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Cucumber Basil Green Daiquiri

Cucumber Basil Green Daiquiri

I think I really fell in love with rum when we were in Jamaica a few years ago. But the good kind–which they’re exceptionally good at! This cucumber basil daiquiri has the sweetness we all crave in an indulgent girly-cocktail plus it’s made with zero sugar and loaded with balanced profile of basil and cucumber.

 

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Not to mention to cucumber adds a bit of fiber to the drink, while the rum and stevia give it the perfect zero-sugar-added sweetness. This is the perfect healthy cocktail for warm weather, and even more perfect for summer nights on the patio!

 

Cucumber Basil Daiquiri (Green!)

 

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Cucumber Basil Green Daiquiri
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Ingredients

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 TBSP lime juice
  • 10 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 packs organic powdered stevia, or a couple drops liquid stevia to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. Cut cucumber in half. Chunk 1/2 of it and place in blender or blender cup. Cut the remaining half of the cucumber into thin slices.
  2. 2. Add to blender: rum, lime juice, and basil. Puree.
  3. 3. Add ice to blender cup and pulse until ice is smoothly crushed.
  4. 4. Pour 1/2 mixture into each of 2 small glasses or martini glasses.
  5. 5. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumber.

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12 Ways to Make Your House an Environmentally Friendly Home

12 Ways to Make Your House an Environmentally Friendly Home

12 Ways you and your family can work to make your house and environmentally friendly home.

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You’ll have heard a lot about the importance of creating an environmentally friendly home in recent years. While you would be forgiven for scratching your head about how you’re supposed to do this, there’s no need; it’s amazingly straightforward! And there’s more good news. Creating a home that runs with the wider world in mind isn’t just good for the planet; it’ll also be good for your bottom line. Yes, when you make the switch to an eco-friendly house, everyone wins – you, your family, and the birds and bees and everything else out there in nature. Below, we take a look at twelve simple ways you can greenify your house.

 

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Switch it Off!

 

The first step in an environmentally friendly home is amazingly simple. Indeed, all it requires is a flick of the finger. Switch it off! If you’re leaving a room – and especially your house – then make sure no lights are kept on. It’s an energy sapper, one that causes the earth and your bank balance unnecessary harm. Though keep in mind that it’s not always necessary to turn off the lights. If you’re planning to return to that room within 5 minutes, then it’s best to keep the light on. It’ll use up more energy lighting itself up again than it would have if it were off.

Also, remember to really turn off your electrical items like your television, not just keep it in standby mode. Standby mode is good for turning on an item quickly but isn’t good when it comes to power usage.

 

Shower Times

 

Admittedly, it is sometimes enjoyable to take a long, hot shower, especially on those chilly winter mornings. However, it’s worth keeping in mind the wider implications of your indulgence in keeping an environmentally friendly home. It doesn’t take a rocket science to figure out that you’ll use much more water and energy if you take a fifteen-minute shower, rather than a three-minute shower. So do your best to get out of the mindset that a long shower is something that you need to have – you don’t! If you’re a family of five, just think of how much you’ll save when it comes to your bills.

 

Smart Meter

 

And talking of bills, wouldn’t it be nice to take the guesswork out of how much they’ll be each month? By installing a smart meter in your home, you’ll be able to keep tabs on how much energy you’re using. If you see that the usage is creeping up faster than you like, you’ll know that you need to be more careful. Being able to see how much you’re using – and how much it’s going to cost you – really does help push you to be more conscious when it comes to your energy usage.

 

Keep Yourself Warm

 

If you’re cold, you’ll be tempted to turn up that thermostat. If you’re hot, you’ll be reaching for the AC remote. While these are natural impulses – at least in this day and age – they’re not always the best option in an environmentally friendly home. These are some of the biggest uses of energy we have in our homes! And they cost a lot, as we’re sure you already know.

Instead, look at alternative ways to keep your temperature agreeable. For starters, you’ll be well served by adding insulation to your home, if you haven’t already. During the summer, keep those windows open so cool air can circulate around your house. In the winter, it’s all about loading up your living areas with blankets and throws. When you cook, keep the oven door open when you’re finished – it’ll push that hot air out into your home.

 

Buy a Water Filter

 

Ah, water. So pure, so fresh, so delicious. Or at least that’s the idea. Sometimes, what we end up with is water that tastes stale – and that’s not good! So what we do is, we buy bottled water. This is good from the perspective of our bills, as it reduces water usage, but that’s about it. Bottled water has a markup of some 4000% (really!), so it’s not doing your wallet any favors. And it’s a disaster for the environment, too. For every litre of drinkable bottled water, six litres are used in the production and transport of the bottles. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution – buy a water filter. They’re affordable, and will get rid of that bad taste.

 

Look at your Tech

 

There is so much technology in our homes these days; they may as well buzz. Now, we all need to have technology – good luck keeping your food cold without a fridge, for example. But not all tech is created equally. Some are terrible for the planet, and some aren’t. It’s as simple as that! When it comes to replacing your heavy duty pieces of kit, make sure the item you’re thinking of purchasing is energy efficient.

 

 

What’s in the Kitchen?

 

You likely know by now that some foods are particularly damaging for the environment. Meat, for example, is terrible, especially if it’s from a factory farmed animal. The water that goes into one making just one hamburger is the same as is used in more than twenty-five showers. Yes, if you ate one hamburger and wanted to offset the water you’ve used, you’d need to skip showers for nearly a month. But let’s not do that. Why not keep your showers, and add some vegan options to your kitchen and environmentally friendly home? Falafel, black beans, lentils and the like can all be mixed into delicious recipes. You’ll be eating healthier, saving money, and protecting the planet and animals at the same time. Nice!

 

Keeping Things Clean

 

It’s natural that you want to live in a clean home. Who doesn’t?! And the good news is that you don’t have to give this up just because you want to be more environmentally friendly. It does, however, mean that you might have to give up some of the products that are currently in your cleaning cupboard. You might not have realized it, but many cleaning products are made with ingredients that are bad for the health of the planet, not to mention the health of your family. Instead, use products that are non-toxic, such as those available at CleanHappens.com. Your home will be cleaner than ever before, and the planet doesn’t have to suffer. Win-win!

 

Upcycled Goods

 

You’re going to have certain items in your home. Tables, chairs, bed frames, and so on and so forth. But there’s no law that says all of these have to be brand new or bought from a large department store. There’s a growing movement of “upcycled goods,” which can be just as beautiful – if not more so – than new goods. The premise is simple. Someone has taken an old, beaten up item, given it a touch of TLC, and, brought it back to life. You can even do this yourself. Next time you’re looking for a table, see what’s available second-hand, give it a lick of chalk paint, and marvel at your creation.

 

Dry Things The Natural Way

 

You may be in the habit of taking things out of the washing machine and putting them straight into the dryer, but before you do that, take a look outside. Is the sun shining? If so, take your wet clothes outside and let them dry the natural way. If it’s an extra warm day, the clothes will dry faster than in the dryer anyway, and they’ll also have that delicious natural scent.

 

Set up a Recycling System

 

We’re all guilty of consuming more than we need. But what’s worse than that is what we buy and don’t use! Plastic wrapping, excess food, and the rest will all go to the landfill if we don’t do anything else with it. So let’s do something else with it. If you haven’t already, set up a recycling system in your environmentally friendly home. It takes a little bit of effort to get started, but it’ll all be second nature within a week or so.

Most cities nowadays have recycling curbside services. If yours doesn’t, just Google recycling services or centers in your town or area.

 

 

Start Your Own Veggie Garden

 

What better way to showcase your care for the environment than by enjoying all that it provides? Set up a veggie garden, and not only will you discover a deeper love for the natural world, but you’ll also be able to provide your family with fresh vegetables. What could be better than spending a day with your hands in the soil, taking care of growing plants, knowing that one day you’re going to be serving them on a plate to your friends and family? 

 

 

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4 Reasons and Mistakes Why Your Budget Isn’t Working

4 Reasons and Mistakes Why Your Budget Isn’t Working

4 Reasons and mistakes why your household budget isn’t working, and the steps you can take to fix those.

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As a part of TRUE Self Care, we Moms need to know that keeping our finances in order is actually a part of keeping our stress levels down. The only way to keep control over your money in  your household is to budget properly. But sometimes even with the best effort, our household budget isn’t working.

Make a list of all of your incomings and outgoings, making sure to only include expenses that are actually necessary, and you’ll be able to keep an eye on exactly how much you’re spending. But sometimes you might find that you’re still overspending. If you find yourself in this category, here are four reasons your budget isn’t working for you still.

 

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The Budget Isn’t Big Enough

 

If you’re really trying to save money, it’s tempting to set yourself a tiny budget but that isn’t always going to work. When you’re creating a household budget, you need to be realistic about what money you need to spend. For example, if you don’t budget enough for food each month, you’ll have to spend outside your allowance.

As soon as you break the budget and start spending extra money, your mindset changes and you’re more likely to overspend on other things. Even though it’s tempting to make the budget as small as possible, you’ll have a much better chance of sticking to it and saving money if you make sure that it’s realistic.

 

You’re Paying Full Price For Things

 

If you do want to try to cut down your budget but still include everything that you need to buy, you need to stop paying full price for things. Obviously, you’re not going to be able to get discounts on every single thing that you buy but you can save money on most things. Buying used or refurbished items is an easy way to save, especially when it comes to electronics like phones and laptops.

When you’re shopping for food, always use coupons as often as possible and buy the things that are on sale. Online shopping is another easy way to save because you can use cashback sites on most major retailers and claim back a small amount of the money you’ve spent. If you use these handy tricks to stop paying full price for things, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier to stick to your budget.

 

You Haven’t Budgeted For Entertainment

 

It’s important that you’re only putting necessary expenses on your budget but it’s a mistake to think that entertainment and leisure time isn’t a necessity. Everybody needs downtime and eating out at restaurants or going for a drink costs money. If you don’t put it into your budget, you’re going to end up spending the money anyway and the budget will fall apart. While it might seem like a good idea to cut out all of your spending on leisure activities to save money, it won’t work.

 

You Haven’t Budgeted For Annual Expenses

 

When you’re drawing up your budget, it’s easy to gather all of the bills and add your monthly expenses up, but people often forget about their annual expenses. Things like car insurance that are paid as one lump sum still need to be a part of your budget. Put the money in your budget and set it aside each month, that way you won’t be taken by surprise when it comes time to pay those bills. {Check out the post How to Create a Working Budget for Your Household to see how we budget for annual and quarterly expenses using an ‘escrow’ account.}

 

Avoid these 4 common mistakes and your budget will be a lot more successful, and you’ll also help eliminate that added stress.

 

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7 New Hobbies to Try On For Some ‘Me Time’

7 New Hobbies to Try On For Some ‘Me Time’

7 new hobbies to think about to find your passion or reignite a passion for some ‘me time’ self care.

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For Moms it’s not so easy sometimes to quit taking care of others and focus on ourselves. Much less take on a new hobby. But discovering a passion that you can practice in your ‘me time’ is such a huge plus to our stress levels! It’s beneficial to our health if we get out and about and do something different. Challenging ourselves mentally keeps our minds active and sharp. The old saying “use it lose it” is never more relevant as we enter adulthood and beyond. Learning something new isn’t just for the young, it’s important to never stop learning.

 

There are so many hobbies to try, the key is discovering the one that you enjoy. If you try many hobbies before you find the right one all the better, you’ll have had fun on your journey.

 

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Learn to play a musical instrument

 

It may have been during childhood when you first picked up a musical instrument. As a child, often the desire to play comes from parents and teachers rather than yourself. It’s not too late to learn a musical instrument as an adult for new hobbies, and this is a popular time to start. You can get tuition on any musical instrument you can think of, research your local area for tutors. The internet has also become a valuable resource for music tuition, you could even learn to play the ukulele with easyukulelesongs.com .

 

Learn to dance

 

It’s possible to learn all styles of dance with local tuition usually widely available. If you thought ballet was for seven year old girls, think again! Many adult ballet classes are springing up throughout the country. Learn to waltz, salsa or lindy-hop, whatever takes your fancy!

 

Learn a new language

 

Perhaps as one of your new hobbies you would like to learn a little conversational Spanish for your next holiday or maybe brush up on the French you started at school. You have many options to choose from from online learning resources, podcasts, books and apps. You could consider joining your local adult learning language group. Another language that would be both interesting and useful to learn is BSL (British sign language). Courses are held at colleges throughout the country.

 

Become a photographer.

 

Photography is very popular for new hobbies, which many people have turned into a second career! You could develop a niche by focusing on photographing things that interest you such as wildlife, landscapes, and people.

 

Join a walking group

 

Getting out into the fresh air with like minded people will have many health and social benefits. You will discover areas that you never knew existed and see wildlife you have never seen before. Research your local area for walking groups.

 

Try a new sport

 

Taking part in sports both within a team and individually are extremely fulfilling as well as having great health benefits. Try something a little different such as rock climbing, kayaking, or basketball.

 

Learn a new craft

 

Arts and crafts are relaxing and fulfilling. If you would like to try something a little different have a look to see what your local college offers. Also, stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby offer classes as well. Check their websites or in-store. You could also try pottery, acrylic painting or knitting.  

 

There are so many more options to try, have fun!

 

 

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Easy Sewing Room Organization For A Busy Mom

Easy Sewing Room Organization For A Busy Mom

3 Steps to Sewing Room Organization for Busy Moms

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If there are two things in this world many moms don’t have enough of its time and sewing supplies.  Unfortunately, with a love for sewing often comes a sewing room filled to the brim with unfinished projects, mismatched pieces of material and a mountain of disorganized swing patterns and tangled ribbons and threads. Making the resolution to clean up and organize your sewing space is one thing but actually doing it is a whole different ball-game. Luckily a few tips and guidelines will help you to quickly create a plan of action and get your sewing room organization arranged in a way that would make even the most discerning of mothers proud.

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Fold your fabrics and sort your scraps

 

The most obvious place to start with sewing room organization is fabric. There really isn’t a right or wrong way to organize your fabrics, as long as it makes sense to you, and clears the clutter in your sewing room, you should be good to go. It is generally easiest to organize fabric by type, season or color.

Fabric can be stored neatly folded on shelves or in bins that are clearly marked with a label indicating the contents. Although bins are becoming increasingly more popular, mostly due to the fact that they can be sealed, there is something very picturesque about stacks of deftly-folded fabrics in beautiful colors adorning rows of shelving.

Where scraps are concerned, it is suggested you cut them into usable sizes and shapes. Then discard any pieces you will never have a use for. Your scraps can be stored in a variety of ways including bins, boxes, bags or even jars. The aim is once again to make your room clutter-free. Something sorting out your scraps will greatly contribute towards.

Sort out your workstation

 

Few things are more frustrating than trying to work at a disorderly workstation.  The next step in sewing room organization is to start by cleaning and organizing your tools, including your sewing machine which more than likely is due to be oiled.

If you don’t yet have one, consider adding a pegboard to your work area. This is to keep your scissors and other tools organized and within arms’ reach.  If you have a lot of space under your workstation you can utilize it as well. Add either shelves or simply packing equipment you don’t use often into bins that you can store there, out of sight.  You can keep neatly lined-up jars of buttons and a stationary caddy with your pens, pencils and other office supplies on your workstation as well.

Don’t forget about your threads and patterns

 

Although paper patterns are one of the harder items to organize, there are a number of innovative ways to keep them in order when doing sewing room organization. Baskets and bins are very useful as are shoe holders.

If you don’t have an abundance of patterns you can slot them into plastic sleeves and file them according to type or, you can simply stack them on a shelf.

When it comes to organizing your thread, a thread rack is definitely the way to go. It allows you to see exactly what you have at all times. Many people still choose to keep their threads in bins. And although there is no law against it, it can become time-consuming to scrounge around for something specific.

As a busy mom, it isn’t always possible to get things done when you want to. And organizing your sewing room does not have to be completed in a single day. It can be a project to stretch over days or weeks. And even one that you can get the children involved in. The process is as important as the end result. And if you can include those you love in it, you can end up bonding lovingly while working on a very worthy project.

 

Resources

Best Sewing Machine For Beginners – Stitch and Sew 

5 Cheap(ish) Things to Improve Your Home Office – The New York Times 

5 Ways to Manage Your Time Better as a Mom and Get More Done –  Stella Nadene –

What Is The Future Of Fabric? These Smart Textiles Will Blow Your Mind – Forbes –

Color, line & pattern – Deep Space Sparkle

 

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How to Make Your Mornings a Little Easier, and Hate Them a Little Less

How to Make Your Mornings a Little Easier, and Hate Them a Little Less

3 Tips to make your mornings easier, and hate them a little less every day.

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Waking up feeling refreshed is something a lot of people find hard to manage, and even waking up in a good mood is practically impossible for some of us! And because of that, we’re absolutely exhausted with the idea of mornings, especially when you have kids and/or you don’t get enough sleep every night. It’s not healthy, and we desperately need something to make your mornings easier!

 

So now’s the time to do your best in making sure you can start hating your mornings a little less, and wake up with your eyes feeling less heavy and more like they can stay open past your morning coffee. Here are some tips to get you on your way to having better nights in bed, and better mornings to blissfully stretch into.

 

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Get Some Easy Hygiene Products

 

We all know getting up to shower means we lose anywhere from five minutes to a half hour of the time we could be spending in bed each morning, so it’s time to make that easier on you as well. Invest in some easy hygiene products to refresh you when you’ve just been tossing and turning at night, and even be able to smile at yourself in the mirror because of the energy you’ve conserved as a result.

 

Something like dry shampoo and some some roll on or rub in deodorant would be good here. Deodorant has been shown to be more effective if you apply it before you go to bed, and smell as fresh as a daisy in the morning. Dry shampoo can also give your hair a quick lift before you style it, and make you feel cleaner for the day at the office. And then you can properly wash when you get home again, simple!

 

Try a Better Bed

 

All your sleep problems may just lie in the place you lie down each night: your bed might just be bad, and you need a new one to properly stretch out on and relax with. Sleep is so incredibly important!! If your bed is quite old at this point, or you have to clamber up and down a ladder to get into it, the wear and tear in it is going to make it rickety and unstable, and you’re not going to have the energy to even get out of it.

 

The mattress you lie down on each night might be too hard or even too soft for your body, so you should try a change even for the sake of trying to make a change. Invest in something like a lull bed to get some better quality sleep at night, and even get out of bed a lot easier because of your proximity to the floor; you could quite possibly just roll yourself away from hitting the snooze button!

 

Start a Morning Routine

 

Beginning your own morning routine is such a great way to look forward to the mornings! This allows you a calm and peaceful transition into the day before the morning chaos begins. It also allows you the time, if you wish, to do any self-improvement activities you’ve been craving. It’s a great time to read, journal, and even exercise to really get into your day on a good foot!

 

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Remember, morning you is a different person to afternoon you, so start working with them: make your mornings easier!

 

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How to Organize Your Kitchen Like a Pro

How to Organize Your Kitchen Like a Pro

4 Tricks to organize your kitchen like a pro.

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If there is one room whereby organization seems to stem out of control, it is the kitchen. Before you know it, you have pots and pans everywhere and your neatly organized cupboards become a mix of everything. Especially when you have kids, it can seem like it’s impossible to keep this room under control. But there is no need to worry anymore, as we have some tips to help you organize your kitchen like a pro. Read on to get started…

 

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Group like items

 

One of the first rules when it comes to an orderly kitchen is to group like items. Of course, you will need to empty all of your cabinets first to do this. Once you have got all of your items out in the open, you can group them based on the sort of things that are used together. For example, put your baking items in one pile, and then all of your holiday and seasonal items in another. This will help you to ensure they are stored in an organized manner.

 

Make use of vertical space

 

If there is one part of any kitchen that tends to be underused, it is the walls. You can find some easy ideas for maximizing vertical space in the kitchen here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/128985976805286806/. From hanging a stemware rack or placing hooks underneath cabinets to hold mugs, there are many different ways you can make the most of the vertical space that is available to you.

 

Throw things away that you do not need

 

If you want to have an organized kitchen, you are going to need to deal with that clutter. Get rid of all of the things you need and consider upgrading to multi-functional appliances so that you have more space available to you. To keep clutter under control, you need to operate the one in, one out rule, i.e. whenever you buy something new for your kitchen you need to get rid of something else to accommodate it.

 

 

If all else fails, consider a kitchen remodel –

 

if the suggestions that have been provided above do not seem to be working for you, it could be that your current kitchen design and layout does not make the best use of the space that is available to you. In this case, a kitchen remodel comes highly recommended. You can find out more information about this at https://kitchensacramento.com/kitchen-remodeling/ . There are many benefits associated with going down this route. Of course, you can ensure your kitchen boasts more functionality and is a pleasure to be in. Nevertheless, you can also enhance the value of your property by a considerable degree too.

If you follow the tips that have been provided above, you can get the organization in your kitchen under control. It is important to stick to the suggestions that have been provided and make an effort to keep on top of cleaning and de-cluttering your kitchen so you can ensure it remains organized and does not get chaotic again.

 

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How to Make Daily Health Habits a Part of Your Self Care

How to Make Daily Health Habits a Part of Your Self Care

3 Ways to hardwire your brain to actually want to do nourishing health habits daily.

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You know how when you’ve made a commitment to yourself that you’re gonna get out there every day? You’re gonna run those miles, or do those million sets of squats, or you’re gonna plank like there’s no tomorrow? And then you do it for like a week and half…and then sorta let it slide? You’re not doing yourself any favors, because you’re letting yourself down. You know how? By letting daily health habits be made in the negative sense. You’re training yourself to quit after a week and a half. And that’s not cool.

A huge part of Self Care for Moms lies in making sure your body is running well with daily health habits. The truth is that making these habits stick in your daily life is something that you can easily take on board, as long as you know how. It’s the kind of thing that will drastically improve your overall quality of life as well. You’re opening the door to a much happier and more fulfilled life, so trust me when I tell you it’s worth it to make these things stick, Mama!

 

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1-Talk About It

 

Studies have shown that when you actively engage in frequent conversation about something, it has a direct way of making it much more a part of your life. Essentially what you focus on becomes real and increases in this way over time. So make a real concerted effort to talk about your own health goals and fitness levels with friends as much as possible–but without boring them.

If you feel like your friends are getting to their breaking point with your ‘health-speak’ (hey, it happens), chat with other fitness fanatics and friends you meet at the gym. The more you talk about it, the more a part of your life it is. So consider this if you are serious about getting into shape or just getting a little more healthy.

 

Think about who you can talk with in your life about your health goals. Pinpoint those that are already active, as well as friends and other fitness fanatics. Have open conversations and talk about your goals. And make sure to keep an open mind if you get input–great ideas come from advice and/or collaborations when you least expect it sometimes!

 

2-Bring It Home

 

If you are really serious about being healthier, it’s a great time to find a good way of bringing it into your home. (Remember that your kids learn by watching your actions!) This can be actually surprisingly easy, and it’s something which will instantly make an enormous difference to your overall health levels.

One of the best ways of doing so is to build and design your own home gym with simple equipment– something which is actually much easier than you might think. If you take a look at garagegymbuilder.com you’ll see that you need to put a lot of thought into different elements of the design, but as long as you do you’re bound to end up with a home gym which you can use whenever you want. 

Another way to bring it into your home is to learn about healthy, clean eating. Then cook these meals for your family. Meal planning makes this super easy!

 

1-Figure out ways to bring the healthy habits right into your home in plain sight for your kiddos to see! I guarantee they’ll be curious at minimum–and best-case scenario–they’ll want to work out too! 2-Find some healthy meals and transition over from higher fat/calorie/sugar meals seamlessly with meal planning! Check out Real Plans–they’re super easy and have all eating styles and the option of recipes from your fave health food bloggers!

 

3-Track Progress

 

If you don’t ever track your progress, you can’t really be sure of whether or not you’re getting anywhere, and that only means that you are more likely to let your practices slip. However, if you make a point of keeping a diary or tracking yourself in some other way, you can much more easily make your health a big part of your life, and in a way which will really make a huge difference too. Remember this and try to find a way that will work for you. For more on tracking, see https://shapescale.com/blog/tracking/how-to-track-fitness-progress/.

 

Think about your personality type when it comes to fitness. Do you do better with a solid step by step plan in place? Or are you more of a ‘resolve to do it in the slots where I have time available’ type? Either way, tracking will be essential to keep you on track!

 

 

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How to Reclaim Your Independence After a Breakup

How to Reclaim Your Independence After a Breakup

How to reclaim your independence as a mom after a breakup.

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There will be various times in life when you feel like you may have sacrificed your independence as a Mom, partner, or wife. More often than not, there are usually positive connotations connected to this. After all, this change signifies a relationship and partnership, or even motherhood. But this also means considering your partner when making any major decisions and figuring out how you are going to spend your free time.

 

So, there’s no wonder that so many women feel like they’ve gained some new independence when their relationship or marriage comes to an end. In fact, some Moms feel slightly overwhelmed by being alone, and it can take a while to start to enjoy being an independent woman again. If you are in this position, you might be wondering how you can reclaim your independence. Here are some ways to do just that.

 

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Give Yourself A Long-Term Goal

 

You might find that creating a long-term goal for yourself helps you to stay focused and put your priorities in order. Not only that, but this can help you move on. Especially if your breakup or divorce has been slightly messy and acrimonious. Your goal could be something specific, such as gaining some new qualifications, or it can be more general. For example, maybe you just want to get more fit?

 

Try New Things

 

Now is the perfect time to try new things! Lots of newly single women love doing something that they would have never dared to before, such as learning to ride a motorbike. Of course, don’t push yourself too hard when trying something new and exciting. Sure, riding a motorbike can give you even more independence, but if you take on more than you can chew too soon, you might have to choose Brauns Law to help you get through an accident compensation claim. Other cool things you might like to try include getting a tattoo and enjoying some solo travel.

 

Join Hobby Clubs

 

Some women find that they inadvertently lose some friends once a relationship comes to an end. This is often because those friends were mainly friends of their partner. Don’t worry, though; there are ways you can make new friends. The best thing is to join a hobby club to meet some like-minded people. If you are a keen reader, you might like the idea of joining a book club. There are also lots of sports clubs in every town and city, which is a great option for those of you looking to increase your fitness.

 

Practice Plenty Of Self-Care

 

Remember that you need to look after yourself on your quest to reclaim your independence. Practicing plenty of self-care ensures that you stay physically and mentally healthy and that your moods stay as high as possible.

 

Once you finally do get all your independence back, you will feel like a completely new person, and you will be able to enjoy life again!

 

Have you recently been in the position where you needed to reclaim your independence? What things did you do? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Finding Signs of Pests Before They Find You

Finding Signs of Pests Before They Find You

3 Ways to recognize signs of pests in your home and get a handle on it before it’s out of hand.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re house hunting or simply wondering if you might have pests in your current home – there isn’t enough space for the two of you to live happily together. And, if one of you needs to go, we better make sure it’s the pests. Here is a handy guide to recognize signs of pests that you can arm yourself with if you’re suspecting that you might be in an unwanted cohabitation with these cruel little creatures; at least it is one less thing to worry about over the summer.

 

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Pests are surprisingly good at hiding, by the way, and just because you haven’t seen or heard anything doesn’t mean that you don’t have an infestation. Keep your eyes open for these red flags, though, and it should be a little bit easier to lead a pest-free life at home.

 

Alive and kicking: Keep your eyes open

 

As the most obvious sign, alive insects tend to be active and you might be able to spot them without much help besides your own eyes and perhaps a pair of glasses. Remember to check your house once in a while and pay extra attention to places such as the kitchen and the bathroom as well as the area right outside of your house.

They’re sneaky and may be active where you least expect them so check thoroughly before celebrating your lack of infestations. Do some research sooner rather than later too, by the way, and learn to tell the difference between different types of pests as well.

 

Not so much alive and kicking: Look for dead bugs

 

Another obvious sign is those heaps of dead bugs in the windowsill, around its edges, in the basement, and in the corners of your home. While the occasional curled-up spider doesn’t mean you have a pest infestation, you need to keep your eyes open for a number of bugs of the same species.

 

The more you have of the same, the higher the chances are that they live and die on the property with you. Clean it up, call some decent exterminators, and rest assured that it’s a relatively quick fix these days. Given that you’ve done your research beforehand and know what kind of bugs you’re dealing with, it should be easy enough to give them the information they need as well.

 

Smells and droppings: Use your ears and nose

 

Alright, it’s not the most pleasant discovery, but small forms of life will also leave a mark  – particularly around the house. Look out for droppings, for example, as it’s one of the most common ways to spot a pest infestation and see if you can notice any unpleasant scents of urine as well. Bed bugs, on the other hand, may leave a musty smell in your bedroom while roaches tend to have an oily odor – which really just makes them even grosser.

 

Another clear sign of a pest infestation is, of course, the sound of tiny feet running around under your floorboard or between your walls. Scratching, taps, gnawing, squeaking, and scurrying are classic sounds of an infested home.

 

While nobody invites pest into their homes, it’s better to discover them as soon as possible as they might be able to cause some serious damage if you allow them to roam freely.

 

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5 Steps to Creating a Happier Home Environment

5 Steps to Creating a Happier Home Environment

5 steps to creating a happier home environment for your household and family.

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Establishing a happy home environment is a priority shared by all homeowners. But actively taking control of the situation is another challenge altogether. While you may think that the huge TV or luxury hot tub is the answer, taking a practical and sensible approach is usually the far better solution.

 

Pay attention to the five areas below, and you won’t go far wrong.

 

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Safety

 

It’s an old cliché, but a safe home is a happy home. Taking home security to the next level is essential if you want to feel fully relaxed inside your property. Depending on your location, it may be necessary to think about protection against floods and other natural disasters.

 

In truth, though, the biggest dangers are internal. Aside from adding smoke detectors, you must also childproof the property. By fighting back against those potential problems, your hopes of enjoying your home to the max will increase greatly.

 

Privacy

 

As well as safety, you want to ensure that your home retains a sense of privacy when required. Visiting your local blinds and shutters store will allow you to cover windows in a way that brings beauty. It also provides the option to shut yourself away from outsiders. Meanwhile, building an overhead cover for your garden patio should work wonders too.

 

You won’t want to completely block out the light as this is a key component for making the home feel bigger and brighter. Still, adding that sense of privacy can help unlock the home’s full potential.

 

Efficiency   

 

Efficiency is a crucial word in all of our lives, especially around the home. First and foremost, you want to keep the running costs as low as possible. Greener technology through water-efficient toilets and LED light bulbs can make a telling difference.   

 

Time is the greatest resource, though. Aside from dishwashers and appliances, discovering the best robotic vacuums could be the key to saving hours of cleaning. If it allows you to spend more time doing the things you like with the people you love, it can only be a positive mood.

 

Storage   

 

Every homeowner can relate to the ongoing battle for space. A good decluttering session, which may include selling a few items online, will help. Nonetheless, making the most of your storage facilities is an essential feature. Whether it’s creating space behind doors, under the stairs or within furniture pieces doesn’t matter. Each of those positive steps will benefit your cause.

 

The most important thing is to save valuable floor space. Shelving and other items fixed to the walls are your best friend here while vertical cabinets are better than wide ones too.

 

Relaxation

 

While there are many demands of the modern home, it is ultimately a place to sleep and spend time with the family. In truth, the bed is probably the most important household item of all. Find the right mattress to encourage a better night’s sleep, and you’ll see many benefits. This includes increased energy as well as a better mood and physical appearance.   

 

Sofas and seating should be comfortable while you’ll want to create a layout that encourages family communication. Get those practical elements right, and the lack of fantasy luxuries won’t matter.

 

How do you create a happier home environment in your household?

 

 

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Finding Your Positive Identity When You’re Down

Finding Your Positive Identity When You’re Down

5 things to do in finding your own positive identity as a crazy busy mom when you’re down and feeling lost.

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It’s easy to find yourself feeling a little lost in life. Having a positive identity isn’t always the easiest thing when you’re a busy mom with non-stop demands and little time for yourself. But when you do find yourself in this position, you often feel alone. You can feel stuck and as if you’re supposed to have it together like everyone else does.

But more often than not, everyone else is feeling the exact same as you are. It’s easy to believe that people you know are doing great and that they’re successful. But that’s not always the case. Feeling lost can be quite common and it’s definitely normal.

So you need to be kinder to yourself. By realizing that this is natural, you should also then be able to get yourself into a position where you can turn things around. Because that’s what you really need to do right now. So let’s think about what you need to do find your positive identity when you’re down.

 

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Slow Down

 

The first thing you need to be able to do is slow down. When you’re trying to take on too much or do too much, you’re only making things harder on yourself. So give yourself a break. Take a step back and see if you can think about your situation objectively. When you take a breath and go at a slower pace, you’ll find that this is easier to do. And the more objective you are, you should find that it’s easier for you to work out what’s wrong.

 

Make Positive Changes

 

Because that’s usually the problem holding you back. You don’t know what’s wrong. And when you don’t know what the problem is, how can you move forward? So now that you’ve started to figure things out a little more, you can start to make a positive change going forward. Think about the changes you need to make that you can find Inc will help you with. As you start to put things into place, you should notice a difference in how you feel.

 

Change Jobs

 

Another thing to consider here is your career. This often plays a huge part in how you feel. If you know that funds are tight, maybe you need to make a change and do something that pays well? Or maybe you’re just not happy in your job, so changing to do something that you love should help.

 

Seek Compensation

 

From here, you should then look to seek justice. If the reason you’re feeling how you are is because of an incident that happen, then find Dolman Law Group or a similar firm to help you. Do what you need to to get yourself back on track including seeking compensation.

 

Make A Commitment

 

Above all else, you have to make that commitment to yourself that you’re going to make a change and get things back on track. It’s easy to get lost and caught up in how you’re feeling. But the only thing that will turn things around for you is the decision to take action. So commit to turning things around and you should find that this lost period soon becomes a thing of the past.

 

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A Low Cost Way to Find Time With Kids Plus Stress Relief

A Low Cost Way to Find Time With Kids Plus Stress Relief

How a local find has turned into double duty as time with kids plus stress relief for me.

 

Every Tuesday my 4 YO and I have a routine. We go to her gymnastics class, we have a quick lunch, then we head to the library. She loves the library. I can’t blame her–there are a million kid books, but they also have toddler-level and pre-school level activities plus kid-games loaded on computers. Oh yeah–and cool things like bean bags for them to settle into when they read their books. But what I think is the best part (besides books, obvs) is their gigantic pond/flower garden behind the library. And it was in this very garden that I discovered that sometimes you can actually find time with kids plus stress relief.

 

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I’ll admit that I’m usually the cranky pants not wanting to give in when the kids start to whine about going somewhere. Internally it sets off the ‘Heck no’ meter just because of the tone of the whine. But the truth is, we are super fortunate to live in a rural-ish area that has the space, and the donors, to make this garden a reality in the first place.

 

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When I say it’s really cool–I mean it’s honestly almost a mini-botanical garden. Like the kind you pay to go into. It’s kept year-round so that when spring through late fall hits, it looks absolutely beautiful. Donors keep adding little special areas that they can name (you know, since they forked out the green for it), and the city keeps adding extra special stuff that my kids go nuts for.

 

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For example, there’s now a butterfly garden area that’s specifically got milkweed and certified as a Monarch Waystation. by …. There’s another area called the Story Walk Project where each book spread is on a post so you walk and read the story. There’s also the Lender’s library which is where people donate books they don’t want any more and anyone can check them out for free to read and then return.

 

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Also, although the water is pretty murky in the pond, it’s FULL of turtles and ginormous koi fish–which my kids go ga-ga to feed every time! And my favorite part of the garden is in the very back. There’s a gorgeous waterfall nestled in the trees with a picnic table beside it. It’s the perfect place to rest at or have an actual picnic.

 

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So what does this have to do with doing double duty as kid time plus stress relief?

 

1.The kids are in love with this place.

 

Ok fine, I’m in love with this place, too. But seriously, they love it so much, and if the weather is nice, they beg to come to it. There’s wildlife throughout (like the crazy huge crane that sails around the pond), and loads of beautiful flowers of all kinds. They love discovering new things every time we’re there, and they’re getting OFF the stupid electronics and INTO nature!

Plus the older 2 girls are super into this ‘pretend play’ thing all the time. Which I hear is good for brain development. So as long as they’re not ‘pretending’ to throw lil sis in the water, I’m all for it.

 

 

2. It’s educational.

 

Besides the fact that it’s full of books, the library also has kid magazines. Think: Highlights and Cricket, and some will have the tween ones as well.

And on the outside, our pond/garden has little plaques all over it that explain what the plants are. It also has cool explanations of the statues that occupy different areas of the garden. And–this is the best coincidence ever–the Museum that backs up to the garden is called Fernland museum. It’s comprised of these cool original houses from way long ago in the town’s history that have been moved into the park. And the library’s garden has two access points to it. So you can pretty much come and go as you please. The kids also love going in there and seeing all the antique homes, and the way people lived in the 1700s and 1800s.

 

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3.It relaxes me to no end.

 

I don’t know what it is about this place… Maybe it’s the perpetual wafts of honeysuckle in the spring. Or the constant warm breeze that carries the roses’ scent in the summer. But something keeps me coming back, and makes me super calm. Visiting a garden doesn’t have the set parameters that forest bathing does, but it sure beats the heck outta sitting in an office lit with fluorescent bulbs. (Whether it’s a home office or away office.)

 

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4.It’s basically one of the cheapest forms of entertainment for your kids around.

 

Books–free. Nature–free. Entertainment–free. Educational activities–free.

Seriously-if you’re tight on funds, and in desperate need of something to occupy the kids while you have some downtime, I totally recommend finding your local library. (Especially in the summer. They usually do a kids reading program and give free goodie bags when you sign up. And then kids get a prize if they complete the reading challenge.)

Another thing to think about is that they also carry a ton of magazines (like adult ones you like to read and unwind to). So you can absolutely go grab a few of those or any book they have that you’ve been wanting to read. Then just head on into the kids section and park it while the monkeys find a few books to read or activities to do! (I sometimes use this time to write blog posts as well! ?)

 

What kinds of things do you do that are double-duty for time with kids plus stress relief? (You know, short of a Disney Cruise.) Let me know in the comments below!

 

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The 3 Primary Emergency Numbers to Have in Your Household Binder

The 3 Primary Emergency Numbers to Have in Your Household Binder

The 3 primary emergency numbers to have on have in your household binder in the event of disaster or an emergency.

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When disaster strikes, it is important that you know primary emergency numbers of who you can turn to for help. Though you might have a good idea of what you should do to start sorting things out, the trauma of a disaster can often lead you to make poor decisions or get pressured into the wrong choices.

Having someone you can trust on your side is always the best way to approach any situation and whether you need to go to court to battle for your rights or just need a place to stay the night in safety, there are some people who will always be there for you.

But also, it’s really important to have these primary numbers on hand and in your household binder to easily access.

 

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Lawyers

 

Yes, they sound expensive and just the word ‘lawyer’ can put some people off. However, a lawyer is a vital of emergency numbers to have, and is always going to be the best person to represent you in court, no matter what the issue is. They can also offer your advice and legal counsel, even before you get to a situation where you have to go before a judge.

For example, insurance companies sometimes try to withhold monies from claimants, even when you are making a legitimate claim. An insurance claims attorney would be able to make a representation on your behalf to get the money for you, without putting you under any more pressure to sort the situation out yourself.  

911 – Police, Fire and Ambulance

 

Again, they might seem a bit scary but the police are there to keep the peace and to help you when you are most in need. If your security system is going off, they are the people to call if your home is burgled, if you feel threatened or if you need to report someone who is breaking the law. You also have a duty of care to call the fire department if a fire starts in your home. You might be able to put out a chip pan fire yourself. But they will be able to clear the smoke and ensure that there is no ongoing risk.

 

911 should also be used in a medical emergency to get an ambulance to you quickly. However, you should know when it is not appropriate to call as well as when it is. The best rule is this: If you think a condition is life-threatening such as severe chest pain, a stroke or a serious accident, you should call. Your regular doctor will be able to treat anything else.

 

Though you shouldn’t take calling 911 lightly, you shouldn’t put it off if you need help as soon as possible. So keep other law enforcement numbers on hand as well, like the Sheriff’s office.

Your Friends and Family

 

Make sure that you have contact details for your closest friend or family member in your phone under ICE (in case of emergency) so that if you are incapacitated, whoever is with you knows who to call.  Also make sure these primary emergency numbers are in your home binder.

 

Your friends and family may not be professionals when it comes to disasters. But they are the best people to talk through your decision-making process and to comfort you after an incident. A strong network of friends and family you can rely on isn’t just nice, it’s essential.

 

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5 Ways to Create That Feeling of Home Sweet Home

5 Ways to Create That Feeling of Home Sweet Home

5 insights into creating the home sweet home sensation for your family to feel at home.

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There’s a huge difference between walking into a house and walking into a “home”.  Indeed, we all want to create a feeling of home, for ourselves and our loved ones. But just because we buy a nice house doesn’t mean we will necessarily feel at home there.

 

See, our sense of home transcends the value of the bricks and mortar that make up your property; and goes beyond the aesthetic beauty of your interior design… it’s a feeling.  Home is a feeling, and people have many different ways to feel at home. And one thing’s for sure if you don’t feel at home in your living environment: you’re going to feel drained, depleted, and maybe even depressed.

 

For some people, the sense of home comes from having a dog welcome you at the end of each day to welcome you home from work.  For others it’s having freshly cut flowers in the property, cozy soft furnishings, a few bottles of nice wine lying around for a special night in, warm lighting, incense, or even watching a film by candlelight.

 

These are, however, merely triggers to associate the state of feeling at home. But if you don’t take care of certain things behind the scenes, such as keeping up with maintenance and repair tasks or simply paying the bills on time, the feeling of home seeps out our house like heat through a drafty window.

 

This article therefore looks at how to ensure a consistent feeling of “home sweet home” by taking care of some of the less glamorous aspects of creating a happy home life, beyond the standard interior design and self-care tips.

 

 

1.STAY ON TOP OF THE BILLS

 

Keeping up with household bills can be stressful if money is tight.  With the increased energy consumption associated with extreme weather (i.e. the need for heat in winter and need for cold air in winter) comes a significant increase in your energy bill.  

 

You may want to consider paying in equal monthly installments. This will cover the average energy consumption, throughout the year. This avoids a rather big hike in winter or summer as this is more manageable for most people.  

 

The thing is, you want your home to be your castle not your prison; a sanctuary free from stress – not a situation where each time you go the mailbox, you dread seeing a bill, or even worse, living in fear of having debt collectors knocking on your door.

 

2. HOME MAINTENANCE

 

There’s nothing worse than having to face the horrors of a cold shower in winter or a baking hot house in the middle of summer, due to your air conditioning not working.  

 

Whilst many people try their hand at DIY, this often ends up in frustration and a lot of wasted time.  Sometimes, it’s better to call in a professional company such as ABC Home & Commercial that can take care of such matters with ease and efficiency.

 

3. GARDEN MAINTENANCE

 

Coming home each day to an overgrown garden and paint peeling off fences may not seem like a big deal. But subconsciously your brain will notice, and it will niggle at you. For it creates a feeling of chaos and things being out of control.  

 

A garden that feels “well kept” will help you feel calm and like your life is in order.  This tip is very much aligned with the psychological phenomenon of tidy house tidy mind, and this certainly extends to our garden, in fact, our cars too.

 

4. NEIGHBORS

 

No matter how hard you try, you’re not going to get on with everyone.  However, you don’t need to become best friends with your neighbors. You can instead keep things at the level of socially polite. In doing so you’ll create a sense of warmth and community between you which will pay dividends in terms of facilitating the feeling of “home sweet home” you crave. This is particularly true when you consider the alternative, which is to bicker with your neighbors.

 

5. CLEAN & TIDY

 

Keeping your home clean and tidy sounds simple enough. But often, when you don’t get a hold on this it gets a hold on you. And an untidy house can snowball out of control when left for a few days, becoming such a chaotic mess, that you don’t know where to begin.  It can feel so overwhelming that you never get started.

The trick here, is to either employ a cleaner that undertakes a moderately deep clean, each week, or for you to do it yourself… with the mantra of little and often.

 

I hope these tips help you to instill a deeper feeling of home for you and your family!

 

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Where to Spend Money Even When Funds are Tight

Where to Spend Money Even When Funds are Tight

4 smart places to spend money even when funds are tight in your budget or income.

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Running a family is a tough job, especially when funds are tight. As you have the keys to the vault, it’s your job to spend yet to do it responsibly. It’s the equivalent of letting a teen get behind the wheel of a car and expecting them to drive slow. It’s pretty unrealistic. Still, the family depends on you and your partner to make the correct financial decisions, so you have to continue with semi-reckless abandon. Does the thought of this fill you with fear? It should because it’s not an easy balance to get right. Here’s how to validate spending when funds are tight.

 

 

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Security

 

A home is a castle. As such, it should never feel unsafe or intimidating. Tucked away from the outside world, everyone should trust they are secure. However, there are times when this isn’t the case. Take a broken door or window as an example. Cracks in the wood/glass or frame make it a prime target for burglars. Replacement windows and doors, then, are imperative to stop a break-in. To take it one step further, homeowners can invest in security gadgets such as cameras and apps. If crime is an issue in the neighborhood, there is no need to feel guilty about splashing the cash.

 

Mobile Apps

 

Aren’t they free? No, some are but others charge. And, as you can imagine, the ones that cost are expensive and effective. There is good news – an app may be able to save you money when funds are tight. Consider energy bills for a moment. Now that the summer is here, gas and electricity usage will be low, but suppliers still increase their rates. A mobile meter, one that syncs to a phone, allows the user to tweak the settings depending on the circumstances. For instance, the home is empty so you turn the electricity off completely. This is a massive money-saver.

 

Dietary Health

 

Parents must set a positive food example for their kids. Otherwise, they’ll eat junk and grow up as a cautionary tale. The problem is that buying processed meat and microwavable meals are cheap and easy. All one has to do is throw it in the cart then transfer it to the microwave and press start. Moms should understand that splashing out a little more on healthy ingredients is an investment for the future, even when funds are tight. You’re banking on your kids learning about healthy eating and developing a hearty routine. Home cooked meals are well worth the expense in the short and long-term.

Healthy eating is also an important part of self care, and an excellent example to your kids to learn about staying healthy as a part of self care as well.

 

Emotional Release

 

Everyone, including moms, need to relieve stress. Stress release is a super important part of self care. The kids have sports clubs, and the hubby has his man cave yet you have nothing. This has to change pronto for the sake of the family. Seriously, going for drinks with the girls seems indulgent but it’s the break you deserve. Without a way to detox, your mind will be cluttered and you’ll make bad financial decisions. Find a way to release the energy, Moms.

 

Where does the bulk of your budget go? Let me know in the comments below!

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How to Organize Your Money Right Now

How to Organize Your Money Right Now

3 places to start to organize your money in your household finances to get the most impact.

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Do you know how to organize your money in your household finances? Probably not. Organizing money is a tricky situation to deal with, and the more we try, the more we seem to fail. If you’re someone who does a week by week money plan, you’ll know how every week you throw it in the bin, and start all over again because you’ve got out of budget. One of the main reasons we seem to do this is because of the temptation we face. Not only that, but thinking of all the things that we need to spend money on during the month can sometimes be hard, especially when things just keep popping up left right and centre that we have to pay for. But enough is enough. We’re here to organize your finances for you, and finally try and put you in a good place with money.

 

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Are You Clearing Debt

 

If the answer to this is no, then you’re going about things all wrong. Debt is one of the biggest worries and stress that a lot of people have in their lives. But what are they doing to actively clear it? Nothing. If anything, they’re just adding it whilst buying things that they really can’t afford.

Don’t let this be you. Get in touch with companies such as personalloan.co and see if you can get a debt consolidation loan to try and get your money more managed. You don’t need a good credit score with companies like this, which is really going to go in your favour. If you’re in debt, you’re most likely going to have a pretty much credit score due to all the under payments that you will have made, and the fact that you have so much money owed against your name. At least with debt consolidation, it’s all in one place for you to manage.

 

Are Your Prioritizing Things

 

If you aren’t prioritizing things right, then you’re going to get yourself in hot water pretty quick. First in the pecking order is definitely bills. You have to make sure you’ve got everything each month ready for when it comes out of your account. If you feel as though your bills are too high, see if you can keep home costs down. Then comes things like the money needed to run your car, and the money for expenses such as food. Next should come a little bit of money to put in your savings, something everyone seems to miss out. Then comes the things that you can treat yourself with. But don’t put too much aside for this. You want to try and leave some money spare, just in case something goes wrong and you need the extra money.

 

Do You Have Savings?

 

So, we’ve talked about putting money aside when prioritizing things, but how well do you actually do this? Some people have actually mastered the art, whereas other seem to struggle with keeping money in a savings fund. Go and visit your local bank (or look online) and see what savings accounts they have available. Some will give you a better interest rate, and some will keep it locked for you so you can’t get in and out of it.

 

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How I Meal Plan at Home with 16+ Food Allergies Between 3 People

How I Meal Plan at Home with 16+ Food Allergies Between 3 People

The meal plan service I use to do meal planning with 16+ allergies and cook the same meal for 5 people, in any combination of dietary style.

 

Meal planning is known to be a super stressful thing for moms on a daily basis. I’ve been through the paper method of meal planning (which I revert back to periodically), and the electronic method (which I use when I feel like I already have enough recipes to suffice). But the meal plan service that I love more than any I’ve tried (and I’ve tried many) is called Real Plans.

 

The meal planning service I use to meal plan and cook with over 16 food allergies. + get a free health pantry makeover packet

 

Here’s the thing–this is a big deal. Because there are 3 of us in this household with food allergies. And it’s no easy feat to cook for everybody! Here’s our current list of allergies:

Myself: wheat, dairy, avocado, almonds, oats, moldy cheese, egg

8YO: wheat, dairy, apples, rice, moldy cheese, egg, soy, chocolate

10YO: celiac (so no gluten, period), peanuts, (just now got out of corn allergy)

I’d feel faint just looking at this list knowing I had to cook for everybody, except that Real Plans is the meal plan service that has saved my life.

**AND JUST KNOW–this meal plan service would STILL be saving my life even if we didn’t have food allergies!! The customization in this program is amaze-balls!! Think: picky eaters. Yep.

And I’ve made a video to walk you through setting up an account. It shows how easy it is to navigate, make it personal, and use this service to make your life a million times easier at meal planning time, dinner-time, and shopping time!

 

Watch how easy it is to set this up the Real Plans meal plan service and use it for endless opportunities meal planning!

 

 

 

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Are You Able to Truly Relax in Your Home?

Are You Able to Truly Relax in Your Home?

4 Ways to Finally Be Able to Fully Relax in Your Home.

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If you genuinely care about looking after yourself, you will almost certainly want to make sure that you are able to fully relax in your home. Yet, so many homes do not actually make it easy to do so. The fact is that if you can’t relax in the home, then it is unlikely you will be able to relax anywhere. And being able to spend some time in relaxation is a hugely important facet of looking after yourself. For that reason, it’s worth making sure that you can truly relax and unwind in your home – and that is what we are going to look at today. Here are some pieces of advice on relaxing in the home, no matter what might be going on in your life more generally.

 

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Carve Out Your Own Space

 

Everyone needs their own space to relax in. And if you don’t feel you have this, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to truly unwind and let the day’s stresses go. The space you choose can be anything at all, but you should make sure that it is somewhere where you can be truly comfortable. But also somewhere which you feel most of an affinity to. For many people, this space in the home would be the garden, and if that is true for you you should make sure that it is full of things which calm you and make you happy. If you take a look at garden-fountains.com you will see that there are many statues and fountains which you can buy which can help to keep you relaxed and focused on yourself. Consider these if you want to carve out that space as best as you van for yourself.

 

Surround Yourself With Memories

 

A big part of being able to relax in the home is being able to recall many happy memories, and this is something you can fortunately do quite easily in your own home. The simple way is make sure that you have a lot of photographs around of your happy memories. And in that way you will be much more likely to completely be able to relax in your home. However you do it, this is an important element of relaxation, so you should be careful not to overlook it. Try and make it happen for wherever you might want to try and unwind in your home. Even if that is somewhere you might not normally have these kinds of mementos.

 

Be Comfortable

 

Without comfort, you will find it very hard indeed to be able to relax, so make sure that your home is as comfortable as possible first and foremost. As long as it is, you will find it much easier to be able to relax fully, so it is definitely worth making sure that you can do so anywhere in the home where you might want to try and relax. Get this right and it will really make a world of difference to your relaxation – and your health more generally.

 

Get Rid of Clutter

 

Visual clutter is one of the number one reasons people can’t relax in a space. It causes stress, and therefore makes it nearly impossible to truly unwind. If you feel like you’re drowning in paperwork, have random things lying around all the time that don’t have a specific ‘place’, or just feel like you  have too much stuff in general, consider minimalizing. It’s a great way to offload things that could be of use to others. Plus it clears your space and your mind to be able to relax in your own home.

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Planning for Unexpected Home Disasters

Planning for Unexpected Home Disasters

4 unexpected home disasters, and how to plan for them.

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There comes a time in home ownership where things will go wrong that you haven’t expected or planned for. It might be that you’ve taken out repairs on something but the job wasn’t good enough. It could be bad weather that causes unforeseen damage, someone taking advantage and destroying your home, a fire, a water leak, anything. The thing is, we have no idea when disaster will strike in our home. So I thought I would share some common scenarios with you and a few tips on planning for unexpected home disasters.

 

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Issues with ongoing repairs

 

One of the first things you may find that you have to deal with is issues with ongoing repairs. Maybe you had something that needed to be fixed already, such as a roof after damage had been caused. You organised for it to be fixed and then it became apparent that it wasn’t fixed as well as it should have been. This is when you may need to think about a how to correctly file a roof replacement insurance claim to ensure you get some compensation and that the job can finally be done correctly. A damaged roof can cause other issues in your home. It might have been other things such as damaged walls, problems with heating systems, etc. But if they are not fixed right first time you don’t need to accept what has happened.

 

Bad weather causing damage

 

There is also the possibility of the damage occurring in the first place and this can be quite an issue to overcome. Bad weather especially can be a huge problem to your home. A lot of rainfall, storms, even more horrendous natural disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes can all cause severe damage to our homes and cause us to need emergency repairs to put them right. Weather disasters can also strike when we are not expecting it, or with very little warning to try and protect our homes as best we can. If you live in an area that is prone to certain types of weather it may be advisable to invest in some sort of weather proofing as an added extra measure.

 

Burglary

 

It can be quite devastating to come home to find that someone else has been in it, damaged the place and stolen some of your loved belongings. It really isn’t a nice experience to ever have to go through. Damage can be caused to all aspects of your home including doors, windows being smashed, and damage to the inside. While you can never predict this disaster striking, you can do what you can to better secure your home. That might be a new alarm system, fitted security cameras and ensuring that the boundaries and gates are in good condition.

 

Pests taking over your home

 

Finally, pests can be a real pain if not dealt with quickly. Rats, mice, cockroaches and termites, to name a few, can take over your home and can even cause damage. If you think there is an infestation in your home, act fast. The sooner you get professionals to handle it, the better. They will then seal up any entry point to help avoid it happening again.

 

I hope that these tips help you overcome issues if disaster strikes in your home.

 

 

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