Monday, April 27, 2015

13 Steps to Spring Clean Your Kitchen

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13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

I recently spent about 4 hours spring cleaning my kitchen.  Is that a long time?  I rarely spend that much time on one room in my house, but it had been about a year since I had cleaned it that thoroughly, so it really needed it!  I came up with some tips and tricks that I thought I would share today to help you Spring clean your own kitchen.  I cleaned almost my entire kitchen from top to bottom, using just one product- Palmolive Multi-Surface Dish Soap.  Can you believe that, just one product! You can use it to clean your dishes and all other surfaces in your kitchen, and Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces.

The only other products I used were my home made glass cleaner for the windows and glass on the oven and microwave, and cleaning powder for my kitchen sink.  I was very happy with how well Palmolive Multi Surface worked to get my kitchen looking spotless.  So let's get right down to the tips and tricks, and throughout I am sharing some pictures that I have taken recently of my kitchen, in case you have not seen it before.  There are several links back to my various DIY projects for this kitchen at the bottom of this post.

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

Tips and Tricks for Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Start at the top, and work your way down to the floor.  That way all of the dirt, dust, and grime that is not being transferred to your rag or your bucket is being transferred to areas that are below you that you have not cleaned yet.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

Needed Supplies:
2 Clean microfiber rags ( I prefer microfiber rags for both surfaces and glass, use two separate rags, one for each surface)
Stainless Steel Cleaning Rag ( This rag is made specifically to clean stainless steel, and I use it on all of my stainless appliances and the top of my island (which is stainless)
Palmolive Multi Surface
Glass Cleaner of choice ( I make my own using white vinegar and water)
Cleaning powder ( I use Bar Keepers Friend)
Cleaning Sponge ( I prefer the kind that are soft on one side and rough on the other)
Old toothbrush to get in any nooks and crannies
Vacuum cleaner

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

1.  Add a generous squirt of Palmolive Multi Surface to an empty bucket, then fill with very warm water.  I like to sit my bucket of soapy water in the sink, so that I don't have to bend down       every time I rinse it and wring it out.  Remember to change the soapy water whenever it starts to look really dirty.

The first thing I did was do a check for any cobwebs around the tops of my walls, where they meet the ceiling, and remove them.  As you can see in the pictures of my kitchen, I have things on top of my cabinets.  Some of the items are decorative, but some are items that I do take down and use when needed, so the area above my cabinets is also used for storage.  That is where I began my cleaning.  I removed all items from the tops of my cabinets and refrigerator, and wiped them down using a microfiber rag and the bucket of warm soapy water. Next I used the same rag and Soapy water to clean the upper cabinets, then replace everything back onto the tops of the cabinets.  I changed my water after this part was complete.  At this time I also used my stainless steel cleaning rag to wipe down my range hood.

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

2.  Clean both inside and outside of your microwave.  To clean inside of my microwave, I put a     small bowl of white vinegar in there and turn it on for about 1:30.  When the time is up, I remove the vinegar and use my microfiber rag to wipe it out inside.  Everything cleans up really easily this way! I clean the top and sides of the microwave with my stainless steel cleaning cloth, since it is also stainless steel.

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

3.  Clean windows, doors, and things hanging on the walls.  I have been using vinegar and water to clean my glass for over a year now.  I just spray them and wipe them with a clean microfiber cloth. This works better to clean both mirrors and glass than anything else I have ever used.

4.  Use Vacuum cleaner to suck out dust, dirt, and dead bugs from area between windows and screens.  After giving that a good vacuuming, I wiped down those areas as well.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

5.  Clean Light fixture.  My light fixture just happened to also be a pot rack, so I removed and wiped down everything that was hanging from it as well.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

6.  Clean out and empty toaster.  All toasters have a removable tray at the bottom so that you can     get rid of those nasty crumbs.  I emptied and cleaned the tray, then wiped down the outside of the       toaster as well.  

7.  Clean out your coffee maker.  I use white vinegar and a toothbrush to clean out my Keurig, and   my microfiber cloth to wipe it down.  I start by filling the reservoir about halfway with vinegar,         and run it through the Keurig until it is empty.  After that I fill it with water and run all of that             water through it.  Next I remove the tray that you sit your coffee cup on and wash it with warm           soapy water, and wipe down the outside with my microfiber cloth.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

8.  Clean all items sitting out on your counters, and then clean counters.  I wipe down all items   on my counters with my warm soapy water and my microfiber rag.  As I clean each item I remove it from the counter.  Once the counter is empty, I wipe down the backsplash and the counters.  I work in section of my counter, so that I can remove all items and sit them on another section of the counter. After the counters are clean I replace all items.  I also clean my kitchen island and my bar cart at this time.  I remove everything from the open shelves and wipe them down, then I clean the top of my island with my stainless steel cleaning cloth.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

9. Clean oven and stove.  My oven has a self cleaner, and about once per year, I use it.  I waited       until the rest of the kitchen was finished before setting it though, so that it would not make the kitchen hot while I was working in there.  After the self cleaner is finished, I just wipe down the inside with my microfiber cloth and warm soapy water.  My stove top is black, and it can be a             pain to clean because it streaks easily.  I remove my burners and clean them with a non scratch sponge and warm soapy water, and then I use the same sponge and soapy water to scrub the stove       top.  Next I take a dry dish towel and dry the top of it really well.  That keeps it from being streaky. After the top is clean I replace the burners and wipe down all the stainless steel areas with my stainless steel cleaning rag, and clean the glass with my vinegar/water solution and a different microfiber rag that is only for cleaning glass and mirrors.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

10.  Wipe down bottom cabinets.  I use my microfiber cloth and warm soapy water.  

12.  Clean Kitchen sink.  I use my non scratch sponge and my cleaning powder to scrub out my sink.  I then rinse it with hot water, and wipe it down with my microfiber rag and warm soapy water to  remove any residue left from the powder.  I also like to slice a lemon and run  it through the garbage disposal.  That makes it smell nice and fresh.

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

12.  Wash any throw rugs.  I usually just throw them in the wash right before I start cleaning if they need washed.  I do not do this every time I clean the kitchen.  

13.  Clean baseboards and floors.  I start by vacuuming both, and then I make up a fresh batch of warm soapy water and clean the baseboards and floors with my rag.  

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

And you are finished!  Wow, that was a lot of work!  Now it is time to pour a nice glass of wine and sit back and relax.  I love having a spotless and freshly cleaned kitchen.  I probably don't clean it that thoroughly often enough, but it does get Spring cleaned at least once a year.  

I was very happy with how effective the Palmolive Multi Surface Dish Soap worked to get my kitchen sparkling clean!  Be sure to pick some up in the dish soap aisle at your local Walmart.  I would definitely recommend it.    

13 Steps to spring clean your kitchen

You can click on any of the links below to go back to read posts about the various DIY projects I completed in the kitchen.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

How to Get Sexy Sun Kissed Legs Instantly

This is not a sponsored post.  When I discover a product that I love, I want to share it with my readers, and I Love This Product!  I want to share with you today how I get sexy, sun kissed legs instantly with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.  Nope, no one paid me to say this, I am saying it because this product is one of the best products I have ever used on my ghostly white legs!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 24}

Have you checked out my 16 Spring Fashion Must Haves yet?  If not, have a look, you might fall in love!!

Full floral skirt, plaid shirt, grey pumps2

Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide that same inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Trashtastic Tuesday- Painted Thrift Store Magazine Rack

Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday!  Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Underwareness–Crush the Stigma!

Underwareness Campaign

Let's talk about bladder leakage!  Do you or someone you know experience bladder leakage?  Are you embarrassed or ashamed to talk about it?  Well if the answer is yes, that is exactly why I am writing this post today!  It is time to crush that stigma!  Have you heard about the drop your pants for undewareness movement?  If not, then I am glad you are reading this today, because Depend is entering it's second year of this social movement and charitable cause to break down the bladder leakage stigma.

Well, I don't know about you, but as a 40 something year old woman, I want to help crush that stigma!  And I am not ashamed to let the whole world know that I have experienced bladder leakage.  And I am not alone.  Over 51 million American women have experienced bladder leakage.  That's 1 in 3 women, people!  And you might be surprised to know that more people in their 20's experience bladder leakage than people in their 80's.  The average age of someone with bladder leakage is 52.  But I know from personal experience that it can and does happen much younger than that.

You see, I have three children.  And I first experienced bladder leakage the first time I was pregnant, at age 26.  Any time I would laugh really hard, or sneeze, it happened.  Even if I had just emptied my bladder.  It was horrifying!  And each and every time I was pregnant, the same thing happened.  How many of you women out there who have been pregnant have had this problem?  I would love to see an explosion of comments to this story- please share with me if you have had similar problems. Every comment made helps to crush that stigma!

Not only did I experience bladder leakage when I was pregnant though.  I have also been experiencing it in the last year or so.  I have noticed that my capacity to "hold it" has diminished to the point that if I don't go at the first sign that I need to, I might have an accident.  Yes, it has happened.  And the funny thing is, I was telling one of my best friends, who is my age, about this recently, and she told me the same exact thing has been happening to her!  That really helped me to feel not so alone.

So, here's the good news.  Depend is not just for old people!  The new Depend Active Fit Silhouette briefs are made for active women, like me!  These are excellent for bladder leakage protection.  They feature a cloth like fabric that is smooth under clothes.  You can put them on, even under leggings, and no one will be the wiser!  They have a lower rise for an underwear like look, fit and feel.  And they come in two colors, beige and black.

Underwareness Campaign

So I want to encourage women everywhere to show your support for women with bladder leakage. For every photo and video shared using #Undewareness, and featuring depend products, the Depend brand will donate $1, up to $3 million, through 2016 to fund charities that advance the research and education of bladder leakage.

So come on ladies, drop your pants for #Underwareness!  I did!

Underwareness Campaign

Visit to support the cause and request free samples of Depend Silhouette Active Fit.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Home Tour

Spring Home Tour Graphic

I am so excited to welcome you into my home today for my Spring home tour!  I guess in the world of blogging this Spring tour may be a little late, but I don’t care, I am showing it to you anyway.  And yes, there will be Easter eggs involved…after Easter (gasp)!  I plan to leave my Easter décor out for the remainder of April, how about you? In case you are new here, we live in a 1996 split level home that we are slowly but surely updating and bringing into 2015.   Anyhoo,  if you are down with seeing some Easter eggs even after Easter, then come on in!  

I made this very simple cherry blossom wreath for our front door after falling in love with Vel’s cherry blossom wreaths over at Life and Home at 2102.  I already had the grape vine base, so all I had to do was buy some cherry blossoms.  I bought some cherry blossom bouquets from AC Moore, cut them into sprigs, and I used floral wire to attach them. 

Cherry Blossom Wreath3

Cherry Blossom Wreath2

I bought a new rug for the entryway!  Last Friday we took a trip to PA for Steel City Con, and we were right next door to a Homegoods.  So of course I had to walk over, since we don’t’ have one here where I live.  This is one of the the items I purchased. 

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Spring Entry2

There is just one problem.  It catches when you open the door, so it may not end up working for this space, but I really want it to!  Any suggestions for how I can keep that from happening?

Entry Rug

I have had this rustic hanging bucket for years.  Bought it through Southern Living.  I enjoy changing it out for the seasons.  This year I wrapped a bit of burlap ribbon around it and tied a pale green bow on one side. 

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To make the disco ball Easter egg garland, I just used some jute and tied them to it every so often.  I love the way it turned out!  If you are curious, you can read more about the artwork pictured by clicking here

Spring Entry4

The DIY rustic coat rack at the top of the stairs is such a work horse for us!  I am so happy with it!

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Another thing I cannot live without in this small entry is my Ikea shoe cabinet.  This is also a fun place to decorate. 

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Spring Entry7

The framed art is a free printable that I printed out last Spring.  You can find one similar here.  The Easter eggs on the black frame are also printed from a free printable.  I just cut them out and taped them onto the glass. 

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Spring Entry9

I bought this lacy ribbon at Target’s dollar section, and just tied a simple bow around my DIY jute wrapped bottle

jute wrapped jar

You may have noticed my hippie sign in some of the pictures above.  This is another item I purchased last week at Steel City Con.  There was a booth that had tons of these vintage looking signs, and I just fell in love with this one.  It adds a touch of whimsy to my entry, and I love it!  Was there a time that hippies had to use the back door?  Anyone?

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hippie sign

I made a change to the gallery wall in our dining room/home office.  I added some more free pintable's to the four gold frames. 

Spring Dining Room1

You can find these printables here.  They look hand drawn, and I just think they are adorable. 

Spring Printables1

Spring Printables2

And this is the buffet for Spring.  Nothing here is new, you have probably seen most of these things before.  The only thing new is the way I have it put together. 

Spring Dining Room2

Spring Dining Room3

The wooden pedestal bowl was a find from The Mission, and the yellow vase was a find from Goodwill. 

Spring Dining Room4

This is my burlap wreath dressed up for Spring.  I just added these berry sprigs into the burlap, and attached it with a striped green ribbon then added the butterfly on top of the ribbon. 

Spring Burlap Wreath

Have you seen the gallery wall I hung recently in our living room?  I changed out the vase to the right, and added these pretty yellow branches.  I love the pop of color. I showed off my Spring mantle here, if you would like to see it.  

Spring Living Room1

This TV cabinet is also a recent addition in our living room.  It is a really cool vintage Mid Century Modern record player.    You can see the reveal post I wrote here, and you can read the full tutorial for how I made it over here.  I am seriously in love with this piece of furniture!  It is my favorite makeover to date. 

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Isn’t it pretty?

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Spring Living Room4

You may remember the DIY book page wreath I made during the winter.  I just recently added this hounds tooth bow for Spring. 

spring book page wreath

I also added a new art print to the wall.  I purchased from, and it is called feathered arrows.  I had it framed through Minted as well, the frame is called distressed indigo stained.  I think it makes a great addition to my gallery wall. 

Spring Living Room5

Minted Art Print

Spring Living Room6

The shite vase and the brass candlesticks were both thrift store finds.  The little cloche was purchased at Bath and Body Works in the Fall. 

Spring Living Room7

I have been wanting new furniture for my living room since we moved in, and it just hasn’t been in the budget yet.  However, I think new furniture is in our near future you all!  But for now, I decided to freshen things up a little with some new throw pillows to tide me over.  And I bought them all from Amazon.  You can find the links to all of the pillow covers I purchased right here.  Amazon has a great selection of pillows and pillow covers at very reasonable prices!

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Both the black and white striped ones and the Feathered one in the middle are new as well. 

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They are really helping me not hate my furniture quite so much. But I still want new furniture LC, so don’t get any ideas!

Deer Pillow2

You know I love a black and white stripe, right?  On clothing, pillows, décor.  I’ll take them on anything, all day, every day. 

Spring pillows

This is the sofa table that is right at the top of my stairs as you turn to enter the living room. 

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The plate is from a Goodwill in Ohio.  And you can also read about the books I wrapped with wrapping paper here

Spring Living Room10

I purchased the wooden carousel horse at Goodwill a while back and gave it a little makeover.  I have fun tying different things around her neck all year round!  (Yes, it is a “she” – a boy wouldn't tie things around his neck, silly!)

carousel horse

The horse shaped candy dish was a gift from Our Swedish Daughter for Christmas.  The horse is called a Dala, and is a popular Swedish symbol.  It was full of malted milk eggs, but as you can see those are wiped out.  They went fast!

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And last but not least is the top of my bookshelf that sits right at the top of our stairs.  I made this DIY Love canvas for Valentines Day, but I knew then that I wanted it to be neutral enough to keep out all year.  And so now it sits on the top of the shelf to greet everyone who comes into our house. 

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I hope you enjoyed my Spring Home Tour!  Right now our living room is kind of torn apart because we are painting the walls!  I am taking it slow, one wall at a time.  I have one wall down, and I am starting on the second wall this weekend.  I can’t wait to show the finished product to you! 

Have a great weekend!