Cleaning Tip of the Day

Washing your Cabinets


Today when I was on my kitchen floor (I don’t even know why I was on the floor, probably picking up food that my baby was throwing at me, lol) I noticed how gross my cabinets have been looking.

I usually wipe them down weekly or when needed but they were pretty bad today so I got out my Basic H and went to work.  I just sprayed on the all-purpose solution and wiped off. 


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How often do you wipe down your cabinets?

What did you clean today?

Bonnie :)

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An Unidentified Shrub

UnknownAugust 28, 2010
A few days ago I was on my daily walk when I spotted this gorgeous tree in bloom.  I would have stopped in to ask the owners what it was but the house is their summer cottage so they aren't there very often.  As it was they weren't there that day since the house was all closed up.  I love the whispy look of this shrub.  I would like to identify it so I know what to ask for

Funnel Spiders

Funnel SpiderAugust 30, 2010

One of the first things we noticed when we moved here were the large funnel spiders (grass spiders).  As spiders go these are about the size of a quarter.  Their webs are a thin whispy sheet with a characteristic funnel shape that the spider hides in.  They were everywhere to the point that we resorted to spraying to knock down their numbers a bit.  The risk to

My Children’s Chore Chart

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We are officially starting school this week!  I am exciting and nervous at the same time.  I have all of our books, materials and schedules ready….so why am I nervous?  Because that means I need to kick myself into high gear for the next 9 months, lol!

I love that I  am going to home school my kids. We choose to do this for many reasons and I believe that it is right decision for our family at least at this time.  We will take it one year at a time.  Many people don’t know this, but I was homeschooled for 3 years.  I went to public school from Pre-K until 6th grade until my mom decided to home school all of us.  I was only homeschooled for 3 years until my mom and dad decided that I would go to high school.  My mom continues to home schools my siblings even for high school so I am used to the whole homeschooling lifestyle and have experience with it.

In the next couple of weeks I thought that I would try to show you all my personal schedules and  daily routines.  I may have to tweak things after we actually get started on school but I believe the kids and I have better days when we are scheduled.  I schedule meals, naps, bed, reading, crafts, etc.

Today I am going to show you our simple kid’s chore chart.  This is actually new to us because my kids are still young but I do believe that starting children young with some housework is a great way for them to learn many life skills.   Plus, they feel great when they achieve their tasks and let’s face it, it helps me out, lol!

When my kids complete all of their chores they get a star!  I know, I can’t believe they still like stars, lol!  I am sure I will have to upgrade to something else soon but I am not going to try to mess anything up right now!

Here is the simple chart that we are using.  I got it from word office online.  You can download it here if you want to use it too!

Kid Chart

Do your kids do chores?

Do you use a children’s chore sheet?

Do you reward them with something?

I hope that you have a great week!

Bonnie :)

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D has been a hot topic in the news. Recent research studies show that vitamin D - the "sunshine vitamin" - offers a multitude of important benefits including supporting healthy heart function, immune and bone health. Yet, surprisingly, up to 80% of Americans may have insufficient levels.

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I hope that you have a great weekend!

Did you take the Vitamin D quiz?

What did you get?

Bonnie :)

Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica)

Japanese Beetle
(Popillia japonica) 
Aaugust 26, 2010 
A couple of days ago I posted about velvetleaf that is considered a noxious weed in some locations.  I noticed that despite a bad reputation with reducing yields in cash crops that my peppers didn't seem to be adversely affected by the velvetleaf in the beds.  I have been pulling before the velvetleaf was able to flower.  Upon closer

Noxious Weeds

Yesterday I wrote about my experience so far with velvetleaf.  This weed is classified as being noxious in British Columbia and several US states.  To be classified as a noxious weed the plant has to cause harm to human via toxicity or cause an agricultural loss however every municipality has their own definition of noxious weeds.  In some localities a weed (eg. water hyacinth) can be classified

Get Clean Laundry Detergent Story

Today, I want to take a break from organizing to share an awesome testimony from a Shaklee customer.

“My daughter, Sara, wants to wear my 35 year old wedding dress for her September wedding. I
had my doubts as the dress has been sitting in a trunk moved from place to place and was
covered with big brown spots. I thought I needed a specialist who restores old gowns. After
some internet research I send the gown to a specialist about 90 miles from my home in
Greenville, SC. I talked with her when the dress arrived and she thought she would be able to
clean it.

After two months I called again and she had bad news for me. The spots were not coming out
and she was afraid she would damage the fabric if she tried other methods. So I paid her $100
and got the gown back in the same shape I sent it to her. I have used the soak the impossible
solution many times and decided to give it a try. I had nothing to lose. I soaked the dress in
sections as there is a lot of fabric in a wedding dress.

After two days of soaking each section,all of the spots came out and the dress was completely clean although wrinkled. I took it to my local dry cleaner. They steamed it and the dress is like new. It fits beautifully and Sara is thrilled.”

Thanks to Nancy for sharing this with us!


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Do you have a Shaklee Testimony?

Email me at

and I will feature your story (and blog if you have one!)

Have a great day!


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Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti)August 25, 2010
As a gardener my style is not to get too bent out of shape with respect to weeds.  Some weeds act as companion plants in a garden while others are edible.  I only get concerned if the weeds present the potential to choke out the fruits or vegetables.  My preferred way of dealing with weeds is pulling.

Earlier this year I noticed a suspected weed

How to Organize a File Cabinet System


Since I am on a totally organizing frenzy,  I thought I would show you how I organize my files.

I have an easy 3 step process.

Step 1.

Kitchen Drawer

I put all mail, bills, paper and receipts in my bill drawer that I keep in my kitchen.  I love using a drawer so I don’t have to look and see any papers around the house.  The only paper that I want to see are my schedules are pictures that the kids drew me.  Everything else in ugly and stressful!

Step 2.

File in System #1

I go through everything in the drawer.  (This usually happens once a week so things don’t get out of control.)  I empty the drawer and place the papers into piles.  Then I pay all the bills online and take care of anything that needs to be done.  After that, I file everything into the correct file in my cabinet.  I do this right away so I know what I paid.

I have every file labeled accordingly to it’s subject.


The labels really keep things looking clean and organized!


This is my first filing system.  (Cute, huh?)

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Step 3.

File in System #2

At the end on the year, I go through my files and get ready for tax season.  Everything else gets shredded or goes into my file cabinet in the basement (system #2) for 3 years or until I don’t need it anymore.  I also keep a file for every appliance, manual, etc.


1. Shred and recycle when possible.- Do you really need to keep everything?

2. Use a filing system that makes other office chores easier, not harder.- use something simple that works for you.

3. Think before you file.- file logically

5. Keep your “first” filing system close and convenient.- Mine is on my main level.

6. File as you go.- I try to file once a week.

7. Be specific with files- That makes it easier to find something later

How do you organize your files?

Are they organized?

Do you use a system?

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I hope that you have a great day!

Bonnie :)

P.S. If you are having problems with my button, please be patient.  I upgraded to Pro Photobucket yesterday and they still did NOT fix this.  I already emailed them twice and still no luck.  Sorry about this!

Herb Overflowing

Herb BedAugust 22, 2010
The lack of rainfall certainly hasn't hurt the herb bed that is overflowing with beautiful herbs.  Even with using fresh and cutting for drying there is still an abundance!  The more I cut the more the herbs grow.  That is one of the secrets to growing herbs.  They love to be trimmed!

Happy Gardening!

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A Basket Full of Vegetables

Vegetable BasketAugust 22, 2010
We had a bit of rain overnight the night before so yesterday I went through the garden to do a clean pick.  My 14" diameter wicker basket is overflowing!  I am so very happy with the California Wonder green peppers.  This heirloom variety is really performing nicely.  Everything in the basket as well as the cucumber are heirloom varieties.  I will be saving a lot

How I Organize my Crafts

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I really wish that I had a craft/school room in my house but for now there just isn’t the room. 

I thought, “What am I supposed to with all of our crafts?” 

I decided to make some of our kitchen’s butler pantry into a craft pantry.  We do most of our crafts in the kitchen anyway.  I used an upper and lower cabinet  to store all of our stuff.  I wasn’t actually sure how I was going to store so many things in such a little space.  I thought the only way was to use bins.

I looked around at different stores for the right ones and I finally found some at Wal-Mart.    They fit into the cabinets perfectly and they were the cheapest too!  (Why do bins cost so much anyway?)

When I was at the store, I purchased a TON of different bins because I wasn’t sure how many and what sizes I would need.  I just returned to extra.

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After, I fit everything in how I wanted to, I made labels for each bin.  I used address labels and love how it turned out!

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I love that the kids can see through the bins!

Now everything has a spot and I can just take out one bin at a time.

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I even saved a spot for easy access to some books, coloring books and color wonder/explosion books.

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This is the lower cabinet.  On the top shelf, I have a bin for each child with their own school/activity books.  They love having their own bin.  At the beginning of the day, I just have to bring out 2 bins and the  kids always know where keep their stuff.

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I also keep extra supplies in here.

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Construction paper and scrapbooking supplies are also kept in here.

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Here is how it turned out!  I am so happy!!!!

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My house did get messy while we were trying to get organized, lol!  But the kids loved helping me!

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How about you, how do you organize you crafts?

Please leave a link if you posted about it. 

I would love to check it out.

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Have a great day today!

Bonnie :)

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Rotating Drawers Design by Nenad Kostadinov

This Arced Table with alternating drawers is alleged Push and Grab and it was advised by artist Nenad Kostadinov this table is absolutely advantageous for ambuscade actuality that you don’t charge all the time and accumulate the active allowance added clean. The arced table has four alternating drawers that are accurate by two cylinders, anniversary of these cylinders actuality additionally the arbor of circling for anniversary of the drawers.

Rotating Drawers Design by Nenad Kostadinov
Rotating Drawers Design by Nenad Kostadinov
Rotating Drawers Design by Nenad Kostadinov

Stella D'or

Honest to Betsy this has been one of the most frustrating growing seasons I've dealt with in the past few years.  We had a wet, cool spring despite predictions.  Then the weather turned hot and dry to the point the local farmers are begging for rain.  We sure could use a few days of just a nice, gentle down pour!  a couple of days ago I looked out to see a bit of yellow.  Well in the heat of the

Raccoons and Corn

Raccoons and CornAugust 19, 2010
Our neighbours to the north put in the most amazing raised bed system I've seen.  It consists of 3 larger beds joined together forming a flattened Z shape.  They are not growing using the square foot method.  In one of the runs they planted corn and they even added a really neat support system that I will use if I decide to grow corn next year.  I haven't grown

7 Retro designs for home and dining room

Retro look is so much fun and beautiful to create. I love the colors and quirkiness that it brings. Retro is the way to go if you have a love for design that is distinct, colors that add to dimension and style that is unparallel. A far cry from classic or understated, it is a design that has to loved totally before you recreate it in your home.

I have put together a set of ideas for home design, dining area is specially the soul of the home, with family enjoying meals together and entertaining friends and building memories. I specially adore the clean lines and curved shapes of dining chairs, while the simple table with  basic shape and color provides the perfect foil.

Retro white circular table with laminate chairs and vintage table ware. I love how unique and cheerful the whole look is.

The dining room is so full of memorabilia from past and put together with the distinct retro vintage panton chairs, the room is elevated to a testament from the 60s. Lucky ! 

Retro design and decor are know for its vibrant colors. The whole setting is so simple yet sophisticated. The design is interesting and keeps the atmosphere light and beautiful.

I love wire mesh chairs. They are stylish and so versatile. Not easy to come by an entire dining set, create your own. Mix match works wonderfully and what can be more and interesting than hunting for your perfect fit :)

Its all about keeping it unique and interesting. Retro is know for its fun and whimsical design. Use your imagination and create your very own space.

How elegant and stylish. Beautiful ikat print on the stylish chairs, with the absolutely stunning iron table base. I would love to snag this up any day. My favourite :D Retro is the way to be !

Lush colors and lots of it. Not for the faint hearted, enjoy the retro style that way it should be, wholeheartedly ! There is no place for toning down here and yet the energy and vibes are so positive.

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