Clean in 2018! All Natural DIY Cleaning Solutions

Thank you @Fox59 and @JillianDeam for letting me share these affordable, all natural, environmentally safe DIY cleaning solutions.

Some of these recipes I learned from my grandmother.  She used to make her own cleaning products and added some major elbow grease to clean her house from top to bottom. I learned from the best.

Here are some of my favorite cleaning recipes:

Scouring Powder

Combine 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup kosher salt in a jar.  Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.

Glass Cleaner

Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water in a spray bottle.  Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.

Soap Scum Remover

Sprinkle on baking soda, scrub with a cloth or sponge, and rinse.  Vinegar or kosher salt also work.

Calcium or Lime Remover

For calcium or lime deposits on a chrome faucet, soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around the faucet.  Let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight.

Clean a Bathtub with Grapefruit and Salt

Halve a grapefruit, sprinkle the top of the grapefruit liberally with salt.  Wet your bathtub and sprinkle the left over salt around the bottom.

All Natural DIY Cleaning Solutions

IMG_0577Cleaning a house naturally is not more difficult than cleaning with items you buy at the store.  It improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.

Because their bodies are still growing, babies and children are more vulnerable to environmental pollutants. Make the switch to products that are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources (not petroleum). They will aid you in creating a safe, healthy, and nontoxic environment, free of hazards for your kiddos.

I recently cleaned my bathtub with this recipe from www.apartmenttherapy.com, @apartmenttherapy.  It worked amazing!  I had to share it with you.  (Recipe Cred. @apartmenttherapy)

How To Naturally Clean a Bathtub with Grapefruit and Salt

What You Need

1 Grapefruit
1/4 cup coarse kosher salt

Instructions
1. Halve Grapefruit: 1 medium to large grapefruit will clean your entire bath or shower from top to bottom, including all the fixtures. Simply cut it in half with a knife and you’ll be all set.

2. Sprinkle With Salt: Using 1 grapefruit half at a time, sprinkle the top liberally with salt. Wet your bathtub and sprinkle the remaining salt around the bottom.

3. Get to scrubbing! Scrub your grapefruit around your shower or tub, making sure to slightly “juice” the citrus over each fixture and lifting it every few seconds to pick up fresh salt from around the tub instead of just pushing it around. You can also use the rind on stubborn areas.

4. Rinse: When all is said and done, simply rinse away the pulpy bits and the salt and your shower is as good as new.

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin, http://www.apartmenttherapy.com, @apartmenttherapy)

 

 

Kid Friendly Winter Olympics Treats

The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics is on February 9th!  I was cruising through Pinterest today and saw these great ideas!

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Thank you @surlyhousewife for the cupcake idea!  Photo courtesy of www.thesurlyhousewife.com.  These cupcakes are perfect for an opening ceremony party.

 

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Thank you @ruthsoukup for the Olympic torch idea. This is so easy to make with kiddos.  Love it.  Photo courtesy of http://www.livingwellspendingless.com.

 

 

Happy New Year – Intentional & Thoughtful

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Happy New Year! It’s 5 degrees today so we decided to use our backyard (normally a small lake) and transform it into an ice rink. Clearing the snow for it today made me think about what a miracle transforming something can be.  The New Year makes me think of things like this. What is normally a lake in our backyard becomes a playground for ice skating and ice hockey this time of year. The same water just in different form. Amazing. Opportunity. Same, but different. Kind of like when January comes around with the opportunity for a fresh start. We are the same people, but can transform ourselves in the New Year. A chance to reinvent oneself, an opportunity to grow and become wiser and stronger.

This year my husband and I set our goal with a theme instead of a list of “to do’s.” Our theme is to be “Intentional & Thoughtful.” Intentional with our time, our work, our friendships, with one another and with our family. We will try to grow from the things that disappoint, embrace life’s ordinary moments each day and celebrate the extraordinary times we are blessed with during the year. It’s a wonderful life and know matter how challenging some days or months seem, we are blessed and I’m always grateful for the opportunity to transform myself into a stronger and wiser self each year! Cheers for a 2018 filled with much joy, laughter and good health!
Happy New Year from my family to yours!!
XOXO

A Pinterest Inspired Holiday

A Pinterest Inspired Holiday Season! It’s easier than ever to gain inspiration these days by a touch of a button for the Holiday Season! Mommy Magic has a few easy and affordable ways you can gain inspiration from Pinterest this season to decorate your home!

  • Holiday & Light Inspired-Easy and affordable ways to transform your holiday gathering into a glowing success!
  • Christmas DIY Table Decor-Create Classic Inspired Christmas Magic with these simple ways to take what you have and make the perfect conversation pieces at your holiday table this year!
  • Vintage Evergreen Inspired Decor- take your family’s keepsakes and transform them into one of a kind decor perfect for any gathering this holiday season.

Playing Board Games

Each Christmas one of our family gifts is a new board game.  During your Christmas break, take time to play board games with your children.

No matter what games you play, the simple fact that family game night forces you to spend quality time interacting with your kids can help contribute to all sorts of positive outcomes for them.  They teach taking turns, how to count on a board, good motor skills (Jenga) and most important it is okay to win or lose.
This holiday season take time to make memories with your family that will last forever :).

 

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It’s Cookie Time

Thanksgiving is ALMOST here and for my family that is the official start to the holiday season. I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and start baking with my girls! I love to decorate classic gingerbread and sugar cookies with my girls that we can then share with my loved ones, neighbors and friends. I’m super excited to make a new recipe, chocolate sandwich cookie with peppermint frosting. They sound delicious!

CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES WITH PEPPERMINT FROSTING

 

Sandwich Cookies

 

Sharing Kindness This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I like to reflect each year how thankful and happy I am for all the blessings in my life. This year my family and I are all about spreading acts of kindness.

Today I brought some fun examples of how you and your family can get into the spirit of kindness.

  • Kindness Matters Cards – You can order kindness matters cards off of Amazon.com for under $10. You leave a kindness card behind at a restaurant, someone’s mailbox, etc to encourage people to pay-it-forward or to do an anonymous act of kindness for someone. It’s amazing how one kind word can change someone’s entire day.
  • When I think about sharing the message of kindness I think of “Mama Said Tees” . Mama Said Tees is a local company whose mission statement is kindness. Their notion is that their designs will spark conversations, which spread kindness making changes for the better.  Visit their website http://www.mamasaidtees.com to buy your “Kindness Armor.”

Get into the holiday spirit this year by talking to your families about what you can do to spread kindness!!!

The Taste of November

November is one of my very favorite months for baking and cooking. Everybody seems to slow down just enough to appreciate comfort food this time of year. One of my favorite things to bake for my family is a traditional pumpkin bread with a twist. It’s the perfect comfort food this time of year!

 

Pumpkin Bread

 

Over the years I’ve found two tricks that make it even more yummy! Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top of it before you bake it. It adds a tiny sweet crunch AND as soon as you take it out of the oven, immediately wrap it tightly in cling wrap. It keeps it super moist! Add a small amount of cream cheese on top and it’s perfect for breakfast, dessert or after school snack!

 

~ Mary Susan

Peanut Butter & Nutella Krispy Treats

3 ingredients mixed together for a tasty treat that goes great any time of year. Place 3 Rice Krispies treat bars in a cast iron skillet, and put into the over at 350 degrees for about 3 minutes. Remove from oven, and spoon in about 4 to 5 spoonfuls of peanut butter and mix with the softened treats.

Place back into oven for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven, spread on Nutella, and let cool. Once cooled, slice, and eat.