Friday, May 16, 2014

365 Project: February 2014 Project in Review

February was a tough month!  The weather was quite unpleasant with very cold temperatures and snow that never seemed to go away and, to top it off, I had 2 laser surgeries for torn retinas. Fortunately, the tears were caught early and laser surgery was able to correct the tears but, when I had surgery, I couldn't take pictures for the rest of the day and I couldn't review and edit pictures for several days.  In addition, when I visited the doctor for retinal checkups, both eyes were dilated and I couldn't take pictures for the remainder of that day. February was a real test of my dedication to my 365 project. I successfully took pictures every day during the month!  Here are some of my favorites:

As you can see in the pictures below snow and ice were the weather themes. I really like this picture.  I took it from the back deck of the house.  It was very quiet outside and the sun was rising.  It was setting the stage for a beautiful day.

Karen's Lists: February 2014 365 Project Picture Review

2 days later I found these deer in front of the house looking for something to eat.  I don't recall ever seeing a heard of deer in our neighborhood in early February.  I saw them roaming around for the next few days and then they disappeared.

Karen's Lists: February 2014 365 Project Picture Review

On the day this picture was taken, it was later in the afternoon and I couldn't find anything to shoot. Ugghh!!! My daughter had just started a new job (her first job....yeah!!!!).  On the way home from dropping her off I saw this scene.  It looked so pretty and peaceful.

Karen's Lists: February 2014 365 Project Picture Review

This pumpkin was photographed a lot during the first few months of the year.  It should have been tossed in the compost pile in November but it wanted to hang around on the deck.

Karen's Lists: February 2014 365 Project Picture Review

Toward the end of the month we had a beautiful, sunny day.  It wasn't windy and it felt good to be out in the sun.  It was still very cold but the sun was wonderful. It was nice to hear the sound of running water and gave hope that some day the lake would no longer be frozen and spring would emerge.

Karen's Lists: February 2014 365 Project Picture Review

That's it for February!  I learned a lot during the month. Especially on days when it was bitterly cold or the driveway was covered in snow. I either couldn't leave or didn't want to leave the house and I had to figure out a way to take my 365 picture. It made me take a good look at my surroundings and figure out a way to work with what I had. Every day was a learning experience!

Best wishes-
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Super Easy and Effective Way to Remove Odors

Several years ago there was a horrific storm that brought a ton of heavy, windy rain. We lost our power (along with thousands of other people) and knew the power wouldn't be restored anytime soon so we checked into a hotel for a couple of days. When we returned home, we were greeted by an indescribable stench. I thought I was going to be sick! We had rotten food in the fridge and freezer, which we expected to smell, but our big problem was in the basement. Due to the loss of power, our sump pumps didn't work when water seeped into our basement. It wasn't a lot of water (I know people that measured their basement water in FEET from that storm), but it was enough to make it a huge pain in the you know what. I wasn't sure if I was more upset that my brand new carpet was wet or the horrible odor caused by the wet carpet! My husband was able to dry the carpet but the odor decided it wanted to stick around. The smell permeated the house. I didn't know what to do but I knew I needed to evict this unwanted house guest. I was emailing a friend, catching up on things (and carrying on about the smell), when she suggested the Bad Air Sponge.

I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite products......the Bad Air Sponge

Bad Air Sponge

I had never heard of the Bad Air Sponge, so I Googled the name and read some pretty good reviews. I drove over to Bed, Bath and Beyond and picked one up for around $8 (it was originally around $10 but I used a 20% off coupon!). I was skeptical it would work but figured it didn't hurt to try. I opened the cap and left it in the basement. When I checked the basement a few hours later, the odor was completely gone! I couldn't believe it!

I quickly ordered myself a case of those bad boys to have on hand. At the time my children were very active in sports and odors from cleats and shin guards were enough to make anyone turn green. I opened Bad Air Sponges and put them in their sports bags and the odors quickly disappeared. One of the really nice things about this product is you can unscrew the cap to activate the unit and when the odor is gone, just put the cap back on and store it until you need it again. And, you can remove the Bad Air Sponge label (see above) to reveal a nice design (see below). The Bad Air Sponge can hide in plain sight.

Bad Air Sponge without label

There are so many uses for the Bad Air Sponge. I use them in the kitchen to remove cooking odors, cars to remove the nasty smell of fast food, camp cabins for their musty smell, bathrooms when we have guests, etc. I have not come across an odor this product cannot handle. According to the package label, the product will absorb surface odors, capture airborne odors and draw out odors from curtains, walls, furniture, carpets, etc.

Bad Air Sponge Top

If you are ever faced with a "bad air" situation, I highly recommend you try this product. Please note, I have NOT been compensated to write this review. 

Do you have any bad odor solutions?

Best wishes-
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Friday, April 11, 2014

FREE Weekly Menu Planner Printable

I recently tested a Slow Cooker Chicken with Black Beans recipe that turned out great! Making this meal inspired me to test more recipes and, hopefully, start cooking on a semi-regular basis (far more than what I am doing now!!). I enjoy an organized approach to just about everything so I created this Weekly Menu Planner to plan what and when I will cook. I will post it on the fridge so other family members can see when the meals will be served.

I thought you might like to have this free printable so please feel free to download and use this planner!

Karens Lists - Free Weekly Menu Planner

Best Wishes-
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