Home Maid Simple: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Pillow Fail

So I was on a pillow making kick.  Unfortunatel, the great idea for spring I had, didn't turn out like I planned.  I was trying to think Spring, in the midst of all this snow.  What says spring better than easter eggs?  I was thinking a line of easter eggs on a pillow.  Here is what I got -
I guess they kind of look like eggs, but more as in the words of my best critic "polka dots".  This pillow now enjoys a special place, being pulled between two kids.  The Princess' sure enjoy it!  Maybe I'll try again, but turns out egg shapes are really hard to get precise.

On another note, we had been in the process of purchasing a home.  We were very excited, things were going along great.  Then the home inspection.  It revealed things that concerned us, and the sellers did not want to compromise on price or work done.  So we're back to looking at more homes.  Wish us luck!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Love Blocks

This was going to be part of my Valentines Decorations, but circumstances didn't allow me to get to it until after. My mom's ward were making these the week before Valentines.  I was supposed to be at my parents that week, but the weather was bad, and we were down to one car.  So I finally picked up the blocks this week, and made them on my own.  It was a lot of fun, and they look great!  I think they'll be out for sometime still.
The blocks were already painted for me, but this would be really easy to do.  Just cut a 2x4 into the sizes you want your letters, then sand and paint.
Mod Podge some colorful paper on the blocks.  The letters are vinyl cutouts, with a sticky back.  There are a lot of places that make vinyl letters like this.  In the future (because I plan on making more!) I'll just use my cricut to cut the letters out of paper.  Then mod podge them on.  After sticking the letters I added another layer of mod podge to seal it all.
Then embellish and display!  

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentines Day

I know it's been awhile since posting, and this one is a bit late.  But I wanted to share our Valentines decorations with you.  They were so simple and quick to create!
I got this awesome free printable from eighteen25.  Eventually mine will be framed nicely like theirs, but for our  simple needs this year, I used some craft glue and recycled a cardboard box.  The hearts we painted a couple years with the girls, one is missing because it got colored on with pen.  
Then with the girls help we cut out some hearts, and strung them on some pink heart ribbon and hung it in the hall. 
We had a really fun valentines day with lots of yummy food.
Heart shaped chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.
 Cream cheese stuffed strawberries for dessert
And the husband and I ended the night with Sparkling Cider, bread and cheese.
Every year the hubby buys his girls flowers.  I love that we have 3 sweet little girls for him to show his love to, along with me!
Mine are the yellow roses.  The girls got the lilies.
For my knight in shining armor we got him all his favorites.  Starting with favorite dinner - meatloaf, mashed potatoes and carrots (cut like hearts!).  Here's the rest of his favorites
Mini pepsi's to fit in his work fridge, Reeses Peanut Butter cups, a movie, and chalkboard paint. Ok chalkboard paint doesn't really fit in the favorites theme, but it was something he wanted.  I told him it would have to wait, because it wasn't needed and we're trying to buy a home.  Well, wasn't he nicely surprised!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

EcoFresh cleaner review

I won my first ever blog Giveaway at the beginning of this year!  What did I win, some awesome green cleaners by EcoFresh. I finally got around to trying them this last week, and really enjoyed them.  I tried them first out in the bathroom.  Wow, they really smelled fresh!  I was pleasantly surprised.  So after finishing the bathroom up, I moved onto the kids room.  One of my favorite things about this product is that it is safe to use around kids because it doesn't have any of the harsh chemicals in it.  Now this is where the product really amazed me - You know that strip of wall next to your kids bed that gets gross from their feet, hands and who knows what else.  Well it was time to clean it.  Normally I have to pull out the big stuff like ammonia or Mr Clean Magic Erasers to get this off the wall, and then it still usually leaves a bit of gray stain.  With EcoFresh, I sprayed, left it for about 10-15 seconds, then wiped it with a dry cloth.  NO SCRUBBING!  Seriously it shocked me.  Today I'll be trying it out on my white chairs (don't ask why we bought white chairs with toddlers in the house, I don't know!).

Dsiclaimer: I won these products.  I was not asked to review them.  I just really enjoyed them and wanted to share the product with you my readers!  

Monday, February 7, 2011


What a great time I  had with the Handmade with Love Giveaway! So many of you entered, I wish I had more prizes to giveaway.  I guess I'll just have to do more giveaways now!  So let's get on with it, thanks to the help of my 2 sweet children, we have 2 winners.
The Winner of the Yellow Outdoor Pillows is
Kelly's Lucky You!
I hope you enjoy these Canvas pillows.  I'd love to see pictures of where you use them!

The winner of the Princess Headbands (incase you didn't figure it out, because I forgot to mention it, these were inspired by Cinderella and Belle) is
I hope you enjoy the headbands!

Emails have been sent.  The winners now have 48 hours to respond.  If I don't get a response, new winners will be chosen.  Thanks again for entering the Handmade with Love Giveaway with prizes from the Familyroom.

We'd love to see you all around Home Maid Simple leaving lots of comments and advice (I really love advice!).