I have talked a lot about cleaning green here on Thoughtfully Simple. From do-it-yourself mixtures to some of the leading “green” brands; I am always looking to share new ways to clean your home in an earth friendly way. One thing I hear a lot of is how it is just so easy to grab the traditional cleaners that have always worked well at the grocery store. Well, in response to your comments…I have found a simple solution!
I recently had the pleasure of trying out a new green cleaner from the SC Johnson, A family Company. Nature’s Source is a new line of fabulous Eco-friendly cleaners that (dare I say it) work well! A new twist on your old favorites like Windex for your glass cleaning needs and Scrubbing Bubbles for your bathroom detail. Right at your local grocery store, you can find these trusted brands now reformulated with a more earth friendly formula.
I was impressed with how well these cleaners worked and how they really smelled fresh and clean without smelling like cleaner. From the kitchen to the bathroom (and many places in between), these green cleaners really get the job done.
So, there you have it….. green cleaning really is simple after all!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and now is a great time to plan some holiday decor. In my search to find creative Valentine table top decor, I discovered Crossroads Cottage and their fabulous tablescapes. You will love all of their ideas and inspiring photos showing off their many table top ideas. My eyes were drawn to the Valentines designs of course, and I am dying to share them with you!
I love creating Valentine’s Day decor that is beyond the usual heart motif. You can play with fun and flirty patterns and colors when you are decorating. Above are Pinwhirls created out of romantic patterned paper with yummy names such as pink raspberry and candy stripes.
I love taken one item and using it several different ways when creating party decor. Here, you can see how these fabulous pinwhirls are used to pull the table top together.
Gathered in a vase for a whimsical centerpiece
Placed at each individual place setting doubling as name cards
Inserted into a cupcake for a fun and personal touch.
What a simple way to pull of some unique party decor! Oh– and did I mention this would be a great idea for any party your having? Check out all of their pinwhirl designs!
I have had the pleasure of discovering an inspiring company: Trees Instead. Trees Instead offers an eco-friendly alternative to giving the traditional bouquet of flowers. Now I will be the first one to admit, I love a gorgeous floral arrangement, but really, how much more thoughtful is giving a TREE? Fabulous!
I have an idea! How about sending your love bird a certificate telling them you purchased a TREE for them this Valentine’s Day? Not only is this a wonderful “green” act, it is so romantic. Come on, let your love grow! Trees can be sent for any occassion and can be purchased for as little at $25.00!
You can learn more about purchasing, sending, and visiting your tree at Trees Instead.
If your cut flowers are looking a little wilted in their vase but you aren’t quite ready to toss them out, try giving them some life by adding a carbonated lemon-lime soda to their vase. Just don’t grab the sugar free version- they like it sweet!
Pour in the Vinegar
If your flowers are looking a bit thirsty, you can also try giving them this vinegar mix: 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.
Touch Up Their Roots
To keep your blooms around a bit longer, add 2 drops household bleach, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.
Sear Them, But Don’t Eat Them
If you have a gorgeous arrangement of flowers such as poppies, dahlias, or orchids you can sear their stems before putting them into the vase. Why? Well these type of flowers have hollow stems that secret a milky-types substance when cut. Searing the end of their stems will keep them perky a bit longer. Simply hold their ends to a flame for a quick sear and then place them in a vase with warm (not cold) water.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your secrets!
ThreadBeaur is a true gemstone-of-a-company. It glistens and sparkles and shines an inspiring light right through your computer monitor. A company created with the sole mission to take old discarded fabric and create with it practical, useful, and gorgeous creations. The designs of Carrie Fountain are proof that you can be both earth friendly and fashionable. I was completely inspired by her fabulous “green-flair!”
A professed “thrift-store” enthusiast, Carrie finds inspiration for her works of art from vintage fabrics. In her own words:
“The best fabric is that with a history, some old sheets that the owners no longer stretch across the mattress, they make perfect cloth grocery bags. Floor length vintage drapes, that have found themselves hanging lifeless in the thrift store, I will rescue them and make them something special again.”
ThreadBeaur offers a range of vintage-patterned gems like these Eco-Friendly Coffee Sleeves.
When I received my Coffee Sleeve from ThreadBeaur I was equally impressed with both the quality and the design. The thickness of the fabric ensures that it does it’s job– keeps my hand from burning when I go and grab my morning latte. The well-sewn design enables me to reuse this sleeve over and over, eliminating my waste of the cardboard sleeves provided at the coffee shops. And lastly, the vintage chic print allows me to show off a bit of fashion flair myself, what more could you ask for?!
Ohhh I know, how about fabulous vintage chic Cloth Grocery Bags– because ThreadBeaur has got those too!
ThreadBeaur is not only helping us be a bit more earth-friendly but also encouraging us to show off our personalities a bit while we are at it. So, grab your coffee sleeve and grocery bag and head out for the day, the earth will thank you and you just might find your own fashion flair!
Carrie is SO fabulous that she is giving one reader a chance to win a Coffee Sleeve of their own. If you win, she’ll choose a fabulous pattern for you to show off, over and over again (that’s the point remember?)!