Category Archives: Cleaning

A Burst of Energy

Approximately once a month, I get a huge burst of energy which I typically lack. By “lack of energy” I mean, really, negative amounts of energy. When I get this surge of vitality I actually wake up early all by myself. I beat the kids up. NO. I do not beat my kids up. Ever. Ahem. I meant to say, I awake earlier than my children. Gosh, English can be tricky. :s

Where was I?? That totally killed my train of thought… hrmmm….

Oh yes. As I was saying, when I have these glorious moments of energized, uh, energy (?? see, English is hard!), I try to take advantage of it and go go go until the going is gone. It’s a temporary, likely hormonal, rush that is running on limited time. This morning I woke up at 6:00 a.m., fresh with whole new homeschool worries and anxieties on my mind. (And now, the ability to speak English seems like a limiting factor in my daughter’s schooling experience.) Soon, I was rearranging the living room. It was on my list of things to do but the list gets longer and longer and rarely does the doing get done!

The rearranging commenced. I had to move the book shelf over to the other side of the computer desk. It was in a dark and dusty corner and I wanted this year’s curriculum on it and I wanted it to be within arm’s reach of the table. All the better for the lazy homeschooler, yes? All of a sudden I was playing musical furniture–a very heavy game–and moving this stuff into that shelf, moving that shelf over here, moving the stuff that was on that shelf into that box that I just dumped out, then moving that stuff that’s now dumped into that storage tote I just emptied, and on and on and on and on….

The ironic thing is, I went to all this work despite the fact that we’re still hoping to move soon. (No word on that front, unfortunately.) Just your typical small-house-juggling-to-educate-your-kids-at-home switcheroo.

Do you ever feel the urge to rearrange your house allatonceinabigbigrush, or do you like to reorganize a bit more… methodically?

Slacker Mom Does Dishes #Sponsored



Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom CentralConsulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a review for Cascade Platinum Pacs, a nifty ‘all-in-one’ dishwashing detergent. I’m not a fan of doing the dishes (it’s almost the worst chore ever, except for laundry, which is the worst), so my ears perked up at the claims:

  • Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
  • Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
  • Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water
  • Delivers exceptional dishware shine

Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes? Hmm. My kids have no qualms about shoving plates in the dishwasher till smeared with ranch dressing and spaghetti sauce. In my aging crappy dishwasher, this has always led to a second wash and a severe “you must rinse the dishes first!” lecture. I have never not rinsed my dishes because as much as I hate the dishes (and I really, really do hate doing the dishes), I know that neglecting the pre-wash will result in nasty dishes.

Imagine my surprise when the new Cascade Platinum Pacs actually worked, thanks to their triple acting formula. It worked on the spaghetti sauce, it worked on the container of leftovers that had been in the fridge way too long (scraped off then placed in the dishwasher), and it almost worked on that big gob of peanut butter on a spoon someone tossed in to wash. {Okay, it was me.} The glasses were shiny and for the first time I realized how not shiny they had been previously. Even the peanut butter coated spoon was nearly streak free. Did I mention I even ran my dishwasher on the lightest cycle? I tend to migrate towards the cheapy dishwasher detergent, but I’m seriously considering switching. Something that makes loading the dishes less of a chore is well worth the cost. This detergent is totally slacker mom approved!

Cascade is hosting an Instagram contest! If you’re on Instagram (and you should be!), you’ll definitely want to check it out. The grand prize is a kitchen makeover! Go here to register and see all the details.

Each   week,  two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.  Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!

To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag  @MyCascade. Participants that have not registered will be disqualified from winning. Each week will have a   6-­‐day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo.

Stay connected and up to date on all the latest contests and promotions by liking Cascade on Facebook today!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom CentralConsulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Looking on the Bright Side.

Source: Noricum via Flickr.


Source: Noricum via Flickr.

Source: Noricum via Flickr.

Over the last 30+ days, I’ve somehow developed the habit–a real live actual habit–of keeping my dishes washed. This is nothing short of a miracle in my book. In the course of my entire married life, I have almost always had a sink full of dirty dishes and a dishwasher full of dishes needing to be put away.

The routine was this: my son loads the dishes after dinner (with his sisters helping to clear the table and bring him the dishes). If not full after dinner, I would continue to load the dishes throughout the following day. Sometime in the early afternoon, I would wash and unload the dishes. Something about knowing someone else would load the dishes if I got the previous load washed and unloaded was really motivating.

Something else that helped? Enforcing the rule: no dirty dishes in the sink! It is utterly depressing facing a sink so full of dishes that it’s next to impossible to rinse and load.

Notice I’ve been using the past tense here? Well, naturally, this week my dishwasher stopped working.

Crap. Crap crap crappity crap.

To avoid a full blown panic, I did two things. First, I went into Frugal Dish Mode. Dishes were only used as a last resort. Everything was rinsed and stacked neatly beside the sink immediately. (I’m not handwashing crusty nasty dishes here people.) Lunch was on paper towels, and dinner used only the bare minimum of dishes, and only after foraging for a few paper plates I had stuffed in the back of my pantry.

Second: I looked on the bright side.

After all, at least it wasn’t my sink that stopped working. That would have been a disaster.
At least my sink wasn’t already overflowing with dirty dishes–I could have been a full load behind.
At least I had those two paper plates leftover.
At least my husband can fix most dishwasher issues, so we don’t have to pay a repairman.
At least I have a dishwasher!
Hey, at least I have a husband.
At least half of my kids are old enough they can wash a few dishes themselves.
At least I wasn’t out of dish soap.
At least I was kindasorta caught up on laundry so I had clean dishrags.
At least it wasn’t my washer that was broken.
At least we’re all healthy.
At least I have all of my appendages, all the better to hand wash dishes!

My husband didn’t have time to fix the dishwasher within the first 24 hours, but the following night he looked at it. He pulled it out, looked at some switches or something, figured out which switch wasn’t allowing water to run, and switched it.

Dishwasher = fixed.

All without my habit falling apart completely.

Have you ever had a vital appliance go down? How did you handle it?

7- No, 8!- Things I Want You To Know.

Long time no see. There’s been a lot going on. Life and stuff. I may have forgotten I have a blog. Just for a tiny bit. Can’t promise that’s been remedied. Going to give you an update, list style. Here we go.

  1. My baby girl turned three. I’m not a fan of her getting big (she was the best two year old ever, I kinda just want to squish all that cuteness down and stay all squishy and hilarious and little forever). If she gets big, I have no baby. Then I might want a baby. I DO NOT WANT A BABY. I DO NOT WANT A BABY.
  2. I mopped my floor today. Serious sanitizing style. We have been sick, sick, sick. By the time everyone has been sick, we all get sick with something else. Much more sanitizing to be done. Maybe.
  3. I made a quilt. I finished it on my daughter’s birthday. Tutorial coming soon, probably, perhaps, because I’m so stinking proud of this quilt. It’s ridiculous in its cuteness, much like its intended recipient.
  4. Playdates. Not a fan. I feel like once the friend is six or older, I have to totally clean my house because obviously everyone has a cleaner house than I do. Heaven forbid those six year olds find out.
  5. Still quilting! In fact, it’s way more fun to look on flickr at all the amazingly gorgeous quilts than… well, pretty much anything. Like cleaning. Parenting. Blogging. It can’t be helped, there are thousands of them and I must see them all!
  6. There’s a fine line between dirty and disgusting. My bedroom has offically crossed that line and my husband is pleading with me to clean it while he works 60 hours a day. Doesn’t he know I have quilts to look at and create?!
  7. Did you really think I was going to post a picture of my bedroom in its disgusting state? No way. That would be too too too embarrassing.
  8. I think I broke my tablet. Apparently it’s not meant to be used for fanning my face after a mopping spree. Crap.

Huh. There are seven eight things on that list. That’s pretty random.

The end.

Clean Quilt Day

Clean Quilt Day

One of my first quilts. Imperfect, and I love it. :)

You know those little things in life that shouldn’t be special, but are? For example: clean sheet day. This is an unofficial holiday my husband and I celebrate rather infrequently. Don’t judge me, but rather than a weekly clean sheet day, we rejoice during my *ahem* bimonthly changing of sheets.

An even bigger holiday? Clean quilt day. As I’ve been on a quilting kick, I decided it was time to soak our bedroom quilt in Oxiclean and restore it to it’s beautiful white, blue, and green condition. The dingy gray, blue and green combo just wasn’t doing it for me anymore.

Oxiclean in the tub full of warm water for a few hours yield one nasty tub full of nasty nasty water.


Several hours later, all my bedding was dry, the bed was made, and my room smells lovely. Clean Quilt Day: a very special occasion indeed!

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