Okay so many of us stay at home moms also fancy ourselves as interior decorators. If you’re like me this means that you have a lot of silk flowers, plants or trees in your home. (Because seriously, who has time for REAL ones?) Well those are all very lovely until they get dusty and then they become a bit of an eyesore that no one wants to attempt to clean. I have tried several methods that usually make a huge mess and leave me with a muddy plant and a pile of frustration. NO MORE! I have found an amazing miracle in a bottle that will clean those nasty silks in minutes with NO scrubbing at all. I found it in Wal-mart (of all places) way up on the top shelf, hidden with all the florist supplies on the craft aisle. I bought the bottle for about $5 and figured it was worth a try. All you do spray the silk plant until the leaves are soaked, shake it a little and then walk away. It will dry in approximately 10 minutes and your plants will look amazing! (If they are particularly nasty you may want to apply the product more than once. ) You can do this outdoors or inside the house. The smell is not bad but you will want to put something under the plant to protect your floors because the leaves will drip. I was a skeptic when I bought it but now I am a believer! I will never try to wash those silks again!
Everyone starts thinking about gifts at this time of the year. In addition to Christmas and the other special holidays, I also have five birthdays in my household between now and the end of the year. Once the leaves start falling off the trees I go into full gift shopping mode. I have been trying to do more and more shopping online because shopping with four children is just… hazardous. While browsing online for unique and affordable gifts, I have found a few website that are just awesome! I wanted to take a moment and share some of my favorites. Hopefully this will help other mothers who would rather shop at home in their pajamas than drag their little ones to the mall.
Personalized gifts are super popular right now and I found some adorable gift ideas at I See Me! This website offers personalized storybooks, puzzles, coloring books, lunch boxes and more! Their prices are fantastic and they have a great selection of themes to choose from.
Another great place to find personalized gifts for kids is Ty’s Toy Box! They feature PBS children’s programs and have every character you could possibly imagine. My daughter is a die hard Elmo fan and she is also obsessed with The Wiggles. It’s difficult to find some of these characters in the stores but they are ALL at Ty’s and you can have them personalized which is brilliant!
Another great site I found is called Happy Kids Productions. They have a huge variety of products and their prices are very reasonable. This company offers discounts fairly often which is great when you have a lot of gifts to buy. Right now you can save 10% on all personalized gifts at Happy Kids!
Hopefully this post has helped at least a few of my readers find some great gift ideas. The hard part for me is now deciding which items to buy when I would rather just get three of everything.
The turning leaves means that my very favorite time of the year has arrived. I love Autumn and all that it brings with it. I love wearing boots and scarves. I love the crunchy sounds the leaves make when you step on them. I love the cooler temperatures and the vibrant warm colors that harvest time brings. I also love the excitement around our house when it is time for college football! My husband is like a little kid on Christmas morning. On game day he digs out his best hat and team t-shirt and settles in for a few hours of Autumn excitement. His team spirit is infectious and over the past few years it has spread to every member of our family.
In the state of Oklahoma there are two rival colleges, the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Oklahoma State (OSU). In our neck of the woods we OSU fans are a little outnumbered. When football season rolls around we start hunting for our orange & black. We wear it proud, even if we are surrounded by friends and family all decked out in their crimson and cream. It’s a fun rivalry and lasts just long enough to make things exciting. I think that may be why I like this time of year so much. The weather, the sports, the excitement… it brings family and friends together! “Go Pokes!!!”
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