Monday, July 16, 2012

Leaving Owensboro...Going Home


We are both excited and sad to tell you that we'll be moving from Owensboro at the beginning of August. We have decided to relocate to Northern KY to be closer to my family and to be within closer driving distance to Jimmy's family.

Many of you know that I grew up in Northern Kentucky and all of my family still lives there. My husband and I had been talking for the past several months about relocating there to be closer to our families. We LOVE Owensboro but we continued to feel the need to be closer to our immediate families. So we both started the process of looking for jobs, myself in healthcare sales and marketing and he in Special Education. Surprisingly I got several interviews very quickly and have accepted a position as a Marketing Liaison with Stay Well Home Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. My husband is still looking but we are confident he will find something as well.

This is a bittersweet time for us as we LOVE Owensboro, LOVE our church and I LOVE my job at OMHS. So much in our lives has changed while we've been in Owensboro. We became parents here and many of you were such a blessing and support to us during that time! But I'm very excited to be "going home" after 15 years away!

To those of you in Owensboro, we hope you'll stay in touch via email and facebook. For those of you in NKY, we look forward to getting reacquainted with all of you soon!
"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." -- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Adventures in Laundry

For a family of three we have a ton of laundry. I can't imagine how larger families keep up! Anywho, our laundry started having a funky smell this week and I remembered that I'd pinned (on Pinterest, of course) something about washing your washing machine. It's Saturday and I had time so I thought I'd try it out.


Wow! My washer was gross! I did exactly as the post suggests (except I used bleach tablets) and it really worked! I don't use a lot of bleach around the house so I usually buy a bottle of bleach tablets and use those when I need bleach. I used three tablets rather than the quart suggested in the post. It seemed to do the trick!


While I'm on the subject of laundry, I'll share my homemade laundry detergent recipe. It's not really mine. Hundreds of other people on the internet have posted the same one but I use it and love it. It's very simple.


Ingredients:

  • 1 Bar Fels Naptha soap (can purchase at any major retailer like Walmart or Kroger)
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (NOT the same as baking soda)
  • 1 cup Borax

I bought all three items today at Walmart. The soap was less than $1 and the other two items weren't more than $4 each (for a whole box which will make quite a few batches).


Directions:
Grate the soap. I use a cheese grater. Or I should say "used" a cheese grater until the husband saw me using it for soap and was grossed out! It's just soap!


Mix the grated soap with the Borax and Super Washing Soda and you've got your detergent!


I use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load.* I always turn the water on, put the detergent in and let it sit for a couple of minutes before putting the laundry in. I noticed a white film on my black pants one time when I added the detergent after the clothes. I think the detergent just didn't dissolve the same. *I have a top load washing machine.


This detergent doesn't smell like detergent. It just smells clean! And it's cheap and easy to make!





Saturday, January 14, 2012

Makeup Board

I found a "makeup board" on Pinterest and decided to try my hand at making one! It turned out pretty well if I do say so myself!




Now some people might look at this and say, "Why would you want your makeup on display in your bathroom?". I thought it was a cute idea! And I don't have a bathroom that guests use so I thought this was something perfect for my bathroom!


Here's how I made it:


I found a picture without a frame (just a print on a piece of wood) at Goodwill for $4. 


Then I found a thin sheet of metal at Lowes for about $4.50. I told the guy at Lowes what I wanted to do and he helped me find what I needed. He even told me he thought it was a neat idea!


Then I went to JoAnn Fabric and found a fabric quarter that I liked. It fit over the picture perfectly! 


When I got home Jimmy attached the metal piece to the picture with Gorilla Glue (it works on just about anything). 






We let it dry about an hour and then used spray adhesive to attach the fabric. He sprayed the adhesive on the side with the metal on it and then I carefully laid the fabric on it and smoothed it out. Then we flipped it over and wrapped the rest of the fabric around the sides to the back. 





To attach the makeup containers to the board I hot glued magnets (bought at Walmart) to the containers. I used hot glue because it's easy remove later and then I could reuse the magnets. I also wasn't sure if magnets with adhesive on them would hold as well. 



Then I just stuck the magnets on the board! 

The cup holding the makeup brushes is actually an old vitamin container that Jimmy cleaned up and cut off the top. I used four magnets to attach it. I think I'm going to make one more of those for my liquid foundation and primer. 


 


I'm pretty excited to hang this in my bathroom! 

I found another fabric quarter that would work in my kitchen and I think I'm going to make another one of these to use there. I could attach recipes, spice containers, etc!


I found the inspiration for this project on http://laurathoughts81.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-up-magnet-board.html