Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Organically Clean Home

If you have been around New Nostalgia for very long, then you already know I am a huge fan of Clean Mama. She has changed my cleaning world with her homemaking advice and awesome printables, and now she is doing it again.   I am so excited to tell you that Rebecca Rapinchuk aka Clean Mama just released a book called The Organically Clean Home and you are going to love it!

When I got my copy in the mail and opened the package, I just beamed with pride at this beautiful book that Clean Mama wrote.  It really is a great book to look at, which made me happy because I love pretty books sitting around --especially if they motivate me to clean! I wouldn't expect anything less from Clean Mama, as she has always done everything with such a clean, simple beauty.

This book really is the end all in homemade cleaning products.  It has 150 everyday organic cleaning products you can make yourself--all natural and chemical free!  It is meant to be a resource, not read from cover to cover, but I found myself doing just that.  I was amazed at all the different recipes from Lemon & Clove Hardwood Floor Cleaner to Peppermint Glass and Mirror Wipes. 


I made the Citrus Carpet Freshener recipe, and oh MY it smelled so good in here after vacuuming.  I put the recipe in the above shaker jar, marked it with cute  washi tape, and now I look forward to vacuuming again.  Only Clean Mama can make THAT happen.  I am going to use the second jar with the pour-flap lid to make Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink scrub. The recipe is listed link below.

Photo: Clean Mama

I am going to make a cleaning caddy, just like the one in the picture above, which she writes about here.  I cannot wait to gather my supplies and start making all these wonderful recipes to use while spring cleaning.

Here are a couple ideas and cleaning recipes Clean Mama has shared from the book:

Get this book.  I can't speak highly enough of it and I just know you all will love it as much as I do.  It is only $10 and it is worth every penny, and will pay for itself in no time with all the money you will save by making your own natural cleaning products. You can order it through Amazon, or it is at Barnes and Noble nationwide.

Have you ever made your own cleaning products?

Interested in Essential Oils for those homemade cleaning products?  I recommend doTERRA brand.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

Goals Last Week:
start seeds
clean out garden
organize top desk drawer
rescue refrigerator
rescue pantry

Goals This Week:
continue cleaning/ planting garden
start seeds
prepare retreat talk

Home Zone This Week:
(spend 15 minutes a day focused on zone work)

Hot Spot This Week:
my closet (hang up clothes)
(spend 5 minutes a day decluttering hot spot)

Computer Zone:
iphoto organize

Last Week's Pin:

Pin I Want To Implement This Week:


Last Week's Most Clicked On Links:

China Cabinet Makeover | Fry Sauce & Grits

Saving On Produce | My Sister's Pantry


New Nostalgia

New Nostalgia

Be Encouraged, Be Inspired & Get Something Done!


How To Make A Fairy Garden

This fairy garden was one of the most fun projects I have done with my girl.  We did it about a year ago, and she is already asking if we are far enough into spring to make another one!  

She is already getting creative and finding things around the house to put into this year's fairy garden. My Avery doesn't really believe in fairies, (she wanted to make sure I let you all know that) {grin} but it is very fun and magical to pretend.  I loved that this project gave me precious time with my girl, as took a little planning & a fun date to buy plants.  I also loved teaching her a bit about gardening.

We started looking online for some different ideas for a fairy garden. Now, this is where perfectionist might set in.  There are some amazing miniature gardens and fairy gardens online, so use them for inspiration, but don't allow yourself to get intimidated.

I challenged Avery to get creative and told her I only wanted to spend money on planting soil and plants.  The rest needed to be created by her.  She did such a great job, and even though a couple things she made were not weather proof--paper and stickers-- they lasted a long time and was not a big deal to remove once they were spent.  

I also gave her lots of freedom to make the project her own, and encouraged her to get her hands dirty and do most if it all by herself.

We bought plants that would add texture.  A tall fern-like plant that added height & movement when the wind blew, a mossy type low-growing ground cover that would spread and fill in, a medium height plant whose leaves had a soft, white fuzz on them, and a few flowers for color. 

Avery made a fairy house out of Lincoln logs and covered the plastic roof piece with fun patterned duck tape.  She made a mushroom and lady bug out of clay and painted it, and a few stones out of clay which she sprinkled with glitter for a bit of fairy dust sparkle.  She also broke some wooden coffee stirrer sticks and colored them with marker to make a fence.

She placed her larger items first, and made a path with rocks and sparkly clay stones.  She added the low-growing ground cover type plant.

She then added the tall plant for added height toward the back by the fairy house.

She then filled in with the flowers.

She added the coffee-stirrer stick fence along the rock path.  By the way...fairies don't need a door according to Avery.  

 Avery was very proud of her creation.  We kept it on our front porch in plain view so we could enjoy it and so Avery would be reminded to water it.  It was great fun to watch it grow and see the plants spread out and fill in.

How To Build A Fairy Garden

~1 large container with drainage holes in the bottom
~rocks or gravel to put in the bottom of container for drainage
~potting soil
~a fairy house (get creative--a small birdhouse would work, or glue wooden blocks together)
~decorations that are waterproof and sparkly! 
~wooden sticks to make a fence
~plants (one tall, one medium, one low growing, some flowers.  Make sure they are all annuals & take the same amount of sunlight)


1. Put gravel or rocks in the bottom of container.  
2. Add potting soil.  
3. Add fairy house
4. Make a path with rocks
5. Add low growing plant
6. Add tall growing plant toward the back of container.
7. Add medium plant and flowers.
8. Made a gate with the sticks
9. Add the rest of decor
10. Sprinkle with fairy dust.. aka glitter
11. Water

(and Avery :))