How to Make Your Own All-Natural Cleaner

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I really try to make an effort in my house to keep all of the products green. For me, it just feels like the right choice for my family — I don’t like the idea of using unnecessary chemicals if I don’t have to. Having said that, I also don’t freak out if the house isn’t 100% organic all the time (after all, it is all about balance!).

Many of the ‘regular’ household cleaners contain ingredients that are harmful for our health! After running out of my favorite green cleaner recently, I was trying to figure out what I could use in a pinch to wipe down my kitchen. After a little Googling, I found out that it is sooo easy (not to mention cost effective) to make your own household cleaner. The best part is that you probably already have everything you need to make it stocked in your home!

When I say it is easy to make, I mean it is really easy — Guys, it’s literally 4 ingredients! And it smells so good! This cleaner is so versatile, it can be used on almost all surfaces! Who knew that lemon, vinegar and baking soda all act as natural disinfectants?!

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To make this Green Cleaner:

Start with a glass spray bottle, and pour in ½ a cup of white vinegar. Next, squeeze half a lemon, and pour the juice into the bottle. You can also add pieces of the lemon rind for some extra lemony scent.

Finally, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, and top with water before you put the lid on. You also have the option to add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender or orange to add more scent. This bottle will last you up to 2 weeks.

Hope you guys enjoy, and let me know if you make your own version of a green household cleaner! I would love to try other variations of this! 

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Tamera

Five Last-Minute Gifts Under $50

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We are just days away from Christmas, and if you guys are anything like me, you keep thinking of gifts you still have to buy … For me, it is the little gifts for friends that I always tend to leave until the last minute. With all the holiday craziness, these gifts tend to get pushed to the back burner (we can’t do it all). I know that I can always go the traditional route of a card and a nice bottle of wine, but during the holidays, I like to take the opportunity to come with something a little extra special.

This year, I have found five great friend gifts that are either easy to go pickup, or can still be ordered online in time for Christmas! I hope these gift ideas help some of you guys out with your last-minute holiday shopping!

What are some of your go-to gifts this time of year? I’m always looking for new ideas!

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Tamera   

Echo Dot1. Amazon Echo Dot … Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! With fast delivery and endless options, Amazon is always a good place to start shopping for your last-minute gifts. The Echo dot is a great little devise that is a hands-free, and voice-controlled with a small built-in speaker, perfect for listing to music — It can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth. At $29.99 it’s a great gift idea!

Cards Against Humanity2. Cards Against Humanity … The title of this game says it all! It’s wildly inappropriate, and a fun gift for the adults. It makes for a playful holiday party gift, and often gets opened up right then and there. This game is sold at many places, including Target for $25.00

Pineapple Candle3. Sunny Life Pineapple Candle … You can’t ever really go wrong with giving someone a beautiful candle. What I love about this one is that instead of a pretty jar, the actual candle is what is so pretty! It’s a nice gift, that also makes for lovely décor. Also, did you know that pineapples were the colonial symbol of hospitality to welcome someone in your home? Available at Nordstrom for $30.00.

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4. Bubbles & Godiva Gift Set … Sometimes you don’t get to see everyone that you want to over the holidays. When that happens, I like to send a special little something anyways! Wine.com has some wonderful gift options like this bottle of Brut and Godiva chocolates. $49.99

Nordstrom Throw5. Nordstrom Chevron Plush Faux Fur Throw … Everyone loves a cozy throw, you can never have enough of them! This one from Nordstrom is beautiful, ships in time for Christmas and is even on sale for $39.00!

 

My DIY Holiday Table Setting

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We are officially into the holiday season, and this year I decided that I wanted to step up my table setting game, and get a little bit more creative. I generally like to keep my holiday décor classic, because I love the look of classic and clean table — I also don’t have a ton of time to devote to creating that perfect Pinterest-worthy table, so I find that simple is often the best way to go!

I wanted to share with you guys exactly what I put together for place settings because they were so easy to do, and they turned out really well! I started out by getting these amazing wood chargers from World Market — They look absolutely stunning on the table, and are an easy and inexpensive way to build your tablescape. Next, I simply rolled my silverware in white buffet napkins, and tied them shut with some twine.

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Finally, I headed out to my garden and cut a bunch of fresh rosemary and placed it under the twine on each napkin (store bought is fine too). To finish of each setting, I attached a gift tag to write the name of my guest on.

Not only is this table setting simple and beautiful, it smells amazing! Seriously, my whole house was flooded with the amazing aroma or rosemary. Some other fun ideas would be to get creative with the tags and write something on the back of each one that you are thankful for, or write something that you really appreciate about each guest — Both make for good table conversation starters!

Hopefully this helps some of you other busy hostesses out there with setting your table this year! Let me know if you guys have other chic table ideas. I would love to know!

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Tamera  

 

DIY Painted Pumpkin Vases

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I love to try different DIY home décor projects … Especially ones that are seasonal or holiday related. There is something so fun about being festive, and getting into the spirit of each season. Little home DIY projects are a great way to subtly make your home feel like it is decorated and embracing the time of year, without adding a bunch of expensive new décor.

That’s why I got so excited about this pumpkin flower vase! This simple project only takes about an hour to make from start to finish, and the final result looks adorable both indoors or outdoors! I used my vase as a table centerpiece, and then moved it outside to decorate my front porch.

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The steps are very easy, and totally customizable!

Simply start by cutting off the top of your pumpkin, and cleaning out the inside (exactly like you would if you were going to carve a Jack-O-Lantern). Next, you can paint the outside of your pumpkin however you would like to! I suggest that you use an acrylic based paint, so that it will adhere well to the outside of the pumpkin. There are literally endless possibilities on how you could paint and decorate — I went with a metallic paint, but pure white would look nice, or even a bright and bold color.

For my pumpkin, I chose to spray paint the outside with a metallic finish silver spray paint. Once the silver paint had dried (about 20 minutes), I then used a metallic rose gold paint marker to add little polka dots to the pumpkin. It was as quick and easy as that! The end result was an adorable pumpkin that doubles as a lovely flower vase.

Please let me know if you guys try this DIY, and how your pumpkin vase turns out! I would love to see your different artistic spins on this project!  

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Tamera

Smartening Up My Home Simplified Our Family Life

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As some of you may already know, my husband is a tech nerd. He can figure out any computer or gadget and generally just ‘gets it’ when it comes to any kind of technology. I, on the other hand, have never been very tech-savvy – I honestly don’t even know how to use my iPhone sometimes! So, when he brought up the idea of making our home smart, I wasn’t sure what that entailed, but I was open to new ways of making things at home easier (especially with two kids under the age of five). My only request to him was that the technology didn’t get in the way of our home’s bright and airy ambiance. Enter Control4.

The team from Malibu Wired came over, gained some insight on how we live day-to-day, and what features from Control4 would be best suited for our busy family. They created a custom installation plan based on how we live, and quickly got to work installing our system. Now it’s hard to imagine our life without all the convenience and functionality that Control4 provides. If you’ve ever considered investing in smart home technology, here are some features I really love.

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It makes us feel safe — We have everything at our fingertips wherever we are, and can easily see what’s going on in and around our house while we’re away. As busy working parents, this feature is essential to ensuring peace of mind. I can simply open my Control4 App and access all the security cameras around the house. Our door locks also have personalized codes that alert me with a text when our trusted helpers come and go.

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It entertains us (and our kids) — We have these really cool speakers wired around the house, and being able to control them through one system is one of my favorite smart home features. Sometimes I’ll put on music for the kids in one room, and different music for me in another room. Or, if I am getting ready in my bedroom, I can just click on my touch screen, and play my own music, without making the whole house listen to it. Our multi-room audio is also perfect for entertaining because it creates great ambiance!

It helps me stay warm — I’m one of those people who is always cold. My husband knows this, so he’ll open the Control4 App on our way home and adjust the temperature so that the house is warm. I love coming home to a comfortable home that isn’t too hot, or too cold. It also helps us ensure that we’re not running the AC or the heat unnecessarily, which saves money and energy.

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It keeps us energy-efficient — Speaking of saving energy, my husband is always reminding the family to shut off the lights when we leave the house. With Control4, I have a “Goodbye” button that I press when I leave the house and it turns everything off — All our lights, devices, and music. That means saving money on electricity, and it makes me feel good knowing that I’m doing my part to help our home be more ‘green’.

It makes the kids happy — We no longer have four or five remotes to control our TVs, satellite, music, or streaming video. Our Control4 remote lets me control Netflix, Hulu, satellite radio, everything. I just press one button and it all comes up. I scroll to what they want, click, and it’s done. The benefit to me is that I can quickly get a movie on for the kids, and it simplifies our morning routine of hanging out together in the playroom.

To my surprise, I guess I really have jumped on the tech bandwagon. Before, it wouldn’t have crossed my mind to make my home a smart one. I certainly didn’t think it would be possible for it to be so seamless and unobtrusive without disrupting our home’s look and feel.  Now I’m so used to it, I can’t imagine ever going back! Have to give it to my husband, he was right about how easy and seamless it would be!

Have you guys tried making your home ‘smart’? Let me know how the process was for you!

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Tamera

 

Sponsored post brought to you by Control4 | Photography: Courtesy of Alexis Adam Photography | Control4 Dealer: Malibu Wired

 

My Recent Etsy Finds

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I think one of the greatest places to shop online is Etsy! I can literally spend hours browsing unique items for my home, for gifts, or for my children on there. I think it is so brilliant that people from anywhere can showcase their talent, and sell their custom creations. I especially love to browse on there this time of year to get inspired and plan ahead for holiday gifts.

Last month, I was particularly excited because I bought things from two different Etsy stores, and both items turned out so incredible! I had to share with you guys because both things I got are great for either your own home, or would make fantastic personalized gifts.

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The first thing I ordered was this floral letter ‘A’ for Ariah’s room. Right now, we are in the process of transitioning her room from a nursery to a big girl room, and I wanted to add a few new touches to her décor. Viva from VivasFlowerShop made me the most beautiful floral letter! I was able to customize whatever colors I wanted (Ariah loves pink), and it arrived looking even better than her Etsy shop photos (and her photos look good). When I took the letter out of box, I was seriously blow away at how amazing it looked. The quality and attention to detail on the letter were absolutely perfect.

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My second order was this custom welcome mat for our front door from BlackButterflySigns. I ended up ordering a few of them so that we could have some at our home up in Northern California as well. They turned out amazing! I was so excited when they arrived and I saw how well-made they were. BlackButterflySigns will put anything you want on the mat, and they offer a lot of ideas on how you can customize yours. The quality of the custom lettering is gorgeous, and I get so many compliments on them from everyone who comes through our door!

If you guys are looking for unique gift ideas, I highly recommend hitting Etsy, and checking out these two stores for lovely and unique gift ideas!

What great things have you guys ordered on Etsy? Let me know if there is an amazing product I should check out!  

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Tamera