Making Flowers Last Longer

For today’s tiny tip on a Thursday, I thought I’d share the little things I do to make my flowers last longer.

I love fresh flowers on the kitchen table and around the house.  I don’t love it when they start to fade away.  I find wilting flower arrangements a bit depressing so I try to keep my flowers looking fresh and “happy” as long as possible.  flowers last longer

Here are my tricks for making flowers last longer:

  • Pick the bouquets that aren’t already fully opened.  The Valentine’s Day arrangement my husband gave me had quite a few unopened buds.  I think this helped them last a bit longer.   flowers last longer

  • Water them!  I may struggle with my plants but I do a pretty good job of making sure to add fresh water to my vase of flowers.  flowers last longer

  • If a “stay fresh longer” packet came with them, use that.  If not, add an aspirin to the water.  flowers last longer

  •  Take out or cut the wilting flower heads.  Just like “dead heading” the flowers growing in the garden helps them bloom, this helps the flower arrangement last a bit longer. 

  • Don’t be afraid to break up the arrangement to make new ones to enjoy. Don’t forget to cut the stems again when separating the flowers and adding them to new vases. 

What are your tips and tricks for making flower arrangements last a bit longer?

 

Happy Homemaker Monday (except it’s Tuesday)

I’m a day late with my post.  Yesterday was President’s Day so the boys were off school and I lost my computer early.  They are off school again today but still sleeping.

It’s nice they have an extra day to sleep in this week.  I’m sure it won’t be quite as nice tomorrow morning when none of us will want that 6a.m. wake up alarm.

Time to join in with Sandra from Diary of a Stay At Home Mom and plan my week.  Technically, today is like Monday since yesterday was a federal holiday.

The Weather

Weird and weirder.  We did get a water-glass full of rain thrown on us yesterday.  It wasn’t nearly enough.  How strange that I ran to the grocery store last night in jeans and short-sleeved shirt, no coat, not even one in the car, in February?  It was 61 degrees out there!

The rest of the week is supposed to be more of the same until the weekend when winter will be making a very brief appearance. And while I’m not happy to see it on the day I’m working, I do hope we get the rain they predict to fall on Thursday.  A thunderstorm? In February?  Weird.

On My Bedside Table

Right now just a pile of clothes I need to sort and put away.  I did partially clean it off last week.  The cat’s been hanging out there at night as well.

On My Reading Pile

Library books are due today or tomorrow!  I need to return a few and renew others.  Right now, I’m reading The Martian.  I keep thinking they need an audio book which is narrated by Matt Damon.  I also have an autobiography of C.S. Lewis sitting untouched.   So of course, I opened an e-book on my phone instead.  I’m about half-way through The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, the one I stayed up much too late reading last night.

On My TV

I watched the entire season of Quantico on Netflix over the weekend.  Last week while I was sick, I watched, The Royals as well as Secrets of Great British Castles.  Both were really interesting.

Menu

Still feel like we’re in a bit of a rut and the weird weather makes it harder to break.  Who wants to eat comfort meals cooked in the oven when it’s 70 degrees in February?  Not me!  I do think I need to return to linking up with Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organized Junkie and start pulling in some new dinner ideas.

MONDAY:  We had tacos (soft tacos, actually)

TUESDAY:  Ham steak, sweet potatoes *G has pep band* *I have Bunco*  (we’re having mozzarella sticks and salad for lunch, special request)

WEDNESDAY:  Roast in the crock pot *G has pep band*

THURSDAY:  Pork chops, regular potatoes *I work 12-5*

FRIDAY:  Leftovers or frozen pizza *I work 12-5*

To-Do List

  1. Figure out how to style my hair.  She cut it a bit short for my taste but I haven’t really messed with it since being home.  I’m going back in a few short weeks to have her add some curl into it all.  Hopefully, that will help.
  2. Still need to clean
  3. Still need to go to Target
  4. Look into planning a short trip (maybe even just a couple of day trips) for spring break
  5. Make a few appointments

Creating

Nothing.  Hopefully, I’ll be a bit more inspired this week.

Looking Forward To

Going to Bunco tonight.  Spring break for the boys coming soon.

As I Look Around The House

The usual.  It needs a bit of cleaning.  It’s been better but it’s also been much worse.

From The Camera

Outside of Valentine’s Day, I didn’t do a great job of picking up my camera last week.  My Valentine’s Day flowers are still going strong a week later though!  I just snapped this photo: 

  What I’m Wearing Today

I’m currently still in my pajamas.  I’ll probably throw on jeans and t-shirt when I start getting ready for the day.

Simple Pleasure

Watching TV, especially a show on Netflix where I can just watch the whole series and be done with it.  Of course, I do go through spurts with it and enjoy it a lot more if the weather is lousy.

Quote for the Week

I was researching a different quote by Princess Diana (“Always Do Your Research” Abe Lincoln, ha!) and came across this one which I think is so fitting for the current world:

“The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance.  Everyone is so intolerant of each other.”  (Princess Diana)   (found on brainyquote.com)

And this gem showed up in my Facebook memories as something I shared 5 years ago:

“Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.” (Anais Nin)

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What do you have planned for your week?  And can you believe next Tuesday is the last day of February, already?

 

 

Five on Friday: Feeling Loved

I so enjoy joining in with the Five on Friday hosted by Amy from Love Made My Home.  I’m putting this post together on Wednesday (my day off this week) since I work the next two days.  I’ll just link up before work on Friday.

So for my five this week, I thought I’d share my Valentine’s Day with you.  First, a confession.  The two days prior to Valentine’s Day, I was quite grouchy and acting very unlovable.  Sunday, I was just in a terrible mood.  Monday happened to be the anniversary (10 years if my math is correct) of my mother’s death.  Not things that help one get in a mood to be feel romantic.

Upon waking on Tuesday, I realized part of the reason for my sour mood was the precursor to the nasty cold I’m now fighting.  By now I should realize when I get so grouchy, illness is on the horizon.  However, I did not feel bad enough to back out of work where I’d been asked to help out with the Valentine’s Day party.

Nothing like a little preschool love to improve your outlook and give you positive happy feelings which is where my five start.

ONE: Preschool Valentines

Some of the preschool kids had extra Valentines they handed to us.  Sweet kids.

A younger student also gave me a picture she colored.

And one little girl brought in little Valentine’s day boxes specifically for all the teachers.   Since I’m not there all the time:  I had to check and make sure this was actually intended for me as sometimes the kids get confused.  After making sure all the other teachers had one of their own, this was indeed for me.

Inside the box contained a small paper airplane with the child’s name (hidden in my photo for the sake of privacy), Dove chocolates, and Starbucks coffees. A great Valentine!

Two:  Flowers From My Husband

I really didn’t expect anything for Valentine’s Day this year as I had been so grouchy and fed up the past two days.  It’s not a huge deal in our house either.  So I was quite shocked to return from picking up my oldest from school to find these on the kitchen table.  This daisy really caught my eye…so pretty! 

Three: Sweet Valentine’s Day Cards

I didn’t get cards for my husband or boys this year.  Since the first card I looked at cost seven bucks, I opted to skip the cards this year!

Still, can’t say I didn’t absolutely love my cards.

Four: Favorite Candy

My all-time favorite candy, better than chocolate especially since I know they had to put effort into finding it.

I gave the boys their favorite candies as well, the same kinds for all 3 of them.  Plus they each got their favorite kind of popcorn!

Five:  A Favorite Valentine’s Day Dinner

Can’t beat greasy, good pizza!

I’m glad we didn’t have grand Valentine’s Day dinner plans as by dinner time I was feeling quite under the weather.  Most of my evening was spent literally under the covers watching television in bed.  My oldest had pep band and my husband was kind enough to do the running around for that as well as pick up the pizza.

Now, I’m going to go back to my bed (or maybe the couch) instead of dealing with the mess on kitchen table (and elsewhere): 

There’s something special about unexpected Valentine’s Day love, I think.  How was your Valentine’s Day?

Nerf Gun Storage

I’ve been meaning to share my simple Nerf Gun Storage solution with you for a while now.

In a house full of boys, our Nerf guns outnumber the people (and pets).  Most if not all of them are kept in J’s closet.  I’d been searching for a long time for a simple solution for storing them.

I know I’m not the only one as one of my most popular Pinterest pins is this one of a Nerf Gun  Rack.  Unfortunately, it’s something to make not buy and my handy husband has higher priorities around here than that project.

The last time I attempted to bring some order to J’s closet (I’ve given up on actually cleaning it out), I stumbled on a somewhat simple solution to storing the Nerf guns.  It used another item from the closet.

Honestly, by stumbled on a simple solution I mean I cursed, puzzled, searched Pinterest, and almost gave up.  I could have even purchased the item for this solution on-line but chose to use what I already had in the house.

Our Nerf Gun Storage:

Backpacks!

We now store our Nerf guns and the darts in old backpacks.  It’s not a perfect solution but they’ve mostly stayed put and off the floor and random places around the house.  Basically, I gave them a proper home.

Nerf Gun Storage

Easy to reach and still off the floor and out-of-the-way

We always have extra backpacks around this house although if you don’t, they actually make Nerf backpacks. I’ve found though that the individual slots for Nerf darts aren’t ideal for impatient little (and big) boys.

I put the extra darts in all the extra pockets.  Here’s a close up of the Mario backpack:

Nerf gun storage

The guns fit easily inside.

Nerf gun storage

This backpack has a side pouch perfect for a smaller Nerf gun.

When I first “organized” the Nerf guns, I had zipped up the backpacks.  My photos above show how they look currently.  Even unzipped the storage idea is working for us.

Do you have an abundance of Nerf guns at your house?  How do you store them?

 

 

Happy Homemaker Monday, Valentine’s Day Edition

Is it proper to say “Bah Humbug”  for all holidays or is the expression exclusively reserved for Christmas?  While the sunrise was indeed spectacular this morning, my mood is closer to  Monday gloom.

Here’s to hoping today’s Happy Homemaker Monday post can help me snap out of it a bit as I attempt to plan my week.  Be sure to check out our host, Sandra’s blog, Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the link up.

The Weather

Highs in the low 40s today with a slight chance of rain but by the end of this week we are again looking at highs near 70.  I remember last winter was mild like this as well before a late March snowfall.  Still not going to complain.

On My Bedside Table

Same mess as last week although cleaning it is on my to-do list today.

On My Reading Pile

Finished 3 books last week:  Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick, The Fever Code by James Dashner. and Forty Ways To Look At Winston Churchill by Gretchen Rubin.  The Philip K. Dick novel was just weird (as expected).  I found myself a little bit disappointed by the James Dashner book.   It was a bit hard to get into although it may have just been too long since I’d read the rest of the series.  I thoroughly enjoyed Rubin’s take on Churchill and plan to check out her other biographies, it seems she wrote one on Kennedy.

On My TV

Watched most of The Martian (fell asleep and yes, I did just recently watch that movie) on Friday since I plan to start that book next.

Last night I also watched The Grammy Awards show as I’ve been a fan of James Corden ever since I saw him an episode of Doctor Who.

Hey, a benefit of having a teenager:  I had heard of almost all the singers this year!  My favorite moment was not the carpool karaoke thing but rather when Twenty One Pilots won and accepted their award in their undies (while sharing a little story how they said if they ever won…).

Also, started watching the Frequency series on Netflix, hoping they didn’t cancel it already as I am enjoying it.

Menu

We officially ate the end of the leftover meals from the freezer last night!  Mixed blessing as now I have to plan meals to actually cook again.  Today I’m moving over to the fridge and cleaning it out (again).

MONDAY:  Honey-Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs (trying something new & still emptying out the freezer a bit) *G has pep band*

TUESDAY:  Valentine’s Day Dinner (Probably just going to order pizza or maybe make our own plus a frozen one for G if we go that route), Angel Food Cake & Strawberries for dessert  *I work 9-1* *G has pep band*

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:   Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad *I work 8:30-3:45*

FRIDAY:   Hoping I can talk my husband into making hamburgers on the grill *I work 7:15-3:30*

On My To-Do List

  1. Clean out purse
  2. Take trash out of car
  3. Clear off bedside table
  4. Clean off dresser
  5. Clean off desk…..have you figured out the theme of my to-do list yet?
  6. Oh, and go to the store, maybe Target also

Creating

J and I created ooblek and homemade dish soap silly putty (I have issues with it being titled this) on Saturday night.

Ooblek

I could say a disaster in the kitchen…

The blue homemade “silly putty”

The dish soap silly putty was a fun, easy to make sensory activity.  Some day we’ll try to create the true silly putty.

Looking Forward To

My hair appointment on Saturday!

Looking Around The House

Clutter and needs a good cleaning.  It’s time to start experimenting with all the cleaning schedules from Pinterest.

From The Camera

I went for a walk on Saturday, back to Waterfall park on the small path from a parking area to the play area that runs along the road.

Spotted these confused milkweed pods mixed in with the withering hydrangea on the fence in our backyard.

What I’m Wearing Today

Floral, blue short-sleeved top and blue corduroys, tennis shoes

Simple Pleasure

Grocery shopping as long as I’m not rushed.

Quote For The Week

This Winston Churchill quote from the book I just read gave me a chuckle:

“Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.”

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Do you have big plans for the week?

 

 

 

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