Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Small Guest and Storage Room

So now that the other room will be occupied, I only have one room to put some of my stuffs. It's so small that I have to spend a lot of time figuring out how to make look more like a room than a storage room. Because I will still be using it as a guest room. And since the piano is here, I want to make sure that it is still a room to use for my daughter's love for music.


 
I have to buy this wooden 3 tier shelves at JYSK yesterday for $20 because I don't like to see too many stuffs lying on the floor and under the futon bed. I want to be able to clean the floor properly, I also want to see all the stuff easily,  and be able to dust them well.  I hate dust !!! 

I am thinking of buying another 3 Tier shelves to put on top of the other, because I can still see some stuffs on the floor and the cabinet is still a little cluttered. I want this room to be organize so I won't have a hard time preparing it in case I have a visitor. 



Empty Guest Room For Rent

As I've said before, I am looking for someone to rent one of the two room we don't use and I finally found one.


She is coming from Winnipeg and she will stay with us before the end of the month until September for her dentistry examination review.

I will be busy next week so I thought of emptying and cleaning this room last Sunday. And hubby helped me yesterday to switch the single bed from the small room to this room and put the Futon Bed in the small room, since the single bed is more comfortable to sleep in.

This is the room before 
 
And this is the after I emptied and cleaned it.

We don't really use this room. Sometimes my daughter come here to play her piano and guitar, and I put some of my plants here to grow. I clean it all the time and make sure not to put too much stuffs so when I have a visitor, I won't have a hard time preparing it.

But it still took me almost the whole day emptying and cleaning this room. I thought my House is well organize. I guess I was wrong. I should do more cleaning and organizing. Gzzzz!!!

What about you, how often do you clean and organize your house especially those rooms or space you don't often use? 


I am so glad 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Essential Oil for Ants

I hate ants and it's a pain during Spring season when they are all over my house. I am not sure but I think Vinegar attracts them and I love using vinegar to clean my house most specially in the my kitchen. It's lovely in cutting grease and it neutralize the scent of the house.


They said to use Borax with sugar or honey. Borax is good, but I don't like to use sugar or honey with borax to attract ants. It doesn't make sense to have more ants in my house until they all die when they eat the Borax. So it takes time to remove all these ants using Borax alone. They have to eat it to kill them.
 
I tried using Essential Oil on my Steam Mop. Putting few drops on the rag of the Steam Mop. I use rosemary essential oil but I think palmarosa is stronger that keep ants off my kitchen floor. Happy!!! 

But then ants started climbing on my counter top!!! Grrrrrr!!!! So I put few drops of essential oil on a diluted Vinegar and water and wipe all my kitchen surfaces. I also burn essential oil using a diffuser and oil burner.

It's a lot of work and has to be consistent in cleaning to keeps them away. I vacuum every morning and Mop as often...

Essential Oil seems to block their sense of smell on sweets or foods, so a strong scent is needed and palmarosa have a strong scent. I also read that ants hate mint scent so I put few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil on my floor cleaner and Mop my basement last night... So far, it works!!

What about you? Do you hate ants too???

Friday, April 14, 2017

Starting My Gardening Indoor

Ohhh I finally started my gardening indoor. I am starting it with Tomatoes, red and green bell pepper and parsley. One it started to sprout some leaves, I will plant it on my backyard.

 
These are the plants that I usually use for my cooking. So I hope to harvest enough amount that will last before summer next year.

I am planning to plant some onions and garlic too which are also what I used the most for my cooking.

Using plants from your own garden not only will saves you money but it is also healthier since they are organic.

What about you, what are you planting for this summer?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wax or Oil Burner for Indoor Fresh Scent

I turned off my heater coz the weather is great now. I wish it will stay like this.

Now that the heater furnace is not running, it means that the central exhaust is not running as well, and it's still cold outside to open your windows. Which means that the dirt, dust and foul smell in your house stays. 

This is the time when I always make sure that all my Wax Warmer is on, unless the Dehumifier is on or the windows are open.

 

Wax Warmer or Oil Burner neutralized the scent on your house and putting few drops of essential oil creates a fresh scent. 

I have Beeswax on all my Wax Warmer not only that is known is cleaning the indoor air but it also eliminate bad indoor odour.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Decluttered Fridge

Last time, I decluttered my freezer so I don't have to use the small Freezer in the basement. Today I decluttered my Fridge and realized how much expired stuff I have inside!!!
 

Some people have negative thoughts when they see an almost empty fridge. But the thing is, if your Fridge, Freezer and Kitchen Cabinet (Pantry)is full of stuffs and you have no more space for new left overs and groceries, it means you are mismanaging your house and household budget. Worst if you have extra freezer full of meat and foods. Meat and foods at the bottom that you cannot get because it's stuck with ice!!!

Try checking all of the stuffs and see how many expired items you have!!! What a waste!!! I know, coz I've been there!!!




Friday, April 7, 2017

Room For Rent in Malton Mississauga

We have 4+1 bedroom house. Two rooms on the second floor are for my 2 daughters and 1 being use as storage and the other 1 is available for rent. It will be for female only!!

Me and hubby stay is a small room in the basement.

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Why not??? Nobody is using it so I just posted an ad for those who will be interested. I already have few calls. I hope to get one Female renter soon.

Budget is tight and I am trying not to go back to work full time. This will help us in our budget!!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Old Angels Design

I have been looking for my stone Fruit frames but I found this stone Angel frames instead.
This an old home decor, about 15 years ago from my old townhouse. It's like a Rustic Italian or Roman home decor. It's an old style but I love it.

I am planning to transform my basement into this kind of design with a touch of modern Rustic feel!!! 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

My Place To Relax

This my favorite spot in my house because it's near my kitchen where I can watch the TV shows while I am cooking. It's just few steps away from food and drink when I am just relaxing while watching TV.

This is also the place where I do my cross stitching while watching the news on TV.

I also love this place because this is the spot where I can see my backyard and see my plants during summer.

Yes, this is my place to Relax but this is also the messiest and dirtiest spot in my house because this is where my kids eat while watching TV and playing with the dogs.

Keeping this place clean and tidy all the time, is a challenge because of my 2 dogs. That's why I vacuum and mop this place every morning and sometimes before I go to sleep.




Kitchen For Homemade Natural Household and Personal Care Products

I have been spending a lot of time on my small kitchen in my basement lately. So I decided to put a little decor and make it look more like a real home kitchen. I wish I have the budget for renovation but unfortunately, it's on my last list of priority, so I guess it will be like this   for a long time unless I win. Lotto.. lol..

 
Although, I am using Natural Ingredients in making Homemade Household Cleaners and Personal Care products, it is still appropriate to make it in a separate location from your kitchen. I am just happy that I have 2 kitchens in the house.


But if you only have one kitchen, I guess the best place for making Homemade Household Cleaners and Personal Care products is on the Laundry area.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Rustic Clock

I just purchased this big Rustic Clock to replace the small green Rustic Clock. I like to place the clock on this spot of my house where I can track the time I spend when I am Cross Stitching.
 

I just love the Rustic Cottage Farm feel in my house. It feels relaxing after working in and out of the house.

A lot of people like the modern feel where it looks and feel like dancing and partying. I prefer the relaxing feel of Cottage with Rustic touch around my house.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Cottage Rustic Farm Feel

I purchased this new milky white pitcher that I use as a flower pot and put it on my basement kitchen

 
I can see some posts showing their Modern design house. It's nice but we all have our own style right??? 

I prefer the cottage feel in my house because it feels like I am having a vacation after working in and out of the house. I believe that house should be a resting place.

Modern house design especially those with so much bling and too black, feels like it's a party time!!!  

And there is this house design where the house is too small for a Royal style design furniture. It looks so TRYING hard to look rich!!!

Oh well, that's them and this is me!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Why Vacuum Everyday???

This is how much dirt my vacuum Cleaner collects every morning when I vacuum the main floor only. Not to mention that I just vacuum yesterday afternoon, about 5pm, after I cook.

 

I have two medium size dogs, one mix Pomeranian and One Beagle, which is the main reason why I vacuum one to two times a day and sometime 3 especially during shedding season.

But if you have no pet at home, I still recommend vacuuming at least 2 to 3 times a week to help keep your house clean. It all depends on how much people live inside the house and how often people go in and out of the house.

I also recommend deep cleaning of the entire house at least two times a month.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Reusable Napkins To Save Money

I am so happy looking at the toilet tissue on my washroom. Do you know that I use one roll per week? Yes, just me!!! I know that it's just me, because it's only me and hubby using our washroom and obviously he is not using it.


These two rolls of tissue, plus the one on the tissue dispenser has been sitting there for three weeks now. Because it's been three weeks now since I started making and using my reusable tissue in a box
 
I found another old t-shirt so I made another batch of reusable tissue to put on my tissue box. So now, I don't have to worry about running out when I can't wash everything on time.
I really love the money I am saving by using my time efficiently.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Simple Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe

Finally, the last Vim Cream that I use as toilet bowl cleaner is done!!!! I can now start using a very simple Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner recipe.


 
1 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Baking Soda

1. Mix in a bowl
2. When the bubbles are gone, pour into a squirt container
3. Shake every time you use as it separates.

Yes, a very simple, easy, fast, cheap and safe recipe !!!

Now, I can use it everyday without worrying the expenses of buying another one from the store that is not only expensive but full of harmful chemicals.

You can use I Cup of bleach or Hydrogen Peroxide once a week.


Back Using The Dishwasher

As I've said on one of my post, I am back to using my Dushwasher on a regular daily basis,


The first chore I do in the morning is to empty the Dishwasher and put all the clean dishes on it's designated places, nicely and neatly. I always using a drying cloth to make sure that all my cabinets and drawers are dry.
 

I run Dishwasher before I go to bed with all dirty dishes.

I still have some Cascade sacket and I can't wait to finish them all so I can start using Heavy Mix Pink Solution as my Dishwasher Detergent.

Isn't it nice not to worry buying another batch of Dishwasher Cleaner???


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Preserving Garlic

I recently posted about Preserving Ginger so I thought my not preserve Garlic too?


Like Ginger, I always end up throwing spoiled Garlic so I thought of doing it too.
 

I simply grind it using my food processor and put it in a Ziploc plastic bag. And when ready to use, simply crack a portion for cooking. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Tomatoe Sauce From Fresh Tomatoes

I have been making my Homemade Natural skin care and cleaning products so why not make Homemade food products instead of can or bottles food products to avoid preservative, like Tomatoe Sauce. Yes, I successfully made my own Homemade Tomatoe Sauce from fresh Tomatoes,


 
1. I boiled the batch of fresh tomatoes until the skin cracked then let it cool.

2. When it's cold, I started peeling off the skin.

3. Then I chopped it using a Food Processor.

4. I put it on a clean pot and start cooking it for about an hour then put 1/4 Cup of Lemon.

5. I added some herbs for flavour!!!!

 
I made Lasagna using my own Tomatoe Sauce... and I am so happy,

I will buy more Tomatoes and use my own Homemade Tomatoe Sauce on my cooking from now on!!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spring Cleaning with Pink Solution

If you havent't done your Spring Cleaning, well this is the best time because the weather is great. For me, this is the best day because kids are gone to school and I have all day at home.


Using Pink Solution Heavy Mix with few drops of Citronella Essential Oil for bugs and insects to clean all my windows. No more chemicals!!!
 
I also declutted my Freezer for more room. It's the only way NOT to use the small freezer in the basement. 
 
I don't know why we have to buy a small freezer when our house is sorrounded by grocery stores. I can always run to buy things I need for cooking... What I life when I looked my stressful life back then.

What about you, when will do your Spring Cleaning??? 

Preserving Ginger

I only use Ginger once in a while on my cooking but I always buy it in a pack since it's cheaper so I always end up throwing spoiled Ginger from my friend. A friend teach me how to preserve Ginger.


1. Peel (cut into cubes is optional)
 

2. Grind (Food Processor)
 
3. Flattened in a Ziploc
 
4. Put into freezer and simply crack a portion when needed 
 

Ginger is not really expensive but I don't like throwing food!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

How Often To Change Bedsheets

I have three Bedsheets set to alternately replace the other but I made the mistake choosing one of it because I don't like get texture of the fabric. So I end using only two Bedsheets Set every week.

 
They said that Bedsheets should be change two times a week, but that's too much work especially that I have the type of duvet where it functions like a pillowcase. 

So I only change my Bedsheets once a week ( every weekend ) and every two to three weeks for my 2 daughters .

How about you, how often do you change your Bedsheets???!

Homemade Lotion Recipe in Pump Bottle

Finally, I made a Homemade Natural Lotion recipe that works in a Pump Bottle. I am

So happy!!!
 
 
3/4 Cup of Oil ( your choice of combination or just one kind. I use Grapeseed Oil)
1 Tbsp Cocoa Butter
1 Tbsp Beeswax
1 tsp Vit E oil
1/4 Cup Water
15 drops Essential Oil

1. Melt the Butter and Wax with the oil and water. Stirring constantly. Do not Boil.
2. When all is melted continue stirring while adding the Essential Oil
3. Cool inside the fridge for about 15 min or until it looks solid
4. Whip until you reach the smoothness
5. Pour with spoon or spatula in a pump bottle

The more water you put the more thinner it will be, but the more chance of separation.

I made this recipe simplier because the original recipe needs some oatmeal blablabla!!' I find it too much waiting!!!

I love the previous Moisturizer Recipe that I made but it's too thick. It's more like a Butter.  I want a recipe that is thinner so the application is much faster and easier. And a recipe that can works in a pump bottle like a regular lotion. 

I always try it in a small bottle for testing. Now I am ready to find a nice pump bottle for my Homemade Natural Lotion. I made this yesterday...

You can try if you want 



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Organizing Small Bathroom Countertop

My bathroom in the basement is semi functional because the shower room is not working.

Since me and hubby stays in the basement, we often use the sink and the toilet bowl.


The countertop is small and I hate opening ang closing the small cabinet so I thought of putting this Shower Caddy to put all my regularly use personal stuff like facial cotton pads, facial cleanser etc..,

 
I am hoping that someday we will have enough budget to renovate our basement to make is more functional, but right now I am thankful that at least we have a humble house we called "HOME"...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Why Make Toilet Bomb Cleaner??

I just made this Natural Toilet Bomb Cleaner using this recipe

 
    1 Cup Baking Soda
    1/4 Cup Citric Acid 
    20 drops Essential Oil
Mix and mold and wait to dry
12 pieces!!! Huh!!!!

This is toooooo much effort for a toilet bowl cleaner. Even if I am not working full time, I am not going to spend time doing this just to clean my toilet bowl especially that I have 3 toilet bowls to clean. Also Citric Acid is hard to find and mind you, it's not CHEAP!!!!
I actually use Vitamin C and grind it..

My purpose of making Homemade natural products is due to allergy, and to save money because all these natural products we buy in store are expensive !!!

Why make this Toilet Bomb when all you can do is a very easy, simple and cheap recipe like this
       1 Cup Baking Soda
       1 Cup Vinegar
Mix and wait until the bubble subside then put in a squirt bottle and shake. It separate so shake it before using 

This I use for daily cleaning especially on my powder room because this is the most used toilet bowl in the house. Once a week I will add 1/4 Cup of Alcohol or Hydrogen peroxide on all my toilet bowl...,

I also use this base recipe as my Dish Soap.

Why make life complicated when you can make it easier and cheaper !!!

Small White Kitchen

My kitchen is small and white that's why I always try my best to keep it clean and uncluttered. But even if it is small, I am so happy and proud of it.

 
I am trying to make it look like a cottage design because this is where me and my family stays. So making it look like a cottage feels relaxing and comfortable 

Beeswax On Electric Wax Warmer

When I learned that Beeswax can help clean the indoor air, I started burning Beeswax in my house. And then I saw some nice Electric Wax Warmer at Walmart. So I purchased few because I find it easier and safer than using candle or tea light candle on wax burner.
 
Black Wax Warmer in my room
 
Wax Warmer in my Basement
 
Plugin oil/ wax burner in my little kitchen in the basement. My dog cage is there
 
Wax Warmer in my family room or TV area near my kitchen
 
And Wax Warmer on our Living Room
 
I use this Essential Oil diffuser using just water, on my kitchen whenever I am cooking 
 
I am going all natural inside my house due to allergy and I find Beeswax very helpful

Natural Homemade Dishwasher Cleaner

For 5 years I use my old dishwasher on a daily basis without even doing any regular cleaning maintenance. Lack of knowledge and experience plus a very busy life, so my dishwasher last only for 5 years.


I purchased new dishwasher last year when my kitchen was renovated. To my fear of breaking it again, I only use it 1 to 2 times a month.

 

Now that I've learned how to do maintenance cleaning using no chemicals, I thought of using it again on a daily basis and see how it goes. 
  1. Empty your dishwasher, and remove or pull out the lower dish rack as far as possible. Locate the drain, and clean around it, removing the filter and thoroughly washing. Check all the spinning arms, and clear holes of debris or buildup with a paper towel.
  1. Place one cup of plain white distilled vinegar in a container on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Now pour a half-cup of baking soda on a small dish and place on the top rack.

I still have a lot of  Cascade Diswasher Sacket and I can't wait to finish it all so I can use chemical free dishwasher detergent. I tried using heavy mix of Pink Solution and so far I am happy. But I like to try some recipe like this one;
  • 2 parts borax ( I will omit this)
  • parts washing soda
  • 1 part citric acid 
  • 1 part salt
  • essential oils for scent (completely optional)
I also still have some Oxyclean Rinse but once it's done, I will be using White Vinegar instead.,,

Using my dishwasher on a regular daily basis will be less work for me and will keep my kitchen always nice and clean!!!! 

I am so happy to learn about making my own homemade household products. Not only it's safe but it will save me money

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Reusable Napkins

I am serious when I said I want to save money and one of the thing in our house that keeps running out so fast are the tissues or napkins.


So I thought of making a reusable tissue in a box. All I have to do is wash it and put it back on the napkin box that I personally made. How's that???
 
I just put one small container on our powder room so I can just throw the used cloth and wash it.

Nasty??? Why??? My kids don't like the idea so they still use the regular disposable napkins. Look, I have active bladder and I go back ang forth in the washroom plus I have allergy so I sneeze a lot.

To make sure it's all clean and disinfected, I run it in the washing machine for few cycle with Oxygen and alcohol, and soak it together with other small clothes like undies and socks for about an Hour or sometimes overnight, before completing the wash cycle.

I purchased the box in Dollarama and put a hole just like a regular tissue box. The good thing about this box is I can open it and easily put a new clean batch of clothes.
 
The reusable clothes that I use is just and old t-shirt. I cut it into a small rectangle size and run the edges on my sewing machine and then fold it overlapping to function like regular tissue box. 
 
 
I love that I can put a cotton pad on the side with few drops of essential oil so every cloth smells so good. Love it

Will you make one to save money?

Natural Grease Fighting Dish Soap Recipe

I am happy using Pink Solution for almost everything inside my house for cleaning including as my Natural Dish Soap. However, I am missing that soapy, foamy and little bubbles lather. So I tried recipes that I found on the internet wherein most of them includes grated soaps. Like this one;


2 Cups of Water
1/4 Cup of Grated Natural Soap ( I use Ivory or Coconut)
1Tbsp Washing Soda
Few drops of essential oil (optional)

Simply melt the grated soap in boiling water, mix and shake everything 

Yes I love it for my hands and it cleans my dishes BUT my sinks gets sooooo greasy!!!!!
I have to sprinkle little baking soda and spray vinegar to remove the grease on my sink,,, ahhhh 

So why not mix baking soda and vinegar to make it as my Dish Soap
 
1 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
Mix and put it in a pump Bottle
You can add 1 Tbsp dish soap
But I prefer mixing 2 Tbsp Heavy Mix Pink Solution for a little lather
I love it!!!!

It separate though, so you have to shake it before using.

I also use this recipe as my Regular Daily Toilet Bowl Cleaner (in a squirt bottle) and Spray Hydrogen Peroxide at least once a week..,

What works for them might not work for you, and vise versa. So experiment and have fun with it. Try it in a small container like what I have right now on the picture (got it at Dollarama), so you don't waste too much !!!  

It's safe and economical!!!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pink Solution For Natural Detergent

Here I am ready to share my experience about this wonderful Pink Solution.


My customer cancelled her appointment today so I thought I would end up cross stitching the whole day, but then I have to go to Costco to buy few things for our home. I took few pictures to show prices that I am using before to compare the savings that I will get from Pink Solution.

So as I've said, I found Pink Solution online on my journey in finding a cheaper Natural Plant Based Laundry Detergent.
There are two types of Pink Solution that I purchased at Costco online. The 2 L of Clean to use for my laundry and eventually learned that I can use it as all purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, even for dishwasher..this is very concentrated so, only 1/2 Cup to melt and mix in 1 Gallon of hot water for laundry, all purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, floor cleaner, even for dishwasher..

Here is the picture showing how much I have used to make the 2 gallons of laundry detergent and 6 Tbsp for three 700 ml spray bottle of cleaner. This will probably last before the end of the year 

The other type is the 2L of Scrub Pink Solution to use on tough stains. I usually use this to clean my oven baking pan and my titanium stainless steel cookware. Love it on my hand.

 
And here is the only portion I tranfered on a small container.

 
Very concentrated so I only use about 1 tsp to scrub. This will probably last for 2 years. I haven't tried using it on my BBQ grill so I might be using it more on summer.

Pink Solution Combo cost me $50 at Costco online which will last for a year,  while for 2 pack of Ecos Laundry Detergent cost USD$34.99 x 6 = $209.94 a year.

Not to mention the other cleaning products that I can replaced by Pink Solution which I will be sharing with on this blog soon.

I already tried Laundry Soap recipe that will save me money too.

     1 Cup Ivory (grated)
     2 Cups Washing Soda
     Grind, mix and Shake

I used 1/2 Cup per load on my HE washing machine.

While I am happy with this recipe,  but I am happier with the performance of Pink Solution.

For Fabric softener, I used to buy Method Natural Liquid Fabric Softener for about CND$8 for 45 loads while I learned and experience that Pure White Vinegar is a very good, safe and cheap Fabric Softener. Believe me, when the clothes dry, you wont smell any vinegar on your clothes. I sometimes add scented Epson Salt so,

   1 Cup Vinegar
  1/4 Cup Epson Salt
   15 to 25 drops of essential oil (scent is gone when the clothes dry)

I use about 1/2 cup for my HE washing Machine.

Saving me money makes me really happy without worrying the chemicals that is causing me and my family the annoying skin itch and rashes especially during winter season