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.

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 :)

My Trader Joe’s Pick of the Week …Cowboy Caviar Salsa

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I love  love love this salsa! It is a perfect mixture of  of black beans, corn, onions, red bell peppers,  a blend of chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. It has a great southwestern taste that I can’t get enough of. I have put it on top of my tacos, I’ve made nachos with turkey meat and topped it with this salsa and a mix of cheeses and Trader Joe’s Tortilla Chips and it is one of my favorite quick dishes. For only $2.49 it is a steal!