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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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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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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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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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 3

Congratulations on making it halfway through the 31 Day Organizational Challenge: Life Edition.  This week we will focus on the mess in our tech lives.  Our computers, smart phones and files can become so messy, yet so much of our life is wrapped up and dependent on technology.  Getting organized in this area will have an incredibly positive effect on your life, so let’s get started!

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Our Favorite Lunchbox Ideas and Must Haves

If you are like the majority of moms, you find it challenging to achieve the balance between healthy, tasty and what our kids will actually eat when it comes to packed lunches. Some children have issues with textures, others with taste, then there are kids who are picky about how their food looks. Today we have put together a few lunchbox ideas that incorporate all three issues while still exposing them to different smells, tastes and textures and keeping their lunch fun, themed and healthy.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 2

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Week 2 has arrived and it’s time to start organizing two major categories that some love and some hate: Food and Fitness. Summer is a great time to go through recipes and rework your meal planning strategy, so you’re all ready when school starts back up and family dinner nights can re-appear, but more organized and delicious than ever.

Sure, organizing the exercise part of your life probably should have happened months ago, unless you were on the ball and you’re already rocking your beach bikini body. But, it’s always a good idea to take a hard look at how you work out and hey, you may realize you need to tweak some parts of your routine or actually begin exercising for the first time in 10 years! There’s never a better time than now to start. So here we go.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 1

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Welcome to Week 1 of our latest 31 Day Organization Challenge! This summer we’re not only going to be lounging poolside, we’re going to push up our sunglasses and dive into organizing parts of our life. Summer break is a great time to get a head start on the school year and the fall season, so by putting in a few hours of work this month, you can begin the later half of the year freshly organized and ready to go!

This week we’re organizing The Essentials: those pieces of your life that you use on a daily basis that probably tend to collect more clutter and become disheveled easier and quicker than anything else.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition

It’s SUMMER! The kids are out of school, the weather is gorgeous, and you’re spending every evening on the front porch drinking a spiked lemonade without a care in the world. With the joys of summer also comes the free time of summer. If you’re sticking close to home this month, why not use some of that extra time in a productive and satisfying way?

That’s right, we’re launching another 31 Day Organization Challenge! If you joined us at the beginning of the year for our 31 Day Organization Challenge: House Edition and loved the motivation and intensity of whipping your house into tip top shape, then come along with us this summer while we organize pieces of our everyday life.

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DIY: Magnet Board

With school out for the summer, it’s always nice to have a few educational-but-still-fun tricks up your sleeve. Enter: the magnet board. It’s inexpensive, easy, fun, customizable and, best of all — removable! Here’s how to make and customize your own; plus, a some activities your kids can do once it’s up.

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