Everything You Need to Know About Monogramming

Monogramming and personalized items keep gaining in popularity. Embroidery shops are not hard to find. You can get personalized stuff from local shops, on Etsy and from popular chains like Pottery Barn or J.Crew. Almost anything can be branded with your monogram or name. People are even monogramming their cars!  

Let’s take a look at the history of the monogram, monogramming etiquette and how you can use monograms and personalization in a fun way today.

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Powerful and Green Laundry Cleaning with Boulder Cleaners

SPOTLIGHT ON POWERFUL GREEN LAUNDRY CLEANING: Do you take special care to ensure that the cleaning products you use in your home aren’t full of chemicals? For families that do, you often find yourself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to laundry products. You NEED a detergent that cuts through stains as well if not better than traditional cleaners but you want to avoid the “laundry list” of dangerous chemicals that come along with it. What if we told you that we have found a cleaner that cleans as well, if not better than traditional cleaners but doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and is safe for kids, pets and the environment? Well, Boulder Cleaners Detergents does all that, plus more.

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Hygienic Kitchen

Let’s face it- out of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen probably sees the most action. (Unless you happen to have a newly potty trained child.) Yet, sometimes it simply becomes overlooked. Sure, you do the dishes everyday and you make sure to wipe your cooktop off after meals, but do you ever dedicate some time to really get all up in your kitchen’s business? Instead of devoting a few hours to deep clean your kitchen from top to bottom, here’s the busy mom’s guide to keeping a hygienic kitchen- broken down into an easily managed weekly plan that can quickly become routine (+ a few of our favorite “tips and tricks” thrown in for good measure!)

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3 Ways to Teach Your Child to Grocery Shop

This is a sponsored conversation written by us on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all ours.

Parents and kids have been grocery shopping together for as long as there have been grocery stores. Parents and kids also struggle to grocery shop together. The parents feel like they can’t get what they need in a timely manner and kids act like crazy people when they get bored going from aisle to aisle. Shopping for food is such an important task to keep the family functioning and there are skills involved in shopping that ensure that you have all the food you need and stay within your grocery budget. Why not start teaching your kids those skills right away? We think you will find that you and your kids will enjoy working together as a team turning a mundane chore that you dread every week into a fun learning experience for you all. Here are 3 ways to teach your kids to grocery shop.

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Back to School: Meal Planning 101

The lazy days of summer are behind us. Looking ahead, a full schedule looms: school, sports, work, music lessons, homework, performances, field trips, school volunteering, holidays, etc. Maybe dinner (and meals in general) have gotten a bit lax during the summer—no one wanted to leave the pool, or do any work after such a relaxing afternoon—so dinner was take-out… again.

But with all these upcoming activities on top of schoolwork, you know you want to fuel your kids with healthier food, which usually means cooking more meals at home.

Don’t be afraid, though! Just follow these simple steps for Back-to-School meal planning, and you’ll be set.

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10 Quick & Healthy Snacks For Toddlers

You want to help your kids nourish and energize their little bodies with the best foods that you can get your hands on. Unfortunately, fresh doesn’t always go hand in hand with quick and easy. Luckily, there are many food companies out there that take using the best ingredients in their snacks very seriously. Today we have compiled some great snack options for your kids when you need something that is not only great for grab and go but also delicious.  

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4 tips for buying in bulk

When you send your kids off to school, you want to send them with the best possible tools for learning, whether it be the best brand of wax crayons, or the absolute best lunch box. But, as parents, we know that all those items add up and can very quickly become too expensive. That’s why we love shopping in bulk. Read on for our best tips for shopping for amazing food and supplies- in bulk!

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DIY: Milk Carton Birdhouse

Up today: a DIY birdhouse you can easily make with stuff you already have! This craft is perfect if:

  • Your child has shown an interest in birds/nature.
  • You have an artistically inclined kiddo.
  • You’re homeschooling and want to do a lesson on nature/birds/ecosystems.
  • Your toddler is into building things.
  • It’s a rainy day, and you need a fun distraction.

So basically, this is a craft for anyone! Let’s get started.

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Creative & Crafty Activity Kits by Seedling

We know you’re thrilled to have your children home for the summer, but we also know that sometimes you need some quiet time or a way to engage your children while you kick back and enjoy the silence or get some household chores done. We love the activity kits offered by Seedling for hours of summer entertainment, whether you wish to create with your child or seek activities that they can complete on their own.

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10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Farmers’ Market

Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 4

 

We’ve arrived at the last week of our 31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition. Hopefully you are already experiencing the positive changes in your life as a result of the last 3 weeks. Week 4 is packed full of simple changes that will have a big impact on your life. Push through and finish out strong!

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5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.

Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1

So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?

First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.

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Homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream

Happy National Ice Cream Day!

That’s right, today is the day that Americans celebrate one of the most popular desserts in the country. Every third Sunday in July since 1984 (thanks President Ronald Reagan!) the USA gathers together to eat a scoop of happiness, for no other reason, we think, than just because ice cream is plain ‘ol good!

So be sure that sometime today, you join your fellow Americans in dusting the ice cream maker off and whipping up a pint of our summer delicious, melt-in-your-mouth homemade Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream.

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6 Social Media Vacation Safety Tips

As you’re admiring the breathtaking sunsets and beautiful scenic landscapes while capturing them with your smartphone and sharing them on your social media outlets, the risk that you’re putting yourself and your family at is activated.

Though it’s tempting to share a photo of your son climbing on a historic landscape or frolicking on the beach, it can be an advertisement for burglars saying “I’m not home! So, feel free to stop by and see what cool things you can take from my empty home!”

A recent survey, conducted by Friedland, reveals that 4 out of 5 burglars use Facebook and Twitter to select their victims. They further point out that 78% of burglars search media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare as their means of selecting their targets. 54% percent also go on to say that homeowners updating their status and whereabouts on social media sites is a common mistake

Here are 6 Social Media Vacation Safety Tips to help decrease your chances of becoming a burglary victim while on vacation.

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