Happy Sunday friends!
Yesterday I managed to get my whole house clean (save the floors which I did today), it had been far too long since my bathrooms had a good scrub. As I was cleaning using the products I make myself I thought that it was about time I start to share some of my tried and true DIY and toxic free living recipes with you.
I’m going to start with one of my very favourites – my husband was even blown away after seeing how powerful this is! This scrub is amazing for showers, tubs, sinks, stove tops or really anything that needs a good scrub. I use this once every month or two on our shower when I notice the hard water spots building up. My all purpose cleaner (which I’ll share soon) keeps the build up at bay for the most part but every so often it needs a bit more of a cleaning. When using this on the shower I make sure to clean it right before I’m going to have a shower. I scoop it out with a wet sponge, scrub the walls and then to rinse off I just jump into the shower – because of the peppermint oil I use I get a wonderfully invigorating wake up shower at the same time as getting a sparkling clean shower! I’ve used this on tough to clean bath tub, dull and stained kitchen sinks, caked on and burnt food on stove tops and it’s worked amazing every time.
1/2 cup baking soda
1-2 Tbsp Dr.Bronner’s Castile Soap (I like non-scented so I can add my own scents)
Enough distilled water to make a paste (you can alternatively boil water and let it cool down)
10 drops each lemon and peppermint oil (or essential oil of your choosing)
Add everything to a glass jar and mix well.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! If you don’t have any essential oils (and want to try them out) feel free to contact me via e-mail or leave me a comment and I’ll give you some more info. If you want to know why I use essential oils check out this post.
Today I’m going to show you a super simple, super budget friendly DIY.
I think I’ve mentioned before how my husband and I enjoy natural decor – lots of plants and wood, and white. We have so many visions of what we want to do with our house and our decor and slowly but surely we are getting there!
In June we took a trip with some friends to Cypress Hills in Alberta, Canada for a weekend get away. While there we did some scavenger hunting for some cut down trees and luckily for me I found a fantastic piece of driftwood. I was actually looking for it for some baby shower decor for a shower I was throwing later in the month. After the shower was over I brought the piece home and brainstormed what I could do with it now. I got the idea to use it as a centre piece and put some succulents in it. I’m so happy with how it turned out!
First my husband used an electric planer to plane both sides so it sits evenly (for the baby shower I used it to place mini cupcakes on). Then while my parents were visiting he used a large drill bit to hollow out 5 holes – three larger ones and two smaller ones. At that point we needed to brainstorm how to now plant the plants. You can’t just plant right into the holes – first it would rot, and second there are some holes in the side where the dirt would fall out. My dad – being the mr.fixit and problem solver that he is, searched the house high and low to find appropriate sized containers. Eventually he found pop cans that fit perfectly! Brilliant!
Next was to make the look acceptable. He cut them down and then snipped all around the top and folded the metal in to make the edge dull instead of sharp – sorry I don’t have any process photos of that, hopefully that’s a good enough explanation! In the photo below you can see the inside edge folded over
This weekend I spray painted two coats of white Rustoleum to make them look a bit more aesthetically pleasing. I went to a small local plant shop that I absolutely adore and picked out some tiny succulents and airplants. I repotted the succulents into the cans and placed them in the driftwood. In the smaller holes I put a bit of preserved moss I had left over from a Terrarium I had made and put the airplants on top.
I’m seriously so in love with the results! It’s taken a little bit of attention to make sure my toddler doesn’t touch, thankfully he’s used to momma saying “plants are to look at not to touch” and he’s fairly good at listening! All in all this cost $20 for the plants and that’s it, the rest of the supplies I had on hand. You could even recreate a smaller version, and I definitely plan too. It’s amazing the beauty you find in nature that can accent your home decor!
I wasn’t planning on having so many recipes up on the blog this week, but I have been in the kitchen creating non-stop.
Pumpkin season is in full swing since Starbucks released their coveted PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) early this year. I’ll admit, I’m a big sucker for a Starbucks PSL but I’m finding this year that it’s just not as great as I thought it was. I still love pumpkin spice anything, but I’m finding the PSL to be way too sweet. Also, a friend of mine recently mentioned how terrible the ingredients in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup were. At the time I brushed it off, because no one was going to get in the way of me and my PSL. Now I’m seeing the wisdom in her words.
The last few weeks have been rough around the edges in our house with teething in full swing and sleep a distant memory. It’s been hard for me to resist grabbing a PSL anytime I’m out of the house, and let me just say that Starbucks drive-thrus make it way to convenient to spend an obscene amount of money. In a way to save money and make life that much more simple I first deleted my beloved Starbucks App and then set out to create a better Pumpkin Spice Syrup at home. I’m so happy to say I’ve succeeded! It’s super easy and quick to whip up and will keep in the fridge for at least a couple weeks! I think it would be a great gift for a friend as well.
If you want to save some money, and treat your body just a little bit better then you should make this!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
What you do:
- Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan and whisk to combine.
- Bring it all to a boil and let boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool for 30-40 minutes.
- Place cheesecloth folded several times in a fine mesh sieve over top of a bowl. Pour mixture into sieve and let the liquid strain through. Towards the end you’ll need to squeeze the cheesecloth to get all the liquid out.
- Pour it into a container and store in the fridge.
I used 2 Tbsp for my latte but you might like more or less, try it out!