Tip Tuesday: Don’t Wash Your Jeans

Sometimes you can go against the status quo, when it comes to your laundry that is. Did you know you can actually extend the life of your jeans if you don’t wash them often?
It’s true. I first heard about this from my cousin years ago. She told me to wash my jeans after every so many wears and to wash my dark denim inside out to keep the color from fading. It keeps them around longer, which leads me to today’s tip:

8 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Jeans

Set the color
Set the color of new dark jeans using 50% vinegar and 50% water, soak for 30 minutes. Wash as usual. Each time you wash add 1 tbs of vinegar per cup of water washed.

 

Wear your jeans
Wear jeans 4 to 5 times before washing them again, if they are not completely soiled.

 

Cold water
Wash your jeans in cold water.

 

To keep your denim jeans longer spot clean them, set the color with distilled vinegar and wash with a gentle laundry detergent. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

To keep your denim jeans longer spot clean them, set the color with distilled vinegar and wash with a gentle laundry detergent.
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Delicate
Select gentle or delicate washer cycle.

 

Spot clean
Spot clean instead of washing your jeans by using a gentle detergent or Spray ‘n Wash applied with a washcloth or cotton swab.

 

Inside out
Turn inside out to preserve color in the wash.

 

Hand wash
Fill the tub or sink with cold water, add gentle detergent like Woolite, turn jeans inside out, soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Agitate the jeans without rubbing together. Roll the jeans in a  towel to soak up some of the water. Hang to air dry.

 

Air dry
Allow to drip dry or lay flat because heat weakens denim fibers.

 

Have you ever used any of these tips to keep your denim longer or do you have other tips to extend the life of your jeans? Share them with me via twitter, instagram or comment below.

Eight Ways to Use Your Wipes

I bought some cheaper wipes from my beloved Dollar Tree to see if they performed well on ladybug and it was a disappointment. But never one to give up I thought surely I could use these wipes for something else.
I looked around the house and walked away with a smile because I knew exactly how I wanted to use up these wipes. Hold onto your seat because I’m sharing my tips on how to use those cheap wipes (or maybe you bought the wrong brand and don’t want to toss them).
Even if you buy the wrong type of wipes they can still be used to clean around the house. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Even if you buy the wrong type of wipes they can still be used to clean around the house.
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Washing machine/dryer

If your washer and dryer needs a quick clean just take a baby wipe to the outside or inside, plus it’s quick drying.
You can use a wipe to clean the washer or dryer. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

You can use a wipe to clean the outside or inside of the washer or dryer.
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Electronic gadgets

Don’t pay money for just a few electronic wipes when a large pack of baby wipes can last you forever and will clean fingerprints or grime from gadgets including a computer keyboard, mouse, tablet screen or even your cell phone.

Ceiling Fan

Wipes are cleaner and easier to take the dust off your ceiling fan. A feather duster just spreads dust everywhere, but with one swipe of a wipe you are done with your chores quickly.

Detail the car

Use a baby wipe to dust the car dashboard and in between the gear shift or if your child just happened to rub their sticky hands on the door or the back of your seat.

You can quickly clean the interior of your car with a baby wipe. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

You can quickly clean the interior of your car with a baby wipe.
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Deodorant marks

Don’t you hate when you pull your shirt over your head and look on the side where you discover your deodorant has left its mark on your black top? A baby wipe will get rid of those marks and the wetness will dry in no time.

Sink

You can use baby wipes to clean the sink of grime, toothpaste spills and soap deposits just as easy as you would with a sponge. It cleans the faucet handles streak free and plus it doesn’t require you to spray the sink with any harsh chemicals.
You can use baby wipes to clean the sink of grime, toothpaste spills and soap. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

You can use baby wipes to clean the sink of grime, toothpaste spills and soap.
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Blinds

Sure you could take a duster or a microfiber cloth, but why not dust them and clean them at the same time. You can easily take a wipe between the blades and wipe from one end to the other.

Kitchen counters

Need to wipe the counters quickly if company is coming over then just whip out a wipe and go to town. If it’s good enough for your baby then surely it can give your counter a clean in a pinch. However, I wouldn’t rely on a baby wipe to solely disinfect the counter.

 Well there you have the 8 ways I use baby wipes. How do you use baby wipes? Comment below or share your tips via instagram or twitter.

Father’s Day 2016 Gift Guide: It’s Not Last Minute if it’s Two Days Before

Let’s face it. Sometime, most of the time Father’s Day is overshadowed by Mother’s Day. I mean we give birth to the child and many of them scream for mommy first when they get hurt or want something. But we can’t forget our fathers.

They are our family’s protector and provider, but they also get to nurture little ones too. My husband has a son from a previous relationship and our little girl is my first child and his first girl.

She arrived early by six weeks and is truly our miracle. I only saw glimpses of his relationship with his son when he was our daughter’s age, but I’m seeing my husband with her. I see when he tosses her into the air and she erupts in a fit of giggles. I also see him melt when she gives him wet baby kisses on the cheek and tries to wrap her tiny hands around his neck for a hug. Or when it’s bath time and he let’s her splash around getting water all over the place “because she’s having fun,” he says.

These are the sweet moments of fatherhood. To be honest doesn’t a man like that deserve a great gift on HIS day. Below is a collection of great, albeit last minute-not-so-last-minute Father’s Day gifts.

Here are some gift ideas for the man in your life — some are over $100 and under $50. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here are some Father’s Day gift ideas for the man in your life — some are over $100 and under $50.
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Priced Over $100

Smart Watch

Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, Fitbit, Nordstrom, $199.95.

This watch keeps track of calories burned, measures hours and quality of sleep, monitors heart rate, track food intake and syncs with your smartphone.

Suit

Two-button suit with trousers, Jos.A. Bank, $498.

Now is the time to shop at Joseph A. Bank because now is the semi-annual sale. Purchase a suit for less than $500 and they will throw in a second. The popular high quality men’s clothier is currently having a buy 1 get 1 free Father’s Day sale.

Grill

Combo gas/charcoal grill, Smoke Hollow, Sears, $199.99.

This a three-burner gas grill with an option for charcoal. It comes with a chrome-plated warming rack and retails for $299.99, but is currently on sale.

 

Priced Under $50

Sunglasses

Metal framed sunglasses, Cole Haan, Nordstrom Rack, $29.97.

These sunglasses look like you paid a million bucks, but are very affordable, especially if your husband, boyfriend, brother or father loses his sunglasses often.

Concert tickets

Anthony Hamilton/Fantasia, Bojangles Coliseum, June 19, $47.50-$60.

Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia are performing this weekend in Charlotte and best news ever, there are still tickets available.

Water bottle

Reusable water bottle, S’Well, $35.

For the fitness guy in your life. What’s so great about these bottles are that they keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours. Heck yeah. But also keep hot drinks hot for 12 hours. Also S’Well helps support the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which provides clean drinking water to children around the world.

Share with me some of your last minute-not-so-last-minute gift ideas you have for the man in your life via instagram, twitter or comment below.

 

Tip Tuesday: 12 Incredible Baking Soda Uses

Baking soda — it really is hands down one box with countless uses. I don’t know how many times I’ve reached for baking soda to clean and of course neutralize refrigerator odors, but there’s so much more this little box can do. I mean it’s easy to find, inexpensive and who doesn’t have a box in their fridge?

 

Beauty

  • Exfoliator. No need to buy expensive products just mix a teaspoon of baking soda in a bit of water in the palm of your hand. Gently work the mixture into the skin in a circular motion to remove dead skin cells or mix a small amount into your cleanser.
  • Bath/detox soak. Who wants an at home spa treatment? You can have it by dissolving 3 TBS of baking soda into a tub filled with warm water.
  • Hand cleanser. Mix three parts baking soda to one part water or just add three parts baking soda to your liquid hand soap and apply the mixture to your hands for touchable soft skin.
  • Clarifying shampoo. To remove product buildup in your hair mix a quarter-sized amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand along with your shampoo. This will leave hair cleaner and more manageable.
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Mix baking soda in with your shampoo to remove product build-up.
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Cleaning

  • Greasy dishes. Mix a 2 tablespoons of baking soda in dish water to cut grease, soak pans for about 15 minutes then wash normally.
  • Cleaner laundry. Put your laundry in the washer, pour in 1/2 a cup of baking soda, add the usual amount of liquid or powder detergent and wash. Use another 1/2 cup at the beginning of the rinse cycle.
  • Enamel cookware. Need to clean an enamel pot? Boil 1 quart of water in the pot and add in 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. After it simmers for a bit use a wooden spoon to loosen the baked on food.
  • Toilet cleaner. Sprinkle one cup of baking soda in the toilet, leave for 30 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush and flush.
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Use baking in your laundry to freshen and get your clothes cleaner.
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Miscellaneous

  • Bath fizzies. Mix 2 teaspoons of unsweetened lemon drink mix, 1 teaspoon of flour or cornstarch, 4 teaspoon of baking soda into a bowl. Mix 4 teaspoon of mineral oil or baby oil with 3-6 drops of food coloring into a separate bowl. Now mix colored mixture into dry ingredients. Make 1-inch balls out of the mixture. Place on wax paper to dry. It takes 24 to 48 hours to completely dry. Fill bathtub and drop in fizzies.
  • Insect bites. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to create a paste. Apply it to the bug bite for ten minutes before washing away.
  • Relieve diaper rash. Put two tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.
  • Air freshener. Pour one tablespoon of baking soda into a bowl add 5 to 6 drops of your favorite essential oil, mix well. Pour baking soda mixture into a spray bottle and add distilled water. Shake well to mix. Can be used on carpets, to freshen your shoes and couches.

So there are my 12 incredible uses for baking soda (with the help of Arm & Hammer). Have I missed any tips? How do you use baking soda? Let me know in the comments below or via instagram or twitter.

10 Things Busy Moms Do

Let’s face it. Moms are always on call. Whether it’s to wipe snotty noses, go grocery shopping or scrub toilets. I’m sure there’s moms and dads who can testify to having a lot to do with little time to do it. I’ve only been a mom for eight months, but I’ve learned now more than ever that my time is very valuable. How I use my time can make a huge difference.
I’ve always thought of myself as a multi-tasker, but nothing beats juggling mommy-wife-job duties.
Along my mommy journey I have developed some habits that help to streamline my day so that I can have more time with my hubby and my daughter. I work full time and my day usually starts about 5 am or earlier and doesn’t end until 11 or after midnight.  In no particular order of importance I’ve created a list of things us busy moms (and dads) can do to get more done in the day.

1. Electronic circular/reward programs

I downloaded the app flipp so that I don’t have to collect so many sale papers and the places I shop most often will let me know when there’s a sale. I’ve also downloaded the Pampers app because since our daughter’s NICU days she’s been using Pampers. It’s the brand we prefer, but by no means not the only good brand out there. On every pack of wipes and diapers there are these codes and a certain number of points are assigned based on your child’s diaper size. Once you’ve collected so many then you can trade those points in for a reward. The rewards include totes, diaper related merchandise and an opportunity to make a contribution to some wonderful foundations.
Flipp is a source for flyers, coupons and deals at all of your favorite stores. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Flipp is a source for flyers, coupons and deals at all of your favorite stores.
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2. Pay bills online

I write all of our recurring bills in a calendar on the date it is due and how much. We sit down and determine what bills will be paid from which check and pay them all at once. That way you don’t have that unpaid bill hanging over your head. I go back to my calendar and mark it paid.
We write all of our bills in a calendar, how much and when they are do and denote when it's been paid. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

We write all of our bills in a calendar, how much and when they are do and denote when it’s been paid.
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3. Grocery shop once a week

It can be hard, but on a good week I run all of my errands on Saturday and before lunch time I’m done. I wake up around 7am, finalize my menu for the next week and my grocery list. Then I hit my circle — produce market, aldi, dollar tree, food lion. It may seem like a lot, but each store meets different needs. I get fresh fruits and vegetables from the produce market; pasta, canned veggies, snacks, sauces from Aldi; cleaning supplies and wellness supplies from Dollar Tree and the occasional makeup product and meats and other grocery items from Food Lion.

4. Do double duty

While you’re making dinner throw a load of clothes in wash and/or if you have time before getting the kids up or after they go to bed. I mean let’s be honest, laundry is one of those things that requires little action from you — put the clothes and laundry detergent in and start it up, that’s it. You can fold the clothes after dinner.

Wash dirty dishes while you make dinner. Why wait until after doing dishes. Why not clean mixing bowls and pots as you are cooking that way it cuts down on the time you have to wash afterward.
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Why not wash clothes while your family eats dinner. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

5. Pack a second diaper bag.

Leave it in the car or if you have older kids pack a ‘to-go’ bag. In this bag you can put car games like the license plate game or spot the car (for preschoolers pack a pad and pencil and when while driving let kids write down license plate numbers or spot the type of vehicle. You can even create a check list of vehicle types ahead of time and when the kid spots one let them place a sticker over the word) or hangman  —pack bottled water or CapriSuns or snacks like dried fruit. Also include a blanket, pillow, a change of clothes because just because they are older doesn’t mean they will have accidents.

6. Make a list.

I make lists of everything, from groceries to blog ideas. I write every thing down b/c these days there’s so much going on that I just don’t trust myself to remember it. So when you’re on the elevator heading to the office take a few seconds to add to your grocery list or if you’re in the car do a voice memo and make a shopping list.
While I have downtime I create a grocery list on my phone and then on the weekends we shop. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

While I have downtime I create a grocery list on my phone and then on the weekends we shop.
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7. Prep meals

I admire those moms who prep their meals weeks ahead, but when you have a picky eater (hubby) I can’t really go that far out. I prep my meals at least two days ahead. Sometimes my husband says he’s not in the mood for chicken and or just wants veggies so creating meals for the week just doesn’t work in our house. But what I do is include him in on the meal planning that way he knows what meals are upcoming. Oftentimes we may have nachos one night and I’ll take the extra ground beef and make spaghetti for the next day.

8. Quick clean

While at the red light or before you get out of the car why not take a baby wipe and clean the steering wheel, armrest, door handle and crevices near your gearshift. Put a small trash bag or even a recycled grocery store bag and take out the trash. Empty the trash when you get out. Shake the floor mats out when you don’t have time to vacuum. Use hand sanitizer on spills or ink stains.
Why not quickly clean the interior of your car with some baby wipes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Why not quickly clean the interior of your car with some baby wipes.
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9. Mommy’s day out

Hire a babysitter or get nana and grandpa to watch the little one so you and hubby can clean the house. At least once a month we get my mother-in-law or sister-in-law to watch our daughter so we can give the house a deep clean without having to entertain her. We can devote our attention solely on the business of cleaning.

10. Snackin’

We created a snack drawer for my stepson. We always have fresh fruit and of course chips, but we put extra snacks in a height appropriate drawer that has pudding, fruit snacks and other things he likes to eat. This way kids know this is THEIR drawer and can have a role in picking out the snacks that go inside and keeping the drawer organized.
*Bonus
When we run low on products I add it to a master list on the fridge during the week and it cuts down on the amount of time it takes me to create a shopping list on the weekends.
What are some of the ways you save time as a busy mom or dad, share with us via instagram, twitter or just comment below.