Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Method ePantry -- A new way to get cleaning supplies

I have blogged before about Method Home Products.  They have introduced a new scent Lime and Sea Salt.  Housewives everywhere will feel like they are partaking in happy hour when they are actually cleaning! 

If lime and seat salt is not your thing -- some other great scents I've used are Pink Grapefruit, and Lavender. I just started using their ylang ylang shower spray on my glass shower doors. I spritz it on the doors after each shower and squeegee off. It makes the bathroom smell amazing and leaves the glass sparkling clean with no residue.  Since the products are all natural there are no worries of overwhelming fumes, which is important to me because strong cleaning odors aggravate my asthma.

While I was visiting their website checking out the other Method products, I discovered Method ePantry  It's a customizable system for ordering products directly from Method based on your needs.  It takes 3 seconds to answer basic questions and they come up with a cleaning package -- on everything from hand soap to laundry liquid dryer spray.  You then pick and choose what you want in your shipment, including how often they ship it to you -- all with a 10% discount and free shipping.  You can go back anytime to delay shipping, add new products, delete products or cancel your enrollment.  If you click on the link above, I get a $10 referral credit.

Does cleaning make anyone else giddy?

Note:  I am not being compensated in any way for this post.  I'm just sharing the buzz on clean!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Operators Standing By

My life is complete.  I now am the owner of a blue rotary phone.

I have wanted a blue rotary dial phone since I was a teen.  The ever practical Earnie said, when she surprised me with an install of my own personal phone line back when I was a teen, "you can choose white or almond.  I am not paying extra for a blue phone!"  So, this was added with the Easy Bake Oven of  "gifts I always wanted, yet never got" list.  Until now.

In February, while on holiday with my childhood besties, we shopped in antique stores in Waxahachie.  We popped into a coffee house and while the lady was whipping up our Americanos, I played on the blue phone she had hanging on the wall.  Meanwhile, Mary chatted with a mannequin.  While we appeared to entertain the owner, I am sure she had her finger on the panic button wondering what hospital we had been checked out from.

I had to have the phone.  I told the owner my situation of childhood blue phone neglect and she made me an offer on the phone I couldn't refuse (it might have been more likely that she wanted us out of her store).  Mr. Bee lovingly cleaned it up for had lots of goo and finger prints from years of use and he hung it on the wall in my HoneyComb Hideout .  Of course, it's just for show.  But, I am looking forward to pretending.   

P.S.  When Miss Bee saw the phone, she replied, "how does it work?" Welcome to the 70s, baby.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dr. Oz's Makes Monthly House Calls

I just received my first issue of Dr. Oz's new magazine, The Good Life.

It launched in February.  I have cut way back on my magazine subscriptions -- down to Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens.  I also still receive Rachael Ray's mag, but for some reason I never read it.  This magazine is refreshing.  Who doesn't love America's favorite doctor?    Lots of great ideas and articles.

If you haven't watched NY Med, you must.  Periodically, Dr. Oz makes a cameo appearance especially if it's cardiac related.  It's reality TV, but not scripted or weird.  Just honest medicine and the realities of ER cases -- some with good outcomes, and some not so good.

Have a healthy Friday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Bow-Chick-a-Wow-Wow Chair

Daddy had an old 70s chairs in his office.  When we cleared it out after he passed away I knew I could transform it into a present day jewel.

When I Googled "70s office furniture" to see if I could find a similar pic of my chair, I found this funny image...seriously, how did she get any work done?  Check out her get up.  She only has one office supply on her desk -- is that a stapler? And what is she looking at?  Is that Carol Brady?


This is my chair before he went to Alfonzo the hot upholster guy.   He has asked me many times "where do you find this stuff I recover?"  Velour floral fabric with a fun pocket on the back.  I am sure that in its glory days, there were a slew of them in a conference room with the day's agenda tucked inside the back pocket.  I imagine the focus of the meeting was probably how they could get the secretaries to be more productive at their desks, while still wearing hot pants.

I found some awesome lime green hounds tooth fabric at Hobby Lobby -- 3 yards for a grand total of $6.31!

And, here's my new blogging chair...

 With a cute owl pillow from HomeGoods

 And no back pocket.

I may spray paint the legs (probably should have done that prior to the new upholstery).  But for now, many a fine idea will be taken for a spin in my new bow-chick-a-wow-wow chair.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Keep Calm and Have a Cocktail

Mr. Bee has been perfecting his recipe for blood orange margaritas.  We first had this liquid sunshine when we went to San Antonio back in June.  For a little July 4th celebration we hosted for our neighbors, he worked and worked until he came up with the perfect blend of ingredients.  I have to say it was fun helping him taste each batch.  Here's his recipe...

3 parts Blood Orange Juice (no fear, there is no blood involved.  It's a type of orange that makes a lovely shade of dark reddish orange).  You can use either fresh juice or ready made.
2 parts Tequila
1 part Cointreau
1/2 part fresh lime juice
1/2 part simple syrup or agave nectar.

For the party he made the simple syrup which is one part sugar, one part water simmered on the stove.  He added a few sprigs of fresh mint and let the mint steep in the syrup.  That was my favorite version.  If you have the time, I recommend this step.

Chill the ingredients and pour over ice.  We prefer on the rocks, but you could also freeze it.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Best BBQ Baked Beans

This recipe for BBQ baked beans is a Southern Living recipe I've had in my file since 2007.  They are so good.  I make mine in the crock pot so they can simmer on low for several hours.  But, you can also bake them in the oven if you are short on time.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It all started with Groupon

There I was minding my own business and Groupon sent me a message that they were offering SeaWorld tickets for a steal.  I thought, you never know when one might want to go to SeaWorld, so I purchased three tickets.  Then, Groupon being the smart one, sent me a Groupon for the Holiday Inn near the park.  Free shuttle service, free breakfast, free cocktails in the evening.  Then, it spiraled into a trip.