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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

How to Clean the Fridge Naturally

As I mentioned before, when we were getting the house ready to sell, I cleaned all my appliances.  Although, we excluded the appliances from the listing, if the price was right we knew they were negotiable.

I showed you here how I cleaned my stove and oven, and now I'd like to share how I cleaned the fridge.



I try to wipe down the fridge every time I go grocery shopping. 
But a really good deep clean happens less often.


So I started by emptying the fridge of all it's contents.  The job is better done just before you go shopping, because technically you should have less food in it.  At this point, I usually make a list of things I need to replenish, and toss the items that are expired.

This time when I took all the shelves and drawers out of the fridge, 
I had quite the surprise waiting for me at the bottom.



Ewwww!!!

I honestly have NO IDEA what that is! Pasta sauce?!? Tomatoe Juice?!? Vegetable juice?! 
AND, I have no idea how long it had been there!!
Thanks family!! >:(

At this point I may or may not have cursed (in Portuguese) and gagged a little.



So once I was done with my gagging, I grabbed my favourite cleaner.

I used the degreaser formula (1 1/2 tsp + 16oz of water)


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So I sprayed the entire surface with it and let it sit for a bit, 
while I cleaned the shelves and drawers in the sink.


Here's another before and after of that mystery sauce at the bottom of the fridge.



So much better right?




Here it is now, full of yummy food for my family.


So tell me how often do you clean out your fridge? And do you ever find surprises at the bottom?

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

I Have no Words

You go about your day, thinking all is well in the world, your world. And then someone says "did you hear about Boston?"  You quickly run to the t.v., turn on the radio, anything to get some information.  It changes your day.  It changes everyones day.

My heart goes out to all the runners, families, and helpers in Boston yesterday.  My prayers are with you.


Sunday, 14 April 2013

The New House

Last week, I went to the New House with the home inspector to check things out.  I had B-I-G plans to take lots and lots of pictures.  However, my camera had other plans.  Actually the battery had other plans.  It died within minutes of me getting there.  And of course I didn't have the charger on me.  Nice, I know.

Anyhow, since it will be July before I get back in there to take more pictures, I thought I'd share the pics that I did take that day. And, by the way the pictures are really crappy, because it was a dark dreary day.  Sorry.

The New House is about 9 years old and it's still within school area for Sydney's high school.  Haley has gotten an exemption to go to her current school for grade 8, which means I will be driving the 11 minutes every day to drop her off/pick her up.  Anthony will be changing schools, which we had been planning to do anyway.  Turns out he doesn't like his French Immersion school, because he can't "understand a word they are saying". His words.  So, my biggest stress in looking for a home ended up working our perfectly.

Some other tidbits about the house:  It is smaller than our current house, although it still is a 4 bedroom house. It has dark hard wood floors through out main floor, and granite counters on all the bathroom and in the kitchen as well.  The bathroom and kitchen faucets are all fabulous, and they are the look that I would have picked out myself.  The light fixtures on the other hand, are another story.  I don't like one single one of them.  We will eventually replace them all.  So much for me not wanting to spend any money on this house.

The back yard is small... really small.  Going for the large private backyard that we currently have to a small one with zero privacy is going to be quite the adjustment.  

So, here are the pics that I managed to take before my camera died.  Enjoy!



The Front Door - from the inside.


The Foyer - Looking in from the front door. 
I'm calling this house the "House of Pillars".  
(You will see why in a minute.)
Pillars #1 and #2.
Note: the boob lights.


The Stairs - going to second floor and to the basement.
More boob lights.


The Family Room- accent wall with wallpaper.  
I'm usually not a fan of wallpaper and I'm still deciding on 
whether to keep it or get rid of it right away.


The Family Room - the wall facing the couch/wallpapered wall.
#booblight


The Kitchen - It's located at the back of the house.  This picture makes it look bigger than it is, but it really is not.  I'm worried about storage, and I'm already trying to come with ways to add more storage.


The kitchen - See what I mean about lack of storage?  There is no pantry either.


The Eat- in kitchen area - I have plans for adding storage to that window wall.  
Maybe a small pantry... window seat... desk?

With the dining area, being right across from it, we won't have any need for an eat-in area.  
We will eventually enlarge the island and add bar stools.
The fan light will have to go since we are not going to be having a table in the area, 
or someone will get decapitated.  


The Dining Room - looking in from the kitchen.  
The current owners are using it as a den, but it will be our dining room.
I see a beautiful light fixture in my future. ;)
Note: pillars #3 and #4.


The Dining Room - This fireplace is double sided into the Family Room.

 And that's the main floor. And that is all the (dark) pictures I got.

Come back in July for the second floor and basement.

Bette



Friday, 12 April 2013

Strut - a charity Fashion Show



Hey there,

Yesterday, Sydney's highschool had a charity fashion show.  All proceeds from ticket sales and donations were donated to Make-a-Wish Foundation and specifically for a 7 year old little girl named Lavinnia who has been fighting a life threatening blood disease since she was 4 months old, and has been hospitalized 40 times.  Lavinnia's wish was to go on a family trip to Disney.

Here are some pictures from the show...



(Sydney is the one on the far right of your screen)
















The last photo is of all of the kids that were in the show.  All the clothes were donated from different shops around town and the kids hair and make-up was done by Marvel Beauty school students.  Sydney had a blast.  And we enjoyed watching her having fun.

Have a lovely weekend.  I hope the rain stops soon!

Bette


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Thursday, 11 April 2013

And Hockey is done!

Heeeellllo!

This was Anthony's first year of officially playing hockey.

This year we chose to put him in a league that was on the other side of town, because it was $250 cheaper than the one closer to our home.  The only problem was that it was an extra 20 minutes drive difference of the one closer to us.  You might be thinking, that's not a big deal, but for those 7:00 a.m. practises and games where they had to be at the rink by 6:30 a.m., it was a B-I-G deal.  But now it's done, until the fall anyways.

We chose to put him in that league because Anthony didn't have much skating experience.  Other than "parent and tot" skating he had not really been on ice skates. So we didn't want to spend $500 on registration fees, in case hockey was not "his thing".  His very first practise, he spent the entire 45 minutes trying to stand-up. It's amazing how fast they pick up the skating! By the end of the season, we called him "the torpedo".  The kid could skate F-A-S-T!!!

His hockey team's name was the Mighty Canucks and he was #12.

I thought I would share pictures of his last game.

It was an important game.  They played full ice, coaches had to wear ties and they had referees.



The paparazzi was everywhere!


"o.k. I'm ready!"


I love seeing all the pink helmets on the ice...


...And shoe laces too.


This is Anthony getting his medal.


And of course he had to do a dance around the rink when he got his medal.



He was a happy guy!

And I'm a happy mommy!

Are any of your winter sports coming to an end in your house?

Bette


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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Mudroom Update - Bench cushion

When I completed my mudroom overhaul a couple of months ago, one thing that I never got around to doing was adding a cushion to the seat.

So, when it was time to put the house on the market, I knew I needed to do something about that.  I had no time/energy/desire to sew a cushion cover, so I went shopping.  I checked two stores and luckily I found one quickly at our local Loblaws (grocery store).  It's an outdoor cushion, so I knew it would be easier to keep clean, especially since my children like to put their shoes on with their shoes on the bench.

So here is what the room looked like before:



And here is the after:




A little close up of the fabric.  The cushion cost me $24.99 and I love the colours. 

 I think it will hide dirt better.  ;)  

It was just the little extra somethin-somethin the room needed to add pizzazz.  I probably couldn't have made it for less than twenty dollars, so I'm glad I took the lazy route and bought it.




What do you think? Did I do good? Have you taken the lazy route lately with a purchase? Or am I the only one?


Bette  :)

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

How to Clean your oven Naturally



When I last left you, I shared with you "the why" of selling our house.

Now, it's time to start sharing how I got our house ready to sell and make sure that it looked it's very best.

One of the many, many, many things that I did was make sure that our appliances were sparkling clean, inside and out.

Although, we initially excluded our appliances from the listing, we were prepared to use them for bargaining if we needed to.

So I knew I needed to make them worth wanting for the next buyer.

I started with my stove, specifically my oven.




Here are some before pictures.  I think it had been quite a while since I gave it a good cleaning.

Are you ready to be thoroughly disgusted?  






Your welcome!  :)
In my defence, this is a hard working appliance in my home, because I cook most meals from scratch.

My oven does have a self cleaning function on it.  I think I used it once. If you have ever used the self cleaning function on yours, you know the smell of burning off burnt-on food.  Ewww the smell is awful.  And I was NOT going to use those stinky bad-for-you chemical cleaners.

Do you know that oven cleaners are one of the most toxic products people use. They contain lye and ammonia, which eat the skin, and then the fumes linger and affect the respiratory system.

Then the next time you turn your oven the smell is intensified.
No way was I going to expose my family and myself to that! 

So I went with the safer, better smelling route.

I went to one of my favourite Shaklee Products... Scour Off.





So I smeared the Scour Off on all over the oven and let it sit for a couple hours.  

(Sorry I didn't take pictures of the smearing of paste)

Actually, I think I went grocery shopping and when I got home and after putting my groceries away, I realized I still needed to clean the oven. 

 I did have to put some elbow grease into it.  Let me tell ya, I got a good arm work out! But my hands were not raw once I was done with the scrubbing.  

And now to redeem myself of my house keeping skills...  Here are the afters.





Not bad huh?? I brand new looking stove without the harsh dangers of stinky oven cleaner.

So tell me, how often do you clean your oven? And what do you use?

Bette


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