Bathroom Talk

 

 

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I will never forget the day I watched a stranger in a public restroom wash her hands and then grab a paper towel to dry her hands AND THEN use that same paper towel to wipe down the surrounding countertop in the PUBLIC RESTROOM. She probably noticed my stare and my face must have shown my shock because she explained to me that she always wipes down the countertops after washing her hands.  She brightened my day by adding it is her daily service to the community.

I vowed then and there to always do the same.  I do this at home and in public restrooms. It is a simple way to keep your bathrooms clean and fresh.  At home it can be done with the towel used to dry your hands or with a wet wipe kept under the sink.  It’s amazing how quick and easy it is and your home will always be ready for unexpected guests.

*photo credit @the_real_house_of_ig

Let Your Beauty Shine


 

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Stay true to who you are. Be genuine. You were meant to be who you are. We need different. Can you imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was the same! When you remain true to yourself you allow your best self to shine through and your best self is beautiful and full of light that somebody else might be looking for!  Too often we look around and compare ourselves to others and conform to what we think is acceptable.  Don’t be afraid to just be yourself.  Embrace who you are.

 

 

his is one of the many adventures we had over the summer here in Vegas at the Coke store on the strip.

This is one of the many adventures we had over the summer here in Vegas at the Coke store on the strip.

 

My Favorite Salad

 

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This salad is to die for!  It is filled with protein and flavor.  I made it last week while my husband was traveling because he doesn’t eat lettuce.  It has been awhile since I made it so I was excited to sit down and eat it all to myself.  I’ll give you one guess what happened, my girls thought it looked so delicious they wanted some.  I don’t like to share my favorite foods, but of course I behave as a good mommy and share.  The best way to make this salad is with leftover BBQ chicken from the night before.  Makes it super easy!  Here’s the recipe:

 

BBQ Chicken Salad:

BBQ chicken (about 2-3 cooked boneless chicken breasts cut up)

2-3 romaine lettuce heads cut up

1/2 can of corn drained

1/2 can of black beans drained

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Drizzle BBQ sauce over the top

Drizzle ranch dressing over the top

A spoonful of salsa on top

recipe serves about 4-6

 

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Clutter Is The Enemy

Everything has a place and everything in its place.

The easiest way to a clean home is to limit clutter.  When friends come to visit they always ask how do you keep your home so clean with 4 kids?  My initial response is my home is so dirty right now, this response stems from the OCD personality I try so hard to hide.  The truth is I spend a lot of time keeping my home clean, organized and beautiful because I enjoy it.  I remember when I was younger I would be dusting while my family was watching TV.  Crazy right?  Today I have a hard time getting places on time because I can’t leave my house unless everything is put away.  Again, crazy right?  The birth of each child has weakened my strength to see this through on a daily basis and I am so grateful for that because I know how silly this is.

The most important thing you can do to eliminate clutter is…

 Don’t be a hoarder!

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If you are thinking I’m not a hoarder.  There is nothing in my home that can be thrown away.  Think again!  The hardest thing is to eliminate the unnecessary items in your own home and EVERYBODY has unnecessary items.  My advice is to pick one closet to start with and work your way through each closet in your home getting rid of things.  If you haven’t used it in 90 days, eliminate it.  If you haven’t thought about using it in 60 days, eliminate it.  In most cases people keep things because they spent a lot of money on it and they think I’ll use it someday.  Chances are they won’t it will sit there year after year collecting dust and occupying valuable space.  I do not spend endless amounts of money on baskets and containers to organize my closets.  My kitchen cabinets aren’t filled with expensive matching plates and serving dishes but they are neat and tidy.  Less is more.  If something new is bought something old is taken out.  Don’t be a hoarder!  Resist the urge to buy something that won’t be used on a daily basis.  Repair your old items that can be repaired and replace the ones that absolutely cannot.  Try to live by this rule, if I use it everyday find a place, if it’s not a necessity don’t buy it.

Be Creative With Your Old Furniture

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If you are thinking I need new furniture but can’t afford it.  Don’t be afraid to be creative with your old furniture.  Move it to a new spot in your house.  Try your dresser in the family with fresh updated knobs behind the sofa.  Try the loveseat as seating in the breakfast nook .  Move a lamp that is in the office to your bedroom.  Move a picture that once hung in the mudroom to the laundry room (my personal favorite).  You’d be surprised what rearranging a room can do.

 

I remember when I had cancer Christoph’s mother came to visit.   I was in my bed resting and heard her say,

“Looks like Mandi is feeling better!”

I later asked my husband what she was talking about?  Apparently he had rearranged the furniture in our family room and she assumed I had done it.  I was so PROUD of my husband and his creative desire!

Get Outside

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It is important to get your vitamins including Vitamin D.  Being outside is good for the soul.  Get outside and play, walk, run, hike, just get outside even when the weather is too hot or too cold it is important to be outside.  Breath the fresh air, enjoy the sun on your face.

Do more of what makes you happy!  

If you are thinking I don’t enjoy being outside, try a new activity, experiment until you find something you enjoy, take a friend or a loved one and just get outside away from the electronics of today’s society.

 

 

 

Take Notes

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If I didn’t keep a notebook by my bed and in my purse I would be utterly LOST!

I have been punished with a mind that never stops churning.  This curse has been magnified after each child’s birth.  I am sure every mother can relate to that statement.  The worry and stress that comes with a child is a blessing and a curse.  Releasing my feelings onto paper help me focus.  I use my phone to manage my family calendar setting alarms to do things as simple as “unlock the front door, girls will be home from school soon”.  I can’t remember my life without my electronic calendar.

Thoughts should be controlled and channeled into positive healthy energy.  Eating healthy and exercising supports a healthy body and mind.  A clean and healthy mind and body builds natural beauty.  I find my best self shines through when I am waking up early allowing time to exercise, read an uplifting message and meditate or pray.  Or simply put, some healthy ALONE TIME!

Easy Furniture Update

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I LOVE the idea that furniture has a story.  I want to be able to look around my home and see memories and history.  I never want to get rid of the first dresser Christoph and I shared as newlyweds.  I want to always have the little white kids table I received as a gift with only 3 red chairs because I thought I was done having more children.  I think these memories make a HOUSE A HOME.  When my mom asked if I wanted an old dresser of hers from when my parents were still married I jumped at the opportunity.  The only problem was it wasn’t my style, but it was nothing a little bit of paint couldn’t fix.


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I left the dresser on our lawn and after removing the drawers started spray painting.  This paint is so simple to use it’s not funny.  It covers perfectly and leaves a nice rustic finish.  It only took one coat of paint and the dresser was dry and ready to move inside within an hour.  I painted this dresser over a year ago and the paint has held up to my children and my nightly snacks and drinks.

 

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Eating Healthy When Life is Busy

 

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I waved to my friend as I was stopped at the stop light stuffing my face with hard boiled eggs.  I was so embarrassed.  The embarrassment quickly left my body as I reminded myself that we are all busy, especially us moms.  I was just proud that I was actually eating something healthy and didn’t grab a cookie or a brownie made the night before for lunch.

 

That morning while I was picking up my house I quickly boiled four eggs.  It worked out perfect, I need to do it more often.  I cut them up and added salt and pepper.  I ate 2 for lunch today and I will eat 2 for lunch tomorrow.  To keep the eggs from stinking the fridge up I  put them in a sealed container.  To be honest, I made a conscious effort to eat healthy today because last night I ate this…

 

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Cleaning Mirrors

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Let’s just put this out there… I DO NOT know how to clean mirrors.  For some reason whenever I clean a mirror it turns out streaky and cloudy.  What is up with that?  I have taken pride in perfecting the art of cleaning, but I could never figure out mirrors.  I had given up and decided my husband and my children would forever clean our mirrors.  This didn’t go over well with them, but more importantly it didn’t go over well with me.

Our mirrors were not getting cleaned as frequently as I wanted.  After a lot of trial and error with all sorts of different products I found a quick and easy no fail way of cleaning mirrors.  You just need three items:

1.   2 microfiber clothes 

2.  Water

Get one of the microfiber clothes wet.  Take the wet microfiber cloth and clean the mirror from side to side making sure to clean all fingerprints as needed.  Next, dry off the mirror with the dry second microfiber cloth in the same side to side motion.  Quick, easy and painless.  It works great on windows also!