Blueberry Crisp {For Two} Recipe

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It’s something about the cooler air that’s spreading across the country that makes me want to bake! It’s no lie that I bake all year round, but, in the cooler months I’m known to bake even more. I mean the heat of the oven helps to keep the house warm when there isn’t a fire burning and the smells…..oh the smells!

The neighbors will receive random bounties on their porch wrapped in parchment or wax paper cause I’m not getting all fancy! I want to spread my love of baking to everyone near and far. At Christmas time our friends and family expect to receive a plethora of cookies that the girls and I have put together in cute little cookie boxes. It’s raved about for weeks leading up and and after Christmas.

This year things are going to be a little different ;) I’m also including a Recipe in a Jar to those who we exchange gifts with. The only thing that our friends and family will need to add is a few wet ingredients. I’ll be including a super cute card that I will print and attach to the jar with a ribbon that contains the recipe. This Blueberry Crisp recipe is on my list to make up and give as part of the Recipe in a Jar Collection I’m helping to work on for ya’ll!

Anyhow.

Blueberry Crisp {For Two} Recipe
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Ingredients
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Crisp Topping Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter

Instructions
  1. Prepare the Filling:
  2. Combine the blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest and juice. Set aside while you make the crisp topping.
  3. Prepare the Topping:
  4. In a bowl, use a fork to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Assemble and Bake:
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Divide the blueberry mixture between two ramekins. Divide the biscuit topping in half and arrange on top of the blueberry mixture. Sprinkle with the turbinado (brown) sugar.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the topping is golden brown and the blueberries are bubbly (they may run down the sides of the ramekin).
  8. These are delicious with ice cream or homemade whipped cream and can be served warm or cold.

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Free Workouts You Can Do In Your Home

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Let’s get real for a minute. Most of us don’t have time to head out to the gym, don’t want to hire a sitter so we can hit the gym or just flat out don’t want to embarrass ourselves! So let me help you by sharing these these free workouts you can do in the comfort of your home.

I had my last child almost a year ago. Since then I’ve been putting time aside for myself everyday for the past few months and it involves working out. When I started I hadn’t worked out in over 10 years so I didn’t want to go all up in the gym embarrassing myself. So I’ve been doing workouts at home and have found great support from a local Moms group. We encourage and support each other and without these women I don’t think I would’ve had this much success ;) If you would like to do the same on would love some support from other gals, feel free to reach out. And if we get enough interest I’ll create a group!!!

Anyhow, here’s a few free workouts you can do in your home and get results:

1. Bikini Body Mommy – Listen, Brianna is legit! I did her BBM 2.0 Challenge and lost 2 INCHES in 90 days…that’s pretty amazing! You don’t need much but a few hand weights. I picked mine up at Target, but, you can check resale shops in your area. She has a 2.0 Challenge that she is re re-leasing (yeah, the re re part is right). This is the challenge I completed at the beginning of this month and LOVED it!

You can follow her free workouts on YouTube!

2. Brenda Vance – She’s pretty much a bad ass. I did a stair workout that she did a few weeks ago and FELL IN LOVE with it!

3. Gina Aliotti – Again another bad ass chick. She’s pregnant and still continues working out along with her cute little boy! She does the workouts with you in her garage…yes, her garage!

4. Walk – That’s right, just walk your neighborhood or on that treadmill that’s collecting dust for a minimum of 30 minutes a day! I also recommend if you don’t yet have a FitBit , you can grab one and challenge yourself to walk 10,000 steps, then increase it to 12,000 steps a day. Plus, this neat little gadget also shows you how much you sleep {or don’t!} which can help too!

5. Fitness Blender – I recently discovered this website and LOVE it so far. This site helps you do a workout on areas you want to focus on with videos! I love videos because it helps me learn form and having great form in a slow workout is better than one that’s quick with poor form…keep that in mind ;)

If you are interested in becoming a runner you can check out the C25K app that is a run/walk interval training to doing a 5k! I was recently utilizing the app, but, this Momma is having knee issues and awaiting a orthopedic appointment :(

What are some of your free workouts you do in your home?


Choosing the Right Colors for your Fairy Garden

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Choosing the Right Colors for Your Fairy Garden

Planting a fairy garden is a favorite pastime of many. If you have never made one, be sure to check out our post on How To Make a Fairy Garden. Before choosing your plants for a new fairy garden it is important that you take a look at your planting zone. This way you can choose plants that can live through the temperature fluctuations that may be present. Another thing that those want to build a fairy garden might want to know of the significance of plant colors. Here is a list of some of the plant colors in a fairy garden and what they represent.

Color Significance in Fairy Gardens

Purple flowers are a must in fairy gardens. They are the sign of royalty in the fairy world. Purple flowers signify enchantment, spirituality, and mystery.

Orange flowers are a sign of positive energy. Make sure that you have at least one of them in your fairy garden. Orange Tiger Lilies make a good choice.

Red flowers are a symbol of love to humans and to fairies as well. This color of flower represents love, energy, inspiration, desire, and creativity. Miniature roses, poppies, and carnations are just a few flower choices.

Blue flowers represent intrigue, mystery, serenity, and fantasy. Periwinkles, asters, and blue star creepers make a wonderful plant choice for fairy gardens.

White flowers represent innocence, tranquility, peace, protection, and truth. White flowers call to all fairies whether they are about during the day or night. White flowers are also tied to the lunar cycle and the land of sleep. Tranquility and peace while in dreamland are part of the fairy culture.

These are just a few colors that play a significant role in a fairy garden. When choosing to build a fairy garden, first off decide whether you are going to build it in an open knoll or space on your property, in a man-made garden, or even a specially designed glass globe or terrarium.

Once you decide this, choose your flowers according to their growth specifics. Miniature flower varieties work well in small space. Be careful not to overcrowd your fairy garden with too many flowers. Trees, shrubs, gnomes, ornamental grasses, fairy doors, and other things found in the fairy culture can be added to your fairy garden to showcase this world of enchantment.

One of my favorite places to search for Fairy Garden Accessories is Amazon.com. There are so many unique pieces that can be found and can also be personalized when choosing the right colors for your Fairy Garden!

 


Increase Your Home Value with these 4 Low-Cost Projects

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Increase Your Home Value with These 4 Low-Cost Projects

You’ve been putting off that list of home improvement projects for years. But now that you’re planning to move, it’s time to start checking things off that list to get the most for your house. With limited time and money, you know you can’t do it all—which projects take priority when it comes to impacting your bottom line? Here are four projects that can help you boost your home’s value so you can sell it for more. I know that these are things that I’ve looked for when I have gone house hunting in the past!

Replace the Roof

When potential buyers see an old roof with missing tiles, they see thousands of dollars disappearing from their bank account and often move on to the next house. Face it, roof trouble can be intimidating—after all that’s why you’ve been putting it off yourself. However, you’ll recoup an average of over 67 percent of your costs in added value by implementing new roofing solutions, according to the latest national data from Remodeling Magazine’s 2014 Cost vs. Value report.

I have driven past homes with our real estate agent and have told her not to bother with a few houses that had old wood shingle roofing that was screaming to be repaired. I can handle doing some light remodeling in a house I’m about to buy, but changing the roof is just too daunting. So by doing this before putting your house on the market, you are increasing your home’s curb appeal tremendously.

Give the Kitchen and Bathrooms a Face-lift

As the heart of the house, this is one area of the home that will be heavily critiqued by potential buyers. An outdated kitchen can scare off many buyers who are afraid of doing a major remodel. You don’t have to renovate the entire space, but make sure it’s reasonably up-to-date, organized and clean. Consider shortcuts to save money while making an impact, such as refacing cabinets and pulls instead of installing new cabinetry.

If you need new counter tops, consider an affordable and neutral toned option such as solid surface counter tops instead of shelling out for pricey granite or marble. Minor kitchen remodels will have a great impact on potential buyer’s perception of the house. The same goes for bathrooms! Change the cabinet pulls, get a new faucet, update the towel racks. All these things will give a welcome face-lift that new buyers will love.

Evaluate the Lighting

Bright and airy will also trump dark or artificially lit spaces. Natural light is a real commodity in the housing market. Look around your home and find areas that could use an improved lighting scheme. Good lighting can make a small space feel large. And a dark hallway or room can really be a big turnoff.

Home improvement pros at This Old House recommend installing sun tubes in any dark areas. These affordable pseudo skylights use highly reflective material to bring more light into a space through small tubes that are much easier and less expensive to install than traditional skylights.  This is also a good time to get rid of any dated-looking light fixtures and replace them with something new and current. Same goes for the switch plates. If you have any cracked ones, missing ones or yellowed/stained one, you should replace them!

Lighten Up the Landscaping

Boost your curb appeal with a thorough overhaul of the landscaping. Trim back any overgrown shrubbery or trees to give your yard a clean, manicured look. Replace any dead plants with new flowers and spread a fresh layer of mulch over the flowerbeds. Make sure all footpaths are cleared, well lit and in good condition.

Landscaping is one of the top three home improvement investments that yield the most return.  The goal is to show that your home is well taken care of. A well tended garden is a reflection of owners who cared about the house. So when potential buyers see a nice landscaped area, they will immediately get a good vibe for the entire house!

 


20 Household Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide ~ FREE Printable!

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I love when you can find more than one use for every day items! This one you will likely have tucked away in your medicine cabinet. If you find that you haven’t really used the hydrogen peroxide that you have put away and it’s getting close to it’s expiration date, you  can actually use it to in a variety of other ways!  Here is a list of 20 Household uses for Hydrogen Peroxide! You might have heard of some of these ideas, but I bet you didn’t know you can whiten your fingernails with it or fight fungus on your plants. Who comes up with these ideas? I personally love them, and I hope you find them useful too! You might want to bookmark this page or print it out and keep it somewhere you can refer back to it.


Kids Summer Vacation Packing List

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As Moms gathering everyone’s items for a trip, whether one day or 10, is pure chaos. Cut down the stress level by having this Kids Summer Vacation Packing List. It will allow your kiddos to take some of the stress off of you, pack the items that they want and keep them busy so you can pack what YOU want!

It never fails that as soon as we get down the road I realized I left something behind. While majority of the times it’s small, this last time I totally forgot the stroller! So of course we turned around to grab it. The hubs made me do one last walk through as everyone was not so patiently waiting in the car. It was then that I realized I had forgot our shampoo and conditioner. While that isn’t such a big deal I get a better deal on our Dove products at Sam’s Club. I know it would’ve cost more if I picked them up closer to our hotel…no one said living a Frugal Lifestyle was easy ;)

Anyhow.

Before you head out on your summer vacation be sure to print your Kids Summer Vacation Packing List for every child in your family. Go ahead and print your free Kids Summer Vacation Packing List now:

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- Girls Summer Vacation Packing List

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It’s super simple. Just fill in the vacation packing list with the amount of items that are needed in each category. It is then left up to the you and your child to pack into a suitcase or leave out on their bed so that you can double check they have all the items on the list!

I hope your summer vacation is a blast and that you are able to relax!

 

Note: This list isn’t just for summer vacation. It could be used for going to stay at Grandma’s house, summer camp or spending the night at a friends house!


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Frugal DIY: 4th of July Fireworks Flowers in a Vase

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With 4th of July coming up next week, I wanted to give just a few quick and inexpensive ideas for decorating a festive party table. This time last year I had been planning the food all week and purchased the red plates cups and dug out a blue table cloth I had left over after a birthday party. Once I got it all set up, it was missing that festive pizzazz. So in the hour or so before everyone showed up, I used some stuff I had around the house to dress up the table with a homemade centerpiece.

I wanted something that emulated the look of fireworks and this is what I came up with. This project was made from  6 pieces of of scrapbook paper (2 of each color) and 8 lollipop sticks and scotch tape (or glue).  (I think it would be super cute with red, white, and blue too!)

Start by folding pleats in the paper that are about 1 inch in width.

Trim the ends of the paper to give a scalloped or pointed edge.

Do this with 2 sheets of paper then crease each pleated sheet in the middle.

Pinch the  center of each pleated piece and  fan out the folded paper and attach the ones that touch and the two ending folds of the both papers to create a cirlce. I used tape (because I was in a hurry),  but you could also use glue.

Then I needed something to make these pinwheel flowers stand up in a vase. I happened to have some lollipop sticks from a previous project left over, so I taped some together in varying heights to stagger the different colors and sizes. You could use straws, or popsicle sticks, or any stem like object you can come up with. I also used tape to attached the pinwheel to the “stems.” I only had a clear vase to display the arrangement, so I lined it with a red piece of paper to add more interest.

Thanks for sharing Morgan!

 


How to Make a Fairy Garden

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How to Make a Fairy Garden

Fairy gardens are magical, mystical, and mythical. They can be made in a container, a box, a bottle, or even in a wide open space in your backyard or property. No matter where they are made, it is no doubt that they are beautiful and mythical.

A fairy garden can provide a serene setting for anyone to sit down and relax, and dream. Fairy gardens can also make good use of land that has irregularities, and hide flaws in trees and building abutments’.

A knoll in a clearing can certainly become a land of enchantment, a big opening in a tree or stump becomes a doorway for which the fairies can enter or exit. A broken cobblestone becomes a fairy pathway, and a cracked, misshapen looking piece of piping or fencing made into something beautiful as opposed to an eye sore. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a fairy garden.

Here are some basics instructions for those of you who wish to make an enchanted fairy garden for yourself or others to enjoy.

Steps in Making a Fairy Garden

  1. Pick a Location- If you are wanting to make a fairy garden on a piece of land as opposed to an enclosed container, wood box, bottle, or other similar structure, the first thing you must do is pick a location. When choosing the location there are a couple of things to keep in mind. One thing to take into consideration is accessibility. You certainly want to be able to access your fairy garden but also want to put it in a spot that is somewhat private, it is your place to find peace and comfort. Heaven forbid if you happen to build it and then find that someone vandalized it because it was easy to access.
  2. Visualize It- Before actually starting on building a fairy garden, you have to visualize it. Think about how you want it to look, and decide whether you want it to take up your garden completely or whether you want to portion it off. Once you have visualized it, it is time to start putting those plans in action.
  3. Creating a Border- If you are planning to add a division to separate your fairy garden from your regular garden you need to create a border. A border to divide these two separate areas can be made by using small fencing, river rocks, or even stepping stones.
  4. Planting the Flowers- Now that you have the area planned out and divided, it is time to plant the flowers. Remember to choose plants that can thrive in your planting zone, and be able to withstand the temperature fluctuations as well as the drought conditions for your region. Choose a vast variety of flowers to add charisma and character to your fairy garden. Layering your flowers will give you a sculptured look. Start first by choosing a ground cover. Popular ground covers are moss, and moss like plants. Moss tends to spread well and is soft to the touch as well and makes a perfect resting place for those tired fairies. Secondly, choose flowers that are of medium height. Snapdragons, miniature roses, miniature carnations, daisies, foxgloves, and pansies are just a few good flower choices. Remember to choose colors that are cheerful and bright. The plant colors that you choose are also significant to fairies and humans as well.
  5. Trellises- Another important part of a fairy garden is the structure used to support the various climbing vines and flowers that you have in the garden. Support trellises are a must for large areas that have a wide variety of climbing vines and or flowers. Trellises can be used to create a wall of flowers or even a beautiful entry point to your fairy garden.
  6. Hang Some Bird Houses- Add some character and charisma to your fairy garden and also please the fairies by offering a refuge for the small birds that create habitats in your region. Fairies love birds, and birds work hard at keeping the insects out of your garden. Why not offer them a place to rest their wings by adding a bird house or two to your fairy garden. Bird houses can be hung from trees in your garden or even placed upon poles. You can also purchase some hummingbird feeders to entice these beautiful creatures to stop by your fairy garden for some food and comfort.
  7. Plant Some Berries- Plant some berries in your fairy garden. This will attract other small woodland creatures which may already be planning to stop by to nibble on those flowers. Plant enough berries so that both humans and small animals can enjoy.

Following these simple steps on how to make a fairy garden will help you to plan and execute one that you and others can enjoy for many years to come. The great thing about fairy gardens is the fact that it will be as unique as you are and will reflect plant colors, and choices that that have significance to you. Go ahead and start planning a fairy garden, the possibilities are endless and will showcase some of your creative talent!

You can find great deals on Fairy Garden Accessories at Amazon. The Fairy Garden Kits are a super easy way to get you started. Plus, I also love scouring local stores for little trinkets that can be added to my Fairy Garden!

 


20 Household Uses for Vinegar ~ FREE Printable!

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I am sure you have hear of some the uses for vinegar like disinfecting, cleaning and freshening. But I bet you didn’t know that it can also be used for helping you remove wallpaper or get rid off fruit flies ! Print this ‘cheat sheet’ for a list of ” 20 Household Uses for Vinegar” and keep it handy next time you have some extra time on your hands are looking for frugal and easy ways to get some cleaning done!


The Most Adorable Soda Bottles Ever !

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Many of my friends have been posting pictures of their children at their pre-K or high school graduations on Facebook. And seeing these pictures reminded me of something I did when my own son was graduating from high school! When Phillip was 5 years old  he had a pre-K graduation ceremony complete with cap, gown, and a diploma! I have to be honest with you that at the time I thought it was a bit much … But now when I look back, I treasure those memories and pictures so much. I think I must have been overwhelmed at the time and didn’t fully appreciate the moment.

Then two years ago when Phillip was about to graduate from high school and I was looking for cool ideas to make his party a bit more personal, I suddenly had this stroke of genius :)  ! How about if I used his pre-K picture to get some personalized soda bottles made for the party? I already knew that you could do this with labels from Jones Soda, so I went to their website and an hour later, it was all set. I placed my order and a few weeks later I had the coolest soda bottles I could have ever asked for. Most of my friends agreed that it was the sweetest idea ever, and those with younger kids said they wanted to do get their personalized labels for their own kids’ graduation!

As your kids are growing up, remember to take lots of pictures and think of different creative ways you might be able to use them in the future. You can use these pictures for soda bottles, mugs, collages, mouse pads or even pillows. And something else I would encourage you to do is  to get prints of your best photos. I personally  love holding an actual picture in my hands much more that seeing it briefly on a computer or phone screen. And in all likelihood as your kids get older, they too will cherish going through that shoebox of photographs and reminisce about the memories of their childhood.

Life goes by so quickly. And those moments we think we will never forget, do get forgotten unless you make an effort to somehow preserve the memories!

 


Relaxing Sugar Scrub Recipe

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There’s really no excuse not to try this Relaxing Sugar Scrub Recipe. It’s a perfect gift to give to any teacher, friend, neighbor, co-worker, new Momma or even yourself! Not only does it smell AMAZING, it’s a great way to live your best Lavish Lifestyle Frugally! This is definitely a Frugal Find you’ll want to “Pin” and Share amongst your friends!

Do you often find that it’s hard to relax? Our world is filled with more than we can handle in a 24 hour period. I am often finding myself asking for more hours in a day, because, I can’t get it all done.

I mean between working, volunteering at school, soccer, gymnastics, swim lessons and the craziness that comes with the warm weather I’m warn out thinking about it all! When is there time to relax?!? But, these past few months, I’m learning it’s alright to be selfish. If I can’t take care of my family, I can’t take care of myself. So take a few moments out of your busy schedule and find time to relax with this Relaxing Sugar Scrub Recipe….you can Thank Me later!

Ingredients

½ cup coconut oil
5 drops Relax essential oil
Scant (2 TBSP shy) 1 cup sugar
4 oz. canning jar

Instructions

    1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the coconut oil in 20-second intervals until it is completely melted.
    2. Add the essential oil, then stir in the sugar until you have a thick paste (you may need to adjust the amount adding more or less to suit your taste).
    3. Add a pretty ribbon or piece of washi tape to decorate the jar.

Are you giving this Relaxing Sugar Scrub Recipe as a gift? If so, place these super Relaxing Sugar Scrub Gift Tags on the top of your jar or attach with punching a hole in them and attaching a ribbon to make this an extra special gift!

 


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30 Days of Spring Cleaning: It’s All About the Floors

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You’ve got the vast majority of your house lookin’ good, right? Spring Cleaning is a HUGE task and while we took a little break yesterday sprucing up your Furry Friends area, it’s time to get those floors so clean you’ll be able to eat off them.

Depending on the type of flooring you have, the maintenance may be quick and easy or it may just be a giant pain in the butt for you! No matter which types you have in your home, with a few simple steps and tips, maintaining the beauty of your floors can be a breeze.

Ceramic-tile floors
Sweep or mop daily to remove loose dirt. Don’t ever use sponge mops, they will drag dirt into the grout and and stain it. A microfiber mop or rag picks up dirt best. If using a rag, be sure to use a circular motion.

Hardwood Floors
Sweep daily. Steep 4 tea bags in quart of water for about 5 minutes. This is because Tannic acid in tea will make your hardwood floor shine. Put the tea in a bucket and use a damp mop or rag to clean the floor and watch it shine! Don’t get the floor too wet as it will leave water marks.

Vinyl Floors
Sweep daily. Mix your choice of cleaner in a bucket of warm water and wash the floor.

Carpeting
Vacuum daily, it doesn’t take long and it makes a major difference in the amount of dirt that gets ground deep into the carpet. If something spills, clean it immediately, don’t give it the chance to set. Use baking soda or a carpet deodorizer twice a week when you vacuum.

Here’s a quick tip: If you move the furniture and it leaves dents in the carpet, use the edge of a spoon or a coin to re-fluff those areas.

TIP 1. Use doormats to cut down on the amount of dirt that settle on your flooring.
TIP 2. Use area rugs to protect high traffic areas from wear and tear.

If you take a few minutes every day to sweep and vacuum and tackle any spills or stains right away, you will be able to better maintain your flooring and have it looking great for years to come.


30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Your Furry Friends Area (11)

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Yesterday we cleaned up and beautified your Laundry Room. We are gonna take a little break from the BIG Spring Cleaning projects and get to our Furry Family Members!

Our pets are part of the family too. Just like every other member of the family, they contribute to clutter. Your cat or dog may almost have as many toys as your kids. We pamper our pets, spoil them and if we are not careful, our little fur babies can take over the whole house. Before that happens, we are going to make some changes to prevent that from happening.

TIP 1. Give your pet space

We all need a private comfortable place to call our own, so do our pets. Set up an area that will be your pet’s “room”. Things that should be in this area are their bed, a few favorite pet toys, a non skid mat to put food and water bowls on, plastic bins with lids for food storage, a litter box if needed and a peg rack to hang on the wall for leashes, collars, pet clothing (don’t judge me) and any other items that can be hung up and out of the way.

Keep a small bin for hair brushes, nail clippers and other grooming supplies in a nearby area for easy access, preferably under the bathroom sink or in the hall closet.

TIP 2. Decluttering is the goal, even for our pets!

Did you get Princess or Rover a new toy? Then you should be getting rid of an old one. Did Old Navy have a great deal on a hot pink winter puffer coat for your dog? (once again, don’t judge me!) That means it’s time to retire another item from her wardrobe. Don’t allow pet supplies or pet toys to accumulate and you won’t have to worry about clutter.

TIP 3. They are just like our kids

Ask your Veterinarian for copies of your pet’s immunization and health records. Keep them in a folder with your family’s other important paperwork so that in case of an emergency they are easy to find.

Today’s assignment is a pretty easy one! You are going set up your pet’s living space. Make sure all bedding is clean, get rid of old toys, and give them an area away from household traffic. Even our pets need a little bit of peace and quiet sometimes and it will also help to keep your home clear of extra clutter. When you are done, take a few minutes to introduce your pet to their new living area and help them get accustomed to this new part of their routine.


30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Simplying the Laundry Room

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How did Transforming Your Master Bedroom go last night? I hope it’s became your sanctuary and a place that is going to become your favorite spot to relax! This Spring Cleaning stuff isn’t bad if you just take it a day at a time.

Unless doing laundry is your hobby, your laundry room is probably one of the last places you want to be. It’s probably cluttered and cramped and not the most cheerful place in the house. Today we are going to focus on organizing, de-cluttering and making it a more inviting and efficient space in your home. With a little bit of thought and work your laundry room can look as fabulous as the rest of the house has become!

TIP 1. Plan a schedule and stick to it

If you do laundry on Saturday morning, then everyone in the house, except for the littlest ones, are responsible for bringing their laundry hamper to the laundry room by Friday night. If Junior’s favorite hoody doesn’t make it there in time, oh well, not your problem! It may seem a little harsh but I promise it will only happen once or twice before everyone gets the point. Just think of it as a little bit of tough love!

TIP 2. Have 3 bins for sorting

When laundry gets to the laundry room, it should be separated into a three bin laundry hamper as either light colors, dark colors or hand washables. Any items that need to be dry cleaned should be taken directly to the car and dropped off the next time you are running errands.

TIP 3. Install an overhead shelf or cabinet

Put up a shelf or cabinet above the washer and dryer and keep all of your supplies in one place. Everything from pre-treater, to detergent, softener and dryer sheets can be kept on the shelf to allow you fast access to everything you may need while doing the wash.

TIP 4. Set up an ironing station

Your ironing station will be a small area with a bar to hang clothes on, hangers, an iron, spray starch and ironing board will help you to get the ironing done and keep everything neat and wrinkle free until you put them away.

I LOVE this . Not only does it roll, but, it helps keep everything organized and is also a great space saver!

I like to listen to the radio or jump on a call with a friend to help make the ironing chore not as boring!

TIP 5. Fold and Separate

Once the laundry comes out of the dryer, fold it immediately. This will help eliminate wrinkles and not allow a “to be folded” mountain to form. As you are folding separate the articles into the appropriate family members bin. Then once the laundry is done for the day each family member can put their clothing away in the appropriate drawers or closets.

TIP 6. Set up a drying station

Space is everything in a laundry room. Consider purchasing a simple tension rod or bar to hang damp clothing. This will eliminate the need for a bulky multi-level drying rack that takes up space and tend to collapse {has this ever happened to you?!?}. A simple bar will allow you to hang your articles neatly to dry right away while also minimizing wrinkles that will help cut down on the time you spend ironing.

TIP 7. Add something that makes you smile

Hang a cute laundry sign or a heartwarming quote on the wall in your laundry room. Just having something to look at that always puts a smile on your face can make doing the laundry a much more bearable task.

Your assignment for today is to get to work in that laundry room. When you are done go let the rest of the family know the new rules they must follow if they expect their laundry to be done! Remind them a few times of the laundry schedule for the first week, after that they are on their own. In a couple of hours you just may have the most efficient and tidy laundry room on the block!


30 Days of Spring Cleaning: Transforming Your Master Bedroom

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Now that you have tackled Spring Cleaning Your Children’s Bedrooms it’s time to start Transforming Your Master Bedroom!

Is your Master Bedroom a relaxing, tranquil place that you can’t wait to get to after a very long day? Or is it cluttered with paperwork, electronics and other belongings that make it feel just like any other room in the house? If you said no to the first question and yes to the second, you are not alone. Most people do everything in their bedroom from eating to working to talking on the phone. Oh yeah, I almost forgot sleeping, lol!

We are almost completely through our 2 weeks to a clean and de-cluttered home and you have done a fantastic job. You should be getting used to your “new” lifestyle now and I know it feels great to be clutter free! So, today we are going to work on your master bedroom and take some simple steps to turn it into the peaceful, comforting space that it should be.

TIP 1. Your bedroom is where you begin and end your days. It should be kept stress free!

When a room is cluttered it can easily become a chaotic place that you just can’t relax in. Your bedroom should be a calm, stress free place so that you can start and end your day with a clear mind and relaxed body. I know a lot of people like to watch tv or use their laptops in bed until they fall asleep, but this is the biggest change you should make. Leave electronics outside the bedroom. Using phones, laptops, tablets, and TV’s shortly before you go to sleep can disrupt your sleep pattern without you even realizing it. Try reading a book or even meditation before bed.

TIP 2. Clutter equals stress

Put away your clothing instead of leaving things strewn about the room. Keep nightstands clear of clutter and debris. If you read in bed, keep one or two books in your room, the rest can go back into the bookshelf.

TIP 3. Everything looks better from a room with a view

Try to position your bed facing the window. Being able to look out the window and see the sky can be very soothing.

TIP 4. The nose knows

Certain scents can be very calming and comforting to certain people. Choose your favorite scented candles, room sprays, essential oils or even your favorite flowers and put them in your room. You may find yourself more relaxed and your room will be much more inviting. Remember, never leave candles burning unattended.

Your assignment for today is to turn your chaotic clutter into a soothing sanctuary! Focus on colors and decor that make you feel calm and at peace. Make up your bed with comfy bedding, add your favorite scent, make work off limits, and tell technology you will see him in the morning, because this is your zen zone now!