Good Friday

I honestly wasn’t sure what to write about Good Friday this year, but I knew that I was going to write something. I kept going back and forth with myself in my head. “Write anything, what’s so difficult about it?” 

If you don’t know, my husband Charlie and I are Christian. When we recommitted our lives to the Lord it changed everything for the better. Life didn’t get easier, in fact, it got harder. But I wouldn’t have been able to endure what I’ve gone through if it weren’t for my faith. And in my world, Easter is the most important day of the year. 

2 years ago I wrote a post about Good Friday, a piece I’m really proud of. When it came to write this post I kept thinking, “How can I top that post?” But honestly, I don’t think that’s what this post is going to be about.

This year, this day, I’m in a different place compared to when I wrote that post. I’m not going to put pressure on myself, instead I’m just going to let my fingers run free. Even if I’m not as prepared as I was 2 years ago to write something I hope it’s still powerful this time around. Honestly, at this time in my life I just want to remember something. I want to remember that sacrifice is humbling, truly humbling. The sacrifice that Jesus did for us on the cross forever changed the way I look at the world, and because of that I’m truly humbled and grateful.

Thank you, Lord, for what you did on the cross, where you have led me, what you are currently doing in my life, and the plans you have for me. No matter what may lie ahead, I am at peace knowing that you are at the wheel. Please help me to remember trust in your timing, to always lean on you and not on my own understanding, and to listen intently. Amen.

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Spring Cleaning Series – Maintenance Hacks

So, we’re all clean. House is looking good and the things that you’ve been keeping on your long term cleaning list are complete! Well now the goal is to maintain it right? That way come next spring it’s not going to be so hard (so much easier said than done, trust me I know). I’ve put together a few of my favorite cleaning hacks to help you keep your house clean.

  1. First and foremost, you can clean mostly anything with baking soda and vinegar. Keep that on hand at home at all times!
  2. Fill a microwavable bowl with water and lemon juice and heat it up in the microwave for 2-4 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl and wipe away all the stains.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with vodka and water. When you change your sheets or wash your couch covers spray the surface with your spray solution. Once the cushions are dry put your covers back on. This will help prevent odors and bed bugs!
  4. After you’ve cleaned your base boards and they’re dry run your dryer sheets over them a couple times. The dust will jump right off.
  5. Have a grease stain? Use some dish soap and baking soda on the stain and run it in the wash on the hottest setting the clothing will take.

Hope these help! Happy cleaning!


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Spring Cleaning Series – Natural Cleaning Recipes

One of the things I want to do is start to purge my house of harsh cleaning chemicals. I’ve created a list of recipes from floor cleaner to glass cleaner so I thought I’d share!

Floor cleaner:

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 gallon water

We have tile floors at home so this is great for tile or laminate flooring.

Glass cleaner:

  • 1/4 white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbs corn starch

We also have granite countertops in our kitchen so I use a few drops of dish soap and water on a microfiber towel. This is gentle and won’t eat away at the stone.

For stainless steel appliances it’s a 2-step process.

Step1 – Stainless Steel Cleaner:

  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 part water

Step 2 – Once your surface is clean and dry polish with olive oil.

Happy cleaning!


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