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Cleaning & Sneaky Succulents

Carrot-orange

The Arizona spring weather has cleaning on our minds so we’re chatting about how we keep our houses clean (or not so much), which chores we loathe to do and how we might be able to trick our husbands into doing them for us.

Clean Sweep
adapted slightly from the Carrot Orange Tequila Cooler from Shutterbean
makes 2 cocktails

15 oz carrot-orange juice or 1 cup of each juice
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
juice of two limes
2 T honey
4 oz rum (we used Captain Morgan Spiced Rum)
ice
orange slices for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice followed by the ginger, carrot and orange juices and the lime juice and honey. Add the rum, put the lid on and get your shake on. Serve over ice and garnish with a orange slice (we used Cara Cara oranges).

We share our cleaning routines and favorite products. Erica is spraying Windex all over the place and Kelsey loves Lime Away for hard water stains and LemiShine Detergent Booster to keep dishes spot free.

On the obsessions front Erica is loving good ol’ cinnamon toast and Kelsey is smitten with Orange Theory Fitness (even if it threatens to kill her).

In neighborhood news there was a playground Valentine scavenger hunt, a neighbors dinner and Kelsey went searching for free plants around the neighborhood and did not come home empty-handed.

 

30 responses to “Cleaning & Sneaky Succulents”

  1. I use a baking soda paste to scrub our bathtub and then rinse it with boiling vinegar. I love it because a)it gets the tub really clean and b)the bubbling, foaming chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar.

  2. I use a baking soda paste to scrub our bathtub and then rinse it with boiling vinegar. I love it because a)it gets the tub really clean and b)the bubbling, foaming chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar.

  3. hey gals! I loved this episode. my in-laws are coming this weekend and this was the perfect motivation to clean while I listened instead of continuing to put it off!
    I can totally relate to the desire for assigned chores. about 6 months ago or so, Brian and I decided he would do the dishes since I hate them and I would do the laundry since I don’t hate it as much. the only problem was, it turns out Brian isn’t as concerned as I am with how clean the dishes actually are. not to mention, he has way more clothes than me. like Kelsey mentioned, he always ends up wearing at least two outfits a day, depending on what all is going on. unlike me, he considers anything worn to be dirty, whereas I’ll re-wear things at least twice (with obvious exceptions) or more. so I’d end up rewashing half the dishes and made him start helping me fold his millions of t-shirts. back to square one.
    as far as cleaning goes, I felt a bit taken aback when a friend told me once she cleans her baseboards monthly. I immediately went home and looked at mine, trying to remember the last time it had occurred to me to clean them- the answer was “when we move out!” as renters, we took very little pride in our home past the decor. now that we’re homeowners, and especially during this season of unemployment for me, I’ve started caring a lot more. I bought my first mop ever two weeks ago- up until then I’d always used those swiffer wet things, but I honestly felt like they were more trouble and expense.
    all in all, I feel most comfortable and able to relax in our home when it’s decluttered and clean. I just know once I go back to work we’ll be right back to piles of dishes and leaving laundry in the dryer for a week. I definitely want to come up with some sort of schedule for deep cleaning.

  4. hey gals! I loved this episode. my in-laws are coming this weekend and this was the perfect motivation to clean while I listened instead of continuing to put it off!
    I can totally relate to the desire for assigned chores. about 6 months ago or so, Brian and I decided he would do the dishes since I hate them and I would do the laundry since I don’t hate it as much. the only problem was, it turns out Brian isn’t as concerned as I am with how clean the dishes actually are. not to mention, he has way more clothes than me. like Kelsey mentioned, he always ends up wearing at least two outfits a day, depending on what all is going on. unlike me, he considers anything worn to be dirty, whereas I’ll re-wear things at least twice (with obvious exceptions) or more. so I’d end up rewashing half the dishes and made him start helping me fold his millions of t-shirts. back to square one.
    as far as cleaning goes, I felt a bit taken aback when a friend told me once she cleans her baseboards monthly. I immediately went home and looked at mine, trying to remember the last time it had occurred to me to clean them- the answer was “when we move out!” as renters, we took very little pride in our home past the decor. now that we’re homeowners, and especially during this season of unemployment for me, I’ve started caring a lot more. I bought my first mop ever two weeks ago- up until then I’d always used those swiffer wet things, but I honestly felt like they were more trouble and expense.
    all in all, I feel most comfortable and able to relax in our home when it’s decluttered and clean. I just know once I go back to work we’ll be right back to piles of dishes and leaving laundry in the dryer for a week. I definitely want to come up with some sort of schedule for deep cleaning.

  5. I love cleaning so I was thrilled to see that was the topic for this week! And in fact, you guys totally motivated me to get going with putting things away and wrangling all the recycle that has piled up in our house. We’ve been receiving baby gifts left and right (so thankful for those) so there are boxes for days, but also snow for days so we’ve missed recycle days. And no garage!
    I can totally relate to so much of what you said! My husband kind of just took over the bathrooms one day (!!) so I don’t have to do those, but I do a lot of the rest of the day to day cleaning because I am kind of crazy about it. Also, I only really “clean” my showers about once every six months. And then I’ll scrub down the walls, but otherwise, they look clean and don’t feel grimey, so I’m fine with it.
    Our county does compost so we don’t have to (we can go pick it up for free, but I’m always concerned about it having poison ivy, so I don’t) but we do have a little compost bin on top of the fridge that we have to take out and it’s always a toss up as to who is going to get more annoyed with the full bin and take it out. Ha ha.
    Super fun episode!! I was shocked that neither of you mentioned Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponges!! They are amazing and if I lived closer I would bring you each a welcome babies box of Magic Erasers. They are disposable, but I find that I can use them a lot before they need to be thrown away and EVERYTHING gets so clean!!
    Hope you ladies have a lovely weekend!

  6. I love cleaning so I was thrilled to see that was the topic for this week! And in fact, you guys totally motivated me to get going with putting things away and wrangling all the recycle that has piled up in our house. We’ve been receiving baby gifts left and right (so thankful for those) so there are boxes for days, but also snow for days so we’ve missed recycle days. And no garage!
    I can totally relate to so much of what you said! My husband kind of just took over the bathrooms one day (!!) so I don’t have to do those, but I do a lot of the rest of the day to day cleaning because I am kind of crazy about it. Also, I only really “clean” my showers about once every six months. And then I’ll scrub down the walls, but otherwise, they look clean and don’t feel grimey, so I’m fine with it.
    Our county does compost so we don’t have to (we can go pick it up for free, but I’m always concerned about it having poison ivy, so I don’t) but we do have a little compost bin on top of the fridge that we have to take out and it’s always a toss up as to who is going to get more annoyed with the full bin and take it out. Ha ha.
    Super fun episode!! I was shocked that neither of you mentioned Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponges!! They are amazing and if I lived closer I would bring you each a welcome babies box of Magic Erasers. They are disposable, but I find that I can use them a lot before they need to be thrown away and EVERYTHING gets so clean!!
    Hope you ladies have a lovely weekend!

  7. Loved this episode! I’m inspired to get my glasses cleaner in my dishwasher now 🙂 Kelsey, here’s a sponge tip so you don’t have to remember what color is what (and you really get a long life out of them too, which makes it greener!). Use new sponges for kitchen cleaning. When they get a little nasty, cut one corner off and use it for bathroom surfaces. When they get even nastier, cut another corner off and use it for the toilet. This way you can tell by the number of corners what they’ve been used for.
    And Erica, I totally feel you on worrying about animal smells in the house…we have two dogs and two cats and I’m obsessed with trying to avoid any smells. My husband teases me for always smelling “phantom pee” (I worry about it so much I always imagine that I’m smelling something when there’s apparently nothing there.)

  8. Loved this episode! I’m inspired to get my glasses cleaner in my dishwasher now 🙂 Kelsey, here’s a sponge tip so you don’t have to remember what color is what (and you really get a long life out of them too, which makes it greener!). Use new sponges for kitchen cleaning. When they get a little nasty, cut one corner off and use it for bathroom surfaces. When they get even nastier, cut another corner off and use it for the toilet. This way you can tell by the number of corners what they’ve been used for.
    And Erica, I totally feel you on worrying about animal smells in the house…we have two dogs and two cats and I’m obsessed with trying to avoid any smells. My husband teases me for always smelling “phantom pee” (I worry about it so much I always imagine that I’m smelling something when there’s apparently nothing there.)

  9. Loved this episode. I’ve also recently rediscovered cinnamon toast! Erica- have you tried your beloved windex on the swiffer for your laminate floors? Check it out. At our house we keep the bathrooms clean in case the president’s motorcade ever has to stop by. You never know!

  10. Loved this episode. I’ve also recently rediscovered cinnamon toast! Erica- have you tried your beloved windex on the swiffer for your laminate floors? Check it out. At our house we keep the bathrooms clean in case the president’s motorcade ever has to stop by. You never know!

  11. I could really get behind this foaming action. I bet Dash would think it was pretty cool, too!

  12. I could really get behind this foaming action. I bet Dash would think it was pretty cool, too!

  13. Ha – yes! The degrees of cleanliness that one can tolerate are indeed eye opening! I’m much more of the mind that things must be SPOTLESS where as Chris thinks clean is just fine. I think as time has gone on, and life has become more full with the kids, I’m learning to appreciate clean and the fact that he does so much housework. But I think this must be what every couple faces.

  14. Ha – yes! The degrees of cleanliness that one can tolerate are indeed eye opening! I’m much more of the mind that things must be SPOTLESS where as Chris thinks clean is just fine. I think as time has gone on, and life has become more full with the kids, I’m learning to appreciate clean and the fact that he does so much housework. But I think this must be what every couple faces.

  15. Haha, Ashley! Clearly we would be great friends if you would bring us cleaning products, what a kindred spirit! I will put these on my Target shopping list! Arg the pile up of recycling boxes! This happens to us as well. Chris puts the boxes in the side yard and then breaks them down only when they have piled high. This drives me crazy (because then we have a big pile of boxes in the side yard) so I’ve started breaking them down myself so they can go in the bin much sooner.

  16. Haha, Ashley! Clearly we would be great friends if you would bring us cleaning products, what a kindred spirit! I will put these on my Target shopping list! Arg the pile up of recycling boxes! This happens to us as well. Chris puts the boxes in the side yard and then breaks them down only when they have piled high. This drives me crazy (because then we have a big pile of boxes in the side yard) so I’ve started breaking them down myself so they can go in the bin much sooner.

  17. So smart about cutting off edges and having sponge stages! We do use scrubby sponges in the kitchen so perhaps they will enjoy a second and third life of being bathroom cleaning sponges!

  18. So smart about cutting off edges and having sponge stages! We do use scrubby sponges in the kitchen so perhaps they will enjoy a second and third life of being bathroom cleaning sponges!

  19. Great episode about cleaning. I was laughing about your floor cleaning quandaries. I have a few of my own – we have old wine pine plank floors that shrink in the winter and leave huge gaps between them. They are throughout the whole house’ including the kitchen. This is a big pain when cleaning bc crumbs and food bits fall in there. Also, our family room has brick floors. Impossible to clean bc the rough texture scrapes up and rips all the mop sponges, and you can’t sweep it bc all the dirt gets in the cracks due to the uneven texture. So, I guess I would take laminate and tile any day haha!!

  20. Great episode about cleaning. I was laughing about your floor cleaning quandaries. I have a few of my own – we have old wine pine plank floors that shrink in the winter and leave huge gaps between them. They are throughout the whole house’ including the kitchen. This is a big pain when cleaning bc crumbs and food bits fall in there. Also, our family room has brick floors. Impossible to clean bc the rough texture scrapes up and rips all the mop sponges, and you can’t sweep it bc all the dirt gets in the cracks due to the uneven texture. So, I guess I would take laminate and tile any day haha!!

  21. Oh man, I’m sorry you also experience floor frustrations although glad to know we aren’t the only ones!

  22. Oh man, I’m sorry you also experience floor frustrations although glad to know we aren’t the only ones!

  23. Kathy (yes, socklet Kathy) Avatar
    Kathy (yes, socklet Kathy)

    I second AshleyM’s comment on Magic Erasers. I just erased some SERIOUS wall scuffs. Kelsey has the before+after photos to prove it. RUN, DON’T WALK to your nearest store, grab a box (even the generic ones work well) and give them a try. They also work well on baseboards, soap scum, porcelain, and the white rubber outsole of your tennis shoes.
    Tips: I like to cut them in half with a pair of scissors. Bumpy surfaces like walls make them disintegrate, but otherwise you can throw them in the washer+dryer and reuse. On walls, be careful to use a gentle circular scrubbing motion so as not to remove the paint. They also do a number on your nail polish and cuticles so consider wearing a glove. HAPPY ERASING!
    Next I’m trying andee’s baking soda + vinegar trick on the tub 🙂

  24. Kathy (yes, socklet Kathy) Avatar
    Kathy (yes, socklet Kathy)

    I second AshleyM’s comment on Magic Erasers. I just erased some SERIOUS wall scuffs. Kelsey has the before+after photos to prove it. RUN, DON’T WALK to your nearest store, grab a box (even the generic ones work well) and give them a try. They also work well on baseboards, soap scum, porcelain, and the white rubber outsole of your tennis shoes.
    Tips: I like to cut them in half with a pair of scissors. Bumpy surfaces like walls make them disintegrate, but otherwise you can throw them in the washer+dryer and reuse. On walls, be careful to use a gentle circular scrubbing motion so as not to remove the paint. They also do a number on your nail polish and cuticles so consider wearing a glove. HAPPY ERASING!
    Next I’m trying andee’s baking soda + vinegar trick on the tub 🙂

  25. I can’t wait to refer to you on the podcast as Socklet Kathy! Ooo, love that I can wash and reuse. Can’t wait to start erasing, I’m seeing all the toddler marks on my walls that I can get rid of!

  26. I can’t wait to refer to you on the podcast as Socklet Kathy! Ooo, love that I can wash and reuse. Can’t wait to start erasing, I’m seeing all the toddler marks on my walls that I can get rid of!

  27. So, when you mentioned cinnamon toast I totally thought of Pioneer Woman’s recipes for french toast. Have you seen it? She has strong opinions about the RIGHT way to make it. Erica, I’m sorry, she’s say your way is the wrong way. 🙂
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/04/the-right-way-and-the-wrong-way-to-make-cinnamon-toast/

  28. So, when you mentioned cinnamon toast I totally thought of Pioneer Woman’s recipes for french toast. Have you seen it? She has strong opinions about the RIGHT way to make it. Erica, I’m sorry, she’s say your way is the wrong way. 🙂
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/04/the-right-way-and-the-wrong-way-to-make-cinnamon-toast/

  29. Haha! My mom always made it for us using Approach #1 (butter + cinnamon + sugar and then in the oven) and so that’s always been the “right” way for me, but making cinnamon-sugar butter looks very delicious!

  30. Haha! My mom always made it for us using Approach #1 (butter + cinnamon + sugar and then in the oven) and so that’s always been the “right” way for me, but making cinnamon-sugar butter looks very delicious!

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