5 Simple Tips To Transform a Room

I love coming home to a cozy house! Lately I’ve been wanting to make a few changes, but not break the bank. Here are  few simple tips I have for changing your living space cheaply.

  1. Simply move the furniture around. I find that moving a chair or switching out pictures on the wall makes a huge difference! Pull in furniture from other rooms (utilize what you already have in a different way). Don’t be afraid to experiment.
  2. Change the curtains. I had these lovely blue curtains up in the living room that I adored, but I wanted to lighten it up a bit. Changing the curtains gave the room a lighter feel and even made it feel bigger.
  3. Pillows! If you find pillows on sale buy them! I found a couple at Michaels that went perfectly with my living room that were $8. You can’t beat that!
  4. Plants add life to a room. I bought a hanging plant for the kitchen for $6.00 at Walmart and now I’m obsessed with adding them all over my house.
  5. Buy a rug that stands out and add pieces that compliment it and accentuate the room.

I’m thrilled with the new look!

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Guest Post! Simple Household Management For Single Mothers

Being a single mother is certainly a great challenge, as you need to overcome the obstacles all by yourself and to manage to educate your children in the best possible way. The role of the parent is difficult enough and single mothers need to be armed with a lot of patience and strength when their daily routine is concerned. Apart from the cares around their children, single mothers also need to organize the household management in an effective way. Sometimes this turns out to be tiring, especially when they are too preoccupied with other issues such as helping the kids with their homework, or managing with other tasks connected with their work.

 

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Thanks to this ultimate guide for single mothers you will be able to explore new ways in which to manage with the basic chores, even when your schedule is too tight.

Here are some innovative ideas that will definitely facilitate your schedule:

Establish Strict Schedule for the Household Duties

 It would be much easier if you have a schedule with the cleaning duties that you need to provide. This way you can fit other arrangements and you will become more organized and effective when managing with your tasks. Even if you are too busy during the week, make sure that you leave at least half an hour per day to check whether your rooms need some basic cleaning. Do not leave all the household chores for the weekend because two days are usually not enough to take up with all the tasks and to relax in the same way.

Involve the Children in the Household Chores

 Although you cannot completely count on children’s help when cleaning is concerned, they will help you to maintain your home sparkling clean. Ask them to be supportive and to handle some basic duties while you are at work or when you are preoccupied with other tasks. If you can count on your children for the household management, you will quickly find out that possessing shiny and well arranged home is possible even for single mothers.

Use Homemade Cleaning Products

Single mothers often have tight monthly budgets which is why the can turn to a cost effective decision when cleaning is concerned. Instead of spending a fortune on commercial cleaning products that often turn out to be ineffective, you can try to create homemade cleaners, that apart from being less expensive are also all natural. You can use natural products such as baking soda, white vinegar, borax and lemon juice- they are the basic ingredients in a wide range of green cleaning recipes.

Turn The Household Management Into A Fun Experience

 Do not feel depressed if you fail to manage with the cleaning tasks – after all every single mother deserves to take a break and to leave some time for relaxation. Turning your household management into a fun experience will definitely save you up a lot of nerves. Be a team with your children and find pleasure in the tiny cleaning tasks that you are required to do on a regular basis.

Organizing excellent household management for single mothers is possible in case you take into account the tips mentioned above. Single mothers often sacrifice their free time to provide the utmost care for their kids and for the house, without realizing that they also need a moment for relaxation. It is true that single mothers face a lot of difficulties but when they are organized and motivated they will be able to handle the household management in an excellent way. As long as single mothers make a suitable schedule for their duties they won’t meet difficulties in managing with the chores.

The article is contributed by Edna Thomson from MainCleaners Mill Hill

Tips for Living Clutter-Free with Kids- A Guest Post!

In case the cleaning of the house has always been a tedious task for you, just wait until you have to disinfect everything with your kids around. It seems impossible to keep everything in order when your little ones are constantly running around leaving all kinds of things here and there. You keep finding stuff in every room of your house and even after a deep cleaning the place still seems messy.

There is no need to panic because we can provide you with a solution to this problem. All you need is a good organisation and a little time, and you will have a clutter-free home. Leave the kids to play all they want and focus your attention on the cleaning and organizing of all of your possessions.

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The cares for the children certainly take a lot of time. You often feel exhausted and when you have a couple of hours for yourself you just want to sit back and relax. Unfortunately, there is no time for that because you also have to take care of your house and its good looks. You will probably feel tempted to just collect everything, throw it out and get it over with but there is something else you could try as well. During the cleaning, you will notice that you have all kinds of useless things which only take valuable space. This means that it is time to declutter your home and organise everything. Here is how you can achieve that:

  • Find a special place for every object – You’ve probably heard this a million times before but it is truly a very important rule. Can you admit that you know where every object in your home is at the moment? This could be very hard, especially when your kids keep moving things around all the time. That is why you have to organise everything once and for all and take the time to explain to your kids the importance of that order. You can designate a special place for the toys, the photos, special collections and similar other things which are known as most problematic ones. Your kids have to learn that every time they take something, they have to put it back later in the same place.
  • Don’t keep things you don’t need – It is hard to part with some things which have a sentimental value for us. In order to be more organised, though, you have to learn to keep only the things that you truly need or cherish. When it comes to the kids, there are a lot of things which need your attention. From broken toys to school papers and pictures, it is best to find the time to sort through that stuff regularly. This will save you a lot of time and you can easily keep things in order.
  • Make your kids help you – It is very important to teach your kids to be responsible, especially when it comes to their own messes. Except the cleaning and organisation of their rooms, you can also ask them to participate in the disinfection of the rest of the house. This way they will realise that it is really important to keep the house clean and organised constantly.

After every major cleaning you will probably end up with piles of old clothes, shoes, old toys and various other items. This is the perfect time to get rid of all of those things that you don’t need any more and free some space in your home. You can donate some of your possessions which are preserved in good condition. You will feel better because you can help other people and declutter your home at the same time.

The article is kindly contributed by Edna Thomson who runs a company which provides building services in Vauxhall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scriptures for the Homemaker In You!

 

One of my favorite roles is being a homemaker. It is an incredible privilege to create a home for my daughter and to share it with others. A home built on the foundation of Christ and biblical principals is a gift to yourself, your family and friends and  to those who enter. Homemaking isn’t always easy it takes time, commitment, love and effort, but the bible gives us some practical verses on homemaking and hospitality that will help shape our home so that it has the greatest influence on those we love.

Make God the Cornerstone of your Home

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”-

A Successful Home is Built on the Wisdom of God

Proverbs: 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Home is Where You Provide for the Needs of  Your Family

1 Timothy 5:8-10 “If anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Invite Outsiders in Your Home and Take Advantage of the Opportunity to Fellowship

Colossians 4:5 “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders make the most of every opportunity.”

Practice the Fruit of the Spirit in Your Home

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Use Your Home to Bless Others

Romans 12:13 “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Use Your Gifts Wisely to Serve in Your Home with A Cheerful Heart and Grace

1 Peter 4:9 ” Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

Homemaking Requires Vigorous Intentional Work

Proverbs 31:17 “She sets about her work vigorously her arms are strong for her tasks.”

Homemakers are Aware Over the Happenings in Their Home and Protect and Guard it with Diligence

Proverbs 31:27 “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

Our Home Should Be A Place Where We Put a Priority on Looking to the Needs of Others

Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.”

Create a Spirit of Unity In Your Home that Glorifies Christ Through Your Heart and Mouth

Romans 15:5 “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus , so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

God Gives You The Strength to Abound in Good Work of Homemaking

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

Building a Godly Home Requires Patience, Instruction, Correction and Discipline

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”

Make Your Home a Place Where Forgiveness is Given Generously

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

When You Get Weary Remember You’re Building Your Home to Glorify Christ

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not men

Strive to Live in Harmony, Staying Humble and Always Showing Compassion Making Your Home a Safe Space

1 Peter 3:8 “Finally all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.’

 

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes! Quick Recipe!

Quick, simple and yummy is what eating is all about for me! Today, for lunch I made this yummy Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and it was amazing!! This is great dish to whip up for lunch with the girls!

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Cut up some boneless organic chicken in cubes lightly season it with pepper and salt then throw it in a pan with some olive oil (not too much) along with some chopped garlic.

  2. Boil the water for the pasta I used Trader Joe’s rigatoni

  3. Once the chicken is cooked, drain the pasta and add it to the pan

  4. Add the Basil Pesto and Sun Dried Tomatoes, this was a quick version so my pesto wasn’t homemade, but I used Pesto Alla Genovese and Trader Joe’s Julienne Sliced Sun Dried Tomatoes

  5. Make sure the chicken and the pasta is coated well with the pesto and stir

That’s all it takes!

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Pretty DIY Vases for the Spring!

I’m a flower loving kind of girl! I love that I have some beautiful blooms right outside my door, so I’m trying to take advantage of them every chance I get. I also have an obsession with mason jars so I combined my love of flowers and mason jars and created what I think are some sweet vases. Take a look!

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First I picked some of the flowers in my yard and put them in my dollar store flower basket

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I used really basic materials like burlap, clothespins, buttons, mason and milk jars all of which I already had available

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I cut a piece of burlap and hot glued it to the glass and added a cute butterfly button

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On this jar I just tied some burlap around the top added a button and the word, ‘living’ …so simple!

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These are so simple to make. You can get a bunch of the milk jars and put them in a line down a table or put the mason jar vases all over the house to add a little pretty! 

Winding Down With This Yummy Trader Joe’s Cocoa Snack

I’m starting to wind down earlier and earlier. Yes, I know I shouldn’t be drinking coffee at 6:30 pm but it’s just soooo good! You know what else is good these Trader Joe’s Cocoa Batons snacks that are so light and yummy! They are the perfect fix for my sweet tooth. For a snack treat is under $2 I’m all for it and plan on serving them at Anya’s slumber party this weekend, oh yeah my kid is turning 9!!!

Coffee, chocolate, and Jesus Talking is a good way to start winding down.
Coffee, chocolate, and Jesus Talking is a good way to start winding down.

Breakfast Fuel That’s Good and Simple

Breakfast for me has to be simple yet yummy and it should be healthy right? Today before I worked out I had a banana and afterward 2 clementines. When I got home I had to get straight to work so I had a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon filled with yummy strawberries and bananas. Doesn’t it look good!

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My Cozy Lunch

I love chili and especially on cold days like today! I got this really yummy turkey chili with beans from Trader Joes and with a piece of french bread on the side it hit the spot perfectly!

A New Trader Joe favorite at only a $1.99!
A New Trader Joe favorite at only a $1.99!

Get A Jump Start on Breakfast! Have the Kids Help

Mornings… Some of us love them others not so much. One thing is for sure your day can start out a good note if your morning isn’t chaotic. Don’t take on all the responsibility of the morning routine hand some of it over to your kids. One of Anya’s chores is to set the table for breakfast, this consists of her putting out her plate, napkin, cup and if I’m eating breakfast she’ll put out my plate as well. This helps me out, gives her a little responsibility, and hey its one less thing I have to do! Get your kids to fix the table for breakfast the night before and shave a few minutes off of your mom routine in the am!

 

Don't you love how she makes the napkin a little fancy :)
Don’t you love how she makes the napkin a little fancy 🙂