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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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How to Do Self Care With Limited Finances

How to Do Self Care With Limited Finances

5 effective ways to do me-time self care with limited finances.

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When we think about self-care, we tend to think about meditating, practicing yoga or otherwise relaxing and doing something nice for ourselves – rarely if ever do we think about our finances, but we should! Money is one of the biggest causes of stress and negativity that there is and as such it is important that we all take good care of ourselves in relation to our finances, especially when we are having difficulties. Here’s how to practice me time self care with limited finances.

 

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Practice Patience

 

It’s so easy to beat yourself up when you’ve gotten in over your head in debt or you’ve overspent on your budget for the month, but where does that really get you? It gets you nothing more than stress, negativity, and worry. You need to remind yourself that your money worries will not vanish overnight. And as long as you are working towards your goals, it will all work out in the end. A little compassion can go such a long way!

 

Talk to Someone

 

Whether you talk to a trusted friend, call up a debt counselor or speak to one of the excellent credit repair companies that you’ll find at http://repair.credit/best-credit-repair-companies/, getting your worries out there and having some friendly advice sent your way can work wonders. So, don’t bottle up your money issues out of shame or, find the right person and let them help you – it’s so much healthier – and it will be a weight off your mind.

 

Practice Inexpensive Hobbies

 

When you’re dealing with financial issues, it’s so easy to spend every waking moment focusing on them and that can lead to major stress and depression. By taking on a new hobby (or even an old one) which requires your focus, whether that be knitting, drawing, yoga, or gardening, you’ll take your thoughts away from the money problem and allow yourself to have some fun. If the hobby is fairly inexpensive, then you won’t beat yourself up about having a good time when your finances aren’t exactly in the best shape.

 

Volunteer

 

You might be having money difficulties right now, but if you have a roof over your head and food in your belly, that is really something special and you are doing so much better than a lot of poor people who’ve found themselves in even worse circumstances. So, why not give back by volunteering at a homeless shelter, caring for abandoned pets, or giving your time to the food bank. It will put things into perspective, keep you busy, and help you to realize exactly what you do have.

 

Practice Gratitude

 

In a similar vein to the above, why not practice gratitude. Get yourself a nice inexpensive notebook, or visit https://gratefulness.org/practice/private-gratitude-journal/ for a free online gratitude journal and start writing. Aim to list at least three things you’re grateful for every day and things won’t seem quite so bad once you realize how rich you are, maybe not in monetary terms, but by many other standards.

 

Money problems suck, but they are not insurmountable and there’s no point working yourself up into an awful state about them when that will only make things worse. So, do as many of the above as you can, stay calm and take care of yourself – it’ll all work out in the end.

 

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Matcha Mojito Healthy Cocktail

Matcha Mojito Healthy Cocktail

I’m not sure a drink that’s more perfect for summer than a mojito. The mint just screams ‘cool refreshing shade’  from the blistering sun. And I won’t lie when I say that I have more than my fair shair of these babies during the summer! We basically live on our back patio while the kids absorb way more Vitamin D than necessary, and I watch (and sometimes get my D as well) while kicking back with my matcha mojito healthy cocktail.

My love with matcha is a fairly recent thing, though. I think I’ve always been a bit intimidated by it because matcha tea is made a bit differently than regular tea. But the awesome part is that it has like a billion x more beneficial in terms of antioxidants (don’t quote that exact number, lol!) and many feel the flavor is less bitter than green tea.

 

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So if you’re ready to combine some uber health benefits with an also healthy cocktail, give this one a go!

 

Matcha Mojito Healthy Cocktail

 

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Matcha Mojito Healthy Cocktail
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup powdered stevia OR 1 tsp liquid stevia (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp matcha tea
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz white rum
  • plain sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Create the matcha simple syrup:
  2. 1. combine water, stevia, and matcha. Whisk until smooth, set aside.
  3. 2. Take 5-6 mint leaves and tear apart, place in the bottom of a large glass or small pitcher. Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of the glass.
  4. 3. Pour vodka, rum, and matcha simple syrup and stir.
  5. 4. In 2 serving glasses, pour half the mixture into each glass, add ice cubes, then top off with sparkling water.
  6. 5. Garnish with leftover mint leaves if desired.

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5 Steps to Keep the Fire Going in Your Relationship

5 Steps to Keep the Fire Going in Your Relationship

5 steps to keep the fire going in your relationship or marriage so you can communicate effectively and with love and enjoy the partnership you deserve. ??

 

When I talk to other Moms that are younger, we inevitably get around to the question, ‘So how long have you been married?’ It’s funny to me that the assumptions are that since we’ve been married 16 years now, that we have it all figured out. We don’t know everything.

But we have, as a couple, learned to have some grit in this fairy-tale called marriage. And with that grit, and sticking it out together–through the good times and bad–we’ve also learned that staying together is one thing. But staying together while you keep the fire going is something totally different. And awesome. Fulfilling. And totally recommended.

 

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Here’s 5 ways to do that.

 

1.FIGURE OUT YOUR LOVE LANGUAGE, AND YOUR PARTNER’s:

So, if you don’t know what a ‘love language’ is—basically it’s the way you understand that someone loves you. It’s how you interpret someone else’s actions to mean that they love you and care about you.

Now, this is based on the book by Dr. Gary Chapman, called The 5 Love Languages, so if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you do!!

Ok, so There are 5 Love Languages to communicate love effectively. And the thing is—we have a tendency to only show love using our own language. But if our partner speaks a different language, he will never interpret our actions to mean that we love him. This definitely won’t keep any fire going-not even a smolder.

For example, my husband’s Language is Words of Affirmation, but that’s not mine. I don’t care for words. I care for action. I’ve been lied to so much in my life that I don’t put stock in what anyone tells me until there’s actual action behind it. So when he tells me I look nice, it affects me ZERO. But if he tells me he really wants to make date night a priority, and then schedules it, plans it, gets a sitter, and makes sure we’re focused on each other, and not the phone—THAT is what makes me feel loved.

So you HAVE to be able to show them in their own language!

The basics of the 5 languages are:

>Language 1: Words of Affirmation:

To them, words matter. They feel good with good words, they feel bad and very hurt with bad words.

>Language 2: Quality Time:

Being focused on that person means 1000x more than any words ever will.

>Language  3: Receiving Gifts:

Gifts show this person you love them, like tokens of your love or appreciation.

>Language 4: Acts of Service:

Helping out around the house, or helping do other things for this person is what they need to feel loved.

>Language  5: Physical Touch:

Things that show physical affection are what gets this person’s heart racing.

*Ok—so first FIND OUT both of your love languages,

And Once you know HIS language, find some things that will really speak to him through HIS language—then plan and DO them!! (This also means he should know your love language–whether now or after you’ve started using his–so that he can understand how you feel love better and start using the same strategy.)

 

2.LEARN HOW TO FIGHT FAIR

 

So once you’re communicating with your love languages, you have to understand that that’s not gonna cover every issue going on in your relationship! If you’ve not sat down together to discuss the major topics of being in a committed relationship, check out the post: 6 Essential Goals for Couples to Communicate About NOW. You also have disagreements, some have loud arguments some head butting…

One of the WORST pieces of advice I got when my husband and I first got married was to never fight unless you’re naked. Well, guess what—when you’re naked and fighting, you’re doing 1 of two things- You’re either focusing on covering everything—because he doesn’t have a right to see me without clothes on when he’s done so and so to me—OR—you just end up doing ‘other’ things than actually arguing, and the issue gets swept under the rug until it crops up again later.

So, some common defenses that we use when arguing and fighting are: Stonewalling—just going silent and not talking about it; Over-generalizing-saying, ‘well you ALWAYS, or you NEVER’. ; and Redirecting blame—which is when, as an issue is brought up, the other person finds some way that it either wasn’t their fault or they were justified because of something you did first.

These things are crazy counterproductive, and they breed resentment.

We have to OWN our actions, and learn how to fight fair to get things truly resolved.

We also need to understand that our kids are WATCHING what we do, and how we do it. So they’re LEARNING about relationships from US. They learn to either respect, or disrespect, their potential life partner by the actions and words that you teach them.

And then the last thing about fighting that I think all couples should implement is some kind of like ritual or routine for when you’ve worked something out. Kinda like the whole, ‘Kiss and make up’ cliché. But in all seriousness, I want to have some physical connection—even if it’s just a real hug after we’ve argued to know that we’re both truly ok with the outcome of the fight.

 

3. Nip the resentment monster ASAP!

 

Ok, this is another heavy one, but it feeds from the Fighting Fair step. When you don’t fight fair, and you don’t resolve things, you get resentment. Resentment tends to build through the years in relationships. Resentment happens for all kinds of things. Plus it definitely inhibits you to keep the fire going in your relationship.

My recommendation for any couple that has resentment between them

is to go ahead and list ‘all the things’, then try to talk through them one at a time using reflective listening. This is going to take being able to do 2 things: FORGIVE , and APOLOGIZE yourself.

I say this one for step #3 because, this is a THING that you must be able to communicate while fighting fair to get through. So if you’re using your love languages appropriately, and then learning to fight fair, you should be able to get through this.

Then list the things you APPRECIATE about your partner. And do your ‘kiss and make up’ routine! It tends to be reallllly good after that kinda session!!! ?

 

 

4. WRITE SOME LOVE NOTES!

 

First of all—a handwritten love note shows that you’re thinking of your partner

Second of all—it demonstrates a bit of spontaneity. Which can lead to all kinds of other spontaneous acts. <wink>

Third—It shows you’re putting in the effort—These things have to be written ahead of time, then hidden in places your partner will find them, Right? That takes planning! He will recognize that!

So if you want to use this opportunity to tell him something romantic, or say thank you for something, or even apologize—those are all great things to use this for. BUT-it’s also a kinda steamy way to do naughty texting-but without the tech!

(My husband doesn’t like the naughty texting because he gets flustered since he’s frequently in meetings or dinners. But a well-written note hidden in his suitcase is always fun!)

So think of some other places to hide these that the kids won’t stumble upon: The car, under his pillow, beside his toothbrush, in any type of bag he uses regularly (like golf or a briefcase), or a toolbox. Anywhere he regularly goes into, write something up and leave it there for him to find. We used to leave notes on the windshield for each other, and it was always this like, giddy feeling to come out from something totally serious and boring to find a handwritten love note. So think about WHAT you want to say, WRITE the thing, then figure out where to PLACE it.

 

5. COMMIT TO NIGHTLY PILLOW TALK

 

Having a designated time to connect daily is super important to keep the fire going in any relationship. But when we do it in the time we’re in bed, next to each other, where we can touch and talk face to face in the quiet, uninterrupted—it has profound effects on the connection we have. And is especially good to keep the fire going in any relationship.

But you have to remember—it’s bed time! You don’t need anything to get your blood pressure spiking, or hurt anyone’s feelings or cause stress at this time. So think about good things you want to share with each other:

What happened today that was awesome? What things about your future together are you dreaming about? What’s something you super appreciated that your partner did today? What’s a heart-squeezy memory you were thinking about today? What new thing would like to try? What past struggle have two conquered that had a happy ending? Keep it happy, and positive, and upbeat.

 

Obvs I can’t promise this will help every issue in your marriage, but understanding the crazy effect that communication and knowing your love language and using it has on your marriage is an amazing first step!

 

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Being married for 16 years doesn’t automatically mean my hubbie and I don’t have fighting and aren’t occasionally troubled with each other. These 5 strategies improved our communication + love + increase intimacy, keep the fire going to keep it hot, and meet our relationship goals. #1 is the best advice I’ve ever gotten for women or wives for a more peaceful marriage (and sleep!) Do you do any of these? (Def recommend starting with #1!)

 

 

Avoid Bumps and Potholes on Road-Trips with Kids

Avoid Bumps and Potholes on Road-Trips with Kids

You might be thinking about going on a travel adventure with the kids this weekend or through the summer. Sounds like fun right? Just take to the roads and go wherever the wind is blowing or something a little less corny. While road trips with kids can be a fun travel adventure to do with your kids, it can also be a nightmare. Here’s how to plan a trip with kids to make sure that this isn’t the case. Let’s get started with the big one.

 

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Are We There Yet?

 

No parent wants to hear this when they are driving down the road and only left the house a few minutes ago. It may sound like a cliche, but kids really will ask you this what will seem like a million times before you reach your destination. Why is this? Bored kids don’t like long rides where they have nothing to do, and while you might be enjoying the scenery, they’ll find that annoying you is far more entertaining.

There are a few ways to handle this issue. First, you can think about playing games with the kids or even putting some fun sing-along music on your iPhone to play through your speakers. That could be enough to keep them amused for at least a couple of hours. But it can still be distracting, and this might be dangerous.

Instead, then you might want to think about getting some screens for the back of your seat. That way, the kids can watch Spongebob while you enjoy a peaceful drive and the occasional giggle. Don’t worry about older kids. They’ll be glued to their phone, and you’ll just have to suffer the occasional sigh when you drive in an area with no signal.

Another fun activity on road trips with kids is to let them journal or draw. If you’ve made a bucket list as a family, it’s fun for them to each have their own Bucket List Journal to write and draw about their adventures!

 

It’s Road Trips with Kids, Not A Retreat

 

What’s the difference between a trip and a retreat? A retreat is for total relaxation. On road trips with kids, you have to still be on your guard. You need to keep an eye on your kids and make sure that you are keeping them safe.

You also need to keep your behavior under control as well. On a retreat, you can have a glass of wine with your evening meal or enjoy a beer before bedtime. When you take a trip with the kids, it’s best not to do this. Even one glass could accidentally put you over the limit. Skinner Law Firm and similar practices have seen multiple cases where people haven’t realized they were over the limit. Don’t forget, one glass won’t always mean you are fine. That’s why it’s best to avoid it completely on a road trip.

 

Health Havoc

 

Finally, you might be interested in making sure your kids continue to eat healthily on road trips with kids. But you’ll quickly find that the restaurants on the highway have other ideas in mind. And it makes it especially harder when you have family members with food allergies. That’s why it’s best to pack a lunch or check out the roads you’ll be using online before you go to find healthy stop off points. Planning ahead you can find great restaurants that serve the quality of foods you want to feed your kids.

 

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Being an Ally When a Friend is Struggling

Being an Ally When a Friend is Struggling

4 Important Tips in Being an Ally When a Friend is Struggling

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There will be times in life when the people that you care about don’t seem to be able to catch a break, and your friend is struggling. Rather than living their lives with zest and happiness, someone you love seems to be being dealt a continually rough hand by fate. Problems have a tendency to cluster together, and it’s not unusual for someone to find themselves dealing with a physical injury, an emotional problem, and financial issues all at the same time.

 

When you see this happening to someone in your life, your overwhelming response is likely to be one of concern— and helplessness. It’s natural to want to try and help, but when the problems keep coming thick and fast, it can feel like you’re unable to truly provide the love and support that you want to be able to.

 

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If you do ever find yourself in the above situation, then it’s important to remember that you do have options. Here’s how you can help a friend who is dealing with multiple issues at once…

 

Offer practical help first and foremost

 

When someone is hurting or going through a rough time or a friend is struggling, your first instinct will be to respond to them emotionally. There is definitely a time and a place for this approach, but ultimately, it doesn’t really resolve any issues.

If you can, look for practical assistance you can offer before offering emotional support. If they have been injured by a vehicle, then you can help arrange medical appointments or read about GBW.law to see if they’re entitled to compensation.

Should the problem be a dispute with their spouse, you can help them look up counseling and therapy options.

Finally, financial issues are among the easiest to rectify; you could teach them to budget or, if their problems are above your level of knowledge, arrange for them to see a financial advisor.

 

Offer physical support

 

A text message or phone call might feel as if it’s enough, but realistically, it often isn’t. When going through a rough patch, people crave human interaction. If it’s feasible to do so it’s well worth paying a visit to your friend. This will give you a chance to truly discuss the problems, and for you to provide a literal helping hand if they require it.

 

Let them talk about them

 

In most cases, friendship is a two-way street, a dialog where you both share your news, views, and various happenings in your life. However, when your friend is struggling, it’s natural that their issues and how they are feeling will dominate the conversation… and you should let this happen.

 

Sometimes, your friend is just going to need to vent. It may be tough not to share your own news with them for a while. So it’s sensible for their bigger issues to dominate your discussions. As things improve for them, your conversations should eventually return to their normal, mutual rhythm.

 

Care for yourself

 

Finally, a small note on the importance of self-care when you are helping another person. It’s easy to neglect yourself in this scenario. So do be careful to take some time for yourself when you can. It’s easy to get burnt out dealing with the problems of others. So be cautious to preserve your own mental and physical health to avoid this issue.

 

How have you helped friends in the past when they were struggling? Let me know in the comments!

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Tips to Keep Your Home Costs Down

Tips to Keep Your Home Costs Down

 4 Main Ways to Keep Your Home Costs Down

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The cost of owning and running a home seems to just get more and more each year. Not to mention when the demands on your family change and more costs are needed than others. And while we do all need somewhere to live and do need to get certain things, being able to reduce how much we are spending can only be a good thing, especially if wages aren’t quite changing in the way that the cost of living is. So here are some ways to help keep home costs down, including bills.

 

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Mortgage

 

You rent or mortgage is going to be one of the biggest costs that you have each month. So you need to check that you are getting the best deal on your mortgages, in order to be spending as little as possible. As a rule, they are a pretty low-interest loan, though they are for a high amount. But the interest rates do vary. So shop around as much as you can to get the lowest interest rate; some are as low as 1.4%. This is probably the biggest way to keep home costs down.

 

Energy Bills

 

Next to your mortgage, one of the things that you’ll spend a lot of money on is your energy bills. I mean, even when it is warm and sunny outside, you may not use your dryer or heating, but things like air conditioning, and cooking are still going to be happening. So there is no getting away from it. You can reduce how much energy you use, though, as well as looking to switch your energy provider for lower rates. Loyalty doesn’t get you anywhere as far as this is concerned, so again, shop around and switch for a better deal.

 

Grocery Bill

 

We all need to buy foods, and all need to do so with a budget that will suit us. So if you think you’re spending on groceries is getting a little out of control, then how about meal planning to start with? It means you just get what you need to work around what is already in the house. Second of all, you could bulk buy for certain items at places like Costco, so that you have plenty in the house. Then it could just mean buying fresh things to go with what is already there, each week. Using coupons and making a lot of your own food from scratch is also a sure-fire way to make your money go further and keep home costs down.

 

Household Maintenance

 

Repairs in the home can cost you a couple of hundred dollars a year, depending on the size and age of your home. But if you look to do the repairs yourself, then it can be much cheaper. If you don’t trust yourself, the do you have a partner, parent, or friend that has the skills to help? When you hire someone external for repairs, you are mostly paying for their time, rather than paying for their equipment or supplies.

 

Have you got any tried and tested ways that you keep your household bills and home costs down?

 

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6 Things to Know In Putting Together a Home Security Plan

6 Things to Know In Putting Together a Home Security Plan

6 Things to Know In Putting Together a Home Security Plan.

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When you own a home you gain a sense of freedom, privacy and control over your life. You finally have a place to bring your family up, grow and develop as individuals. However, when you move into a home there will always be a risk of robbery. If you want to protect your belongings, your family and your home this year, here are some things you will need to do in putting together a home security plan.

 

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Get an alarm system

 

The easiest thing you can do to for home security for you and your children is to invest in an alarm system such as this homesecuritysystem.co. By spending money on an alarm system you will be able to make your perimeter safe, have an alarm when you go to bed at night and when you leave the house. Even the sight of a camera can deter a robber from pursuing your home.

 

Plant thorny bushes

 

If you want to stop robbers from easily getting in through your windows, you can plant thorny bushes like bramble or holly underneath your windows to make them unable to get in without a fight. This makes your likelihood of a break-in much less.

 

Hang a bell on your doors

 

The easiest way for a robber to get into your home is by going to the front or back door. This is why we often won’t hear the robbery until it triggers an alarm or there is a crashing sound downstairs. To deter robbers from even entering the threshold you can hang a bell just above your door which will be triggered every time the door opens. It should scare most criminals off instantly.

If you have dog/s, just the sound of the bell will alert the dog that the door is opening during a time of day when it shouldn’t be.

 

Have a safe room

 

If you have a spare room in the home which you never use, it may be a good idea to turn it into a safe room. You can have food, water, and supplies in this room and secure locks on the inside of the doors to stop robbers being able to enter the space. This means that if you do hear sounds in your home, you have somewhere safe to go as you call the police and wait for them to arrive.

 

Store a bat under your bed

 

If you are worried about someone getting upstairs and trying to steal things from your room, get yourself a bat and keep it under your bed. Legally if a robber comes upstairs in your home you can react out of Self Defense. It will give you a sense of safety even if you never use the weapon in practice.

 

Know the law

 

It will be worth you knowing your local state laws for robbery and defense before you prepare your home and yourself. Most places have similar rules, but of course, these can vary slightly spending on where you live,so  it is worth checking. If you know the law, you can be safe in the knowledge that you can protect yourself and your children if you need to.

 

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How I Wake Up in a Good Mood Every Morning

How I Wake Up in a Good Mood Every Morning

The easy ways to wake up in a good mood every morning, even when you have kids.

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When a parent is talking to someone without children, we tend to cover up a truth a bit by saying how great kids are and that they’re the best thing on earth. Total angels. But all that changes when we’re talking to an expectant parent–maybe it’s the fact that we feel like we can’t wake up in a good mood after having kids some days–but the truth just seems to spill out:

  • “Ah, man, you’re going to be soooo tired.”
  • “Sleep? What’s sleep?”
  • “The mornings are the worst?”
  • ”Just once I wish I could get woken up after 5.30am. Just once.”
  • “Get ready to feel exhausted all the time!”

 

Like we said, it’s the truth. Being a parent means you wake up feeling knackered. So tired, in fact, you feel like you’re constantly trying to move through swathes of peanut butter. It’s horrendous, but it isn’t unsolvable.

 

That’s right, we’ve been on the hunt for ways to wake up in a good mood, feeling super-refreshed and mega-energized and here is what we found.

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H20 Is The Only Way To Start

 

You probably start your mornings in the same way the rest of civilization does: by making a cup of coffee in the biggest mug your cupboard has to offer. But this isn’t the best way to wake up because, if you really want to feel awake and energized, you need to knock back a big glass of water first thing. Mmm hmmm. Before you even smell any caffeine.

 

Put On Your Jam

 

For those that haven’t heard of dopamine, it’s a chemical in your brain that makes you feel like the lovechild of Beyonce and Katy Perry – super alive. And the best way to release this dopamine is to listen to your favorite songs when you wake up which, we’re guessing, include songs by both Beyonce and Katy Perry. How meta is that? Of course, we’re not saying this will totally numb the pain of being awake, but it will help you out big time.

 

Know How To Sleep

 

This may sound like some weird advice because sleeping entails closing your eyes and, voila, drifting off but, as well all know, it ain’t as simple as that. As such, there are some things you can be doing to improve your night’s sleep. No staring at your phone as you lay in bed is a good place to start, as is replacing your rubbish mattress with something top of the range, which you can learn all about at DormReports. But it doesn’t stop there. Blocking out the light with heavy drapes is good, eating certain foods before bed is good and have a white noise machine is good.

 

Good Breakfasts Are Good

 

This. Is. The. Most. Important. Meal. Of. The. Day. Period. It has to be. It’s what’s going to give you the energy and oomph to tackle the day ahead. That doesn’t mean having a nice latte on the move either. It means oatmeal or eggs, and berries and fibers and bananas and foods that are going to give you slow release energy as well as a boost right now. That’s what you want to be eating for breakfast.

 

What kinds of things do you do to wake up in a good mood? Let me know in the comments!

 

Want even better? Start your own morning routine with the Motivated Mama Mornings 4 week Challenge! (Click the image below to read more and get started!)

 

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4 Fantastic Ways for Making Time for Exercise as a Busy Mom

4 Fantastic Ways for Making Time for Exercise as a Busy Mom

4 Fantastic Ways to Squeeze in an Exhilarating Workout Today.

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In the days long ago, ya know–before kids–I, like many of us who dream of times and lands past, used to have all the time in the world to work out. Go to the gym? Heck yeah! Ride my bike for 5 miles? Sure! Go for a run? Why not!

When you’re fit and basically don’t have kids, usually nothing will get in the way of your workouts and making time for exercise. 

However, that all quickly changes once you have a baby. Your newborn–and older kids–demand a lot of time and attention, and it can feel like an act of congress to find even twenty minutes to head out for a run. But even though you now have munchkins that take most of your time and attention, it’s even more important to not give up on your fitness. 

See, part of us finding balance for ourselves is in honing in on our health to make sure we’re feeling awesome. But the other part to that is that when we feel good physically, we’re able to mentally handle things more smoothly. We’re releasing stress, we’re doing something super healthy for our bodies, and also–we’re modeling to our kids that being physical every day is just what you do! The challenge is usually just finding that time or making the time.

 

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1.Start In Your Own Home

 

If you’re really restricted with your time, you may not be able to get to the gym. That shouldn’t matter, though. For example this post has plenty of great workout tips for new moms, and one of those is to utilize what you have in your own home and to buy some other pieces of equipment that allow you to work out in your own home. This is a fantastic way to exercise at home without having to take your eyes off your kids.

 

Take inventory of what equipment you have at home. Make a list, then Google workouts for that equipment. Bookmark those, and put in times on your calendar to actually do the workouts in small time slots you have when you’re home! Remember–you’re training yourself to either continually quit a habit, or to finally KEEP good habits and commitments to yourself!

 

2. Get Your Partner To Help

 

I’m not gonna lie–it’s infinitely easier to work out when you don’t have to worry about entertaining a baby or small kids. (Or really even big kids–My 11 YO seems to be just as needy as the 5 YO lately.) This being said, you’ll probably need to enlist your partner/hubby to help out with the baby or kids. After all, they are the other parent, so it’s only fair that you both share the responsibility! You could even ask your partner to look after the baby for a little longer than usual to give you more chance of escaping for a workout. 

 

Plan a time to sit down with your husband/partner and talk about time for him to take over with the kids. It’s honestly a needed mental break for you to be able to work out and focus on yourself without constantly having the responsibility for another human hanging over you.

 

3. Finding that elusive time

 

It’s important to understand that 60–or even 30–minutes of exercise doesn’t have to happen all at once every day. If you’re ok with not getting it all done at the same time, there are always ‘pocket’ of time you can use to fit in your workout ‘parts’. Maybe you walk for 20 minutes at lunch, then do a 10-15 minute HIIT workout at home. Whatever the way you want to break it up, it’s still just as effective! Don’t use the excuse, ‘well I don’t have a spare 30-45 minutes (or hour) to work out.’ You can find 10 minute chunks throughout the day to fit in broken up parts!

 

1-Make a list of time pockets you can think of through your day: ex, while coffee is brewing, while you’re sitting in the car rider line at school, waiting kids at home (basically waiting on ANYTHING!), while watching TV or during commercials, at lunch time, or even brushing teeth! 2-Then figure out which types of exercises you can easily do during those times! 3-And lastly–prep and DO THEM!

 

4. MAKE time: cut out yet another unneeded ‘to-do’

 

If you’re truly serious about working out once you’ve set a goal for yourself, you’re gonna have to learn how to MAKE time if you feel like you can’t find it anywhere. Once of the best ways to find more time to work out is to say NO to some other things. I know as a mom it can be super easy to either volunteer for things at school/church/work, or get roped into it by a friend or pushy event coordinator. But one of the best things you can do for yourself is start learning to say NO. Gracefully, but firmly.

1-Look at your calendar and figure out what things can be cut from your schedule. 2-Notify the person necessary and let them know you’ve over-booked yourself. No further explanation is necessary. 3-And from now on–be SUPER picky about who you let have your workout time. Think of it in those terms: Is this thing I’m being asked to volunteer for MORE important than my workout that I do for my health and my holy sanity? (Hint: it’s usually not.)

 

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8 Household Chores to Put on Autopilot to Save 14 Hours a Week

8 Household Chores to Put on Autopilot to Save 14 Hours a Week

As a crazy busy mom, part of our Self Care has to include things like time savers to keep our sanity intact. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted in my life on things that can now–thanks to technology–be done with an app or on a website. Here are my top 8 household chores on autopilot to save you loads of time each week and month!

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1.Meal Planning

 

Oh…the dreaded mealtime conundrum. Listen, I’ve been through every type of meal planning you can think of. And one thing I’ve learned is that when you find a system that works–stick with it! The most important of the household chores on autopilot is dinners for us. That’s why on a normal basis I now use Real Plans for my dinners. It accommodates for all our food allergies–which I can change anytime in my account–and then gives me an organized shopping list. It also allows for specific dietary types–so no thinking about whether or not that recipe that looks amazing on Pinterest is Paleo or not. Just use the Paleo option in your settings.

Or, if you’re not into even dealing with the meal planning part, opt instead of meal delivery services like Home Chef. All the ingredients are delivered with the recipes ready for you to cook on a weekly basis (or however you set it up in your account!)

 

2.Grocery Shopping

 

aw, girl! The best thing since sliced bread really is here, and it’s CURB-SIDE Pickup!!! Yes–some stores do charge around $5 for this, but I can tell you, it saves me a minimum of an hour and a half by using this service! And money, too! Have you heard how you save money by meal planning and then buying only from your list? Yeah, well, I still end up grabbing tons of things that weren’t on the list. With curbside pickup, you get what you ordered. Period. This method of household chores on autopilot still involves driving to the store–but you don’t actually have to roam the aisles.

If you’re using a meal planning service, like Real Plans, just use their shopping list to order your items.

3. Ordering staples

 

Dear God, if I could vocalize how much I used to haaaaaaate buying ginormous boxes of diapers and TP and…well, any basic household paper goods, etc. No more, I tell ya! I did really love ordering from Amazon for this type of thing, but Target’s subscription service has proven to be more valuable to me since you can order the Target brand paper goods (cheaper), and also–it’s guaranteed to be in stock and the same price! (Which is the problem I frequently run into with Amazon.)

 

4. House cleaning

 

I used to think that Moms with a home cleaning service were uppity and maybe a bit lazy. That was before I had kids. Obviously. I now forego a few eating out trips a month to be able to afford a house cleaner every two weeks. She texts me to confirm the day before, shows up, and cleans like clockwork!

 

5. Touch up cleanings

 

These are cleanings in between the cleaning service. Especially during the summer, my kids track in so much grass and dirt it’s ridiculous. Plus bathrooms get pretty grimy in between. So I do one of two things:

1-Use the Roomba (this thing can be set to automatically vacuum on specific days/times, or I just place it in the room that needs cleaning)

2-Hire a kid to do it. Because they’re now relegated to buying their own useless toys if they want them. So they always ask for money. And I always ask for cleaning. It’s a win-win. (As long as they clean it worth a darn.) Because they’re learning 2 life-skills (money management/saving through work + how to clean whatever they’re cleaning)!

 

6. Laundry

 

If you’re not one for laundry service, you might try paying a little extra for your cleaning service to do a few loads of laundry while they’re there. Otherwise, I enlist my kids to help with laundry (they don’t get paid for this–this is a required chore.)

And the loads I still do myself, I use the tech that comes with the washer/dryer to my advantage: Washer has a timer up to 13 hours, so I can set a load at night to go off first thing in the morning!

{Check out this post for even more laundry time-saving hacks!}

 

7. Gifts

 

If you regularly give standard gifts like gift cards or flowers, check out services that just import your birthdays, holidays, and addresses and do it for you. If you’d still like to manage it, seriously, just use Amazon and have it shipped!! They’ll even gift-wrap it, include a message, and eliminate the receipt!

 

8. Subscription boxes

 

I already mentioned the food box subscription, but there are LOADS of subscription boxes available for everything under the sun these days. I’ll do a recommendation post listing as many as I can one of these days. But for now, know that you can order your date nights in a box, self care, even activities to keep kids busy (and they’re educational!)

 

What household chores on autopilot do you have to save time?

 

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Is Your Home a Calming Space for Your Family?

Is Your Home a Calming Space for Your Family?

3 Areas to Focus on to Create a Calming Space in Your Home and for Your Family

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A really important aspect of self-care and family-care is ensuring that the home itself is the kind of place where you can feel truly relaxed and comfortable at all times. Being able to have a calming space in the home means that you will be mentally able to look after yourself and your family more effectively, so it is important to remember this when you are designing out your new home, or looking to refresh a current one.

As it happens, there are three areas in particular which you should focus on if you want to make your home more calming and relaxing for the kids and yourself to enjoy. Let’s take a look and see what you might want to think about to ensure that you get this right.

 

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The Bedrooms

 

Everyone needs their own space to call their own, even very young children, and in fact this is a hugely important part of self-care as it is. As long as you have a bedroom which you can enjoy being in, and everyone else has the same, everyone is much more likely to be able to feel calm and enjoy their daily lives at home.

Therefore, it’s worth aiming for a home which is large enough to genuinely accommodate all the people within it, as space is one of those things that really does make a huge difference to how everyone feels.

You should also work on ensuring that the bedrooms are comfortable enough to spend long periods of time in. Otherwise you won’t really feel the benefit of having that space to yourself, and neither will anyone else in the family.

 

The Garden

 

At certain times of year in particular, the garden becomes a really important and amazingly beneficial part of the home. When it comes to self-care, one of the best places to spend time is the garden, so it is definitely worthwhile ensuring that it is a complete and calming space for everyone to enjoy as well as they can.

A great way to ensure this is to provide a space in the form of a patio, as with something in the style of lifestyle patios you should find that the garden is a much more relaxing and enjoyable place to be. If you’re lucky enough to have two large enough trees, installing a hammock is an absolutely divine place to spend time in your backyard or on your patio.

You might also want to think of having a swing and slide for the kids, and generally just ensuring that the garden is beautiful and luxurious to spend time in. Being out in nature, while still being at home, is a great and useful way to remain calm and happy in your daily life. 

 

The Living Room


Nothing’s quite as important, however, as the shared living spaces. For that reason you should really think about if you want to make the home luxurious, calming, and happy for everyone. The main thing here is comfort. As long as the living room is truly comfortable, you will be able to enjoy being there all the more, and it will form a much more reliable space for you to feel calm and at home, and to look after yourself more effectively. This is effective for all the family, so it is definitely worth thinking about.

 

 

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3 Necessary Self Care Strategies to Keep Yourself Sane this Summer

3 Necessary Self Care Strategies to Keep Yourself Sane this Summer

3 necessary summer self care strategies to keep you sane while the kids are home for summer break.

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Okay Mommas, summer is right around the corner, and that means you’re going to be pulled left, right, and anywhere else your kids want you to go because it’s the holiday, and it’s time to play! Right? Or at least, that’s their idea of a holiday. Your idea of summer self care may be a lot more civilized. Like sitting by the pool slurping on a delicious cocktail in peace, and quiet. But of course, it’s not always that simple when you’re a parent. But having said that, it’s really important that you make some time for yourself because you should be enjoying the downtime away from work that you deserve too. So it’s all about finding the balance between catering to your little ones, and having some oh so important summer self care me-time.

 

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Give yourself a day off

Just because you may not work during the weekdays doesn’t mean that you don’t need a day off. It’s very common for your kids to have tons of different ideas for every day that passes by. And while it’s great that they want to get out and do things, you also need to take a moment for yourself.

So choose a set day or two whether it be during a weekday or a weekend, and give yourself nothing to do – absolutely nothing. If that means letting your kids stay over at their friend’s house, or even your parent’s house – so be it. You may even decide to treat yourself to a spa day.

 

Get enough sleep    

Whatever you do, no matter how much of a superwoman you think you are – you cannot run on nothing. You need to get enough sleep in order to recharge your batteries and take on the new day. You can ensure this by getting the best mattress to support you and all of your needs. Take a look at enough sleep to pick out your ideal form of comfort.

Then it’s making sure everyone else understands how important your sleep is. Tell your little ones that they can only come into your bedroom and wake up once the hand of the clock is past 9am, or whenever you decide – within reason!

 

Prepare for the finances

When you think ‘summer self care’, your finances don’t usually come to mind immediately. But finances, and having peace of mind are a big part of self care.

Your bank account is going to have a lot of visits during the summer for several reasons. You’ll be engaging in a lot more things than you usually would. Think: days out packed full of activities, refreshments, and of course ice-creams.

This will all begin to takes its toll on your purse, so a good idea is to start a summer budget now. If you had already planned on going away, then you will most likely have paid for everything already, but still do this. This is merely a holiday budget that you accumulate to pay for the costs of all those little things that gradually build up every day.

 

 

Now you know how to make sure you don’t fall off the edge, enjoy your wonderful summer!

 

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4 Starter Tips for Better Quality Sleep

4 Starter Tips for Better Quality Sleep

4 ways to start out getting more and better quality sleep every night for better health.

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We could all do with a little more and better quality sleep, right? We all seem to be so busy with our working schedules these days that we need to get up before the dawn and end up leaving the office just before the sun starts to set again. That doesn’t leave us much free time to do the things we enjoy, such as taking part in hobbies and spending time with loved ones, so there is no wonder that our sleep takes a hit. As a result, more and more of us are getting a lot less sleep than we should. As we all know, this isn’t great for our overall health.

 

So, how do you get better quality sleep and start to get more of it? Well, for starters, you need to focus on the things that might be preventing you getting a good quality of sleep or making it harder for you to drop off at night. Once you have fixed these issues, then you will find you get more hours of zzzs each night.

 

4 starter tips to start now for better quality sleep

Cut Down On Caffeine

 

I’m sure that you love your first cup of coffee in the day, especially from somewhere like taylor-st.com. We all love the fact that it wakes us up and each following cup helps us keep going at work. However, all of that caffeine won’t be so welcome once you get home at night as it could keep you up for a few hours. Ideally, you shouldn’t drink coffee or any other caffeinated drinks after 4 PM. That gives your body time to get rid of it from its system. It’s also a good idea to stick to a maximum of three cups each day.

 

Don’t Nap

 

As well as trying to cut back on caffeinated drinks, you should also think about cutting back on any naps that you normally take during the day. In fact, it will be worth trying to cut out your naps completely. After all, any sleep that you have during the day is sleep that you won’t have in the evening. If you do need to nap then you should try and do so in the morning. That way, your body and mind have plenty of time to get tired again ready for bedtime.

 

Upgrade Your Bedroom

 

Maybe it’s your bedroom that is holding you back from getting better quality sleep? If you have had your mattress for over ten years, now is the time to head to montgomerys.com to see about getting a new one. Mattresses get lumpy over the years which can be a problem for sleep. Plus, it’s worth hanging blackout blinds to block out any excess light from outside that could be keeping you awake.

 

Eat For Better Quality Sleep

 

Did you know that there are also some foods that can help you fall asleep a lot easier? For instance, turkey and milk contain a hormone that can reduce your mind’s alertness and help you unwind. Honey, chamomile, and almonds are also really useful sleep foods.

Besides that, eating a healthy diet can reduce or eliminate heartburn that keeps us from also getting better quality sleep.

 

Sometimes just a single tweak can improve your sleep dramatically, so try these tips and see how you feel!

 

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4 Ways to Get Rid of the Most Common Bad Home Smells

4 Ways to Get Rid of the Most Common Bad Home Smells

4 different kinds of bad home smells and how to get rid of them so you can have a fresh-smelling home!

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Even though we’re always super busy Mamas, most of us want a perfect home. There are so many different factors that go into creating the ideal home, most of which involve the decor and interior design. But there is so much more to it than that! You also have to consider its organization as well as its cleanliness. For instance, if you have bad home smells, there’s no way it’s going to impress any friends or family who come to visit!

 

Do you find that you have problems getting rid of bad odors in your home? Here are some of the most common bad home smells and what you can do about them.

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Cooking Smells

 

You will find that there are a lot of different smells and fragrances in the kitchen because of all the meals that you prepare in it. Most of the time, these cooking smells will disappear without too many problems. However, there could be some food and ingredients that are quite pungent and seem to linger for a while, like bacon or onions.

The best way to remove any stubborn cooking odors is to install an extractor fan into the kitchen if it doesn’t already have one. Wiping down work surfaces with a water and white vinegar solution can also help them stay fresh without the use of any harsh chemicals.

If you’re regularly meal planning, you should already know the days when you’ll need to air out your home better to prevent bad home smells from the ingredients you’re cooking with.

 

Pet Odors

 

More often than not, home fragrance machines are enough to mask regular pet odors. However, if your dog gets quite dirty while you take him out for his daily walk, you might find that he brings back some bad smells with him. In this kind of situation, you should bathe him as soon as you are able to and spritz your soft furnishings with a deodorant spray, such as Febreeze.

Also keep pets off the furniture. If that’s not possible at this point, drape a throw blanket in the spot where you pet lays. Then you can periodically change it out and wash it.

 

 

Smelly Trash

 

You need to take your kitchen trash out regularly so that it doesn’t get too smelly and starts to bad home smell from your trash! You might find that you need to take it out a lot more often in the summer months as the hot weather will cause food waste to decompose a lot quicker than usual. To help you keep on top of bad trash smells, it’s worth washing the bin every time you empty it. Leaving some fabric softener sheets at the bottom of the bin will also help to absorb any bad smells.

 

A Stale Bathroom

 

Does your bathroom sometimes smell slightly stale? It’s not a pleasant fragrance and, thankfully, there is something you can do about it. For instance, you might just want to light a few scented candles and put them around the tub while you enjoy a relaxing bubble bath. Essential oils, such as lavender, lemon, and cinnamon will also add some refreshing scents to your bathroom. You can dip some cotton wool in the oils and then leave the cotton wool balls in the corners of the room to let the scent from the oil diffuse through the air.

 

Hopefully, all of these tips will help your home smell nice once again!

 

 

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6 Thoughtful Strategies for Living in a Single Level Home with Kids

6 Thoughtful Strategies for Living in a Single Level Home with Kids

6 super thoughtful strategies for living in a single level home when you have kids, and even pets.

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For most of us, when we think about where we will live while we raise our children, we think of a house. It’s the classic setup, with a white picket fence and friendly neighbors we share our lives with— but it’s also a distant dream for many families. While raising children in a house might be the ideal, it’s far from the standard, and many people find themselves living in a single level home with kids–whether an apartment, duplex, or detached home.

 

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There are many forms of single-level homes, covering a wide range of prices. So whether you live in a penthouse, a bungalow, a studio apartment, or something in between, there’s a few things you should know about the challenges — and the benefits — of having a single level home with kids. Read on to find out more…

 

Take the noise issue seriously

 

When you live on a single level, by far the biggest issue you will face is noise control. This issue is particularly challenging in the evenings, when your kids will be trying to sleep while you remain awake. And obviously this is crazy magnified if you have a baby or toddler that takes several naps a day.

When children are able to sleep on the top floor of a house, parents can carry on as they normally would on the ground floor without having to worry about causing any disturbances to their sleeping children. This isn’t an option on the same level, as there just isn’t the same separation afforded.

It is therefore imperative that anyone living in a single level home with kids takes the challenge for noise reduction incredibly seriously.

There are a variety of soundproofing options that you might want to consider; depending on your budget, you can choose from DIY methods or hiring in specialists to make material changes to the structure of the building. Either way, the noise issue is one that you’re going to have to deal with, so it should be at the very top of your priority list.

With the right sound minimizing techniques, you should be able to achieve a way of living on one level without disturbing your sleeping children.

If you do find you’re struggling, a white noise machine in your child’s room might be beneficial. With a white noise machine, external noises are less obvious as there’s no absolute silence to disturb, so such a device is definitely worth considering.

 

Don’t opt for open plan

 

In a continuation of the noise focus, it’s worth noting that open-plan living is not suitable if you’re trying to live in a single level home with kids. As beautiful as open-plan living is, the fact that there are fewer walls in the space allows for sound to travel with far more ease. So any kind of open-plan living really isn’t the best idea for families living on single levels; instead, choose to separate off each room to allow for maximum sound reduction wherever possible.

 

While this may not be the best aesthetic choice, sometimes practicality has to come first. If you’re not keen on the idea of lots of individual walls, you can always consider flexible room dividers or even glass walls— these can help preserve the feel of open-plan living, but still offer the noise control that you’re going to need.

 

Organization, storage, and decluttering are vital in single-level homes

 

When you live in a single level home with kids, organization becomes even more important than it would be if you were living in a multi-story house. While the most palatial of penthouses may technically include as much space as a house, this is unusual. And you will usually find that a single level means that there are restrictions on the space available.

The only way to deal with restricted space is to ruthlessly organize your belongings, and then do all you can to ensure you regularly declutter.

In some ways, living on a single level and dealing with the space challenges this provides will teach you very good lessons; you’ll learn that you have to be incredibly choosy when it comes to the items you keep in your house. Decluttering and organization are the only way to cope with a smaller amount of space when raising kids, so opt for plenty of in-built storage and schedule decluttering sessions whenever you have the time.

And if your clutter–whether in the bedroom, kitchen, or rest of the house–is out of control, check out this course. It focuses on unburdening yourself by minimalizing. (Click the image to learn more!)

 

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Consider external storage units

 

Most parents can agree that kids need a lot of… stuff. From the moment you bring them home from the hospital, kids require a huge amount of equipment, clothes, and various associated items just to keep them healthy + happy. Most families can deal with this by storing items in a shed or the attic, but there’s no such option if you live on a single level.

Again, one of the biggest issues you may face when you’re living on a single level is the lack of space. And this is particularly concerning when it comes to child-related items. If you find that, even with the best will in the world, you just can’t make all of your kids’ belongings fit into your property, then your best option is likely to be an external storage unit.

Many people don’t like external storage units; they see them inconvenient, and worry about the safety of storing their own items out of sight. However, these units can make a huge difference to the space you have available in your home. Just ensure that you do the research and find a unit with adequate levels of security, and only use the unit for items of material value— it’s usually best to keep sentimental items close to hand, just in case.

 

Child-proofing is more difficult if you live at height

 

We all know the importance of child-proofing when your children reach an age to explore their surroundings, but child-proofing is particularly pertinent if you live at height.

For the most part, higher apartment blocks will have security features built-in to ensure that there is no risk to any resident who lives in the property— whatever their age. You will usually find that your windows will only open to a certain degree, but if your children are particularly small, they might still — with effort — be able to escape. If this is the case, then install child-proof locks on the windows to ensure maximum safety at all times.

When living at height, you’re also more likely to have a balcony. If this is the case, you will need extra child-proofing to ensure that the balcony is safe for your children. This starts with the basic access, which should include child-proof locks on the door to the balcony. However, don’t trust that this alone is sufficient; you may also want to install safety netting over the balcony, and consider implementing the other childproofing options available for balcony owners.

 

Take weather alerts seriously (and particularly flood warnings)

 

Weather alerts should always be taken seriously – but realistically, few people actually do so. The problem is mainly due to the fact that weather alerts are so constantly issued, but rarely do they result in any real damage. As a result, we all become rather blasé about weather alerts. But this is something you just can’t afford to do when you live in a single-level home.

This is particularly true if you live on the ground floor. If flooding occurs when predicted, then your home is going to be vulnerable. If there is a severe weather warning, it’s worth asking yourself what you will do if you notice signs of flooding.

For people living in a standard house, they tend to move their most important belongings to the top floor of their home— which is obviously not an option for you if you live on a single level. Having a backup plan of how you will cope if those weather warnings do actually turn out to be right is an essential aspect of living in a single-level home.

The above applies to anyone who lives on a single level, but if you’re a parent, the matter is more complicated. As discussed above, kids tend to need a lot of stuff, and you’re going to have to figure out how you will protect those items in the event of a flood.

You’ll also need to know where you can take your kids on short notice — for example, a friend who lives nearby or a reliable babysitter — if flooding occurs, so you can be free to try and deal with the issue as best as possible.

 

In conclusion

 

With all of the above said, there are substantial benefits to living on a single level with kids. It’s easier to keep an eye on your children while they play; it’s generally cheaper to maintain and power a single-level property. And the lack of indoor space can help to encourage outdoor play.

So while there are a few important aspects of single-level living to consider when you’re raising kids, these aspects shouldn’t be a barrier to living in a single level home with kids. Millions of people live in single-level homes and raise happy, healthy, wonderful kids, so there’s absolutely no requirement to be in a traditional multi-level house for people who wish to raise a family.

 

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Get your Health + Fitness On By Joining the Summer Series 2018!

Get your Health + Fitness On By Joining the Summer Series 2018!

YOU’RE INVITED!!

Join this years’ Health + Fitness Summer Series!

This awesome series–which is totally free btw–is put together for busy Mamas like you by a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, who have teamed up to bring you a rock star health and fitness series to get you bikini ready before summer!

 

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{Feel free to sign up for both or either of the series’, but keep in mind that the BEST results come from combining both!}

 

 FITNESS SERIES:

This is a 3 week compounding workout targeting one body part each week for that perfect summer fit body within the month.

  • Week 1 will focus on legs and glutes. This ’15 minute Brazilian Butt Lift Workout’ utilizing only your body weight will have your legs and thighs burning fast!
  • Week 2 we’ll begin to develop your abdominals to slim and tighten your core in an intense ’10 minute No Crunches 6 Pack Abs Workout’.
  • Week 3 will bring in the ’10 Minute Banish Flabby Arms Tricep Routine’ to tighten underarm flab within a week!

Join a group of like-minded individuals by jumping on board with the Summer Series Fitness Workout Challenge! Sign up now to get a phenomenally effective and fast workout created by a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer sent straight to your e-mail each week!

 

To join the Fitness portion, sign up here!

 

Healthy Eating Series:

This is a 3 week series that focuses on challenges for warmer weather. But also getting in targeted food groups to help you THE MOST in your health and fitness challenge!

  • Week 1 will focus on Hydration + Protein. Get tips and tricks for upping your hydration game. Plus learn the crazy importance of protein when you’re toning that beautiful bod with strength workouts!
  • Week 2 will focus on Good vs Bad Carbs, recipes for super yummy snacks + sides using those delicious good carbs!
  • Week 3 will focus on Adding in More Veggies + tricks and tips to add a ton more into your daily nourishing meals!

Join other Mamas ready to change their diets for the good with the Summer Series Healthy Eating Challenge! Sign up now to get tips, tricks, and recipes delivered right to your inbox every week for 3 weeks!

 

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3 Keys to Living the Money Saving Mindset

3 Keys to Living the Money Saving Mindset

3 keys to creating a money saving mindset for yourself so you can quit struggling with finances once and for all.

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Being a parent, for some, means constantly being in the red. They don’t understand living with a money saving mindset. The continual outgoings on things like food, the car, as well as rent or the mortgage can mean you are constantly chasing your tail in a financial sense. What’s the solution? Is it about going without for the benefit of your kids? Or is it something else entirely?

In fact, most people struggle because they don’t have the appropriate mindset in which to save. So, how can you live this money saving mindset?

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Make It A Habit


Much like eating healthily, saving money needs to be a lifestyle choice, not a temporary measure. By making it a habit, you’ll see significant returns in your daily life. There are simple ways to make it a habit of living in a money saving mindset. There are infinite voucher websites you can explore, to give you some money off your daily purchases.

But also, when it comes to being extravagant, are there ways for you to trim certain costs? This doesn’t mean always looking for the cheapest item on the menu in a restaurant, but finding other ways to make your night out cheaper overall.

A website like www.ridester.com can you show you how to get vouchers for transportation using services like Uber or Lyft.

It’s not about going without, but more about planning ahead when you intend to spend a significant amount of money.

And once you know where to look for discounts on your favorite brands, a money saving mindset can become a habit, and form part of your lifestyle.



Focus On The Reason


Why do you want to save money? Is it because you’re struggling, or is it because you’re saving up for a vacation? If you keep going back to the reason why you’re saving money in the first place, this will give you the focus to keep at it.

We all lose track on occasion, or we hit a wall, especially when it comes to saving so much money. And this is why it’s important to go back to the original reason, and look at how much you have saved in a certain amount of time.

By focusing on that reason, whether it’s a personal one, such as for your kids, or a practical one, such as cutting back on unnecessary expenditure, you need this focus.



Always Look For Help


Help takes many forms, and there are infinite resources online. Websites like www.thebalance.com gives practical advice on how to trim unnecessary spending.

We need to have the know-how before we can make these necessary steps. Going into money saving blindly, without the resources, can mean that we are making life difficult for ourselves.

With something like credit card bills, for example, the debt snowball method is something that is very effective at cutting credit card debt out of your life. But this is a method not many people know about, which is why it’s always best to make the most of the help available, which, nowadays, is everywhere online.

Saving money isn’t just about penny-pinching, it’s about the attitude you have towards money. So, getting into the money saving mindset is one of the best ways to achieve it, but you need to live it too!

 

Click the image below to download your printable Home Budgeting Binder!

 

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How to Use Your Spare Room as a Side Hustle

How to Use Your Spare Room as a Side Hustle

Basic etiquette to be a stellar host when you use your spare room as a rental to make extra money on the side.

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For most of us, our spare room is simply used for storage. Once you fill the extra bedroom in your house with various belongings and items that you don’t need on a regular basis, you might simply close the door and forget about it. Seems like such a waste, right?

 

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a bit of extra cash out of it? Well, you might be very happy to hear that you can! One of the easiest ways to do that is to list the spare room on Airbnb. This is a site that lets you rent out your spare room to people who need to stay in your local area. These might be individuals who are on holiday or are traveling to your town on business.

 

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Ready to make a bit of extra cash? Here’s how you can be a great Airbnb host.

 

Be Honest In The Advert

 

When you are writing your advert for the spare room, you need to make sure it is completely honest. That way, it manages your guest’s expectations and they won’t be disappointed if they arrive and the room isn’t exactly how it looked on the adverts. It’s also worth taking plenty of photos of the room to upload onto www.airbnb.com. Your guests can then see plenty of the room before they arrive, which is another way of managing their expectations.

 

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Clean The Room Well

 

It is essential that the spare room is clean and tidy for all of your guests. No one wants to stay in a dirty room, and they would be well within their rights to leave you a negative review on the site if that turns out to be the case. So, be sure to clean it well after each guest. It’s also a good idea to check out the diffusers on www.aromatechsystems.com as these will be a nice addition to the room. They can help remove any bad odors and will replace them with fresh scents.

 

Be A Good Communicator

 

It’s also important to be a good communicator. In the run up to your guest’s stay with you, you will have a few things to do. Make sure to give guests instructions and directions to your home. You should also give them any necessary information about the house if you won’t be there to greet them and are leaving a key somewhere safe for them.

 

Leave Some Local Information In The Room

 

There’s a good chance that your guests won’t have been in the area before their visit. So, it’s a nice idea to leave some local information in their room for them. For instance, a couple of guidebooks will give them some nice ideas of what to do. It’s also worth leaving some recommendations of nice cafes, bars, and restaurants in the area.

 

These tips will help you improve your spare room and get it all ready for your very first Airbnb guest. You might be very surprised by how much money you can make by renting out your spare room!

 

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Complete Healthy Pantry Makeover in a Fast Weekend

Complete Healthy Pantry Makeover in a Fast Weekend

Cleaning + Organizing + Healthifying Your Pantry all in One Fast Weekend to Totally Liberate Your Mama-Mind.

 

Hey, Mama…you know how you’re constantly trying to find a healthy snack in your pantry in a pinch, or add in a healthy substitution when cooking dinner and can’t find one in the pantry? Or is your pantry more of the ‘it appears crazy full but really is just full of boxes and chip bags that are either empty or have a few crumbs left’ type? In all honesty, mine is a combination of the two on the regular. Which is why I always fit into my Spring Cleaning and Fall Cleaning an entire weekend to do a complete healthy pantry makeover overhaul.

A ‘Healthy Pantry Makeover’ is basically a tool for you to trash the junk that’s not doing anybody any good + replace the bad with way better stuff + get it all organized so you can actually find it, all at the same time!

It really should be a part of your Self Care, since it implements part minimalizing, part clearing visual clutter and therefore stress, part organization, and part health (cuz healthy food.) All leading to a more liberated Mama-mind.

The ‘healthy’ portion of this clean-out project uses the minimum healthy Rule of 3-6-3 when having anything packaged in the pantry.

It goes like this:

The item must contain MORE than 3 grams of PROTEIN, LESS than 6 grams of SUGAR, and MORE than 3 grams of FIBER. Using that rule will eliminate a lot of the excess sugars that you really don’t need while upping your fiber and protein intake.

 

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Here’s how you get it done:

 

1.Schedule it in

 

If your kids are gonna be more of a hindrance than a help, and are little enough to need constant supervision, make sure to enlist help from the hubby/partner or someone to basically babysit so you can be fully committed and not interrupted.

A healthy pantry makeover is not a ‘multi-tasking’ kinda thing.

 

2.Prep

 

You’re gonna need some heavy-duty trash bags, a cardboard box, pen and paper to make a list on, cleaners, paper towels or cleaning rags, printed labels and checklist (which you can grab below), and any snacks, breakfast, lunch, etc items that your family will need while you’re working on this project. You don’t want them scrounging around in the middle of your health-seeking masterpiece. So go ahead and set anything aside that they’ll need ahead of time.

 

3.Empty With Intention

 

First things first–you’re going to be emptying the pantry–but with intention. Your goal here is 3-fold.

1- Check expiration dates and toss anything that’s past it’s prime. (This is what the heavy duty trash bags are for.) Also check out any open boxes and if it’s stale or just looks gross, toss it. ALSO-if you find items you know you and the fam won’t eat, place these in the DONATE box (this is what the cardboard box is for-just make sure none of them are past expiration or opened.)

2- Use the 3-6-3 Rule to see if you should keep it or toss it: MORE than 3 grams of PROTEIN, LESS than 3 grams of SUGAR, and MORE than 3 grams of FIBER. (If you can’t bring yourself to throw out some of these, just put these things on your list to buy more of, and choose an option that falls into these guidelines when you’re shopping.)

3- While you’re emptying, you’ll be able to see things  you need more of right off the bat. Go ahead and get your list going for new things you need to stock your pantry with.

 

4. Clean Shelves

 

While everything’s out of the pantry, go ahead and get your cleaners and towels and wipe down all the shelves and baskets, etc inside the pantry. Probably not a bad idea to wipe down all door handles, the doors, and sweep/mop the floor in there. The floor tends to be pretty neglected in there, poor thing.

 

5.Designate Areas Per Use or Zone

 

If you don’t do this already, you’ll find it really helpful and time-saving to group things by use, and choose a ‘zone’ for it to occupy. For example, all the breakfast stuff on one shelf, all the baking stuff grouped together, canned fruit on one side of the canned foods, but beans and soups on the other side, etc. It just makes it way easier to find things.

I even use my label maker to label shelves where things go so there’s no confusion. At this point we only have one family member that can’t read, so almost nobody has an excuse to just throw things in there all willy-nilly and mess up my system. (This is the label maker I use and love!)

Another tip is to have bins for certain things you either buy lots of (like granola bars or fruit pouches.) I like to empty them out of boxes when putting up groceries so I can always tell if we need more before I shop.

We also have bins for school lunches and for snacks. That way kids know to just go grab a thing from those bins to finish packing their lunches in the morning, or to find a snack there after school. (We also use this method in the fridge.)

 

6. Replace Items

 

So at this point all you have to do is put everything back up all nice and orderly in its proper place. At this point you may find that you want to get more bins or new bins. Just put it on your list, and finish when you’ve got them in hand.

 

7. Donate

 

If there was anything in your cardboard box, go ahead and donate those items to the local food bank. You can find your nearest one by clicking through here and putting in your zip code.

 

8. Toss

 

Go ahead and get your toss bag in your trash can or dumpster and out of the house!

 

9. Restock

 

Go shop for the things you were out of, or need to replace with more healthy alternatives, and get them put in their new proper places. 😉

 

10. Explain Your System

 

We have friends whose husband always says while chuckling that he frequently throws his hands up when supposedly trying to help his wife with household stuff and yells, “I don’t know your system!” And then walks away. We always crack up at it, and then later I give my hubby the evil eye with a, “Nuh uh, don’t try to pull that BS with me.”

In all seriousness, your family should respect the hard work you put into cleaning, organizing, and making sure your pantry isn’t full of total junk. Show them where everything goes, and point out the labels if you added those. Don’t give them an excuse to just clutter up that gorgeous clean pantry again!

 

And if you didn’t get enough cleaning, organizing, and health-ifying your food situation, give the fridge a go in the SAME EXACT ORDER, my friend!

 

Don’t forget to grab your Healthy Pantry Makeover Organization Pack!

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And if your kitchen in general is a serious hot mess, and you’ve been thinking of purging and swaying toward a more simplistic lifestyle, I highly recommend you check out the Your Uncluttered Home course by the amazing Allie Casazza!

 

 

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