Archive | October, 2016

How to Clean Melted Wax from Candle Holders

When I started decorating for fall this year, I knew I wanted to use some gold candle holders and fill them with potpourri.  However, when I got them out, I forgot they were full of melted wax from a couple years ago.  I did the only logical thing and used this two step process to clean the melted wax out and make them pretty again.

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.

Do you have this problem? Need to know how to get the melted wax out?

Step 1: Use a butter knife to break apart the wax. 

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.Securely hold the candle holder and firmly press the tip of the knife straight down into the middle of the wax.  Applying this pressure will break the wax into enough smaller pieces and loosen it from the bottom. Then just dump out the melted wax. So easy!

Just be sure that you are holding the candle holder pretty firmly, you don’t want to drop it and risk breaking it when you’re applying the pressure.  It’s also probably a good idea to only use this method on candle holders that are a thicker glass.  I’d hate for you to try this with some thin glass and actually break the glass.

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.Step 2: Wipe the candle holder out with a damp paper towel to clean it.

Learn a simple way to remove melted wax from candleholders.Breaking the wax up in the candle holder will likely leave a few small pieces or candle “crumbs.” A quick wipe with a damp paper towel gets them all out and makes your candle holders like new again.

See the touches of Fall around the house by clicking here.Once I had fresh, clean candle holders, I filled them up with fall scented potpourri.  These candle holders are so versatile. I used them as a centerpiece on my table. However, candle holders could also be used as a faux fireplace in a fireplace alcove.  Even use them to hold toiletries (like cotton balls and Q-tips) in a bathroom.  I also like that there are varied heights so they have a little dimension.

This is such an easy way to get more use out of candle holders.  Plus, it’s so easy anyone could do it.  Are you thinking of which candle holders you have that you need to do this with?

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Whole 30 Weekly Meal Plan: Week 5

Hurray!  It’s the last week that you’ll have to see my meal plan for Whole 30.  I don’t know if I can even really say that I’m doing Whole 30 at this point because I’ve been cheating so much.

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Saturday:
Dinner: I went to an Octoberfest party, so I ate grains, dairy, and sugar, yikes!  I did make this German Potato Salad though, which was mostly compliant. I swapped honey for sugar, which is better, but still not 100% compliant.

Sunday:
Breakfast: Spinach and berry smoothie, scrambled eggs
Lunch: Tuna on a bed of spinach with a veggie salsa on top
Dinner: Chicken and broccoli, love this recipe because it’s so quick and you only use one pan!

Monday:
Breakfast: Homemade sausage
Lunch: Turkey lunchmeat with mayo, German potato salad
Dinner: Crockpot Moroccan chicken
Bad Stuff: So much! A bowl of cereal, some chocolate, and a small piece of cake

Tuesday:
Breakfast: Macadamia nuts, an orange
Lunch: Tuna on a bed of spinach with a veggie salsa
Dinner: This autumn salad with grilled chicken. I made a few adjustments to the dressing recipe to make it compliant.
Bad Stuff: Cereal

Wednesday:
Breakfast: Two over easy eggs
Lunch: We had family in town, so things aren’t very compliant when that happens.  Chicken fingers and fries.
Dinner: A spicy steak salad, I’m pretty sure the dressing wasn’t compliant
Bad Stuff: A pumpkin spice muffin, a smore, and my entire lunch

Thursday:
Breakfast: Fruit, spinach, coconut butter smoothie
Lunch: Roasted sausage, peppers, and potatoes, it’s a variation of this recipe.  I love it because you just cut everything up, throw it on a sheet pan, and 20-30 minutes later your meal is ready.  Plus, it’s delicious!
Dinner: Thai shrimp with rice, but I didn’t have the rice.  I love this recipe.  It’s the closest you can get to Thai flavors without going to a Thai restaurant.
Bad stuff: A cookie

Well, that finally wraps it up.  Did you join along on this round of Whole 30?  Did you at least get some new meal ideas and healthy alternatives to food that you love?  I hope I proved that there are a ton of things you can eat while on Whole 30.

But please don’t take my attempt at Whole 30 this time as the way to do it.  I cheated a lot and had no self control.  In the next week or so I’m going to give you a list of things I’ve learned while attempting Whole 30 and some tips to help you be successful if you want to try it.   Have a great weekend!

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Purple and Orange Fall Front Porch Tour

Last week I showed you the touches of fall inside my house which were fairly subtle, but this week I’m screaming fall! My front porch fall decor is anything but subtle. It takes everything you think about fall and puts it on display; pumpkins, mums, and straw wreaths. Walk up the street with me and take a look.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!I really wanted to include pops of purple this year in my fall decor and you can see that the most on the front porch.  I purchased the purple mums from our farmer’s market, and they are beautiful, and huge.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!I’ve always dreamed of having a front door with room on either side for decor, plants, and flowers.  Because I don’t have that in this house, I wanted to play up the different levels of our stairs.  I tried to do that by decorating each level.

 

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!The walk up the stairs starts with pumpkins and lanterns.  I purchased these lanterns from Crate and Barrel several years ago.  They are really versatile.  I’ve used them hanging near our pool in San Diego, in Christmas decor, and now on the ground for fall decor.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!I use battery operated faux candles to make the lanterns glow.  Who else is loving the trend of white pumpkins?  I mean you can do so many things with them.  Paint on them, put glitter on them, glue ribbon to them, or leave them plain for a minimalist look.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!Even though I don’t have space on both sides of my front door, I do appreciate having a large area to decorate and work with on the right side of my door.  It’s a great place for a fall vingette of pumpkins, mums, and lanterns.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!You can sort of see the plant stand hiding behind everything to lift up the lantern and give the whole set up a little height variation.  If you don’t have a plant stand, you can add height by using a straw bale or an old crate.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!I’ve had this fall wreath for awhile, and don’t even remember where I got it, probably Target.  I’m trying to convince myself that the burgandy color in the wreath “goes” with the purple mums.  It’s a true test of patience and just letting it go.  Be sure to check back next week though for a round up of fall wreaths and tons of other fall entertaining essentials.

Click here to take a tour of a purple and orange fall front porch. Welcome!Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed a quick tour of my front porch for fall.  What color scheme are you using, or do you just plop a pumpkin down and call it good?  That’s fine too!  I put my fall porch decor on steroids this year.

Friday is my last Whole 30 post, yippee!  I’m excited that it’s over, but I wouldn’t totally say that I’ve been very faithful to it.

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Get Your House Ready for A Party In 5 Minutes

Do you ever feel like the state of your house is the reason you don’t invite people over?  I know we’ve all read articles online about how true friends don’t care what your house looks like, and I totally agree.  But sometimes, it just makes you feel better and more prepared to have guests when your house isn’t a disaster area.

A few weeks ago we invited some friends over for a little happy hour at the last minute.  Before they arrived, my husband and I went around a did a few things to kind of clean up and get ready for them.  Afterwards I realized, that it only took a few minutes to feel like our house was presentable and clean.

Now, it’s your turn! I’m giving you a checklist to get your house ready for guests in five minutes or less and stop not inviting people over because of your mess!

Get your house ready for a party quick! Use this checklist to prepare for guests in 5 minutes! Click through to get the checklist printable!It’s pretty simple really, you just need to do a few things and only focus on the areas where your guests are going to be.  Most of the time guests tend to stay downstairs in the main living areas if you have a two story house, only use one bathroom, and typically congregate where the food is.  Knowing this there are really only about three places that you’ll have to tidy; your living room or seating area, the kitchen or wherever the food is, and the most used bathroom.  Don’t waste your time with the rest of it because your friends and guests won’t notice and probably won’t care.

First, I like to make sure my floors are clean.  We have hardwood floors and a messy toddler, so there are usually always crumbs visible.  I love my Dyson cordless stick vacuum.  It makes cleaning the floors quick and easy.  If you don’t have a Dyson, just use a broom.  Spend about a minute to two minutes doing a really quick sweep of your floors, making sure to just pick up all of the big stuff.  This is not a deep clean.

Next, take about 30 seconds to clean your counters off.  Because our house is such an open plan, the kitchen and it’s counters are always visible.  So it’s really important to put dishes away, stash piles of mail and paper into a drawer, or for bigger items put them in the pantry and close the door.  If you don’t have time to do a bunch of dishes, one of my best tips is to use the dishwasher as a storage area.  Just shove them all in there quickly and close the door.  You can always go back later and clean your dishes.  It’s the fastest way to make sure your sink is clean.

Then, it’s time to clean the most used bathroom.  I’m sure cleaning the bathroom is not appealing to most, but I promise this way is so quick.  Grab one disinfecting wipe and clean in the following order. Wipe the light switch, then the sink handles, around the sink, inside the sink, then the outside of the toilet, and lastly the toilet seat and the toilet bowl rim.  Cleaning this way keeps the least amount of germs on the most touched things.  I promise it will only take 30 seconds to clean a bathroom using these instructions.

Onto the seating area, or where your guests will congregate.  Maybe that’s the dining room table, the living room couch, or on a patio.  Either way, you just want to make sure your seating area is picked up, fluffed, and ready for your friends’ behinds.  I typically make sure to fluff pillows, put blankets away, and move anything that may be in the way (i.e. toddler toys).  We’re trying to be fast here so if you have a bunch of stuff to put away, throw it all in a basket that’s hidden, in a closet, or run it all upstairs where guests’ aren’t going to go.

Lastly, it only takes a few seconds to make sure your house smells nice.  All you have to do is light a candle, spray an air freshener, turn on an oil diffuser, or recharge some potpourri by giving it a quick stir.

Following the checklist, you should be able to do all of this in about 5 minutes.  It’s just enough time to get everything done once your friends or family text and say they are on their way.

Download your checklist by clicking on the image above or here.  Print it out and stash it somewhere handy to refer to all season long.

What are your go to things to do when you have guests coming over?

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Celebrating everyday!