Archive: February, 2012

february photo a day challenge recap

Here is my review of this months February Photo a Day Challenge. You can find January’s recap here and my Instagram. So here they are:

instagram february photo a day challenge #FEBphotoaday

*your view today *words *hands *a stranger *10am *dinner *button

instagram february photo a day challenge #FEBphotoaday

*sun *front door *self portrait *makes you happy *inside your closet *blue *heart *phone

instagram february photo a day challenge  #FEBphotoaday

*something new *time *drink *something you hate to do *handwriting *a fave photo of you *where you work *your shoes

instagram february photo a day challenge  #FEBphotoaday

*inside your bathroom cabinet *green *night *something you ate *money *something you’re listening to

And this has officially become a monthly thing, fatmumslim has created a March photo a day challenge! I’ve already had a couple more friends jump on board for February and if you would like to join just follow the daily suggestions (below) and tag your images #MARCHphotoaday. I’m always looking for new friends to follow so if you have an Instagram just add your username in the comments :)

Also, I wanted to let you guys know about something new that I’m going to be involved in. Top Baby Blogs is basically a listing of blogs, the great thing about it is that it is a great way to make friends and find new blogs that I enjoy. The not so fun thing, you are given a rank by how many votes you get – so basically a little bit of a popularity contest. Because I’m such a new blog it would be great to be ranked and get some exposure for englexas. But I don’t want it to become a bother to people, I don’t want to spam you on facebook or constantly beg for votes so I’m posting this to let you know that I’m going to be putting the link to vote at the bottom of my posts and in the sidebar. I would LOVE it if you would vote – BUT I’m not going to beg you constantly to vote for us!

So here’s the link – I would really appreciate if you would click to vote for us:

Vote For Us @ TopBaby Blogs! The Best Baby Blog Directory

meyer’s all purpose cleaner and a warning!

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen my excitement over discovering Meyer’s All Purpose cleaner. I’ve been kinda obsessed over finding new and exciting ways to make my house clean…and smelling like basil! Well my findings have brought me a tip for you, well actually a warning!

It all started when I realized that Meyer’s Clean Day Surface Spray is $3.99 for 16 fl oz, but the Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner is $7.99 (I got it for $6.50 at my local health food store) for 32 fl oz. This is significant because to make a 16 oz spray bottle of spray from concentrate you only need to add 3 Tablespoons of All Purpose Cleaner to water – this saves SO much money!!

I have been using this solution as a countertop spray, floor cleaner*, bathroom cleaner, I even used it to clean a mirror (pregnancy = too lazy to go downstairs and get the windex!) and it totally worked like a charm!

Meyer's Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner

A few weeks ago I found a tip about cleaning your microwave on Pinterest. I would totally give credit, but I didn’t even repin it! I just remember it saying something about easily cleaning your microwave by putting a bowl with water and vinegar in the microwave for 5 mins and the steam would release the stains so you could clean it easily. Well, it did work great but I wasn’t really diggin’ the vinegar smell in my kitchen so last night I decided to try putting a few tsp. of Meyer’s All Purpose Cleaner in the water and try it (without the vinegar). I figured that since it was a cleaner it would work just as well and it would *hopefully* make my kitchen smell awesome!

After 2 mins in the microwave all of a sudden I heard a loud ‘POP!’ and my microwave door flew open with hot water flying out of it! I was in shock for a couple seconds and as I cautiously approached there was no damage…I have no idea what happened?! But I wanted to post this so that no one else would try it! I am actually pretty lucky that I wasn’t standing in front of the microwave when it happened – our microwave is up high and it would’ve totally knocked me in the head at a high speed!! Also, the bowl I used was a “shatterproof” bowl, I can’t imagine what would’ve happened if the bowl would’ve smashed and come flying out too! It’s actually pretty scary! So be cautious when using new cleaning concoctions! And DON’T microwave Meyer’s Clean Day All-Purpose Cleaner!

*Quick Tip: Instead of constantly buying Swiffer pads and spray bottles I have discovered that you can buy a washable velco pad from the grocery store for like $8 and then I use the solution in my above spray bottle to clean the floors. This post is turning into quite the money saver!!

If you have any questions about the method’s to my madness…ask in the comments :)

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