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Some days, I feel like all I do is clean.

Clean up dishes from breakfast.

Clean off my kids.

Clean the floor.

Clean the bathroom.

Clean the floor again because someone gave the baby crackers.

Clean up from lunch.

And on, and on, and on, and on…

So this video–from the hilarious duo I Mom So Hard–was totally relatable and made me laugh so hard I almost woke my napping kids (which, as we know, is a fate worse than death).

Mommas, put the broom (or Clorox wipe or Shout) down and take a minute to giggle along with me!

Try It Tuesday

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For Christmas, I got Huff the Hubs a cookbook. He’s hoping to cook his way through it this year (a la, Julie and Julia) and last night he made asparagus soup. It turned out great! However, he left the burner on a little too high and, well…

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It turned the bottom of my big pot a lovely shade of black.

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He perused the interwebs to find a way to get the tar off and I said, “Wait! I want to watch–this can be a Try It Tuesday!” (Because, one, I didn’t have anything prepped for today and two, well… that’s about it.)  He found this site and set to work.

Here’s what he used:

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  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water

 

Fill your pot (or pan) with enough water to create a layer on the bottom. Then add 1 cup of vinegar and bring it to a boil.

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As it boiled, I could already see some of the burnt part coming off!

 

After the vinegar reaches a full, rolling boil remove it from heat and add in the baking soda. (Huff the Hubs did this part in the sink just in case the fizz bubbled over!)

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Sorry; the pics are a little blurry because of the steam. After the bubbles settle down, swish the contents of the pot/pan around. Then, get to scrubbing. After about 10 minutes, here’s what the pot looked like:

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Better, but not great.

 

The website said for more stubborn stains, sprinkle baking soda into the pot/pan and add a little water to create a paste:

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HtH let it set until after dinner (about an hour or two) and rinsed and scrubbed some more.

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It looks MUCH better. Not back to normal, but pretty close! I think this would’ve worked better if we had a Brillo pad or something comparable. All we had was a scrub brush. Have you ever tried this before? Did you try something different? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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We are officially on turkey countdown, folks! T-minus 1 day, 8 hours, and some-odd minutes! And, if you’re like me, you feel woefully unprepared! Have no fear, I rounded up some of my favorite Try It Tuesday hacks to help you (and your house) get ready for the parade of family members to come over!

 

For You: 

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Want to get picture-worthy hair but don’t want to spend all day working on it? Use this simple hair hack to get cute curls (or wowza waves)! (Tip: Leave your hair in the foil while you baste, clean, and prep for best results!

 

For the House: 

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Have stubborn mineral deposits around your faucet? Keep the disgusted looks from in-laws at bay with this simple cleaning solution! And here’s another for those stainless steel appliances!

 

For the Table: 

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If you want a dessert that stands out from the crowd of pumpkin pies, store bought cookies, and some kind of fruit cake that looks like it should’ve been thrown out MONTHS ago, try this DELISH fruit pizza! It’s super simple and super yummy!

 

And, the biggest piece of advice I can give you this holiday season is: relax. Don’t take everything so seriously. Problems are going to arise, people are going to get on your nerves, and plans will inevitably be disrupted. But have a good sense of humor about it and try not to fret! Enjoy this season and the food it brings-ha!

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Do you have any style, cleaning, or cooking hacks for the holiday season? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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I think I may be hitting the nesting stage about two months late. I didn’t really have the energy to get those nesting instincts during my pregnancy but I am feeling it now. Everywhere I look, I see something that needs to be scrubbed, organized, or de-cluttered (though, this could just be lie with two kids, ha!).

Even though I have a cleaning schedule and every room gets cleaned, there are still those stubborn spots that just refuse to get/stay clean. Like this:

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Its seriously EVERY. SINGLE. FAUCET in the house. They all look like that! It grosses me out and is infuriating. I’ve used Scrubbing Bubbles and other cleaners but nothing has helped! So, instead of curling up in the fetal position and crying, I consulted the interwebs. I saw that vinegar is supposed to help break up those mineral deposits. I decided to give it a try.

Here’s what you need:

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~vinegar

~a paper towel

~gloves (so your hands don’t smell like Easter eggs for days)

 

All you have to do is wet the paper towel with a little water and then drench it in vinegar. DO NOT RING IT OUT. Then, roll it long-ways and weave it around your faucet.

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Let it sit for about an hour. Then, remove the paper towel.

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Look how clean it is! Wooo! This is DEFINITELY a Try It WIN! (It should be noted that every faucet in the house has now received the vinegar treatment and my house stinks. But it was totally worth it!)

Try It Tuesday

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I was scrolling through my newsfeed the other day and came across one of those links that is obviously click bait. You know what I’m talking about. Its those headlines that read: “He Never Expected His Wife Would Do THIS” and you think its some crazy tale about how a woman left her husband to follow a rockstar she was obsessed with on tour or something, only to find out she cooked his favorite meal that his great grandma used to make and it made him happy. I hate crap like that. But, I also can’t help but click it.

Such was the case when I saw a headline that promised to make my nasty, dingy baking sheet look good as new. (I believe the headline was something along the lines of: “She Was Going to Throw Out Her Old Pans Until She Tried This Trick!”)

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I was intrigued! Of course I want my pans to look as good as new! I’m cheap and I don’t want to replace something that I can fix myself.

Here’s what you need:

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~an ugly baking sheet

~an old toothbrush

~dish soap

~baking powder

~aluminum foil

~water

 

According to the site, you’re supposed to scrub the baking soda onto the pan in a circular motion with the toothbrush. Never once did it say to mix the water and the baking soda or the dish soap with the water; I was totally confused! They said you needed those things but never mentioned them again! Sigh. I just assumed you were supposed to mix the baking soda, water, and soap. So that’s what I did.

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I scrubbed it into the pan and let it set (per the instructions) for 30 minutes.

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Then, I scrubbed it with aluminum foil.

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After that you’re just supposed to “rinse the grime away”!

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Yeah. That didn’t happen.

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It literally looked the exact same. Granted, it felt a lot cleaner, but it still looked like crap.

Maybe I shouldn’t have mixed the soda, water, and soap? I don’t know; the directions weren’t very clear. Either way, this is definitely a Try It Fail. Womp, womp.

Do you have any tricks to get your old bake-ware looking new? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Now that the holiday season is in full swing, Huff the Hubs and I are not only getting the house “Christmas ready”, but we’re also trying to get the house “everyday ready”. We’re planning on having a housewarming party after the New Year, so that means getting boxes thrown out, rooms decorated, and cleaning. Lots and LOTS of cleaning.

One of the things that drew me to this house was that the awesome stainless steel appliances came with it! I LURVE stainless steel! However, steel does not love water spots. I tried everything I could think of to make my dishwasher and oven door look sparkling clean, but nothing worked.

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Those water spots have been taunting me. Jerks.

So, I consulted Pinterest and found this:

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The blogger says that this cleaner will make your stainless steel appliances look like new! I figured it was worth a shot.

Here’s what you need to make the cleanser:

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~1/4 cup vinegar

~1/2 cup baking soda

~1 tablespoon lemon juice

~1 tablespoon oil (I used EVOO because that’s all we had)

 

Pour the baking soda into a bowl and then add the vinegar. And, if you’re like me, freak out when you see the chemical reaction happening between the two as the mixture fizzes and spills all over your counter.

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Then, realize you need a bigger bowl.

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Add in the oil and lemon juice and mix well until it becomes a paste.

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Then, grab a soft cloth and work the paste in circles on your appliance. Let it set for 5-10 minutes.

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Then, dampen your cloth and wipe off the paste.

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Omg, y’all! This seriously made my dishwasher and oven look brand spankin’ new! I couldn’t believe it! It may sound odd to get this excited over clean appliances, but if you could only peek inside my neurotic head, you would see how this has been irritating me for WEEKS!

 

Have you ever tried this before? Did you have different results? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday (A Day Late)

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I didn’t have a blog post yesterday because things were crazy stressful. I tried starting Huff the Babe on potty training and it did not go well. Let’s just say the day ended with me sitting on the living room floor boo-hooing over the phone to my mom and best friend while Huff the Babe put a consoling arm around my shoulder and then a sweet hug. The kid may not be able to pee in the potty, but she knows how to make her mama feel better!

Suffice it to say, we’re waiting on the whole potty training thing. So, I have a make up blog post since I was MIA yesterday!

If you’re like me, you have to start your morning off with a cup of Joe. And mostly that cup of Joe was at home because, let’s face it, this girl is not paying five dollars a cup for some fancy-schmancy coffee that she could just make it home that taste better and has fewer calories. But sometimes me and Huff the Babe have to run early morning errands or I didn’t get to drink my coffee because we’re running late for something (a common occurrence) so I pour some coffee into one of my to-go cups. After I’ve downed the last bit of java, I tend to toss the cup into the backseat floorboard and forget about it. Then, two weeks later, I find t and it reeks of old coffee. Even the best of soaps can’t get rid of the smell.

Then I read online that with a simple tablespoon of baking soda you can make the nasty coffee smell disappear! So I thought I would try it out.
All you need is a tablespoon of baking soda in a stinky, nasty travel cup.

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For the baking soda into the tumbler and then fill it to the top with warm water.

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Wait about an hour, rinse it out, and then take a whiff. The smell should be gone; it was for me! Seriously guys, the stench I thought was forever ingrained in the cup was magically GONE! behold, the power of baking soda!