How & Why We Use Norwex Products

I do not sell Norwex products and I do not own massive amounts of Norwex stock. No, the unbridled enthusiasm you are about to witness for these products is as authentic as it is *ahem* a little over the top. But I can’t help myself. Norwex has changed my life, and I would marry it and do it’s laundry and make it a Sunday afternoon pot roast each week if I could. Norwex, I love you! I looooove you!

But for reals, people, this stuff is legit.

This is another reader request post. I was excited when my IG friend, Ali, asked me to share my thoughts on Norwex products. Ali, after this post, might be less excited, as my excitement borders on obsession. You’ve all been warned.

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I was introduced to Norwex shortly after Oliver, our middle child, was born. My mom asked me to host a party, with the incentive that she’d split the hostess rewards with me. I said sure, why not, because free stuff is, well, you know, free. It’s hard to pass up.

I wouldn’t say I was “excited” about the product, mostly just intrigued.

As someone who borders on crunchy hippie girl, I do most things as natural as possible. I’m skeptical of anything that comes prepackaged and sold in the big box stores. This doesn’t make me unique, I know, just rather a little hard to please. I realized though, that my cleaning routine was a far cry from natural. I made quite a few of my cleaning products at the time, but I held hard and fast to my skin searing bottles of Clorox products to clean the kitchen. You know, because of germs.

So my ears had perked up during the Norwex party when our host said that the silver in the rags would kill more germs than any other cleaning product on the market, all natural or otherwise. She demonstrated this point by smearing raw chicken allllll over this vegetarian’s counter tops. She dusted the trail of chicken goo with a powder and then shone a black light on top to reveal all the nasty bacteria left behind. Gag.

Then, she took a few products to “clean” up the counter. She wiped one area with Clorox wipes. She cleaned another area with Method’s multi purpose spray. And then she did a single wipe in another area with a Norwex Enviro cloth. More powder was sprinkled on top, and again, out came the black light. There was an incredible amount of bacteria left by the Clorox wipes. Like, an incredible amount. The area cleaned with the Method spray was a little better, but still, the germs were kind of smeared around and not completely eliminated in spots. The area wiped by the Norwex rag, however, was spotless. Spot – less.

Still, this seemed too good to be true, right?

Oliver is now three, so I’ve been using my Norwex products weekly for about three years. Slowly but surly, my skepticism turned to  amazement, and then my amazement turned to belief. All the old bottles of cleaners that I had held on to at first to just “make sure” things were really clean have long since been thrown in the trash. The biggest thing that convinced me of these products is how everything feels when you use the rags. Things just feel squeaky clean. And the smell! This is the craziest part for me.

I know a lot of people don’t want to give up their cleaning products because it is the smell that tells them (and their hubby, lol), that they’ve cleaned. But really, it’s the smell that signals just how toxic most of this stuff really is. As a long time user of Norwex products, I can tell my house is clean as a pin, not because things smell pine fresh or like a tropical breeze, but when there is absolutely no small at all! Seriously, Norwex products have a way of almost clearing up the very air. It’s magic. Especially when you consider that I have three VERY smelly children. No smell is the surest sign of cleanliness.

For this reason, I prefer cleaning with Norwex even over using essential oils. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making your own natural cleaners and adding a few drops of EO for good measure, but I love that I can clean my entire house with just my Norwex rags and mop, and then keep my EO for diffusing, making body products, and for topical use (for health). Again, that is just personal preference.

I also love that, thanks to Nowex, we are a soap free house. That’s right! Soap, free. No soap at the kitchen or bathroom sink because we don’t need it. Our Norwex rags do a safer and more efficient job of killing germs on our hands and on my countertops. Now, my husband and I do still use an all natural body soap in the shower that our friend makes, mostly just because we want to. But that’s totally optional. We wouldn’t have to do that if we didn’t’ want to.

So what Norwex products do I use and love?

body rags

I use the body rags to wash my face. I am a big believer in the oil cleansing method for washing my face, but I don’t need to do that every night. Most nights of the week, I simply use my body cloth, which has the same antibacterial/antiviral silver in it as the Enviro rag. This rag is also used to wipe down the kids.

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enviro cloth/window cloth

How do I clean my house? With these two rags. Did you catch that?

these. two. rags.

That’s IT.

No bottles of chemicals. No harsh cleaners that tell us a room is “clean” by the burning of our nostrils. No more changing into clothes that I don’t mind getting ruined by bleach stains.

Just two little ol magic rags that I clean my house from top to bottom, each and every room – including the bathroom.

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Let It Linger

Two weeks ago, I shared why I’m not a fan of the whole “Don’t just survive, THRIVE!” concept. The distance between surviving and thriving seems so…well…overwhelming sometimes. They are both such extremes! Honestly, I’m less worried about thriving and more concerned with savoring. Am I savoring my life? Am I thoughtfully and intentionally enjoying the good things of life? This thought seemed to resonate with a lot of you, too.

Today, I have a follow up thought to the savoring philosophy. I believe that before we can learn to savor our life, we must first master the fine art, of lingering.

Let me explain.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “power through” mentality. It’s easy to let our responsibilities or our drive to accomplish  to push us on, on, on. It’s easy to get bogged down in the, “there is always more to do,” frame of mind. It’s easy to put a to-do list above a relationship. Whether you are a housewife, a CEO, or just a human being, we are always geared up to move on to what is next.

What if we chose, instead, to linger?

What if we chose to pause after checking off the “sweep house” item on our to-do list, to look around, and take in a job well done?

What if we chose to pause after that last drop of coffee is gone, to simply sit in the silence of an empty cup?

What if we sat in our car with the engine turned off and allowed the song to finish playing through it’s final notes?

What if we complete our project – the one that’s been consuming us for days, weeks, years – and allow the satisfaction to wash over us and settle into our bones and exhale a deep breath of release before instantly thinking about the next thing to accomplish?

What if we allowed the last words of conversation with a lover or friend to float away into the atmosphere, and embrace the comfortable silence that says, “I’m here, and that is enough”?

What if before rushing out of the kid’s rooms at night, ready to tackle the kitchen or our latest book, we turned for one last look?

What if we traded the easy and obvious satisfaction of a clean countertop for the messier, more subtle satisfaction of getting down on the floor to play with our kids?

What if we allowed ourselves to lie in bed for a few extra minutes, holding tight to our loved one, knowing that nothing really matters as much as the person resting beside you?

What if we measured the success of our days, not by how much we accomplish, but by how much we savor?

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What if we set aside our projects and our duties and our to-do lists for just a bit longer to stay in the moments that add more meaning to our life than any accomplishment could ever hope to add…and let it linger.

My Top Five Guilty Pleasures

I am not a cold weather person. I don’t like temperatures below 65 degrees. I live for days above 80. Hot and humid? Even better. Give me my running shoes so I can go for a run and feel alive in heat and the sun.

Ohio, is gray and cold right now and I’m SO OVER IT. Ehh. Guys. It’s really getting to me. So, in an effort to, you know, be chipper and add a little pep to my step, I thought I’d share my top five guilty pleasures that I enjoy. And then I’m probably going to go enjoy all five of them because, seriously, THIS WEATHER IS STEALING MY SOUL. (Not prone to the melodramatic side of life at all.)

  1. A bath. This is probably my go-to guilty pleasure. I love a good book, some soaking salts mixed with yummy smelling essential oils, and a hot steamy bath. It’s such a great way for me to relax, recharge, and shift my mental state out of a funk. Plus, it helps me fall asleep quicker at night, which means I wake up feeling more rested the next morning. Win, win! I probably take a late night bath about once a week.
  2.  Thrifting. I’m not much of an impulse shopper or shop-as-a-pick-me-up, kinda shopper. My husband and I got married very young which meant we were also very broke, which means we didn’t have the luxury to shop when we were stressed. However, I love to take a few dollars from my coffee money and instead hit up a thrift store to see what sort of treasures I can find for cheap. I always try to find something that is both pretty and useful, a combination that instantly makes me happy!
  3. A nap. I know lots of people who get a ton of stuff done while their kids nap during the day. That is so awesome! Yay, you guys. I genuinely admire those people. I’m, *cough, cough*, nooooot one of those people. I probably nap when my kids nap right around 5 out of seven days of the week. So…yeah. Even though Theo doesn’t nap, he has a mandatory quiet time each day that keeps the mommy sane since we spend so much time together. He has a list of things he is allowed to do during this time, and for the most part, I’m able to sneak in a nap on the sofa while the little ones sleep in their rooms and Theo reads/does yoga/colors in the living room. Naps are life giving, LIFE GIVING. I love them so.
  4. Cheese. I don’t love desserts. I mean, there are desserts that I enjoy for sure. But if you said to me, “I’m sorry, but you can’t ever have another dessert in your life,” I would find that weird and want to know why, but it wouldn’t bother me. I love cheese. I love FINE cheeses. The weirder the better. Got a fun cracker to put that cheese on? Even better. Got a crazy spread to go on the cracker with that cheese? Oh momma. Sold.
  5. Coffee dates with friends. My coffee dates with my friends, whether they be out at a cute local spot or enjoyed in one of our kitchens, are almost not a guilty pleasure at all and just plain one of life’s greatest pleasures, but I think it also qualifies here. I spend a lot of time working with and for my family, and I enjoy doing this so much. It is my privilege and honor, and I GET TO do the things that I do for them. But every other week or so, I make sure to schedule a coffee date with a friend. The combination of coffee + friendship + no children is magic, PURE MAGIC. It refreshes me. It inspires me. And I truly believe it makes me a better person. The “guilty pleasure” part comes into play when I spend five hours on these coffee dates. Thank goodness for a 24-hour Starbucks and a husband who is happy to go to bed without me when he sees that I’m still not back at 11 PM. God bless him, and God bless coffee, and God bless friendship.

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How My Husband And I Are Working To Understand Each Other Better

This past Friday, my husband and I went on a date to one of our favorite little places in town. It’s cozy and quiet and you can get delicious Greek food in a setting that someone from any of the past fifty decades could recognize. It’s kinda my favorite. Oh, and they put so much cheese on their pizza that it’s physically heavy to lift. Also my favorite.

I ordered a pizza for obvious reasons and he ordered a pita. In between big bites of cheesey carby goodness, we worked through a book my friend, Jana, loaned me: The Enneagram Made EasyProcessed with VSCO with a4 preset

The Enneagram is method for understanding personality types. According to the Enneagram, there are nine types of people. The Enneagram is kind of like any other personality finder/test that you might have experienced in the past, with a few major exceptions.

One, it’s super accessible and easy to understand. It doesn’t take long to figure out your personality type and “wings” (how your personality may be influenced by other types).

Two, the Enneagram doesn’t just tell you your personality type, it tells you how this personality type reveals itself in your career, your free time, your relationships (kids, spouse, and friends), and your emotions.

Three, and this is a big one, the Enneagram doesn’t just tell you your strengths, it also tells you how you will struggle based on your personality type. This was huge for me. I couldn’t believe that so many of the things I was good at or struggled with wasn’t because of who I am as an individual, but because of my personality type which millions of other people share. For some reason, this was oddly reassuring. I’m not just crazy, I’m a FIVE! (More on that later.) Continue reading

Surviving, Thriving, and What I’m Doing Instead

Monday, I had an astonishingly hard day with my kids. It was a truly bad day, the likes of which I haven’t seen or felt in a long, long time.

Yesterday (Wednesday), still reeling from their behavior and processing my own part in the BAD DAY, I decided to plan a little outing, just for fun. Just because we needed a break. We needed some fresh air. We needed some perspective.

We drove to Tractor Supply Company and watched baby chicks and ducklings. We went up the street to buy doughnuts. I loaded everyone back into the van and drove to an empty portion of the grocery store parking lot and parked in a sunny spot. I ate sushi while Bea took a nap and the boys watch a movie.  Continue reading

How I Use Essential Oils

I want to thank my friend Ali for suggesting the topic for today’s post. Thanks Ali!

I also wanted to say, by way of a disclaimer, that I don’t sell essential oils, I’m not an expert by any means, and I’m new to using them within the past year. With that being said, I know oil brands are hotly contested and people tend to defend them like family. So please, if you have a brand that you love like a brother, just remember that I don’t, and I’m not trying to step on any toes. Ok, now…on to essential oils!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in healing the body naturally. I believe our bodies are incredible and there are quite a few things we can do naturally to keep them healthy and heal them when they are sick. I’ve talked about my natural methods of keeping sinus infections at bay in the past, feeling better when the cold and flu strikes, and how I was able to get a negative Group B result during my last pregnancy. I believe medicine has it’s time and place, but I generally feel that modern medicine doesn’t always do a good job of valuing preventative measures, of which there are plenty of natural methods. I always want to understand the why behind my sickness, and then heal that. Too often, I feel that my symptoms are just masked and the root caused never discovered, which to me, isn’t true healing. But I digress…

Wow, how did I get on this topic? Oh yes. Essential oils.

So I started with essential oils like everyone else: I bought a diffuser. I bought the one that Amazon told me to buy, and ordered a pack of oils from a company that offered the perfect blend of affordability and reliable (as far as I can tell) information on their product’s quality.

And this brings me to my main point about oils.

Even if I could afford to make a one time purchase from the top two essential oil brands, I could never, ever afford to maintain future purchases. As it currently stands, all my essential oil purchases come out of my grocery budget, so no, I can’t spend $30 a bottle because that is equal to like an entire aisle at Aldi. You could tell me every possible benefit of purchasing from the most popular companies, and it wouldn’t matter. The budget is, what it is.

But also…

I’m always leery of companies that claim you have to purchase from them because they are THE best and you simply can’t trust anyone else or you will basically be making the worst mistake of your life. I view essential oils the same way I do vitamins:

a) the FDA doesn’t approve of them so you already know that you are on to a good thing. (I TOLD you I’m contrary.)

b) Just because something isn’t top of the line doesn’t mean it can’t add value to your life. Could I be convinced that the top two companies are more pure than others? Absolutely. But I have also done quite a bit of reading on other companies that are trying to provide great products at great prices, with lots of information at consumer’s fingertips so they can verify claims. I’m not going to buy the Dollar Tree essential oils that are supposed to be for a reed diffuser and put them on my face. But I have found some great, moderately priced brands, that I do use and love.

(Also, side note, I read that it is INCREDIBLY expensive to get the little label on bottles that says the oils are safe for ingestion. Most brands don’t have the funds to pay for this kind of labeling, so they just leave it off and say that it’s not intended for ingestion. I’ve found in my research of vitamins and oils that often times, the big main gatekeepers of all these labeling laws keep natural players at bay by these pricey requirements. So, it’s not always that they “aren’t safe,” so much as the companies can’t afford the same kind of requirements as say, Kraft. I know Kraft isn’t in the essential oil game, I’m just trying to make a point that just because it’s certifiable in it’s field doesn’t mean it’s good for you, and vice versa.)

So, to summarize, I don’t buy the most expensive brands of oils just like I don’t buy the most expensive brands of vitamins. I can’t. But there are other solid brands out there and I think that anything you can do to take care of your health in a more natrual way is always a step in the right direction.

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So, what brand do I use? I love Rocky Mountain Oils. I love how much information about their products is on their site. I love that each bottle comes with little indicators that show you how they can be used (topically, diffuse, etc.). I love their price point. They aren’t the least expensive, but they are far from the most. I’ve ready a lot of other blog posts where the blogger will order one oil from 10 different brands, and time and time again Rocky Mountain came out on top.

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How do I use essential oils?

-It started when I began making my own deodorant. I bought all my ingredients for the deodorant, including my oils, from Mountain Rose Herbs. I read that palmarosa is antiviral, aids in skin regeneration, and can balance your oil production. I love making my own deodorant so much, and I’ve enjoyed blending in essential oils for both the great effects they have on my body and their fantastic smells.

– I do a lot of diffusing. I’ve always been a big fan of burning incense, but I love that diffusing oils is not only a great way to absorb the benefits, but it is also a safer because nothing needs to be lit.

-I use several oils in my neti pot. I use a neti pot, no joke, two times a day at least. You guys, my sinus issues are severe, and they make my life miserable some times. Oh well. But oils…I always use 1/4 tsp of sea salt and baking soda in every rinse, and sometimes I add a drop each of lavender and peppermint. If things are really stuffy, I’ll use Rocky Mountain’s Breath oil instead. This feels a little weird admitting, but I have put a TON of things up my sinuses in the hopes of kicking/preventing a sinus infection. So far, the only thing that both helps AND doesn’t burn like a mother is – you guessed it – essential oils.

-I bought myrtle oil recently from RM and I’ve LOVED this oil so much. I diffuse it for it’s soothing effects on your nerves (hellllllow myrtle, please be my best friend). I add a few drops of myrtle oil to my 1 C of epsom salts and 1/4 C baking soda to creating a soothing bath mix that is great for lady problems. I also plan to start adding it to my skincare routine because this oil is ALSO great for the skin? Is there nothing myrtle can’t do? I tell ya…(I plan to add it to my next batch of homemade deodorant, too.)

-I went to a take-and-make party at my friend’s house and she had all kinds of wonderful skin and body care recipes available to us, along with all the ingredients we would need, including all her Young Living oils. I had SO much fun at her party, and came away with rollers full of fractioned coconut oil and YL oils for a variety of issues : a tummy roller for the kids, a wellness roller, and my favorite, a “happy momma” roller. We also used unrefined coconut oil to make other blends that could be massaged on skin. I made a “happy baby” blend for Bea and a “breath cream” for the kids. Those recipes are all over pinterest if you are interested!

-This winter, I took my friend Sara’s advice and started mixing oregano oil with coconut oil and rubbing it on my feet before bedtime when I feel like I’m coming down with something. I honestly believe it has helped me fight off illness and bounce back quicker!

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So, these are just a few of the ways I use essential oils. Like I said, I’m still relatively new to this whole world, but I’ve really enjoyed using them and I believe in their benefits. I’ll link to a few articles that I’ve read on my oil journey.

What about you? Do you use essential oils? How do you use them? Feel free to link up to recipes you use and enjoy to share with the rest of us! And again, I  hope this was a fun and informative post for you, regardless of where you are on the oil spectrum. I love that people have brands they love, and it’s fun when they share their love with others. I think there is room for everyone to share their tips and preferences with everyone without dogging on someone else’s opinion or favorite brand.

What’s that the kids are saying these days? Positive vibes only! (wink)

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a few (possibly) helpful link:

a great list of what carrier oils are and how to choose one: here

my favorite detox bath recipe: here

a great list of oils for sinus infections (at the bottom): here

a helpful graphic to explain how and where to use oils topically: here

recipe for a Whipped Sleepy Time Rub that is great for kids (and you too!): here

an important dilution guide to read before you use oils on your skin: here

We Did This. We Built Busy

I do this thing where I will emphatically, without any doubt in my mind, come to a decision. Done. Decided. Good to go.

But then, as I’m in conversation with others and start to feel a hint of either disapproval or maybe even just differing viewpoint on the subject, I start to doubt. This of course leads me to obsessively attempting to explain myself. I start to feel crazy at the thought that the other person doesn’t agree, because does that mean I’ve made a mistake? I believe what I believe so strongly! What does it say about me if what I believe so strongly isn’t reflected in the beliefs of the people I so admire?

I tailspin from there.

I’m just being honest with you. I don’t know why I feel the need to preface today’s post with this little caveat, I just do. Maybe it’s because I process my thoughts through my writing, and I’m really trying to get to the other side of this annoying little habit of mine. Because really, it’s super annoying.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with defending my beliefs on busyness.

Here’s the thing. The pull of my heart has been away from busyness and towards a life of hard work and meaning. I’m starting to understand that most of us confuse hard work with busyness. We think we are achieving so much by our busyness, yet simultaneously making ourselves and everyone else around us miserable in the pursuit of busyness.

You might say, “But I don’t pursue busyness, it just happens. Life is just busy!”

Bull crap. Cancer happens. Loss of a loved one happens. Fertility struggles happen. Busyness doesn’t just happen, we choose it. We choose it by not choosing the alternative. We choosing it by not asking ourselves if there is an alternative. We choose it by allowing others to dictate to us what is important. We build a cage of our own making, and then flail against it’s bars bemoaning the loss of our freedom and our happiness, never once stopping to notice the tools that built the cage which are still in our very own hands.

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Five Things

1. Yesterday the kids and I met up with friends and we explored a local bog. Who knew we had a local bog? I sure didn’t. But it was so fun. The sun was out, the kids were crazy about the mud, and it was yet another reminder of all the amazing things this life has to offer.

2. Last week at the library, I picked up a new cookbook: Eat Like A Gilmore, The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson. This cookbook is so much fun. The author catalogues many of the dishes mentioned on the show and tailors the recipes to who made it. Sookie’s are from scratch, Luke’s are quick and easy, and Emily’s are fancy. I’ve enjoyed reading through this book as each recipe shares a little recap of the episode the dish was mentioned in. And yes, I’ve cooked from it too!

3. In other Gilmore Girl news, I started listening to the Gilmore Guys’ podcast and it makes me so happy. They start out as just two guys having a conversation about each episode (you heard me, each), but they eventually start to gain traction and begin including actual cast and crew. Yes, there is an episode with Milo Ventimiglia. I haven’t listened to it yet but holy cow, I can’t wait. Most recently I listened to the episode where they interview Sam Phillips and Helen Pai and discuss the music of Gilmore Girls. It’s so fun, I learned so much, and I came away with an even greater appreciation for the genius behind the show. Check it out. (It’s right between episode 306 and 307 – I guess interviews aren’t part of the serial.)

4. Thing I’m currently mulling over: Are we all just making it all way, waaaay too complicated? Also, why are we all so afraid to just do the things our heart is asking us to do? And can we just agree that the Buzz Feed quizzes that have you answer a few questions to guess your age are sometimes just the encouragement you need? Why THANK you Buzz Feed for guessing my age to be 22 based on the random things I said I liked.  Continue reading

Two Important Things I’m Trying To Do For My Kids Right Now

I want to be careful in how I deliver today’s post. I know we all have our own opinions on what makes a “good mom,” and sure, we can be pretty critical of both ourselves and others on this subject. I have to be honest, though. I truly believe that even the worst of the “worst” moms have a heart for their kids. I’ve just seen too many people facing too many big things that, well, for lack of a better way of saying it, kind of get in the way. It’s not that their heart is bad, or that their heart isn’t for their kids, but that life can get really complicated and really messy really fast. So I don’t want to deliver today’s post in a way that either a) makes you feel like there is one more thing you need to work on or, b) causes you to feel critical of other moms. If you are a mom, like me, then we are all in the same boat. It’s all hard. We are all trying our best. Some of us mess up super publicly in big ways, while others of us mess up privately in smaller ways. It’s all the same, folks. We are imperfect people, parenting imperfect people, in imperfect ways. So grace all around.

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With that being said, I have two things I wanted to share with you that I’ve been attempting to do on the regular. They are small things that I believe will have a big impact in my kids’ lives.

I’m not sharing these new practices with you to beat you up or make you feel like you need to do more. I’m not sharing them with you to make you feel like I’m doing such a good job as a mom. I just really get the fact that this parenting gig is hard, and I’m acutely aware of my faults, and I needed a few, simple, practical ways to try and do better.

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A Quick Kitchen Refresh Project

Many of you know my love-hate relationship with my kitchen. I love to cook. I love to have my family and friends gathered together in the kitchen, cooking and laughing and enjoying each other’s company. But my kitchen. You guys. It drives me CRAZY.

Everything in it is custom fit/made, so you can’t just change one thing without necessitating a total overhaul. Our fridge is way too small for a family of five, but we are limited to the custom spot that the previous owners designated for the fridge. My tile floor is freezing cold and the cabinets, oh…the cabinets. I shudder at just the thought. They are SO UGLY. They have this horrible yellow-orange hue that makes me crazy, crazy I tell you!

Last week I had just put the two little kids down for a nap and I went to the kitchen to get something and I don’t know how to describe it other than to say something just, uhh, snapped. I had a mental and emotional break and suddenly, I HAD TO GET RID OF THOSE UGLY CUPBOARD DOORS.

I looked at them. I realized they were attached with just a few screws. I thought, “I can handle that.” So I went to the garage where Mike keeps his screwdrivers, found one I thought would work, and went after it.

I took down all the doors on one section of my cabinets where we store our dishes and a few pantry items. It instantly made the kitchen feel lighter, fresher, and more modern. I was happy to be able to display our pretty dishes, many of which are hand made by my super talented sister in law who is a potter. And I felt proud to yet again be making our living space more fun and functional – not by buying something – but by finding creative solutions to the things that bother me.  Continue reading