Cleaning Tips and Tricks

It’s Easier to Keep a Clean House Clean, Than It Is to Clean a Dirty House!

This is my personal motto for cleaning house, and I must be honest and tell you that my house is very much lived in.  If you show up at my house, I can promise you there is always something out of place. My Mom always kept everything clean, I have failed many times over the years, but before I got married, she led by example.  She had her list of chores and she did them daily.  She cleaned every bathroom top to bottom, the floors, she dusted daily, and always cleaned the kitchen after she used anything.  When I tell you, there was never a speck of dust in her house I mean it!  My Grandmother is the same way.  She cleans daily.  I didn’t realize until lately how OCD she is about a dirty house.  LOL! These women are shining examples of the perfect housewife.  They love what they do!  I however, do not love cleaning the house, EVER!  I have in the past, let my house go, when my children were younger and we had school activities going on every night, and I worked every day, so there was no time to deep clean my house every day.  At the time, I was doing good to wash the towels and keep them fed.

Today, however, it’s just me and my husband, and our animals, so my load of housework is a little different, but I want to give you women with young children some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years.

Keep your cleaning supplies close to what you use them, bathroom cleaning supplies in the bathroom, kitchen supplies in the kitchen. That way if you see something that needs to be cleaned, you can grab the cleaner and get it done, before you walk to another end of the house and get distracted by something or someone else.

In my house taking out the trash seems to be the chore that no one wants to do, and if it does get taken out, then a new trash bag never gets put back in the can. So, I recommend keeping a few extra bags folded up in the bottom of the trash can.  That way you can replace the bag as soon as you remove the full bag. (or the next person can’t use the excuse that they couldn’t find the trash bags. Ha!)

My mother-in-law comes to mind on this tip. Instead of sweeping the whole floor when something spilled off the kitchen counter, she keeps a small hand-held brush and [amazon_textlink asin=’B00DHHLAFC’ text=’dust pan’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a918db16-0bb3-11e8-a63b-ddfcfc66318e’] in the kitchen and sweeps only the mess that she made, also if a liquid item is spilled, she will clean it up immediately with a wash cloth and her usual floor cleaner. Clean the small messes immediately so they are not tracked all over the house.

cleaning-washing-cleanup-the-ilo-48889Keep a [amazon_textlink asin=’B000QR931O’ text=’Swiffer duster’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65b06340-0bb3-11e8-bebe-d36016363b20′] in the car. Ok, how many times have you gotten in the car and noticed that your dash is filthy?  I started using a Swiffer duster in the car a few years ago, now I just leave one in the car.  It is great for dusting the dashboard, and if it’s already in the car, you can dust while you in line to pick up the kiddos after school!

My last tip is for those big garden tubs that are murder to clean. I keep a [amazon_textlink asin=’B016YWN5TU’ text=’magic erase’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’whatamusesde-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7c88ed10-0bb3-11e8-9feb-3589d881c377′]r with my soaps and razors, so that I can wipe the tub down, before I get out.  Now, I will deep clean the tub with Lysol or bleach once a month, but the magic eraser keeps the soap scum from building up in a ring around the top of the tub, and also, I can go around the edges and wipe them down as well before I get out. I also keep one near the bathroom sink, and as I’m bushing my teeth, I will wipe the sink down, killing two birds with one stone!

I hope you find these tips will help you in your daily lives.  Please comment back your house cleaning tips and tricks.  I’m working on a tips and tricks list for laundry next, so if you have any laundry tricks, I would love to share them.

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Hair Loss

I did a lot of research before deciding to go through weight loss surgery.  I wanted to know everything; the good, the bad and the ugly.  After watching videos on YouTube, reading blogs, and joining every FaceBook group I could find.  I decided that I wanted to go for it.  I needed to take my health back.  You see, I was an insulin pump wearing diabetic with high blood pressure, thyroid issues, and sleep apnea.  No matter what diet I did, I just couldn’t get the weight to come off.  So I decided to go for Gastric Sleeve surgery.  I worked very had to get my insurance to pay for the surgery.  It took 6 months of monthly doctor’s appointments, a psychiatric visit, a visit with a nutritionist, and letters from all the doctors that I see for my asthma, sleep apnea, endocrine issues.

During this time, every video, Facebook group, and YouTube channel I visited kept talking about hair loss.  I knew going into this that my hair wasn’t thick.  I kept looking for things that I could do to prevent the hair loss, but to no avail.  Exactly 4 months after my surgery, it started.  I had toyed with the idea of just cutting my long hair off into a pixie cut and bleaching it to the whitest blonde I possibly could.  When the time came, I was ready or so I thought.  I chickened out the first hair appointment I had, and just took some length off.


Needless to say, I was disappointed in myself for not just going for it.  I realized that my hair was a “security blanket” so to speak.  I used to think it distracted from my triple chins.  LOL!  I no longer had a triple chin, just a double at this time, but I needed to shed the old me, I needed to embrace the new me.  So I took the plunge and cut it off!  YIKES!  It was very liberating!  I was turning into a new person, one who didn’t let fear hold me back. Well, at least fear of cutting my hair, we’ll talk about fear of heights and roller coasters later.  I was still very worried about loosing more hair, so I began to talk with my hairdresser, and she recommended Sugarbearhair Vitamins.


I have to tell you, I was very worried about ordering these to begin with.  I have an aversion to vitamins, the smell, the taste, and the texture.  But I wanted my hair to grow back.  Now, let me tell you it didn’t grow back immediately. I went for two months and didn’t see any new growth in my color, ladies you know what I’m talking about.  I was very worried that my hair would be forever changed.  But to my surprise… I started seeing new growth, and having little “alfalfa” sprouts sticking straight up!  So, I’m really glad I cut my hair, because those little spikes just blended in with my cut.

5 months later, and I’m still taking the vitamins.  I love them, and look forward to my sweet treat before bed.  If you’ve ever wondered what product to take to encourage your hair to grow, I fully recommend Sugarbearhair.  I purchased mine from Amazon.

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Top 5 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without


Along time ago, I heard someone say that if the barn needs painting then paint it.  That has been my Moto ever since.  My barn needs painting, the barn I call my face.  It is very rare that I leave the house without makeup.  Maybe if I’m going swimming, I will, but I must have mascara! LOL! Although, I don’t like a face full of heavy makeup, I do prefer that the spots on my face are covered.  You see, I was a child of the 80’s, baby oil and iodine were mixed was my favorite suntan oil.  Sunscreen was a terrible thing; the darker the tan the better!  I’m paying for that now; oh boy, am I ever paying for that! Today, I have brown spots and broken capillaries on my cheeks and my nose.  I prefer those are covered, and I also am seeing my pores more than ever.  I struggle every day with keeping them cleaned out.  I never really had acne as a teenager, I had it bad during my pregnancies, and on into my 30’s.  Even today, I will have the occasional pimple.  So, great makeup begins with great skin care, which is another blog all together.


As I said earlier, I prefer that all my sun spots are covered, but I don’t want my face to feel like I have make up on.  (I know, I’m weird) Recently, I’ve been using It Cosmetics, CC Cream in Light.  I really like this,  it does a great job at covering my redness and doesn’t make my face feel too cakey. (made up word, I know LOL!)


Right now, I’m really enjoying the blush palette that Anastasia of Beverly Hills pexels-photo-354962.jpegreleased this past Christmas.  It has four colors in it, a warm pink, a bubble gum pink, a coral pink, and a terra-cotta color.  I sometimes swirl my brush through all of the colors and lightly apply the color to the apple’s of my cheeks.


Now, I have to admit that I really love eyeshadow.  I own a LOT of eyeshadow.  I have several palettes from Urban Decay, but right now I am LIVING for Morphe eyeshadow.  I am in love with the last three palettes they released.  First, the Jaclyn Hill palette is to DIE for.  It has everything that you could ever possibly need.  I must say she did a great job of choosing the colors and the consistency is perfect.  All of the colors I have used have blended like a dream.  Second, have the 39A  Dare to Create palette, and it is just gorgeous!  The third one I have is the 24G, Grand Slam palette.  It is equally as beautiful!  There are some mattes and shimmers in these and they blend like a dream as well.  I must say they have really stepped up their game with the release of these last three palettes.  I’m very impressed and want to point out that they are also a great value.  I have paid $55.00 for my Urban Decay palettes, and these run between $23 and $38 dollars.


I own more lipstick than I want to admit.  I have a real problem when it comes to lipstick-lips-mirror-girl.jpglipstick.  I keep looking for the perfect shade of pinky-brown.  I haven’t found it yet.  Sigh… I will just have to keep looking.  I am the girl who likes to put my lipstick on and not touch it up every 5 minutes, or worry that it’s all over my teeth and face.  So I stir clear of items like that.  When I ordered the 24G palette from Morphe, I also ordered a matte liquid lipstick.  It’s called Vanity.  Now, when you first apply it, it is a little light, but once it dries down, it’s very nice.  Still not my perfect shade, but I have reached for it a good bit in the last few weeks.  It seems to stay in place, and not feel too dry like most liquid lipsticks.  I’m impressed to say the least with Morphe!


Ok, I guess I should have put mascara at the top of the list since I won’t leave the house without it.  LOL! Too late now!  I love Too Faced, Better Than Sex, waterproof mascara.  I have tried to wear many others, but they always seem to slide off my eyelashes.  Working on a computer, I look down most of the time, this mascara does a great job staying in place, and it applies really nice.  I don’t have to work so hard to build up my lashes.  I would say maybe two coats is all it takes to make my lashes look full and long.


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Top 5 Things I Learned After Weight Loss Surgery

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  1. I can exercise – I must admit that I’m not the best at exercising, and I still struggle with this every day.  Before my surgery walking a short distance was a real struggle.  I live right next door to my brother and sister-in-law and just walking to their house was a chore. Now, I can easily walk a mile to a mile and a half in 20 minutes.  I know I can make that time better, but I’m not training for a marathon. LOL! I enjoy walking at a slower pace, and really clearing my mind.
  2. I can paint my own toe nails.  I admit here that I was a frequent visitor to the nail salon because I couldn’t bend down to paint my toe nails much less cut my toe nails.  Now, I can easily bend down and cut my toe nails and paint my own toe nails.  I have to say that I have fallen in love with Essie Nail polish.  It dries really fast and that is important to me because I always mess up my polish.  When I purchase polish it’s very important that the color is great and it dries fast.  My current favorite polish is called.
  1. I get overwhelmed shopping for clothes.  I have to admit here that I thought it was going to be very fun shopping again after my weight loss, but it really is overwhelming.  I had grown very comfortable shopping in the plus sizes.  I knew the brands that I liked, and they were always contained in the small section of the department store.  Now, I can’t find anything, just to shop for jeans is a chore.  I am not familiar with all the clothing brands today.  Good American jeans, Free the People, are just a few.  All the clothes in the stores are separated out by brand, I’m so lost when I go shopping now.  But I’m getting better at it.  I did find that Good American jeans are very comfortable, and I really like Old Navy clothing again.
  2. I can walk in heels again!!  I LOVE shoes, no really.  There is something to the saying “the shoes make the dress”. I have so much fun shopping for shoes.  Now here’s what I’ve learned…I can never have too many shoes.  Ha!  My shoe size did change, but not to that extreme.  I’ve ready some people say that their shoe size changed after surgery.  Mine did, but I’m back to the shoe size I was wearing before I gained a majority of my weight.  My feet before surgery would swell, and I don’t enjoy wearing shoes that were tight, so I would size up, and the style of shoes I would always go to were a slip on style.  I HATED the fact that I couldn’t bend down and tie or buckle my own shoes.  I can now, and I am loving the sexy candles and boots.  Oh the boots…. Here’s my current favorite pair.
  3. My personality has changed, but in a good way.  I realize now that at my highest weight I just wanted to hide in the corner.  I didn’t want to be noticed, I wanted to be the ultimate wallflower.  I picked the chair in the corner and stayed there all night, and heaven forbid that someone ask to take a picture.   Not any more,  I don’t mind talking to people all night, and as for the pictures snap away.  I’m also learning that selfies are ok! Ha!

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IMG_0409Oh this is really scary! I’m stepping out on a huge limb and starting my blog. I’ve prayed about this and now I’m stepping through the door that I believe God wants for me.  I have to admit that I’m very nervous.  I’m not a huge talker or writer for that matter, and I usually sit quiet in the background and let my husband do all the talking.  If you know him you’ll know that he likes being front of people. If you don’t, he’s a pastor/music minister, so speaking in public is his thing, and not mine, but here I am nonetheless.

Let me take a minute and introduce myself.  My name, of course, is Deanna.  I’m 48 and I am the proud wife of Monty Bounds, pastor and worship leader of 19th Avenue Baptist Church.  We have been married for 30 years, and we have two beautiful daughters who have grown into wonderful young women, and two bonus daughters, who are their best friends, but I claim them as mine, and let me tell you, I’m equally as proud of them! Last but not least, I have a bonus Granddaughter, and she is the BEST THING EVER! My husband and I live in Hattiesburg, MS, but we’ve lived in Columbus, MS, Albertville, AL, Van Buren, AR, and Denham Springs, LA.

I work full time in banking as a loan processor and now a blogger. YIKES! I am a self-professed gadget girl.  I love trying new techie things, so part of this blog will talk about the new items I am trying or have discovered.  I also LOVE make up and all things beauty related, so I will be reviewing new make up and skincare that I have found, and I want to discuss with you what God is doing in my life.  To be honest with you, I’m guilty of letting life get in the way, and sometimes I forget that my God owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  I like to try and fix things.  What can I say about that, except that I think it’s a mom thing.  We want our nest to be in a neat order, and all our chicks to be in a row.  If things get out of hand, I like to reign them back in.  Over the short 48 years of my life, I’m slowly learning that I can’t always fix things.  That sometimes the problems are too big for me, and I must fully rely on God to fix them for me.  I know it’s in those times that God is molding me and making me into the person that He wants me to be. I want to open up with you about that journey.

In a nutshell, that’s who I am. I so look forward to the adventure, and to see what God has in store for me!

Until Next Week,