Friday, March 9, 2012

Sharon & the flowers

Last weekend, Ammon decided that our front yard needed a little bit of color & curb appeal. So, he headed to Home Depot to get supplies to make a little flower bed. He then pulled up the liner, flattened out the area, placed the edge stones & made this cute little planter. He filled it with soil & then planted tulips, daisies, daffodils, & a few others that I can't remember the names of at this moment. Sharon thought it was amazing & wanted to dance in the center the whole time he was building it. Once it was done, she kept leaning over to smell the flowers, which sounded kind of funny because she had a bit of a stuffy nose. She kept pointing and saying, "Flowers." She likes to wander over to the flower bed to sniff the flowers whenever we come out to get in the car. I love how it turned out!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sisters & a Hat

Sharon was having a blast playing with a wipe the other day. Somewhere along the line, she decided that it would make a fabulous hat for Savannah. She kept putting it on her head & laughing hysterically. Savannah really didn't seem to mind at all. I love these girls!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Smiley Girl

Here's a picture of Sharon with her million dollar smile! We were ready to go to play group & she was wearing some new leggings that I'd made that morning. That's also a dress I made for her out of one of my old sweaters. It's super comfy & I love that she can play in it & I don't care if it gets dirty or not. She's a pretty cute girl! Oh, she's also wearing a hair bow that I made recently, though you can't really see it well in the picture.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Getting Bigger

Savannah is really starting to enjoy tummy time. She is also getting pretty good at slowly squirming across the floor when she is on her back. She loves to just watch everything that's going on. She's such a happy girl! I've noticed that she tends to get a little grouchy at night when it's about bedtime & she just wants to be walked around & rocked to sleep. She is not content if I try to rock her while sitting on the couch.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Miracle Worker of a Toilet Cleaner

{Alert: This post is a real life, nitty gritty, housecleaning unplugged post.}

We've lived in our house for almost 3 years now, & in all that time, I've never been able to get rid of the disgusting rings in the toilets. Here, take a peek at the kids' bathroom toilet to see what I mean. Gross, right? I'm pretty sure it's mainly due to hard water & the fact that this toilet doesn't get used all that often, but our master bath toilet looks similar.
I've tried various cleaning methods, including toilet bowl cleaners from a few different stores, soaking them with vinegar, cleaning with baking soda, etc, all to no effect. Not only does it look disgusting, it's a little embarrassing when guests use the bathrooms, & also, who knows what else is living in that disgusting build-up! Well, I recently read a blog post (I can't remember where) about an awesome way to get rid of those unsightly rings. She used a pumice stick & said that it worked miracles. So, I headed over to Amazon to see how much one would cost. There were a few different pumice sticks for sale, & I'm pretty sure the blogger that I read said she used this one with the handle. I settled on this one, mainly because it was 5 bucks cheaper than the one with the handle, & I'm pretty sure I can handle scrubbing without the handle, especially since I was planning on wearing gloves anyway.
Since I have free 2-day shipping at Amazon, it cost me less than $5 for this little experiment. I patiently waited out the weekend & was excited to check the mail today to see if it came (yeah, I've never been so excited about cleaning supplies. Feel free to call me a dork). I was excited to see the package in the mail box & dropped everything to test it out when I got back in the house. Are you ready to see my results? I decided to take before & after pictures just to prove my results. By the way, I am in no way receiving any compensation for this post, I simply love a product that works & is a good deal! So, here's the kids' bathroom before & after pictures. You can see on the left side of the bowl where I started to scrub a little bit, then stopped & decided to take pictures. It definitely took a little bit of elbow grease to get this clean, because it was kind of hard & crusted on there (don't even try to tell me your toilet has never been like this!). Doesn't it look amazing in the after picture, or as amazing as a toilet bowl can? And the final before & after is of our master bath toilet. The ring wasn't quite as bad, but it still looks so much better not to have that gross ring! I am so excited to finally have them gone! So, if your toilets suffer from this, try out the Pumie pumice stick & let me know what happens! I think I might have to order the 12 pack next time so I can have some on hand & save a few more bucks on each one!