My enchanted window

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Delicious window, I love to see my world through you… summer is at your feet, buzzling insets and birds wonder beyond your enchanted sill...


This is our bedroom window, it faces south... the roses that have climbed our outside wall have become a nature curtain. Waking up to this every morning is pure bliss. The perfume is intoxicating. Soon they will be climbing into bed with us.  Is like sleeping in Wonderland.

 Oh Mother Nature you lovely thing!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

A Sea Shell Tablescape

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Bowl Full of Shells

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 Today I want to show you my summer tablescape with a lot of sea shells!  I am a little behind on this but it is still summer, right?

I made this tablescape with things that I already had around the house.

I started with some of my favorite Pottery Barn glass candle holders and added a candle and some lovely sea shells.

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Then I added sliver chargers, plates, bowls, wine glasses and napkins with rings. 

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I just wanted to keep it simple!

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For extra pizzazz, I added a little starfish in each wine glass.  I think that looks cute, what do you think?

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I also added a couple of shells to each bowl, just for fun!

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Here is a picture of all the bowls.  I made each one a little different.

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Here is another view of my table!

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Here is a close up!

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I even changed up my other little table in my dinning room.

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I used this summery plate to add color and it matches my napkins.

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I even snuck in this cute little shell that I picked up at a garage sale for 50 cents. 

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I am borrowing these flowers from my master bedroom and put them in a vase that I bought at a garage sale  for $3 and spray painted sliver.

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I hope that you liked this simple, summery, sea shell  tablescape!

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Here is what I used…

Candle Holders-Pottery Barn: I showed you here how I bought these at a garage sale.

Flatware-Crate and Barrel:  I showed you here how I got them free.

Wine glasses, chargers, napkins and rings- Pier One:  I showed you here how I got them free.

Sea Shells- Pottery Barn:  I showed you here how I bought these at a garage sale

Huge Aqua Plate- Crate and Barrel:  I showed you here how I got them free.

Cleaning Tip for when decorating with glass and jars:  Wash them with Shaklee’s Basic H Window and Mirror formula and super cloth for a streak and lint free shine!

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I am linking to some of these parties.

Also, don’t forget to Check out my Hot Household Tips and enter the Cleaning Giveaway HERE!

Have a great day!

Bonnie :)

White Wednesday

Pale white, bright white, creamy white, blue tinted white and especially the old faded white of everything antique. And I'm standing firm. White is still my favorite color and I'm not going to be changing my mind anytime soon. Just look at this beautiful rainbow of white. Absolutely lovely!

I'm joining "White Wednesday" for the first time!


Monday, July 26, 2010
I love rain and rainy days, but here in our highland climate rain is sporadic and unusual in summer. So I just have to enjoy and appreciate what I have....

Sprinklers! They’re a delightful note in the early morning, a daily celebration of shiny silvery drops...

I do not want to miss a single cycle... It’s an enchanted time of day. Water pours forth like a rainbow against the sun’s shiny rays, playing on the lilies, making puddles among the tall gladiolus, which by the way, are deliciously starting to bloom in magical colors of carmine and soft lime green...

I love the misty gray rainbow that water forms against the greenery of the garden, making it look somewhat obscure and mystical, almost sacred... this picture in particular reminds me of the garden with the famous "Bird Girl" statue at "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", although I like to think that my garden is a garden of good, and that has nothing to do with evil.

Although each picture might look the same to you, if you look closely and pay attention to details you'll see that each water pattern is different and that no droplet is the same... each one has a proper name, and a personality all of their own...

I love hearing the water making beautiful music, tapping on the roses, splattering on the windowpane...

Magic lingers a little bit longer every morning after the sprinkler celebration ceases... the garden is swathed in tiny shinny stars, and wet grasses whisper softly as they sway and lean against each other under the morning sun....

I tell you, it’s pure bliss walking on this deliciously wet green floor covering of grass and flowers!

What delightful things have you experienced or enjoyed lately?

Hot Household Tips + CLEANING GIVEAWAY

Thursday, July 22, 2010





It’s giveaway time!  I feel like I haven't done one of these in a while so it is time!

I think that you all know by now, I am a Shaklee Distributor.  You might of seen some of the Shaklee reviews and giveaways around blog world lately.  I just want to let you know that I LOVE sharing these products with you.  I absolutely love opening my email to find a testimony and a thank you for letting them know about Shaklee.  That means more to me than you will ever know.  I love sharing safe products to families especially with young children!  Many women are thanking me that they can now clean in the day and they don’t have to wait until the children are in bed to keep them away from the chemicals an saving money at the same time.  Some women have also said that the can’t imagine cleaning with anything else now and they are hooked on these products. 

I also want to address something else… I have been getting emails from women asking my how my house stays so clean.  I have to honestly say that it doesn’t stay clean.  I wish that it stayed clean at all times, but I have kids!  I have a schedule that I keep to, but no matter how much I try, having 3 children 5 and under,  it get messy and dirty over and over again, lol!

That is why I am so thankful myself to have found Shaklee too!!!  With all of the cleaning I do,  I am glad that I am using safe products that are cheaper and good for the environment.


I am about to reveal all to you here!  I am going to show you A LOT of before and after pictures so (a) you can see how AWESOME these natural, cheap products work and (b) my how my house does get messy.  I will also tell you what I did and which products that I used.


This first before and after is obviously my oven door.  I took a wet sponge and dipped it into my Scour Off Paste and scrubbed for about 5 minutes…..and…….

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  it turned out beautiful!!!  Just like new, without any harsh fumes (oven cleaners are one of the worst for your health) and it only took 5 minutes!!!!

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Here is my fridge. I have no clue how it got this bad.  My kids are learning to get there own water this summer and they are always making a mess with the water, plus, if I don’t keep it locked, my 18 month old can push the water button and make a huge mess and FAST!!!

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I just sprayed this with my all-purpose formula of Basic H and wipe with my window and mirror micro-fiber cloth.

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Here is another example of doing the same thing on my dishwasher.  Basic H work awesome on stainless steal and it leaves no residue.

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Ok, here is my kitchen table after a party with a lot of kids (we have those often.)

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I just sprayed my degreaser formula of Basic H and wiped with my all purpose  micro-fiber cloth.

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That turned out great except now you can see that I need to paint over that cup mark, lol.

I did the same thing on this chair.  Basic H is totally safe to use on furniture and painted furniture.

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I does a great job of cutting grease.

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   Ok, this is a little embarrassing!!! I was in my bathroom getting ready and the kids were quiet….I little too quiet, so I opened the door to find my boys drawing on my chair with a PEN.   ARGH!!!!

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So I sprayed my degreaser formula of Basic H and let sit…..

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  and wiped and it ALL came out perfectly.  Basic H is safe to use on fabrics.

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Here is a picture of both so you know that I didn’t just switch the chairs, lol!

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This is another example of Basic H on wood.   (It also works GREAT on HARDWOOD FLOORS-see here for pics)

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I just sprayed all-purpose Basic H and wiped down with my all-purpose micro-fiber cloth.

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Basic H works GREAT on windows, mirrors and glass.  Do you see how foggy this lamp is here?

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I sprayed with my windows and mirrors formula of Basic H and wiped with my super window/mirror microfiber cloth and it turned out beautifully!  I can also make a gallon of window cleaner with Basic H for LESS than 1 cent!!!!

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         Here is  a picture of my sink with a huge rust stain on it.  Yup, I came home from my vacation to Canada to find that I left my cast iron pan in the sink.  It was there for a WHOLE week.  I had the whole house spotless before we left, don’t ask me how I forgot this one!  Anyway, Scour Off was there to save my day (and my sink!)  I did have to scrub a little harder than normal but it only took a couple of minutes until it looked like…..

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this!!!!  Look at it shine now!!!!

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Here is a full view, if you look carefully, you can see the Scour Off that I used.

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Soak the Impossible.

¼ cup Fresh Liquid Laundry and
¼ cup Nature Bright Laundry Booster

Mix in a pail of hot water, add your soiled items and let soak up to 5 days!

Try it; it’s amazing and completely safe even for fabrics which are not supposed to be washed like the wedding gown.

Recipe for a Shaklee Drain Cleaner


1 oz Basic H2
1 Tbsp Scour Off
1 Tbsp Dish Wash Concentrate
1 Gal Water

Boil 1 cup of water-add first 3 ingredients-pour contents into a clogged drain-follow up with approximately 1
gallon of water.

New Uses for Soft Fabric Dryer Sheets.

A new dryer sheet can be used for dusting or a used one can be put on the Swifter Duster to pick up dirt and dust. (Very economical with double usage and safer for you than Swifter products).

I love new cleaning tips, don’t you?


I am GIVING AWAY BASIC H2 samples to 10  PEOPLE!!!!!

I am giving away enough Basic H2 to make two bottles of powerful cleaner when diluted in 16 ounces of water.

You must be a follower of my blog!

Entry : Tell me why you are interested in these products!


Entry 2: Post about my giveaway  (leave a link)

Entry 3: Tweet or Facebook about my giveaway (leave a link)

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Entry 5: Order the Get Clean Kit this week (5 entries)


Good Luck!


Bonnie :)

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