Free Printable Friday — March 18, 2016

Free Printable Friday

Hello, all!

Today is my first blog post in my new Free Printable Friday blog series!

I’ve been in such a decluttering, organizing and cleaning mood lately and so one of the things I’ve been focusing on is books.

For this reason, I’d like to share with you a free Books to Read List Printable.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that you enjoy this.

Come back soon!

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Thrifty Thursday —

Thrifty Thursday

Hello, everyone!

This is  my first installment in my Thrifty Thursday series.

For the first few posts I want to show you all some DIY things. Then maybe I can move into freebies, coupons, etc.

The following is something that I’ve tried and found that it works:

DIY Fabric Softener

So for my first batch, I did two different kinds. I filled 2 mason jars  of each, 1 for me and 1 for my mother (she was the guinea pig, along with me).

As for ingredients, you’ll need:

Distilled white vinegar (I’m not sure if other vinegars will work but I’ll check on that)

Hair conditioner of your choosing

Water (I used it from the sink but you could use distilled)

And materials:

A mixing bowl

Something to mix the ingredients with

A container (I used mason jars)

A measuring cup/spoon  (to measure and keep with your fabric softener)

Okay, so what you do is get all of your ingredients together and use equal parts (1 cup) vinegar and chosen conditioner. When you’re doing this add the vinegar to the bowl first and then the conditioner. Mix well. Then pour it into your chosen container and shake it up to mix. Then add 2 cups of hot water to the mixture and shake again.

You’re done!

1 load = 1/4 cup of DIY fabric softener

1 batch of DIY fabric softener = 16 loads of laundry

The really nice thing is that if you buy the conditioner from the Dollar Tree, you will be saving so much money! I used the Suave Waterfall Mist and VO5 Mint Tea and Vanilla ones.

I hope that you liked this!

Be sure to come back soon. (:

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Woodwork Wednesday — March 16, 2016

Woodwork Wednesday

Hello, everyone!

This is the first installment in my Woodwork Wednesday series!

Recently I’ve been working on a bookcase/bookshelf that I got for free off of the side of the road from a tag sale. I wish I had taken a before picture but I wasn’t really into the full swing of blogging back then, so oh well. So here’s some background: the bookcase was sturdy, made of some type of wood (probably pine), but had a particle back (which maybe I can change…because one time I had something very important to me break for that reason). It also had chipping brown paint so that immediately made me think that I wanted to sand it down and finish it.

A few weeks ago (I know, a long drawn out project) I began sanding it with the power sander (so much better than just manual!) and found that it also had a red layer of paint beneath it as well as a weird grey one. So far I’ve got the top very smooth and I’m filling in the cracks with wood putty. So I’ve got to get going and finish the rest! Instead of staining it, I’m going to paint it this very pretty blue because I wanted to experiment with painted wood as everything else in my house is stained.

I will be posting pictures, and I’ve got so many projects lined up!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you back!

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Tiff’s Tips —

Tiff’s Tips

Hello, all!

Today is the first installment in my series called Tiff’s Tips – where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks with you!

First up is something that I’ve tried and found that it works. Most people would use essential oils but I don’t really have any lying around (they’re expensive, but I would like to get some for the future) so I use vanilla extract. What you do is get a few cotton balls and soak them in your chosen scent. You can then use them to freshen up your vacuum. You know the smell I’m talking about – it smells like dog and dirt if you have pets. You throw them in the canister or the bag of the vacuum and you will smell the scent as you vacuum.

I also use baking soda to try and deodorize. I sprinkle it all over the floor and then let it sit for a couple of minutes, then I vacuum it up. It also helps to see where you’ve vacuumed. 😛 You can get the Arm and Hammer (or other kinds) at the Dollar Tree, which is a great way to save money and stock up since they’re little).

Well, thanks for stopping by!

Hope to see you soon!

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Mommy Monday (Pet Version) —

Mommy Monday (Pet Version)

Hello, everybody!

This is the first installment in my Mommy Monday (Pet Version) blog series.

My boyfriend and I are in the process of buying a house, so there’s lots of work to be done here. So one of the first things I wanted to talk about in this series is what I’ve already done.

July of last year I got Bunbun (my almost 1 year old female Flemish Giant rabbit) and a few months ago I got Little Guy “Wabbit” (another almost 1 year old male rabbit thought to be a Mini Satin and Satin mix).

My boyfriend and I have tried so many different options for rabbit housing. Bunbun used to roam the house freely until she started to forget her litterbox training habits! But she always had a little cardboard box home that she could go into if she wanted some alone time. When she got too big, we made her a cage out of the metal cage surrounding a sap container (for maple syrup). We’ve also made her 2 different cages out of wood and chicken wire. As for the Little Guy, we’ve made him one cage out of wood and chicken wire as well.

Just recently we moved them both into their own room down in the basement. I had seen so many neat different housing ideas for rabbits on Pinterest and so we build them a fence! It came out pretty nice but for some reason it’s gotten crooked so I’ll have to fix that somehow. Bunbun has a very large litter pan whereas the Little Guy has a tiny corner one. They also each have a couch cushion (they ruined it by peeing on it and chewing it, oh well, live and learn). Of course, they’ve got their hay and metal food container for pellets. I’ve found that rabbits like water bowls much better than the bottles that they sell in the pet stores.

In the near future, I’d like to build them some houses in their corners and put some mailboxes next to their fence. (: The room is painted orange right now which makes it pretty bright and I want to decorate it with bunny pictures and other stuff.

I will be posting pictures!

I’ve also been saving my toilet paper and paper towel rolls because you can use them as bunny toys. They love to chew on them and toss them around. You can also hang them and fill them with hay. Another thing that I’ve done is cut rings out of them and make it into a little ball.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you back here. (:

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A Free Printable for Decluttering and Organizing Your Closet — March 2, 2016

A Free Printable for Decluttering and Organizing Your Closet


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Hello, everybody!

This is the first organizational printable I have ever made! I am so excited to be sharing this with you all!

When you read through the organizing printable, please note that I don’t actually mean toss it (unless it’s underwear or something torn and ratty, of course)! There are numerous options: you could donate it to the Goodwill or Salvation Army, sell it on a Facebook tag sale site or Craigslist, etc.

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Click here to download the free printable for decluttering and organizing your closet!

Go and check out my other post on this topic Declutter Your Closet for even more tips and tricks.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope to see you soon!

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What to Do When You Have Too Many Magazines — February 27, 2016

What to Do When You Have Too Many Magazines

Hello, everyone!

I have not seen a blog post about this yet, but I’m sure it’s out there. I don’t know about you but I have a confession to make…I think I’m a magazine hoarder. I’ll show you.

I know…it’s bad. Just like a book (I’ll tackle that beast at another time), I love the feel of the pages and having the magazine in front of me. It’s just not the same reading a digital version.

So…we all know that the advertisements are pretty much a waste and we all flip past them (unless it’s something that really catches our eye). We can then conclude that that’s taken away from what’s left useful in the magazine.

We could also probably do without the table of contents since we’re going to just look through the whole thing for ourselves.

I’m also sure that there are some articles or pages that we just don’t really care for, so that’s gone too.

Maybe with what we’re left with, we could take out of the magazine and put into a big binder for future reference (if we really do like the article).

Most of us also have a separate recipe binder, so we can just file those pages accordingly.

For this project, I will have to find (or make) a pretty binder to put all of these interesting articles into and I’ll also have to take the time to cut out the recipes so I can put them in my little recipe box.

I could even make my own table of contents right in the front, for home decorating, DIY, makeup, savings, etc.

I will keep you updated.

I am in the process of making a free printable for this project!

For a free printable go to my newest post A Free Printable for Decluttering and Organizing Your Closet.

Update: It’s been a while because I had so many magazines to go through and then I hole-punched them all and organized them into a binder. It doesn’t look that pretty yet but I’ll figure it out!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Hope to see you soon!

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Declutter Your Closet —

Declutter Your Closet

Hello, all!

I know that I’m not the only one with too many clothes! I’ve read so many blog posts on this topic, so I thought that I’d let you all know what works for me.

  1. First thing’s first: take everything out of your closet!

I put everything on my bed, personally, and not on the floor. This reason is twofold: the floor is probably dirtier than your bed (and why would you want to do that to your clean clothes?) and this way I can’t go to sleep until I’ve finished (or I can just sleep on top of the clothes).

It is also easier to get rid of things if they’re already out of your closet. If you just browse through, you’ll say “Oh, I like this, next…” and you won’t be able to get rid of much that way.

  1. Throw away anything that you don’t like (or anything too far gone).

This is probably the easiest to part with, since you already don’t like the item. Perhaps you bought it and thought you’d like it or you just grew out of it. There could also be some things in there that need to be regifted (just kidding).

Now when I say “throw away” I don’t really mean that. Although, if it is too torn or stained I would honestly make cloths out of it. Otherwise, donate to Good Will, Salvation Army, a Christian Center, etc.

If you have the patience, you could also make a few extra bucks by selling it on Craigslist, Facebook, at a tag sale, online, etc.

  1. Throw away anything that doesn’t fit.

This next step is a little harder and that’s why we’re easing into it by doing the easier step first. I know I’m not the only one who thinks I’ll lose weight (I might) and be able to fit into all of those cute clothes that I used to wear. But the truth is that they’re taking up valuable space in my closet. And if I do lose the weight then I can reward myself with a small shopping spree for new clothes.

Again, you could resell these clothes or donate them.

  1. Now time for the fun part: putting everything back!

I’m actually not really sure if this is the most fun part, because you can get a lot of satisfaction out of just purging your closet in general.

I recommend that you get hangers that match (i.e. same color) that way everything looks more streamlined. Also make sure that the hangers fit your closet rod! I’ve had it happen where they don’t and so that’s not very good. I also recommend the hangers that allow you to hang other hangers off of them. One of the things that I also do for aesthetics is organize the clothes by color and shade, that way you can find what you want to wear more easily.

Another thing that I’ve been meaning to try is making it so the hangers face towards me and then once I wear that piece of clothing, I turn the hanger away from me. This will make it easier to notice which clothes you are wearing and which you may need to get rid of – to make space for things more your style!

One way to streamline your mornings is to pick out your outfits for the week and have them hanging up in order, pants and all.

Well, that’s it for now! I’m sure I’ll come back to this post to update if I’ve done anything extra special with my wardrobe but for right now I’m limited on cash and so I’ve done all that I can short of buying all new hangers, building additions to the closet, etc.

I hope that your purging and organizing goes well!

Please comment below if you have any tips or tricks that you’d like to share.

Also, be sure to check out my latest blog post A Free Printable for Decluttering and Organizing Your Closet.

Thank you so much for coming by my blog today and I hope that you’ll be back.

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My Own Farm —

My Own Farm

Hello, everybody!

Today I thought I’d talk about my “farm”. My boyfriend and I moved into the house that we currently live in during April and it came with some land, a shed, a garage and…a barn. The barn is the second best part (maybe the first). I immediately thought that I would get a cow and I’ve been so looking forward to it. This Spring I think that we’ll pick out two bull dairy calves.

Anyways, the animal that came first was Tidus – he’s been with me for 8 years now. Then came a bunny – Penelope. She unfortunately died and so I got her sister, Felicity (Bunbun). I tried so hard to save Penelope but either it was just her time to go or I definitely didn’t do something right. It started out with her having diarrhea which I know is deadly in rabbits. So I called the farm that I had gotten her from and they told me to put some oatmeal on her food and that should help. Unfortunately it didn’t and so the next day I did some research and saw that it could be mucoid enteritis/enteropathy. I called the vet and asked them how much it would cost to see her and it was just out of my price range and I have crappy credit. Thank God, they gave me some suggestions. I got some infant gas relief and put that in her water. I also got microbe powder that I also put in her water since the reason for her illness was due to something in her digestive tract or cecum (which is where the fermentation happens). She also couldn’t eat her poop like most rabbits because she wasn’t producing any. This gel-like substance started coming out after the diarrhea. I also gave her electrolytes because I know she was dehydrated from it. I also tried some different food for her but it just didn’t work. Just recently I picked up another little guy and Wesley (the beau) named him Wabbit.

When we first moved into this house the previous owners also left their 15 chickens and a cat (although she looked like a kitten). She was an outside cat and one night she never came back. I do miss her and may get another cat one day, even though I’m not particularly a cat person, she and I bonded. The 15 chickens were annoying, though. At least they laid us some eggs though. Around the same time that the poor cat went missing, all but one of our chickens were killed by a fisher cat, a dog, a coyote, who knows. So this one chicken was kind of nice and just followed us around and pooped on everything…and then she went missing.

So I decided that I would get some ducks – because I had always thought that they were so cute. And they would lay me eggs (bonus!). So I got two ducklings and brought them home. One of them died that first night and so I kept the lonely duckling that was left with me in the house. I feel like I definitely imprinted on her because she would start peeping as soon as I put her down. I actually don’t even know if she was a girl because I I never checked but I just felt that she was for some reason. She would crawl up onto my shoulder, close to my neck, and fall asleep. It was the cutest thing and I’m so glad that I got a picture of it. Because I didn’t want her to be lonely and wanted her to have some duck friends I went back to the farm and got 6 more. They were a bit bigger than she and the other duckling were. I put them all in a space together and I feel like they may have smothered her because when I went to check on them she wasn’t doing so well. She was so weak and not  as vocal. So I immediately took her out of there and kept her with me. Unfortunately she was also dead when I woke up the next morning. I felt so bad. I feel like I should have stayed on the couch and let her sleep on my chest the whole night.

My bunnies are house rabbits. Bunbun is currently downstairs while the little guy, Wabbit, is upstairs…since both have yet to be altered. Bunbun is very big, just like her sister was going to be; she’s a Flemish Giant and about 8 months. Wabbit is a Satin/Mini-Satin mix I believe and about 9 months. So obviously their cages are different sizes. He is also on different feed/pellets than her. I won’t transition him to Bunbun’s feed until they’re altered. And I will also be able to make an awesome living arrangement for them! Bunbun used to eat Timothy hay and Alfalfa hay but now they’re both just on Timothy. I also give them these straw treats. With his previous owners, Wabbit has had lettuce and carrots. I was so scared from Penelope that I’ve been scared to try it with Bunbun but I’m actually going out today to get some groceries and so we’ll give it a go. Also, they are poop and pee machines! It definitely got worse when they met each other, but hopefully I can get them fixed soon. Wabbit seems to do well in his cage with his litter box, but not so much in the house, but he’s making progress. Bunbun used to do awesome with her litter box but then she got too big and it’s my fault because I haven’t been able to figure out what to do yet. She mostly poops in her area…except right at the front door and I don’t know why.

For the duck aspect of my farm, I would definitely like to hatch some more ducklings in the spring and summer. I also would love to get 3 eggs a day from my 3 girls but that only happens sometimes. So once I have more ducks I’ll have more eggs. I also have to figure out a better watering system…they make such a mess. I also want to make them a pond so we’ll probably have to move them to the other coop and see if there is a natural spring down there. And we’ll obviously have to build a new fence.

The next project will be getting ready for the cows! I literally cannot wait! They are so cute and I can’t wait to care for them and love them. We will have to make the barn more homey and we’ll have to put up a fence (probably electric – because of the cost). To get ready we can definitely put in a trough or water bucket and a place for the total mixed ration (forage, concentrate, minerals, vitamins, etc.) to go. Then we should prepare for their arrival by having their food beforehand. Maybe we should also have some halters and rope leads. I’m sure that there is much more that I’m forgetting but I’ll definitely research beforehand.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. Hope to see you back here!

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2016 Reading List — January 15, 2016

2016 Reading List

Hello, everyone! (:

I have so many books lying around my house and I was just browsing through some other blogs and one of the questions they posed was, “What’s on your 2016 reading list?”.

To my left I have Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (which has yet to be finished) and to my right I have What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (which also has yet to be finished). I don’t want to give the stories away so I’ll just give you 2 little synopses. The former book is about a young girl who transforms into a boy and finds out the history of her/his family. Basically the latter title is about a woman who’s lost 10 years of memory and a lot has happened since then.

I’ve also got Inferno by Dan Brown,The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, Consumed by Benjamin Barber, Zipporah, Wife of Moses by Marek Halter and She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, Witch & Wizard by James Patterson down here in the living room.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope that you’ll stop by soon.

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