It’s My Blogiversary

This month 2 years ago I began blogging. I took a hiatus but I’m baaaaaaacccckk.

What was supposed to be a holiday time off became a four and a half month break, but what can I say, but life got hectic. It still is, but I missed blogging and hope that with a regular one day a week post that I can still make time for family, church, work and give you a great quality blog.

I’m hoping to do more DIYs, recipes, mommy stuff. That said I’ve got some exciting blogs planned. But for now here’s a few of my favorite blog posts from the past 2 years.

I’m always on the go for either work, family, church and have to really maximize my time. So I had an idea that there are probably things that all moms and some dads do to manage their time. I created a list of 10 things this busy mom does.

Moms and dads are always juggling something. Here you’ll find some tips to streamline your load.
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I love a good slice or three of pizza. We have our favorites and have quickly added our own at-home pizza to this list. It’s such an easy way to add everybody’s favorite ingredients and heck make it healthy and do all veggies.

The post I created in October was the first time we made our own pizza and we have since then perfected our recipe and tried different ingredients. But if you are looking for an easy at-home pizza recipe then look now further.

The ingredients are fresh and pre-made to create one delish pizza.
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When my Bath & Body Works Peach Bellini foam soap ran out this DIY Diva had to create her own. I had so much fun creating this for my Tip Tuesday series. I did try other “soaps” first like the original blue Dawn, but the Olay Hand Renewal version left my hands clean and soft and isn’t that the point. It only required like two “ingredients” — Dawn liquid soap and water. That’s it. Pour in water, mix in a few squirts of the soap and you have DIY Foam Hand Soap.

A little Dawn dish soap, water and a reused foam soap dispenser is all you need to make your own.
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The last post I thoroughly enjoyed and still love is the last one before my break — Relax….it’s the Holidays. In that December post I talked about how holidays can be stressful, duh. So instead of holiday food recipes or Christmas decorating tips, I shared how to relax. Yasss, girl.

I created, with the help of the Internet, three detox bath recipes. I’ve always been a bath person and when I was pregnant bath time was such a relaxing way to end my day. So without any further discussion here’s my favorite detox bath recipe. Check the blog post for more.

epsom salt, baking soda and essential oil make for simple and relaxing detox bath.
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If you are a follower of the House That Walker Built and have a favorite post, please comment below. Or share with me on any our socials if you’ve re-created or used any of my blog tips via instagram, twitter or facebook.

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Cinnamon & milk sore throat tea

I’ve been feeling kinda crummy lately and after dealing with a sore throat, coughing and sneezing I finally went to the doctor. I was forced to, but I digress. The doctor told me I have a virus (which is apparently going around) and allergies.

She didn’t really instruct me to do anything other than what I was doing. So since I had no official prescription I did what I was doing — homeopathic remedies.

I’ve talked about this before and I’ll say it again. If I can find a natural remedy for an illness or health issue rather than resort to medication then I’ll try it. I admit on my first few days of sickness I tried the store bought lozenges and expectorants. They worked temporarily and so I hit the Internet first and my pantry second.

Google sore throat remedies and you come up with lots of pantry items that have been shown to help cure a sore throat — honey is at the top of the list. No matter what sore throat remedy I try I always include honey even if it’s a honey cough drop.

My quick go-to remedy is simply any hot tea and a honey lemon cough drop. I suck on the cough drop a bit and then drop it in to melt. I breathe in the menthol from the cough drop and drink in the tea.

I wanted to try something different because I was sick the other day with a sore throat and I was nauseated. My mom said drink some warm milk and then she quickly followed that up with eat a spoonful of honey. She always suggests a spoonful of honey. I think she saw that on Dr. Oz.

It takes me back to when we were kids and she would suggest we use Vaseline — on everything. We would get a burn. Vaseline. We would get a paper cut. Vaseline. We would get a scratch. Vaseline. You get it.

So I’d like to say I created the following remedy, but it was a Pinterest find. Surprise!

The ingredients are simple: milk, ginger, honey and cinnamon.

Milk

Contrary to what people think that drinking dairy will increase phlegm production warm milk can be of benefit if you have a dry or raw sore throat.

Ginger

Loosens and expels mucus as well as fights bacteria. It has powerful antioxidant effects. It will soothe a sore throat and reduce coughing. Fresh ginger is also said to be effective against the RSV virus (a common cause of respiratory infections).

Honey

Has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also reduces throat irritation and coughs. Even a spoonful of honey alone can soothe and coat your throat.

Cinnamon

Has antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It’s full of antioxidants and reduces inflammation. It also thins mucus.
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A few ingredients that I had in my pantry and fridge created this warming, soothing cinnamon & milk sore throat tea. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

So if you have a sore throat and try this cinnamon & milk sore throat tea please let me know how it turns out because it did wonders for me. Or if you have your own sore throat remedy leave me a comment below, post to facebook or tell me via twitter or snap a pic via instagram.

Tip Tuesday: DIY Foam Hand Soap

I’m a fan of Bath & Body Works foam soap (actually I’m a fan of all of their products), but recently my Peach Bellini soap ran out and I knew it would be awhile before I replenished my stock. But I’d read on Pinterest (no surprise there) that with just two ingredients, one of which being water I could make my own foam soap.

I did my research and through trial and error came up with one I liked. It was simple and required very little effort on my part. I’ve read where people used body wash and shampoo, but I chose something different.

Literally it’s Dawn dish soap. I used Hand Rewewal with Olay, mostly because the regular Dawn is a little too drying. Dawn is known for cutting the grease and although I want my hands clean, I don’t want to strip the natural oils from my skin. The other reason I wanted to use dish soap is because it’s thin.

This is the dish soap I used to make foam hand soap. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

This is the dish soap I used to make my DIY foam hand soap.
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I wash my hands a lot and so I wanted something that would be moisturizing as well. I used the soap dispenser I already had. I filled it a little less than half way with warm tap water and about 2 tablespoons of soap.

I reused a Bath and Body Works foam soap dispenser. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

I reused a Bath & Body Works foam soap dispenser.
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The reason it creates foam is not the soap, but the pump. The pump injects air and a small amount of soap simultaneously creating a foam. You don’t even have to shake or mix the water and soap, but I gave my a gentle swish.

The finished product using only water and dish soap. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

The finished product using only water and dish soap.
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If you try this tip let me know or if you try a different soap, shower gel or other cleansing agent please share via instagram or twitter or comment below.

 

 

Tip Tuesday: Kool-Aid Klean

I know what you are thinking. Kool-Aid. Yes. I’m serious. I absolutely can’t stand a dirty bathroom, especially the toilet. I guess I clean the toilet a couple of times a week. I mean what can I say but I have a husband (no further explanation necessary) and we may have the occasional visitors who come over.

Clean the toilet with lemonade flavored Kool-Aid. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Clean the toilet with lemonade flavored Kool-Aid.
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I’ve used Comet or as my mother calls it “Texize” and baking soda as well as bleach and Lysol toilet bowl cleaner. But I’d never tried Kool-Aid until recently. I’d heard that you could use the popular kid’s drink, but had never tried it.

So I did my research because I wanted to know what ingredients in the Kool-Aid made it clean the throne. Based on what I found it’s the citric acid that breaks down tough stains. So all you need is lemonade or orange flavored Kool-Aid.

Here’s what I did:

First I flushed the toilet to wet the sides of the bowl and sprinkled the powder into the bowl. I waited two hours and then returned. All it took was a scrub brush and voila.

Sprinkle the toilet with Kool-Aid to get rid of rings. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Sprinkle the toilet with Kool-Aid to get rid of rings.
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Extra Tip : You can use the same packet of Lemonade flavored Kool-Aid to clean the dishwasher. Simply pour the packet into the detergent well and run a dish cycle in the empty dishwasher. It removes hard water build up and any soap scum that may have accumulated.

*Disclaimer: I didn’t quite get enough powder onto the sides of the bowl so the “rings” and grime are still present, but the basin of the toilet or trough (I don’t know what you call it) did come clean.

Here is the before, during and after of cleaning the toilet using Kool-Aid. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here is the before, during and after of cleaning the toilet using Kool-Aid.
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If you try this tip please let me know how it works for you via instagram or facebook.

Spring Cleaning: The Forgotten Clean Up

There’s so many ways to clean, products to use and lists about what to clean from the floor to the toilet. No matter how much I clean there’s always something I’ve forgotten. I’m probably not the only one who forgets those nooks and crannies throughout the house. I’d say the kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms in my house that have to be clean. In this post I’m focusing on the kitchen.

I mean think about it — the kitchen is where meals are prepared but it’s also where food is splattered on the wall, crumbs get swept under the rug, your husband washes the raw chicken on the counter.

Here’s my top 6 forgotten places to clean and how to clean them:

  • Top of the fridge. The top of our refrigerator holds party trays and of course some dust and nastiness. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I dusted up there. The easiest way to clean it is to dust it with a microfiber cloth and use a second cloth with hot, soapy water to wipe it down. Need to clean it in a hurry then swipe it with a baby wipe and keep it movin.’
  • Walls or backsplash. No doubt you remembered to wipe down the counter, but what about the walls or backsplash? The wall nearest the trash can gets hit with all sorts food particles so give it a cleaning with a mix of one cup of warm water and half a cup of baking soda. Combine the cleaning solution into a bucket and give the painted walls or even wallpaper a wipe down. Don’t have time for a bucket and rag then put 1/2 cup of warm water, 1/4 cup of baking soda and a 1 teaspoon of Dawn dish detergent in a spray bottle.
  • Can opener. My husband always washes the manual can opener after he uses it. I never did, but it makes sense, right. You use your can opener to open tuna, canned vegetables and everything in between all the while spreading bacteria from can to can and back into your kitchen drawer. Simply wipe the blade with hot, soapy water or toss it in the dishwasher.
Just give the handle and blade a wipe off with hot, soapy water. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Just give the handle and blade of your can opener a wipe off with hot, soapy water. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

  • Trash can. It’s the home of every imaginable nasty, dirty, stinky thing in the kitchen and for our family some dirty diapers. I clean our trash can with a mixture of white vinegar, Dawn dish soap and warm water. I estimate I clean the trash can every couple of weeks. But if you don’t want to go all natural I like Spic ‘n Span or Lysol wipes for a quick clean.
Here I've just taken a Lysol wipe and quickly wiped down the outside of the kitchen trash can. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here I’ve just taken a Lysol wipe and quickly cleaned the outside of the kitchen trash can.
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  • Baseboards. I use the dryer sheets that come straight out of the dryer or an unused one and wipe the dust and then use a Magic Eraser to wipe down the baseboards. Or in a pinch just use a Lysol wipe.
Here I used an unused dryer sheet to remove dust from my base boards. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Here I used an unused dryer sheet to remove dust from my baseboards.
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  • Burner grates, under the stove top. This wasn’t easy to clean after grease and burnt food build-up but a paste of baking soda and vinegar did the trick to loosen up the grime. I did have to resort to a Brillo pad to get some of this off. Don’t forget to lift the stove and wipe underneath the grates.
Baking soda and vinegar loosened up this grime on the burner grate. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Baking soda and vinegar loosened up this grime on the burner grate.
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*Bonus: The Brita Pitcher. Wash the pitcher in warm water with a mild dish detergent and wipe the lid in a solution of warm water and distilled vinegar.

What are some items in your kitchen that you neglect to clean, but that should really be cleaned? Leave them in the comments below or tweet me your cleaning tips using #walkerspringclean so I can find it.

Tip Tuesday: DIY Moisturizing Spray Lotion

I’m a woman who likes to get everything down to the last drop. I don’t waste a thing — not the last of the Texas Pete, not the Duke’s Mayonnaise and when it comes to beauty, definitely not my lotion.
I’ve turned many lotion bottles upside down to get that last bit to drain, but why not make that lotion work extra for you.

I’m going to show you how to turn that nearly empty bottle into a moisturizing spray lotion using just three ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • lotion bottle
  • toner, rose water or witch hazel
  • serum
  • empty spray bottle

Directions

  1. Pour one ounce of toner (or less depending on the consistency you like) into the lotion bottle. *Note: you can substitute rose water or witch hazel.
  2. Add a squirt of your favorite serum. *Note: my serum is squalane for it’s moisturizing properties, also it’s easily absorbed into the skin.
  3. Shake the mixture
  4. Pour into an empty spray bottle.

Ok great so you don’t want to make a spray lotion, but would rather buy your own, try some of these below. If you do try my diy spray lotion let me know what you think.

Making a moisturizing spray lotion not your thing, try one of these inexpensive or expensive products. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Making a moisturizing spray lotion not your thing, try one of these inexpensive or expensive products.
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  1. St. Ives, $4.99
  2. Kiss My Face, $9.99
  3. Curel Itch Defense, $8.99
  4. Burberry Body Milk Spray, $50
  5. Tatcha Moisturizing Spray, $48
  6. Botanicals, $40

 

Tip Tuesday: My Under Eyes Have Bags

As a new mom there are MANY sleepless nights and lots of very tired next mornings. Coffee may give a boost to my body, but those tired, puffy eyes need more than just coffee. Girlfriend, they need a miracle. Have no fear because I do have that miracle — actually I have three.

Today I’m sharing three simple remedies for those under eye bags. So let’s jump right in with the first.

Cooling Eye Cream

The easiest way to get rid of eye bags is to just place your store bought eye cream or gel in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.  Apply the cooled product under your eye area. Voila!

Place eye cream in the fridge for a cooling effect. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Place eye cream in the fridge for a cooling effect.
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Moisturizing Eye Cream

This eye cream is a do-it-yourselfer, but with only two ingredients it’s not complicated. Mix coconut oil (2 tablespoons) and Vitamin E capsule (1) together and stir. The mixture should form a paste.

Coconut oil is usually hypoallergenic, so it won’t irritate your skin and the Vitamin E restores collagen. Just puncture the capsule with a sterilized needle (swipe it with rubbing alcohol) and give it a squeeze. Rub the mixture gently into the eye area. This one is moisturizing and is free of silicones and parabens. You could also place this eye cream in the fridge for a cooling effect.

Two ingredients — coconut oil and Vitamin E make a perfect moisturizing eye cream. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Two ingredients — coconut oil and Vitamin E make a perfect moisturizing eye cream.
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Tea for Two

One way to revitalize tired eyes is with tea. Yes, tea. Steep two chamomile tea bags in hot water. Carefully remove the bags and place them in the freezer until they are thoroughly chilled or about 10 minutes. Place one bag over each closed eye. Sit back, relax or a take a power nap. Wake up refreshed. Chamomile fights inflammation and the scent acts as a mild tranquilizer while you take a cat nap.


Chilled tea bags that have been steeped work wonders for tired eyes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Chilled tea bags that have been steeped work wonders for tired eyes.
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