Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yard Sale almost Bombing...

So I totally picked bad yard sale on Saturday...I wanted to go to a different side of town but we decided to go in a direction towards a kite festival so I picked ones around there. So out of the three we stopped at I got nothing...then on the way home Joshua followed yard sale signs on his own--he's such a good man!--and then we stumbled upon a great yard sale! They had all sorts of outside toys for $5 a piece...sadly our van could barely get the three I bought as there just isn't enough space with our three little ones. But we squished those in and made do...I paid $12 for all 3 and have already sold 2 for $30, the other is the bouncy/jump horse that retails for $125 on amazon...hope to make a bit on that...everything needed to be cleaned up--buy my enviro cloths made that easy!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beautiful Children in Spring

Thanks to Mimi my children looked so cute on Sunday. My Mom made the girls dresses, purses and hats. They loved their outfits and my Mom has some amazing skill. Gideon looked very sharp in his little suit. I really wanted to post all of the pictures I took but thought you might get bored looking at that many pictures. For now here are some of the best.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Children Cleaning!!!

So I got a couple pictures of my children cleaning with my Norwex supplies. Gideon LOVES to use the nice, just wet the pad and then rinse it out with water when it gets to dirty...I have been quite amazed at how much dirt it picks up (I guess I shouldn't be that amazed with the amount of traffic in my house)! Even Chloe likes to help...:-) I just love that there isn't any cleaning solution they are getting into and that they are able to help with anything...

So I love the mop...but this past week I've been discovering the amazing things the dusting mitt can do...besides being a mitt you put on and it uses static to pick up dust on shelves, furniture, etc. It's so easy to pick things up with one mitt on and dust it with the other it does a great job dusting! But, I am more wowed by the fact that if you wet it, you can clean your screen windows!!!! Like a dream! Have you ever cleaned your screens? I hadn't and let me tell you I've only done a couple and I am incredibly amazed at the amount of dirt! Yuck! But it's so clean after! And then I take my black dusting mitt and rinse it and rinse and rinse it--lots of dirt and then I use it again! Or hang it to dry! The first screen I did was my kitchen window, it had stink bug poop and was so gross...

Also just a couple more notes...and I promise I'll stop talking about Norwex for a rags are so easy to clean...just put them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them and add a little detergent...the water turns gross with all the dirt and deposit and then I rinse them out and they are as good as new!!!

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to plan a Successful Yard Sale: Fifty Cent Yard Sale

My sister Beth and I had a yard sale last weekend and it was very successful! We advertised it as a Fifty Cent Yard Sale and sold everything that was worth more on craigslist and swap sites so everything else we were eager just to get out of our houses for whatever we could. Here are some tips for a successful yard sale:
#1 Have Yard Sale Prices: We were eager to get rid of our stuff and we had a nice variety of things from cloth diapers and dvds to clothes, shoes and baby stuff. But having everything for sale for $.50 (except a couple strollers and a piece of furniture that we sold for under $10) made it easier to not have to price each item and people were eager for a bargain so they bought several things. Don't forget it's a yard sale--don't have extravagent prices like a consignment store, if you have something you want to see for a higher price use a different method than a yard sale.
#2 Have Good Signs and Advertise Advertising as a Fifty Cent yard sale sure brought in a lot of people but we also made bright signs and had them pointing the way. We also advertised on craigslist and facebook. We had many people showing up before the yard sale was to start and before we had even pulled everything out. We sold a bunch before the start time. Make sure you take down your signs as well!
#3 Host with a Friend: Having the yard sale with Beth and her mother-in-law was so much more fun as we had someone to talk to during down times. We were able to take turns talking to people...and we had a better variety of things to sell!
#4 Have Reasonable Expectations: We were just so ready to get rid of stuff so we were happy to make $20 a piece so we would have money to do yard sale shopping ourselves so imagine our happiness when we made over $50 a piece! And we sold things for other people as well. We also had very little left over and were able to take it to the goodwill on the way home and have it all gone!
#5 Have Yard Sale at Beginning of Season: For us it was also very profitable to have the yard sale at the beginning of the season when people are dying to get out and yard sale! Also there aren't as many people to compete with! It was the perfect timing!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

More Exciting Norwex Cloths! Before and After Pictures!

So I have not lost my enthusiasm for cleaning at my house! I am still finding all sorts of spots that need to be cleaned or maintained. I am still trying out different Norwex tools and rags that I have and have been thrilled with what I have discovered. My new favorite cloth is the Kitchen Cloth which is antibacterial like the enviro cloth but has grooves and is perfect for wiping down counters and high chairs to get all the loose food crumbs. It does a great job cleaning...just wanted to show you two things I did last night. I wiped my ceiling that had applesauce stains from a couple years ago...with just a swipe it was gone. Then I wiped the top of my microwave that had grease and crumb build up from probably the past five years...but all it took was water and the cloth and it's clean! I also of course wiped down my trash can, stove top, floor, dish washer--everything I could think of! My kitchen looks so much cleaner these days!!!! All I do is wash the cloths out with hot water and then when they have a build up I put them in a bowl and pour boiling water over them (sometimes add a little detergent) and then let them sit over night. They dry rather fast too when I hang them up to dry.

Here is my kitchen cloth! I am so thrilled I am getting another one in the next week or so for reaching an incentive goal! They come in two or three colors I think!

Another amazing cloth is the body cloth. I am not really big into washing my face everyday...but after trying out this cloth and all the amazing things you can do with it...I find this another must of Norwex! So these body cloths are the softest microfiber cloth--they exfoliate the skin incredibly! So besides being great for my face, I also hear it takes of make-up like a dream but since I don't wear make-up I was more interested in the other things it could eliminate the need for shaving cream and give the smoothest/closest shave on my legs!!! All you do is wipe your legs down with it and then shave like a dream--no razor burn or bumps! And so smooth! Joshua was curious and decided to give it a try on his face...and says it was amazing! So no need for shaving cream and a great smooth shave! Another thing that is nice about these cloths that I've heard about but haven't had a chance to try yet is that they have silver in them so it's great to put on scrapes and cuts that my kids get...helps keep them clean, so I'm excited about that.  They come in a package of three. They are great!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yard Sale Season 2014 Week 1

Oh yes!!! It is that time of year again! Yard sale season! Besides having so much snow off and on the last two Saturdays have been fairly pretty! So last week Joshua and the kidos and I set off on a short yard sale trip where we went to one Church yard sale and one moving sale. I picked up a few great bargains. I picked up the bouncy chair and swing for $5 total. Now I did have to clean them up (my enviro cloth from Norwex was AMAZING, it cleans fabric stains and such just using water!) and both had corroded batteries. In fact the swing was almost pouring battery juice and took quite a bit of time to clean up...but got that cleaned up and then bought some dollar tree batteries for both and good as new! So I sold them for $30 total...making $25! I also found some great Happy Hollister hard backs with dust jackets for $1 a piece which I will be passing on to my brother...also found a Little People set that come to find out is really popular, rare and I guess worth more than I thought. I bought it for $2 and sold is easily for $10 with a line of people wanting it. I also got my kids some new fridge learning magnets. And I picked up a beautiful baby boy outfit that still has tags for $1. So I spent about $22 last Saturday and already I have made $45 plus I am getting my $8 back for the not so bad for the first Saturday and a little cleaning up!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Visit to North Carolina Friends

First stop on our trip to North Carolina was a visit with Maryanna and David who are living in a sweet little log cabin and expecting their first baby. We also got to see her sister Joanna! It was such a nice visit. We had a little scare with Gideon and his asthma while there since we had colds but the Lord was merciful and everything was okay!
Next stop was a wonderful visit with Mark and Bekah Reese with their four sweet little girls!!! We had seven children four and under! It was so fun! The kids had so much fun and us parents were encouraged being around each other. Here are a bunch of the kids listening to the Bible story.
Joshua was so popular!!! The girls kept wanting to sit on his lap and let him read to them!
Then we moved on to Joshua's cousin's house Michael and his wife Katelin! They bought a house last year and are renovating it...the kids loved the big bear they had. We had a nice visit with them.
 This is their house!
We then moved on to Richmond where Joshua was speaking and on Sunday we got to visit Wanda and TJ's family and it was so fun! The kids loved that there was so much room outside to play and a trampoline and so many kids! 

 They built their house many years ago, it's so pretty!