I just made you, and this is crazy… You fixed my floors, I love you baby.

Quick catch up- I had baby number 3, quit my job, and fell in love with my crazy life 🙂 Now, the reason for this post… we have wood floors, and I love them…but you couldn’t tell it with the ever enlarging dry spots and surface scracthes . I’ve tried everything under the sun off the shelf only to be met with bitter disappointment soon after. I resorted to a quick steam mop (not supposed to hurt wood floors…right…) and *almost* resigned myself to the idea of just having someone come in and clean and refinish them.

ImageSee how pitiful?? Oh, yes that is sticker residue north of center. I have kids…three, did I mention that? With a direct sales business that occasionally brings people into our home and three birthdays coming up, I was in near tears over one more person having to see this. So instead of the usual Orange It-Might-Last-A-Week-Glow treatment I would apply the night (sometimes hours) before I expected someone over, I started Googling for answers. Low and behold I was not alone in my torment. In fact, an old school solution so simple it “could never work” kept showing up over and over. I CANNOT take credit for the recipe, it is has been around since the dark ages apparently.

  • 1 Mason Jar
  • 3/4 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar

Shake, shake, shake, shake your…oh never mind… Apply with a soft clean (duh) rag, let sit for a few minutes (depends on the damage) and buff. The wood will really soak it in.

That’s it, really! I used what I had on hand, which was soybean oil and apple cider vinegar, but the standard recipes say olive oil and white vinegar. The results were so immediate and so beautiful that I started to yell for the hubby to come in (who came running because he thought something was wrong) and he was flabbergasted as well. Check out the after ~

ImageYes, I left the sticker residue so you would believe that it was the same floor! Only a few more hundred square feet to go… Miracle working straight from Jesus floor restorer. A second coat with a toothbrush to really get in the crevices should satisfy my OCD quite nicely. Give it a shot!

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Note: Separating is totally normal (hello, oil and vinegar!) so recap and shake once in a while during use.

No foolin’ here – say CHEESE!

Ok, I know it has been a while, but this whole growing humans business is a tiresome trade 🙂 You know my love for Scentsy, and one of their family brands (Velata) has added cheese to their fondue line!!! CHEESE! Oh so yummy… 🙂 You can get your fondue fabulousness from Velata starting today!

Free book!

Remember A Plain Scandal, the newest book by Amanda Flower that I blogged about (come on, it was only TWO posts ago…)? Well, Amanda has been so kind as to offer a copy to one of my readers!! You will love this series 🙂

Win A Plain Scandal

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Amish in the Mystery, part 2

Amanda Flower’s next installment of the Appleseed Creek Mystery series, A Plain Scandal, is set to release on February 15th. As with the first book in the series, I had to force myself to stop reading so I wouldn’t read it in one sitting! I LOVED it. Amanda has thoroughly done her research into the Amish way of life and it is evident in her writing. Murder, mystery, romance, comedy and wit are woven throughout the story letting us participate Chloe’s, Becky’s and Timothy’s lives discovering that the simple life isn’t always so simple. Loved it, loved it, loved it! Hey Amanda, can you please, please, please let me in on what happens with Chloe and Timothy? I can’t wait for book three!

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It’s been a long time hasn’t it?

It has been a little bit of a long time hasn’t it? To catch up from my last post, three bags was great!! I sold over 80% of my items at this sale (more money to feed my cloth diaper addiction at http://www.kellyscloset.com/?AffId=687) and some decluttering took place in the process (yay!). I’ve been pinning like a mad woman, and actually trying some. Soccer season is nearly over and I hope to be back to blogging regularly 🙂

I Just Don’t Understand

This blog is part vent, part rambling, part je ne sais quoi. Every once in a while I get the urge to look back and find friends I’ve lost touch with over the years. People who were raised with the same beliefs and values. Unfortunately, I am constantly surprised at what I find when I finally do catch up with these old friends and acquaintances. Many of them have made life decisions so far away from the way we were raised that I have to question, did I ever really know them? What happened that they now think this is ok? Why does everyone look the other way and act like this is normal? Am I the one stuck in time, antiquated and Nancy Nazarene (I’m Baptist by the way, but Betty Baptist just doesn’t sound right)? How do I tell them I still love them, miss them, pray for them, but I’m sorry I won’t let my children be around you? 

I’m not perfect (and I’m pretty sure God just choked when I put myself and “perfect” in the same sentence), I have fallen short so many times and am a sinner just like everyone else. However, I am consistently drawn to Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Friends, we have no choice to be in the world, but we can consciously choose each and every day to not be of the world.

If you are one of these people, know that I do love you, I am interested in your life, I do want the best for you… but don’t expect to babysit for me. Harsh? Yes, I’m sure.