Throughout most of the country, November and December bring colder weather and more time indoors. After playing outside in the snow or running errands in the biting cold, there is nothing more satisfying than cozying up indoors with family. Here are 5 holiday-themed indoor activities that will warm you up when you come in from the cold.
The holidays can be a magical time, filled with special family gatherings, tasty food, beautiful decorations and thoughtful gifts. But lurking behind every lighted tree, perfectly tied ribbon and even inside your grandmother’s scrumptious green bean casserole, are hidden dangers and toxins that many overlook during the holiday season.
It’s that time of year again when we drag out the dusty bins stuffed with trimmings, stockings, and delicate keepsake ornaments. While the task may be daunting, excitement fills the air with the thought of turning your home into a cozy holiday wonderland; and even though you may not be Clark Griswold, you start imagining holiday stories told by the fireplace under a holly-strewn mantle and family members gathering around a holiday feast fit for a king with decor to match. Decorating your home for the holidays is about bringing the spirit of the season alive and creating a mood within your home with rich colors and traditions. Not sure where to start? Follow our simple steps to accessorizing your home this holiday season and making the most of your holiday decor!
The undeniable smell of autumn is in the air. The cool crisp breeze, the cider and apples are all a warm reminder that fall is here. With all of these amazing scents surrounding us, why not bring those aromas indoors by making homemade potpourri that includes some of these ingredients?
Today we share with you two amazing homemade fall potpourri mixes.
Winter is coming in most parts of the country and for the majority of people it is a very depressing time of the year. Many people think that winter blues are normal, but Seasonal Affective Disorder is a major depressive syndrome with clinical manifestations. Don’t let the winter blues get you down by following these tips.
Chances are, you flew the coop a while ago. Whether it’s been 15 years or 15 months, that time of living with your parents is gone. You grow up, freedom becomes yours, and you’re either eager to leave or you’re pushed out the door. You never really think a time will come again when you’re knocking on that all too familiar door, suitcase in hand, butterflies in your stomach, ready to tell the ‘rents that you’re back. No matter what the reason for your return, if you’re planning on living with your parents again, either on a short term or long term basis, there are ways to help make the transition and the long days of living there more bearable, if not a tad bit enjoyable. Here’s how…
Did you know that 46% of all American households “own” at least one cat?
For those of us who live with a cat, we know that they are wonderful companions and can reduce stress with a simple purr. Unfortunately, while we consider these adorable balls of fur part of the family, not everyone that visits our homes love the smell or hair that cats seem to leave behind.
Just because you have a cat does not mean that other people should know it the moment they walk through your front door. And while having a cat (or pet of any kind) may add a little more time to your workload, we know that keeping a clean house with cats is not impossible — it just requires some extra work. With that in mind, today we discuss 8 ways to keep your house clean with a cat.
As busy moms, we sometimes don’t carve out enough time for friends and fun, and if we do, it’s usually once in a blue moon. If you’re craving some lady time that is consistent, fun, and “rewarding”, then consider creating a Bunco group with your gals!
Bunco… you mean the game that my grandma plays at her retirement home? Yup, that’s the one! But, believe it or not, it’s a game that has no age prejudice, and is just as fun if you’re 20 or 80. Grandma may or may not bring the booze, but we bet she loves the quality time spent with her friends, the magical feeling of lady luck on her shoulder, and the chance of becoming Bunco Queen complete with a wad of cash in hand as she waddles back to Room #3B.
Mornings can be a rough time for anyone. Adding children to the mix can make it downright crazy, especially when one of them is six years old, going on sixteen! Do you find that one of the biggest struggles is getting your kids dressed (hopefully in matching clothes that they don’t hate) and out the door? If that is the case, today’s tip is bound to make the struggle a bit easier.
Kids love to be independent and parents should encourage that. Whether you have one little angel or ten, we’ve found that the quickest solution to make those rough mornings a little less hectic and teach your child a little bit about making their own choices is to provide a clothing organizer.
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.
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.
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!)
We spoke previously about the Box Tops for Education™ program, however, sometimes the process beyond collecting them can be confusing and daunting. Today we will give you a quick, step-by-step on how to redeem your Box Tops for Education™ to start immediately benefitting your school of choice!
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.
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.