HOMEMADE AIR FRESHNERS

I used to Febreze on almost everything in my house when I lived in California — the couch, our blankets , The Kitchen, The Bathrooms, Closets, Attic , The Shoes Closet  — you name it, I’ve probably sprayed Febreze on it !!!

But Febreze isn’t Available in India 😦 Sadly !!! Also Many air freshener sprays you can purchase at the store contain a lot of harmful chemicals. ( now I know , Wish I had known this earlier ):(   I now try to stay away from them as much as I can so we aren’t breathing in things that are bad for us.

Here are some very easy DIY  Homemade Recipes For Air Fresheners, you don’t have to be concerned about what you are inhaling and you will get a much lighter fragrance that is safe to breathe in.

 note :you can totally modify this to suit your own fragrance preferences & variations in fragrance depending on where you’d like to use this spray.

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DIY HOMEMADE RECIPES FOR AIRFRESHNERS

RECIPE #1:    FABRIC SPRAY

1. Pour 1/8 cup of your favorite fabric softener into your spray bottle. I prefer Comfort, but you can use whatever you have at hand )
2. Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to the bottle.
3. Fill the rest of the bottle with water.
4. Replace the cap and shake the bottle well.

RECIPE #2:   VANILLA SPRAY

1. 2 tablespoons of fabric softener
2. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar (which is super-cheap at almost every grocery store).
3. Remove the funnel and add six to ten drops of your favorite extract (like almond or vanilla extract) or an essential oil. I love the smell of Almond, so I use the Almond extract Essence that i use for baking ) .
4. Fill the rest of your bottle with water.
5. Shake until well combined.

RECIPE#3:     PEPPERMINT & ORANGE SPRAY
1. 2 teaspoons vodka or white vinegar
2. 20-30 drops of essential oils of your choice (I used 9 drops Peppermint and 20 drops Orange)
3. 2oz water (distilled if possible)
4. Fill the rest of your bottle with water.
5. Shake until well combined.

RECIPE#4:       LAVENDER CALMING SPRAY
1. 2 teaspoons vodka or white vinegar
2. 20-30 drops of Lavender essential oils
3. 2oz water (distilled if possible)
4. Fill the rest of your bottle with water.
5. Shake until well combined.

RECIPE#5       EUCALYPTUS SPRAY
1. 2 tbsp vodka or White Vinegar
2. 2 tbsp baking soda
3. 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
4. 8 drops peppermint essential oil
5. Fill the rest of your bottle with water.
6. Shake until well combined.

The vodka serves a few purposes – it’s antibacterial, will act as a preserving agent and is an odour destroyer in itself.
The essential oils you can play around with and use any scents that you like in a mixture of about 20-30 drops.The baking soda also helps with the odors .

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The fragrance that I made most recently is Orange and Peppermint which smells lovely- especially in the kitchen.  The peppermint is great for a little boost of energy and the orange is perfect for helping to purify the air and boosting feelings of happiness.

I like to use Lavender Spray in my daughter’s room when it needs a little freshening up or when I am deep cleaning.  That is also great to spray in the closets, the car etc…

If you want a spray for your own  bedroom you might try Ylang Ylang, Joy, Cedar wood  – all of these have wonderful scents for bedtime and relaxing.

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So that is it– your yummy homemade air freshener spray!  Shake a few times before each use.

LIVING ROOM AND DINING ROOM

How to Clean a Living Room

Has it been a while since you cleaned the living room? If it’s time for a big cleanup, don’t worry. There are many ways to get a living room looking better.

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While we may be doing an excellent job of maintaining our living rooms, occasionally we need to do more than maintenance. Take the time to review what goes into a living room intense cleanup.

Find a list of supplies along with step-by-step instructions to do a thorough cleaning in your living room.

Printable Checklist LIVING ROOM & DINING ROOM

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 45 Minutes- 1 hour

What You Need:

Dust mop (preferably with a long handle)

Step-ladder Cleaning cloths

Small bucket with handle Sponges

Vacuum with attachment

Gentle cleanser(here)

Rug shampoo machine with upholstery attachment (optional)

Spot remover for upholstery or carpets (optional)

Here’s How:

Begin with a 15 Minute Living Room Cleanup.

This will clear out the clutter and give you room to do the actual intense cleaning in your living room. Don’t worry about cleaning the floors in the 15 minute clean up. We will do this later

. Dust down the living room ceiling and corners of walls in.

Determine if the walls need washed in dirty spots. Spot wash, remembering air vents, doorknobs, doors, and switch plates.

DUSTING SPRAY HOMEMADE CLEANER RECIPE HERE .

Dust and clean all art and photographs along the walls in the living room. 

Dust and clean the ceiling fan in the living room.

Take down any light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing. Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Dust and clean out the couches and chairs Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks in the living room. 

Remove books from bookshelves. 

Dust down accent tables and your living room’s entertainment center.

Clean the carpets and rugs. 

Take the time to clean the doormats inside and outside your doorways.

  Tips:

  1. Gather all of your supplies together first thing. Trying to sort through the pantry cabinet for your dust cloths might make you frustrated enough to declutter the cabinet. It’s easy to forget what your initial goal was.
  2. Partner up with a friend or relative. After you get done intensely cleaning your living room, help her do hers.
  3. Listen to music, an audio book, or a foreign language tape. The time will pass a lot more quickly if you have an enjoyable atmosphere. This is a great time to commandeer the stereo for what you want to listen to. If anyone objects, offer to let them have a turn with the stereo and the cleaning.

Play some music while you clean.This can help you enjoy your job much more. ( Whistle While u work, Seven Dwarfs of Snow white Did it !!) The key to a clean home is cleaning it consistently. At The Messed up home , I  follow a house cleaning routine that ensures that all of my spaces are as clean as possible. LIV1 source: ikea For your personal cleaning needs, I suggest following this simple house cleaning schedule:

  • Daily: On a daily basis, collect any toys, mail, etc. that has accumulated over the course of the day and put them in a pile in the middle of the room. One by one, put them where they belong.
  • Weekly: On one day per week, dust around the room – working left to right and top to bottom. From there, you can move on to cleaning your coffee table and other surfaces. After dusting, it is also a good time to vacuum your furniture, removing and rotating sofa cushions to encourage even wear and increase their useful life.
  • Monthly: Move your furniture and vacuum beneath it. Wash your windows as well (weather permitting, i.e. above 50 degrees). You should also clean your furniture as necessary.
  • Yearly: On a yearly basis, you should evaluate your living room, taking care to de-clutter and dusting anything that is hard to reach (i.e. ceiling fan) using a ladder as necessary. This is also a good opportunity to clean your fireplace if you have one.

SMALL SPACE HACKS IKEA WAY!

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Not everyone lives in a home with huge rooms. Most people have to find methods of making use of a minimal amount of square footage and maximizing the space available.

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One place that always seems to have some great ideas for space savings in your home is IKEA. There ideas are very informative and useful for smaller rooms, but also good for creating of space in bigger rooms.

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source: IKEA.com

Thanks to hgtv.ca for compiling these 21 small space lessons. Follow the link below to learn more.

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source: IKEA.com

I love Ikea , Most of the stuff in my house is from Ikea , I miss it a lot now that I am in india ,but nonetheless I always check their site for more ideas !!

HOME MADE RAVIOLI !

A delectable version of ravioli, To complement the filling, a delicate sauce of tomatoes and Basil  is all that is needed.

 Fresh Pasta Dough for Ravioli

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose Flour 
  • 3  large eggs
  • salt according to taste 

1 tablespoons water (optional)

Directions

In a mixing bowl , combine flour,  eggs, and salt. Mix it well together  and make a dough . It will just take 15-20 minutes kneading . Remove dough and shape into a ball.* On a lightly floured surface, knead dough about 1 minute or until smooth. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes.

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Divide dough into four portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 12-inch square. (If using a pasta machine, pass each portion through machine according to the manufacturer’s directions until dough is 1/16 inch thick.) To shape ravioli,  Cut rolled dough into 2-inch-wide strips.

Brush strips lightly with water . Leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges, place about 1 teaspoon of filling at 1-inch intervals on one strip of dough. Lay a second strip of dough, brushed with water  side down, over the first.

Using your fingers, press the dough around each mound of filling so that the two moistened strips stick together. Cut dough between filling to make individual ravioli. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

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To cook ravioli, in a Dutch oven, bring a large amount of salted water to boiling. Gently drop about one-fourth of the ravioli, one at a time, into the boiling water and stir to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 

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Simmer gently for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer ravioli to a serving dish.

MUSHROOM FILLING

  2 medium shallots, finely chopped

 2 cups  assorted fresh mushrooms, such as button, cremini, and shiitake, brushed clean, trimmed, and coarsely chopped ( I do not get any other mushrooms so it was button mushrooms for me)

1 teaspoon coarse salt

  1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper,

1/2 cup  Parmesan or ricotta cheese (  optional U can use Paneer )

2- 3 cloves of Garlic

Directions

Coarsely chop mushrooms; set aside. 

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots and Garlic and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add fresh and dried mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms first release their liquid and then liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl, and cool briefly before stirring in Parmesan or ricotta. Season with salt and pepper.

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How to Start Organizing – Motivation  To Get You Started!

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Where do I begin to explain to you where to begin organizing?

When it comes to organizing, the first question I have always asked is, “Where do I begin?” followed by, “How do I do it?” Hopefully I will be  answer both of those questions  today.

One Fine day, it dawned on me how often, we are not at all  honest with ourselves, even in the excuses   for not doing things. 

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“I can’t get organized.”

When I said, “I can’t do it,” that really wasn’t the truth. I could do it, I just didn’t want to do it or feel like doing it, I told myself, “I can’t do it.” There’a a huge  difference for feeling like doing it and not .

“I don’t know how to get organized.”

Then you need to learn how, It’s not a hard thing to learn.

You don’t have to learn to be a super hero  or to do everything as well as someone else. You just need some l knowledge that allows you to do what needs to be done.

“I don’t know where to begin getting organized.”

In most cases, it really doesn’t matter where you begin. The important thing is just to BEGIN !

The next time you hear yourself saying these things, stop, pause and think “Am I being honest or do I sound just like my 8 year old when she is trying to get out of doing the homework.” 

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Hmmm? I wonder where she learned her excuses from? 

I will keep sharing tips and ideas to get out of mess  and clean in the future. Can we do it? Yes we can. (Well, for those of us who can get out of bed today  )

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GETTING READY FOR GUESTS !!

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These are  few  tips for basic amenities that will show guests you’ve considered their comfort:

1 )Pitcher of water and glasses:

It’s always nice to have water on the nightstand so they don’t have to go through the kitchen to find it late at night.

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 2) Fresh flowers:

Flowers brighten up any room and they add a sense of comfort and happiness to a space. An arrangement of fresh flowers are one of the most important items to have in your guest room (in my opinion).

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3 )Various phone chargers:

We all know how it feels to get somewhere and to realize your phone is about to die AND you didn’t bring your phone charger. It’s nice to have a little stash of phone chargers so they don’t have to stress.

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4) Toiletries basket:

 Fill it with the basics – toothpaste, lotion, mouthwash, disposable razor, mini shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and so on. I also have a stash of never used hotel toiletries minis that I love to include.

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 5 ) Above All, You Want To Make Your Guests Feel Completely Comfortable  And Don’t Forget To Have Fun In The Process.

Have some fun, create a lovely space and after you ask yourself if you would be comfortable in your guest space, answer with a resounding, “YES!”

School Lunch Basics

YOUR WEBSITE IS MY INSPIRATION ! THANK YOU ! KEEP UP THE LOVELY LUNCHES 🙂

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While we love trying new things to keep lunchtime interesting, sometimes it’s best to stick with the basics which is exactly what we’ve done with this traditional lunch of sandwich and sides. We did avoid highly processed, pre-packaged foods and were sure to balance out our splurges with fresh veggies and protein.

Click here for full menu and nutritional information.

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