Sunday, November 22, 2015

Off the Wall

We're building walls!

Now that the old drywall and subfloor has been removed, we're finally framing the walls for the new master bathroom.

These will let us close off the space, and are also part of how we're going to run plumbing and wiring. So they need to happen before anything else can go forward.

Let's just say I know how to nail a stud.

And of course everything in our house is angled or slanted, because apparently I was bad in a past life.

We also have the breakers to upstairs turned off, so we've had to get a little creative about lighting while we work.

Hermione goes bananas every time Brett puts on the headlamp, because she thinks it's time to go outside.
Also, yes, that is Brett. He's in there somewhere.

Wall #1!

Now let's see what's behind Wall #2...

All together now...

Is it a bathroom yet?
Whew! Time for a nap, and then the hardest wall with the door.

We'll get right back at it... after these messages.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Never Buy Dishwasher Detergent Again!

I try to make my own cleaning products when I can. I like knowing exactly what substances I'm exposing my home and family to; plus, it's cheaper, and I can customize things just the way I like them.

One of my favorites is homemade dishwasher powder. It's so easy to make, and it smells amazing!


1c borax
2c washing soda
1c baking soda
6 Tbsp citric acid (you can find it in the canning aisle at most grocery stores)
15-20 drops essential oil

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Then add the essential oil, a drop at a time, until the scent is the strength you want. I usually like to combine a citrus and an herb, like grapefruit and rosemary. You could also use something like tea tree oil, which has some mild antiseptic properties.

Then I leave the finished mixture out on the counter for a couple days. I found that if I put it in a jar right away, it would continue to absorb moisture from the air and would turn into a solid cake I couldn't get out again. By letting it acclimate in a bowl, I can easily break up any clumps before storing.

Put it in a pretty jar and you're done! Use as you would any powdered dishwasher detergent, and never buy the premade stuff again.

Leaving you more time to stay home with adorable puppies!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall Fun!

I love fall. It's my absolute favorite time of year to be outside - hiking, picking apples, finding the perfect pumpkin, watching Hermione prance around in the fallen leaves. And there are so many decorating and cooking opportunities to bring the season inside.

(Brett will insist that decorating for fall is completely unnecessary, because I deck the entire house out in orange, red, and yellow all year long. He may have a point. But I try not to let little things like logic get in my way.)

First up: fun with pumpkins!

Next: Decorating!

An autumn welcome, put together from garage sale and drug store finds.

Ghooooooostly lights through the trees. We still only got 1 trick-or-treater.

The whole effect, complete with puppy photobomb.
I tried to decorate the table for fall, but Hermione decided to rearrange things. I came home to find decorative corncob silks ripped up all over the floor, and a mini-pumpkin full of chew marks.

I'm helping! It looks better this way.

I've decided that her costume this Halloween will be Well-Behaved Dog. In our house, that's as much of a mythical creature as a unicorn.

Just kidding (sort of.) She's a bat!