Friday, January 27, 2012

20 weeks!

On Sunday, I will be 20 weeks along in my pregnancy!!

Our baby girl is about the size of a cantaloupe (6.5 inches, 10.6 oz.)

Half way there!

Citrus Cleaner

Another jar activity!

This cleaner is inexpensive, easy to make, and safe! Such a great way to clean your house without the nasty ingredients that other cleaners have. Cleaning with vinegar is a great way to kill bacteria, mold, and grease. However, it's super stinky! The natural oils in the citrus will cut through the stink while the vinegar does it's job! The citrus also has essential oils that add to your cleaning experience.

All you need is vinegar & citrus peels. (I only went through oranges and limes in the few days that I made this, but feel free to add grapefruit & lemons rinds too)

Pour the vinegar in a 1 quart mason jar. You want to use a large jar so you have enough room for all of your peels. I poured about 1 cup of vinegar in my jar. Start gathering citrus peels and add them to the vinegar. Just keep the jar on your counter, out of the way, and keep adding peels. Use a wooden spoon to jam them in there tight!

(This picture was taken before I added a lot more peels!)

Once you have a good amount of peels, let them sit in the vinegar for a couple of days. Carefully strain the liquid into a cup and transfer into a spray bottle.

You can add a little water or a lot of water, it's up to you. I decided to fill the rest of my spray bottle with water. I've noticed that I need to shake the bottle before spraying the cleaner because of the natural oils from my citrus that run throughout the bottle.  Happy cleaning!

Jar of Salt

I am obsessed with Mason Jars! Any way that I can work them into my everyday life makes me happy. :)

We use a sea salt grinder in our kitchen because of the freshness and fun way to add salt to a variety of our meals. However, Daniel has found it hard to add exact measurements to baking recipes or other recipes that call for specific amounts. To fix this issue, we bought a container of Morton's salt for it's pour-ability. I realized that I had a creative mission on my hands!

This craft was a fun way to make our pourable salt stylish and chic. All you will need is a can of salt and a wide mouth mason jar with a ring. There is no need for the round lid.
I used a 16 oz. jar because of the cute size, but I ended up with a little leftover
 salt that I just put in a small container for those recipes that call for "a pinch".

Empty out the salt into a large drinking glass or medium sized mixing bowl (just to store for now). Use scissors to carefully cut the entire top of the salt container off. It should fit the top of your wide mouth jar perfectly! Fill your mason jar to the top and place the round salt top on the rim of your jar. Twist on the jar ring nice and tight. Ta-da!

From this:


To this!! :) :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

17 weeks!

I am 17 weeks along in my pregnancy. We go in today for a high-resolution ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby. We are VERY anxious!!

The baby is the size of an onion (5.1 inches, 5.9 oz)

I'll update with our ultrasound results! ♥