When we ran out of bathroom spray, I decided that I really didn’t want to replace it with the usual cocktail of chemicals found in many odour eliminating sprays.

So I turned to Pinterest and found a recipe for an air freshener made from 2 ingredients: baking soda and essential oils. I have a small mason jar that for some reason doesn’t have the lid insert, and I have no idea where it would be! So I used that and the cardstock became the lid.

The recipe is this: 1/4 cup baking soda and 6 drops of your favourite essential oil. That’s it. Pop it into a mason jar and poke holes in the lid. Give it a shake and voila, air freshener. A little tip is, when you shake, cover the lid with your hands so baking soda doesn’t fly everywhere!

I got the recipe from a pin that links to but their last blog post was from 2016 so I’m not sure it’s being kept up!

Here are the steps:

Now you’re all set. Remember to keep a hand over the top of the lid when you shake it!

So I tried my hand at making my own face mask last night and ended up dropping the sewing machine needle into my index finger. Good times!

I’ve found a number of tutorials on how to make masks, including the following videos to help walk you through how to make some simple face masks.


Revive that Rug!

We’ve had this rug for YEARS and it’s been rolled up in a corner of our downstairs storage room since we moved in.

The rug is covered in a low level of fur and lint that seemed to defy our vacuum and it just would not come clean!

So last night, I got the boys to bring it upstairs so that our 1 year old Rough Collie would actually jump OFF the bed.  She can get up no problem, only needing a small hop after she places her front paws up on the bed.

But getting her down is a team effort.  She hates the laminate flooring in the bedroom because she has zero traction if she jumps off.  So she’ll whine to have someone come into the room and lift her off.  Spoiled!

So after she made the connection that getting off the bed was easy when she realized there was a rug there to cushion her jump.

But the rug was still gross.

I remember reading something on Pinterest (of course!) that a rug could give up it’s dust held close by rubbing it with a pumice stone.   I grabbed the dollar store pumice stone I had and got to work.

And holy hell what a difference!

It was both disgusting and satisfying to rub the stone across the rug and then pull off the absolute grossness that the pumice stone dug up!

We enjoyed such a good time with family over Christmas – it was truly magical.

Even with two tired grandkiddos aged 2 & 4!

For Christmas this year we dialed it WAY back and the feeling of utter peace and calm over not going into debt for more STUFF we didn’t need was amazing!

We made a “JOY” sign for my Mum and Dad and received a hand-painted sign from my sister-in-law and brother! Love!

And the best was what hubby made me.  It was delivered early though so I could decorate it for Christmas!

It is a behind-the-sofa table, made with reclaimed barn board a friend of ours sourced and generally gave us!

He also designed it to be collapsible (we’re military so we move!) and with a trestle bottom to provide stability for the legs.

And here it is all decked out for Christmas.  I added a hand-made burlap garland, indoor twinkle lights, 2 IKEA ALÄNG lamps, a simple wooden box with candles and rose gold ornaments.  The only new things were the lamps and bulbs 🙂

So in love with the man who put his time and effort into designing this table to be more beautiful and practical than I could have made.  I am truly blessed!