Fun Easter Traditions to Start with Your Family

EASTER IS ALMOST HERE! Let us celebrate the reason for the season- our Almighty God & His only begotten son! This time of year always fills my heart with so much joy, it’s overflowing. Easter is my second favorite holiday of the year- Christmas being the 1st :). Mostly because we get to rejoice in the realization the He has risen from the dead after making the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. But also because it truly brings families together. Holding traditions is such a precious and simple way to spend quality time with your families. Seize these moments as they probably don’t come along very often in the midst of our busy and chaotic lives.

Being a relatively new and young family ourselves, sometimes it’s hard to start our own traditions. I’ve come up with a list of really fun traditions you can start doing with your family tomorrow on this joyous day!

Coloring eggs

I believe most families include this in their Easter traditions some way or another. Probably a “given”, but so much fun! Even if you don’t have kids, this is a great way to get everyone together and get those creative juices going. I like to boil the eggs the night before and have the kids color them on Easter. There are so many ways you can do these, it’s crazy! I found this really fun way to color eggs with shaving cream and food coloring by The Crafty Morning blog that looks so fun. And it’s a great sensory activity for the kiddos if you’re wanting to stray away from the typical store bought egg coloring kits. I also found some ADORABLE decorating ideas for older kiddos and adults on the Homesteading blog! From glitter eggs to mini flower holders, they have 32 super creative ideas. Go check them out!

Easter Morning Church Service

The best way you can start your Easter festivities to wake up, get dressed up in your flowery dress & ironed polos and praise the One who made it all possible! Easter services are always to fun, too. My family and I attend Baptist churches where praise and worship are held at the beginning of each service. It’s so fun and uplifting to praise Him and lift up His name on this glorious morning in particular. Everyone is so happy and each heart is filled with the Holy Spirit, you can just feel it! A wonderful tradition to start if you are religious.

Take Pictures

Taking pictures is probably my favorite hobby. I am ALWAYS taking pictures of EVERYTHING. Just ask my husband. I’m always looking for a good photo op. What better time than when everyone is dressed up in their spiffy Easter outfits?! These do not have to be taken by a professional. But capture the moments. Take a picture of your kiddos with their Easter baskets full of eggs every year and see how they grow. They always say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But I say, “A picture holds a thousand memories.” They are so special to have and I encourage all of you to never stop snapping those pics! We started this tradition for Paislee’s first Easter. We actually got professional ones done that year by the wonderful Olguta with Oh My Goddard Photography [I highly recommend her if you’re in the San Diego area, she takes beautiful pictures!] and last year just took some ourselves. But, c’mon! Look how adorable! Such sweet pictures I will always love and hold dear.

Paislee’s 1st Easter

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Noah’s 1st Easter, & 1st of us as a family of four

Have a Picnic & Easter Egg Hunt

Easter is usually paired with some beautiful weather, so take advantage of it! Find a nice park around your neighborhood, or even the beach and have yourself a picnic! This would be a perfect time to talk & laugh with your family while the kiddos go on an Easter egg hunt. My family does do an annual Easter egg hunt at the house, but I think a picnic would be so much fun. Enjoying the sun, letting the kids play and just soaking up that quality time. Pack some finger sandwiches, fruit, and maybe some mimosas and you’ve got yourself a low-key Easter brunch on the lawn! How perfect.

Dinner & The Passion

This is one that I would love to start this year with my family. It will probably just be me and my husband watching it since our babies are still really little. But I think it’s so important to remember the reason we celebrate this day. I know a lot of families like to make a ham and all the yummy fixins that go along with it. After your tummies are full and happy, what a wonderful way to end the day by watching The Passion of the Christ. An amazing illustration of the purest love we will ever experience. Watching the story of Jesus unfold is something I will never get tired of. It makes me cry every time. I’ve just bought it on iTunes and can’t wait to watch it with my family tomorrow 🙂

I hope you can start some of these traditions with your family & I pray that you all have a beautiful Easter 🙏🏻

And as always, God Bless †

Brittany

 

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8 Ways I Show My Husband I Love Him

People really don’t lie when they describe the difference of their lives before & after kids. It is very different. Your priorities change. Your sleep schedules changes. Your daily routine changes. Your finances change. Basically your whole world is turned upside down because of this tiny little human you made. These are not bad changes, they are all for good I promise. But recently I was talking with some of my girlfriends, specifically, about how much your relationship with your significant other changes after you have kids. All of your time is focused on these little people who you want to raise to be decent human beings. Date nights are a must, of course. But not everyone really has the luxury of having a date night every single week. I started thinking about this, and how much my relationship with my husband has changed over these last 5 years.

I have grown to love this man more than I could’ve ever imagined possible. Everyone talks about not knowing how much you could love until you have a baby. And this is so true on two accounts…your baby and your husband. When you see your man holding that baby for the first time, it’s like “uh, okay I’m ready to make another baby” haha [not really]. I kid, but it’s seriously such a special moment and something I will never be able to forget. Even through all of this love and growth as a couple, it is sometimes hard to set aside time for ourselves and our marriage. I try my hardest every day to do something for my husband. Big or small. Just so he knows I see him, I appreciate him, and I love him so much. Life isn’t perfect & some days pass where I fall short, but I try.

I came up with a little exercise for myself. I thought of somethings that I know I do to show my husband that I love him.

Letting him enjoy time with the kids

Now, when I say this, I don’t mean when I’m like, “Okay baby I need to go to the store, can you watch the kids while I’m out?” No. This is special time. Like for example, my husband and I refer to ourselves as “a team”. We work together on everything. Every night I will unload the dishwasher and he will load it. So, usually after dinner I start to clean off the kids’ placemats and bring everything to the sink. He and the kids will usually start playing while I’m unloading the dishwasher. Not every night, but some nights they do. And they will turn on some music and start jammin’ out. It’s just so sweet to watch. He looks so happy and content. I go ahead and load up the dishwasher so he can have that time. I get to spend all day with the kids while he is at work. I know he misses that time & loves to spend every second he can with our babies. He deserves that time just as much as me. I would never want to take him away from that.

Buy him his favorite snacks/drinks at the store

Every time I go to the grocery store I ask him if he wants/needs anything. He will occasionally need some shaving cream or something essential, but never gives me anything he wants. I always make it a point to get him something there that I know he loves to eat or drink. Then when I bring everything home he gets so happy that I restocked his favorite snacks. It’s the little things 🙂

Thank him

This might be a hard one at times, but this is the biggest one for me. Anytime I see him doing something around the house- dishes, laundry, hanging up pictures, vacumming, etc. I always try to thank him. Even though most of the things he’s doing should be done around the house anyways, it never hurts to give a little ‘thank you’. I know I always appreciate that! And for other things too like hangin out with the kids while I take a quick shower or go on a run. I’m so grateful to have a husband that is there for me when I need a little break. The least I can do is thank him.

Sweet texts

This is one that I love to do and should do more often. When I can sense he’s having a hard day or I walk by a picture of him in the house and start to miss him, I’ll type up a sweet little text and send it to him. And he will do the same for me. It’s such a nice way to express your love and let him know that even through the chaos of the day, he is always on my mind.

After I wrote down these four ways I show my husband I love him, I was curious at what he would say if I asked him the same question. “How do I make you feel loved?” These were his answers…

When I surprise him with his favorite meals

I love do to this. His absolute favorite is beef stroganoff. It sits in the crock pot all day, so when he gets home the house smells so good! I love seeing his face when he walks through the door and takes a big whiff.

Talk him up

This is something I didn’t really notice that I did, but it’s so sweet. He loves when I talk him up to the kids like he’s a superhero. I always tell them, “Daddy is the best!” Because he totally is 🙂

Making him lunch 

We are fortunate enough to live close to his work, so he comes home for lunch almost everyday. He will usually call me on his way home and I’ll ask him what he’s hungry for. If I’m not too busy making the kids’ lunches or running behind I love to make his lunch and have it ready. He never asks or expects it, which makes me want to do it for him!

Showing interest in things he loves

The biggest example he gave of this was our annual trips to the NASCAR race. Every year I’ve woken up way too early so we could head out and get a good parking spot to tailgate. Although I enjoy doing this with him every year, this is totally his thing. He is such a die hard fan, & the greatest joy I get out of it is seeing him so happy & excited. He’s seriously like a little kid [or me 🙂] on Christmas morning!

You can use these as ideas to start showing your wife or husband you love them, or I challenge you to try out this exercise with them! It was really cool to see what we both thought of. And it’s a really nice way to think about those little things that happen almost on a daily basis. It helps you to appreciate your spouse more. I would love to hear what y’all came up with & if you share some of things my husband and I thought of! Let me know in the comments 🙂

As always, God bless †

Brittany

You Know You’re A Marine Corps Wife When…

I wanted to take a little break from the “tips & tricks” posts and give y’all a little something light, funny and relatable 🙂 I have been a Marine Corps wife going on 5 years now [so crazy to think about]. I have learned so many things along the way & experienced things I never would have. Sometimes it totally sucks and you hate it, and other times it really blesses your family in ways you never knew how. You may not be able to relate to every single one of these if you’re a Marine Corps wife like me, but I hope you can to most of them!

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♥ Not having kids is weird- like seriously everywhere you look there’s either a pregnant woman or a mom with at least 1-4 kids.

♥ Almost every surface of your home has a part of your spouse’s uniform on it [usually the cover or chevrons].

♥ You know every acronym known to man [or at least you think you do and they come home talking about some PM on the MAW that’s FUBAR- like what?].

♥ At one point or another, you’ve joined some type of “mommy” group at least once [mine was Stroller Strides].

♥ You are in so many facebook groups, you’ve lost count. Even though may never post on them [the uncensored ones are the best- it’s like free reality television].

♥ You subconsciously judge everyone by what their front porch looks like.

♥ You also judge everyone by what their dog acts like.

♥ Privacy does not exist [at least when you live on base].

♥ Your spouse is always gone at the most inconvenient times [like when you water breaks for instance].

♥ You cry at all the homecoming pictures & videos.

♥ You’re extremely defensive when someone talks badly about the military and/or one of your momma friends.

♥ You’ve ruined your spouse’s cammies with an ink pen THEY left in their pocket when you washed them.

♥ You’ve folded more skivvy shirts & shorts than you could ever count.

♥ You’ve spent more money on dry cleaning and hair cuts in 4 years than you have your entire life before that [and it’s not even for you!].

♥ You think it’s weird when neighborhoods don’t have parks on every corner.

♥ You have so much motivation to decorate your “new” house when you move in and that slowly dies down after about a week because you’ll only be there for a few years.

♥ Pretty much all the people you hang out with work with your spouse.

♥ You still get goosebumps every time the Marines sing the hymn at the ball.

♥ You know not to go to the commissary on pay day, but you big fat do it anyway [every.single.time].

♥ You have had [or still have] a Marine Corps related bumper sticker on your car.

♥ Rolled sleeves literally make you drool.

♥ When you live on base, you’re so curious what the insides of other people’s houses look like [even though they are basically all the same].

♥ You loathe Lincoln Military Housing with every fiber in your body, but you still live there nonetheless.

♥ You’ve never said to yourself, “I hope we get 29 Palms!”

♥ You have wanted to make it a point to personally march your sassy butt up to your spouse’s lot/wing/what have you and cuss out their SSgt.

♥ You’ve literally wanted to pull your eyelashes out because the maintenance guy came right in the middle of nap time & now your dogs are going crazy & your kids are awake [after it took you almost an hour to get them to go to sleep].

♥ In spite of all these things….you really couldn’t picture your life any other way with anybody else.

As always, God Bless †

Brittany

Rev It Up! Preparing Your Toddler for Their First NASCAR Race

This last Sunday will be one that my husband and I will always remember! We took our girl to her first NASCAR race. If y’all aren’t familiar with the sport, NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It is so much fun to watch and my husband is a diehard fan. He is a huge Brad Keslowski fan. I was [and always will be] a Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan, but since he retired last year, I am now a full-fledged Brad fan right alongside my hubby! This was our fourth year to attend the race at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, and the best year to date!!

We seriously thought about taking Paislee last year, but she still seemed a bit little and we were’t sure how she was going to react to the cars. Let me tell ya…those cars get LOUD. Thirty-six cars traveling over 200 miles an hour, zooming around in an oval….yeah it gets pretty loud. Most of the adults sitting in the stands have headphones on. So yeah, needless to say we decided not to bring her with us last year. And same thing with our son this year. He’s now 1 1/2 and there’s no way he would last all day  and not be able to nap or run around all day. We actually saw lots of kiddos younger than Paislee there on Sunday. We even saw a newborn! She was so tiny! So it’s really up to your discretion. Whenever you feel comfortable enough to take your little one, go for it!

You definitely need to be prepared for this little outing. I will say, for our first time with her, we did a great job, but we did forget a couple things. I’ll get into that a little later!

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Snacks

This track, along with all other NASCAR tracks [I believe], allow you to bring in snack for your littles and sippies. We stocked up on some basic snacks and made sure we had plenty of water. We packed crackers, fruit, applesauce, gummies [can’t ever leave the house without these!], & granola bars. Everything is easy on-the-go and didn’t make a big fuss. I also decided to pack some chicken nuggets just in case she got really hungry inside and the lines were too long to buy her something. I recently bought these cute little thermoses on amazon & it worked like a charm for those chicken nugs. It kept them pretty warm most of the day too! Plus, most of the time when we buy her food somewhere she doesn’t even eat half of it. I’m sure y’all can relate!

Blanket

It was pretty chilly here on Sunday so I packed a couple of blankets to have in the car & take inside the track with us. It’s also just a comfort thing for her so I wanted to make sure I brought it inside in case she got scared or tired. As you can see, it came in handy :).

Sunscreen & Hat or Hooded Jacket

I lathered her up with sunscreen. If theres one thing I remember from the three years prior is that I got so sunburnt. It was cold, but that sun was bright and beaming down during the entire race. I would also highly suggest to bring a hat for your little one to wear so their little heads don’t get sunburnt. Silly me forgot one, but luckily Paislee had on a hooded jacket and I had her hood up most of the race.

Headphones

These are pretty essential if you are taking any aged child to the races. Thankfully, Paislee wasn’t scared of the cars or the loud sound at all. But her ears are still so tiny and the sound those cars make are so BIG. So they need the protection regardless. She did eventually get tired of wearing them a little more than half-way through the race, so I had to improvise and use my hands or the padding of her hood from her jacket to cover her ears. Aren’t they so cute, though?! I just can’t. We ordered these on amazon for super cheap and they worked like a charm. You can also rent them at the track. And they even have special ones you can get that let you listen to your driver’s radio and such. Might be cooler for older kiddos who have a favorite driver.

Shoes

Obviously your kiddo is going to wear shoes, but make sure they are shoes you wouldn’t mind getting dirty & they’re comfortable to walk in. Paislee didn’t do a whole lot of walking, but her shoes got super dirty from the bleachers. Drinks get spilled, food gets stepped on…it’s just good to put on some shoes that you don’t mind a mess on!

Fun Stuff

If you plan on showing up early [which I would highly suggest] to tailgate a little before the race, make sure you bring some fun stuff for your little[s] to do. We brought Paislee’s bike so she could ride around and get some energy out. We bought this balance bike for her for Christmas & she has done SO WELL with it! She was going to be sitting for quite awhile during the race, so we wanted her to have something active to do beforehand. But you can bring whatever your kiddo is into. There’s all kinds of fun tailgating games you can buy at any store or on amazon.

I WISHES

Throughout the day my husband and I would use the phrase, “Oh I wish we would’ve brought that”. There were mainly a couple things that I wanted to share with y’all!

Chair for Paislee

She didn’t necessarily need this, but it would have been nice to have while we were tailgating. We did her up a little cozy spot on the back of my husband’s truck, but a chair for her would have been nice to have too!

Ball

Surprisingly there are some nice grassy patches around the tailgating parking lots. And we were also by some train track that Paislee liked biking by. It would have been fun to just have a ball to thrown around and play with on the grass!

Seat cushions

Every year I tell my husband how uncomfortable the bleachers are. And yet again, we forgot to bring some cushions for our little tushes. I guess we didn’t really need one for Paislee because she sat on our laps most of the time, but that just adds more wait on your booty. We ended up buying one for me at the haulers! My hiney couldn’t take the agony!

We had a wonderful & memorable time on Sunday. The mountains in the background were so beautiful too! I made the mistake of telling Paislee that Elsa’s castle was up there *face palm*. She almost had a breakdown because she kept talking about it and insisted on going up there to see her. But all was good and we really enjoyed ourselves. She never got scared and was so genuinely excited to see the race cars. A day I will never forget.

I just had to share this…the left is the very first year we went and I was pregnant with Paislee. And the right is from Sunday! My husband found this photo and thought it was so cool that we have a picture with the same car! I’d have to agree 🙂

Here was Paislee’s reaction when the race first started. The video doesn’t do the cars justice. They are so loud. But she didn’t even flinch!

Here are some more snapshots of our fun-filled day!

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As always, God bless †

-Brittany

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Spaghetti Squash with a Simple Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I’ve been on a cooking kick lately. I’ve been cooking dinner almost every night this week. I love to cook & try new recipes. One thing I’ve always wanted to do is start creating my own original recipes. Simple, healthy & yummy is my motto! I’m also on a healthy kick. I’ve just recently started slowly changing my diet and lifestyle a bit. I’m working out, making healthier choices, & drinking more water. Something that is a big struggle for me is indulging in CARBS! I love carbs. I could eat pasta for every meal & be completely content with my life. Although, I will still have the occasional pasta dish, I wanted to find an alternative that could still satisfy that craving! Spaghetti squash is the perfect alternative to pasta! It’s so healthy for you & it’s surprisingly filling. I can be almost certain that this spaghetti sauce isn’t the healthiest sauce in the world, but it’s definitely healthier than most!

You’ll want to start by setting your oven to 425 & let that preheat while you are preparing the squash.

Get out a cutting board & the sharpest knife you have [not kidding, the sharpest]. Cut the ends off of your squash & then cut it in half, long ways. These things are so tough & take some serious muscle to cut through. My husband had to come help me because I’m a wimp apparently.

After that little workout, you will need to de-seed the squash before you cook it. You can simply do this by getting a spoon & scooping them all out. Just like a pumpkin!

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Line your pan with parchment paper. A little trick to make it stay is to spray a little bit of cooking spray on the pan, then lay your parchment paper on top! Drizzle your olive oil on top of each half of the squash & sprinkle with salt & pepper.

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Cool. So now, grab your sheet pan & put the squash cut-side down & stick them in the oven.

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I put mine in for about 45 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it easily pulls apart from the skin.

Once you have your squash in the oven, you can start on your spaghetti sauce! First, finely chop your onion & garlic. I don’t really like chunky pieces of onion, but if you do, that is totally fine too!

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Heat up the olive oil in your pan for a couple minutes & throw the onion & garlic in there. Let them saute for about 2 minutes or so, not letting the garlic brown or burn.

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Once that beautiful aroma fills your lovely home, throw in your ground turkey. Let it cook up a bit & break it apart.

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Brown your turkey completely, then drain any excess fat left behind. Return it back to the pan & add in your diced tomatoes & tomato sauce. Stir it up until it’s all combined well.

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Wanna know something funny? So I totally didn’t even realize this until I started eating it, but the diced tomatoes I used had onion & peppers in them! It didn’t add anything negative to the taste, but I wasn’t expecting to bite into a little spicy pepper when I started eating! So funny. You can even see the green pepper in this picture. Serious mommy brain moment. But typically I will use regular diced tomatoes, nothing added 🙂

Anywho, then you will want to add in all of your dried herbs. Unless you grow them in your home [which I want to start doing soon], I feel like most people don’t have fresh herbs on hand all the time. That’s why I used dried in this recipe, but you can always switch out for fresh! I also add in some chicken boullion powder here. It adds such a good flavor & it’s my little secret ingredient 🙂

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Stir it really well & bring to a boil. Then turn down the heat to about medium low or low, depending on your stove. Let it sit and simmer until your squash is done! I like to cover it so the sauce doesn’t splatter everywhere. The flavors really mend together while it’s simmering and it’s just to die for!

When your squash is done, take it out & give it about 5 minutes or so to sit so it’s not too incredibly hot. They should look like this when they are done. Those carmelized parts are the best!

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Get a big fork & start pulling. Unlike the cutting, this part takes very little effort. It should fall apart very easily…if it doesn’t then it’s not done & should go in the oven a little bit longer.

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They look like little noodles! I like to set mine aside in a bowl before serving.

Put some of your squash, topped with your simple homemade sauce on a plate. Add some shredded parmesan cheese and/or some fresh parsley or basil & there you have it!  A yummy, simple & healthy meal!

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Happy eating!

Spaghetti Squash

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Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Parchment paper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Cut ends off of squash, then cut in half [long ways]
  3. Drizzle olive oil, salt & pepper over squash pieces
  4. Line sheet pan with parchment paper & place squash cut-side down on pan
  5. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes

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Simple Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp of chicken boullion powder
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in pan & finely chop onion & garlic
  2. Saute onion & garlic for about 2 minutes, not letting garlic brown or burn
  3. Add in ground turkey & cook thoroughly
  4. Once turkey is cooked, add in tomato sauce & diced tomatoes- stir well
  5. Add in parsley, oregano, basil & chicken bouillon powder- stir well
  6. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low/low and let simmer until ready to serve!

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As always, God bless! †

-Brittany

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Spring Cleaning: 16 Things & Places You Might Not Think to Clean

Spring has hit us here in SoCal. The rain is upon us, & the cool spring breeze is flowing through my home. One of the best parts of spring [in my humble opinion] is spring cleaning! I LOVE spring cleaning time. I don’t know what it is, but I get such satisfaction out of really scrubbing and cleaning everything in my house. Anyone else?! It’s a little weird, I know. Spring time is my favorite time of the year. The house always feels so airy and the temperature is just right. It makes everything seem so peaceful & motivates me even more to get my house squeaky clean!

I sat down the other day to make my “spring cleaning” list & started thinking about our move a couple of months ago. There were so many things that I stumbled across while packing that were so dirty! Things you would never think to clean. It sparked some inspiration for this post. I thought, “I bet most people wouldn’t think to clean that either [or at least I hope I’m not the only one!]”.  I was able to scramble up a list of 16 things and places in your home you might not normally think to clean a few times a year [some of these could even use a good cleaning once a week/month].

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Shower & Window Curtains

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I never even think about washing my curtains! If you think about it, so much dirt and dust collects on them. And if you have little hands touching every surface of your house, they have lots of other stuff stuck to them too! It’s always good to throw them in the wash. I would wash them on ‘delicate’ mode if you have that option. Or just read the tag on them to see the washing directions, because I’m sure they are all different!

Bath Toys

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Okay so these guys get so gross. Any kind of bath toy that your kiddos have that allow water to get inside of them NEED to be washed regularly [here’s one of the ones that not just for spring cleaning!]. If water sits in them for too long they get mildew all inside of them. They look cute & my kids love to squirt each other with them, but they get super nasty. I mean look…

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It just makes me cringe looking at it. Anyways, my suggestion would be to squirt out all of the water from them every night. If your kiddos are older and don’t put them in their mouths, you can soak them in some cleaning bleach every now and then, fill them up with the cleaning bleach [you can dilute it with some water as well], and squirt it out. It will help get more of that yucky stuff out and prevent it from building up as fast in the future. Or another thing you could do is throw them away all together! Problem solved! We have slowly start buying our kids bath toys that don’t have holes in them. Saves everybody some unneeded stress!

Underneath Carseats and/or Carseat Covers

Wanna know where all the cheerios & gummies went? Yep, they’re under the carseat. All you need here is a good ol’ vacuum cleaner & possibly some stain remover depending on the color of your seats!

Shoes

Shoes get so smelly & discolored if you don’t wash them properly! I have a little secret for those little stains, too! This Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover is heaven on this earth y’all. It will get any stain out! Literally. I used it in combination with some hand sanitizer to get black ink pen off of my couch cushions [I bet you can guess who did that] just last week and it came right out. A little bit of that on there, let it sit for a few minutes and throw your shoes in the wash. Good as new!

Doorknobs

All those leftover germs and sickies from the winter season are just sittin’ on these bad boys waiting to be picked up again. When your kiddos are sleeping or you have a little downtime when you won’t have any hands on them, go around & spray all [ALL] of your doorknobs with some disinfecting spray. Then just leave them until they are completely dry! You could probably be okay with just leaving them after they are dry, but I like to be extra & wipe them down with some Clorox wipes. Good to go!

Picture Frames/Canvases

These Swiffer dusters are great for dusting off your picture frames and canvases. The dust sticks well to them & doesn’t get too much in the air around you. For glass frames I use Windex on them as well.

Shower Heads

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This is my go-to guy for pretty much anything in the bathroom. I honestly forget about the shower head all the time. I’m short so anything above my head gets unnoticed about 80 percent of the time! I spray a moderate amount of this stuff on there & let it sit for about a minute [it doesn’t take long to start it’s magic]. Now, I know it says “scrub free” but I just use the sponge to wipe it down. you don’t have to scrub it at all. It gets everything off. Here’s my before [top] & afters [bottom]

It makes everything so shiny! And it smells really lemon-y & clean. Good stuff y’all.

Light Fixtures/Lamps & Lamp Shades

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These are an easy clean! Depending on if they are glass or plastic will determine what cleaning supplies you use. I start with the Swiffer dusters and then wipe them down with some Clorox wipes. Viola! All clean!

Cabinets [on the outside]

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Down low, up high. Clean all the cabinets! Everywhere in the house is good, but I’m really emphasizing the ones in the kitchen. Again with the little hands touching everything! When you’re cooking, oils and sauces splatter everywhere. Steam gets in the air and sticks to those cabinets! This was one of the many things I was talking about when we were moving. Our cabinets were not the cleanest. Whip out those cleaning wipes & get to scrubbin’!

Hood of Stove

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This would be one of those things above my head that I forget about! One of those out of sight, out of mind things I guess! The more dust that collects in your house, the more prone everyone is to sickness & allergies. Getting all of that dust picked up is essential!

Outside, Behind & Underneath the Refrigerator

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This one counts as two & goes along with the cabinets. It’s just good to wipe these big appliances and stuff down at least a few times a year. And get those handles wiped down really well! Kill those germs! After you wipe it down, drag it out a bit, unplug it & sweep the area it sits on and blocks really well. I can’t tell you how many of these little play magnets we found under our last refrigerator. This is probably more of a once or twice a year thing, but always good to put on that spring cleaning list!

Underneath Furniture

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I started this one the other day & cleared out our playroom. I feel like most people don’t typically think of this one [or maybe don’t want to do it]. It makes the carpet seem almost brand new, & I even decided to rearrange some things in there! If you have furniture like our entertainment center in the first picture, it’s so easy for anything to get underneath there! And those vacuum lines…I mean who doesn’t love those right?!

Your Phone & it’s Case

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This is something that we use the most & touch the most in our day-to-day lives [at least in most cases]. There’s actually been articles and research conducted that states, phones are the most germ-contaminated item in your home. I take mine off about once every couple of weeks or so and give it a good cleaning.

Trash Cans

Round up all the trash cans in your home. Might be best to do it on “trash day” because you already have to empty them out! Line them up outside, throw some bleach, vinegar & get your hose ready. Spray them out really good. I feel like most people, including myself, just think of trash cans as things that are “supposed” to be dirty. They smell. They get sticky. Anything & everything gets thrown in them. They need to be cleaned! The vinegar is a good bug repellant & the bleach with kill anything in its path- germs, bugs, you name it. Let them air dry & that’s that.

Behind & Underneath Washer & Dryer

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Same thing you did with your refrigerator. Unplug them, sweep & mop if needed, then put them back. Lint from that lint catcher in your dryer flies everywhere and eventually lands on that floor! The air will feel cleaner in there, trust me!

I have officially started my “not-so-typical’ spring cleaning list! I have put together a 4 day challenge, if you will, of all 16!

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I hope this is helpful for you during your spring cleaning adventures! Happy cleaning & God bless!

-Brittany

 

The Tiniest Topknot

I love to do my daughter’s hair. That’s one of the many things that I was looking forward to when I found out we were having a girl. But of course, she was born totally bald! It was the cutest little bald head, I will admit.

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It has taken her hair forever to grow. It’s finally at a decent length and I have started to experiment a little with it. It’s so much fun! I have made a small compilation of my favorite “dos” for my baby girl. These are all perfect if you’re in a rush, or if your girl has super thin and short hair like this one! Something a little different from the go-to pony tail.

BEFORE you do anything, go out and get these little rubber bands! They are amazing and you can buy a huge thing of them on amazon. They will last you forever. Perfect for tiny “dos”.

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Piggy Tails

The classic! This is my favorite “do”. And her hair has just gotten long enough to where I can put them down low too.

Just part her hair down the middle, wrap the rubber band around her hair, and repeat on the other side!

Piggy Buns

Repeat all the steps for regular piggy tails, but on the last wrap around, don’t pull her hair all the way through. These are so adorable. If you want to get a little more creative with it, add some cute little bows or make them into little messy buns.

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Twisty Bangs

All I do for this one is grab her bangs in the front, twist them around a couple times and snap it back with a cute clippy. Paislee’s bangs are always in her face [but I refuse to cut them]. We do this one A LOT when we are in a hurry to get somewhere, but I still want to do something with her hair.

[she was totally loving this little photoshoot as you can tell]

Tiny Topknot

This one might take the longest of the “dos” on this list, but it’s still a fast one. It gets the bangs out of the face and it’s just too darn sweet.

First comb back a decent amount of hair in the middle & tie it with a rubber band.

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Pull the hair in the rubber band up really tight and twist it around a few times.

Twirl the hair down in a circle or bun and tie another rubber band to make it stay.

 

& there you have it. The tiniest topknot there ever was. So fitting if your baby has a little hipster heart!

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[I told her to smile & this is what I got…sass]

These four little “dos” are so easy & are my favs! I usually always have a bow in my girl’s hair because that’s how we do it in Texas. I’m so excited for the day her hair is long enough for me to braid it! Until then, I hope these guys are helpful to all parents with little girls out there.

God Bless!

-Brittany