Tuesday, February 28, 2012

How to Clean Your Microwave (And Proof I'm Losing My Mind)

Today's post is completely unplanned. I had decided I was going to share a review of a tip I found on Pinterest, but then the following happened:

I spent the morning tidying up and felt like eating so I decided to pop some soup in the microwave where, upon opening the door, I found this:

A perfectly nice bowl of lemon water and lemon halves from uh...yesterday?

You see yesterday I decided I needed to clean the microwave so I used my tried and true method (see below) to easily clean it up. I was feeling quite pleased with myself as I put the bowl of lemon and lemon water in and hit the 5:00 button...and then promptly forgot about it for 24 HOURS

Yes that's right ladies, I may pick on hubby for his ahem...affinity for seeing the world differently a la Maggot Baskets, but then I go and do this. We're the perfect couple I tell ya! ;)

Remind me to tell you the story of how I used to think cow udders were hot dogs sometime OK? (I'm so smart I'm dumb...my family shakes it's collective head at me often.)

Anyway, in case you want to clean your microwave tomorrow (see what I did there?) -

To clean your microwave easily, slice a lemon in half and squeeze some of the juice into a large microwave safe (but NOT plastic!) bowl full of water. Throw in the lemon halves and nuke for 5 minutes. When done, let it sit a minute or two and then remove bowl carefully and wipe the mess out with a (edit: damp) microfiber cloth. Comes clean like a charm!

Just don't leave it sit for a day like I did. ;)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday Scraps #3 - DIY Smash Tabs

Hey y'all! I was surprised at the amount of feedback I got on my little Smash Book Pocket tutorial (you can see that post HERE) so I thought I'd do another fun, quick Smash Book accessory for you. This time we're talking tabs.

Here's what you'll need:


Scrap paper/cardstock from your stash
A corner punch of your choice
Tape runner or glue
Paper cutter

And here's what you'll do:

First, cut your cardstock down to 2 inches by 2 inches


It'll look like this:


Then fold your square in half like this:


Punch the folded corners:


Add some tape or glue to your fold (optional) and each end of the tab:


Pick a spot and add your tab! You just press it down around the edge of your page:


My tab is just nestled in there and not taped down yet. I want to make sure I pick just the right spot. That's my biggest problem with using the Smash Book...just letting things flow! I'm somewhat a total perfectionist! 

Anywho, I hope you'll try it! Happy Saturday!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

What's a Maggot Basket?

A couple of weeks ago, The Hubs and I were walking through Target and saw this:


I didn't pay much attention to it, though I remember thinking, "Oh, that's an interesting basket."

Hubby however...

Him: "Who would buy that?"

Me: "The basket? Uh, I dunno, why?"

Him: "It's gross. It looks like a bunch of maggots."

Me: "..."

Yes folks, according to Adam it's a maggot basket. I'll admit, it's not my style, though I don't think I'd have been so uh, colorful(?). It's not that bad. It's...exotic. Ecclectic. Anything but "wormy".

So, so sorry Target. Forgive him ok? For me? I still love you.




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Laundry Care Flip Chart

Um, hey y'all...can one of you tell me where last week went? Yeah...sorry about that unplanned break. I'll be sharing with you the things we've been working on over here soon, but for now I wanted to share a quick and easy (and helpful! Dare I say hubby proof?) little project that will make laundry time go a little more smoothly.

I took some time last week to create a laundry care and instructions flip chart to hang in our laundry closet. If you're the primary laundry-doer (clearly, not a word...ah right, laundress...got it) in your household you may have seen all those funny little symbols on the tags of your clothing and towels. I swear to you that clothing manufacturers are going away from using words on tags. It's infuriating to me. I can't keep all of those little symbols straight! It's a little nuts. So here's what I did.

You'll need the following:
- Plastic page protectors
- PDF of laundry care symbols (link below)
- Cardstock
- Ribbon
- Stapler
- Small scissors
- Tape runner or glue

First, I went HERE and downloaded the PDF of all the laundry care symbols I might find on my clothing.

Then I grabbed some page protectors and cut off the white, reinforced, hole-punched part. Sorry for the picture, that's as close as hubby could get that would work. Gently clip between the white part and the seal on the page protector.


Slide in your pages.

Measure and cut some cardstock to cover the open portion of the page protector. (I measured the width of the page protector and then made sure I had enough to fold over. My strips were 8.75" x 1.5".) Then, I folded the cardstock in half (about 3/4ths of an inch on each side of the fold) and stapled it to the top of my page protectors.

To make it a little more decorative, I covered the staples with some ribbon.

Surf? Tide? See what I did there? I'm so clever. ;)
Here's the finished flip chart. It's three page protectors worth of laundry symbols.


It was so easy, I made a second one for laundry instructions. Hubby really wants to help out with laundry (how lucky am I?), but um, his idea of laundry is throw it all in. All. Colors, whites, delicates...he's sure it'll be fine. ;) And to be fair, I'm a control freak about laundry so this way, I can provide instructions on how I do it without nagging. 

Here's the instructions one:


See? Easy! :)

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll drop in and leave a comment or two.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Social Media Blog Hop Monday

I'm participating in the Social Media Mondays blog hop. It's a great opportunity to spread the word about your blog's social media sites! Just click the button below:

Social Media Mondays, Blog Hops Everyday

It really does work!

And in case you haven't already - you can follow me in these places as well:

Facebook
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Click the links on the sidebar to get started! :)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Saturday Scraps #2 - DIY Smash Book Pockets

If you follow me on Facebook at all, you know that my Smash book is my latest obsession. However, I learned quickly that if I wasn't careful, I'd go broke buying all the cool accessories they make for it. So I decided to come up with a way to create some Smash pockets with the scrapping supplies I already have (and there is a lot).


What You'll Need:
Small Scissors
Ruler
Cardstock of your choice
Scoring Board (optional really, but very handy)
Glue or tape runner

Here's How:

1. Measure your Smash Book. The good part about this is that, once you measure you won't need to remeasure if you want to make more.


2. Decide what size you want your pocket. I chose 6" x 5" (will be 5.5" x 4.5"), but the beauty of this is, once you know how to make the pocket, you can really do any size you want!

3. Choose and Cut your cardstock.


4. Score on all sides at the half inch mark using your scoring board.



5. Using small scissors, clip out the square at each corner.


It'll look like this:


6. Fold in and glue down one flap. This will be your pocket lip.



7. Fold in sides and glue or tape down.



8. Fold up the bottom flap and only tack down the corners. This is so your pocket has a secure bottom.


9. To secure into your Smash Book, add glue or tape runner to the sides and bottom of your pocket but not the pocket edge you created first.


Flip over and press down.

And there you have it! Your own DIY Smash Pocket. :)


Scrappy Saturday! (see what I did there? ;) )

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Blogger Meet Up Recap

I meant to post this earlier in the week but the Head Cold of DEATH (tm) had/has it's grip on me and I have felt more like sleeping and slurping soup than writing anything. Sorry.

Anywho, now that I seem to be somewhat on the mend I wanted to share how I spent last Saturday afternoon with a bunch of awesome blogger ladies, small business owners and blog readers.

First of all, can I just tell you how wonderful it is to know that you're not alone in navigating blog craziness? Don't ever let anyone tell you blogging is easy kids. It isn't. Incredibly rewarding? Yes. Quick and easy? No. So it's nice when you get to sit down with a bunch of bloggers and commiserate. It goes something like this:

"Oh you blog at 3 AM too?"

"You aren't on Twitter yet? You totally have to get on Twitter!" (So I did...check out @scrappyhsewife)

"Pass the Kale chips!"

Here are the ladies:

I'm in the yellow sweater on the right. I blame the Robitussin for looking so scrunchy. Yeah, that's it, it was the Robitussin...

From left to right we have: Sarah, Lauren, Steffanie, Rachel, Michelle, Kimberly and Me! Down front is Jane. Not pictured: Toya (sorry Toya!)

I gotta tell ya, every time I read other bloggers accounts of their trips to blogger meet ups and blog conferences, I feel a little pang of sadness because I don't get to go! So when Jane (from The Borrowed Abode) approached me about getting together I was thrilled.

We met at her favorite local coffee spot in Virginia and she doesn't lie about how awesome the coffee is. Caffe Amouri is fantastic! And they were very accommodating to our large group. We laughed and talked for hours!

I would love it if you popped over to their respective corners of the bloggosphere and got to know them too:

We all know Jane from The Borrowed Abode right? If you don't, you're missing out! She primarily blogs about decorating rental spaces (and has saved my apartment from the blahs a time or two) and shares her passion for buying locally and ethically as well as her love of sewing. You can find her here:

Blog: The Borrowed Abode
Her Etsy Shop: Janery

Sarah, is incredibly funny, and is an inspiration to anyone who wants to be fit. I don't lie. I am jealous of her dedication to fitness. Maybe some of that will rub off. ;) You can find her here:

Blog: Sunny Side Up (That title fits her personality perfectly!)

Lauren is perhaps the busiest blogger I've ever met. She works a job job, she's getting married, she's going back to school and she blogs. That's talent right there! She's also incredibly nice. And she'll tell you she has some social anxiety - but you'd never know it.

Blog: Laurenchanting

Steffanie is an amazing business blogger who makes and sells her own line of eco-friendly laundry detergent and soap. (A little birdy also mentioned she might have some alternatives to fabric softener soon!) How cool is that?

Website/blog: Old Town Suds
Etsy shop: Old Town Suds

Rachel is an amazing artist and blogger. She was brave enough to step out and follow her dream of being an artist. I totally respect that and after taking a look at her work (and getting lost in there for like 15 minutes oohing and ahhing) I think it was a wise decision.

Blog: Funnelcloud
Etsy Shop: Funnelcloud Studio

Kimberly can crochet like no one's business. I'm jealous. Really. She's also a busy mom and prolific Twitter user. (20,000 tweets and counting!) In her free time, she blogs too! I'm in awe.

Blog: Maher Family Grows

Michelle is a new blogger (go on, pass on some blog love and follow her already!) documenting the journey of owning her first home. She's also a girl after my own heart - a little quirky, a lot funny, and uber-geek. And she likes it that way! Check her out!

Blog: Two Streets Over

And last, but by no means least Toya. Toya runs New Family Naturals, a line of healthy (and really quite tasty!) snacks. You can find them at Caffe Amouri as well as several other Virginia, West Virginia and Massachusetts shops and of course online. She is a delight to hang out with and I was bummed she had to leave early.

You can check out her blog and shop here: New Family Naturals

I had a blast meeting these ladies. We swapped stories, cracked jokes and talked the business of blogging and what we wanted to achieve. I left feeling like part of a wonderful group of local bloggers. I hope we can do it again soon!

Jane had a great idea. She challenged her readers to organize their own blogger/blog reader meet up where they are and I think that's a fabulous idea! Let me know if you do!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright Frame

This year I want to share more of who we are with you. I'm pretty sure that up until the end of 2011, most of you didn't know my name was Christina. Clearly I wasn't too good about sharing. But that's going to change. :) Let's get to know one another shall we?

This is just a quick project I put together for The Hubs (aka Adam). It only took about 10 minutes, but it was one of those silly little things I'd been putting off. And by "putting off" I mean that I had originally planned on making it and giving it to him for Christmas. Awesome. Anyway, it's done now right?

Hubby is trained as an architect and one of his favorites is Frank Lloyd Wright. About a million years ago, when he and I had just started our long and winding road relationship, I snagged these vintage stamps from my parent's house as they were cleaning and throwing stuff away. I saved them for the 12 or so years since we met and finally threw it all together.

It's not expensive - I had the little wooden frame and just used some scrapbook paper and cardstock to make a little faux mat. The only thing I bought was the stand the frame sits on and I think it cost me two bucks.



It's just a little sentimental thing he can keep on his desk at work or here at home. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Guest Posting Today!

Hey guys!

I am one sick puppy today, but I had the pleasure last week of writing up a guest post for my good friend Carrie over at Bakeaholic Mama.

You can check it out HERE.


While you're there, check out some of her awesome recipes!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Some Saturday Fun!

Today marks a milestone in The Scrappy Housewife blog's history...I get to participate in an awesome blogger meet up this afternoon with Jane @ The Borrowed Abode and some other bloggy friends. So exciting! Don't worry, I'm taking a camera and will post all about it next week. I just know you're dying to see what happens when a bunch of bloggin' ladies get together. ;)

So, in order to keep it fun around here today (and since I posted my Saturday Scraps yesterday to share that awesome Michael's deal with you...) I thought I'd do something kinda different, courtesy Kelly over at Simply Kelly.

She tagged me in a fun little questionnaire and I couldn't resist playing along! Here goes:

The Rules:
1. Post the rules
2. Post 11 fun facts about yourself
3. Answer the questions the tagger gave you in their post & then create 11 new questions for the people you tag.
4. Tag 11 people and link them in your post
5. Let them know you've "tagged" them


11 Fun or Random Facts About Me
1. I grew up in Florida, but moved north to be with my hubby. He was worth it. ;)

2. I can cry out of my ear - really. I have an extra tear duct in my left ear. When I cry, it cries. I'm a mutant. ;)

3. I took hula and Polynesian dance lessons as a child and as a result can do a mean Hula dance, even to this day. 

4. I love vintage everything - to the extent that I feel like I was probably born in the wrong time period. I'd dress like Betty Draper and Joan Holloway every day if I could afford it. 

5. I am a rabid fan of the following shows on TV: Mad Men, Pan Am, Revenge, Downton Abbey, Ghost Hunters, Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and 30 Rock.

6. I collect cookbooks. They're kind of taking over. Hubby likes them too.

7. Hubby and I met online long before it was "cool". So long before it was cool that my family still thinks it's weird - and some of them don't speak to me because I "married that guy from the internet". (Nevermind the fact that I dated said guy on and off for uh, ten years - including a year and a half of chatting before I'd even agree to meet him in "real life".)

8. I absolutely adore Scooby Doo cartoons, old and new. Hubby thinks it's funny until I point to our growing collection of Disney movies that are all his

9. My biggest guilty pleasure is magazines. Like, it's a problem. I have way too many and need to purge badly! (Don't worry, I'm not a hoarder.)

10. I collect blue Ball jars. My most prized one (yes really) came from my husband's aunt. It was her mother's and it still has the vintage seal around the top. When I asked her why they stopped making them with the zinc top, she replied, "Um, World War 2 ended?" and laughed. I love her!

11. I'm a night owl. Like severely. It's now 2:11 AM as I write this. Told ya.

Questions From Kelly For Me To Answer

1. Where is the coolest place you have traveled?


Probably Germany when I was a little girl. I don't remember a lot about the trip, but I do remember seeing swans for the first time, and the fun candy! And I definitely remember how spotless everything was. Seriously, there wasn't litter or dirt anywhere.

2. What is your favorite book?

This changes all the time. I'm an avid reader. Some of my favorite authors though are James Patterson, Charlaine Harris and Agatha Christie (I am a huge Poirot fan!). Come to think of it, all of those people are mystery writers...I sense a trend. ;)

3. What are you most thankful for in your life?

My husband. We spent 10 years going back and forth on dating and being together, but I waited him out and he finally came around. ;) Seriously though, he is the most patient man I have ever met and he only wants me to be happy. He never asks me to be something I'm not (which, if you knew how nutty I am sometimes you'd nominate him for saint) and he does an impeccable job of taking care of me.

4. What is the best concert you've been to?

Harry Connick, Jr. by far. He is so personable. I've seen him in a huge setting and a smaller venue and each time he talks to the audience and interacts with people. It's awesome.

5. What is your favorite Superbowl party recipe? 

7 layer Mexican dip. I could eat it by the pan. Seriously.

6. Why did you start blogging?

My friend Eva @ Tales of the Scotts saw some pictures I took on Facebook of a project I made and asked me to guest post for her blog's anniversary in 2010. I said yes and turned in a tutorial. On the day of the post, I wanted to comment, but couldn't figure out how and somehow accidentally created this blog! Which is partly why the URL for my blog reads "accidentalhousewife10" - but there's already an accidental housewife blog out there so I changed it to The Scrappy Housewife because I love to scrapbook (when I make time for it). I just can't seem to change the URL.

7. Did you have any resolutions for 2012? 

So many! You can see my post for my goals for 2012 here.

8. Who is your favorite author?

Some of my modern favorites are up above there, but I also love classics like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee and Kurt Vonnegut. And Hemingway. I LOVE Hemingway.

9.  If you could switch careers and have your dream job, what would it be?

I had my dream job. I was a teacher for 5 years. I miss it sometimes, but not the headaches it caused. Now I'm learning to create my dream job. I'd really, really love to become a professional blogger and get paid for it. I'm working toward that now.

10. Whats the best movie you've seen lately?

Huh, honestly I don't watch that many movies. And I hate paying movie theatre prices. Some of my favorite movies though are Clue, Anchor Man, Gone with the Wind and Funny Girl. (Weird mix right?) Right now, I'm really enjoying Downton Abbey on PBS. It's not a movie though - more of a mini-series.

11. Charlie Sheen or Kim Kardashian?


Oh god, neither? I can't stand that we even give these people the time of day, much less our money. I feel sad for Charlie Sheen - addiction is a horrible thing.


This, however, sums up my feelings about Kim Kardashian and all of her clan:





Questions for those that I tag 
1. What do you do when you aren't blogging?
2. What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
3. If money was no concern, where would you like to live and why?
4. What cause is nearest and dearest to your heart?
5. What's your favorite way to relax?
6. "Live" TV or Netflix/DVR?
7. What book is currently sitting on your nightstand?
8. What's your biggest fear?
9. Are you a planner like me or do you enjoy being spontaneous?
10. Why did you start blogging?
11. The classic question: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet and why?


People I am Tagging (feel free not to participate, but I'd love to see your answers!)
Tales of the Scotts
The Distracted Blogger
The Foreign Domestic
The Borrowed Abode
First Home Dreams
A Home Made By Kiki
and anyone else who would like to participate! Please let me know if you did so I can pop over and see what you wrote! :) 


Thanks Kelly! This was fun! Happy Saturday everyone!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Saturday Scraps #1 - Dollar Section Embellishments

I was going to save this until tomorrow and share it as my first official Saturday Scraps, but then an awesome thing happened that I'll share with you and it'll all make sense.

I'm a sucker for dollar sections and clearance. Especially when it comes to scrapbook/crafting supplies and decor. So when I went in to Michael's Craft store for just one thing and saw all of this I couldn't resist:


How cute are these little felt birds? And they're adhesive.


See the price tag on these little velvet adhesive buttons? Yeah they weren't in the dollar section...they were better than that. I got them for 79 CENTS. Oh yeah!


Now for the awesome deal for you. Michael's is offering a $5.00 off a $5.00 purchase coupon valid today and tomorrow only! That means you can get FIVE of these cuties FOR FREE. 

You can print your coupon HERE

Go! Go now! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gym Clothes Gone Wild

If there's one thing I've learned in almost 2 years of marriage, it's that women and men are... different. We approach things differently and in general, that's not a bad thing. This was never more evident to me than last weekend while putting away the laundry.

In my world, t-shirts are folded neatly and with precision, because darn it I know how many I can fit in a drawer when they are folded properly. (And it's a lot, let me tell you.) Yes, I may be a little picky about it, but take a look at the inside of that drawer! 

What you can't see is that there are two more stacks of neatly folded shirts *behind* the two stacks you *can* see. That's just how I roll - er, fold.
Hubby knows of my obsession with neatly folded shirts and so he bought me one of these:

My Flip Fold. I've been obsessed with it since I saw an infomercial for one in the 1990's.
So you can imagine my horror when I opened his drawer of work out clothes to find this:
Uh what?

Me: Honey, could you come here for a sec?

Hubs (upon entering): Uh huh?

Me: What uh...what's this? (I may or may not have been twitching at the time...)

Him: My work out clothes.

Me (looking from him to the drawer and back): Are they uh, "working out" for ya? 

Him (smiling just like a man would): Mmhmm!

I just shook my head and laid the neatly folded shirt I had planned on putting in the drawer on top of the dresser. I wasn't about to put it into the fray. 

And I wasn't about to refold all of the stuff in the drawer - because in my house, it gets done once. You mess it up, you clean it up. That too, is how I roll. ;)

This is going to be a new feature here on the blog entitled Hubby Humor - because darn it, the guy's funny.
And I love that about him.
 

An Exciting Update on the What's Your Nude? Campaign

Last week I shared with you my friend's campaign to get lingerie manufacturers to make shades that would complement a woman of any skin tone - specifically women of color.

Well that campaign officially starts today and I am so excited to tell you that her idea has been picked up by some pretty important social media outlets:

Mom Trends - Women of Color Sound Off to Bra Makers

Huffington Post - Tara Raines Tackles Lack of Brown Colored Bras

Women's Wear Daily - A Different Take on Nude

For Brown Girls - Join the What's Your Nude Facebook Event

Bust Magazine

And that's not all! Celebrities are even tweeting about it! Holly Robinson Peete has even liked the event page and tweeted about it! And Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley from Community? OMG Love her!) has weighed in too!

So today's the day friends - write to your bra provider of choice and tell them that since you choose their bras to support your girls, they should support girls of every color (and shape, and size)! I'll be writing my favorite company today as well.

And one last thing...Dr. Tara Raines I am super proud of your accomplishments and I hope this is a resounding success for you!

Join the Cause on Facebook - What's Your Nude?

Scrappy - Over and Out!
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