them!!!

I cleaned my bathroom counter, floor and toilet. Then I cleaned the kitchen counter, floor and trash can! It smells great, when I touched the solution it did not leave white burn marks, and it's super cheap...I found everything at a Dollar Tree!

What other solutions have you found helpful?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Marriage books...don't run and hide!

This is what I am reading right now! Love & War by John and Stasi Eldredge.I took a break from all of the fiction I was reading, when my husband presented the idea to me that we should read some marriage books together! We have quite a lot of young married couples around us...that maybe we could have a more broadened understanding of marriage along with our experience to give advice and mentor!

My husband and I have a firm perspective that we will never have it all even if the only thing we get out of these books benefits us, then I think that will be ok! So this is the first of many to come.

Have you read this book and what do you think?

Monday, April 16, 2012


Yes I did just say that! I washed my car today at my mom's house, so I could do something productive:) When I finished making it sparkly and shiny, I put my phone on top of my car. Because obviously that is the most practical place to put a phone...right? It wasn't until I drove to my house, then drove to get and then drove to pick up Joslyn that I realized my phone was left up there. My mind starts to flood with scenarios of my phone's destination. The gutter, someone's windshield, the middle of the street...ugh now I have to buy a new phone. Which is so not in my budget right now!

But maybe, just maybe it is still on my car....I walk over with utter doubt...and what do I see, MY PHONE!  Oh my goodness, what are the odds? Have you ever done something so stupid and turned out that you were ok?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Forget Soaring Over California!

I am living it!!!

Ok Soaring Over California IS one of my favorites rides at California Adventure...but I get to live it! Driving through California!!

I was driving through Moreno Valley and I could smell a hint of silly me I look around my car, thinking I must have brought an orange with my apple (which sounded pretty good at the time). But no orange in my car... actually I was surrounded by oranges...I was driving through an orange grove :)

Then I was driving up to the wedding site that I'm attending today, in Cherry Valley...and it was beautiful and sunny! But in the background are mountains laced with SNOW!

I love California...why would I ever thinking of moving out of here?

What do you love about your state?

Friday, April 13, 2012


After walking to the Hollywood sign, we went to the famous Pink's hot dog stand in West Hollywood! This the Rosie O'Donnell with mustard, sauerkraut, chili and onions. The Martha Stewart with mustard, sauerkraut, tomatoes, onions and sour cream.

It was interesting...but truth be told after eating my half of the Martha Stewart, I couldn't stomache anymore! But I did have one bite of the Rosie O'Donnell. Not my favorite combinations but interesting nonetheless:)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday-Spring Break

Today we went to Mother's Bay in Long Beach! I love this place, it is perfect for smaller children and relatively clean for a beach!

I was able to relax and lay out for 2 hours and the kids were completely entertained by the sand and water!

They played so well together, that when we heard the ice cream truck pull in to the parking lot, I decided to reward them with a Spongebob Ice Cream. Which stained there skin for two days, yuck red dye # whatever can't be good for you!

Spring Break!!!

This week is Spring Break for my kids! I love surprising them with one fun activity each day. Since we are in Southern California, it's not that hard to come up with interesting things to do!

Monday - Beach Day and buy new swimsuits at Old Navy
Tuesday - Discovery Science Center (we bought membership and have only used them once in 5 months!)
Wednesday - LA Zoo (this place makes me mad and depressed, but the kids love it)
Thursday - Hollywood Sign :)
Friday - Centennial Farms and maybe Tanaka Farms
Saturday - Tide pools (if the weather is nice)
Sunday - Hang out with Bama (mom and dad are going to a wedding)

What were/are your spring break plans?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Decorating Easter Eggs!

We finally dyed our medium boiled eggs...bleh! I thought that I would use one of the links for a new way to decorate the eggs, but I got lazy...plain and simple!

So we used the good old fashion way of food coloring and water with a little vinegar! We did add a little pizazz, by coloring them with crayons first.

After they were good and dunked (Holden dunked each egg in probably every color, why not?) we opened one to try, just case it was a fluke for that one before. Holden said it was jiggly and Joslyn ate all of it except the yolk. I hate wasting food, but I don't know what to do with 10 medium boiled eggs when no one likes them!!! HELP...Google I need you!

Friday, April 6, 2012


Well so much for hard boiled.....I made medium boiled eggs. They don't taste that bad, but it crumbled as I peeled it. Joslyn likes it has been approved:)


Today I made an upcycled easter dress for Joslyn, out of an skirt and dress that were mine. I started on Holden's button up shirt (which I have never made one before) And now I'm boiling eggs at 7:45...yes it is late, I am a last minute kind of mom who now has explain to her very excited daughter why she is unable to decorate her eggs tonight since it's bedtime:(

Tomorrow! We will decorate eggs, fill plastic eggs and I have to go to the store and buy the kids' basket stuff... each year they get new bathing suits and sandals. It's a strange tradition that I kept from my mom. I always loved seeing what my mom would pick out for us!

What are some of your Easter traditions?

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

M.I.A. Last Week!

Yes, I was M.I.A. last week! So here are some posts to catch up.... First off, I subscribed to a website called HARO. What a great website, you should definitely check it out! My favorite feature is an email they send out, about once a week with giftbag queries. People from all over the place can submit a request for your product to fill their gift bags or auction! Then you scroll through the list of requests and submit or pitch your product to them:) Of course it is a donation, but you get your name out there (sometimes with free press!)

Well, I decided that after getting this email for a couple of weeks that I was going to try to pitch my product. I submitted 3 different products to 5 different requests. Within 5 minutes I received a reply from 3 of them!!! Oh my goodness what did I get myself into...each event wanted 100-150 items! I am at the very start of my business, I don't even have 100 items, nor the materials! But being as optimistic as I am (translation--oblivious), I decided to go for it.

My first product I started is for a wedding planner event. 150 fluffy hair clips....except on the day that I was ready to send them, I decided to double check my deadlines with a hunch that this might not be the product that was due on April 1st. Was it? NO! 100 pinwheel hair clips due April 1st, at this point it is March 28th and I have 2 of them:) So I stayed up late (4:00 in the morning, I guess is early not late!), and finished all of them in one night and a day. I shipped them off drowsy and proud!

This week I ship off the wedding hair clips-deadline April 7th and then mini pocket notebooks-deadline April 13th!

Sunday, April 1, 2012


This is a fun bike ride with my daughter before the meltdown:)

How to treat a lady!

My son is three and already knows what it takes to win over a girl's heart. He picked a flower for me and his sister!