Sunday, June 28, 2015


My family is tucked away in their beds snoozing away the morning.  I'm sipping my coffee to the quiet hum of the dishwasher and reading one of my favorite bloggers and soaking up her sweet words.  It's a beautiful morning and I'm so thankful for this moment.  Soon the quiet with give way to our Sunday morning breakfast routine and I will be thankful again for my family and this life we are making together.

As you can imagine the weeks since our move have been full ones.  Our list of projects seems to be never ending but I am reminding myself that things don't have to get done right away and it's ok that I don't have curtains hung on all the windows and my walls have not been painted.  I'm remembering to be thankful and reminding myself that the older I get the more I've come to appreciate keeping things simple.  I've learned that the less pressure I put on myself to be perfect and to constantly be busy doing something, the more I've learned that simple is best.

Last night we took a break from all the moving projects and had family and friends over for a sweet summer cookout in celebration of my sister's upcoming birthday.  The weather was beautiful, the sun was shining, and the temperature was just right.  The sound of laugher filled the air as a few of the kids splashed around in our kiddie pool, while others played on the swing set. Grace made snow cones for the other kids which was a big hit.  The adults mingled on the deck, played corn hole, and everyone enjoyed some delicious food and good company.  I thought over and over about how incredibly blessed we are to have this home.  It is perfect for our family and I hope that as the weeks and months go by it will continue to allow us to be a blessing to others.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I sat down to have breakfast and shop for my husbands Father's Day gift this morning when I realized how gross my keyboard was.  How on earth did it get like this??  I would like to blame my husband but he rarely uses my computer so I think I'm going to have to take the blame on this one.  :)  I just had surgery yesterday so I had planned on taking it easy but this didn't require much effort so after breakfast I got to work.

When I purchased my computer I promised myself I would never let the keyboard get all dirty and nasty like so many others I've seen. I've seen some that looked so dirty you might worry about getting the plague or any number of diseases if you touched it.  Sadly though my keyboard ending up looking just like the others that I've seen...ok maybe not quite as bad but still pretty disgusting.  

I wasn't sure how to go about cleaning the keyboard at first.  I knew that I didn't want to get it very wet and risk ruining the electronics inside.  I did a quick search on Pinterest and found a tutorial about using a magic eraser.  I'm sure this would work great but I'm not a huge fan of Magic Erasers.  They seem to leave a layer of something behind that I'm not a fan of so I kept thinking.  That's when I thought about a jewelry cleaning tip I thought I could adapt to use for the keyboard.  I gathered my supplies and whipped up my magic potion...aka Windex and a drop of Dawn dish soap.

I poured a little windex into my little glass bowl and added just a drop of dawn dish soap.  I put the mixture in the microwave for 20 seconds and when I got it out it was boiling which is what we want.  Since I am only using a small amount of liquid it doesn't require a very long microwave time.

Once I had my mixture ready and dipped the end of my q-tip in the liquid and squeezed the end of the q-tip to 'wring out' some of the liquid so it wouldn't be so wet and then lightly rubbed each key.  

After letting the cleaner sit for just a few seconds I went back with a cotton ball and wiped each key. 

I worked row by row until the entire keyboard looked like new again.  

It probably took me 10 minutes at most to clean the entire keyboard.  Now it looks like new and I'm not so horified to touch it.  Plus when we have company over they won't be worried about diseases and the plague when they see it. :)