Wow, talk about zero crazy Winter storms, and then BAM… Summer is here!
We like to spruce up our deck early in the season so when the warm weather does hit, we are ready for some good ol morning coffee, game nights while the sun is setting and grilling out on a weekly basis. Let’s just say, a little bit of a refresh can make a big difference!
Here is what we did!
1. Touched up with some paint
A little bit of paint did the trick! We have been using Behr’s DeckOver, and we are pleased. Our deck honestly needs to be replaced, due to weak boards. But Behr’s DeckOver is thick and does the trick until we do replace. And I repeat, that paint is like mud so be prepared when you go to apply, but that’s why we love it! Besides touching up the deck, we brought out the black exterior paint and touched up the deck arbor. It looked good as new with a couple swipes of paint!
2. Replaced chair cushions
We purchased our dining patio set (including cushions) about 4 years ago, and you can tell it has ware and tare including the cushions. It was time to swap them out for some new and bright ones. let me tell ya, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! I saw anywhere from (for a mid-moderate good quality) $30+ for 1 cushion – not a set! Sets were starting at about $49+. I searched and searched, I wanted a light grey color, and a cushion where the bottom and backing were attached (making one full piece), plus it needed ties. No more Velcro! Why do I say that? Velcro was a goner in probably a span of 2 years of use.
We found these Mid back dining chair cushions through Home Depot, and we love them!!!!!!!!! Here are only a couple reasons why we love these:
- Super affordable ( $29.98 per set)
- light grey solid color
- UV resistant- fade resistant
- Ties to attach to chair
- Dry quickly after getting wet
- Form has kept with use they have gotten since we purchased them .
3. New pretty pillows
When you update your cushions I mean you need to update your pillows as well! Opalhouse line at Target hit the jackpot with these black and white throw pillows
The ivory and black are out of stock but they also were through the Opalhouse line at Target.
Our neutral pillows added some texture to our cushions!
4. Updated to a new and bright area rug
As much as I loved the pop of green on our previous area rug, the more time I spend changing my style of decor and color scheme, I’m a neutral kinda girl. So I was ready to sell the palm tree rug and swap it out for a clean, simple neutral one. Target is my go to for these kind of things, and sure enough the project 62 line did not disappoint.
Once my eyes laid on this rug I knew I needed to bring it home with me. Ava and Tucker approved as soon as it was layed down 🙂
5. Added some new clay flower pots
There is a local green house, called Frey’s and they sell some pretty cool stuff! Not only an abundance of beautiful flowers, but pots galore! I could honestly buy everything, it’s dangerous! So I encourage you to have a list of what you need and try to stick to that…. Haha that won’t happen once you step foot into a greenhouse!
I love that these pots are handmade and I love how all three go so well together!
So friends it doesn’t take much to turn a plain, blah space into something magnificent! You don’t need to do as much as what we did. The biggest thing that I think for any space that will completely change the feel and mood of a space, is paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So of your on a tight budget, that is my recommendation for you to do first!
Thanks for reading, I am gunna go and enjoy my cozy deck now:)
We previously purchased a Bissel deep cleaning unit, and although it did the job, we needed something better that got deeper into the carpet. We have the original carpets still in our home from moving in, and they needed some TLC until we replace them. We are replacing some carpet with flooring, but we are planning to keep the upstairs carpeted, so we thought it was smart to keep one on hand.
Besides having the original carpet in our home, we not only love hosting people in our home, but we have 2 adorable shihtzus. So everything combined makes for daily wear & tear on our carpets. Once our Bissel took a dump, we kinda just brushed it off and didn’t do anything about it. Well it was time to get another, we did some research and so Peter and I went with the Hoover! Although we have not used it more than just a few times (so we can’t give a full review on it), the few times we have used it we have been very pleased.
Here are some highlights:
- Automatic Detergent Mixing system- Provides the correct mixture of cleaning product and water to ensure better outcome
- Wash/Rinse selector
- Dual Tank system – This separates clean and dirty water so you can easily fill, empty and rinse
- Carpets dry fast
- Exclusive spin scrub technology
- Cleans more than just your floor!
- Spin scrub hand tool – Having rotating brushes it helps to provide the scrubbing action that some spots may need to remove those hard stains.
- Accessory Hose – Attaches to the cleaner to allow more extension for cleaning.
- Stair tool – 2 built in rows of brushes to help provide getting in those creases and small areas on your stairs.
- Upholstery tool – Made specifically for your furniture, brushes are soft and piece is plastic to ensure no damage to the material.
- Crevice tool – Great for around those baseboards and hard reaching areas.
- Mesh Tool Storage Bag
Please see this link which will not only show you the product, but also look at the manufacture’s instruction booklet.
So you ask, why did you go specifically go with this product? Let me share.
Before purchasing another carpet cleaner there were specific things we were looking for. Such as: price point, lightweight, tools that come with it, a deep cleaning focus, something that will not leave our carpets soaking wet (like the previous product we had) and the durability of the cleaner. And so far this deep cleaning carpet cleaner has met those needs!
Thank you for reading!
I’m going to share with you a simple weekly cleaning routine that will help you say on top of housework. My simple cleaning routine consists of setting one day a week aside that I tackle the more involved cleaning, then I tackle the rest within 30 minutes each day with no problem!
AND… then my deep spring cleaning routine that jump starts my Spring and Summer! Who doesn’t want to start out their spring and summer with a squeaky clean house?! Cleaning doesn’t have to be complicated, and can even be enjoyed.
Here’s what I do on a day to day basis:
- Make the bed
- Unload the dishwasher
- Wipe the counters
- Clean out the coffee maker after each use
- Laundry when needed
- Clean up after dinner
- Load and run the dishwasher
- Vacuum/sweep if needed
- Sort mail received that day
More involved cleaning I tackle in one day during the week:
- Sweep, vacuum and mop floors
- Windexing (windows, mirrors, and appliances)
- Gathering hand towels, dishcloths, towels, bedding and put through the laundry
DEEP CLEANING checklist:
- Wash baseboards, door ceilings, window sills, doors and walls
- Vacuum and wash vents
- Wash window treatments (drapes etc.)
- Dust blinds
- Wash windows inside and out
- Dust overhead lights- replace burnt out light bulbs
- Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and lamp shades
- Pull out your appliances and clean behind
- Clean refrigerator (I clean way more than once a year)
- Cleaning and reorganizing Kitchen cabinets
- Wash all throw pillows and blankets
- Wash/replace shower liners (these get nasty quick)
- Flip mattress
- Purge anything you haven’t used in so long, or no longer need
- Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Moving furniture and cleaning behind, and under cushions
Remember your routine needs to work for you, don’t let it not work because of an excuse! Keeping a clean home is important for your health, family’s health, and it pleases the Lord when you are a good steward of the things God has given to you.
Taking care of your home is taking care of yourself also!
After a messy previous relationship, I was done with online dating. I felt I was never going to meet the man of my dreams, a man that I have prayed for every single day. While I thought I deleted my account because of being in that previous relationship, apparently I did not. Towards the end of my last relationship, I kept getting reminded that with a notification saying “you have a message from Peter”. I can’t tell you how many times I deleted the notification, I wanted nothing to do with it.
One late evening while resting, I again received the notification again, and I will not lie, I was about a half a click away from hitting the delete button with my mouse… UNTIL I heard a voice that said, “Brittany, do not do that, you need to look at this message.” So I read “Hey, hope your doing well! You don’t have much of a profile to go off, but from the bit that is here, ya seem like a quality girl. So have you always lived in the Lancaster area? Besides being in school, what else do you like to do in your spare time, or what do you care about most in life? Anyway, Happy Friday :)!
It was that simple short, sweet, and thoughtful message that started our life together! 🙂 We messaged each other back and forth from April 26th until May 15, 2013. And so, May 1st Peter officially gave me his phone number, May 2nd he starting adding me to his prayers, May 9th we met face to face at Issac’s in Ephrata, Let me tell ya I immediately had butterflies when I saw him walking up to me. Peter had a smooth bald head, freshly groomed facial hair, wearing a plaid shirt with some Nike sneakers. He showed off a beautiful big smile and pretty blue/green eyes:) Then May 12th we had our second date at Lost in Treasure mini golf. At the beginning of June (oops, we don’t remember exact date) we became boyfriend and girlfriend! 🙂
While my parents were talking about marrying Peter before I was that following fall, I knew this was the man I was going to marry. Just a couple months later, on Feb 9th, 2014 Peter got down on one knee during the snowfall and I said YES!!!!!!!!!! Six months later on August 2, 2014 I was walking down the isle in a beautiful white gown, marrying the man I have prayed for daily for so many years!
Well now that you know how we met and got married, I want to share just why I love him so so much!!
He is a faithful leader. Where I am weak he is strong, and vise versa. I am scatterbrained, easily get overwhelmed, I am not a math person (so I do not do the bills) He’s got all that covered. Peter is organized, and knows how to keep me in line when I am all over the place. While everyday is not perfect, He is strong and loving in every situation. He initiates. He initiates, prayer, devos, problem solving, communication to deal with conflict etc. He leads by example. He is a strong believer (Christ comes first), patient, has personal discipline, pure, kind, respectful, and loving. I thank God for my faithful leader.
He is adventurous. Ever since day one that we were united as one, I have wanted to travel (my parents weren’t big travelers) with him to places I have always wanted to travel. We have been to many cool places like, Europe, the Mid West, Hawaii, Maine and this summer we are going to Iceland!!! He is always up for spontaneous hikes, and picking up and exploring new places as weekend getaways. Whether it’s something he’s a little nervous of doing or hasn’t’ done it, he’s is willing to give it a try.
He is totally supportive in all my thoughts and dreams. Though he may think they aren’t always ideal, he’s constantly encouraging me to chase those visions and dreams. Now if there is something outrageous, I am thankful he is able to be open about that.
He always listens. Not only am I a worrier, but my brain constantly is thinking. There are times I know I am blabbing his ear off when he is trying to get stuff done. But he is just so sweet, by stopping what he is doing and giving his full attention. Though he may not have much to say sometimes depending on the the conversation, I love that he makes eye contact and want me to pour my heart out.
I LOVE that he can fix and/or build anything, and if he doesn’t know how, it’s just a click away from learning on youtube. He sees everything differently than I do. I usually feel I get myself into a mess whether it’s computer related or trying to place something I just bought. “Peter it isn’t working!”, “This won’t stay up”, “ugh I have tried so many times, I can’t do it.” He is right there to jump in and fix the problem so calmly. He sees that all it needs is some extra muscles, glue, an extra nail. If I vision it, he can build it- like our built ins, the new shelving in the master bathroom, our pretty kitchen table and bench, our desk and… well the list could go on. “Peter to the rescue!”
Here is a little snippet of how we really have gotten started on our home projects that have grown into bigger ones! While we were in the midst of wedding planning, Peter and I were house searching, and after only a few homes we fell in love with the 2nd one that we currently live in! Our saltbox home! It all started with applying gallons and gallons of paint, to switching out the ugly cream outlets to pretty white ones, switching out light fixtures, to pitching the old brown interior doors and adding the 6 pane doors and applying new paint to our kitchen cabinets. That was the simple way of sprucing up the house for the first couple years.
The first custom project that Peter completed was building a cabinet for our laundry room, then finished by repainting and adding shelving for more storage. Next after that was our kitchen table, you can see that see blog here. From there I think each project has gotten bigger and bigger, meaning more time consumption and the amount of effort being put in. We gave the kitchen a face lift that included: new sheets overlapping the old counter tops, adding air stone for the backslash, then adding new flooring to the downstairs, and both bathrooms, excluding the living room. Redoing our Master bath included, repainting the vanity, switching out the light fixture, replacing old sliding doors, to a beautiful bronze rod and a neutral shower curtain, redesigning and building the shelving storage closet, and reconstructing our built-in closet. Instead of paying a ton of $$$ for a bench to add more seating at our kitchen table, Peter built that in less than 4 hours! Lastly our back room was done, now that was the biggie! Talk about a transformation!!! See our beautiful project here. I would love to go into detail, but that would take all your time! So please check out the blog to see more! 🙂
Now that we have done many projects these past few years, we keep asking ourselves what can we do next??? And you may be asking what are they going to do next… I will be writing another blog on that!
While I know that I went ahead and used online dating as a way to meet my forever, it has changed so much since I personally have used it. It can be very dangerous. You ought to be very careful in how you present yourself on there, what info you give out, and when/where you would choose to meet. For example, all I put on my profile was my first name, my religious beliefs, my interests and what exactly I was looking for. If a message comes up without any text showing first, don’t open it, that is not good… If there is a man out there meant for, he will in a clean, and respectful way approach you with a short and sweet message.
Thanks for reading, I had so much fun writing this for y’all!