Jumping out

I did it…. It’s something that that my family and friends have been really encouraging me to do for a long time, and it’s done. I don’t know how I did it, but I did.

The LoneStar Mama Shop is up and running!! I only have a few items listed as of right now. I really just needed a starting point, and felt those items would be that for me.

 

rope art 1

cloth letters 1

rice jar 2

There are BIG plans for this little shop though so please keep checking back. I promise to remain diligent with updates and news as often as possible.

On a completely different note, is anyone else completely shocked that it is already October? Another year older, and the years fly by even faster. Have a wonderful weekend friends. I’ll be back Monday with some new goodies to show off.

A mid week tip

Cleaning the bathroom. Isn’t that a fun topic for a Wednesday morning?? I’ve got a handy little tip for you though that really will make it a bit easier. Grab a spray bottle, some distilled vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and a good cleaning cloth. I use cheap microfiber ones from Walmart. shower cleaning 5

I found them in the automotive section. There were three of them in the pack for around $6. I very rarely measure anything out  especially with stuff like this so let’s start pouring.  Pour in some rubbing alcohol to about 1/4 of your cleaning bottle, then somewhere between 1/3 and 2/3rds of distilled vinegar on top of that. Top it all off with some water and screw the lid on tight.  shower cleaning 6

I use this little concoction to clean any of my windows or mirrors, and of course the shower glass. Here are some photos of my “before” shower.

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and drum roll please…..TA DA…sparkly clean.

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Also…it’s stinking hard to photograph shower door grime. I thought to myself I need to get better at that, but who really wants to be known as the chick that can take an unbelievable shower grime photo?? So we’re sticking with these.  🙂

Enjoy today.

Cheap and Easy Stain Remover

Many years ago, I began this ” lets make everything homemade – get rid of the chemicals – save some money” kick. I went pretty extreme with my new found knowledge for a while but life got busy. There were some products I chose to go back to simply because they were convenient. Although over the last couple years, I have decided to slowly incorporate several things back into my routine. Now…before we go any farther… I completely realize not everyone cares about making products from scratch, saving a few extra dollars, chemicals or any of that kind of stuff. That is ok. Honest. No judgement from this gal. I’ve been on both sides and this is just something that I personally love to do for my family. Regardless of where you stand on the homemade line though, what I have for you today is just downright cheap and easy. Plus it’s not really homemade so we all win.

May I introduce you all to Fels Naptha soap.

stain remover

I use it to grate into my homemade laundry detergent (which it does a great job in), but I also keep a bar and small baby toothbrush by my kitchen sink to use on those stains that need a little extra TLC.

Take this cute little situation for example….

chocolate stained shirt

Some of you may be thinking why doesn’t she just take the shirt off of him… I’ll tell you why in one word – Texas…that sweet baby either gets a sunburn or chocolate gets on his shirt. This mama chooses the chocolate, but once little man finished his treat and came inside, I took his shirt straight to the sink. It really is so easy. All you do is wet the toothbrush ( I use the cheap baby ones as they tend to be much softer on fabric), and scrub it on the Fels Naptha soap until it suds up. Then just use the sudsy toothbrush on the stains. You may need to repeat it a few times but don’t be discouraged if it’s not out 100% before you wash it. There isn’t any need to wash the soap out of the clothing either. Just put it in the laundry basket or right into the washer. It has always come out stain free for me by the end of the cycle. Also, just so we’re clear, this is for normal everyday crazy kiddo/mama type stains. I haven’t tried this on everything under the sun, but it really has worked awesome for me. It’s good stuff. Give it a try sometime, and let me know what you think.

Houston Motorsports Park

Although, it may come as a surprise to some, those that know us can tell you how much we are a NASCAR racing loving family! Since we moved to the area, my husband has been going up to the Houston Motorsports Park. Races are every other weekend and this last Saturday was my first time to be able to visit. It was a really really good time. I have nothing but good things to say about HMP. The staff is great, and the environment is fun and family oriented with snow cones and bouncy castles, but let’s not forget about the racing! That’s what we really came to see, right?? There are several categories of cars that race, and boy do they race! There are Bandeleros (these are the young kids-most of range in age from 8-12 I believe), Legends, the NASCAR Trucks, the NASCAR stock cars, and the NASCAR modifieds to name a few. If you go to Fiesta, you can get tickets for $5; otherwise tickets are $12 at the gate with children 12 and under free. $1 cokes, hot dogs, and beer along with many other very tasty eats are served at the concession stands.  Here is a link to the schedule for the rest of the season.  Such a fun way to spend a Saturday! The next race is August 17th, and it’s $1 Ladies Night with double NASCAR features. Come check it out!!

Plannin’

I’ve been working on getting my Blue & Blonde shop up and running lately. Here is where you can find me on Etsy . The next few weeks I’ll be posting my products for sale, and will give a few previews here at this site as well. The focus will be on baby and small child items with a few mama essentials thrown in. I’m so looking forward to it!

Handy Websites

I’ve made mention of several websites that I have been using to help plan our future Disney World trip. I thought maybe it would be handy to have them all in one place for anyone else that needed a good starting place.

www.wdwprepschool.com 

Awesome site full of first hand advice and knowledge. She has great planning downloads, videos, and a 6 step process to planning your trip that has helped me out tremendously.

www.touringplans.com

Another really amazing site. I’ve used this one A LOT. Everyone I read about says that this site is the most accurate as well as far as determining crowd levels at each park during the year.

www.undercovertourist.com

Good advice, and helpful videos, and DISCOUNTED park tickets.

www.disneyfoodblog.com

All things Disney Food related. It’s amazing and will make you hungry.

www.costtodrive.com

You type in your location, your destination, what type of vehicle you’ll be driving etc and it calculates how much gas will cost you for a one-way trip. I plan on using it for our next vacation so I will be able to report back on how accurate it is.

www.disneyworld.com

I think this one is pretty clear. One cool feature is you can order really nice quality maps and also a Disney Vacation Planning dvd…for free.

www.disneystore.com

This one is pretty clear also.

www.mousesavers.com

Sign up for the newsletter. It comes out the 15th of each month, and has lots of info on discounts and savings.

www.DISboards.com

A whole lot of forums to browse around and get first hand info.

www.disneytouristblog.com

Another really cool blog with amazing Disney photography.

Hope these help as much as they have helped me.

Enjoy this day!