Monday, July 30, 2012

Scour it Off..

I recently cooked a new recipe which needed heated milk, so I heated the milk.  The problem is that my pot got like this...

So... I used my little secret weapon...
Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste, this amazing paste is made out of natural ingredients that won't damage your pots and pans nor your hands and it will do wonders in your kitchen and other tough areas of your home (like bathtub).

So my poor little pot got back to life...

Pretty amazing right?  Best part, it took only few minutes to do this so I didn't need to scrub for hours :)


Happy Monday!

XOXO,
Marcela

Friday, July 27, 2012

My Week...

This little things made my week a really good one!


I went to the airport to pick up my cousin's daughter who's staying with us for a week. I love the feeling of the airport, going to new places, hopefully traveling for fun... Love it!



I recently discovered this coffee shop in my neighborhood and I loved it!





















Playing hairdresser with my daughter, we both had lots of fun!!


Doors of New York... This beautiful doors at West Village look much better in person (I took the pictures with my phone).  I wish I took more pictures but felt awkward, I thought the home owner would open the door on his way out any minute!


Hope you have a beautiful weekend!!


XOXO,
Marcela






Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Beautiful Spaces: Master Bedroom

After a long day of work we all need a good rest, and when that happens in a beautiful bedroom even better, right? Here are some inspirational bedrooms to make us dream and some tips on how to keep our bedroom nice and clean.


teen bedroom purple
Tip: Make your bed every day before you go to work. Nothing worse than coming home tired and see that messy bedroom. Once you make your bed your whole bedroom will look nicer, trust me!

Beautiful Master Bedrooms
Via West Elm
Tip: When vacuuming don't forget under the bed. If vacuum doesn't fit clean it with a swiffer with dry a cloth.

Tip: Use a lint roller on your duvet to remove dust, you'll be surprised at how much dust it accumulates!

Furnish for Comfort and Function
Via BHG
Tip: Wash those canopies! They are usually from a very soft, sheer fabric which needs to be wash on delicate cycle and air dry.


Via The Decorista
Tip: Use lint roller to clean lamp shades


Via House Beautiful
Tip: Vacuum the fabric headboard with upholstery vacuum attachment

Thanks for reading!


Best,
Marcela


Monday, July 23, 2012

The Magic of Baking Soda

Stainless steel appliances are so pretty.  I love the sleek, modern look they provide to a kitchen.  However, finger prints don't look as pretty on them, do they?
Here's when the magic of Baking Soda begins.  There are lots of good products out there that work just great, but a great tip at a fraction of the price is Baking Soda+Dish Soap.

What you need:
Baking Soda
Dish Soap
Sponge
Microfiber Cloth (or clean/dry paper towel)




















1. Rinse the sponge making sure is clean and free of oil
2. Put a few drops of Dish Soap and sprinkle some baking soda
3. Wash your appliance with sponge. NEVER use the scrub side of the sponge, only the soft side
4. Rinse the sponge and take all the soap and baking soda off your appliance. You might need to repeat this process few times in order to get it all off
5. Dry with Microfiber cloth


Before



After















Pretty cool, right?  There are hundreds of uses for Baking Soda, I love this little orange box!
How do you clean your appliances? Let us know.

XOXO,
Marcela

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Caring for your Jeans

We all love a nice pair of jeans and probably have our favorite one.  Well it is important how you take care of them.  A little extra care will make them last longer.

(Please read care label and follow their instructions if different than these)

Wash them with care:
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1. Empty the pockets.  Nothing worse than wash your jeans and realize that you had something it could stain them.

2. Turn your jeans inside out.

3. Set the machine on "Delicate Cycle" or "Cold Water"

4. If your machine has a top door, run water first and add detergent to dissolve before you put your jeans in the machine. My favorite detergent is this one, which it tough enough to remove dirt yet gently with clothes.  And it's completely free of chemicals which is good for your skin too!

5. Take them out promptly to prevent them getting wrinkled.

6. Turn your jean right side out and air dry them.

7. If you want to put them in the dryer, set the dryer in the lowest temperature.  I personally put mine for only10 minutes or less just to get the excess of water and then I hang them to finish drying.

8. Never use bleach when washing your jeans.

9. Never mix light colors with your jeans.  As they tend to fade and will stain the rest of your clothes.

Matchstick jean in old glory washCollection short-sleeve satin top
Via Jcrew


Store them with Care.  Fold or Hang?


A) Fold:
Folding your jeans is one of the best ways to store them. And if closet space is an issue then this becomes an even better solution.
Make sure you lay your jeans on a flat surface, fold them in half with zipper inside the fold, then fold them again in half or three depending on the size of your shelf or drawer.
Place them in shelf making sure they don't get too close from your light color pants, as they might stain your other pants/clothes.
 


B) Hang:
Even though hanging jeans might save space, this method might be a little tricky if  hung incorrectly. Lay your jean in a flat surface, fold them in half with zipper inside the fold, then hang them on a thick hanger in half making sure they lay evenly across the center of the hanger .  Never hang them on a wire hanger you get from dry cleaners as they are too thin and will cause creases in the legs.



Via The Pink Peonies



Via Gap


Do you care for your favorite jeans? What's your method?  Let us know!

XOXO,
Marcela

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Outdoors

It's so hot now in NYC that I would love to have a picnic every day! I guess we'll have to wait until the weekend :)
For those of you who are on vacation and free to eat outdoors on the park here are some nice picnics ideas!

Get a colorful blanket. It can be an old bright flat sheet or this beautiful picnic blanket:





















Let's pack the cooler:

Image via Martha Stewart

Put in some yummy sandwiches!
Image via Martha Stewart

Don't forget the utensils!



Image via Martha Stewart


How genius is this way of packing drinks? Get the step by step here
Image via Martha Stewart


Now let's get ready to go out and enjoy a picnic!!

Have fun!


Best,
Marcela

Monday, July 16, 2012

Washing you Dishwasher


Dishwashers are so helpful these days, they do the tough work
while you can do other chores around the house.  They not just wash
the dishes for you but also help you to keep your countertops free
of clutter and dirt, you just load the dishes, utensils, etc and voila!

But have you thought of actually wash your dishwasher?  Just as
other appliances it needs to be cleaned once in a while.

Here's a simple guide so you can take care of it:

1. Unload all the dishes and leave it empty
2. Wipe the bottom, sides and inside door
3. Pour a cup of white vinegar on the bottom of your dishwasher
4. Run a full cycle





And that's it!  Now enjoy your clean, disinfected dishwasher!




Do you clean or wash your dishwasher regularly?  What's your method?
Let us know!


Best,
Marcela