Spark the Swiffer Effect: Cleaning made easy!

The #SwifferEffect - how easy daily cleaning can change not only your house, but your whole attitude! #BigGreenBox

I hate cleaning.  It’s not that I hate the act of cleaning…give me a nice afternoon with the windows open and some music playing and I can actually enjoy it.  But usually, I’m overwhelmed with how messy I’ve let things get, I’d rather just ignore it…it’s so hard to find the motivation to tackle it when it gets so far gone.

 

Enter the #BigGreenBox along with the #SwifferEffect!

 

The #SwifferEffect - how easy daily cleaning can change not only your house, but your whole attitude! #BigGreenBox

 

Allow me to explain a little bit – unfortunately it’s not a magical green box that does all the cleaning for me.  But the next best thing…Swiffer sent me 2 big green boxes full of some great cleaning products that have really helped me to stay on top of the mess around here!  Here’s some of the goodies I received:

 

The #SwifferEffect - how easy daily cleaning can change not only your house, but your whole attitude! #BigGreenBox

 

The Swiffer Sweeper is perfect for our hardwood floors, and I love the wet mops for a quick clean-up of bathroom floors.  The Gain dusters smell so fresh and clean, I want to get them out to dust just so the house smells good!

 

And the dusters are just plain fun.  Put on some music and get dancing with your duster!  Even my 2-year-old was getting in on the dusting action!

 

The #SwifferEffect - how easy daily cleaning can change not only your house, but your whole attitude! #BigGreenBox

 

And here’s the #SwifferEffect in our house – a daily dusting with the Swiffer Dusters along with a quick dust of the floor with the Swiffer Sweeper makes such a HUGE difference, not just in keeping the house clean, but in my attitude as well!  I don’t get quite as overwhelmed or frustrated as I watch the dog hair pile up on the floor just 1 day after vacuuming, or the layer dust of on the end tables a few days after using furniture polish – I can take care of all that in just minutes!  THEN, I’m more motivated to do a quick pick-up of clutter that’s accumulated or do some other quick cleaning…and less stressed when I look around in the evening and think of everything I have to get done the next day.  It’s so funny how a simple, easy fix can go such a long way in changing my outlook for the day!

 

But wait, why did I get two big green boxes?  Why, to pass along the #SwifferEffect of course! Sort of a “pay it forward” when it comes to cleaning supplies.  I decided to pass the box along to my mom – she’s starting a new full-time job next month with a long commute, and I know she could use some shortcuts when it comes to keeping the house clean.  She was thrilled to open up the box and see all the Swiffer awesome-ness!

 

The #SwifferEffect - how easy daily cleaning can change not only your house, but your whole attitude! #BigGreenBox

 

And speaking of the #SwifferEffect, Here’s a fun video from Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family, and what happens in his house when his mom comes to visit…it will make you chuckle!

 

 

What tips and tricks do you use to make daily cleaning more fun and efficient?

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Freezer Paper Stenciled Tea Towels

Easy monogrammed tea towels using freezer paper stenciling.  Great ideas for housewarming, bridal shower, or hostess gifts!

 

I shared this post over at Just us Four earlier this month, but in case you missed it, here’s a simple and versatile DIY project for you – some stenciled tea towels!  A quick Pinterest search will yield lots of inspiration for you…monograms, designs, quotes, and more.  Plus you can pick up these flour sack towels from Walmart for just a few bucks, so it’s a really inexpensive project, too!

 

Buy cheap flour sack towels from Walmart to stencil for inexpensive housewarming, bridal shower, or hostess gifts!

 

I actually bought these quite a while ago, but they sat in a closet for a few months until I got a crafting itch one afternoon and remembered they were on my to-craft list!  So I pulled them out and whipped up a freezer paper stencil using my Silhouette.  I love using freezer paper to stencil things on fabric – it irons on to create a temporary bond with the fabric, so you don’t get any bleeding…but peels right off when you’re done with no problem!  If you don’t have a Silhouette to cut a custom stencil, you could still use freezer paper for a less intricate design and cut it by hand or with an exacto knife.  It would be easy to do with  a generic, reusable stencil from the craft store, too…or keep it really simple with some solid straight lines and use masking tape or painter’s tape!

 

Easy monogrammed tea towels using freezer paper stenciling.  Great ideas for housewarming, bridal shower, or hostess gifts!

 

I used acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium, so these towels will hold up well to washing.  (Make sure to follow the instructions to heat-set your paint when you use fabric medium.)  I may have gotten a little ambitious with the multi-color herringbone design…it was a bit tedious to carefully paint all those little squares with a foam brush without getting over the lines.

 

Easy monogrammed tea towels using freezer paper stenciling.  Great ideas for housewarming, bridal shower, or hostess gifts!

 

But I love the end result!  An extra coat would have made the colors clearer, but I like the vintagey look of the one-coat sponge paint.

 

Easy monogrammed tea towels using freezer paper stenciling.  Great ideas for housewarming, bridal shower, or hostess gifts!

 

These are really simple to make, and so inexpensive, too!  The best part is, you can bundle them up as gifts for any occasion.  Put them together with a bottle of wine for a hostess or house warming gift…in a gift basket of kitchen goodies for a wedding or bridal shower gift…or you could even make a set as a teacher gift!  And they’d make such great Christmas gifts, too.  (I’m trying to get a head start on mine since I’ll be 8 months pregnant in December!)

 

Easy monogrammed tea towels using freezer paper stenciling.  Great ideas for housewarming, bridal shower, or hostess gifts!

 

What’s been sitting in your closet waiting to be crafted?  Perhaps some flour sack towels like these?

 


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Mom’s Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

disclosure A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

Nap time is my very favorite time of the day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my little munchkin and the time we have together, but the peace and quiet in the house while she’s sleeping is exactly what my mom-batteries need by that point in our day.  Of course, it usually comes with a to-do list a mile long…but I always try to stop for at least a few minutes of “me time” before I proceed to the tasks at hand.  And since I’m 4 months pregnant, that also means I need to stop for a bit of refueling, too!

 

I discovered a perfect pair for my afternoon food-boost at Walmart the other day - STOUFFER’S® Mac Cups along with Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water!

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

I picked up a package of the original flavor as well as a White Cheddar and Bacon.  They come in packages of two, and take just 3 minutes in the microwave!

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

I know, mac and cheese for adults?  I was so excited about that, too!  Delicious and filling comfort food, just what I need for my afternoon pick-me-up.  And I didn’t even have to share :-)

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

The 8 oz bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water was easy to grab along side it – and a great choice for this pregnant mama to stay hydrated!

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

Add a couple of magazines and enjoy your quiet afternoon pick-me-up!

 

A great afternoon "pick-me-up" for moms - Stouffer's Mac Cups with Nestle Pure Life Purified Water! #MyGoodLife #Cbias #shop

 

 

Looking for some more delicious ideas for a “mom break?” Check out these Flavorful Moments with Nestle for inspiration!

 


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Felt Luggage Tag with Clear Plastic Sleeve

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

 

After spending 13 years of my life in public school, 4 years in college, and 4 years teaching in a public school, it is SO strange at this time of year to not be in that “back-to-school” season.  This is the third year that I haven’t been preparing for a new school year, and it’s still pretty foreign to me.  It’s like we miss an entire season!  Plus I’m seeing all these great back-to-school ideas pop up on Pinterest…teacher gifts, school lunch ideas, first day of school pictures…and absolutely none of them apply to me!

 

I’ve been racking my brain for an idea to share with you that could be helpful for those of you with kiddos heading back to school this month, and I think I finally came up with one that could fit that category.  Here’s my felt luggage tag with clear plastic sleeve -perfect for strapping onto a backpack or lunch box for the inevitable time (or times) that it gets left behind somewhere.  In my case, I’ll be strapping it onto our diaper bag to replace our current labeling system…a piece of masking tape :-)

 

This was a pretty quick and easy project I was able to whip up with scraps I had lying around.  I used felt, but you could also use some other sturdy fabric – maybe canvas, or even cut up an old pair of jeans to get a square of denim!  Here’s the fabric I used – teal felt for the tag, some fabric from a fat quarter, and cream felt.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack or diaper bag!

 

This is one of those projects where a Silhouette will come in handy, but you don’t necessarily need it.  I designed my whole project in Silhouette Studio and then cut a card stock template to trace and cut both pieces of felt.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Note: It IS possible to cut some kinds of felt with your Silhouette, though I didn’t have the right kind on hand…check out this post at Cutesy Crafts to read more about it!

 

The next step was to cut my cotton fabric – I used my Silhouette for that, too.  (Check out this post for more of a a how-to on cutting fabric with your Silhouette!)

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Since I had interfacing on the cotton fabric and cream felt, I just layered them all together!  First I ironed the cotton fabric onto the tag base.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Then I ironed on the cream felt nameplate.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

You could just use a fabric marker to write on the name if you’d like, but I used a scrap of heat transfer vinyl to add my daughter’s name.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Yay!  It could have been done now, but I really wanted to add something on the back to hold a piece of paper with our phone number – just in case the diaper bag got left behind somewhere!  I found an old zip-up plastic bag that some sheets came in – it was the perfect thickness to turn into our clear plastic sleeve.  Not too thick, but still durable.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

I ironed on another rectangle of the cotton fabric to make the back a little more interesting.

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Then I cut a rectangle of the plastic to size, and used some embroidery floss to stitch it onto the back!  My sewing isn’t perfect…but I like what the whip stitch border adds to the tag!

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

Finally, I used my Silhouette sketch pens to sketch and cut a little tag to put in the sleeve.  (Don’t worry, that’s not our real phone number… ;-)

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

It fits right into the little plastic sleeve!

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

I just love how it turned out!  I think I’ll be adding a grommet to make the hole a little more durable, I just didn’t have any that were the right size.  Boy, it will be nice to rip off the masking tape label from the side of our diaper bag!

 

Felt Luggage Tag with a clear plastic sleeve - perfect for labeling a backpack, lunch box, or diaper bag!

 

 

A Silhouette Promotion

Have you been toying with the idea of getting a Silhouette?  I really can’t recommend it enough…I use it ALL the time, for big and small projects!  I’m excited to use it for educational-type projects and activities for my 2 year old as we try some pre-preschool activities at home this fall.

 

Now through August 31, you can get a great deal on a “Back-to-School Bundle” with a Portrait or Cameo when you use the code UNORIGINAL.  Click HERE to see the deals – just don’t forget that you’ll need to use the code at checkout to get those fantastic prices!

 

Great deals on back-to-school bundles!  The perfect time to get a machine of your own!

 

Have you done any back-to-school projects yet?  Or are you like me, where back-to-school isn’t really a season at all in your house?


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