Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Cleaning…Are You Ready?

It’s that time of year! Spring cleaning…and I must say, that I’m really looking forward to it?!

Surely, in the next weeks, our temps will rise enough to open the windows, turn up the happy music, and clean every room…’till it shines like the top of the Chrysler building. LOL (quote from the movie Annie :)

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Do you have a cleaning schedule? I found an easy weekly schedule HERE at CLEAN MAMA. She has amazing free printables, cleaning recipes, schedules, and more on her site. I found it helps me get more done when I have a guideline to follow. She also has suggestions on spring cleaning  :)

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In the last few years, I’ve learned that there are ways to clean without all the harsh and harmful chemicals. All-natural ingredients that you already have at home, can be mixed and turned into fresh, family-friendly cleaners. But I’m certain most of you knew this already  :)

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I want to share with you my CLEAN & ORGANIZE PINTEREST board HERE. I have pinned several ideas on home organization and homemade cleaning recipes, too. I also use the doTERRA Essential Oils, which takes cleaning to a whole new level…adding a nice fragrance and more cleaning power.

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One of my favorite recipes for cleaning the bathroom is 1 part vinegar to 1 part Dawn dish liquid…heated in the microwave. I then add a few drops of lemon essential oil. It works wonders :)

On a sidenote: See that beautiful ironstone platter? My sister-friend Amy gave it to me for my birthday!! I love it…and use it everyday :) Thanks Amy!!

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I’ve been cutting fresh sprigs of rosemary to keep close at hand for simmering on the stove. (probably not a good idea for gas stove, if you don’t have a window open) If you add a few sprigs of rosemary, lemon slices, and a few teaspoons of vanilla to a small pot of water…oh my, it makes your home smell divine :)

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Many vintage items can be used to organize and de-clutter your home. Such as, this vintage strawberry crate used to corral items within easy reach on your kitchen table. I always look for crates, wooden caddies, and baskets that will allow for both organization and style :)

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And I can’t wait to get back out into the garden…I’m ready to get that space organized too.

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What if you don’t have time to do a deep spring clean right now? Well, there are ways to make your home more fresh and spring-like. Fresh flowers, whether from the market or your own garden, can make your home welcoming and pretty. Also, I find that simply wiping down the counters and keeping my sinks clean help me feel less stressed about the house.

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I just clipped these pear blossoms to bring inside for my mantel. I’ll show you more when I get the dining room clean :)

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Ok, I’m off to finish homeschool with my kiddos and get laundry going. Wishing all of you happy spring cleaning :)

I’ll have a giveaway real soon…please come back and visit.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I’m joining Feathered Nest Friday with French Country Cottage HERE

Blessings

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring In a Bottle

If Spring is going to take it’s time getting here to North Louisiana, I decided to bring a little Spring inside.

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A few weeks ago, I posted about My Favorite Things HERE, where I shared how I display a throw on our vintage ladder, during the winter months. Now, with Spring approaching, I decided to use the ladder for displaying some fresh flowers.

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We washed six little vintage glass bottles, tied twine around each one, and filled them with water.

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 There aren’t any flowers blooming just yet in our flower garden…so, I bought white stock at the grocery store.

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Have you ever smelled stock? It smells heavenly :)

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I stacked vintage hemp linens in the chair with some French soaps.

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Any color flower would look pretty…

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I’m certain Spring is approaching, although ever so slowly. There are tiny little buds on a few of our garden bushes and plants, which gives me hope. I just can’t wait to get out there and get my hands dirty :)

Until then, we’ll enjoy Spring in a bottle :)

Have you done any projects lately to bring a little spring inside?

Blessings

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Favorite Homemade Pizza

Happy first week of March!

Oh Spring, where are you?? Surely, you will show yourself soon :) I miss you!!

With all this cold, dreary weather, we cook comfort food. Being inside day after day, comfort food is needed to make us all feel better. Yummy, hot pizza is definitely one recipe we turn to.

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This is our baking station in our kitchen. One of our most used spots in our whole house. We bake. A. LOT. So, we thought it fitting to make a space where everything needed it at our fingertips. I posted our baking station HERE on INSTAGRAM last week, where it was styled a little differently; if you’d like to check it out :)

I followed the easy recipe from Ina Garten HERE for home made pizza dough. I just adapted it for my family. They like pepperoni…plain ol’ cheese and pepperoni :/ Now, it is quite a lengthy process. So, it would be best to start early in the afternoon…just so you can fit in all the steps, before your family dies of hunger :)

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I don’t know about you, but the fresh smell of dough is amazing to me…and it makes you feel like a real baker…so, put on an apron and some loud Italian music :)

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I really love using the dough hook on the Kitchen Aid mixer. No easier way.

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And before too long, you have this gorgeous, heavenly-smelling lump of warm pizza dough. And my favorite part is kneading it with my own hands. If you are brave enough, toss it in the air :)

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Next, make the garlic oil that is explained in Ina Garten's recipe HERE. It adds an amazing flavor to the pizza. Trust me, don’t skip this step. No matter what kind of toppings you’re adding…you WILL want the garlic oil. Also, it makes your house smell delicious while baking.

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And there you have it, my version of home made pizza…thanks to Ina Garten.  And like I said, you can follow the recipe, or add your own toppings. I hope you’ll try it :) Let me know if you do! I’d love to hear how it turns out!

Have a wonderful first week of March!

Blessings

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A French Fruit Crate

Hey there everyone! It has been a cold week here! Very cold!

When the sun popped out, I snapped some photos of the pretty white roses my husband gave me :) I thought this French fruit crate would serve as a nice bed tray. I love to see how many different ways I can use a vintage piece…you know the things you find at a flea market, the ones you really love, and you’re not sure how you’ll use it?

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Now, I love white flowers…especially roses. They are so fragrant. When I walk by them, I’ll sniff them every time:) Also, I’ll move the flowers around the house, so I can enjoy them in more than one room :) This is a photo taken through the mirror of the armoire in our bedroom. It was passed down from my mom…one of my favorite pieces in our home.

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Anyway, I’ve used the French fruit crate as many other things around our house…magazine holder, coffee organizer, and to add height to a centerpiece on our farm table. It’s turned upside down here, on the bed.

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Used as an organizer on the buffet and hutch:

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The same French crate at Christmas:

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But I really like the crate as a bed tray…I like the contrast of the raw wood and the whites on the bed. I used a vintage grain sack for a body pillow cover, and a hemp linen sheet as a throw on the end of the bed…wrinkles and all :) If you’d like to read more about our reclaimed wood headboard GO HERE.

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So, what about you? Do you have some versatile vintage pieces? I love the question “What will you do with that?”…I enjoy the challenge of finding the usefulness of vintage treasures.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some warmer days…and my roses to start blooming in the garden again. Until then, I’ll enjoy some grocery store blooms on a French fruit crate :)

Have a lovely day!

Blessings

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Few of My Favorite Things

Hi there! I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things…

an olive tree, French harvest basket and Anthropologie tassel throw.

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I’ve always wanted an olive tree. And I thought it would look nice in this French harvest basket. Of course, anything looks great in a harvest basket :) Our walls are painted Cotton Fluff by BEHR. And the warm white makes the tree “pop”, don’t you think?

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With some extra Christmas money, I purchased the Anthropologie Temple Bells Throw (which happens to be ON SALE NOW). It has a wonderful texture! And when I’m not snuggled under it on the sofa, I store it on our vintage ladder. It also looks fabulous across the end of our bed. I love whites and raw wood together. Oh, and Jovi B had to jump in and photo bomb! LOL

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We sold the hemp linen patchwork pillows at our Barn Sale…I loved them so much, I got a couple for our den. I really like the mixture of different textures.

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I found the wooden vintage ladder at Canton Trade Days a few years ago…it serves as one of our most versatile pieces. I’ve moved it all around our home, and used it for so many different purposes.

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The boots, which came from DSW, were a gift for Christmas from my family. I wear them with everything. I guess the boots are one of my favorites too :)

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I’m hoping the olive tree is easy to keep alive…so far, so good. I’m wondering if after the weather warms up, should I plant it in the yard?

Do you have an olive tree? What are some of your favorite things right now?

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Blessings

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