Monthly Archives: October 2012

17 Tips to Make Your Life Easier #4

Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

ASSESSMENT:  WORKS!  Let me be the first to tell you I am SUPER picky about my re-heated pizza.  I won’t let my hubby help because he throws it in the microwave and calls it good… yuck!  Soggy pizza!  But tossing it in the toaster oven leaves it hard as nails and though I love my pizza crispy – I don’t like chipping a tooth on it.  So… I will now be switching out my carefully calculated microwave/toaster oven pizza dance for just warming it up on a skillet – super easy and mmmm tasty!

Halloween Books

This may be a little late in the season to address this… but we just recently found some recommended books for kiddos that fit the fall/Halloween season :)  We’ve read each of these several times and I think they will be a tradition for Octobers to come…

17 Tips to Make Your Life Easier #3

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies , take a small glass fill it 1/2″ with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid , mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Assessment: IT WORKS!  I was going to post the opposite a while back, as I had  a (please note singular) fruit fly that this did not attract and kill – but THIS TIME I had a number of them (hanging out near the bananas… those little buggers!)  I put the concoction right near the bananas and not even an hour later… dead buggies! [I didn't take a picture for the site - that seemed like it'd be going a LITTLE too far :p]

I’m Back! New Category and Goal!

Hey-yo all, I’m back.  I know… I tapered off there for a minute, but I’m back and we’re going to keep this bad boy going…

This morning I was considering that Christmas is coming up, and with Christmas comes additional toys… and with more toys comes… more storage solution issues.

I have ALWAYS wanted to be one of those people with the clean house and a neat and tidy place for everything… but when it comes down to it, money concerns and the fact that we have a constant influx of new toys/gear/stuff for our almost 3 year old is slightly preventative to that goal.  Especially considering that we keep ALL our toys for the prospective new addition we may have some day.

Fortunately for me, my husband has seemingly relinquished the “bonus” room in our house to my greater design authority… and, as a result, I will be turning it into a GIANT playroom!  It’s a converted 2 car garage… giant space!  Which is GREAT since we have spoiled our daughter relentlessly with stuff we always wanted as kids… and the cottage in our living room is kinda a space sucker.  Seriously… we have a house within our house… house inception!

Anyways – with all the toys and a need to keep it all contained somehow – I’m starting a new series… ORGANIZED HOUSE.  Hopefully, ideas listed here can help you brainstorm different ways to stay organized with your own kiddos/home.

Fall Cleaning Tips

Periodically we get fliers from our realtor regarding how to maintain your house.  They always seem so informative and helpful (though I rarely get around to actually doing them) so I thought that I would share the tips for Fall – in case you’re feeling the Fall-cleaning bug…

  • Clean faucet aerators & shower heads
  • Clean fridge drain pan & vacuum condenser coil
  • Close/drain hose bibs & drain/store hoses
  • Check exterior caulk, repair as needed
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Fill any cracks in driveway and sidewalks
  • Fireplace/flue inspect, clean & repair
  • Heating system tune-up and cleaning
  • Winterize lawn mower & clean yard tools
  • Clean dishwasher filters & spray arms

Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

We tried out a new dessert the other day: Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles.  They were quite tasty!

I found that I enjoyed them more once they were cooler and settled – and would probably recommend making them with homemade snickerdoodle dough instead of the store bought stuff (I prefer the taste of homemade personally).  But … SO GOOD!

Mini-Chill Gear – Aromatherapaes Hair Mask

Ok – so for any of you parents out there (or busy non-parents) – it’s hard to catch a break to sit back and relax right?  And by the time you find maybe a 30min or hour long window it’s probably during nap time or late at night… not an easy time to hit the spa or get a massage right?

Well, I’ve found one small solution.  Aromatherapaes Hair Mask – found at your local Fred Meyers.

It was a low key, easy way to condition hair while breathing in some calming scents in the shower – leaving you relaxed and ready to enjoy the rest of your down time.