Excuse me while I crawl up on my soapbox.

Okay, now that I’m here. This blog entry may shock or scandalize a few of my dear heart and gentle people readers, other’s may say, “No kidding”, and yet others may think, “so why is this a big deal?”

This isn’t a soapbox I’m just climbing on to climb on, I’ve actually been thinking and talking with people about this for weeks.

Here goes. . . .

I’ve found the best deals on wish around. Bumkins Waterproof Superbibs!

I bought a set of three bibs and have really only needed to use two of them in my daily C feedings. These are lightweight. They are waterproof – after feeding, I just rinse under water and that’s it! Dries fast too. And, the materials used in this bib are PVC free, lead free. They are also easy to pack as they fold down into almost nothing.

I’ve already pre-ordered Bumkins’ aprons for arts and crafts for when C is older!

This is definitely one of the best purchases I’ve made for C. It’s made my laundry load easier, and I don’t need lots of bibs lying around because I haven’t done laundry yet. And, C has a clea

n bib each time she eats.

A wonderful product, highly recommended!

Tomorrow marks a historic day in California. Same-Sex marriages will become legal in our Golden State. Those who are against this development (and there are many) argue that this is a “threat” to families and the institution of marriage. I for the life of me really cannot in any way, shape, or form understand how my family will be threatened by this.

It seems to me that, NOT allowing people who love each other to marry is MORE of a threat to marriage than allowing people who love each other and desire to nurture that love and commitment to marry. If we allow the state to “pick and choose” which lovers are allowed to marry isn’t that more of a long term threat than allowing love to be the basis for marriage, regardless of the gender of those desiring marriage?

Then I hear those (particularly in the Conservative Christian world. . . ) say that “We must fight for families and fight against things in our society which are threatening families.” (That’s almost a direct quote from a pretty well known Christian leader I heard on the radio last week) I say, “Amen”. . 

Let’s address the economic inequality that exist in our world, that’s a threat to my family. 

Let’s get to work on finding alternative form of energy and move (quickly) away from our dependence on oil, because the rising cost of gas is negatively affecting my family (and every family) daily. 

Let’s find ways to address poverty, educational budget cuts, rising food cost, our broken health-care system. . these ALL are threats to my family daily.

Tomorrow when same-sex couples get married, that won’t threaten any part of my family life. I just can’t help but wonder if we’re spending our time and energy barking up the wrong tree?

Okay, I’ll step off my soap box now. I’ve got to go stir my compost pile!

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Oh ya, I got this message delivered the hard way earlier this week when I did the dishes for the first time in 6 days. I live alone and don’t produce many dirty dishes a day but when you wait almost a week….well, let’s just say that some of my lunch containers were less than desireable.

I have no dishwasher and have limited kitchen counter space so you would think that I would be quick to wash the dishes…nope – they are my nemesis (the rest of my place is quite clean & tidy). I might have gotten the message this time though because 6 days is a lot of time even for me, especially in the summer. Talk about gross! I have never worked up such a sweat washing dishes before . By the way, I have washed the dishes every night since that nightmare washing session – it is sooo much faster that way and I LOVE walking into a clean kitchen in the morning.

Oh ya, about the shower – I use a squeegie to wipe down the shower stall after every shower (if there are multiple people showering, then the last person would be the one to squeegie). It takes about thirty seconds and your shower stays cleaner much longer and the shower and bathroom both dry much faster. I got my squeegie at the Dollar store.

This article bring up a great point that is the arch nemesis of so many moms to littles – forgetting. I do it all the time! I plan to write in the near future about tips and ideas for helping us remember what’s on our agenda while we’re in the trenches.

It actually amazes me how little time things take to clean. In my mind it seems like unloading the dishwasher will take forever but you are right, it is just a few minutes!

My biggest trick is to clean during commercial breaks when I’m watching TV. I even clean as I’m watching movies. I can sweep, mop, dust, etc all while keeping up with my favorite program (and I don’t feel guilty about my “tube” time!).

I forget how little time it takes to do the things I don’t like to do. Such as cleaning the bathroom. It doesn’t take that long so why do I put it off? Paper clutter also gets me. I don’t know what to do with the papers I can’t throw away so they stay on the kitchen counter making the kitchen look messy.

I do this when making out my ‘to do’ list- there are a lot of things that I can get done in the same amount of time it takes to write them down! Instead of writing them on my to do list, I will just jump up and they will be done in a few seconds.

Just what I needed to hear… I’m gonna go clean up the kitchen now, which will probably take less than 15 minutes…

So true! I wipe the outside of jam jars/fridge containers BEFORE they go back in the fridge so it eliminates the regular need to EMPTY the fridge and clean out the mucky marks left there~ I wash dishes as I go so they never pile up; do a load of laundry first thing every day so *it* can’t pile up. Work is so much more relaxing when I am consciously preemptive.

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How To Make Your Kitchen Look Modern and Neat

Many things can be done so that the kitchen appears present. Come on, we discuss it one by one!

Talking about the current kitchen certainly can not be separated from the material and decorating trinkets. From expensive to more affordable alternative materials, you can choose everything to make your kitchen trendy.

The decorated kitchen area is also diverse. Starting from the walls, tables, to the kitchen cabinet is a “target” touch of contemporary kitchen decor.

Tabletop

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The choice of tabletop material is also necessary for today’s kitchens. Many materials can be used for tabletop, namely granite, solid surface, and homogeneous tile. To choose it, it all depends on your taste, needs and of course the budget you have.

Backsplash

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The ceramic display is what can then make the kitchen look present. Various ceramic motifs are available on the market, for backsplash you can choose vintage ceramic motifs. The colorful and beautiful patterns of ceramics will certainly make the kitchen more lively.

In addition to ceramic, there are tiles made of cement namely tile tiles. Tile motifs are also colorful with smaller tile sizes than patterned ceramics.

If you do not like the colors that are too crowded, you can choose 10×20 plain tiles. This small-sized ceramic tile is usually called the subway tile and has often been used as a backsplash for a long time.

Lighting

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Lighting in the kitchen also plays an important role to make the kitchen look present. Especially with the number of decorating accessories that are present in the kitchen, the lights will make the appearance of trinkets even more “wow”.

You can use spotlights at several points to illuminate kitchen displays. Hidden lights or hidden lights can also be an option to be applied on the sidelines of the cabinet. This light play will present an elegant impression from your kitchen.

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