Get Your Kids To Do Chores and Enjoy it

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s Moms, one of our biggest struggles can be maintaining our households and keeping things clean and tidy. Nothing hinders this task more than a house full of children who like to follow you around and UNDO everything you accomplish. Getting kids involved in chores can be a smart remedy to this issue- and getting them to really have fun doing it can take the stress out of the equation.

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When To Replace Common Household Items

When To Replace Common Household Items

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Have your allergies been bothering you more than usual? Are you having trouble getting rid of that lingering cold? The solution may be simpler than you think. When was the last time you replaced the filters in your air ducts? Have you bought a new toothbrush lately? The following is a helpful list of how often you should replace common household items and why. Some of them may surprise you!

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Proper Food Placement Within Your Fridge

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If you’re like most people, putting food in the refrigerator is like a big game of tetris. Unless you have shelled out the big sum of money for a gourmet refrigerator that promises to keep all the spaces at an even temperature, chances are your food may be getting exposed to climates that may not be ideal. Keep reading to find out where you should keep your food, and how to properly store it.

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Baby Proofing Tips For New And Experienced Parents

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You have done the basics. Baby gates are up, outlets covered, cabinets locked, sharp edges are padded, and the rug has a non-skid mat underneath. That’s everything right? Unfortunately, baby and toddler proofing your home shouldn’t stop there. There are a few more hazards that need to be identified and secured before your little one is truly safe at home.

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5 Quick Changes to “Go Green” Without Changing Your Lifestyle: Home Edition

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There are many opportunities in your house to help save the environment.  We all know we should turn lights off that aren’t in use and washing clothes on cold saves energy and money. However, if we take the time to to look around ourselves we will see more simple ways to “go green.”  Here are 5 more of those simple changes you can make in your house every day. 

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Made in the USA: Home Goods

Many Americans strive to purchase as many items as possible that display a “Made in USA” logo. However, with frequent shopping at big box stores it is easy for many products to get lost in the mix and assume they were made overseas. Buying goods that have been manufactured in The United States helps support jobs and economic growth. The following are common products, easy to find, frequently needed, and all of which are made in America.

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Coastermatic: Instagram Coasters

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Have you ever wished that your coasters could bring you more than just a safe place to set your drink? Maybe you have not even realized that your coasters could be a piece of art!

Sure, maybe you have plain wooden coasters from your wedding registry, or perhaps your husband has been storing some of the cardboard coasters from his favorite bar on your coffee table. But do these really mean anything to you? They certainly don’t bring a smile to your face every time they are used. But is there any product that can make you think differently about coasters? We certainly think so!

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DIY: Fireplace Mantle

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 If you find yourself in a home that doesn’t have a mantle shelf over your fireplace, you may feel like you’re out of luck. However, building one yourself that you love may be the perfect (not to mention frugal) solution to the problem. The reason for building this mantle instead of buying an off-the-shelf one is that this mantle can be customized to an odd fireplace set up like this one. For that reason, the measurements of the materials should be customized for each installation. Also, this mantle was built with pine, but of course, a more expensive hard wood like oak or maple could be used as well. That will easily triple the cost, though. Don’t use poplar, unless you plan on painting it.

Hand this list over to your husband or try building one yourself.

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One Simple Step That Can Keep Your Child Healthy

 

One Simple Step That Can Keep Your Child Healthy

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You wouldn’t let your baby crawl on the floor of a public restroom or through the oil splattered parking lot of the auto body shop. You wouldn’t let him roll around in a freshly fertilized landscape or retrieve his fallen pacifier from the grounds of a busy dog park. You wouldn’t expose your baby to these places because you know that vast majority of germs and bacteria live in them.

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