LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Does it Work? Pinterest Hack {Cleaning Dirty Baking Sheets}


How many of you have pinned this? Maybe several variations of this? (Raises hand). After sitting on my board for far too long, I took the grimmest pan I could find and tested out this hack.

What Pinterest says to do:
 1. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda in a bowl and add the hydrogen peroxide until it creates a paste
2. Spread the paste all over the pan rubbing it in really good on those baked in stains
3. Wait for about 45 minutes, then use a wire bristle brush to scrub the paste

Following the directions, I let my paste soak and about 10 minutes in I began to notice the paste turning a light brown.

When the time was up, I took my brush and gave the pan a good scrub. And scrubbed some more. And then some more. But big spots were coming clean!

And the paste was absorbing the left behind grim.

After 20+ minutes of scrubbing the pan looked much better, but there was still noticeable spots left and it definitely wasn't SPARKLING like some Pinterest photos lead me to believe.

The Verdict:
While this method did get rid of that baked on grim and the sheet was definitely cleaner, it was also SUPER labor and time intensive. For me, instead of doing this hack again I would probably just buy a new baking sheet since none of mine are super expensive. 

Have you all tried this? How did it work for you? Is there a different combination or method I should be using? 

Let me know and I may just test it out and post it on the blog :) 
Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap

Although our weekend included minimal picture taking, we did have a great weekend complete with  a family dance party in the basement, the usually grocery run and cleaning, a random Saturday afternoon nap, pool time, (complete the best photo outtakes) and even a bathroom makeover.




Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, Friday

It's been waaayyy to long since I did a Friday post and man it feels good to be back and linking up with ChristinaAmandaKarli, & Erika.

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If you follow me on Instagram you know that last weekend the boys & I took a tour of a cave at a state park in our city. A real, legit cave y'all. The boys were in heaven and I was trying not to have a heart attack as we walked through the dark in cold rushing water.

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We went swimming at my husband's aunt's house last Sunday night and their dog Hunter absolutely loves the pool. Ben stuck a pool noodle up to the jets creating a massive spray hose which caused the dog to go crazy trying to catch the water.

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One of the many perks of working at a big medical center is all the conferences, working lunches, and meetings which usually means lunch is involved. Chipotle catering for the win!

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Have you guys seen The Secret Life of Pets? It was so cute and now I want to set up GoPros all over my friend's houses so we can watch what their animals do all day. Not sure if Jack is more excited about the movie or popcorn. 

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Another year of VBS wrapped up last week and on Sunday some of the kids performed songs from the week. I'm so glad that Ben likes to go every year since I have such fun memories of going to VBS at the same church when I was little. His only complaint was that there wasn't enough snacks. Totally my kid.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin. I recently joined so take a look and follow along. 
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

4th of July ~2016~

The fact that it rained almost our entire 4th of July weekend has me stalling to recap America's birthday. We spent lots of time indoors but the weather seemed to cooperate a little more on the actual 4th although it was unseasonably chilly. 

Per tradition, we headed to J's aunt's house where the kids swam and shot fireworks while the adults made sure no one poked each other in the eye with a sparkler. I'm happy to report that there were no injuries although Jack did wind up with slightly pink hair when a piece of colored parachute landed in his wet hair dying it the prettiest rose color for a solid couple of days. We ended the night with the huge fireworks which is definitely a perk of living in the country. 

Happy 4th!


Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Books {You'll Actually Want} To Read This Summer

Like most people I definitely go through phases where I will read a lot and then not pick up another book until a year later. No, just me? This Summer has proven to be one of those times where I can't get enough of reading. One night I sat on the couch trying to read the last few pages of my book while the kids stripped naked, ate a brownie, and ran like maniacs around the house. So there's your warning.

I don't like to read lengthy reviews of books so here's a quick recap plus my ever sophisticated rating of the books I've read recently. 
Girl on the Train I might be the last person to jump on this bandwagon but I'm so glad I did. There's a missing woman, alcoholism, and obviously a girl on the train. A suspenseful what happened and who did it all the way up until the end 4.5/5

Walking on Water Not even sure how this book got onto my book shelf, but it's actually the last book in a series which I didn't discover until I looked up the author after reading it. You don't need to have read the previous books to understand the plot of this one although it may help tie together the story of man walking across the country after he's lost everything in his life. Good, easy ready. 3/5

Cleaning House I picked this one up for a work project but found I was able to relate the information to my own children. In a culture where kids and even young adults expect their parents to do everything, this book teaches the reader how to promote independence in children of all ages and teach those sometimes forgotten skills such as hosting guests and even how to use a plunger. 4/5

Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up This book will be getting a post of it's own because SO many people have read it and I have lots of thoughts to share. Although there are some recommendations I'd just never do (talking outloud to my house), there were some great take away points and who doesn't need a little organization in their life? 4/5

The Widow One of my favorite books, this isn't a lighthearted read. Written between past and present and from multiple character's views, this book tells the story of a lost little girl, the sick world of a pedophile, a cop who can't let go, and a widow trying to make sense of it all. 5/5

What Alice Forgot This may be my favorite book of all time. 29 year old Alice wakes up after hitting her head during a spinning class at the gym to discover that she's actually a whole decade older, getting divorced, and as she'll soon discover a pretty miserable person. While waiting for her memory to recover, she tries to piece together the last 10 years and how she got to this place in her life. 5/5 


What books have you read? What should I read next?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Let's Get Muddy~Mud Run 2016

This past weekend Ben participated in our city's annual mud run obstacle course for kids. It rained for almost a solid week leading up the run so conditions were perfect for getting messy.

Once the kids were off, Jack and I stayed behind near the final obstacle while J ran beside Ben on the sidelines getting video.

The home stretch.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Well Hello.

Me again. I'll save the billion excuses for why I haven't blogged and just let you know that I'm back. And hopefully with more consistent posts because a lot has been happening around here like...

Jack turned 3 and got a new pair of shades

I finally had enough with 1/2 decorated rooms and checked some things off my list.

A Rainy 4th of July where I managed to dress my kids in as much 'Merica gear as I could find.

Ben crawled around in some mud.

And I continue to sweat my way through Summer while drinking all the Starbuck's drinks.

You know you've missed this.


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
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