Last winter I packed up all of our hats and mittens put them in plastic bags and put them in the cellar.
Mistake number one, I put them in the cellar.
Mistake number two, the bags did not have a tight seal.
Unfortunate circumstance number one, we have a fieldstone basement.
Unfortunate circumstance number two, we got some pretty serious rain over the summer.
This brings me to October and the very weird New England weather. It was hot then cold then hot then cold, you get it. So off I went to the basement to get the hats and mittens.
And here’s the problem. The mistakes combined with the circumstances made them as stinky as all get out. Basement mildew moldy STANK.
I washed them and washed them and washed them. Hypoallergenic detergent, full on perfume detergent, special cloth diaper detergent, oxyclean, white vinegar. Everything.
So I took the internet, as you do. I find a couple of posts about vodka. Really? Vodka? Apparently the vodka kills the bacteria, but is basically odorless. Sure, why not.
Let’s do this!
So there you have it!
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup vodka
Saturate the stinky item
Let it dry
Wash as usual
I read it’s also really great for dry clean only clothes or stinky armpits on an otherwise clean shirt. Meaning if your clothes are actually dirty the vodka won’t help. Unless you drink it then they won’t look so dirty after a while.
I am sure there are a 100 posts about this on Pinterest. But I’m not even going to check. I’m just going to post this for you here because I think it’s so stinkin’ cute.
Olaf from Disney’s Frozen made out of pumpkins for Halloween!
I will NEVER do this this but I hope some of you crafty mamas out there do! I can’t take credit for this. Some crafty person at the Red Fox Bar & Grille in NH made this. We saw it when we visited this weekend. I had to share.
What you’ll need:
black paint of black marker
Go! Make it please? And then show me on Facebook! I’d LOVE to see it.
My messy house happened fast and it’s going to take a long time to pick up this I know for sure.
School starts on Tuesday that that stuff needs to be done before the picking up of the mess.
OR maybe I need to pick up first so I’m more organized. I don’t know.
All I know is I need help and I’m clearly not going to get any!
I recorded this on Wednesday which in my post vacation stupor I thought was Monday. So now it’s Friday and the house is not clean “by the end of the week” like I said it would be because DUH my brain thinks it’s now Wednesday.
It’s okay I’ll have it clean soon :-) Just keepin’ it real for the internet y’all.
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The extra money in this house doesn’t go to decorating. It’s a sad story I know. It’s pretty low on the list. Extra money goes to organic food, kid activities, travel, home improvement, and then, maybe, decorating.
My husband is an architect so he has pretty specific ideas about how our house should look and how we should decorate. And of course so do I. One of our biggest fights ever was over paint color. In my defense I was 8 months pregnant, so clearly I WAS RIGHT. Right?
So when I get a little mad money the easiest way I know to freshen the look of the house is with accessories like rugs and pillows. I love a good throw pillow!
I found this pillow on one of my favorite everything home websites, Wayfair.com. Recently, they launched a new feature called Wayfair Daily Deals. Each day there are new collections filled with items that are available on sale, but only for 72 hours. There are collections for furniture, rugs, office, patio, kitchen, kids, and more. You get an email in your inbox and you poke around for a bit and find some awesome stuff like this: