How To Make Homemade Household Cleaners, Just in time for Spring!

Hello Spring!!!

It’s a new year, in a new house, with a new baby and over here, we are decluttering, organizing and getting ready for spring by doing a little spring cleaning.  Today,  my inspiration comes from Tamera Mowry-Housley personal blog site, www.TameraMowry.com.

This spring for cleaning and disinfecting, I’ll be using my homemade cleaning products that I just love and I think you’ll love them too. I had used essential oils only to add pleasant aromas to my home but now I mixed and matched essential oils for each product. Essential oils not only fill my home with  a beautiful aroma but they also work as natural disinfectants.

There are many benefits to making your own household cleaners, not only do you have a piece of mind knowing EXACTLY what is in them, with less chemicals, kid friendly, and fresh ingredients… but, it is cost effective as well. I use to spend a lot of money on cleaners when I had the ingredients in my home already. Not only were they in my home, but they would be sitting on my shelf for months at a time before I’d realize they had reached the end of their shelf life.

Below you will find the ingredients for an All Purpose Cleaner, Disinfectant Cleaner, and a Glass and Window Cleaner.

  

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

1 cups – White Vinegar

2 tsp – Baking Soda

1 cups – Water Warm Water

10 drops – Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops – Roseamary Essential Oil

First add baking soda to warm water in small bowl, then stir, it will fizz a bit.. this is normal. Pour/funnel in white vinegar into spray bottle. Next add water and baking soda mixture. Lastly, add essential oil drops to the spray bottle. Add the spray nozzle to the top and turn the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the aromas!

I added fresh lavender and rosemary leaves for added fragrance and to give a nice look to the bottle.

 

 

 

 

Disinfectant Spray

2 Cups – Water

1/2 tsp – The Laundress All Pursose Bleach Alternative (You can find this product at the Container Store, Amazon, and at TheLaundress.com) / or 1 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide

1/3 cup – Lemon Juice

1/4 tsp – Dawn Dishsoap (or any dish soap)

2 drops – Lemon Essential Oils

10 drops – Lavendar Essential Oils

Combine 2 cups of water, 1/2 tsp of The Laundress All Pursose Bleach Alternative or 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide as an alternative (be careful handling hydrogen peroxide with cloths, the hydrogen peroxide can leave a bleach/stain on clothing), 1/3 cup of lemon juice, dawn dish soap or dish soap of your choice (I like dawn because it the best dish soap that cuts through greases), 2 drops of lemon essential oil, and 10 drops lavender. If you use fresh squeezed lemon juice, you can add the lemon rind to the spray bottle for added aroma and visual appeal. To put my own twist, also added fresh French Lavendar leaves to the bottle. Gently mix by adding the spray nozzle to the top and turning the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the fresh calming smell!

 

Glass & Mirror

1 cup – Water

1/4 cup – Rubbing Alcohol

1/8 cup – White Vinegar

1 tbsp – Cornstarch

15 drops – Essential Oils of your Choice (I choose just Rosemary, I love the smell… it just smells clean)

 

Combine 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/8 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp cornstarch, and 15 drops combined of essential oil of your choice. Gently mix by adding the spray nozzle to the top and turning the bottle upside down several times to mix the ingredients. Clean and enjoy the aromas!

I love these cleaners and I know they work much better then the chemical formulas you buy in stores.  Plus, they are  more safe for my family.

 

 

LAST MINUTE – HOW TO MAKE: Simple & Fun Halloween Jelly Molds!

Today we are making Halloween Jello Molds!

Need a fun, yet simple halloween treat to make with your kids?

Halloween Jello Molds are as easy as 1, 2, wait a bit… 🙄… DONE😄!!!

Pick a spooky color, Mya picked Jolly Rancher Green! We named our Jolly Rancher Jello color ‘Hocus Pocus Green’ and followed the simple jello instructions below…

  1. ADD 1 cup of boiling water into a pourable mixing bowl and combine jello package contents into the boiling water, stir until completely dissolved- about 2 minutes

    ** I did this step for Mya, until it was partially dissolved a bit and cooled to a safe luke warm temperature. That way if she spilled it, it was not harmful to her. Then let her stir!

2. POUR IN AND STIR 1 cup of cold water to dissolved jello mix.

*This she did SOLO! Very simple for her to do.

3. POUR JELLO into molds, refrigerate until molds are firm – about 4 hours!

then ENJOY!

*This was a little messy, but she did a great job being careful!

These are so fun to eat and easy to make with your little one, especially if you want a last minute treat to make with your kids.  They cook in the kitchen, learn how to follow instructions all while enjoying the holiday!

Pick molds for ANY holiday, your kid(s) will love them!

Happy Halloween!!!

Enjoy making and eating your Halloween Jello Molds!!!

 

Falling For Flowers

Mya and I spent our Saturday morning grocery shopping at the Central Market!!! We couldn’t resist and had to stop and check out the variety of different flowers for sale on this beautiful day! 😊 We found a few of them we loved and thought they would be perfect in our home for fall. We can enjoy them as we continue to unpack. So, we bought four types of flowers and arranged them into 5 vases… different combinations, different sizes. Check out these photos and get inspired for fall by a few of our simple arrangements!

This little princess is a flower lover! She loves to help me arrange flowers for any occasion.

She loved the little brown vase arrangement the best, maybe because that is the one she did! lol.. Comment below and tell us which one is your favorite!
Baby breath are a great flowers for all year round! They are one of my favorites. You will see I use them EVERY season!
Can’t wait to read your comments!

 

Myas Playground Party


This past week was a busy week. Not only did we move into our new home but our little lady turned 2!!! Yes, I now have a sweet little 2-year-old. I wasn’t sure if we were going to celebrate with her friends, but I know she missed them so much, so I had to do something! I decided to celebrate at her favorite park, however, the pavilion that I rented was the only pavilion available at the park at last minute and was a little bit of a walk to the playground. To make the walk more fun, I put together this Balloon Scavenger Hunt to the playground that I thought they would enjoy. If you have a weekend you want to get together some of your little one friends, this is something great that kids of all ages will enjoy! Here is what we did for these energetic 2-year-olds.

Each child was given a bucket filled with goodies (needed for the hunt) that their parents took on the Balloon Scavenger Hunt.

Balloon 1 was an orange balloon that I planted in the shade, with a sign that says “Scavenger Hunt in Progress”. This way the public knew not to remove the balloons.
At this station the parents let their child search for the whistle in their buckets. We then sung a few of their favorite songs. After the songs were over we had to search for the next balloon, a red balloon.

Balloon 2 was a red balloon I planted near a shade tree with the same note, “Scavenger Hunt Sign in Progress”(put this note at all balloons). At this station, the parents let their child search for the bubbles in their buckets. They were to blow, pop, and count 10 bubbles. We then went to search for the yellow balloon which led us to walk over a little bridge and on our way to towards the playground.

Balloon 3 was a yellow balloon that I had tied near the sidewalk, or a space where the kids can enjoy the next activity, sidewalk chalk. At this station they were to find the chalk in the bucket, which was tied together by ribbon and draw their favorite thing, in their case scribble. A mommy friend helped them spell out and write their names which they loved to see! We then went on the the last and final balloon before the park… We were searching for the blue balloon!

Balloon 4 was the blue balloon I had tied near the duck pond!!! At this station they were to find the duck food tied to their buckets, grab their parents hand and go feed the ducks. Instead of bringing bread to the duck pond, I went to the nearest feed store and purchased a better quality food to ensure the ducks would come and eat, and of course they did. At only .40 cents per lbs it was well worth it. We had tons of ducks come to us begging for food. The kids had so much fun with this, that at the end of the party most of the kids and parents went back to feed the ducks! Then it was off to the playground! After playing at the playground, you either can do the full search on the way back or just search for the balloons (which is what we did). It was nice to have the pavilion away from the playground because it was away from the Saturday chaos of all the kids and parties/events going on right by the playground. Since our kids were only 2, it was much easier for us to chat with each other and have a good time with out having to worry about our kids running off.

This scavenger was very easy to put together and can be modified to fit any age. It was so much fun! Now that it is officially fall, it’s a perfect time to plan a day where we can do it again as an outdoor learning activity for Mya and her friends!

Doing a Scavenger Hunt? I want to hear how you do it! Write me at ErinMichaelFlair@gmail.com or comment below!

NYIAD Student

Hey GUYS! I am just a few months away from finishing up my Interior Design courses to be a Certified Interior Designer. In these courses you are to do several projects within a home, what better home than your own, right? Over the past few months my husband and I were shopping for a new home for our growing family and you know, I never thought we would build a home. I always loved the character an old home has, and in my mind….as the home grows older, the home grows better. Building was well worth the wait and energy! There is so much that I have learned about our new home along the way. Being able to customize your home to fit your families day to day lifestyle and make the space functional in different unique ways was the coolest part about the whole process. I was so hands on from refinishing my lighting to finding some of my own vendors and supplies, and now that it is all complete and I am so glad I was! I must have walked the house everyday, if not more than once….LOL, “here comes Mrs. Johnson” I could hear the workers say… Just Kidding… But not :). This turned out to be the best and most rewarding project I have done. As I have many inspirations and can’t wait to share them on this site… here are a few beautiful fresh kitchens that inspired me along the way!

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Where it all began – My Inspiration

There is no way I can start this journey without the recognition of my biggest inspirations. My grandmother whom we all affectionately called, Big Mama, and my mother are my biggest daily inspirations. My Big Mama was a strong, faith-filled woman who loved family, cooking, baking, and Interior Design. As a matter of fact, it was her love of family that motivated her to want them to enjoy a clean, comfortable and beautiful home. She expressed her style through her love for warm vintage interiors. It’s that same love that motivates my mother to pursue her love of writing, baking, interiors, and sewing. Their creativity boldly expresses their style and their hearts.

The interior of one’s home tells a story that can inspire you, relax you, or make you wonder the journey of one’s life. When you look at this furniture in the photo, what do you see in its past? ….

This furniture was owned by the Late Helen (Lewis) Streety, my Big Mama who was raised in Ridgeville, Alabama (but I remember her saying Forest Home, AL). She later worked as a maid while putting herself through Alabama State University and received her teacher’s certificate. She returned to Ridgeville and taught elementary school down on the ridge and after some time, she would return to Montgomery where at the age of 23, she met and married my grandfather, Ned Streety (known by all as Big Papa) and made their home in Montgomery, Alabama... Ahem... ROLLTIDE!!!...

Moving on… 🙂

She was a stay-at-home mother (known as homemakers in those days) of 3 boys and 2 girls, but raised many neighborhood children. As a young girl working as a maid for Mrs. Brock (whose family checked on her until her death) she always admired the beautiful homes and all of the old victorian furniture they contained. There was never a day she didn't think about having that furniture in the formal living room of her own home. Yes, that living room where no one was allowed to go except for a family portrait... yes, yes... THAT formal living room that may have been covered in plastic, with its whitest, fluffiest, never been touched, perfectly vacuumed carpet. She called the furniture her "Classy furniture".

After my Big Papa passed, she sold her house and their belongings were divided amongst her children. The beautiful victorian furniture was passed on to my mother. When my husband Michael and I bought our first home, my mother gifted the furniture to us. A 85" floral print sofa, the mustard yellow love seat, two winged-back chairs to match all trimmed in wood, a marble top coffee table with two end tables to match, brass lamps and mirror. This was my "Big Mamas' furniture".

This strong African American woman, blessed with the gift of loving others, opened her home up to protestors during the Civil Rights Movement to give them a safe place to rest and eat a nourishing meal from the trials of the day as they marched through her neighborhood to downtown Montgomery. As a two time breast cancer survivor and stroke survivor, she lived 95 beautiful years. She loved sharing her home with this beautiful furniture for family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy.  My heart rest easy because before she passed, she was able to see her furniture in my home. She said to me, "Baby, it is beautiful, you have your Big Mama's Taste!”CLLLLAAAASSSSYYYY" 😂😂😂. Her voice and those words I will never forget.

Eight years ago, April 7, 2009, My Big papa passed, I sure do miss him too. I can hear his raspy voice as he creeps down the hall, mason jar in hand, for a glass of ICE water!!! Seven years later, on April 7, 2016, Big Mama passed to be with the love of her life. Today, I start a new journey, in honor of Big Mama, I am so happy to share xoErin.com. There is so much I can not wait to share!

Last thought... as my mother and grandmothers are my biggest inspiration. I know I was probably inspired by you too! In one way or another, we are all inspired by this universe. Maybe inspiration came yesterday, or a couple weeks, months, or years ago… maybe you will inspire me or someone tomorrow, I hope so!

XoErin