Tuesday, November 11

Seasonal Scents: Dish Soap, Hand Soap, All-purpose cleaners

Does anyone else get excited about the new or old holiday seasonal scents that start coming to your local Target or inbox? Every year I get excited to see what will come out as a new favorite or will we be settling in with the old. Some of my favorites are Winter Forest, Forest Pine, Iowa Pine, Frosted Fir, Noel, Spiced Chestnut.
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Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day choose Iowa Pine and Cranberry, for it's countertop sprays, scented candles, and pre-packaged gift sets.

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Williams-Sonoma has THE best fall scent on the market today, hands down. Their Spiced Chestnut is a great combination of well, spice and chestnut with hints of orange, wood, and pumpkin pie. We use it in candle and dish soap form starting around Halloween all the way through Thanksgiving. I am also a fan of their Winter Forest scent for dish soap and hand wash. It is a bit strong for hand lotion so I shy away, but you may love it!

If you're a fan of Method cleaning products, you'll find three collections in its holiday assortment this year. I personally like the gel hand wash, and all-purpose cleaner in Hollyberry. For outdoor lovers, the Frosted Fir and Mistletoe bring one of the closest smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree into your bathroom or kitchen. In addition to the fabulous scents, another cool feature is Method's innovative pump dispenser for its liquid dish soap. I find it especially neat and convenient to use.

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Finally, if you can't get enough of the fresh outdoors, check out the Frasier Fir collection from Thymes. It's a perennial favorite and the packaging is so subtle and attractive you'll want to leave it out on your counter for all to see. Happy Cleaning!

Sunday, September 15

Our kindergartner

I cannot believe our eldest is already starting kindergarten. I actually thought it would be more emotional for me, just a few tears were shed, by us, not her. She was so brave and confident. When we walked in to drop her off in the classroom, she just found her way and said "bye mommy and daddy. That's when her mom grabbed one of the new tissue boxes we were bringing for the class, ripped it open and used three just to stop the tears. BOTH adorable.

Saturday, September 14

#Laterphoto: Wren Scouting out a place to raise babies.

Scouting out homes #wren by dhgatsby
Scouting out homes #wren, a photo by dhgatsby on Flickr.
A few years ago we were grocery shopping at Whole Foods and stumbled upon this cute little green, handmade, birdhouse. I liked it more aesthetically than functionally so just hung it out under a tree - as you see here.

Two years go by and no activity and I thought, well, the birds like it for form over function as well. But then this year we had action! A LOT of action. I saw this guy peek his head out of the tiny hole and squaking like mad.

I thought I would do some more research and found out that wrens come in, check out a potential house, build a big nest of sticks and fabric and stuff....but then bail for another more suitable adobe if it is not perfect.

 Well, my neighbors must have proved perfect because they won the house of the summer and had a house full of baby wrens. I love birds.
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