Monday, June 26, 2017

Garlic and Onion for Backyard Gardening

I regret planting only this few Onions on my backyard. I should have put more. I feel so happy seeing them grow so fast. However, I didn't see any Garlic yet or will it ever come out at all. My neighbor said, Garlic hates weeds and this part of my backyard have so much weeds. I am trying to keep it off though.

Hubby and I will put a fence on this part of our backyard and make it a Mini Farm for some herbs and Vegetables wherein I already made and put the wood sign 'Mini Farm'. I can't wait.

 

This is the part of our backyard where I plant tomatoes, bell peppers and Parsley. These are the plants that don't come back after the winter and I have to start from seeds Indoor.

 

Some of these Tomatoes, Bell Peppers and Parsley that I started from seeds are already growing so fast. I will definitely plant more next year. I can't wait!!

I have few Lavender and some perennials so hubby and I will put fence to protect them from our dogs on winter when they play around the snow.

And this is the part of our backyard where I have all my perennials.. Some keeps coming but some don't so I have to add every year. We will also put temporary fence on this part for protection 

 
I love gardening. It's a lot of work, but everytime I see all these plants grow plus their benefits, I can't help to always feel excited each year.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Be A Responsible Dog Owner

It's funny how I see some people having cute dogs on FB. Is it because everybody are posting cute breed dogs??? Is it the trend now??? Well I don't see any problem having dogs as long as you know how to be a responsible Dog Owner. At least learn the basic !!!

 Hi 

I walk my dog 10 to 15 minutes in the morning and one in the afternoon. Good for him and for me!! It slows him down..

I also trained my dog 🐶 to poop in our backyard. I use use a dog poop scooper to pick it up. And I have separate garbage can for Dog poop. This way,  when I walk him, he don't have to poop anywhere. But I still  bring poopy sacs when I walk him because sometimes he feels  the need to poop, but it happens very seldom  because he is not use to pooping anywhere!!! 

Dogs are happy when you teach them how you want them to live with you.  Be a responsible dog owner. Don't get a dog just because you see your friends on FB posting nice dog breeds.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Easy Small Orange Juicer

I have one fruit juicer which I am quite happy. The quality and amount of juice that it can produce is good enough to put in one pitcher. However, it's  bulky and not easy to clean. With someone who have small kitchen with little counter tops, it takes up too much space. So I have to put it inside the pantry. It's also not easy to clean so I end up being lazy to make Juice using it...

Until I saw this Orange Juicer at Walmart!!


I love orange, but since I stop working full time, I never eat fruits. I guess its laziness. Unlike when I was working, I was force to eat fruit coz I packed them for snacks.

This Orange Juicer is small and easy to use and most of all, easy to wash. You can wash it by hands or put it in a dishwasher. 

It can produce one glass of Orange Juice from two orange fruits. It depends on the size of the orange fruit.

Now I am taking fruits again. All natural orange juice rich in vitamins particularly Vitamin C...

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Herbs and Vegetables Gardening

Last year, I tried planting Parsley on my backyard and I was happy how much I harvest. I dried all of it and use it all on my cooking for the whole winter. So I thought of planting more this year. I started it from seed and add tomatoes and bell peppers. 

Funny but it's all mixed up. Now I don't know which one are  tomatoes or bell peppers. I guess I have to wait until the fruit come out.
 
And on the farther back of my backyard, I planted some onion and garlic. However, the garlic hasn't come out yet or will it ever come out at all. I was told that garlic hate weed and this part of my backyard has a lot of weed where I am struggling to get rid off.  

 
Anyway, hubby and I are planning to put a fence on this part of our backyard and make it a mini farm. I am planning to put a lot of onions, Lavender, Rosemary and some perennial herbs. I am planning to buy two big pots for the garlic to put on this this part of the backyard so it will have less weed. 

Seeing how the Onion grow makes me so excited to plant more to use on my cooking. 

This year, I will try making my own essential oil and if I am successful on making it, I'll make sure to plant more Lavender and Rosemary because these are the two herbs that I love. Maybe a little of chamomile and Peppermint !!!'
I love gardening, I wasted so much time working so hard to make money. I didn't know that there are so much more happiness in many simple ways. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DIY White Outdoor Chairs

I was so happy when I painted one of my old Kitchen Chair from maple to white color, last year for my front patio. This year, I wanted two White Chairs on my front patio, so I painted the other one.
I put some of my Indoor Plants around it and I was so happy how my front patio look. 

People spend too much money to make their home looks nice. It's ok if you have the budget, but for someone whose budget is tight, DIY is a big help. Just a little work and you can have a nice looking home..,,

Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Backyard Wooden Sign

I was Just at home 🏡 last Thursday and I was so happy that I was able to make my DIY Wood Sign for my backyard. With a little help from Hubby to cut the old big wood lurking around my backyard, into two pieces. I stained one of them and put my custom words on it. I Ask hubby again to put holes so I can hang it!!!  Wolaaa, unprofessionally made Wooden Sign!!! Hahaha... I saw this kind worth more than $60 each.., Hellllo!!!???? 


 Well we are actually planning to make this part of my backyard to be a Mini Farm for some herb 🌿 and vegetables 🥒 next year. I just thought of making this Wooden Sign board saying "MINI FARM" now because I am pretty excited both on making the sign and making this part of my backyard, a mini farm. Besides, I already planted some herbs and vegetables on my backyard. 

So why will I spend hundred of dollars for something I can make from old stuff??? 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Whole Wheat Naan For Breakfast

We are actually Filipino family but I simply love Naan and making one, made from Whole Wheat flour makes it more delicious and healthier. It's fills me up!!!
 
Ever since I started eating Whole Wheat Naan for breakfast and sometimes for lunch everyday, my vowel movement becomes normal. 

Whole Wheat is packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). It has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

 
I just love having my Whole Wheat Naan for breakfast in my small kitchen, overlooking at my backyard. It is so relaxing !!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Little Kitchen Chalk Board for Menu

I purchased this vintage look chalk board at Orangeville when me and the kids went for a short driving adventure. 

This is where we put some reminders, food menu for the day and their schedule.
 
I love it's use and how it looks on my kitchen.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Why Have Indoor Plants

I just transferred some of my Indoor Plants in a bigger pot. And leaves are growing greener and bigger. I love looking at my Indoor Plants.

I am planning to add few more plants to grow Indoor like Lavender, Red Bell Pepper, Onion and Garlic.
Why I love having Indoor Plants ??? Not only that it is beautiful and refreshing to look at but also for it's health benefits.

 ðŸ’ðŸŽðŸ€Because plants have large surface areas and exchange gases and water with their surroundings, so particular benefits of interior plants include;

*Reducing carbon dioxide levels
*Increasing humidity
*Reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide
*Reducing airborne dust levels
*Keeping air temperatures down

What about you, do you like growing Indoor a Plants? 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cheaper Oxygen Brightener

This is my last Oxyclean that I purchased in Costco. I don't have any complain about it but it's kinda expensive since you have to use bigger portion to make it work, plus you are paying for the name as well. So I decided to switch to Nellies brand which I also purchased as Costco but Online order..
 
What I love about Nellies Oxygen Brightener is that, a little portion goes a long way so this will probably last for a year.

I still prefer to use bleach on my white rags and for cleaning my washing machine to eleminate the possible growth of bacteria. Just to make sure !! I guess you can call me paranoid...


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Anxious To Start Working Full Time

Red Velvet Cheese Muffin,  Chicken Empanadas, Sweet and Sour Fish, and Tofu with Spinach. These are the foods I cooked for today. Real food for my family!

Will I be able to make all of these when I start working full time? 

My kids complain when they found out that I am applying for a job. Who is going to cook???

Oh I learned my lesson after taking 2 years break. I was able to focus on managing my house and time for myself. So I think I can work full time without neglecting my home.

I really hope to get the job with this company I just had interviewed with. I am not excited with the salary and definitely not happy with the time, but I am pretty much good about the fact that it is only about 10 to 15mins away from my house.

The shift is bidding so I would probably end up working in night shift, but I actually don't mind what shift I would end up,  as long as it is a straight shift. I am glad that the shift bidding is good for 6 months, so I am good with that. I am also excited with the opportunity of having their special company benefits after 6 months of  provisionary period. 

What I am really anxious about, is how I will start my life again as a working housewife after 2 years of rest. I can't wait to start a new life with this company. 

I promise myself that when I got this job for full time, I will not take any part time job anymore, like I used to. So I can focus on managing my house.

The problem I learned from this life is that, I get so greedy on making as much money as I can by working double time. Which gives me less time to manage my household properly, and end up spending more money than I should. 

Simple life will give us less stress life. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Slowly Clearing Storage For Natural Products

This storage cabinet where I put all my cleaning products is slowly having space . Why? Because all the commercial cleaning products are starting to run out . I can't wait for the day where all I can see in this storage are all the Natural Ingredients I use in making Homemade Natural Cleaning and Skin Care products like Vinegar, Baking/Washing Soda, Borax, Essential Oil, and most of all Pink Solution .


 
It will take sometime before this storage will be clear from all unnecessary stuffs.

I feel so bad for spending all those money for products that are not necessary and can be replace by inexpensive yet effective non toxic ingredients for cleaning.

I learn my lesson well, and once I started working again, I'll make sure to keep doing what I have started in making my own Natural Cleaning and Skin Care products. Not only that it is safe, but it also save money .

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Veggies for My Garden

I can finally see some leaves coming out from these tiny plant pots. They are Tomatoes, red and green Bell Pepper and Parsley.

 
It will all probably be ready to put on my backyard next week. I hope to harvest a lot before fall season. 

Last year was my first time to plant some herbs and it was so much fun harvesting a lot of Parsley which I used for the entire winter season on my cooking.

This year will be my first time to start everything from seeds. And I am hoping to harvest more.

And probably next year will be more veggies and herbs on my garden to harvest.

Everything is a new learning experience in gardening. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Last Toxic Laundry Detergent

Finally, this is the last drop of Tide Laundry Detergent. No more toxic chemicals on my laundry.


As you see in the picture, I still have this Ecos Natural Laundry Detergent I purchased in Costco. I don't have any issue with this but it's expensive. 
 
And then there is the Fleecy Fabric Softener. I actually still have one gallon of it. Yes, I love the scent but it causing me and my family some itchy allergy plus, it creates static on dry season. I stop using it when I found out that using Vinegar as Fabric Softener is more efficient especially in helping to remove dog hair on clothes. I only use Fleecy Fabric Softener on Bedsheets for now until it's all done. 

I can't wait to see my laundry room without all these unnecessary stuff but all natural ingredients. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Homemade Apple Juice and Apple Sauce Recipe

I just made my Homemade Apple Sauce using my Jack Lalaine Juice Maker... Yes a Juice Maker!!!


I have pure Apple Juice and use the Pulp to make a Homemade Apple Sauce.
 

I use about 8 Apples to make this pitcher of Pure Apple Juice.

    * Then I put all the Pulp in a Pan with 2 Cups of water and let it boil for about 10 mins.          
    * Then put 1/3 Cup of Lemon Juice and 
    * 3 Tbsp of Cinnamon Powder ( optional) and let boil for another 5 mins.   
    * Then 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar .. Boils for another 5 mins
 

It taste so real. Love it with my Multi Grain Pancake

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!!!