lemon rosemary all-natural home freshener

Are you looking to make your home smell fresh and springy, but without the harsh chemicals?

Do.This.

Your home will smell fan-freakin-tastic. I promise.

What you need:

  • a pot
  • water
  • a lemon
  • a few sprigs of rosemary
  • 1-2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

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What to do:

  • Fill the pot 2/3 full with water.
  • Slice the lemon, drop in water.
  • Throw in your rosemary sprigs.
  • Pour in a teaspoon or two of vanilla.
  • Simmer on the stove-top all day!
  • If the water starts looking low, add more.

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You’re welcome.

I got this idea from here.

just call me Picasso.

I’m pretty proud of my boxes. I’ve come along way.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Happy 12-year Anniversary to me and my Jdogg!

Room Redo:: Twins

When we first bought this house almost 5 years ago, every wall was white. Or beige. No joke. I have been soooo overwhelmed at the thought of decorating, painting, or anything else. So much that I have done pretty much nothing until this year! Bit by bit, things have been coming together, walls have been getting painted, projects have been completed.

Back in 2007, I did add some vinyl decal-thingies to the twins’ walls, along with some red and blue striped vinyl. It was not bad, especially for their 4-year-old selves. But they aren’t four anymore. Time for an update.

For the past two weeks, I have been slaving away tearing decorations and posters off of the walls. We have been organizing toys, giving away boxes of stuff, and throwing away bags and bags of trash.

The colors (darker turquoise, limish-green, and orange-butterscotch trim) are totally wild, but they work GREAT together. Seriously!

Before (ignore the child-labor and jammies, please):

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After:

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Not too bad for an amateur, huh? I must say the twins have NEVER played in their room this much and this nicely before. It’s well worth all the work I put into it!