Category Archives: Random

3 New Uses for Pool Noodles!

Unless you are on vacation or on the other side of the world, you are more than likely not using a pool noodle right now.  Here are three different uses for those pool noodles lying around your backyard or garage.

Wreath Base – Form a circle with the pool noodle and attach the ends together with masking tape.  Affix silk greens, pine cones, whatever you’d like and voila – a handmade wreath just in time for the holidays!

Safety Guard – If you have saws in your garage with little kids running around, you need to be super careful that they are stored properly.  Cut a pool noodle to the length of the saw’s blade, slice a slit halfway into the noodle, and then place the saw into the slit.  (Then put that saw far out of kids’ reach!)

Boot Shaper – Even though I live in a warm climate, I love boots (and sweaters, and jackets, and scarves).  A great way to keep your boots’ shape is to cut a pool noodle to the height of the boot, and stick it in the boot.

Can you think of any other alternative uses for a pool noodle?  I’d love to hear about them!


Fashion Trend Gingham

The first thing I think of when I hear/read about gingham dresses is Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  Justifiable, right?  Well now it is a trend and it’s all over the runways and magazines.  I wanted to search out some gingham printed clothing that didn’t make me want to say, “There’s no place like home”, and I was pleasantly surprised!

Gingham dresses are easy to come by, and super cute.  I’d pair these with flats or heels…depending on where you’re going – definitely a pair in a bright color if one of the black and white dresses are chosen.

Next are my picks for pants. I would definitely pair any of these with a solid top and shoes. They’d be perfect for a brunch date or maybe shopping?!

On to the shirts! Gingham is a lot of print for a top (for me) but the colors are so pretty! I can totally see myself pairing one of the these with a worn in pair of skinny jeans (blue denim or white) and flats.

Are you a gingham fan?

6 Uses for Vinegar Besides Salad Dressing

The only other use I had for vinegar, besides the usual salad dressing, was when I had to de-calcify my clothing steamer.  That was a smelly ordeal, but it worked!  Wondering if there were any other uses for vinegar, since I had seen its “abilities” with unclogging my steamer, I did some research.

I suffer from hyper pigmentation.  Take apple cider vinegar and apply it to the brown spots for about 10 minutes a few times a day and that should reduce the discoloration.

Vinegar can be used as a deep conditioner or dandruff treatment.  For the deep conditioning route, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and three egg whites.  Massage into your hair – roots to ends, cover with a shower cap and let sit for 30 minutes before rinsing out.  Have dandruff?  Apple cider vinegar and water (50%/50%) rubbed onto your scalp will help!

Prone to cold cores?  To reduce the swelling and paid, dunk a q-tip in white vinegar and place on the cold sore three times a day.

Is your silver jewelry a bit tarnished?  Mix together 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda.  Let the jewelry soak for about 2 to 3 hours. Wash the solution off with cold water and dry with a soft cloth.

My garbage disposal stinks, so I was super happy to find this tip: mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl, pour the solution into an ice cube tray and freeze.  Every week or so, drop a few of the cubes into the disposal, followed by cold water.

Do you use vinegar for any other household needs?  

I’d love to hear about them!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips and Tricks

The last thing I want to do on a sunny weekend day is clean bathrooms (that and do laundry) but both are inevitable…they have to be done!  Here are some handy bathroom cleaning and disinfecting tips I have learned along the way – shortcuts and long cuts and everything in between.

I’ll start with the grossest part – the toilet.  I live with two boys and a husband.  I wonder if they turn the light on and look at what they are doing, when they are in the bathroom.  So annoying.  Either way, the toilet has to be cleaned and disinfected.  An easy and inexpensive way to clean the toilet would be to dump a cup of baking soda into the toilet, let it sit for a few minutes, then brush it and flush it.  You also have to remember to clean the brush…let the bristle portion hang over the toilet and pour bleach over it.  If you have a brush canister, pour some warm water and soap into it and let it sit for a bit, then dump out the dirty water.  Also – you should really make sure to close the toilet lid when you flush.  You don’t want to know what can float in the air when you press down on the flusher.  Ew.

My shower head has a tendency of getting clogged and a reddish ring sometimes forms (from the fabulous hard water we have here).  To clean the shower head, all you have to do is take a grocery bag (without holes, I say this from experience) and fill it with white vinegar – enough to submerge the nozzle.  Tie it in place overnight.  Next day, remove the bag and run water to rinse it clean.

See, I thought the toilet would rank as the most germ-infested area of the bathroom but believe it or not – it’s the sink!  Best bet is to have those Clorox disinfecting wipes handy.  I keep one canister under the sink in each bathroom.  It makes it super easy and convenient to wipe down the sink and faucet after you’re done in the morning.  I have yet to teach the boys how to do this.  One day…

Shower and tile bathtub walls are pretty easy to clean.  Using a mixture of white vinegar and water, spray the tile and then let sit for a while.  Wipe down afterwards with a clean cloth.

Like with the disposable disinfecting wipes, I also keep a glass cleaner, roll of paper towels, toilet brush and any other cleaning solvent I need under the sink in EACH bathroom.  That way I don’t have to lug around a bucket filled with these items…and it gives me one less excuse to not clean the bathrooms – everything to do the job is already there!

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to cleaning your bathroom?  I’d love to know!!

Everyone needs a little black dress.  Seriously.

The LBD Little Black Dress on a Budget

It’s that one go-to piece in your closet when you have somewhere to go unexpectedly and “have nothing to wear”.  It’s the dress that you can dress up or down depending on the accessories.  Although I truly believe this:

YSL Quote via blimpcat

…I still feel that you need a black dress.  I scoured the Interwebs to find some great options – all under $100!

Here are my fave casual black dresses:

On to the cocktail dresses (all still under $100):

One LBD is the foundation for so many different outfits.  Most of the dresses above can be paired with pearl studs and closed-toe heels (and maybe a cardi or colorful scarf) for the office and OR a cool statement necklace and a fab pair of stilettos to go out at night.

I use my accessories is to add that pop of color needed to bring the outfit together.

Do you have a little black dress?  If so, what do you pair it with?