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A Bit of Whimsy

I drive by this house on the mornings I take my stepson to school. At first, I wasn’t a big fan, but it’s grown on me so much that now, I absolutely LUH UHV it!

Now, I couldn’t never paint my house this color, but I so admire the woman who lives in this house and seemingly puts love and passion out there for the world to see. It’s just so whimsical!

Happy Friday!

Lots of blended love,



I was almost as excited to receive the IKEA catalog as I was to get the iPhone5!

My love affair with IKEA has been on-going for years. I love their stuff! I love their store! I love their food!

The boys just don’t understand. They looked at me a bit bewildered as I made a cup of tea, and settled into my favourite chair to go through the catalog page by page. This is totally atypical behaviour for me.

I’ll go through the catalog again, this time placing sticky notes on pages where there are items that I feel I really need. And then, I’ll look at the calendar and plan my roadtrip to the nearest store, planning to spend a good portion of day. Of course, I’ll probably bring more stuff home than what’s on the list!



Cleaning My Stepson’s Microfiber Futon

“Thank goodness for Pinterest!” is all I can say.

My husband’s ex-wife sold the house they had together, and over the past few weeks some things have been slowly making their way to our house. My husband has done a great job keeping me in the loop about what’s coming home, so there wouldn’t be any surprises. And there haven’t been … until last Sunday.

My stepson’s futon which was put into his dad’s truck to be hauled off as trash, arrived at our house to be put in his room. We usually have discussion about these sorts of things, however, this discussion happened while it was sitting in the truck at our house. Net, net, we want him to feel as at home as possible, so we agreed that he could keep it here.

It’s a microfiber futon, and it was showing its use. The very night before, I had seen someone pin how to clean microfiber couches on Pinterest. I love how things work out!

You need rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle and a scrub sponge. Check this blog post out for more details and FAQs.

Here’s the “Before” shot. I started with the corner just to see if it would work.


And it totally did! I couldn’t believe how easily the gunk came off/out of it.


Okay, and just so you know what a total freakazoid I am, here’s a before and after shot of the sponge I used to clean it. I felt great satisfaction that I could see the efforts.

The sponge on the left is what the sponge on the right looked like when I started cleaning the futon.

I want to thank whoever originally pinned this blog post to Pinterest, but I want to REALLY thank Chris & Robin over at “Chris & Robin’s Nest” for blogging about this back in 2010. 

Happy Cleaning!