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Our Wood Home: May 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

cleaning make over

This summer I've decided to take a serious look at the cleaning products I use in our house.  This will include laundry soap, dish detergent and hand soap. 
I've always been interested in cleaner living but never really committed to it 100%.  But now is the time to start really living, and cleaning, the way I want!  And since I've posted this online I'm forced to be held a bit more accountable. 

For as long as I can remember I've had sinus problems.  They always feel stuffy like I have a cold.  When I try to blow my nose, nothing comes out.  I can't really do anything about this medically speaking.  But then I got thinking maybe the products I encounter everyday are partly responsible.
"Products" being soaps and cleaners.  I mean, they are jam packed with chemicals we all know are bad.  And the artificial fragrance they contain almost always gives me a headache!  So the other day I checked out some books on environmentally friendly cleaning methods from my local library. 
I picked through them today and tried a couple methods out on my home.  I was pleased with their alterative to glass cleaner (club soda!) but sprinkling my counters with a baking soda paste only made them feel dirtier...but there are so many more options for me to try!

I'll be posting a fair bit on these new-to-me methods of cleaning because I want other people try to it out too. 

For now I'll mainly be using 3 books as a guide but I'm also planning to utilize the internet.

Do you have any really good, eco friendly cleaning tips?  I'd love to hear them!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Christina, how does your garden grow?

Remember that nursery rhyme: Mary, Mary quite contrary. How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row!  Well, my title of this post is supposed to a reference to that!

I've been spending a lot of time gardening lately and this past weekend I decided to focus more on potted plants for my back deck.
This year we decided to grow various hot peppers ( we bought them from the store as the size in the images), raspberries and wild strawberries.  We found wild strawberry plants growing all across our lawn so I thought I'd try to grow them in pots.

We also got some potted herbs that are now growing in a pot outside too.  David made some drainage holes in a lovely pot we already had and then secured it to the railing just outside the deck door.  I specifically requested the herb pot be within easy reach from the kitchen because I can be a bit lazy sometimes...and when I'm cooking I don't really want to traipse across the yard or deck. 

Later in the summer we will be getting some heirloom tomato plants from a friend of David's.  We had each gotten some for the past few years for our individual homes but never bothered to save the seeds.  So that's what we will do this year! 

We also ordered some topsoil for our veggie garden, which we can finally start to develop!  The garden is going to be about 9 by 20 feet and smack dab in the middle of our front yard!  It's a really sunny spot, plus we are proud to have such a large garden. 

Here are pictures of the potted peppers and my lovely herbs.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

garden art

Yesterday I started an awesome and super easy project for my garden.  The most difficult part was actually finding what I needed!! 

What you're looking at is a genuine vintage bike with flowers in the basket!   I found the bike online for $50 and all I did was apply 3 cans of a clear, sealing spray paint (so the bike wouldn't rust in the rain).  I covered every single surface of the bike, even the seat and tires, with clear coat just to be safe...I didn't want the rubber to fade in the sunlight.

I then bought some marigolds and planted them in some pots I already had.  I added the flowers by the tire just for fun:)

I know this project is soooo simple, but I love it!


Friday, May 3, 2013

i'm still a lady

Ever since I was little I've had short hair.  I was actually nearly bald until I was a toddler...it was pretty cute.  When my hair did come in it was blond and curly.  I guess keeping it short was easy for my parents.  As I got older I never had hair past my shoulders.  I remember getting my hair cut into a chin length bob when I was about 10 or 11...I think that was the first time I actually had some input on how my hair was cut.
Throughout high school my hair was halfway down my back, chin length and shoulder length.  It was also dyed lots of times...even a pink streak!

I was sick of my hair and I felt like it was the one thing that identified me as a person (which is a hard thing to take at seventeen).  One the last day of my grade twelve exams my best friends accompanied me to the hair dresser for what would be my most dramatic haircut ever. 


Having short hair was awesome!  I didn't feel very girly though...I was afraid people would mistake me for a boy because I wore no makeup, and only shorts and t-shirts (I actually met my husband when I had short hair and he thought it was cute!).

It was almost 5 years since that hair cut...I vowed never to cut it that short again.  The grow out period was awful; I didn't know how to style it very well. 

Last year my hair was so long it was halfway down my back.  And I hated it.  I thought it would be curly and lovely like it was in high school...fat chance!  So I had it cut into a chin length bob.
That was March 2012 and I've maintained some variation of a bob since then. 
Until yesterday...
I walked into my hairdresser looking like this:

And I left like this:

Yeah, it's quite a difference.  Some would say it's risky...others would say it will be hard to style...some might even say I look boyish.  But here's a shocker: I'm still a lady. I'm not defined by my hair.  It grows back! 

Back in September (when my hair was looking similar to the "before" image of me in the orange dress) my brother and I went to Home Depot to pick out a toilet for my new house.  As we were walking I saw a little girl point to me and ask her dad "is that a boy or a girl?" in a very confused voice.  She was talking about me, I know she was.  My brother is very tall and masculine looking.
I know I look like a girl...I mean, I have some body curves...I carry a purse...I wear jewellery.  And little kids just say whatever pops into their head, she wasn't being mean.  But for some reason that question has stuck with me, several months later. 
When I got my hair cut yesterday I was worried I'd be confused for a boy by more small children (or even adults!).  But my hair dresser and husband both assured me I still look very much like a lady. 
Besides, I can always overcompensate by wearing pretty dresses, jewellery and nice make up!

I know I'm just 1 person who decided to cut her hair short...but I hope someone will read this post and make some self discoveries.  Maybe they, too, will cut their hair.  Or maybe they will be okay with they style they have if it's already short.  Or maybe, just maybe, they will stop associating female beauty with hair.