The Lexingtonienne
  • My House is a Wreck
  • November6th


    We’ve been back from our Kentucky trip for a few weeks now, but I’m just now getting around to posting these photos. It’s my cleaning lady’s fault, or my EX-cleaning-lady, I should say. I could launch into a fuming diatribe about that, but suffice it to say my pet tornado and I are currently cleaning lady-less. Therefore, my to-do list has gotten a lot longer. (If anyone has a recommendation for a reliable housekeeper, the Duffys are hiring.)

    Anyway, here’s Eleanora in Kentucky with her cousin Cooper. 🙂

    October 2012 Kentucky

    October 2012 Kentucky

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  • May14th


    My friend Erin emailed me about a couples shower she and her husband are hosting soon. She’s thinking about serving a signature cocktail similar to the delicious blackberry-lemonade-vodka concoction served at Art & Jenny’s wedding last April and asked for my input.

    Berries and vodka

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  • October11th


    Happy Monday! My kitchen was closed this weekend, as we focused instead on some other projects around the house…


    Hubba Bubba built Baby Girl’s crib…

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  • September1st


    My mom had a few signature phrases when Sister and I were little (in those pre-Little Brother days). “Eat your peas, Louise,” was the constant dinnertime plea, while, “Goodness gracious sakes alive!” was appropriate for just about any situation. But Mama’s most notable catchphrase — the one I heard her proclaim the most often — was, “My house is a WRECK!”

    I always thought our house looked fine. Sure, it got a little messy here and there. Sister and I were kids, not museum docents. But Mama was always insisting the place was a “wreck.”

    And since it’s inevitable that we all grow up to be our mothers, I now find myself habitually asserting, “My house is a wreck!”

    So today’s recipe is not one you should eat. Technically you could eat it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It is, however, excellent for scrubbing your shower tiles and for getting soap scum off of glass shower doors, if that’s what you’re rocking. Plus it’s “all natural,” which is a a big trend with the fetuses these days. And if you’re a fan of those super-strong household cleaners with odors so potent it singes your nose hairs, this one does that too.


    White vinegar
    Baking soda

    Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray down your shower. Shake baking soda over top — it will sizzle in a way that is oddly gratifying — and a foamy paste will form. Scrub with a scrubby sponge until your shower sparkles and you have temporarily disabled your sense of smell. Rinse.

    Other favorite cleaning products include Clorox wipes (when they go on sale I buy like 10 things of them at a time) and Swiffer — dry for my hardwood floors, wet for my kitchen and the bathrooms. Oh and Clorox toilet wands. What about you? Any recommendations?

    Happy September!