Thanksgivukkah

Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) are both right around the corner, and although I’m not actually hosting in our tiny apartment, that hasn’t stopped me from dreaming up the perfect tablescape to combine the two.  Using a mix of rustic fall-influenced linens, coppers, and gorgeous deep blues, some of the products below would lend themselves beautifully to this one-in-a-lifetime meal!
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Get the look:
Wishing you all a happy and healthy start to the holiday season, xo!

Statement Stationery

As part of this great segue into adulthood, I’ve found myself longing for clean and simple stationary that I can pull out and use for any needed occasion whether it be a simple thank you note or just to say “Hello”.  During a few recent browses through Etsy and Pinterest, I’ve found some amazing statement stationary that would be great to have on hand in a desk drawer.  These simple messages, embossed lettering and fun typography have me weak in the knees:

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Clean Living

As I’ve gotten older, creating and maintaining a clean and organized space around me has become one of my top priorities, both for my sanity and happiness.  I’m pretty sure my mother would have never suspected I could keep a home clean, judging solely by the state of my highschool bedroom and her sheer frustration at asking me to pick up my clothing day after day.  Well, it seems I’m the “Mom” now, as I explain to Josh things like how it’s necessary to wipe down the kitchen counters every night after cooking, and that just because the dog will inevitably shed more tomorrow, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t sweep today!  I actually find that the little amount of time I spend on daily cleaning and tidying provides me with a bit of zen each day.

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While I have no problem tackling the day to day, every now and then I take to the internet to find some good at home remedies for the “tough” stains, spots, and grime.  Here are a few of my favorite tried and true cleaning tips:

  1. Cleaning Your Stove Burners: Take each burner and place it in a large (gallon size should do it) plastic bag.  Add about 1/4 cup of ammonia.  Seal and let sit overnight.  No scrubbing needed! It is the ammonia fumes, not the ammonia, that dissolve away all burned on grime and grease. (Source)
  2. Keeping your Shower Tiles Fresh: Fill a dish wand (the ones with the clear handles you can put soap in 😉 ) with half Dawn dish soap and half vinegar.  Wipe down walls of shower with it before showering, and rinse off during shower. (Source)
  3. For Sparkling Sink Fixtures: Mix Borax with enough lemon juice to create a stiff paste (can be stored in a small container when needed).  Rub it on, then rinse away thoroughly. (Source)
  4. To Remove Food Stains from a Microwave: Fill a microwaveable bowl with 2 cups of water and add 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Add one toothpick to float on the top of the liquid. Microwave for 5 minutes, let the steam sit with the door closed for another 2 minutes. Remove turntable and wash down in the sink; wipe down sides of the microwave with a sponge or paper towel. (Source)
  5. Tile Floor Grout Cleaner: Add together 7 cups water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia (or lemon juice) and 1/4 cup vinegar. Spray on grout, leave for about 1 hour, then scrub vigorously with a scrub brush. (Source)
  6. Carpet Stains: Mix equal parts ammonia and hot water.  Pour mixture over stain and cover with a clean white towel. Iron towel on top of the stain and the stain will lift right off the rug! (Source)
  7. Wrinkle Release Spray: Mix equal parts white vinegar, fabric softener, and water in a spray bottle.  Spray on fabric and pull slightly – wrinkles fall right out. (Source)
  8. Remove Rust Stains from Knives: Soak your knives in lemon juice for 10-15 minutes then scrub with rough side of the sponge. (Source)
  9. Clogged Drains: Pour about 1/2 cup of Baking Soda down the drain. Pour 2 cups Vinegar down the drain and let sit 10-15 minutes. Next, pour a pot of boiling water down the drain.  If clog is still not completely broken up, run warm water and use a plunger over the drain a few times. (Source)
  10. Cleaning a Wooden Cutting Board: Combine 2 tbsp vinegar with 1 cup of water and wipe down cutting board using dishtowel dipped in solution.  Slice a lemon in half, dip pulp side in coarse sea salt, and use as a scrubber over board. Wipe down the board with water, pat dry, and finish with a little board or mineral oil. (Source)

Do you have any fantastic cleaning tips you use? I’d love to hear them!

Wishing you a fabulous hump-day.  xo