Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cleaning, Cleaning..

I'm soooo happy that Summer is almost over. It really is my least favorite time of year.. except for when it's the middle of Winter and 20 degrees below zero, then Summer is my most favorite time of year. Matt is still at home, but he goes back to work in two weeks.
I've been trying to get the house cleaned up because it sort of got trashed over the Summer. With Matt unable to use his left arm he couldn't really help out much. However, a few months ago, I did discover that Jalen is able to do things like clean out the fridge and do a GOOD JOB! I have to admit that I only clean it once every couple of months, but now I can have Jalen clean it every week.. yay! Of course this means I have to give her a raise in allowance.. but I figure that with all the work sh does, she's still working for about $1/hour... and that equals a pretty good deal for me!
Other then the fridge, the hardest thing for me to keep clean is the stove top and oven. Regular cleaners just don't do anything for those areas.. I've even tried steel wool and that doesn't get it clean! I looked it up online though, and found out that ammonia is the way to go. You are supposed to take all the pieces of the stovetop and put them in a large bag. You then add a cup of ammonia and then seal it up. You let it sit overnight and the gas from the ammonia makes all the pieces really easy to clean. The only problem is that when you open the bag the gases will destroy about half of your brain cells so you have to be really careful. The first time I did this I didn't have anything over my face and it burned my eyes and throat. Next time I'm going to use a mask and goggles though. If I wasn't so lazy I would take a picture to show you but.. umm.. you can just 'imagine' how shiny and clean it is;o)
Don't forget to enter my giveaway! I'm going to draw a winner on the 10th of September so make sure you get in!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Giveaway Time.. Finally:P

Soooo, I decided to giveaway something more special this time.. The winner will receive a 5" x 7" original drawing custom made just for the him/her.

All you have to do to enter is respond to this post by telling me what you did this Summer.. If you also write about the giveaway on your own blog you will receive a second entry.. just let me know in your comment if you plan on doing this:)

Good Luck Everyone!!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This Really Is..

.. the most wonderful time of the year.. for me anyways:)



The kids don't look very happy, but trust me, the person behind the camera has a big smile:D

I know I haven't been posting much lately. Matt had surgery on his back a few weeks ago, and that plus the kids being home means that I just haven't had a lot of extra time. Several weeks ago, Matt woke up and couldn't move his left arm.. so after several tests they determined that he had four different 'problems.' He needed a surgery on his back and his elbow right away, and the surgeon thinks can be dealt with through medications.

The good news is that Matt can move his left arm again (yay!!) but he is still in a lot of pain so I have to listen to him whine about that all day:P

I will be posting a new giveaway tomorrow and I'm going to make it a good one so be sure to check back to get in on it!!