Sunday, March 12, 2017

This Is Levi

I failed to keep up with my weekly updates already. But here are some pictures that were taken at the end of February/beginning of March.

We all piled in our bed and watched a movie a couple Friday nights ago. 
And I've already forgotten what it was... 
Levi would probably remember but I'm not waking him up to ask... ;-)

After eating breakfast at Crackle Barrel Levi got to pick out Jelly Beans because he was so good! He was also gifted a dollar bill from an elderly gentleman who was seated at a nearby table. This is the second time this year that someone gave Levi a dollar when we were out! 

A little science experiment that was a big hit! More on this later! 

Posing with his jelly beans! 

This was supposed to be another little experiment of ours. We picked this egg out of the dollar section at Target and it was supposed to "hatch" after being placed in water. However a certain little someone broke the egg before it managed to get into the water. He ran upstairs excitedly telling me that there was a butterfly in the egg. We put it in the water anyway and watched the butterfly "grow". 

Helping me make some spring decorations... I am not good at craft time around here but I'm trying!

This was obviously a busy day! He also finally enjoyed playing with a home made gift that was given to us a year ago. He couldn't get the clothes pins opened up before to match the colors but he figured it out now and did a great job! 

And as always the art of eating a donut. This one was thoroughly enjoyed! 

All children so adorable when they are sleeping. I caught Levi like this and just had to take a picture. My sweet little man and his Peanuts friends. You can't go wrong with Snoopy. :-)  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lemon & Lavender Disinfecting Cleaner with Essential Oils

SPRING IS IN THE AIR! From spring cleaning, to the wonderful flowers that are starting to bloom the smells are amazing! Below is a recipe and deals to enjoy as the weather warms up!

Lemon & Lavender Disinfecting Cleaner

1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (for germ killing)
1-1/2 cups of water
10 drops of lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of lemon Essential Oil
Combine in spray bottle and shake to combine ingredients. 
Spray on surfaces and let sit for a few minutes before wiping. 

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1. LemonLemon oil has been used to fight infections, soothe headaches and migraines, improve muscle problems and helps the digestive system.

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6. GrapefruitGrapefruit has a fresh citrus aroma, which is refreshing yet not too sharp. It is rich in antioxidants and a powerful skin ointment. The Spark Naturals Grapefruit oil is cold pressed from the rind. 


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Puddle

Boys and puddles - there is just some sort of magnetic pull!! Weird weather yesterday meant a little snow squall and then melted snow that made the perfect puddle for a little boy to run through!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Trip To Washington D.C. Zoo

February 20th was Presidents Day. Mike had the day off and since it’s never fun to go to work when your spouse isn’t I took the day off too. The weather right around that time of the month was giving us Spring like temperatures so we figured it may be just the perfect day to go to the zoo. So we loaded up Levi and a bunch of snacks and headed off on our adventure. First up (after a stop at Starbucks and a bathroom break) was the panda bears! Fortunately they cooperated and we were able to see them. Levi was his normal self as was interested for 5 seconds before he was ready to go find more animals.

There were a lot of people but I’m sure not nearly as crowded as if we would have gone in the summer. The downside is some of the animals were winterized so we didn’t get to see everything. The gorillas normally put on quite a show but they weren’t as active this trip. But they smelled as bad as always! The elephants were fun to look at, the lions were being their lazy selves and just lying around soaking up the sun, the petting zoo was a hit because Levi got to love on a little burro/donkey and you can tell from his face that he loved doing that!

We wandered around the zoo for quite a while seeing as much as we could! Then instead of walking back to the Woodley Park Metro we walked the opposite direction and caught College Park instead. Then jumped in the car and headed for home. Stopping at Red Robin for a bite to eat and then did a little shopping at T.J. Maxx. 

Fuzzy picture but he's never still! 

 I know Mike and I both enjoyed our day and I’m pretty sure Levi did too. He definitely seemed more interested than when we went to Animal Kingdom at Disney. Of course the hot Florida weather may have play a part of that…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cleaning Stove Top Drip Pans In Two Easy Steps

Cleaning stop top drip pans. I'm pretty sure this is a universal job that every ones dreads! They just get so nasty and dirty and scrubbing them clean is quite the challenge! However, I'd found something that makes it so much easier than what I was doing before! Baking soda and vinegar!!

Yes, I'm sharing my disgusting drip pans on my blog! However I'm pretty sure anyone that cooks has a stove that looks similar to mine. I know Levi is way cuter to look at so he'll be back soon! 

Step One: Place your drip pans (I do this one at a time) in a large pot and cover it with water. Add a generous splash of vinegar and simmer for 20 mins. 

Step Two: Dump the hot water and your drip pan into the sink. Let your drip pan cool off a bit and then add a little more baking soda and scrub away with an abrasive scrubber

You'll have your drip pan looking *almost* like new!! Ok, maybe I'm dreaming when I say "like new" but they do look so much better!! 

And if that process doesn't work you can always buy new drip pans on Amazon for under $20. Win win! 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Affordable Spring Pampering

It's always so fun to think about new pampering products when the weather gets warming and we starting thinking about Spring! I'm a huge fan of Perfectly Posh products so it's no surprise that these make up most of the products I'm excited to try (or have already tried) this Spring. I know how expensive it can be to buy body products so I've made sure to keep everything on my list under $20.00 so they are fun and affordable! 

I'm a huge fan of online shopping so all of these products can be purchased online and a few of them you can find at your local Target or drugstores and all of them can be purchased for under $20.  I’ve tried every single one of these products, and I love how pampering they are!! 

1. Lemon Wedgie Lip Scrub  - Scrubby sugar gently exfoliates lips while shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil smooth and hydrate. Apply this sweet lemon chiffon-flavored scrub to your lips and rub in to buff away dry skin.

2. Essie Nail Polish - It's nail polish so there isn't a whole lot to say but I love all the pretty spring purples and pinks!! 

3. Jamberry Nail Wraps - If nail wraps are your thing how cute are these!! Featuring bright and whimsical flowers on a purple ombre background, 'Sugar Blooms' will put a spring in your step year round! 

4. Hey Bae Snarky Bar - I LOVE SNARKY BARS!! I use mine on my feet every day and it helps keep scaly feet away. Hey Bae has an anti-inflammatory blend of chamomile and calendula soothes skin, and sweet sugar beads slough off any dry spots with a calming green tea and honey scent. 

5. Honey Honey Healing Body Creme - This is perfect for ALL AGES. Your skin needs to be healed, loved, soothed, and moisturized by absorbing apricot kernel oil like a dream, leaving only hyper-hydrated skin—no annoying, greasy residue. 

6. Complexion Perfection Face Wash - I've used this for a year now and I and my face are so in love with it. I can't imagine having to use anything else! Gently cleanse and soften your skin with Complexion Perfection’s exfoliating walnut shells, soothing peppermint, and softening aloe. 

7.  Moisture 911 Face Creme - Just like the Complexion Perfection this has also been my go to for the last year. I've never in my life used a face creme this long... Wake up your complexion with a blast of natural glycerin and a caffeine kick that tightens and brightens. Apply as needed to awaken your skin and achieve instant radiance.

8. Pineapple Face Mask - I often forget to grab my masks and using them regularly but my face always feels so soft when I do remember! Loaded with fruit enzymes bromelain (pineapple) and papain (papaya), plus açaí and mangosteen extracts, this exfoliating mask is a fun and effective pick-me-up for your skin

9. EOS Raspberry Pomegranate Shave Cream - This product isn't new and I've been using it for years and absolutely love it as does my skin! It leaves my skin soft and doesn't irritate it like so many other products I've tried in the past. 

10.  Paper Moon Hand Creme - Hands down the most awesome hand creme ever!! It's also one of the products that sold me on using Perfectly Posh products! Let lightweight apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera breeze across your hands and leave your skin smooth and moisturized without feeling greasy. Apply as often as needed for soft skin and the summery scent of citrus, strawberry, and kiwi with a hint of musk.

What are your favorite pampering products? 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Weekend Rewind February Week Three

What a wonderful weekend this was!! The warm weather has been amazing and we are loving it!! We know it's going to get cold again so we are doing everything we can to enjoy this weather while we can. :)

Starting off with a little Valentine's Day cookie that Levi was thrilled to get <3

A perfectly yummy breakfast from Big Oak. Levi wanted a cinnamon twist which he enjoyed after he ate half of a egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. He also enjoyed a couple donut holes. The way to get this kid to eat a good breakfast is give him sweets... 

Some Saturday morning Leapfrog watching while we were cleaning the house. 

Levi enjoying some "coffee" because he hadn't had enough sugar yet... 

We found a nice little park to stop at in Frederick before heading to town for a walk. 

Walking along the Carrol Creek Canal. He's very ornery but I love his sweet smile.