July 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
J and I are determined to use our backyard to the fullest this summer. We love that it is fenced in, the patio is covered and we especially love our new patio set. That’s the icing on the cake.
Last week I talked about repelling flies in our backyard here. J and I have worked on another home DIY treatment to rid our backyard of flies.
3) White Vinegar
In a spray bottle you want to mix 1 part Vinegar with 2 parts Pine-sol and 2 parts Water. Spray this mixture onto the patio furniture. I could instantly see how this spray was working. And I liked it!
Then I got a little carried away … I started spraying the siding of our house. It worked! One downfall of using this spray is the smell. It can be a bit overwhelming. Mainly smells like pine-sol, but that’s not a smell that I want lingering around for a long time.
But overall I love, love, love this spray! I’m thinking that I will keep a bottle mixed and ready to go.
What products do you use around your home to repel flies?
June 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
Nothing better than adding a little bit of greenery around the back patio. J and I took a trip to the local nursery and found some plants to add to our yard.
First, lavender, which is probably some of my favorite. Then we added some mint. After some research we found that mint was great to repel insects because of the odor it puts off.
Here’s what you need:
1) planters – I used one for each plant, a 12″ for lavender and 8″ for the mint. You want the mint to have more of a shallow pot because of their roots.
3) potting soil
The project took about 30 minutes to finish.
That’s it. Pretty simple and makes a great addition to any backyard. I can’t wait to keep adding plants and flowers to make our yard a little more homier.
June 26, 2013 § Leave a comment
Sometimes you have just a perfect evening. Earlier this week J and I had one of those evenings. We grilled, sat outside on our new patio set and played with the dogs. I think Maggie is used to me taking pictures of her… Tiny doesn’t sit still long enough for too many pictures, but little Maggie doesn’t mind a photo or two …or three.
Here’s to more of these perfect evenings.
June 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
Flies. I hate them. Hate. Hate. Hate them. With summer here and a nice patio that we are wanting to use, J and I have made it our mission to rid our backyard of flies. We have a new grill and lovely patio set that are calling our names.
So, after some research we have come up with a few ways to repel flies and will document these how-tos.
The first, which is probably the simplest one to do is the Water Bag with Pennies.
You only need three things:
1) Baggie with zipped closure
Fill the bag half-way with water, add the pennies and then seal. We hung ours in an area where the sunlight would reach. It is said that the light reflection from the water and pennies bother flies and they avoid the area.
We’ll keep you updated on whether this tactic makes a difference. We are going to add a few more tactics under our belts too, so be on the look out for those.
June 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
It’s official. Summer is here. The humidity is up and my allergies are finally starting to subside, a little. I put together a little list of fun things that I’d love to do in these next few months. What do you have on your to-do list?
1) Attend a Cardinals Baseball game
2) Go to the lake as much as possible
3) Grill majority of our meals
4) Learn to make a new summer cocktail, preferably with raspberries.
5) Work more on our wedding plans (getting those invites addressed without pulling out my hair)
6) Commit to Crossfit at least 3x a week (fingers crossed)
7) Spend time with J’s family and my family
8) Teach Tiny a few new tricks
9) Start saving for my Bachelorette party(!!!) in NOLA.
10) Go to Founder’s Park to watch a movie
Cheers to a great Summer!
June 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
Alright, I have two dogs and okay, my area rug in the family room started smelling a bit.
It happens when you have a puppy that is learning how to be house-broken. Not to mention this said puppy is absolutely terrified of people and has a problem holding it in when she gets scared. It’s hard to be upset about being scared, but I can be upset that my brand new, gorgeous rug was starting to smell.
Finally, after buying carpet cleaner after carpet cleaner I learned of this neat little trick that worked perfectly. So, I thought that I would pass it on to you.
What you’ll need:
1) The rug you want to clean
2) An area outside to layout the rug in the sunlight
3) Spray bottle
4) White Vinegar
First, you want to soak your rug with the hose. I like to use a good amount of water pressure to make sure to break up any dirt.
Second, spray down the rug with your vinegar solution (1 part vinegar and 3 parts water)
Third, let dry in the sun. I think the heat from the sun really helped get rid of the smell.
Voila! Easy, simple and completely doable. The rug is as good as knew and our house smells wonderful.
June 18, 2013 § 2 Comments
Want to know a secret? I’ll let you in to a little personal secret of mine pertaining to my past relationships. You see, back in high school and undergrad of college most of my friends thought of me as this “2 week girl.” No, not because my relationships would only last 2 weeks, but because I couldn’t stand having a disagreement with someone. I just never saw the need to fight or not get along. It wasn’t really important to me to fight. I thought, why waste your time?
So, that’s where my “2 week girl” came into play. You can bet that after an argument that I just didn’t see the importance of the guy and me would be over in about 2 weeks.
I promise that I am not this cold-hearted, stone-faced woman. I really do have a heart and I would bend over backwards to help my partner out. I would be there for them, whether if it was helping study, a family crisis, etc. I was there. I just did not see the need to fight. Why?
Then it all changed. One night, I met J and he changed my world. We fell fast for one another. We decided early on that it would be the two of us. The two of us against the world and we would be together.
It hit me one day – J was worth fighting with. We may not always agree on every topic. We frustrate each other. Our personalities are not identical. I am much more reserved and J is very outgoing. I am a homebody and J is happy out with people.
We also make each other happy, laugh, and work harder at being a better person. J pushes me to go after my dreams. I do not think I would have been as passionate about MereLynneConcepts on Etsy without him. We are there to listen to one another and help each other.
As women (well most women) we watch these romantic comedies, you know – the cliché ones. The movies where at the very end, right before the credits roll the two characters embrace and say something like, “I’d rather fight with you then make love to anyone else.” Then there is an extremely long and passionate kiss.
J and I may get into it time from time, but he is worth every hard discussion, every time I have to admit I’m wrong – J is worth it all. We’ve had to learn how each other react to a fight or disagreement. Not just learning but compromising our typical actions for the one we love.
I may not have the romantic comedy ending, but I do have the person that makes my soul instantly melt. I found the person that I will face the world with, as a team. For that I am grateful.