The 2017 Fall Holiday Shelf!

I. LOVE. FALL.

I always have, ever since I can remember. And I still love it this year, too. But for some reason, this year I had a really hard time decorating for the Fall season like I normally do! Maybe it’s that we’re in a new house, and I have to revamp where I’m putting everything. Maybe it’s because I have two toddling helpers who follow me everywhere I go. Maybe it’s because it’s still so dadgum HOT outside. I’m not sure.

But I finally got my Holiday Shelf done!!! Woot woot! So here it is!

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Can you tell I had trouble with it?! HA!

It’s a little bit different than normal…somehow. I still feel like it is. But I really wanted to use these sweet little deer because we kind of live in the country now, and I thought they were a neat reflection of that.

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Creating a Conversation with a Dining Room Chandelier

I’ve always paid attention to light fixtures, especially any kind of chandelier. I’m not really sure why. They just seem to catch my eye. Everywhere, really. But lots of times in the homes of friends and family. So it goes to reason that they’re pretty important in our home, as well.

We changed quite a few light fixtures in our last home, and I imagine we’ll do the same in this one. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an easy way to put a custom stamp on a house, and these days, there are more options than ever before!

For instance, if you are aiming to give your dining room a makeover, (like I will be doing once ours is no longer a 1-year-old twin playroom) one of the most important aspects to consider is the lighting. If you get the effect right, it really adds to the ambience of the space. Many people opt for a chandelier as a stand-out lighting feature in a dining room. Chandeliers can certainly be a great talking point, and you are not limited to just traditional versions.

You can choose from a wide variety of chandeliers for your home. Then all you need to do is look for expert electrical services, to help ensure that the chandelier you choose is expertly installed. (Or at least that’s what WE do. We are NOT DIYers when it comes to electrical stuff…we know our limits!)

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The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

I’m a little bit obsessed with wood flooring.

The majority of our last home was filled with white ceramic tile. Our plan was to get rid of that and put down wood throughout, but we never got around to doing it before we moved to the current house.

In the current house, the majority of our home is filled with carpet. Now, granted, it’s brand new carpet. But it’s carpet nonetheless. The reason for that is, when we moved into this house, we had 2 8-month-old crawling babies. And right now we have 2 13-month-old toddling babies. And ceramic tile floors are SUPER HARD.

Eventually, once we’re done with the toddling, we WILL put down wood flooring throughout this house! But for now, I keep researching and looking at all types, so when it’s time, I’ll know exactly what I want. 

So when Suzanne from Discount Flooring Depot floated me a post on bamboo flooring (full of research that I didn’t have to do on my own) I was all about it! I know you’ll think so, too! 

In recent years, bamboo flooring has become more popular in the UK because although it’s actually a type of grass, the woody stem of the bamboo plant is as durable as many hardwoods. It’s also a cheaper option for many people, so if you’re looking to change your flooring, head on over to discountflooringdepot.co.uk to look at the options for bamboo flooring and underlays.

The advantages of bamboo

Bamboo is ecologically friendly

Bamboo is very renewable – it takes just five or six years for a bamboo plant to mature and once it’s been harvested, the stump stays in the ground, where it regenerates. Compare this to the 20 or 30 years for the average hardwood tree – and the stump doesn’t grow back.

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How to Clean Your Toilet Properly

Just last week have I finally gotten our new house on a good cleaning schedule. It only took me 4 months. **SIGH** But I’m right on point today. Just finished cleaning a toilet, actually! 

Granted, we have had quite a few changes during that time. New house, and all the unpacking fun. I quit my job to stay home with the twins. My husband switched jobs. We got hit by a hurricane. The usual, right?

Any way you look at it, I’m thrilled to finally be on a good cleaning schedule! The house stays clean and I get to keep my sanity! (Well…at least my sanity that is related to a clean house, HA!)

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So when Suzanne from Better Bathrooms contacted me to share a post on cleaning toilets, at first, I won’t lie: I wrinkled up my nose. I mean, really? Ewww. But then I thought better of it. I mean, we all have toilets, right? They all need to be cleaned, correct? So why not make sure we all know how to do it RIGHT! Let’s see what her recommended procedure is!

While no-one actively enjoys cleaning the toilet, it has to be said that the more often it’s done, the easier it is as stains, mess and smells simply don’t get any chance to flourish or take hold. If you’ve just got your new toilet from Better Bathrooms and you’re wondering how to keep it clean and pristine, look no further than this step-by-step guide.

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New Product Review – Citrus Magic!

If there’s one thing I can’t STAND…it’s a foul smell. And if that foul smell is originating somewhere within my house?! Um…NO. It must be found and eliminated. Immediately!

I have emptied entire refrigerators looking for a smell. I have crawled on my hands and knees through an entire room looking for a smell. I have cleaned and bleached and scrubbed and swept away any and all foul smells I’ve come across in my house.

And that’s all pretty easy to do when it’s just you and your hubby, right? But then, we got one of these…

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Now, when we first got CoCo the Black Kitty, I had found a lovely little air freshener in the pet section of Walmart.

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We are scoop-the-litter-box-daily people, but still, I would grab one every month or so, and I kept it by her litter box, just in case. Sometimes you can walk into a house and immediately know: there is a CAT who lives here. I really didn’t want that to be our house!

For almost 6 years I had been buying a Citrus Magic air freshener once a month, and putting it by the litter box. Never had a foul odor issue!

And then we got one of these…

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