Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ways We Save: Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner


I love the character and charm found in older homes.  One of my favorite things typically found in older homes is hardwood floors.  Even though you can find hardwood floors in new construction too, I love the imperfections and creeks found in the hardwood floors of older homes.  It's probably no coincidence that both of the homes we've owned were at least 50 years old when we bought them {our current home was over 60 years old when we bought it}.

Aside from the charm of hardwoods, I love that they do not hold stains like carpeting.  Potty training my daughter wasn't nearly as horrible as it could have been since our first floor is hardwood.  Even still, with messy kids, hardwoods need to be cleaned.  

This week's Ways We Save post is all about how we save money on hardwood floor cleaner.

Megan from Homemade Ginger shows you how to make your own homemade wood floor cleaner.
In case you missed it, her recipe has TWO ingredients - white vinegar and water.  I haven't used the essential oils {they are optional} because I don't have any on hand.  But, if you use essential for other things, then using them won't add any extra expense to this recipe.

Aside from the fact that this is a dirt-cheap cleaner, I love that this cleaner does not leave a residue on my floor.  So many of the others that I have tried leave my floors feeling "hazy."  I'm not sure if that's a real word, but this cleaner cuts through all that and leaves my floors actually feeling clean.  No more yuck and grime.

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Do you prefer hardwoods or carpet?


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Friday, February 20, 2015

My Favorite Drug Store Concealer



Ever since I quit working outside of the home to become a stay-at-home mom, one of the things I've had to cut back on is cosmetics.  I used to be a BeautiControl gal {which isn't terribly expensive in the scheme of cosmetic prices}, but  I've been on a mission recently to find some good drug store makeup.

The jury is still out on foundations {I've been trying some different ones out and haven't decided which I like best}, but I've officially found a concealer that I love, so I thought I'd pass it along to you!

Here's the thing.  When it comes to concealer, I like something that is lightweight, yet provides enough coverage for underneath my eyes.  {I may be in my 30's, but I need some help with dark circles}.  It's a delicate balance, really.

I love this concealer because I feel like it's the perfect combination - it is heavier than a liquid, but light enough that it doesn't look too heavy when I put foundation on over top of it.  Even if I don't wear any other makeup, this concealer helps give my eyes a "boost."  It comes in a variety of colors, but I have very fair skin.



The links above are for Amazon, but I've recently purchased mine from CVS and Target.  Here's the thing though - the packaging has recently changed and I almost panicked when I couldn't find it at first.  The tube has more of a turquoise look to it now.  It looks more like this picture below.  
Under Eye Concealer | CG Smoothers

If you are looking for a good, yet inexpensive concealer, I would definitely encourage you to give this one a try.  The price will depend on where you purchase it, but you should be able to snag it up for less than $10, and certainly less if you wait for a drug store sale or use coupons.

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Do you have a favorite concealer?

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Rachel for WednesdayWhatsits
Ruth for Thrifty Thursday
Carrie for 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Homemade Snow Ice Cream



I am not a cold weather person.  I'm just not.  The way I like to enjoy the cold and snowy weather is under a blanket, sitting by a nice warm fire, sipping on hot cocoa or a cup of coffee...or any combination of those.

But, being that I'm married to a teacher, I still LOVE a snow day!  And since we experienced one yesterday and my husband made homemade snow cream for us, I thought it would be fun to post his recipe in case you are looking for a way to enjoy the snow without having to go outside in it for very long.  

Ingredients:
1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
1.5 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. white sugar
~10 C. fresh snow

Directions:
1.  In a large bowl, combine evaporated milk, vanilla, and sugar.

2.  Stir in snow gradually.  Keep adding until you reach your desired consistency.

3.  Serve immediately.

** If your snow cream melts too much while you are stirring, you can put it in the freezer and enjoy once it has hardened a bit.  We ate some of ours immediately and then had some later in the day and enjoyed both.  

ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.

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Have you ever tried making snow ice cream?


Linking up with:
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Emily for Create Link Inspire
Kathy for 
Titus 2 Tuesday
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Rachel for Wednesday Whatsits
Ruth for ThriftyThursday
Carrie for 
Think Tank Thursday
Allison for 
Handmade Hangout
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