DIY Quick, Easy Spring Wreath

Spring has sprung and as you complete your Spring cleaning, it’s nice to add some decorative touches to your house as a reward for your hard work. Seasonal wreaths are a great way to spruce up the exterior and add some curb-appeal. Pre-made wreaths can be expensive, so why not make your own? Making your own can be much cheaper, you can customize your colors and design, and revel in the satisfaction of something you made yourself. Read on for a quick DIY Spring wreath tutorial.

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Today We Acknowledge Ourselves, Happy Mother’s Day

Today we acknowledge ourselves, the mothers of the world. It’s funny really, that it has become our turn to raise a generation, our turn to shape the world. We all know how much work it takes to get through a single day. That is what the kids and husbands are thanking us for today. But we need to acknowledge something else for ourselves. Our strength.

It takes an amazing amount of strength to be a mother. A type of will and perseverance we never imagined being capable of. We have the strength to do all that we do, and still manage the constant ache in our hearts. The aching in our hearts when our babies are sick, get picked on at school, or get hurt at soccer practice. The ache to take their place when they are hurting, and the aching need to cheer them on so loud the entire world can hear when they are doing well. The ache to show your love for them constantly.  The overwhelming desire to push pause and bottle up their sweetness. Sometimes we are even crazy enough to want to bottle the temper tantrums and attitude problems. We have the strength to deal with these emotions and still pull ourselves together to wipe noses and remember schedules. The ability to multitask with such feelings and duties is something only a mother could do.

So, today we acknowledge our ability to keep going on with life, even though everything in our bodies makes us want to grab our little ones and hide away from the world.

You are amazing for having a family, starting a family, or trying to conceive your first child. You are strong.

Happy Mother’s Day.

 


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American Blanket Company: Wrap Yourself In Luxury

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Finding the perfect bedding is a daunting task. You want comfort, style and quality; and most importantly, you want all of this from a company you can trust. One that has your best interest in mind when you envelop yourself in the warm embrace of your blankets at the end of an exhausting day. American Blanket Company is a name you can trust to do just that. 

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Packing a 72-Hour Emergency Bag for Your Family

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Emergency bag, bug-out bag, emergency survival kit, Get-Out-Of-Dodge bag, Personal Emergency Relocation Kit–no matter what you call it, it’s something every family should have ready in the event of an emergency.

These bags or kits should prepare you for all kinds of emergencies, from natural disasters like hurricanes or flooding, to technological disasters like black-outs, to apocalyptic events like Zombie-invasions (just kidding).

An emergency bag is meant to carry the essentials for survival for 48-72 hours. But bug-out bags, emergency kits, and survival kits all include the same basic things. Keep them in your home for emergency evacuation, keep one in the car, or take them along when you travel.

Remember, you don’t want your bags to be too heavy, they should be easily transportable and easy to store. How you implement them is up to you and you should customize them to your family’s needs and environment. Read below for items to get you started.

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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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