Nesting begins

This weekend nesting really kicked in. The hubs actually jump started it, as he and his dad have spent the majority of their free weekends renovating our 4th bedroom – turning it into a finished bedroom/office. I can’t start decorating the nursery until this room is done. So until then, I’m attacking other projects around the house.

What really kicked nesting into high gear this weekend was the fact that we ripped out the carpet in the dining/living room and had the hardwood floors underneath refinished.

Before:

After:

So.Much.Prettier.

The dust from the floors was all over the walls, so I googled homemade wall cleaner, ran to Wal-Mart for supplies, and spent 3 hours washing walls with a simple solution of 1 TBS baking soda, 1/8th cup baking soda, 1/8th cup lemon scented clear ammonia, and water in a 32 oz spray bottle.

Then I hit up Pinterest, looking to tackle my kitchen.

First up – clean the fridge.

Once it was emptied, I was struck by how disgusting the shelves were.

gross

I washed the inside and out with 4 cups water mixed with 1/4 cup baking soda and some essential oil (lemon juice would work if you don’t have any essential oil).

Tada!

And now it is organized, hallelujah, I can find my food.

(later that night I fixed that empty fruit drawer problem)

After dinner I tackled the stove top with help from this pin. I filled 4 gallon size freezer bags with 3 TBS lemon scented clear ammonia and put one stove top grate in each.

Look at that grime. Gross.

I let them sit 12 hours and rinsed them the following morning with water and scrubbed a bit with an SOS pad. Well, the hubs did that part. The ammonia smell was pretty overwhelming, and I decided it wasn’t good for me or Baby Spinach to be inhaling the fumes.

And BAM! We have GREY stove grates, not black grates like I originally thought!

I’ve tried everything under the sun to clean these bad boys, but this cheap and easy solution worked better than any of them. I was shocked with the result.

I rounded off my weekend with some pictureless pins by cleaning the tub with a 1:1 ratio of warmed up white vinegar and blue dawn dish soap (yes, it really worked – better than CLR, Scrubbing Bubbles, or any other tub cleaner I’ve tried), and washing my towels with one cycle of 1 cup vinegar, followed by a second cycle of 1 cup baking soda (pin called for 1/2 cup baking soda, but I forgot to double check the pin). The dingy towel smell is gone!

I still have a TON that needs to be done, but I’m very pleased with all the work the hubs and I accomplished this weekend. 🙂

What is your favorite homemade cleaning solution?

I need to hire a maid.

How many of you participate in Spring Cleaning?

I wish I did not.

Tuesday I spent 5 1/2 hours cleaning.

Today I spent 4 more.

Insane.

I do, however, have a rather clean house to show for all my time. But that is not how I intended to spent my spring break.

I really wanted to relax.

And make treats.

And read.

None of the above happened. However, I did host Champagne Thursday tonight, which really exhausted Rilo.

Seriously.

So since my day was filled with cleaning, I don’t really have any fun foodie meals to share with you. However, my friend Kelly is debuting today on Once a Month Mom as the new whole foods contributor!

I am so excited to try out her Mexican Verde Casserole, Salsa Verde, and Homemade Tortillas!

What is your favorite “whole foods” meal?

Re-vamping my week.

A lot of yesterday’s to-do’s were checked off today, including taking down the tree, cleaning the house and getting on top of the laundry.

But none of these things were crossed off my list until after I slept off some of yesterday’s stummy ache. I’m still not feeling 100% and decided I had to take a much needed rest day from the gym. Dang! I really like to exercise on the weekends because I don’t feel rushed.

But at least I feel somewhat accomplished. After a breakfast of coffee/raw sugar/ff half&half with bacon, an egg and some hashbrowns I got to work…

My love seat is finally centered with my picture wall.

Although my picture frames are certainly not centered!

While I am happy to have de-Christmasfied the house, I do think my living room is missing a little something-something.

And I think I need to recycle some of those magazines…hmmm.

My dining room table is back to normal too.

And I prepped 3 oatmeals for work brekkies this week.

And the hubs has a Gourmet Bean Soup on the stove-top.

Also accomplished before 5 p.m.:

Gym bag packed and ready to go.

Breakfast/lunch made for tomorrow.

Coffee ground and set to brew tomorrow morning.

And on to the re-vamp:

Last nights Insane in the membrane burgers call for a few ingredients we don’t normally stock the kitchen with. And tonight’s soup is enough to feed an army. So the meal planning I did yesterday morning, meh, out the window. I’m working on creating a new menu for the week that will not require me to go to the grocery store and will allow me to use up some of the fun items filling my fridge.

And after a post-assessment of last weeks meals and workouts I’ve decided I need to attack some issues in a weekly mini-goal manner. Each week I’m going to pick a new mini-goal to work on, and hopefully they’ll stick.

Issues I have:

Getting up when my alarm clock goes off (the first time)

Stretching before and after a work out (related to the alarm thing…)

Drinking enough water

Strength training

Working my core muscles

Eating enough veggies

Getting 8 hours of consecutive sleep

I’m sure I have more, but these are the issues I can most easily identify and work to solve.

This week my goal is to get up when my alarm clock goes off every morning. 5:04 here I come!