Homemade Lemon Dishwasher Pods


homemade dishwasher podsI’m really on a kick. I recently posted about the homemade lavender laundry detergent I made, and now I’m back to tell you about the dishwasher pods I made, courtesy of Happy Money Saver‘s original recipe. I really love these too, and, honestly, my dishes have never come out this sparkly clean. Another neat thing is that these pods use most of the same ingredients as the laundry detergent, with a couple additional extras.

So really (provided you’ve made or intend to make the laundry detergent), the question isn’t why make dishwasher pods too, it’s why wouldn’t you? For a step-by-step, head on over to my post on Apartment Therapy. For instructions on how to make your own storage containers from re-purposed jars, like the one pictured, check out (Almost) Free Pantry Storage.

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Hi friends!

Just wanted to let you all know that I’ve started as a contributor to Apartment Therapy, something I’m incredibly excited about. Apartment Therapy was one of the very first blogs I read consistently when I first got married and had my own, then, apartment. I barely applied when I saw they were looking for contributors but I ended up just going for it, even though I didn’t really have the time to do it or to do it absolutely as perfectly as I would have liked. Lesson learned: GO FOR IT!! push past the myriad ways you could (legitimately) excuse yourself and just give something you want a shot.

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Anyway, I wanted to share the articles I’ve written over on AT, because I think they’d interest many of See Mommy Doing’s readers.

The House that Cleans Itself

Color Block Curtains: Adding Color Without Pattern

5 Ways to Declutter: Conquer Clutter Before It Conquers You

7 Beautiful Spice Rack Storage Solutions

Better Sleep and Allergy Relief: How To Banish Dust Mites from Your Bed

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

DIY Wall Art

Calvin and Hobbes are part of me.Calvin and Hobbes wall art

I’ve been reading Calvin and Hobbes since I was 8 years old when my best friend’s twin brother (obviously, he was basically my brother too growing up) introduced me to them. My best friend and I (incidentally, I loathe the term best friend because it’s so exclusive — I have several — but modifying it, like by saying “one of my best friends,” dilutes the term unacceptably) would huddle by the heater vent, wrapped in blankets, in the corner of the room between her two dressers. One of those dressers upheld the ceramic studio art projects that never ceased to awe me, the skeleton in a purple dress, the “piggy” bank chimera, and the stippled watermelon, and the other of which contained a drawer from which I never failed to pull the softest pajamas you ever slipped your freezing San Francisco bones into.

calvin and hobbes there's treasure everywhere

Over the years, I came to know Calvin and Hobbes to the point that I believed they existed in a parallel universe. (They do, of course.) I’d bring them into the tub with me to unwind and laugh hysterically at lines so familiar I’d quote them. (“Actually, I just like to say smock. Smock. Smock. Smock. Smock. Smock. What on earth is wrong with you???!!!”) I even taught a DECAL (that, my friends, stands for “Democratic Education at Cal” — which makes me laugh hysterically right now) class entitled “Calvin and Hobbes and Narrative Theory.” I was so loyal to Bill Watterson’s commendable stance not to license his creations that I’d been known to also quote his line that “only thieves and vandals” ever made money from Calvin and Hobbes. Some co-worker friends thought it was hilarious to undermine my own snobbery on the matter by affixing an impossible-to-remove decal of Calvin on my car. Hahah. They made me a driving contradiction.

I hauled my entire collection of Calvin and Hobbeses across the country, and, naturally, when I had children I wanted to share my unchanging friends with them. I decided some time after I started having my babies that I wanted to do a Calvin and Hobbes mural in my kids’ room one day. Maybe someday I will. In the meantime, I’m thrilled with these poster prints of my favorite comic boy and his best friend. (Also pictured below is Danny boy’s Monkey from our pacifier weaning adventure.)

calvin and hobbes wall art

I made them in a DIY frenzy. And guess how much the entire thing cost? For both. $35!!

I don’t know if or how the project infringes on copyrights (I sincerely hope it doesn’t!) but here is how to do it:

supplies for DIY wall art with Calvin and Hobbes

  • Take a photograph of the pictures you want to use. (For Calvin and Hobbes, using an image on the cover works best. 
  • Take the best quality picture you can, using as many megapixels as your camera allows.
  • Try to take the picture so that you only have to crop minimally. This will keep the photo’s quality high when you print it.
  • Crop and edit the picture as you wish and save it at whatever size you want your final piece to be so that you get what you see.
  • I printed 20″ x 30″ images at Costco. I printed them at 300 dpi and and was very happy with how they turned out. Best parts: They were done in less than an hour and they were $8.99 each!!
  • Purchase a pack of foam board that matches the size of your prints or cut to size.
  • Buy spray adhesive if you don’t have any.
  • The Command Hook velcro picture hanging thingies are GREAT, especially for sticking foam board on the wall.
  • Follow instructions to use spray adhesive to put the prints on the foam board and the velcro hooks on the foam board and hang your masterpiece on the wall!

Calvin and Hobbes wall art

This could be done with any piece you wish you could hang on your wall. The possibilities are endless. You may remember my post on how to turn a book into wall art. This project kicks that idea up a notch and frees you from size constraints. And imagine how great a more formal large print would look custom matted and framed… Are your wheels turning? Tell me about what you’re dying to do!




(Almost) Free Pantry Storage

before and after pantry storage

I love those beautiful pictures of color coordinated pantries as much as the next gal (or guy!) but I have yet to figure out how those are functional, at least functional in the way I need my pantry to be. I mean, where’s the peanut butter? Where’s the vinegar??

Here’s mine (and in the spirit of keeping it real, I didn’t even face the peanut butter forward):

pantry organization, picture of inside

Anyway, a very unfortunate event precipitated our recent overhaul of the pantry. In the middle of making dinner, as I dug around for the bag of pine nuts, I discovered, to my HORROR, some dead little buggies.

Ahhhh!!! I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve discovered an infestation in my family’s food supply (it’s only happened once before), I get so grossed out and panicky in an almost-screaming, almost-jumping up and down with arms flapping, almost crying kind of way. No joke.

You know these infestations haven’t happened because I’m some sort of slob or anything, right? =( I’ve done a little research and much of the time, people bring critters home in packages from the store. And if you keep things around for too long, they hatch and multiply and invade other pantry items. SICK! They chew through cardboard and soft plastic. I know because I saw the holes.

So I set out to do my best to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

To start, I invested in some of these gorgeous (Is that too strong of a word? Maybe…) Oxo containers with credit I had at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. They are thick, safe plastic, easy-to-use, durable, and, as always with Oxo products, easy on the eye.

pantry organization with oxo containers

But to store beans, barley, popcorn, cornmeal, and other less frequently used small items, I turned to all the pristine jars I had saved after getting all the gunk off of them. Remember the DIY Goo-Be-Gone?

goo gone DIY

Because all the mismatched, not easy on the eye jar lids bothered me in the pantry, I decided to finally spray paint them, as I’d been meaning to for who knows how long.

jar lids for spray painting
pantry storage with glass jars
I love how they turned out, in both form and function. And all I had to pay for was the paint (which was actually left over from another project).
pantry storage with glass jars
pantry storage from glass jars

Quick tips for making your own pantry storage:

  • Save several glass jars from food items you buy. The more variety the better.
glass jars as pantry storage
  • Clean the paper and sticky residue off of them as you save them so you don’t have too many to do at once.
how to remove sticky residue from glass
  • Once you have a good number saved, collect their lids and spray paint them. Use Rustoleum, which adheres to metal. So far, it’s doing a good job staying on, even when we wash the lids (which isn’t very often since we store mostly long-lasting grains and legumes in the glass jars).

pantry view

free pantry storage arranged in a circle