With Spring here, most of us get inspired to do some Spring cleaning! I know I do! It almost gives a house a mini makeover when everything is cleaned and organized.
I wanted to share some of my favorite cleaning products. I always just used whatever my mom kept in her house, but now being married, I have been experimental and trying new things! Yup, this girl is crazy...for cleaning!
Method has my all time favorite dish soap. First off, how pretty is this bottle and not to mention the scents are amazing! But most importantly, it's ultra grease-fighting and has this convenient pump!
Clorox does wonders! Seriously, this stuff is my go-to to get rid of tough stains! I recommend this for sinks, stoves, or anything in the bathroom you want to make white and disinfect!
Going with a classic! Windexhas never failed me! Makes everything streak-free and shiny! And it always makes my house smell fresh!
Mrs. Meyers is a good one for just an all around clean. I even use this stuff to clean my floors from stains. Mrs. Meyers always has the best unique fragrances, this one is radish!
Tideis probably one of the most popular laundry detergents out there. I especially like the "free and gentle" kind. It is dye and perfume free and cleans great.
I really likeSeventh Generationproducts, but I especially like their wood cleaner. It cleans and conditions your wood naturally! Gotta love that!
Lysolhas great disinfecting wipes. They are thick and easy for wiping. And it also kills cold and flu viruses? Yes, please!
C'mon, I could not mention Mr. CleanMagic Erasers! This stuff does wonders! I use this a lot! I mostly use it to clean my walls or my baseboards. This eraser is magically amazing.
I can probably keep going and going on other products and more specific cleaning, but these are my top daily cleaners. This is what works for our home, and keeps our house clean and smelling fresh.
All this cleaning talk is more of a motivation to clean and get rid of my clutter! Excuse me while I go and do some cleaning...
This past week weekend we celebrated my nephews' birthdays. They are brothers and their birthdays are a few weeks apart so my sister did a combined birthday party. We had lots of fun, but of course that meant two cakes! It just isn't fair if they had to share cakes too! They are both into different things so I made cakes to accommodate each of their likes! I just love my nephews!
Evan's Birthday Cake
My nephew Evan turned 3, and he absolutely loves trains and cars. So a train cake was just fitting. This was such a fun cake to make. My nephew kept sneaking Mike & Ike's out of the train's cargo too! What a silly boy!
Bobby's Birthday Cake
My nephew Bobby turned 5, and he just loves super heros! One of his favorites is Spider-Man. Last year I made him a Batman cake so we had to switch it up a bit! Maybe next year he'll want the Hulk.
Here are some more pictures of the party!
And of course one of my favorite things about family gathers are hanging out with my siblings.
(Note-I'm actually not that tall! I was wearing wedges!)
I had a lot of fun at my nephews' birthday party. One more nephew's birthday cake to make this year, but that's not till September!
Earlier this week I shared a frame that I was inspired to make. It was actually very easy! And very cheap too!
As I had mentioned before, I wanted a frame that I could display my Instagram picture I had printed out from PostalPix. I got cute 4x4 prints, and I ordered them straight from my phone with their app. So easy and super fast shipping! The only thing I was missing was a frame to display all of my prints!
MAKING THE FRAME
What you need: Only 6 things!
A Frame: any big size will do. (depends on how big you're going for) I got my frame at the Goodwill for $3!
Instagram Prints: I got mine from Postal Pix for 33 cents each. Paint/Spray Paint: I already had. Screw Eyes Hooks- You can get from any hardware store. Wire: I got beading wire from a craft store(in the jewelry making section). Mini Clothes Pins: Also from the craft store.
The first thing you have to do is place the pictures inside the frame so you can figure out how many pictures realistically will fit before you wire the frame. For me, 12 pictures fit in my frame.
Then I measured the sides and divided the inches by the picture amount so they would be placed evenly. For example, my width of the inside of the frame was 15 inches, and I divided it by 3. Then I knew to mark every 5 inches so the screw would be placed there. Then you do the same to the length.
I know, math, right? phew. That's all, I promise!
You can paint the frame if you would like. I spray painted mine white since I had the spray paint already. You don't have to though. You'll want to do this before any of the screwing and wiring begins.
Then you can begin screwing into each placement on the frame. I screwed them by hand. (my fingers were hurting after, so I don't recommend!)
Once you have screwed one on each side, you can connect the wire to one another.
You're basically making a grid.
And using this wire is extremely easy to use since it's made for beading. I picked it for that very reason. When I was attaching it to the screw end, I just kind of put it in the circle and started to loop in around over and over to make sure it was tight. There's not right way, just make sure it's sturdy.
Once I was done with all my wiring, you get your clothes pins, and literally pin all your Instagram pictures. Once I saw the frame hanging there, I realized I didn't like the white on white.
So, I decided to paint it over!
I only removed the pictures and clothes pins to repaint. Martha Stewart's muti-surface paints are my favorite. The colors are pretty too! I used Wild Salmon. I'm glad I repainted it because it made the frame pop!
Now, I really love my frame. It's not perfect, but it's personal. My kind of decor!
My best friend's daughter will be turning 7 years old soon. (Geez, it feels like just yesterday that she was born!) And my best friend and I were throwing the idea of redecorating her room for her birthday! I, of course, volunteered to help. I love decorating!
Some things you should know about her daughter is that she loves pink. As for her mom, not so much. She prefers more of a colorful room. So I did this mood board based on both their likes.
Over a month ago I got some of my Instagram pictures printed out. They are so cute and printed on 4x4 sheets. I love them because they are of your everyday life and so simple to have printed. I used postalpix which is an app you can download for free on your phone and it makes loading your pictures 100 times easier. And the shipping is soo fast!
The pictures have been sitting on coffee table since because I could not decide how to frame them, or where they would go...until yesterday!
I was atpier one yesterday and thought this frame was so unique, and when I saw how squared each section was, I thought, "that's exactly what I need for my Instagram pictures!"
But of course being the DIY-kind-of-girl, I decided that I want to make a variation of this frame with possibly a colorful frame instead. That will be my project for this week, so tuned!
Let's talk about marshmallows. I love marshmallows in all shapes and sizes. On a stick, in between a graham cracker & chocolate bar, or just any way it'll have me! And one of my new favorite things lately is to make them. I have made espresso marshmallows in the past. I have also made some peanut butter and jelly ones inspired by Bakerella. But I had never made classic vanilla marshmallows. So of course I HAD to make some!
for the coating: 3/4 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup cornstarch for the bloom: 5 teaspoon unflavored powdered gelatin 1/2 cup cold water 1 TBSP of vanilla for the syrup: 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup light corn syrup(divided) 1/4 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt for the fluffing: 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract STEPS: Use an 8x8 pan and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
Coating- Sift together all the ingredients for coating. Keep in a tupperware since you will be using this until the very end, Bloom- Combine the gelatin, water, and vanilla extract in a microwavable bowl and whisk. Let is sit for about 10 minutes so it can do it's bloomin'! Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, water, and salt. Attach a candy thermometer to the pan, and place over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring until the mixture reaches 240 degrees. While that's going on, pour the remaining corn syrup into a bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Microwave the bloom mixture for 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Add it to the corn syrup in the bowl, set the mixer on low and keep it running while the syrup comes to temperature. Once the syrup reaches 240, slowly pour it into the bowl of the mixer you have running. Once everything has been added, turn up the speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes.
Beat for 3 minutes more on medium-high speed. Increase the speed to the highest setting, adding the vanilla extract and beat for 1-2 minutes more. The mixture will be white, fluffy, and doubled in size.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan coated with cooking spray to spread evenly. Sift some of the coating mixture over the top and let set for about 6 hours in a cool, dry place.
Run a thin knife around the edges of the pan to loosen, then turn it upside down onto a coating dusted surface.
Start cutting the large marshmallow into squares ( the size of the square is up to you). Then place the sticky edges in more of the coating mixture. Then, you're all done and can start eating!
You can even do what I did! I made hot chocolate and added a large marshmallow square to my hot yummy drink! The possibilities are endless!
The Changs are on the search for a new dining room table! Do you know what that means??? More than 4 people will be able to sit on the table now!
Yes, we had a small 4 seater before, but we are looking for an 6-8 seater. We have been on the search for one, but now with family coming over for lunch this weekend, we are forced to get one sooner than later! That makes me very happy!
Here are my top three very different tables!
Cottage-Style Dining Table
I actually do love this style. It's so pretty and all that white makes me happy! I'm not sure if it would go with the rest of the house, but it could possible work!
Rustic/Industrial-Style Dining Table
Oh, this looks is just to die for! Those metal chairs are just so great and that solid wood table can make any home feel very cool and laid back!
Danish Modern-Style Dining Table
This is probably one of my husband's favorite styles. The design is so stylish and simple. I do have to admit I am pretty in love with this table!
Decisions, decisions! What will we do? We are going today and picking something out Will let you know what style we went with!