I think we all long for peace in our homes. A kind of peace that illuminates joy and contentment. We overthink things. We are super critical of ourselves and surroundings. In our chaos, to follow are a few small things we can do to make our houses homes.
Give your little ones a squeeze. Wrap your arms around your big kids. Your man/woman could probably use one too!
It is truly amazing to watch how the tone of a house can turn on a dime with just one small act of kindness. Actions speak louder than words.
Don't take love for granted. We seem to forget because we get comfortable.
Eat together. Pray together. Enjoy each other. Family is FOREVER!
LOL (Laugh Out Loud).
The more you laugh the healthier you will be - physically & emotionally.
Holding a grudge only hurts one person...you! Forgive, forget and move on!
Be a #1 Fan.
We all have a longing to be supported by those we love most. Show your support by going to school concerts, sporting events, extra curricular activities...get involved. Show excitement even it isn't your "thing".
It's time. Create the peace you long for in your home. Let the dust settle and the laundry pile up while you enjoy your people.
If you are struggling with feeling stressed and overwhelmed...keep reading!
I am not one to keep around a lot of clutter, it makes me feel anxious - even in a clean house. We moved into a smaller home so keeping our space clean and organized makes our home feel bigger than it really is. Let's just focus on why I clean off my counters!
1. Clean Counters = More Workspace
2. Because it is so much easier to bake, prepare meals and snacks. We go out less, rely less on convenience and processed foods and eat out less often. This is much better for both our wallets and our health!
3. A clean kitchen is motivation to keep the rest of the house clean and in order. This makes for a happy Wife and Mom!
Bonus...it just feels SO much better to wake up to a clean kitchen. When my kitchen is a mess I dread getting out of bed even more than I already do. Nobody enjoys washing the mugs before you can pour yourself some HOT coffee or having to shove the mail out of the way to make breakfast.
Do you need help simplifying and organizing? I can help! Just give me a call or shoot me an email!
Vinegar - A simple ingredient to make cleaning safe and easier (which in turn, means a healthier environment and less time spent cleaning)!
In every solution below (except your coffeepot), add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to enhance cleaning and to make your home smell wonderful while receiving all the health benefits from the oils.
Use It to Clean Your…
Coffeemaker: Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the machine’s water chamber, then switch on the brew cycle. Halfway through, turn off the coffeemaker and let the solution sit for about an hour. Turn it on again to complete the cycle, then run several cycles with clean water.
Dishwasher: To disinfect the interior of the machine, pour ½ cup vinegar into the reservoir and run an empty cycle, says Hunter. Or place a small bowl filled with vinegar on the bottom rack and run an empty cycle.
Drains: Clean drains―and the pipes they’re attached to―by pouring vinegar down them. After 30 minutes, flush with cold water.
Floors: Add ¼ cup vinegar to a bucket of warm water to clean almost any type of floor except marble (vinegar can scratch it) or wood (vinegar can strip it).
Glassware: For spotless hand-washed glasses, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse water.
Moldy walls: Spray vinegar on the affected areas. After about 15 minutes, rinse and let dry thoroughly.
Showerheads: To combat mineral deposits, pour vinegar into a plastic grocery bag and knot the handles over the neck of the showerhead, securing with rubber bands. Let soak overnight. Rinse with water in the morning.
Steam iron: To get rid of mineral deposits, fill the iron with equal parts vinegar and water; press the steam button. Turn off, let cool, empty, and rinse.
Windows: Mix ¼ cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and a squirt of liquid Castile soap in a spray bottle. Spritz windows and wipe with a sheet of newspaper.
Lemons have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries, and their health benefits are well-documented. Many centuries ago, the ancient Egyptians would drink lemon juice to clear their bodies of toxins and poisons. Modern science tells us that the Egyptians were on to something – lemons have strong antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties. Science has further discovered that lemons are also good immune system boosters, help aid in digestion, and can help detoxify and purify the liver.
Lemons are powerhouses of germ-fighting and toxin-fighting substances that promote immunity and fight infection. They contain citric acid, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, just to name a few.
Article from Natural Health
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Let me tell you....
I have a bad habit of stopping at the grocery store on a daily basis for this and that. The plan is to pick up something to make for dinner but the truth of the matter is, I end up with a cart full almost every time. Why? Because I go to the store 95% of the time a hungry girl. Since I work well when I am organized and have a plan...I thought I should implement what I preach (insert smiley face).
We have been writing out our weekly dinner menu and it isn't only saving us time...it's also saving us money! I no longer fret about what to make for dinner. We plan out our menu on Sunday and head to the grocery store for the items needed for the week. That means, no more grocery stops during the week and spending money on impulse buys! For us, planning out our meals this way means eating healthier too. Less fast food runs!
Another great thing we do along with this menu plan is delegate who is in charge of dinner and clean up each night. With our increasingly busy schedules a plan is a must and it teaches the girls responsibility. They are learning more than responsibility though...they are learning to cook/bake and also the importance of cleaning up after themselves and serving others. It is exciting for me that they will be ahead of the game in college. When their classmates are making Ramen Noodles and Frozen Pizza, they will be cooking real food!
I smell Spring in the air and for a lot of people that means "Spring Cleaning"!!! And I personally, can not wait!
Here are 10 ways to clean with Vinegar.
1. Dish Washer: measure 1 cup of vinegar and pour in the bottom of your EMPTY dishwasher. Run as usual.
2. Washing Machine: measure ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water and put in your detergent drawer (for front loaders) or right in the wash basin for top loaders. Run through a normal cycle. When the cycle has completed, wipe the rubber seal with a wet cloth and leave the door open to air out.
3. Floors: The correct ratio of water to white vinegar is ½ cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm/hot water. If you are washing your hardwood floors, make sure they are sealed before trying this.
4. Refrigerator: mix one tablespoon vinegar to 16 ounces water and put in a spray bottle – spray on
shelves and walls on interior of refrigerator and wipe clean. This same solution can also be used on the exterior of your refrigerator.
5. Stainless Steel: mix one tablespoon vinegar to 16 ounces water and put in a spray bottle – spray
on a microfiber cloth and wipe clean.
6. Coffee Maker: fill coffee pot with equal parts water and vinegar. Pour in the water dispenser and
run coffee pot as normal. Empty water and vinegar from coffee pot and run 2-3 cycles with just water. Wipe with clean, wet dish cloth until clean.
7. Carpet: use an equal parts ratio of water to vinegar and rinse thoroughly. I use this to spot clean. (I also add essential oils to this for scent and extra cleaning power)
8. Garbage Disposal: pour ¼ cup vinegar and 10-20 drops of essential oils. My favorites are tea tree, lemon, orange. Pour in disposal and let sit for a couple minutes. Run cold water in disposal and turn on disposal to clean.
9. Toilets: pour ½ cup to a cup of vinegar plus 10-20 drops of essential oils. Again, my favorites are tea tree, lemon, orange. Pour in in the toilet bowl. Let sit for a couple hours, swish and flush.
By: Teena Taivalmaa
About a year and a half ago Mike and I searched for the magic answer to get our children to get along. The constant bickering and sassy talk was in high gear. After the kids were in bed we were exhausted mentally. I almost wondered if it would be easier to have three kids in diapers again. How can we teach our children to be kind and respect one another?
We were busy running to and from practices and lessons. Most weekends were booked as well. I am sure most know the feeling. We tried several things with little relief for a short time. Then I read an article about trading names for a week, leaving clues and guessing who had your name. I thought ‘hey, why not.’ This began our journey of “niceties.”
I explained the process to our family. After the eye rolls and funny looks I thought‘great another bust.’ However, what happened was the opposite. The kids started by doing little things for the person they drew. Make a bed, put clothes away, help with dishes seemed to be popular niceties. After a few weeks we were seeing pictures, poems, notes, buddies for a day and best of all the bickering and sass wasn’t as prevalent. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a tool we could work with. Some weeks we would forget who we drew within a few hours. Those that forgot made sure to do something for everyone so no one would be left out.
Our process is simple. We place the names in a bowl and everyone draws a name making sure they don’t get their own. We have the names for one week in which we try to do nice things without being caught. It doesn’t always happen every day and that is ok. Before we draw again we try to guess who had our name. Our reward is smiles. We do not expect a thank you as it is a secret. Shhh…..
It was usually our children who would remind us it was Sunday and time to draw niceties. We have not done our niceties for about 5 months. It is coming back with high demand this weekend. We are implementing name hearts to help the forgetful. Yes, I forget often…it means I have everyone’s name.
Our experiment had positive results and we saw huge changes in our family. We are a normal family of seven however, and our kids still argue and sass. I have yet to find that magic trick. It is not as often nor as bad as it was, so we are sticking with it. Plus, some of my best treasures are the notes, cards, and origami left on my pillow.
The simple idea of niceties helps us to take the time to slow down and spread some love to the ones we love most. It is a great feeling to have nice things done for you and feel special. At the same time, it is a wonderful feeling to give and show
love to others.
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