Steam Is The Answer

The recent bout of germs around this house motivated to tackle a long overdue project….the family bath tub. This WHITE shower has seen so many bath crayons, bath paint, fizzy tabs and god knows what else. Jellybean cleans this regularly but not to the deep stain level. I couldn’t stand it anymore.

I first scrubbed the whole lot down with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to get the surface stains clean. I then ran a Mr. Clean sponge over the lot to get rid of the grit and wash everything down. Next up, I hit the grout lines and the underside of the bath mat with a Bissel hand held steamer. Following this I soaked all bath toys in a bleach bath and then rinsed thoroughly. (A few were to far gone and got chucked). Lastly I took a white grout pen and marked over the remaining stubborn stains.

Y’all….my tub has never looks so nice! and what came out was so gross. There are few mildew spots in the corners I need some specialized cleaner for but this is marked progress. I may not be the most consistent housekeeping but damn if I’m not thorough when I find a project!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunflower State

A local bank in my area planted a sunflower patch and let people come use the field for free photos. It was 100 degrees and the kids were SUPER good sports.

Jellybean is wearing shorts, I promise! He has grown 2 inches over summer and nothing fits. Meanwhile PB decided to wear her flower girl dress from a recent family wedding. Different strokes for different folks I guess?

But I’m never going to regret having this sweet photo!

First Garden Harvest

Our garden has been a little slow this year with unseasonably cool spring that immediately shifted to boiling hot summer. Everything is plodding along but we picked our first produce, a very health zucchini!

I should have a second squash in a week or so. Our yellow squash plant is not far behind but it has more blooms that is spreading out the resources of the plant. Our tomatoes are LONG way from producing. I guess we will have to be patient, lol.

Happy Gardening!!

Audit Season

I’ve been a little sparse in the knitting and online world of late. It’s spring and that means one thing….annual audit season for local governments. I took a promotion at work back in December that has increased my responsibility and also we are down a team member. So its all hands on deck for financial reporting. Honestly….it’s exhausting and I have no brain space left after work. I come home to eat and play with my kids then I go to bed!

I’m just trying to figure out my new role and make sure all the accounting is good. This Office Space meme just about sums up my work day. I hope to pop in a few days a week here and then fire back up once the fieldwork portion of audit is complete.

Wish me luck!

Daughter Brownie Points

My dad is healing nicely from his procedure but is still in a sling. So I wracked up some major daughter brownie points by hanging his exterior Christmas lights. He purchased new LED lights this that really make his house look incredible

We still need one more string to replace the yellow ones on the bottom left. But he was SO happy with the finished look. With Christmas fast approaching we are all glad that his house is ready and festive!

Happy Monday!!

Because Of Course, Kids

My child came from school last night and was excitedly talking about his upcoming classroom holiday dinner. And he was so jazzed that he could dress up as his favorite holiday food…..the next day.

Because of course, he forgot to tell me ahead of time. So after a few deep breaths Jellybean and I went to my craft stash and pulled out some red flannel. After much brainstorming we decided on canned cranberry sauce.

We fashioned a rectangle sewing up a neck hole, leaving two arm holes and seweing down the rest of the side panels. We then used some canned good to draw circles to show the whole berries suspended in the sauce.

Not my best or most professional crafting but my kid was in LOVE. So we happily packed him off to school. And true to fashion, he started feeling sick and vomitted that morning in class and went sent home before he could wear his costume. Sigh, such is mom life.

Maybe we can repurpose this for Christmas day?? Happy Crafting!!

Meet Multi The Beta

Jellybean recently turned 7 and we decided to give him a fish and fish tank setup. All went well and he was super surprised on his big day. Unfortunately that fish, called Aries, didn’t last 48 hours. Jellybean was crushed but was willing to learn from our care mistakes.

So I would like to introduce to you, Multi the Beta. He is a male beta of some species I can’t remember. But he is a series of vibrant colors so Jellybean decided Multi was suiting for a multi-colored fish.

We are a couple days in and our water is now optimal. So fingers crossed we get some decent time with Multi. Oh the adventures of having pets and navigating parenting!

Knitting And Other Life Skills

PB and I did some “quality” time the other day when daycare was closed. I worked on my 2020 Advent Socks #2 and she “did” some dishes in luke warm soapy water. We both practiced some positive life skills I would say.

Total win/win. She played happily for about 45 minutes and I added a third color to my scrappy socks. I love knitting and listen to her little brain chatter away. She’s very much in the “stream of consciousness” phase right now. Sometimes the honesty hurts and sometimes its hilarious. I’ll take whatever I can get, lol!

Happy Knitting!!

Bring On Vacation!

A hearty happy Monday to all! No knitting content today as I’m running around the house preparing for our first family vacation in two years. Sooooo much to remember to do when you are taking littles. So I’ve decided to take the week off from blogging and unplug a little.

I already have way more knitting projects packed in my bag than I need for the length of time we will be gone. So I hope to have some good content when I come back, lol.

I wish everyone a restful and happy week!

Rachelle