So I recently got married… yay! And I had a Pinterest Board like most brides today. I put ideas whether I was going to use them or not. The board was hidden until recently as it was a secret board and I may have had it before I ever dated as I am a typical girl. 😁

I hope this helps you future brides. 

http://pin.it/FUfr952

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Touch-Heart

This post is about 2 things that have touched my heart recently.

 

NUMBER ONE: I found this photo on Pinterest. I love this photo in so many different ways.

So first I ask you. What do you think of this photo? What comes to your mind first?

 

Koala’s are known to be aggressive creatures. So this photo makes it much more memorable. Not only is this Koala getting water its also holding the firefighter’s hand. This photo just hits my heart so many ways. It shows the love and potential we have between human and the animal kingdom. For me words cannot describe everything I see here.
This brings me to the title for my blog. Touch-Heart. It comes from a sign in ASL of something that gets to you emotionally. Here is a link to what it looks like. When I am overwhelmed by emotion or something I just can’t describe in words. This is the sign I go to. This photo is that sign for me.
I long for a time when moments like these are common.

 

NUMBER TWO: A co-worker of mine sent me this link to a podcast. When I am working, I like listening to music, not talking. But I thought I would give this one a try. I am glad I did. All 3 part of the blog made me think and learn something new.
My favourite part is the last section about the Toast and how a women with a mental illness changed her life. Mental illness is so prevalent today and it still has the stigma of something we should hide under the rug.
I know it can be hard to understand and know how to react. But even just trying to understand or show some empathy can make a world of difference.

Here is the podcast if you would like to listen to it.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/520/no-place-like-home

These two things have weighed on my mind the last few days. So I wanted to share it. There is more I wanted to say about these two subjects but that is all I can get out articulately.
I hope it has “Touch-Heart” for you too.

 

Project Completed: Squeaky Clean

Lately I have been really into Pinterest. The only problem is I actually don’t end up doing anything I pin. So I decided to put my mind to it and finally do a project! Project: Make your own cleaner! So instead of the typical, vinegar, essential oils and water combination, the twist was you “make your essential oil” as well. In this post is how I went about and did this DIY project. Like a typical science experiment I also put my observations and outcomes, And what I think I should do differently. (I have put the links that I saved on Pinterest at the bottom of this post as a reference and for those interested.)

PROJECT: MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANER

Ingredients:

1 Mason Jar
1 Metal Strainer
1 Measuring Cup
1 Spray Bottle
1 Orange
3 Cups Vinegar
5 drops Vanilla Essential Oil

My Steps:

Step 1: Peel Orange and put into Mason jar. Try not to get any of the juicy pulp that you would normally eat. You can put the inside orange aside for a snack later.

Step 2: Pour Vinagar into Mason Jar. Now I was able to put 3 cups into the jar. So it depends on the size of jar you use. Size of jar may also effect how many oranges you put in

Step 3: Tightly close let and put in dry cool spot.

Step 4: Wait 2 weeks.

2 week cleaner mixture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Strain your vinager/orange misture into your measuring cup.

straining

Step 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 6: Pour strained mixture into spray bottle so it fills halfway through.

Step 7

Step 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7: Fill rest of spray bottle with filtered water.

Step 8: Put in 5 drops of essential oil put on lid. Shake bottle

Step 8

Step 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9: Clean your heart out.  🙂

Final Product

Final Product

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So these are the steps I went through. Now for the review of the experiment.

Observations:

I found a lot of smaller floaties (really small pulp most likely) that went through the metal strainer. I did half and half for water/mixture. Some recipes say to add water and others do not. Using a spray bottle with measurements was a good choice. I did test out a section on my tub where there is some scum. It seemed to wash wipe out nicely. Below is a picture from my tub (it might be hard to see though as its hard to take a picture of without a very dirty tub) 20140513_130953

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Observations:
Using Orange Peels (or other natural ingredients) makes me feel good that I am not wasting anything. Though you eventually throw out the peel, at least you are trying to put out as much as you can. Its like the saying we all grow up with “Waste Not, Want Not” It is super easy to do. I would spend maybe 20 minutes putting everything together (not including the waiting time). You could spend that much time just to go pick some cleaner up at the grocery store.

Negative Observations:
When not properly rinsed or wiped away, the mixture leaves orange spots when dried (see picture). These orange spots do rinse away on hard surfaces. So you might want to be careful not to get the cleaner on material though. Something every post I read was make sure you test on all surfaces.

Orange spots

Orange spots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

I think its a good twist for cleaning with vinegar. I think I may need to tweak the recipe. Though I don’t know how about doing that. Also I recommend using a cheese cloth or something similar to get all the little floaties out.  Not sure if I am sold for using it as my only cleaner though. If you have any thoughts or versions you know works, please leave a comment. Hope you enjoyed this post!

References:

http://www.theyummylife.com/Natural_Citrus_Vinegar_Cleaners

http://www.savingwithshellie.com/diy-lavender-orange-purpose-cleaner/