Meg Joins the Navy

A new member of the Navy Nurse Corps and a proud wife of a Navy corpsman stationed together at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

29 April 2013

Refilling my Swiffer Wet Jet, Gettin' Thrifty

There's nothing I love more than being thrifty, but only when it pays off and saves times.  When it comes to cleaning products, they can make your grocery list sky rocket, especially because they all seem to need replaced at the same time.

Luckily, a very smart man (yes, it was a man) created Pinterest and I found a way to save $10 and no longer do I need to resist pressing that awesome button on the Swiffer Wet Jet when cleaning my floor because now I can press it as much as I want to!  Using half water and half floor cleaner of your choice (Pinesol, Fabuloso, store brand, bleach, ammonia, white vinegar, Mr. Clean, Simple Green.. whatever you want), refill the bottle.  If you want to make it smell extra yummy, add an essential oil.  The cap can be difficult to come off... soak it in hot water for 10 seconds and then it'll come off.  Just remember to screw back on tight and turn upside down before loading it to make sure it isn't leaking.

And you just saved at least $5! Just on that one refill.
Thank you Pinterest and this blogger.

If you want to save more on your Swiffer... use a large sock that will stretch around the swiffer instead of the wet/dry pads... or with spare yarn you have waiting around for that small project, knit a long rectangle and fold over and sew 1 inch on the long ends to keep in place while mopping. Throw it in the wash when you're done.  You just saved yourself over $10 with one purchase of cleaner and pads!

24 April 2013

Wedding Preview

Wedding planning is in full swing, despite never being awake during normal working hours thanks to my night shift rotation & my sailor being deployed, but we're tugging along getting everything squared away for our big day!

Here's some wedding teasers for you...


19 April 2013

DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

I'm currently obsessed with mason jars. In my attempt to not have anything country in my house, these little buggers are the only thing that have made it through, but in a modern way.

Cutting the metal lid is the hardest part and you can try to use scissors or a sharp kitchen knife.  Punch a hole in the center and the keep stretching it until it is large enough for the pump to go through.  You can use a pump from any soap dispenser you like or buy one that is more fancy.  If it is too long, cut off the bottom to the height you need it.  The widest part of the pump will cover up the part of the lid you make the hole in so it doesn't have to be perfectly circular.  You can make it fun by swirling different color soaps or use it for lotion.

14 April 2013

DIY Brown Sugar Vanilla Sugar Scrub

After a coworker brought in peppermint sugar scrub for everyone, I needed to get on this bandwagon!  Not only does it leave your hands smelling super good and smooth, it's organic and a great homemade gift for friends, mother-in-laws, grandma's, teachers, etc.

You'll need (for a 2 pint recipe):
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 Tbs. honey
  • 10 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • Canning jars of your choice

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Add EVOO & honey. Stir well.
  3. Add half of the vanilla extract and stir well and add the second half.
  4. Pack into jars, making sure the lid is on tight if it's not going to be used right away to prevent it from drying out.

I've only made this recipe so far.  In my attempt to go out and make peppermint, orange, and lemon, the nearest GNC was out of EVERYTHING!

Check out the other scents I've made so far:

09 April 2013

DIY Speckled Drinking Glasses

After painting my own wine glasses, I decided to go ahead and make some more totally unique glasses.
I bought the glasses at the Dollar Store, and assorted colors of enamel paint you can get at any craft store or Walmart.  It's really simple.
  1. Clean your glasses.
  2. Paint your glasses!  (The paint will thicken after you put it in the oven.)  For making the speckled pattern, you use the back end of a paint brush and dip it in the paint, dotting more at the bottom and slowly fading up the sides of the glass.  I used 2 colors for each glass so I would have a dark and light shade.
  3. Let dry over night before adding a second coat or before setting it.
  4. Bake the glasses at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  (I know this sounds weird, how can the glasses not break or become easily breakable during this? I don't know.)  Use a flat baking sheet and turn glasses upside down for a wider base so they don't fall over.  Start the 30 minutes when you first turn the oven on before it is preheated with the glasses already in the oven.  There may be a strange odor.  This was odd to me so I periodically had to check on them to make sure nothing was burning, melting, or had fallen over.
  5. After the 30 minutes, turn the oven off and keep the glasses in  the oven as it cools.
  6. When glasses are completely cool, remove from oven and enjoy!  The glasses should be top rack dishwasher safe or hand washable.  I have washed mine in the dishwasher on the top rack and they were perfectly fine.

04 April 2013

Easy Kitchen Menu Board DIY

After seeing many variations of menu boards on Pinterest, I decided to combine the ones I liked and make one of my own.

For this project I simply shopped around for a cool picture frame (this one from Michael's for $12).  I picked out some small wooden letters, painted them red, gorilla glued them on and that was it!  You can get creative with what you put in the picture frame for your menu daily, weekly, or whatever you want.  You could also write on the glass with a dry erase marker and use it that way too and put a fun patterned piece of paper in the picture frame.