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Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Throw Rugs

*Wash all throw rugs in the house

*Approximate time ~ 5-10 minutes + time for 1-2 loads of laundry

*Tips:  First of all, make sure your rugs are machine washable.  If they are, shake the rugs thoroughly outside first to remove all loose dirt, hair, etc.  Then wash and dry them.  Be careful not to overload your machine.  Depending on how many throw rugs you have, you may need to do more than 1 load to clean all of the rugs.  If your rugs are not machine washable, after shaking them outside, spot clean them with an appropriate rug cleaner as necessary.

Happy Cleaning! :-)


Browse My Stash - Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadows

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Today, I'm sharing with you a review and swatches of the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadows Review: *These are cream eye shadows that can be applied with your finger or a synthetic brush.
*Easy to blend and can be worn alone or under a powder eye shadow.
*SUPER long wearing!  When applied over a primer, they last all day without creasing.  If you don't have oily eyelids, you can skip the primer and they'll still stay put all day.
*Available in 15 shades (5 in the "Metals" collection, 10 in the regular line).  Additional "Limited Edition" colors are released periodically but are usually only found at the drugstore.
*Packaged in a glass jar with a plastic, screw-on lid.   Be sure to screw the lid back on tightly after each use to prevent the product from drying out.  I've had several for over a year and none have dried out.  Yay!
*Price:  $5.94 - $6.99 
*Where To Buy:  Target, Walmart, Ulta, Walgreens or other drugstores
*Favorite, Most-Worn Color…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - The Front Door

*Wipe down both sides of the front door to your house

*Approximate Time ~ 5-10 minutes

Tips:  Use a damp rag or paper towels to wipe down the door.  Use a Clorox wipe to clean and sanitize the handle and lock.

Personal Notes: Many times I don't realize how dusty and dirty my door is until I open it to invite a guest in....all of a sudden it's like the dirt is magnified ten-fold and I'm trying to usher my guest in quickly before they notice!  Thankfully, my door is sparkling clean now and will make a much better presentation the next time someone drops by :-)

Happy Cleaning!

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Pantry Cleanout

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*Clean out and reorganize your pantry.

*Approximate time ~ 45 minutes +

*Tips:  Working one shelf at a time, remove everything, checking dates and throwing out expired food.  Wipe off shelves and then return items to the pantry/cabinet, reorganizing as necessary.

Personal Notes: My pantry cleanout turned into a slightly bigger project and I ended up reorganizing several other cupboards in my kitchen as well.  I had several things being stored in my pantry that didn't belong there so I had to clear out other cupboards in my kitchen to make room for these items.  Take a look at how much was crammed into my pantry....


It took me several hours and my back was KILLING, but the end result was worth it.....


 Happy Cleaning!

Browse My Stash - NYX Lip Liners Review and Swatches

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Since I have become somewhat of a "collector" of makeup, I've been trying to figure out a way to have my collection benefit more people than just me :-)  So I came up with the idea of doing a series called "Browse My Stash".  I will focus each blog on a specific brand and/or product from that brand, share my thoughts on the product and then finish with swatches of all the colors that I own.  So whether you are shopping online or in a store that won't let you "try before you buy", perhaps this information will help make your decision easier.


Today, you'll be browsing my stash of NYX Lip Liners
There are two different types of lip liners that NYX sells: Retractable Lip Liners (pictured above on the left) *No sharpening needed *Advertised as "waterproof" and I'd say that's pretty accurate.  Once they set, it takes a lot of scrubbing to get them off. *Retail Price - $4.50 *Available in 19 colors *Favorite and Most Worn Color:  Natural (se…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Spices and Cabinets

*Clean out and re-organize the spice shelf/cupboard; wipe down the kitchen cabinets and drawers

*Approximate time ~ 30-45 minutes

*Tips:  Start by removing all of the spices from their storage place (i.e., cupboard, rack, etc.).  Discard any spices that are expired.  If you are unsure whether they are still good, open them and take a sniff....if there is only a faint scent and/or the spices are caked together inside the container, toss them. Next, fill your sink with hot, soapy water (Dawn Antibacterial Apple Blossom is my favorite :-).  Use a rag dipped in the soapy water to wipe down the shelf/rack thoroughly.  Return the spices you are keeping to the shelf, wiping off each one before putting them in the cabinet.  Then, using your rag and warm soapy water, wipe down each cabinet door, inside and out, along with the handles and the surrounding edges of the base cabinets.  Do the same with all of the drawers and the front of your dishwasher as well.

Personal Notes:  To help make the spic…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - The Linen Closet (Before and After Pictures!)

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*Clean out an reorganize the linen closet

*Approximate Time ~ 1-2 hours

*Tips: Begin by removing everything from the closet, clearing off one shelf at a time. Determine what needs to be tossed, donated and saved. Wipe off the shelves (another great time to pull out those Clorox wipes :-). Once the shelves are dry, put everything you are keeping back in the closet. If you find that there is wasted space between shelves and you find you are stacking items on top of each other, consider adding more shelving by using stand-alone wire shelves. I purchased a pack of 3 for less than $10 at Walmart (found in the kitchen utensils section). If you have towels that are in good shape but you no longer need, take them to your local animal shelter. Most animal shelters have a HUGE need for towels and will welcome your donation!

Personal Notes: As you can see from these "Before" pictures, my linen closet was a jumbled mass of chaos.....

When I finally pulled everything out, I discovered a m…