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Fabulous Etsy Finds: Spring Cleaning!

HEY THERE! Yeah you. Did you know that your house is still a mess?  Did you forget that it’s spring and with that comes …. cleaning? If you just jumped out of your chair and ran to grab your dish gloves and apron, then you’re probably not reading this anymore and have all the products you need to get moving on Spring Cleaning.  But, if you are still here cringing at that dreaded C-word, it’s really okay. I must tell you that I am a cleaning freak.  My in-laws (yeah Claire, I’m talking about you) are always telling me to stop cleaning. But, I have yet to accomplish this springy task.  I just haven’t been ready to pull out all my old, nasty, worn down, almost-empty cleaning supplies to do it.  I open my cupboard and think “Yuck.  I can not use this stuff.”  So knowing that spring is almost gone, I needed some inspiration. That’s where our good old friend Etsy comes in.  There I came across a hodge-podge of amazing handmade items to really get me -and hopefully you- in the scrubbing, sorting, wiping and storing mood.


First I found this and I must admit…. I am IN LOVE! I mean who wouldn’t want to look fabulous while scrubbing something nasty?  I have made some of these myself here, but these designer dish gloves just take the cake.  I especially love the fabulous broach that adds a Wham! of glamour.


Oh and if you ever thought that apron couldn’t be sexy…. uhhem…. think again.  This little Lacy Apron will definitely keep you feeling like an irresistible french maid.  I know my hubby wouldn’t mind coming home to me cleaning the floors in this.


I have seen a ton of these little crouched cleaning scrubbers all over Etsy, but never come across any with a strap which I feel makes it much easier to clean. Love, love, love it!


If I can only say “Love it!” one more time, then I’d use it for this vintage dust pan and brush set.  I don’t know if I need to say anymore. Other than, cleaning supply and wall art? I’ve died and gone to heaven. (Though the price hurts my eyes but the art soothes them back.)


Now this Do-It-All Cleaner is what it says it is. It cleans “it all” while keeping your home smelling fresh and your kids free from toxins.  I (and Bonnie) are always looking for great all-natural house cleaners: I for my dogs who will lick and get into anything and her for her boys who pretty much do the same…..


Now these Fabric Storage Bins are so simple it’s not even funny.  But they will help you organize anything, anywhere.  Plus they are made of 100% cotton so they are soft and safe for children to grab and you can wash them to keep that clean house looking that way all the time.  If I were you, I’d grab some different colors and use all one color in one room and another color in a different room.  They’d even make for great collecting bins.  Just grab a bin and Clean Around the Rosy like our lovely Bonnie!


Here are my very own rags!  Oh I know they don’t look like your average disgusting, afraid-of-where-they’ve-been cleaning rags; that’s because they’re not.  I have been so tired of pulling out rags and using them for things like cleaning the toilet or wiping the windows an then washing them only to feel like they might not be as clean as one would hope and not remembering which one I used with the bleach or in a place where no bare hand has gone before.  So, I labeled them for you!  Plus they are color-coded so it will be easy to spot in the rag stack.  Enjoy!


And when you are all done, hang this sign.  With kids or dogs or just a slobbish mate you will want to people to at least know that you attempted a clean home.


Lindsey - May 27, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Yeah, I had a totally different idea when I first started and this is just what came out! I hope they do well on Etsy…….

Bonnie - May 27, 2011 - 2:33 pm

OMG, I love those washclothes Lindsey! What a great idea!

Lemonade Pie Recipe!

Summer is upon us, and nothing says summer quite like cold lemonade. The only way possible to improve lemonade is to make it colder and add some ice cream and that’s exactly what this pie does. This lemonade pie recipe is my family’s favorite recipe for the 4th of July. My mom sometimes has to make 5 pies just for my immediate family. It’s the perfect way to kick off the summer and slake your sweet tooth for both kids and adults. Believe me, I’ve never met one person no matter what age, food likes/dislikes, or picky eater or not that didn’t absolutely love this pie. So, enjoy it and your summer!



1 9-inch graham cracker pie crust (homemade or store bought)

1 quart vanilla ice cream

1 8 oz lemonade concentrate

1 6 oz tub of whipped cream

a few lemon slices


Let the ingredients thaw to the point where you can mix them. Mix together the ice cream, lemonade and whipped cream thoroughly until you have an even consistency. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and add a few slices of lemon on top (the more the better). Put in freezer until the pie is solid. Then cut and serve!


burlingame exercise - November 25, 2011 - 4:20 am

It just awesome… sounds great…
i will try next week in my home.. thanks for sharing…
carry on…

claire - June 3, 2011 - 3:00 pm

it really is. i can vouch that it is the best summer dessert i’ve ever had

claire - June 3, 2011 - 3:00 pm

cool! let us know when you try it!

PascaleA - May 27, 2011 - 1:25 pm

I agree this looks yummy.. might want to try this… saved it in my Citrus board on Pinterest :-)

Becky - May 26, 2011 - 11:50 am

That looks yummy.

Handmade Wednesday’s: Fabric Bookmark

I have been working on a few crafts of my own lately and I wanted to share one with a some meaning to it. I made another fabric bookmark for my mom who has just become a grandmother. She loved it so much and I felt it was something that other women may enjoy as well. Due to that, I am now selling some of my crafts on Etsy! You can check me out at the link. Right now, we have only this fabric bookmark for grandmothers, but be sure to check back, because we will definitely have more to come in the future as well.




Wedding of the Week: Rustic Fall Nuptials

This wedding is a sweet blend of country and and elegance. It is simple and genuine while still being elegant and tasteful. I usually like veils but this bride pulls of going bare with style with no hair wear necessary at all. I also love the mixture of colors, as the couple did not only use fall colors. There are beautiful hues of pink, blue and purple incorporate with the classic autumn leave colors. And the decor is old-fashioned and perfect for this affair. The couple did a marvelous job and if their big day was 1/10 as great as it looks, it must have been magical :)

photos @ Style Me Pretty


Bridal Gown: Jim Hjelm ~ Flowers: Connie Timmons ~ Venue: Allandale Mansion ~ Wedding Cake: Unique Cake and Catering ~ Photography: Picsee Studio



Elanie - June 7, 2011 - 1:28 pm

oh yea…now that’s an amazing wedding dress…i just love it!

Fabulous Etsy Finds: Formal Attire

Every bride dreams of a June wedding.  Which means come Spring time you are bound to have a few wedding invitations in the mail each year.  Because many of the weddings we attend usually include at least a few of the same guests at each one, I like to wear a new dress most of the time.  Now you may think that dress shopping that often would be fun, but often I find myself frustrated and dress-less about a week before the big day.  So this year instead of choosing between a low cut BCBG or an overpriced boutique pick, I decide to check out Etsy for some more unique and modest choices.


This dress feels so flirty and fun.  Can you really ever go wrong with polka dots and ruffles?  Not in my book.


Now you may be asking yourself why I am such a prude when it comes to wedding wear.  Well, my reasons are two-fold.  1) Ever since I became a mom, feel feel a little self-conscious about putting myself on display.  2.) At a wedding I think that it is appropriate to play the sexiness down a little so that it doesn’t look like you’re trying to upstage the bride.  Consequently, I find myself looking to throwback pieces because they often have a more conservative cut.  I love this one because it covers well in the front and plunges in the back.


Here is a vintage flapper style, that is also a little business in the front party in the back.  I like it for its slinkiness and sheen.


This bolero is a great way to accessorize a simple a line dress.


It is amazing how hard it is to find a simple elegant shrug like this one.  It adds a touch of sophistication without distracting from the outfit.  You can also get it in black.


For the guy(s) who will be accompanying you, here is a Damask print tie with matching pocket square that is sure to set him apart from the crowd.  It is also available in boys’ size for $19.99.


This is just the sweetest dress for a little girl.  You can customize the ribbon color too.


Ever been to a wedding where there is a little baby that is uncomfortably squirming and crying because he is decked out in formal wear.  Well, here is your solution.  He still looks dapper, while staying comfy in his onesie.



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