Monday, March 31, 2014

Meal Plan Monday - March 31 - April 6th

Monday - Italian Wedding Soup With Foccacia

Tuesday - Ham and Mushroom Quiche and Salad

Wednesday - Chicken and Stuffing Bake, Mashed Potatoes and Peas

Thursday - Sauerkraut with Sausage, Rye Bread

Friday - BBQ Chicken Thighs, Grilled Asparagus and Rice

Saturday - Omelets, Hash browns, Toast and Strawberries

Sunday - Steak, Potato Salad and Corn

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Cleaning - Organize Under Your Kitchen Sink - Cleaning and Labeling Garbage, Recycling and Compost Bins

One of the cleaning and organizing items that I wanted to tackle was to clean our garbage, compost and recycle bins.  In our area we recycle and compost in addition to our regular garbage. There is not a lot of garbage really once you recycle and compost in your home, but some things still end up in the garbage bin.
We wipe down the bins every few weeks, but they seem to get grungy very quickly, especially the lid to the compost bin. Yuck!

To organize how we short our waste, we purchased the RATIONELL from Ikea.

RATIONELL Lid IKEARATIONELL Pull-out waste sorting tray IKEA You can easily access the bins, as the drawer can be pulled out all the way.RATIONELL Recycling bin IKEA Folding handle makes it easy to carry, and keeps the liner in place.

The Rationell system from Ikea is pull out waste sorting system that you can customize to meet your needs. We use the Rationell pull out tray, 2 recycling bins and 2 of the matching lids. There are more options to chose from, but this is what works for us.

We use one of the recycle bins for Garbage and the other for our compost. We line the compost bin with a biodegradable bag. There are a lot of different brands to chose from. We have found that the BioLife compost bags that you can find at Shoppers Drug Mart work really well. They are not too thin so they do not tear easily. A torn compost bag is just gross.

For the Garbage Bin and Recycle Bin we use the kitchen bags from Costco. For the recycle bin, the garbage bag is reused multiple times until it gets yucky.

I also wanted to add some labels to the bins. I am constantly having to remind my son which bin is which. As well when we have people over, you will see them staring at the bins not knowing which is for garbage. Labeling them would help solve this problem.

 I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut some blue vinyl to add to the bins. The vinyl would be easy to clean is something is spilled on the lids.

Next I cleaned the bins with a micro fiber cloth and some green works all purpose cleaner. I still have not decided on a recipe to make my own, plus I want to use up the cleaning supplies that I have on hand. This white Bin is what we use for our recycling. I am not sure where we purchased it from but it works great for our recyclable Items. We just empty it everyday into the large recycle bin in the garage.

The compost and garbage bins needed just a quick wipe down since we clean them often when taking the garbage and compost out to the garage. I also wiped down the cupboard walls since there was some splatter on them.

After everything was wiped down and clean, I affixed the vinyl labels that I had cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. The Vinyl is a Light Blue Colour. I added the labels to the lids so it is easy to see when you open the cupboard door what bin is for what.

 Next I did the same to the Recycle Bin. The Vinyl really adheres well to the lids and will be easy to keep clean. I just love them.

I also wanted to show you the other side of our under the sink cabinet. I use 2 baskets that I picked up somewhere, don't remember where to keep all of the cleaning supplies contained. Right now they are full of store bought cleaners. I hope to have my own cleaners ready by sometime next week.

And there you have it. It has been so nice since I cleaned this up to not have to answer what bin is for what. In total this task took me about 30 minutes which is not a lot of time to have everything cleaned up and organized..

How do you keep the items under your sink clean and organized?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Cleaning. Clean Away the Winter Dust Bunnies

This winter has been long, cold and snowy. While I expect winter to cold and snowy, usually we have some weeks where it warms up and some of the snow melts. Well this winter we did not have the normal winter warm ups. It has been cold, cold, snowy and oh yeah really really cold. It is spring already but if you looked outside my windows you would not know that AT ALL. the grass is still covered in snow and ice (oh thanks Ice Storm for that) and it is bitterly cold outside.

See I told you. This is a Picture of our backyard. This picture was taken this morning. That's right, We still have this much snow and it is March 26th. This is getting ridiculous.

I am done with Winter and I Welcome Spring. Did you hear that Winter, you can go away now. Spring is coming and you are not welcome any longer.

Every Spring I get the urge to clean the house. No more winter boots covered in salt and sand, saying goodbye to the mittens, hats and heavy coats.

This year I have also decided to try making our own cleaning supplies. I have been wanting to start making our own cleaning supplies for quite some time and now is the time that I am taking the plunge.

I have spend the last few days on Pinterest looking at different recipes for Cleaning Supplies. Some use more chemicals in them then others and I would like to use something that is more natural. We don't have any allergies in our home to fragrances so I will still use some essential oils, or natural fragrances since I would rather our home did not smell like vinegar.

I will be posting the progress I make with the cleaning products, and review whether I like the way they cleaned. I am hoping that by Easter I will have completed all of our Spring Cleaning and have decided on what homemade cleaner recipes that I liked the best.

Tomorrow I will post a my cleaning list. It will be in no particular order, just a list of what I would like to achieve in the next few weeks.

Would you like to join my Spring Cleaning Party? Stay tuned for a link party where you will be able to share your spring cleaning tips. Have a tip you would like to share? Be sure to add a comment. Let's help everyone with their spring cleaning.

Meal Plan Monday - March 22 - March 30

What? Today is not Monday??? Oops, Guess I am a little late this week.

Monday - Apricot Chicken, Rice, Lemon and Garlic Peas, Garden Salad

Tuesday - Pork Chops, Roasted Potatoes, Green Salad

Wednesday - Macaroni and Cheese, Garden Salad

Thursday - Cheese Cannelloni, Garlic Bread and Caesar Salad

Friday - Perogies with Bacon, Onions and Sour Cream, Green Salad

Saturday - Dinner Out.

Sunday -  Crockpot Chicken Chili with Sour cream, cheese and tortilla Chips

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Etsy Love - Office Organization

We are still working on finishing our basement right now. It is a long process and is taking longer then I had hoped. 

Today I have been thinking about the office that we are adding to the basement. I have been trying to pick a paint color, but have not decided what look I want for it so picking a paint color has not been easy.

I thought that if I looked around Etsy, I might find some items that I love which will help me pick the paint color. 

Here are some of the items that I found today while looking around on Etsy.

Kitchen Magnets - 9 Aqua Chevron - Office Decor - Dorm Room Decor - Office Organization - Strong Magnets - Fridge Magnets 
I just love these Chevron Magnets from  The Head Bandits

12 Fancy Chalkboard Labels Elegant CARLI  2" for Kitchen Storage Pantry Laundry Office Organization Mason Jar Drink Cup Label Canister

Chalk Board Labels from Charlie Chalk Designs

Mid Century Park Sherman Walnut and Brass Book Ends

Love these Book Ends from Pacifica Pinch

Desk Organizer for Your Planner, Pens, and Washi Tape

A desk Organizer from Live Grain Designs

Meal Plan Monday March 17 - March 23

Monday - Honey Soy Baked Chicken Thighs, Pasta Salad, Carrot Sticks

Tuesday - Peameal Bacon Sandwiches on Fresh Kaisers, Pasta Salad and a Green Salad

Wednesday -Baked Potato Soup in the Crockpot, Cheese Bread with Butter

Thursday - Perogies with Sour Cream, Bacon and Onions and Salad

Friday - Chicken Pita Wraps, with Baba Ganoush, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Cheese, with Sweet Potato fries.

Saturday - Take Out Thai Food. Yummy!

Sunday -  Roast Chicken, Potatoes, Salad and Peas

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Welcome Spring 50% off Sale in our Etsy Shop

Anyone else sick and tired of Winter? This winter has been a difficult one. We have had more snow then we normally have, the temperatures have been ridiculously cold, and it keeps lingering on. I AM DONE WITH WINTER.

I am dreaming of spring. The warmer temperatures and the flowers starting to grow. Seeing green grass, not white snow. Ahh, I can not wait.

To hopefully usher in spring sooner then later, I am having a 50% off Sale in my Etsy shop. Everything is on sale until April 10th. To help save you more, there is also a coupon code to save an additional 25% off when you spend $40 or more. Just Add coupon code WELCOMESPRING during checkout on Etsy to save an additional 25% off your order.

Some of the items that you will find.

Chevron Digital Scrapbook Paper

 Holiday Milestone Baby Stickers Printable

 Baby Monthly Printable Stickers

Printable Labels to Organize your Home

Family Houehold Binder Printable Documents

Printable Chore Charts for Kids

Over 200 Items to choose from to help Organize your Home and Life.

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