The Train Show at The Domes

The Train Show at The DomesJanuary 23, 2010Yesterday I posted about our visit to the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Train Show was the featured exhibit in the show dome. This exhibit is their most popular and it is easy to see why it delights children and adults alike. I took several short videos of the trains in action. The Train Show included a free copy

Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)

The DomesJanuary 23, 2010We love visiting conservatories during the winter months. It is a lovely way to enjoy a bit of warmth and greenery. We had an opportunity to visit the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) located at 524 S. Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conservatory consists of three large domes with three themes. The first is the floral show dome which changes based on


During the cold of winter one of the most pleasant activities a gardener can do is to visit a conservatory.  It is quite pleasant wandering through the paths in a conservatory stopping to enjoy the plants and a bit of warm out of the winter weather.  The peace and lush growth soothes the soul while the mind comes alive with all the possibilities for the up coming growing season.  What I really

Gearing Up for Spring

My gosh!  Coming up with something garden related to write about in January is difficult.  There is little going on besides garden planning and browsing through the seed catalogues.  I usually let the indoor garden dwindle as we take a 7 to 10 day vacation each January so like to reduce the indoor temperature as low as possible while gone.  Any cold hardy indoor plants are fine as one of the kids

An Organized Kitchen

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Since January seems to be “organization” month.  I thought that I would show you how I organize my kitchen.  First, I hate a cluttered kitchen because that’s where I spend most of my time and I need the space.  During the day, my counters get full of food, paper, snacks, cutting boards, books, laundry, markers, paint, crayons, glue, bottles, barrettes, etc. so I need space to put them.  If I have too much on the counters,  I feel squished!   I only have a few decorations which I am always switching out and the only small appliance that I keep on the counter is toaster oven because we use it all the time.  When we got married, we chose not to use a microwave for health reasons so we heat up all our food in the toaster oven.  The rest of my small appliance are kept in my cabinets.

Here are some more pictures of our kitchen.

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Here is my pantry.

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I organized it my pantry with Tupperware modular mates.  I love them!!!  They fit perfectly.  I like having clear containers so I can see what’s in it and I know if we are getting low.  I also labeled each one until my labeler stopped working. 

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I hide my aprons in the corner.

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Don’t forget your fire extinguisher!  Every kitchen needs one!!!

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I also keep a lock on the door!   It helped for a couple of weeks until they learned how to open it.

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Here is my “baker’s corner” cabinet.  I keep most of my baking supplies and mixes here.  I also keep my mixing bowls and hand mixer close by.  I don’t like going all around the kitchen looking for something.  That way everything that I need is right there.

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I also went through my pots and pans.   I am only keeping what I really need.  Why do I have like 20 pots?  I keep all of my pans under the stove in the drawer so I can have more room for my pots in the cabinet.

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I took out a shelf and now I can stand up my cutting boards, baking sheets, muffin trays, cooling racks, etc.

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I got rid of all this…

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and turned it into this….

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I decided to go all Pyrex.  I love it!!!  It is way easier to find thing and now I keep the lid on so I don’t loose it. It is way easier to heat things heat in the toaster oven too!

So, I hope that you liked my kitchen! I will show you the rest later.  How do you organize?

Bonnie :)

A Different Way to Clean

My Cleaning Schedule

    • Bathrooms
    • Wash the hardwood floors
    • Dust house
    • Vacuum
    • Organize the kids rooms
    • Organize the fridge
    When Needed
    • Shampoo the carpet (about 4 times a year)
    • Dust fans
    • Wash walls/doors
    • Dust baseboards
    • Wash the couch
    • Wash the Windows
    • Wash the mirrors the house
    • Wipe down furniture
    • Vacuum lamp shapes
    • wipe down lamps
    • Wipe down cabinets
    • Dust/Wash vents
    • Dust blinds
    • Deep clean appliances
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    How I Clean

    I named this post A Different Way To Clean because I have NEVER bought  a Fantastic, a 409, a Pine Sol,  a Lysol, Clorox Wipes, a Tide, etc.  I have never used a toxic cleaner since being married!!  I clean differently than most people.  I only clean with ALL natural products.  I did this even before it was  cool to be green!  At first, my only reason to do this was because it was cheaper.  I used and still use Shaklee Get Clean products.  Now, after being more educated on why it is so important to be toxic free,  I am really glad that I have been using these the whole time!!!  Toxins are dangerous, as in hurtful, as in not very clean at all.

    When most people think of green cleaners, they think: expensive or lack of quality.  With the Get Clean products that I found, nothing is further!  These are CHEAP!!!!  And they WORK!!!! 
    Let me tell you what I use and how!


    Let’s begin with with the  Kitchen because we spend most of out time in there!  I feel like I am in there all day!  As soon as I am done cleaning up a meal, it’s snack time!  Does that happen to anyone else?  I run my dishwasher everyday and I always  try to wipe the stainless steal appliances down every night.   I HATE going to bed with a messy kitchen!!!  I love waking up and coming down to a clean room.  I am in a better mood when there are no dishes out, the stove is clean and their are no fingerprints on the fridge!  I also like to sweep or vacuum the floor everyday (several times a day under their high chairs).  

    In the kitchen I use…..

    Basic H2 Organic Super Clean Concentrate and my super microfiber cleaning cloth for the appliances, cabinets, counters and walls

    Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste  for my sink and my appliance deep cleaning.  Click HERE to see how I clean my oven!

    Basic G- Concentrated Germicide for disinfecting my sink, counters, knobs, floor and whatever else I want germ FREE!

    Dish Wash Concentrate for washing pots, pans or anything else by hand.  I only use 1 drop per dish!  This stuff is really powerful!!!!

    Dish Wash Automatic Concentrate for my dishwasher.  I only use 1 teaspoon of this stuff and I NEVER pre-rinse  my dishes.  CHEAP!!!!

    Here is a before and after of the fridge…


    Here is a photo of my polished sink using Scour Off…

    Here is a before and after on my window… 




    Next,  I’ll tell you about the bathrooms because everyone likes start with the grossest area and get it out of the way.   I use… 
    Basic H2 Organic Super Clean Concentrate for the windows and mirrors.

    This stuff works…..with NO streaks!!!   I mix 2 drops of the concentrate to my 32oz. water spray bottle. (It costs $.02 per 32oz.  That’s right, it costs me only a 2 PENNIES  for a 32oz. bottle)  

    CHEAP!!!! I told you. 1 bottle of Basic H2equals the cleaning uses of 5,824 bottles of 26 oz. Windex. WOW!!!! 

    Here is a picture of the awesome window and mirror super microfiber cleaning cloth that I use. 

    Here is a picture of my mirror.  NO STREAKS!!!!

    Basic G- Concentrated Germicide for the sink, toilet, floors and bath/shower 

    I really like to disinfect!!!  I have three kids who put there hands everywhere and I don’t want germs everywhere!!! 

    Here is a picture of my bathroom cleaning bottles. I put this  on the door.  I have these bottles in every bathroom.  It is simple , neat and easy! 

    Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste for the bath/shower, floor and sink when needed. 

    This stuff takes off rust, mold, hard water residue and other build up.  

    And it SMELLS like cherries!!! And totally safe! 

    Here are before and after pictures of some hard water residue on my sink drain. (I know it’s gross!  Don’t hate me!) 

    WOW!!! Look at that sparkle!!! 

    I think that is pretty much it for the bathrooms, lets move on to floors     


    I try to vacuum or sweep everyday.  I don’t know if it is just my family but we REALLY need to do this everyday!  We get kinda totally dirty here!  I found a floor duster that I really like and the dusts the baseboards too!  YAY!!!  It is by o-cedar. 

    Here is a picture of it at work!!! 

    I also love to use my BFF aka my Dyson vacuum.  I love it!  Now that my son is crawling and trying to eat everything he sees, I have just been leaving it out all the time.  Anytime I see something on the floor, I just turn on my Dyson and suck that baby up before my son finds it! 

    I use the attachments to get baseboards, lamp shades and furniture.

    I have the Dyson Ball Slim and it’s great because it is so easy to move around and it’s lightweight! 

    For washing my floors, I use…..guess….. 

    This awesome no rinse, no residue, streak-free formula works great on any floor!  It seriously makes my wood shine.   For floors,  mix 1 tablespoon of Basic H + 1 gallon of water.  Apply to floor with sponge or mop.  I just put it in a spray bottle, spray it on the floor and wipe it with a microfiber mop. 

    Here is my little helper!  Look at the floor shine! 


    Now, how do I dust?  I don’t!  LOL, I wish!  This family makes a lot of dust or at least we see it more because of all of our dark wood  floors and furniture.  Usually I dampen my super micro fabric cleaning cloth with my Basic H.  I also use a really long duster to get my fans, vents, light fixtures, stair railing, walls and ceiling. 

    Here is another picture of my helper.  I find it best to give the kids their own set of cleaning tools to keep them busy.  It’s never too early to teach the art of cleaning! 


    Laundry for 5 is not an easy thing to do!  I have a system that works for now until I can get the kids to do their own.  Right now I put ALL the the dirty laundry  form everyone in our family in my side of our closet.  I have 3 laundry baskets for  whites, lights and darks and 1 basket on my hubby’s side for his work clothes.  I also keep a laundry basket in my laundry room for hand towels, wash cloths, etc.  All of my laundry products are concentrated and NON-Toxic.  It is totally safe for your skin.  It is great for sensitive baby skin! 

    I use… 

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    Here is a picture of the baskets in our closet… 
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    Here is a picture of our laundry room basket… 

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    Extra Tips

    Have your kids ever drawn on your furniture with pen?!?!?  Mine have,  a normal mom would probably freeeak out! But not me.  Basic H gets it right out!!!!  AND in less than ONE MINUTE!!!!!  I just put in on straight and scrubbed in right out! 

    Here is a before and after of my chair with pen on it… 

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    I also really like the Magic Eraser for scratches on the furniture.  

    Here is a before and after of white paints scuffs on my dresser. 

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    And that is how I clean and what I use!!!!

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