Change your ugly light fixture today!

I don’t know why, but houses almost always have at least one, or several of these type of light fixtures:

I call this unfortunate fixture a “boob light” because, well…you know. Look at it! For some reason all builders insist on installing these in homes (ahem, they’re cheap.) and I’m sorry not sorry, they’re ugly. They hold bugs and dust and don’t give off sufficient light. There, I said it. Nothing against a boob, it just doesn’t go on my ceiling. Ya know?

BUT, while puttering around my house recently a boob light light bulb went off over my head! (translation: I got an idea!) What if I could take off the lampy boobish part and instead use a lampshade?! Y’all. I may not have another good idea for years, because I feel like this one was pure gold. It was easy, cheap and quick. I am so pleased with it and I’m excited to share it with you! I think you’ll really love it.

Unscrew these two pieces from the bottom. Careful to hold up the glass part (uh..the boob) of the light fixture. These are what holds it up. Keep these handy, because you’ll need them again.

Now, avert your eyes if you’re the quesy type. What you’re about to see, you can never unsee.

See? I’m sorry we all had to see that. At this point I’m thinking, “hey, if this plan won’t work, at least I’ve cleaned out this mass burial site for moths! But gosh, I hope this works because….yuck.”

See that bolt in between the light bulbs? That’s what held on the glass part and will hold on your lampshade. Depending on the size lampshade you use, you may have to trim your bolt down, or go pick up a shorter one from a home improvement store. Ours was a bit long, so after measuring, Brian trimmed it using bolt cutters.

I snatched this shade right off a lamp upstairs, because this was an emergency! What’s even better than already having what you need? Having found it so affordably in the first place- I found it at Goodwill for only $5.99! (See what else I will only buy second hand here)

It must be a lampshade with this type of fitter inside. If you have what’s know as a “spider fitter”, or “harp and finial” (the type that sits above the light bulb) this project won’t work. If you need a lampshade, this one from Walmart is less than $10 and ships in two days.

Line up your lampshade with that bolt coming right through the center of that fitter. It will seem a bit awkward, but once you get it tightened on, you can straighten a bit.

Remember these?? Screw them back onto the bolt just like they were, but better, because now they’re holding up your cute lampshade.

That’s it! $6 and literal minutes of “work” to swap out an ugly, bug filled light fixture with a lampshade. Please let me know if you try this, and if you’re interested in any of my other light fixture diys, you can find them right here:

I would love to hear from you, and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Botanical Tee Round Up

I guess it’s the aspiring gardener/wannabe plant lady/hopeful homesteader in me, but while we’re still in the midst of stupid, ‘ol winter, I have been eyeing this botanical tee I spotted on Pinterest months ago, while Christmas shopping.

Wear green things on shirt. Grow green things. This is how it works, yes?

Love this one? You can buy it here.

It’s got a vintage look to it that I love and since it’s likely I was wearing a sweater when I first saw it, I’m sure those short sleeves and artfully depicted flowers gave me tulips bluebonnets for eyes, a la a cartoon character.

I followed a link, which sent me to a blog, where I searched high and low for the info on this tee. I came up with nothing. Oh well. Christmas is busy, and I forgot all about it.

Recently, I saw it again on Instagram, on @cottonstem’s page. I love her feed, and her blog! Be sure to go check her out if you haven’t yet!

After more investigative internet surfing I found it at Urban Outfitters. (now it’s in the comments of her photo) It sells for $34, and since I’m not even cool enough to enter an Urban Outfitters…meh.

Kidding. It’s mostly just that I’m cheap. I was now motivated to find a botanical/floral print tee for myself.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of tees for you that are similar. Most are under $30 too!

Buy it here.

This tee comes from wholesomeculture.com and if you have been “with me” long, you know how I feel about yellow. I love the simple look of the flowers and that font adds such a cute whimsical touch. It’s currently on sale for $27, but does charge for shipping so it’s the only one I’ve linked here that comes out to more than $30. But, this website does offer a portion of their proceeds to charity.

Buy it here, on Etsy.

This one is so similar to the Urban Outfitters version, and only $26 with free shipping! I love that large red poppy mixed in with the other flowers.

Buy it here.

This tee reminds me of seed packets: “Wear seed packets. Plant seeds.”- right?! Unlike most everything on Amazon, this tee does charge for shipping but still stays below $30.

Find this cutie cactus tee here for $25. 

I love the cactus and succulents on this tee! I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I have kept a cactus and several succulents alive and thriving.

Buy yours here.

This is the one I decided on and is on sale right now for less than $20! I loved the pink shade of the shirt with the green, and a few pops of red.

botanical tees for spring
I have it tied off to one side here, but it’s a good length for tucking in, or casually untucked, too.

To get me through until warmer, spring days I’ll layer it with my denim jacket, or army green button down shirt.

Do you like botanical tees for spring and summer? Which is your favorite? Let me know if you get one, I would love to know what you picked for your own closet!

Thanks so much for stopping by, thank you for reading!!!

How I keep my house clean with these three, easy steps!

I’ve been asked before, “How does your house stay clean?” The answer may disappoint you….I clean everyday. I don’t have any magic tricks, or voo doo powers or anything. I just clean. every. dang. day.

Sorry, friends. I got you to click and now you feel duped! But wait! I do have three HUGE tips for upkeep that will help you feel like your house is tidy, and manageable until you can get to that deep cleaning day all houses need from time to time. They take almost no time at all and will make a big difference day to day.

  • Wipe it all down.

By this I mean the surfaces and sinks you use daily. My kitchen counter tops get a wipe down daily. My bathroom sink and kitchen sink get rinsed daily. More on that in a minute.

But first, my go to/favorite “cleaning cloths” are actually Gerber cloth diapers. They are slightly absorbent, which makes it possible to be reused several times. I keep a cloth right on top of all my frequently used cleaning supplies. You can buy these anywhere, but a 10 pack on Amazon is under $15.

Now, I love baskets and bins and all the organizing things, but you really only need a few things readily accessible under your sink. For the kitchen, as far as cleaning supplies go, I only use three cleaners. I need granite spray for my counters, Clorox Clean-Up for my sink, and Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Purpose spray for my stove top and microwave. Technically, I could do without the Mrs. Meyer’s spray, but I like to use a more gentle, fresher smelling cleaner when and where I can.

My kitchen sink gets sprayed with Clorox Clean-Up almost every night after the dinner dishes are done and put in the dishwasher. I spray it all throughout both sides and then rinse it out after a few minutes. Call me crazy, but the smell of Clorox in a clean kitchen is pretty satisfying. I wouldn’t want a candle of it or anything, but it just smells….clean. Also, it keeps my white sink white, but will kill all the coodies and help keep any sink fresh.

My bathroom sink only gets cleaned properly, as in with a rag and cleaner once a week. But, every time I use the sink, I swish water around with my hand ensuring any hairs, toothpaste or other gunk is cleaned out. I rub my wet hand on my faucet to rinse off any residue also.

Other cleaners I always keep handy, are Method Wood for Good and Method Stainless Steel cleaner. These could be used from day to day and I want ready at a moment’s notice which leads right into my next tip…..

  • Do it NOW.

See some crumbs? Wipe them up.

Smudge on your table? Spray, spray, wipe. Done.

Two dishes and a coffee cup in the sink? Put them in the dishwasher. It takes literal seconds and will be done. What a relief.

This tip keeps me on the cusp of running late everywhere, but I am who I am so… If you aren’t like me, and won’t have heart palpitations if you leave crumbs on your counter (or your bed unmade, or a dish in your sink…) then keeping your bottles and rags in an easily accessible place where you can grab them, use them, and put them back before you have even thought about putting it off for later is going to help you follow through.

Don’t worry about bins or containers or making your under the sink items look beautiful. Organization is so much fun, like I wish it was my job fun, but just get them accessible and all the areas you actually spend time looking at will be clean.

  • Get help where you can.

My kids unload my dishwasher, and Roomba helps cleans my floors. It took many times and lots of follow through but I can get my kids to unload the dishwasher with minimal griping and coaxing now. It will feel like more work at first, but find something your kids can, and perhaps should be responsible for and just teach them. Teach them how to do it right and just shadow them until they get it. I know, they don’t want to, and they’re not good at it. Of course you can do it better, but, make it fun, offer a treat if you need to (for yourself too!) and just make it a habit. It’s good for them!

Floors…oh the floors. They cause me more grief than anything because it’s more than a minute usually. On a ranch, with two kids and a dog, the floors just get dirty. I run Roomba when I’m away from home, or run this vacuum quickly in the common areas each afternoon when my kids have come in from playing and are in for the night.

All the cleaning supplies I’ve mentioned, I order from Grove collaborative. I have found their prices to be the same, or comparable on everything I order. They frequently offer a free gift with purchase, and if you use the referral link above, you get a FREE Mrs. Meyers 5 piece gift set. You can set up to have your most used cleaning products, hand soap, dish soap or any of your household items sent to you monthly, or however frequently you prefer.

I love that they offer refill bottles of my favorite method cleaning product (granite spray) and refills on our favorite hand soap (Mrs. Meyers). I have not ever seen these refills in any store.

I’m so glad you stopped by to read my three tips! I hope they help. Do you have any tips for keeping a clean house? I would love to hear them!

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