Thursday, September 03, 2015

Pinterest Thursday - The Clean Car Edition

It's been a summer of awesome road trips, exciting adventures and spontaneous fun. While the girls and I have had the best time, my car has suffered. This past weekend, I told Scott that I needed a few hours to clean out my car. Armed with a great cleaner from Pinterest, I got to work.

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I gathered my supplies, vacuum and carpet cleaner. I prepared myself and pulled out the car seats. Once I had the covers in the wash, I surveyed the car and made a plan. I vacuumed and vacuumed and vacuumed.

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My car was seriously gross. I'm a bit embarrassed by the photo above. I vacuumed for so long that a neighbor said he was worried about me since he had left, run some errands and came back to find me still hard at work. After vacuuming, I sprayed the cleaner from Pinterest on the seats. While it sat for a bit (the site said to let it sit for at least 3 minutes), I wiped down the doors and washed the windows. Then I got out my carpet cleaner and started sucking up all the dirt. I was amazed at the difference the cleaner made after just a few swipes with my machine. 

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Seriously the car looked so good! There was a bit of a vinegar smell for a few days but that is way better than the sour milk funk that invaded the car before. I re-installed the car seats and won't let the kids eat in the car for a few days. When I put the seats back in, I decided to turn Maggie around to face forward. It was a bittersweet moment. She's getting so big. It's official, we don't have any babies in this house.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Muffins, Preschool Thoughts and Rainy Days are This Week's Links from Around the Web

Getting our @evergreenstatefairgrounds fair on! #100DaysofSummer2015

Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins - We having a bit of a muffin love affair at our house right now. I think we'll be making these later this week.

Preschool and Prespective Molly starts preschool next week and while there is a part of me that is so excited to have a few hours without her, there is another part of me that cries, MY BABY! STOP GROWING UP! I have more thoughts on this to share but this article says a lot of it.

Translations of Mom Footwear Yep!

Ready for Rain Well I was until it rained for like 40 days and 40 nights and now I'm back to complaining about the weather like a true Seattelite.

Support the Seattle Refined Team as they climb the Space Needle! I luckily was too late to sign up for this torture when the email was sent out to contributors and missed out on climbing to the top but I'll be cheering for my team!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Books! Books! Books!

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Molly is currently obsessed with books. She likes to take a pile of them and snuggle up on the couch while flipping through their pages. She insists that we read at least 5 books to her before bed every night. Once we leave her room, she then goes to bed while "reading" more books. Maggie can often be found walking around with a book and will press it into your hand to read to her. The girls go insane with book excitement whenever I take them to the library to get more books. I think it is safe to say that my kids are book obsessed! 

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My bookworms and I were thrilled to learn about Bookroo, a monthly book delivery service. For a monthly subscription fee, you receive 2-3 books (three if you select the board book option, two if you select the picture book option). Each book comes wrapped in recyclable and gorgeous paper. 

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Molly ripped open the Bookroo box with glee when I told her that the package was full of books for her. She loved ripping open the wrapping paper and kept saying, "You got me a BOOK PRESENT!" It was super adorable. She then insisted that we sit down and read her new books. I love both of them. It can be hard to find good Children's books that are fun to read and entertain the kids. Bookroo hit it out of the park with both of these selections. We've added them to our bedtime routine and I often hear Scott delving deeper into the books with the girls. They like to count the sheep in Hugless Douglas and figure out colors in Pirate Nap. 

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Bookroo has graciously offered a discount code for readers of ReeBeckiSuperGirl. Click here bookroo.com/ac/BLOGSUPERMOM4 and a discount of $4 will be automatically added to your on your future Bookroo order.  I know Molly and Maggie are already anxiously awaiting their next Bookroo delivery.

Sponsored Post: This post is sponsored by Bookroo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 
Monday, August 31, 2015

A Place to Create and a Place to Dream

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I have two budding artists in my house. They love to paint. They love to color. They love to make messes in all parts of my house. For Molly's second Christmas, we bought her an art easel which quickly was put into time out after Maggie arrived. After staring at it (and the crayons that were also put in time out) for months, every time I went down to the basement to do laundry, I decided it was time to create an art area for Molly and Maggie. 

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I took an empty wall in our basement which is partially finished but not really a "liveable" space and painted it with chalkboard paint. It took about three coats and honestly, I probably should have done a fourth but I was anxious to get on with the project. Next, I hung some big Bullfrog binder clips on the wall. My plan was to have a space to display finished artwork. It's also turned out to be a great place to dry some of the watercolor masterpieces my little Picasso(s) have created. 

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I attached ribbon to two small chalkboards and hung those up too. So far, they haven't used them but I like how they look. I also strung up some lantern lights, I had laying around in the basement. Sometimes keeping things forever is good! (most of the time though, it isn't.) I also repurposed a plastic rolling cart that Scott had but was no longer using as an art caddy. I put all the girl's paper, crayons, stencils, scissors, playdough, etc in the cart and placed it on the side. Above the little Ikea table, which used to sit in our dining room but got shoved out after some rearranging, I hung three command hooks. I added three silver buckets that I found in the dollar aisle at Target and filled those with chalk, paint brushes and crayons (we have a lot of crayons around here). And finally off to the side, I put Molly's art easel. 

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My final addition was a rug from Ikea. The floor in the basement isn't the best and while we have plans to remodel someday, I knew we needed something to make the floor more attractive. I searched on several sites before finding the perfect rug on the Ikea site. While shipping was a bit more than I wanted to spend, I justified it by saying that I would have spent a lot more if I had actually gone to Ikea. I always spend more than planned when I go there.

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So far the art area is a hit! Molly asks to go down and paint daily. Scott pulled out our camping chairs so I've been sitting in them and folding laundry while she paints. We're working on letting Molly hang out in her art area alone but so far our experiments haven't really worked. Molly gets bored with painting on her art paper and moves to a more exciting canvas, herself! Maggie also loves creating in the art area and has made some fantastic pieces. I sense this area is going to get a lot of use as Fall and Winter close in.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Kid's Bedrooms, Raising Healthy Eaters and Chickens are This Week's Links from Around the Web

Swinging at the Park #100DaysofSummer2015

Awesome Idea for a Kid's Bedroom This is so sweet!

Raising Healthy Eaters I struggle with this all the time but I think we are doing pretty good over here. My kids eat most foods though mac and cheese is a true love. They eat at least one fruit and/or vegetable a day. In fact, they refused cookies at a gathering earlier this week and went for the strawberries. So I think we are doing ok but it doesn't mean that I don't need reminders because I do.

Homeowner's Checklist - This is a great list to up on home repair/upkeep. I feel like when you own a house, there is so much to keeping it up and a checklist gives me a good reminder.

Chickens in the City - Confession! I think I want chickens. Scott doesn't but I think I do. Would I be crazy to get some?

My cooking mojo is back! I made this Cool Ranch Chicken last night and it blew us away. It's going into the menu rotation.
 
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