Spring Clean

Spring Clean

 
 
Well, as I mentioned in my last post, I was starting to feel rather strongly about getting some spring cleaning started in our house, what with all the illness and such, and that is exactly what we did this weekend.  It felt GREAT to bust out my dusting cloth and vacuum and go to town.  WHAT?!??!  I know, I'm weird like that.  Back in the early days when we had but 1 small, sweet child...the hubs and I kept a pretty neat and tidy house.  I used to work Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and each and every Thursday was dedicated to cleaning our apartment.  Now, that may sound smaller in comparison to our lovely little house now, but we actually had an amazingly large and impressive apartment.  I loved that apartment, but I love our little yard and play area for the girls more. 
Every Thursday with a whole day to myself I would get up, have my coffee and cigarette (I know, it was a LIFETIME ago and happily a nasty habit ago), and set to work.  Dusting, vacuuming, Murphy's oil soaping all the hardwoods, laundry, dishes, wash the kitchen floors, scrub the bathrooms, change the bedding, I was a busy, busy bee.  Even after we bought our house, I was able to keep things together pretty well.  Enter bambino #2, and things start to get a little more hectic.  When she was tiny it was ok, but as she gets bigger and more active, and both she and her sister have busy social schedules, things have fallen to the wayside.  I do blame myself partially for all the illness in our house lately.  If I was being a little more diligent about disinfecting and cleaning perhaps we would have kicked the germs a little sooner. 
I think the ick just added to my general need to purge things and so this weekend was HIGHLY productive.  We put away all of our winter decorations (we had left all my fat little snowmen), we put away the new Valentine's Day décor we made, and we started to get out the Easter fun stuff and started making more Easter fun!  The little one has been stuck on Valentine's Day a bit, but the way I see it, you can never have too many of these wonderful little hearts, (the ones below adorn the board in my office at work):
 
note the sweet little hand written "Mom" on the top row shots
I do make it a habit of doing a cleaning when changing out décor.  Nothing worse then having dust trails from previous decorations :)  So in honor of redecorating, we did a massive cleaning!  My house looks so much better, even the kiddos helped out!  We filled garbage bags, stored unused toys, cleaned out drawers and closets for donations, vacuumed, and I started a list of things that will be cleaned.  I figure a little bit at a time.  I want to do a major clean though....wash draperies, clean baseboards, the whole house!  I even found this nice little checklist compliments of Martha Stewart to look through, as well as all my fun cleaning tidbits on pinterest (check out my board Clean Slate), I think I could have the cleanest house in America, at least for a few minutes. 
On top of ALL of this, with the launch of my facebook page for my little family business, we are starting to get some inquires.  I am SO excited.  This is something I have wanted to be able to do for a LONG time.  Check us out at Ardeline Arts & Crafts on facebook, and make sure to like the page...you could earn a free prize!  If you see something you like or want to design something with us, let me know.  Prices can be worked out with postage and handling!! 
With all this talk of spring too, I need to make sure I add my thoughts on a spring inspired Friend Making Monday (better late then never).  Thanks Kenliefor a FMM that keeps us looking forward to the warm weather to come!!If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: http://www.alltheweigh.comso we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!
 Almost Spring
1. What do you love most about Spring?  This year what I love most is how exciting it is to my 3 year old.  She looks out the window each morning and whenever there is less snow she yells that spring is here!  We even heard birds outside the front door the other day and that was just WAY to much excitement for one little lady to handle. 
2. If you're lucky enough to have a Spring Break, what will you do to enjoy it?  I will spend it at work while my husband spends it with a finely detailed honey-do list J
3. What is your favorite flower?  I love my Gerbera daisies.  We had them in our wedding and I just love the bright colors they come in and something about them in general just makes me happy.  I also adore the smell of hyacinth, and that always makes me happy in the spring and around Easter time.
4. Do you have a garden?  If so, what do you grow?  We haven’t’ had a garden in the past, we do have lots of flower beds, but this year we are adding a vegetable garden for the girls.  I’m pretty excited to get dirty with them and grow some of our own yummy veggies!
5. Share one thing that you hope to accomplish during Spring.  I am REALLY hoping to get my little family business up and running.  Check us out on facebook at Ardeline Arts & Crafts!
6. Do you do Spring cleaning?  We are taking it to the extreme this year, see my above post!
7. What is your weather *really* like right now? {Just b/c it's almost Spring, doesn't mean that it feels like it for some of you.}  When I left for work this morning the temperature gauge in my car said 25, it should get up to about 40 by the afternoon though.
8. Share one photo that you've taken during the month of March.  This is one of the custom pieces we have made for our facebook site, it’s a custom designed corn hole board.
 
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9. What's your favorite thing to do on a sunny afternoon?  I love to be outside with my girls…hiking, playground, and soccer, whatever!
10. If you could spend the day doing anything in your city, what would you do?  Good question, maybe walk the town triangle and really use what it has to offer.  Yoga studio (never been), restaurants, ice cream parlor, library, shops.
Now it's your turn to answer this week's questions!  Don't forget to come back and link up in the comments!

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