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I saw a photo similar to this on Pinterest (the link has since been broken – boo!) about six months ago. The moment I saw it I immediately started planning to have one taken of our family. I can not wait to have it printed on a giant canvas for our living room!
I love the turquoise print. I created it especially for our family photos and it now hangs on our inspiration wall above the piano. (More on that another day.) As a way of saying thank you for visiting my little blog, I created this print in 11×14 and 8×10 in a rainbow of colors for you to enjoy.
(For personal use only. You may not sell these prints and claim them as your own. However, photographers are more than welcome to use them as photo shoot props.)
Click below to download.
The above photo was taken by Jen of Jen Martin Studios. She is my very favorite Western Washington photographer. We drive 1.5 hours each way just to see her. She is THAT good. (She also took the photos of Zoë’s Angry Birds birthday party last year.)
Earth Day is celebrated in a big way at our house. In years past we have planted our garden, taken our batteries to the library for recycling, taken large electronics to be recycled, pretty much everything except unplugging from the digital world. That is crazy talk! You should have seen the look on Zoë’s face when I asked her if we should turn off all the screens in our house for the day (iPhones, laptops, TVs). You’d have thought I was taking away Christmas. Ha!
This year, the girls and I made all natural household cleaners. (Look at me, actually doing some of the projects I have pinned!) I have mixed feelings about this. While I definitely lean more towards the hippie side of the spectrum (I live in Seattle, after all) I love any sort of anti-bacterial, disinfecting, make-my-house-sparkly product. However, there comes a point when the chemicals are worse for you than the filth they are cleaning, at least that is what I am telling myself. Not to mention, all natural household cleaners are crazy affordable. I spent more on spray bottles than I did the ingredients.
I made a list of all the earth-friendly household cleaning recipes that I pinned on Pinterest and got to work. And, of course, I had to make cute labels for the bottles. Homemade cleaning supplies need cute packaging too! The recipe for each cleaner is included on the label for easy duplication in the future. I will post my reviews below as I use the products.
You will find labels for:
Review: This cleaner works very well. I don’t know that I am going to give up my disinfecting wipes (they are so handy!) but I won’t be buying any commercial all-purpose cleaners in the future.
Review: This works really well! There is no filmy/cloudy residue on the floor after use, unlike other commercial cleaners we have used in the past.
Review: Awesome! My girls were actually fighting about who got to use the cleaner on our evil beige carpet. (They ended up taking turns dousing the spots and scrubbing.) Who am I to take away their fun? I am going to go buy a second little bottle for Miracle Cleaner and they can spot clean their little hearts out. Do we know how to have fun, or what?! The cleaner easily got up coffee, red wine, and orange juice. I haven’t tried it on grout yet, but that is just a matter of time.
Soap Scum Remover
Review: Our glass shower doors are the cleanest they have been since we bought our home four years ago. This cleaner is fantastic! It even cleaned the white shower floor as well. Two thumbs way up!
Review: This works extremely well on grassy weeds and moss, but takes multiple applications on leafy weeds.
We also made homemade laundry soap. I almost didn’t make this because Eden has such sensitive skin. I’m afraid she is going to break out into hives. However, it has gotten such good reviews online and is so inexpensive that I thought I’d at least try it. Worst case I give it to my neighbor, right? I am going to wash one load of Eden’s laundry with the new laundry soap and if all is well, then we are good to go! In addition to the laundry soap, I made a quick reference guide with the other all natural laundry tips & tricks I have found on Pinterest.
Edited to add: The laundry soap was a no-go for my family. Both of my girls broke out into itchy bumps after using it. Bummer.
One other area of our home that is most definitely not earth friendly is our yard maintenance, the Roundup to be specific. I fully acknowledge that Roundup is pure toxic filth, however, I love my Roundup. I have a giant sprayer and happily kill any weed that dares grow on our property. I hate weeds. Hate them! The other day I read (on Pinterest, of coures) that 100% undiluted white vinegar kills weeds just as effectively as Roundup. Who knew? I have two spray bottles loaded and ready to go the moment it stops raining here. Mwahahaha! (A”weed killer” label is included in the download above.)
Thanks for stopping by! Happy healthy cleaning!
It's been a while since I did some enabling shared some of my favorite things, and I recently found some new items for my list that I wanted to post.
First up, the long-sleeve tee from Ann Taylor Loft. They are soft and snuggly and can be dressed up or down. I own two of them and plan on buying more. I think they are going to be my fall/winter staple. Combine it with a cute sweater and you are all set.
Next, cosmetics. I am a huge fan of Bare Escentuals. I won't use any other cosmetics anymore. They recently released some amazing new products:
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation
I have struggled with oily skin since junior high. I have tried everything to get rid of the blasted shine: powder, oil-free products, shine reducing serum… Nothing worked until now. If you struggle with shine you must try this product. It is a little jar of powdery magic, and it won't even dry out your skin.
- Hydrating Mineral Veil
Mineral veil is like an airbrush in a jar. I have used the regular mineral veil in the past and bought this new formula when I ran out. I like it! I can't say that I have noticed a huge difference between the two, but it feels nice and cool when you apply it. It is very enjoyable in the summer time.
- Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Mascara
I have been on the hunt for the mascara ever since I decided to wear it an be a grown-up a few years ago. Mission accomplished. It doesn't clump or smear and glides on smoothly. I normally can only wear waterproof because of my contacts, but this mascara doesn't smear!
- Prime Time Eyelid Primer
I may have mentioned this one before, but it is worth another mention. Normally I consider primers to be a waste of time and money, but I was sick of my makeup vanishing an hour after I applied it, so I gave this a try. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it kept my eyeshadow in place all day long! I ran out last week and could definitely tell the difference without it.
KaBoom Continuous Toilet Cleaning System
Our water leaves a weird film in our toilet bowls and showers. I don't have a clue why. Soft water? Fluoridation? Either way, I don't like it. Clorox bleach tablets take care of the film, but they are too strong smelling for me. I tried the KaBoom system and voila! Clean potty and no weird smell, and it lasts for three months. Cool.
I could have sworn there were a few more, but I am drawing a blank right now. Hmmmm. I'll have to think about it and get back to you.
- Bare Minerals Matte Foundation
There have been so many baby innovations since Zoë was a baby. It is amazing how quickly baby gear advances. Here are a couple that I have been using the last few weeks that I just love.
Ergo Baby Carrier
My sister-in-law Janice recommended this carrier to me. She has tried all of them, literally, and told me that this one was the one to buy. I tend to believe her. She works at a baby boutique and finds all of the coolest gadgets and gizmos. If you need a product review, she is your girl. I tried out the Ergo Baby the other day and Janice was not wrong. It is super comfortable to wear and Eden likes being in it. You can carry babies from newborn to FOUR years old in it! Seriously! It converts from a side sling carrier to a front carrier to a backpack carrier. How cool is that?
My Breast Friend
Admittedly, the name is cheesy, but this is a fantastic product. They had them at the doctor's office when we went in for Eden's well baby check last week. The nurse had me use it when she was checking Eden's latch. It is soooo comfortable. Unlike a Boppy, it wraps around your entire body and helps support your back while you are nursing. I also like that it is flat on top which makes it easier (I think) to position the baby. Don't get me wrong, I would never give up my Boppy, it is great for propping up the baby, BUT this pillow is much much better for feeding Eden. It has saved my back. I was always getting hunched over with the Boppy.
Ju-Ju-Be PackaBe Diaper Bag
We received this amazing diaper bag as a baby gift. Boy am I glad that didn't take the tags off of the one that I bought before Eden was born. This bag, besides being cute, is surprisingly spacious and functional. I absolutely love it AND it coordinates with the BeQuick that Janice bought for me a few months back (remember I told you she finds the coolest things.) These will definitely be on my baby gift list from now on. I am very impressed with this company, and it doesn't hurt that their products are gorgeous.
Definitely post a comment if you can recommend any other must-have items. I am loving all of these new products and since I can't drive anywhere for four more weeks, online shopping is my friend. Hehehe. (Now let's just hope Kelly doesn't read that, shall we?)
I jotted down a few more good things over the last few days to share with you. They were supposed to be on the original list but I….
Wait. What was I saying?
Oh yes, good things. I forgot.
Pregnancy brain has most definitely set in. I can't tell you how many times I have looked at my last blog post to see what is on my to-do list. Kelly likes to tease me and says, "Well at least we will have smart kids (since they are obviously eating your brain) and you are cute." Sweet man.
First up, Bake Me A Wish birthday cakes. I found this great website on my Mom's birthday. Zoë wanted to make her a birthday cake. Since we live on opposite sides of the state I thought I would look into a delivery services. Voila! Now, instead of sending people flowers on their birthday, they get cake. It is roughly the same price and yummy! My Mom and Kelly's grandma both said their cakes were delicious. (Which is more than I can say about the cakes I make.)
Next, Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags. These little sanitizing bags are pure genius! You can reuse each bag 20x and they sanitize pump accessories, bottles, binkies, etc. in 1.5 minutes. It doesn't get any easier than that. I got all of Eden's baby paraphernalia sterilized in less than ten minutes. I actually stocked up on all sorts of Medela products this time around in hopes of having better success nursing. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I don't remember them having all of these items when Zoë was born. I don't know if it is because they are new, or because I had no clue what to even look for last time. LOL!
Another Good Thing: Babies R' Us
Babies R' Us is an awesome store. If you are having a baby, you must find one. It is well worth the drive. I have never seen such a selection or concentration of baby supplies. They have everything under the sun! I found all sorts of things that I never knew I always needed. Honestly though, the nursing section alone is worth the trip. I haven't found such a wide variety of products anywhere.
Now I don't know if this falls into the good things category or not, it is definitely not a necessity, but I think they are hilarious.
My very favorite card is:
"If I've learned one thing in my initial time as a parent, it's that I owe you, my partner in this venture, some apologies. One for engaging in that back-and-forth opera of semi-conscious snorts and moans to suggest I was still asleep when the baby started crying at 4am. One for figuring out our baby's pooping schedule so that 'my turn' always falls on a pee diaper. And one for passing our right before our long-awaited date night."
And then there is this little gem:
Alrighty, I am off to the doctor for my last check-up. The next time I see her will be at the hospital next Wednesday morning. Eek! Is it just me, or have the last nine months just flown by?