Sunday, March 9, 2014

No More Scrubbing Pants!

Yes, you read that right. White pants are white again WITHOUT SCRUBBING!  

How you might ask!? How can you do this without the toxic Iron Out smell? How do you get white pants without scrubbing with Oxi-clean? It isn't possible!

Oh but yes it is!  This is how I was told to do it by the AMAZING Rachel Horton. I have a painter's bucket and I pour in 1/4 cup of Murphy's Oil Soap. 
Then I fill the bucket 1/2 way with HOT tap water.  Submerge your dirty pants and stir your brew every 30 minutes for the first 2 hrs. I usually then let them soak overnight. 

The key is putting them in your longest wash cycle on warm after they soak and them hang them to dry. I have had 99% success over the last year and I will continue this. I actually started my brew just a few minutes ago. Here they are before going in. I'll post an update tomorrow of the clean pants. 

I have started adding 2 tablespoons of Dawn Platinum dish washing liquid to my Murphy's soap and water.  They are even BRIGHTER!

I know this is a different pair than the original post, but they had even more mud and grass stains on them. NO SCRUBBING at ALL! I promise!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Behind the Facebook Posts...

Just the name Facebook sums up what you see when you are on there. Just the face. Very few people post what they are really like, what their everyday life is, and how their home actually operates.

This fact slammed me in the face yesterday.
And it was about me.

I posted a status and a peer who I have always looked up to said to ME that she was glad I was normal.

Just in case anyone else has that thought, no, I am FAR from being super mom. I am FAR from perfect. I am FAR from knowing it all and doing it all.

I want to squash that illusion, even though I do want to say THANKS for thinking I'm a supermom or that I have it all together. At least it looks like I do and I guess that is what my kid will remember.

Time to move the curtain so you can see what the wizard really looks like.

I have a messy house. I have 124 days of my child's classwork that has come home in his Friday folders stacked on my desk.  I have a pile of laundry that needs folding in my room at least 3 out of 7 days of the week. My bed is hardly ever made. My floors are begging to be swept more than once a week. Yes, I have a messy house.

I raise my voice at my child. Daily. This is something I'm not proud of, but I will admit. I lose my temper with him when he doesn't do what I ask. I promise this is something I am working on, and I admit I am getting better.

I don't live like a perfect Christian every day. I gossip,  have an adult beverage once in a while, and read TMZ daily. I let a bad word slip here and there, I miss church on Sundays, and I don't read my Bible every day. The good thing here...God forgives me for all of these things! He's pretty amazing like that. I try very hard to live the perfect Christian life, but God knows we are not perfect, so He forgives. Yeah, it's pretty great!

I'm NOT supermom. I forget to do 75% of the things I want to do. I bought (not made) cookies for Mardi Gras today for my son's class. They were left on the kitchen table. I skip my child's indoor baseball practices just because I don't like the air fresheners in the facility. I pray he finishes most of his homework with his tutor on Mondays because I do not want to fool with the headache I get from trying to get him to complete it. I have sent him to football and baseball practices before in dirty uniforms because I forgot to wash it.

This is just a glimpse at what real life for us is like. Just remember, when you are looking at someone's Facebook, it is only what they want you to see. Not many people take selfies in their dirty bathroom mirrors....or do they???

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Catching up on Elf Business...

 I believe Jingle was thirsty for some Coca-Cola!
 Naughty Jingle filled his bedroom floor with balloons! We still have balloons all over the house!
Jingle was VERY excited our favorite team is headed to the National Championship after MSU won their game. He rolled his room so he could wake up to the great news!
Jingle loves the Charlie Brown tree with my son's little baby blanket wrapped around it.
 Hanging out with the stockings...just relaxing!
 Jingle was trying to hang the lights in the dining room and was caught in a tangle of lights!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Jingle, Our Elf on the Shelf

Jingle is back! So what is he going to get into this year?

Here is his welcome letter this year.

His second day, he brought a fun ornament that gives us updates on what is going on at the North Pole!
 Jingle was pretty excited about the Auburn win over Alabama and we caught him the next morning watching the game replay with popcorn and my favorite shaker.
 It was a pretty cold rain tonight, so Jingle decided to stay here and send in his report via email. He got into the skittles, too.
 Come back every day to see what he is up to until he has to go home with Santa for Christmas!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Quite a change

A while back, I posted our playroom renovation. This was what it looked like January 2011.

And now, 2 years later and thanks to my gracious friend Lori and wonderful Mom, I now have a dining room!  I used water/stain resistant fabric and recovered the seats on the chairs and we now have a place to eat and entertain finally!

The toys are now cut in half and the toys we have left are in the bonus room.  Things change so much in just two years. He has outgrown most things and loves sports so this is completely different for me! I am getting a grown up house!