Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall is in the air!

Yay fall is here! This year I am celebrating a true fall season in Nashville. The weather is great so far, mostly mid 70 and super blue skies with the trees changing their colors. So magical! I love wearing Jeans with cute boots and accessories like cute scarfs, pumpkin spiced lattes, although this year I fell in love with "salted caramel mocha"... So yummy:) pumpkins and corn mazes make me happy, haunted houses and farms make me squeal! Pumpkin patches make childhood dreams come true! This year I am going to dress up. We are all going to be spiders... Zach is obsessed with them, we actually have spiders all over the house ( toy spiders ).
Our move to Nashville definitely shines in the season of fall!
Here are some pics of my decorated ( half messy) living room:)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY Necklace Hanger





Happy Thursday everyone. My two year old started preschool yesterday and I spend way too much time at Hobby Lobby :) I actually have a list of projects that I would love to do and are determined to do so when my guy is in preschool. 
This Necklace Hanger is one of them. I like my Necklaces to be displayed in my closet so I can see what shirt works with what necklace:) 

This is what you will need:
  • A wood Board (at Hobby Lobby) but if you have a panel lying around in your house it will do
  • doorknobs ( on sale at Hobby Lobby) Also Anthropology has nice ones and they usually are on sale 
  • acrylic paint ( I used grey and white) 
  • super glue 
Paint the Wood Panel/Board and let it dry. In the meantime take doorknobs and take screw out. I had to use pliers and a little umpf (muscle). I got this little antique looking wood piece (on top) and painted it white. Then glue door knobs on and vola' you are done. I hung mine with those hanging Velcro strips in my closet. 

Happy crafting 

Daniela

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

An update

We are a family of four. Well seven if you include our cat and dogs for 3 month now. It has been a big life change! 
That said we are so blessed and gratefull, we welcomed this life change with open arms and living it daily with passion. Let me also say all these blogs or parents community forums about having a second child gave me anxiety while I was pregnant..... Well it's nothing like they said, and I know I am only 3 month into it. Still my attitude is to enjoy the moments and adventures with your kids and the rougher days, well they too shall pass:)
Zachary has taken amazingly well to his little brother from day one! Everytime Zach strokes A.J. 's hair or brings him a toy my heart just jumps. My favorite is in the car when he A.J. Cries and Zach says " it's all right A.J. We are almost home" sooo stinkin cute. 
The boys were napping on the same schedule but that recently changed because of all the illnesses that the McLea household overcame:) During their precious nap time I would get my "stuff" done and still have some time for myself. We found a lot of nice Mommy friends in the area and have play dates almost every day.... We love the indoor playgrounds ( due to the heat) bounce Houses, fire station tours, the zoo, story times and concerts at the libraray, fruit picking and just having friends over at the house! We are totally looking forward to pumpkin patches, horseback riding, apple picking and lots of fun fall stuff! 
Zach is starting preschool next week, my Mommy heart has mixed emotions, he is so ready and loves being among other kids, he now even tells me that he misses his friends when he has not seen them in a while:) He definitely misses his Maddie back in Cali! He will attend two weekdays for 5 hours to ease him in. We will have orientation on Tuesday and after that my boy and I will have a lunch date together! 
Us as a family have found a wonderful new church  with an awesome community with the nicest people! We are ready to become members and our boys will be having a baby dedication th
ere soon. Joining a Life Group, which is like a Bible study group is very new for us and I am excited to  listen and share journeys of faith!

My husband and I are a great team. He is such an amazing Dad and when I see my boys playing with their Dad it makes me fall in Love with him over and over again:) I am not denying that we are two busy people now and that time for ourselves is limited... but we make it a point to get a sitter and go out just the two of us. Not just for a dinner, but golfing, or the movies etc. It i so important for us and yes I know the rules about do not talk about the kids or money. Yeah we are not good at that because we love to talk about our blessings in life. Our conversations are like a good smelling cup of coffee, they make me all warm and comfy inside and they refuel me. Reminding ourselves of perspectives in life makes it easier to have a great attitude even for the rougher spills in life !

Just simply Love my Life! 
Live with Passion 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Quick Tip: Roll your Dough

I love making my own Pizza Dough, or sometimes I like the one from Trader Joes:) I find that rolling can be a struggle. You can't really do it on the cokkie sheet because of the edges and when you do it on the counter the parchment paper moves all over the place!
My Grandpa taught me a long time ago if you get your kitchen shammy wet and lay it underneath the parchment paper, the paper will not move. 
I love it! 

Live with passion!
Daniela

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Organized pantry


Sorry, but YES this is another blog about organizing your pantry

I had lots of fun doing it:) My son even loved to help out!!


I used: shoe boxes, shoe hanger storage, Martha Stewart Labels....
The pasta items and rice items have their own box, the boxes are see through which makes it so much easier when doing my shopping list, a quick glimpse:) 

The two boxes are snack boxes containing peanuts, cookies, crackers etc... 
In the middle is a section for my sons food items, again easy to do an inventory.
On top( not in picture) I have a section for breakfast items so I can easily find my beloved Peanut butter. 

I have seen this great idea on pinterest and thought how genius is that. My son helped me to fill the see through pockets. 
It has been great because now when I leave and grab a snack it saves so much time. Also my son sees all his choices (maybe too many at times) at once. 
In case you cant tell what it is. This is for shoes and you hang it on your door:) 
And I keep all my canned goods together:) My pantry is fairly small but it meets our needs:) 

Also I had to build the shelf inside the closet because it did not fit otherwise. 

I love my new organized pantry and cant stop opening it and feeling joyful:)

Live with passion
Daniela

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Organic Basket




I love the farmers Market, the colors, the smells, the pretty baskets. My challenge is to find vegetables that I am not familiar with and learn about them. My newest vegetable this week is: Spaghetti Squash. 

Fresh produce makes a really nice gift to someone. When I go to the farmers market I ask about a basket and they give them to me for no charge (super nice farmers). My organic Baskets usually contain 

Squash
Asian Beans 
Heirloom Tomato
Purple Hurl Beans in Mason Jars
Fresh Herbs in Mason Jars 
Zucchini 

                You could also add some of your local farmers market food, for example: 

Jelly
pumpkin/Almond Butter
Honey
gourmet popcorn 
olives

Add some cute Tags and keep it simple, don't use any wrapping paper. The Beans in my picture are just wrapped in parchment paper. 

                                                                       Have fun gifting
Daniela

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Huehnerfrikasse

Huehnerfrikasse


This recipe is so simple and a great leftover meal after having rotisserie chicken the night before. It is a German recipe and I love making it since it is a great way to utilize leftovers and it is really yummy. 
 Ingredients:
  • chicken meat from a rotisserie chicken
  • 1.5 cups green or white asparagus cut into pieces 
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced 
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • flour 
  • milk 
  • salt and pepper 
  • dried basil and thyme 
  • garlic 
  • olive oil
First in a deep skillet heat olive oil and add diced garlic. Brown chicken for about 7 minutes, add Asparagus, mushrooms, salt and pepper. 

pour skillet content in a deep dish and set aside. Do not wash skillet and heat butter, sprinkle flour over butter and stir with spatula until brown clumps start to form, pour in milk and whisk fast, you might want to add more milk it depends how much and how thick you want your sauce. Now add dried basil and thyme. 

Take set aside ingredients and add to sauce, now add frozen peas and let simmer for 5-8 minutes. Serve over brown rice. 


Enjoy and live with passion. 
Daniela

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Herbs in Mason Jar

Herbs in Mason Jars 


This is a great gift idea, especially when you have Herbs planted in a little garden. 

Just take Herbs of your choice and place them into Mason Jar. I use Martha Stewart labels and string. 

Happy Gifting 

Live with passion

Daniela

Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY: Dryer sheets

DIY- Dryer sheets 



This is so simple and works really well. People use dryer sheets for mostly two reasons 
  1. to eliminate static 
  2. make your laundry smell fresh
and both will be accomplished with the ingredients you will use. 

You will need:

  • conditioner (cheap brand) 
  • essantial oils ( I use lemon and lavender)
  • old cotton shirt'(s)
  • water 
  • ziploc container
  • storage container 

You will do the following 

  • cut old cotton shirt into squares
  • make a solution from water and conditioner (thick) put in ziploc storage container
  • soak cotton squares in solution
  • dry dryer sheets 
  • store in container 
  • add 3-4 drops of essential oils before use
  • when folding laundry take dryer sheets and repeat steps. 

Live with passion 



Daniela

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Ten "Things" rule

The Ten "Things" Rule:

Obviously we love a clean and organized house/life, otherwise we wouldn't spend time on the Web to look for easy solutions. 
We love to clean and organize to make our life easier, smoother and to enjoy our home+family. Maybe a little OCD has something to do with it as well j/k :) 
See this is where my problem lies, I love clean and organized spaces in my house but sometimes when life gets busy or the motivation is down it is hard to keep up the Corporation:) 
For example: My Closet: 
Love my closet a lot but I absolutely dislike organizing it. 
I recently had a new baby and dealing with the postpartum body (or whatever that wobbly thing is). So I love and live in workout clothes right now. Very comfy and practical. 
Well when getting ready for date night or church I get so frustrated because nothing really looks that great on me and I find myself trying on ten different outfits. And I really don't have the time nor the motivation to put it all away neatly. After a few weeks my closet does not look that organized and clean anymore, when I put away laundry I pile stuff on poorly folded clothes and so on.
                                 Solution: 
The Ten Things Rule. Whenever you are in a process of cleaning think "what are the 5-10 things (depending on task) I can do to improve the situation.
  • putting laundry away: per drawer refold or reorganize 5 clothes items or towels. Put 5 pair of shoes away etc. 
  • Spice cabinet: reorganize 10 spices where they belong or refill them. 
  • Tupperware drawer: reorganize 5-10 containers, find the fitting lit.
  • cutlery drawer: place 10 items where they belong .
  • children's room: put 10 toys together where they belong.
  • bathroom: reorganize 10 items in your drawers, sort out old lotions or empty ones you haven't used in forever.
  • Car: before you get out of your car do ten things, like gathering trash, put toys back in box, look under seat.
  • desk: 10 Things where they belong, throw out old papers or file papers, put pens where they belong.
The list could go on and on. What I am saying is this: Keeping and maintaining an organized space doesn't always happen, the the "things" rule is more for catching up and get back on track. It all depends on how busy my days are. Sometimes I do only one ten "things" other days I do 4 or 5. It should not take you more then 5 minutes:) 
I noticed that this rule takes less time than reorganizing my closet or cleaning my entire car, not finding my spices while cooking....! It does save time in the end...promise:)

                                              Live with Passion
Daniela

Quick Tip: Bathroom rugs

 Quick Tip: Bathroom Rugs 



Happy Tuesday everyone:) Only 3 more days until the weekend( remember the glass is half full) !

                 Here is a quick tip: When cleaning your bathroom rugs try this next time: 
Put them in the dryer for 10 minutes with or without heat thats up to you. You could also add a dryer sheet which will make them smell great and your bathroom will smell good too. I have 2 dogs and a cat. Pet hair is always around and gets into everything. When I take them out of the dryer the rugs are clean and fluffy:) 

       Stay tuned for my DIY Dryer sheets... coming up soon



Daniela

Monday, August 6, 2012

From Diaper Bag to Backpack

From Diaper Bag to Backpack! 

One of the hardest choices when registering for my baby shower was the "Diaper Bag" I just couldn't decide. How many compartments, zipper or open, simple or busy looking, pooh bear or leopard print etc. 
When I had my first son I changed my diaper Bag about three times. 

Now that I have two little guys with different needs and more stuff I am in need of a new diaper bag. I considered an easy accessible bag with a few compartments and definitely a zipper. 
Considering that in the first few month my new baby will most likely be carried in front of me and therefore I need both of my hands free. Holding my Toddlers hand, the Binky in A.J.'s mouth and on and on. 

I decided for a backpack! We have it for 2 month now and I love, love, love it. We love to got to the zoo and I just carry it on my back and my little guy in his baby carrier on my front. I can easily throw it on one shoulder, carry the car seat and hold Zach's hand... it works:) 

I know what you are thinking... but how do you transport it in your stroller?
There are two ways. The backpack does fit in the bottom of my stroller and is very easy to access! Or I bought ($3) two hooks that go on the the stroller handlebar. 

My back pack is stylish and practical. Very happy with it :) 


The back pack has four compartments, I have a small bottle of hand sanitizer hanging of the zipper. 


The first compartment I keep Diapers both sizes, wipes, extra set of clothes, burp cloth, blanky, books, Nursing cover, ointment

Snacks are really important, I refill or replace them the night prior and add a juice in the morning!

My son is obsessed by his cars and dinos, He really counts on his Mommy to have them packed


The last compartment I keep my stuff, like wallet, phone, keys. It is easy accessible for me1


This Backpack has room for cups and bottles on the side:)


Live with passion
Daniela

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Flooding

Flooding

          Water? Yes please but not on my ceiling if possible!

Oh yes I managed to flood my upstairs guest bathroom. My Mother in law left the day prior  so I was getting ready to clean the guest bathroom. My 2 month old AJ was sleeping in his swing downstairs and my Toddler, Zachy was in his playroom right next door, playing with his racing cars:)
So I put the stopper in the sink and turned the hot water on (cleaning water). Well here is where it begins... AJ started screamng in his swing, and he chokes pretty often so I know I have to be quick. So I picked him up and walked into the playroom to check on Zachy. He ran over to me and fell on his precious little face. So I put the baby down and comfort Zach while AJ was having none of this! He was hungry and he wanted food now. So I sat on the couch in the playroom and started feeding. 
The funny thing is I noticed an unusal noise but the ceiling fans (2 of them) were running and sometimes the blades create a noise. 
.... Oh and then it clicked in my head.. shoooooot the water.... I put the baby down, managed to grab the activity gym (don't ask me why) and ran into the bathroom. 
                                            Water water everywhere!!!
My linen closet is in this bathroom and I grabbed every single towel which absorbed the water really quick. Zach came in and said "what a mess Momey" . I am like... "I Know Sweetie I can see that"!
After I cleaned the bathroom I thought OK that was just in time.....Not. I walked downstairs and on the bottom there was water pouring out of my light fixture! Oh darn... it kept dripping and dripping, more towels, please:(
The ceiling eventually got wet and you could see the water, we have drywall and need to see whats going to happen. Maybe we are lucky and no mildew will develop, we will see:) 
My neihbor came over, because my husband was in a business dinner with his boss and I did not want to worry him. Love neighbors who have an industrial fan just sitting in their garage, very handy:) 

But really, think about it. Now I have a story to tell, never a dull moment as a Mommy of two, can you imagine what I would break if I had three kiddos? :) 

                     Live with passion and Don't sweat the small stuff! 


Daniela

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quick tip that saves you some money


Save Money on your razor Blades




Razor Blades are a big expense and there are some misleading information out there. 
The company tells you it is time to change your blade when the top part of the blade (the gel pad) is gone!
That is not exactly true. 

My husband shaves his head every two days and his "beard" on a daily basis! So we went through a lot of Razor Blades. After every use he started to gently dry of the blade with his towel and now one Razor Blade lasts for about two weeks even when the gel pad is gone!

I also like to use men shaving blades because they do a better job and they are less expensive. The Razors are not as cute but cute does not save me money in this case.

Give it a try and let me know. 

Live with passion. 

Daniela

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Arugula- Parmesan Thin crust pizza

Arugula- Parmesan thin crust pizza


Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough ( I used walmart brand)
  • Herbs (de Provence or oregano) 
  • Shaved Parmesan
  • Arugula
  • mushrooms
  • pizza sauce 
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper 
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic 

  1. Follow directions to make pizza dough, mix herbs, salt and pepper into dough.
  2. when pizza dough is baked use brush to spread pizza sauce evenly, make sure you cover corners. 
  3. evenly top pizza with mozzarella cheese
  4. now add mushrooms, cover entire pizza (they will shrink) 
  5. bake in oven for 12-15 minutes on 400 degree or until corners of pizza are golden brown.
  6. add Arugula and drizzle olive oil and garlic over pizza ( lightly) 
  7. put pizza back in oven for 5 minutes but turn oven off and let residual heat warm up the Arugula
  8. take pizza out and sprinkle shaved Parmesan cheese over pizza and serve!

I made this pizza for a church social and cut it into bite size pieces, it was a great snack. 

Live with Passion and enjoy 


Daniela

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cauliflower with a twist

I am a big fan of fresh veggies, they taste super yummy and are very easy to prepare. The health benefit is great.
Farmers markets are my favorite, I get so excited when I see all these vegetables displayed, the colors, the smell and just the idea of making something delicious out of them lets my heart beat faster. 
I am not a very good recipe follower and seldom cook after recipe, I like to experiment when I have the time, my Hubby has to rate my dish after dinner, lets hope he has been honest:)).

My latest creation is cauliflower with Almonds and arugula. The earthy flavor of the cauliflower synergies well with the nutty flavor of the almonds. 

Here is what you need: 

  • a head of cauliflower 
  • almonds
  • arugula
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder or garlic salt. 
And now what :)

cut the cauliflower into florets and steam them until tender. in a large (serving bowl) mix olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Add the cauliflower and mix in oil mixture until cauliflower is slightly covered with mixture.
Add almonds and mix again.
short before serving add Arugula and serve. 

The measures for the oil, salt and pepper is something that every person needs to decide for themselves. How salty do you like your dish and how much oil do you like on your veggies. 

Roasting option

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
On a cooking sheet spread out cauliflower florets and lightly brush olive oil mixture over them, sprinkle almonds over cauliflowers and roast for about 20 minutes. 
You can put the cauliflower on top of a small arugula bed. 

Enjoy and let me know how you liked it 

Live with passion 

Daniela

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Save on your cable bill




Do you ever wonder what all these extra charges on your cable bill are? What do they mean by Franchise Tax and what is HD VOW? 
And when you first sign up with your provider they give you all these promotions, so initially your bill might not seem to bad, but once these promotion expire your cable bill goes up as much as 30% or more. 

The last two places I lived, the local cable company was the only provider for my area, so I got stuck with them and their over priced service. But since new services are popping up left and right the existing cable companies are facing challenges and fighting hard to keep every customer they can. 

Here is what you can do. 


1. Get your bill and check what services you have, what type of internet and what cable package etc. 

2. Now do a quick 5 minute research on other providers, like U-Verse, Fios, Dish etc.

3.This one is important: Go onto your cable providers website and start a Life chat! Do not call. The technicians at the life chat forums don't work directly for the company and are more willing to  help you  out. 

4. Have your account number ready and be cordial, don't play hard ball! 

5. Start your chat and let them know that you would like to lower your bill and that you are thinking to switch to another provider (if you can be specific... like U-Verse ) since they are cheaper. 

6. The technician will go back and forth with you and at some point during the chat I got the feeling that hey are dragging the chat out. ( while on the chat I made lunch, changed diapers and fold a laundry :)). But hang in there. 

7. Ask them about current promotions and if they offer you a promotion, take it. They are time limited mostly about 6 month to a year. 

I tried this today and I still have a few promotions until September that lower my bill, but I got rid of the extra HD charges which is about $15 a month. I did hear from people that they did end up saving about 30%
Give it a try and let me know:) 



Live with Passion


Daniela 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Most common cleaning supplies



Most common cleaning mistakes! 

1. Using harsh cleaning supplies. 

A lot of Cleaning supplies have really harsh chemicals in them that harmful. I think the first time we really become more aware of the chemicals is when we get our first family friend, a pet. We surly don't want to harm them. Then comes the first Baby, they love to take everything in their mouth and crawl on your floors. Certain leading brands are really harmful to your children.
The good part is that there are less harmful cleaning supplies out there. Here are some basics you should keep in our house. 
  • big container of white vinegar
  • baking soda 
  • fresh lemon/ or lemon juice
  • rubbing alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide 
  • Dish soap
Make your own cleaning supplies and you will see that they clean as well, but less harmful to your family and much cheaper.

2. Mopping your Hardwood/Laminate floors.

I am sure by now everyone pretty much knows that your Hardwood floors should be cleaned with a damp mop and not a soaked mop. Too much water ruins your floors.
Also you only need a bucket of water with a little bit of white vinegar. That makes the floors nice and shiny and cleans them at the same time. Do not add Lemon to this mixture, since lemon is an acid and might take the finish of your floors. 

3. Too much Product. 

This one is a very common mistake. We think the ore the better the results will be but thats not only wasteful but also the opposite is true. 
A leading brand of hardwood floor cleaners has specific instructions on how much to use but a lot of use don't even measure we just pour a quick swish into the bucket. It will fire back, Hardwood/ Laminate and tile become really sticky. 
Same for laundry detergent, if you use too much you harm your clothes and they do start smelling. 

4. Use of Carpet refresher and fabric refresher.

The commercial on TV makes you believe that the smelling gym bag smells like a rosebush after using a fabric refresher... but what they don't tell you is that "the good smell" does not last very long and now you have to do it every day in order to make it smell good. If you use it on curtains and throw pillows you will notice that without the product they start smelling like damp old clothes that were left in the washer for a few days. Same goes for carpet refresher and they will break your vacuum cleaner, the fine dust will spread everywhere in will cause damage. 

5. Washing laundry on cold

Ok I have not tried the "cold water detergent" yet but my regular leading brand laundry detergent does not well with just cold water. The detergent leaves stains and fat stains. I prefer the warm cycles. Especially with little kids! 

Please let me now what you think a common cleaning mistake is!

Daniela

Saturday, July 14, 2012

                                                               Launch Pads 
                          
Launch Pads became really important in my house and will become even more important when my son starts preschool. 

Launch Pads are: 
Designated areas in your house that help you to be organized and get out of the house on time. 

Here is how it works:
I have different launch Pads throughout my house 
Bathroom
  • clothes for the day for myself 
changing table for my oldest 
  • clothes and shoes 
  • a book
Pack and Play:
  • clothes for our little guy
  • blanket for the day
  • burp cloth
  • pacifier 
Fridge:
  • Prepared milk sippy cup and juice 
  • milk for the baby 
Diaper Bag 
  • Restocked with diapers
  • extra change of clothes
  • snacks for the day 
  • wipes 
  • bib 
  • nursing cover 
  • cooler bottle bag 
  • wallet
Kitchen counter (small area) 
  • Sunglasses
  • car keys
  • protein bar 
  • phone
  • water 
Launch pads are to be prepared in the evening and really does not take very long, maybe 5-10 minutes. But the peace of a flawless "getting out of the house routine " is so worth it. You are not searching for that pacifier or thinking what clothes should I wear etc. 
even my husband mentioned how smooth and ON TIME we get out for church on Sundays. 
For me it is now essential when we have early plans in the morning. I totally regret when I do not plan ahead and pay for it with extra trips back and forth. 

Live with Passion 



Daniela

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Clean House


A Clean House?!







Wouldn't it be nice to have a cleaning service come, let's say once a week? Oh that would be lovely I could have so much more time. But that's not realistic, besides I like cleaning it is somewhat therapeutic. 
When I was working I had a cleaning person come twice a month and I loved it, but now being a SAHM does not justify a cleaning service. 
I personally love to clean when the kids are napping but that's for the bigger tasks like mopping the floors or wiping counters etc. So when I clean I either listen to an audio book or listen to one of my shows as background noise:) 
Here are a few tips that helps me, especially having two kids now things need to be organized and easy accessible. 

1. Everything has a place!

This one is super important and the key to a clean or picked up house. We all have clutter or items that we don't know where to place, for that I have a designated basket that I will store in my laundry room. I will clean it out every couple of days and find a designated place. Here you go clutter you earned yourself a spot in my house. 

2. BASKETS BASKETS AND BASKETS!

I love baskets they make for great storage solutions and look very decorative in your house. I have baskets in different areas of my house. 
  •  cute baskets on both of my staircases with nice little tags on them that say: Playroom, Zachy's room, Upstairs. Whenever I clean downstairs I will place items in the basket that belong to the upstairs rooms, I will bring them upstairs whenever I pass them and empty them. They will be put back on the stairs. 
  • portable baskets: Since we have a newborn who sleeps in our bedroom right now we change a lot of diapers. So I made a changing baskets for both of my boys, in there you will find: changing blanket, wipes, A&D, diapers sizes 2&5, thermometer, desitin. I have one for upstairs and downstairs. Once a week I will refill the diapers throughout the house. 
  • The "room to room basket": I have one basket that I will bring in every room when I clean, that way I don't always need to leave the room that I am in to place items where they belong. I place all the items into the basket and when I am done with the room I will then put the items where they belong. It saves me trips and time. 
3. prioritize and what makes the most impact!

I do not have a lot of time to clean in the mornings since we usually are out on a fun adventure, but I don't like to come home to a messy house either. So there are a few things that I do in the morning: 
  • Make the Bed as soon as you get up ( I try to get better at that) 
  • empty the dishwasher from the night before: that way you can place your dirty dishes you make during the day straight into the dishwasher.
  • Start a laundry, preferable the whites on a hot prewash cycle take the longest. 
4. Hold on there is one more thing before you leave the Room!

That one is really a brainer for me since my mind is always one step ahead! But let's say you go in your  kids room to get something, is there anything that needs to go into his room that's lying around the house, just new bought items from Target, like the diaper genie refill? And when you in your kids room is there anything that needs to go downstairs? Maybe the diaper genie needs to be changed? or the bed needs to be made! 
This way you keep the clutter to a minimum and you are in the room already, so why not giving it a quick scan:) 

5. Don't try to clean your entire house in one day!!!

This really does not work with kids anyway. But I found when I did hat in the past I got tired by the time I hit the last bathroom and my cleaning became a little sloppy. 
Designate Different weekdays for each room and don't beat yourself up if you don't get it done, make your bathrooms and kitchen your priority! 

And there is always next week :))

Live with passion 

Daniela



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DIY Baby wipes

I tried this myself and I love these wipes better then the store bought kind. They are moister and clean much better. I use them mostly at home since I have not figured out how to make a diaper bag version.

Here is what you need

  • Paper Towel ( I used the Target Brand) 
  • 2 tablespoon of baby wash 
  • 1 tablespoon of baby oil 
  • 2 cups of water 


use sharp knife and cut paper towel in half 



Mix water, baby wash and baby oil and whisk. 



place paper towel in deep plastic container and pour water mixture over paper towel. now remove inner paper tube. 




pull first sheet from the inside of paper towel (like clorax wipes). with a knife cut a cross into plastic container lid. 


I did make some extra solution and I cut some more paper towel, so when I run out I am prepared. 


I hope you find this helpful, stay tuned for DIY Glass wipes. 

LIVE WITH PASSION 

Daniela