De-Clutter & Have A Yard Sale

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Since I started de-cluttering my house, I have made many, many HUGE messes!  Here's a shot of my kitchen on the day that I pulled everything out of the cabinets during my de-cluttering session.  Thankfully I had many bags of trash to throw out as well as a few bags of donation items.  The pantry and baking cabinet had many expired items such as baking items and boxes of jello.  As far as donation items, you should have seen my sports water bottle … [Read more...]

What Makes You A Proud Parent?

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What makes you a proud parent?  Is it when you see your children achieve their goals?  When they climb higher and higher to reach better destinations?  Is it when they are doing well in school or becoming their own person?  Is it when they use manners in public?  Sometimes we tend to focus on the negative more than the positive.  As parents, we often end up criticizing to fix a bad behavior rather than celebrate the good behaviors our children … [Read more...]

Use Your Driveway For A Workout

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If you read my blog often, you know that I like to go to the gym on a weekly basis.  This past weekend, we visited family which kept me away from the gym, so I thought I'd share my "home" workout with you.  If you do not live in an area with walking trails, driveways come in handy for daily walking/jogging depending on their size / layout. In order to beat the summer heat, it is best to go for your walk early in the morning.  If you are not a … [Read more...]

Ten Shows You Need to Binge Watch This Summer

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The primary network seasons (fall, winter/spring) are done and we’re heading into the summer. If you’re a fan of reality television, this is good news for you since there is very little in the way of scripted (well, blatantly scripted and not pretending to be unscripted but is actually scripted but shhhh don’t tell anybody type scripted) television on during the summer months. Sure TBS, TNT and even USA will sometimes crank out a hit like … [Read more...]

Music Adds Energy To Family Workouts

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Summer is here and it is now much harder to go to the gym and keep in line with your regular workout schedule.  In order to stay in shape over the summer months, you need to find ways to involve your family in your workouts in order to fit your workout time into your hectic summer schedule. When is the last time you invited your child to workout alongside you?  Come up with a fun workout for you and your child to do throughout the week. … [Read more...]

Four Healthy Snack Ideas

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It can be really hard to come up with healthy snacks, especially if you have a very busy and active lifestyle.  A lot of people will grab a quick snack such as a bag of chips or a candy bar just to get us through the next few hours until we can get home and eat a real meal.  It doesn’t have to be that way!  I have a list of 4 healthy snacks you can quickly put together and grab when you are ready to take a break and eat something. Whole-grain … [Read more...]

Essentials Needed During a Moving Situation

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Buying a home can be a very good experience, but it is not without its fair amount of stress. There are a number of things you have to consider when trying to get in your new home and among the most important is getting moved.  Most people hate the idea of moving due to the amount of work and stress involved.  In order to get moved successfully, you will have to make sure you have all of your proverbial ducks in a row.  The following are a few … [Read more...]

De-Clutter Your Cabinets

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Do your cabinets look anything like the image above?  This is what my bottom cabinets inside my kitchen island have turned into over the years.  There is so much stuff in there that I rarely open the doors to them.  This is just sad because my kitchen is lacking in cabinet space and it looks like my disorganization and love for keeping everything has caused this.  We are remodeling our kitchen soon because our cabinets are slowing falling apart … [Read more...]

Things to Consider Before Buying a Horse

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If you were to take a poll and ask adults what was one of the number one things they remember wanting the most when they were children, I'd be willing to bet that 50% or more would say that their childhood dream was to own a horse/pony.  In a child's eyes there's just something special about having a horse of their own to love, ride and care for but if you, as a parent, have been or have ever considered the possibility of giving in and buying … [Read more...]

Summer Birthday Party Ideas For Toddlers

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Ah Summer, that beautifully warm time of year when everyone seems to be having birthday parties.  So, what do you do when your own child's birthday rolls around?  You get creative of course! You want the birthday party to be fun, and with a bunch of toddlers running around it may seem like the furtherest thing from fun, but here's some ideas that should helps take the stress away. Pass The Parcel This age old game offers fun for all … [Read more...]

Questions To Ask When Ordering New Windows

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A few months ago we decided to replace the windows in our home.  The drafts were horrible and many of them were extremely hard to open and close.  Our home was built in 1995 and the windows were ready for an upgrade.  We shopped around and even attended home shows where we could speak to vendors.  We narrowed it down to three window companies and then began to shop prices.  We decided on a window company, discussed everything with their salesman … [Read more...]

Starting & Sticking To A Workout Routine Part 2

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Remember part 1? Well this is part 2! Let’s get started!  We talked about 7 tips to help you start and stick to a workout routine in part 1. Here are 7 more tips to keep you on track: Get your family involved.  Both my kids love to workout and go on bike rides with their dad.  Working out is more fun when you have a partner and this is really a must if you plan to workout throughout the summer if you have children that are home with you. … [Read more...]

Protect Your Feet At Water Park

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Usually my son and I are able to go bare foot at the water park throughout the first part of Summer, but this year the concrete is already scorching so make sure you protect your feet.  There are a few options for this, just pick what is best for you. Flip flops can be worn, but when you ride the fast tube rides, you will have to hold your flip flops or you will lose them on the ride.  If you are traveling with small children, that will … [Read more...]

Thank Goodness I Read A De-Cluttering Book!

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Does this bedroom closet look familiar to you?  My closet keeps getting worse and worse as time goes by.  I have boxes of items that have no place to be stored so I keep them in the guest room.  When guests are coming, those extra boxes always get hidden in my closet and this happens!  My problem is that I hate to part with anything in thoughts that I may need it later.  See the boxes at the top of my closet?  I sold Avon 13 years ago and have … [Read more...]

Display The Shells From Your Summer Vacation

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Going to the beach is a fun past time for  my family.  We love taking a picnic lunch with us, being able to play in the water on good weather days and every time we go we always find the most beautiful shells buried in the sand.  Bringing the shells home with us has been part of the fun since our kids were small; we bring them home, give the a good rinse and set them out to dry in the sun.  During our last visit we noticed that our collection had … [Read more...]

Environmental Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Children

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When children have good mental health, they can develop positive relationships, regulate and express their emotions well, and are keen to learn and explore the world around them.  They develop appropriate self-esteem so that they respect themselves, and they treat others as having equal value.  The family, friends, environment, and media that the child is exposed to are all important influences on a child’s mental health and … [Read more...]