Go to Bed with a Clean House for a Less Stressed Morning

Hello everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying your week!  We have been really busy with family events.  :) When we are busy, I house seems to fall apart really quickly!! I am not sure what happens but we are in and out so much and it’s hard to keep things in line.

One of the ways that I try to keep a clean is house is to go to bed with it clean and tidy!

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If I take the extra time at night to pick up,  we wake up feeling great and less stressed! :)  My kids go to bed at 7pm so I have time to clean up and relax with my hubs!

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Then I can spend my day doing activities, projects, homework, cooking, etc. and not worry about the house as much.

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I clear and wash the counter.

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I do all the dishes.  Sometimes my hubby helps with that!  :)

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I don’t like a lot on my counters…I like to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

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I listen to my music while I clean…that totally helps me! :)

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I wash out the sink!

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Get the coffee ready.

2011 03 25_3161 My butler’s pantry is sometime our “dumping ground” as you can see. 

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I have the kids help clean the family room before they go to bed.

2011 03 25_3165  I will also try to check the bathroom and do a quick wipe down.

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So, that is how I try to keep a clean house and a less stressed morning! :)

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Do I do this every night?

No, but I try to and when I do, I feel so much better!!!

What is you trick to keeping a clean home?



Homemade Barrettes

Do you have 10 minutes?

In ten minutes, I made several cute, barrettes for my daughter!!!

I don’t have great pictures because this was a last minute project.  I keep all my materials in this basket.  I was already in the process when I took this photo, ha!  I wasn't planning on blogging about it but I thought I would after I started.

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I just use my hot glue gun.

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I use flowers, ribbons, buttons, sequence, etc…pretty much anything that I can find.

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(Again, sorry about the blurry photos.  It really was a ten minute project.)

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We love making barrettes together!!!

They are fun, easy and cheap!

What quick and fun project do you like doing with kids?



How to Organize Magazines and Newspapers

Welcome to Week 10 of our Organize your Life series!

Organize your LIFE

If you are just joining in, please link up your blog here so we can all help motivate each other!

I am reading and using the book called, Organize Now! by Jennifer Ford Berry, to help me organize my life! :)

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Are you a magazine subscription junkie?

Can you remember the last time you actually had the time to read one of the many magazines or newspapers that you’ve bought?

Do you have several years of the same catalogs piled high?

This week’s challenge is to…


Organize your Magazines and Newspapers!

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This is pretty easy for me because I only subscribe to three magazines (and that’s only because I got a great deal on them) and we don’t get any newspapers.

I get Better Homes and Gardens which is my favorite!

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I also like Traditional Home just because I like looking at all the pictures, hehe!

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Lastly, I get House Beautiful.

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I would LOVE to get more but I don’t even have the time to really read the ones I have now.

After I am done reading them,  I give away, sell at my garage sale or recycle. 

Currently, this is my collection…small, huh?  I just read blogs now, lol!

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I saved a couple that I still need to read and a couple other good ones that I like to look at once in a while.

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I keep them in my drawer to look at before bed.

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Or in my kitchen mail holder for easy access downstairs.

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Every month

Recycle anything that you don’t want to read!

Cut out any articles that you want and put them in a plastic protector in your magazine binder.

Binder Magazine Holders

Every 3-6 months

Go through magazines and binders and organize.

Magazine Holders

Every year

Cancel subscriptions that you don’t want anymore.

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Next week is organizing your email, so get ready to link up! :)

Today,  link up your Magazine and Newspaper Organization Post!!!

Thanks for following along.

Happy Organizing!!! :)




We have had the wonderful pleasure of dealing with and observing an abundance of wildlife over the last almost eight years.  Our last house was sandwiched between farmland to the back and natural water to the front as is this house.  However, this house is a bit more rural so we get even more wildlife visits.  When we moved to our last house we noticed swallows building nests under our dock. 

To Your Vitality The Three Colors You Should Be Eating More Of

With spring here and summer coming, I though you would enjoy this post! :)


The Three Colors You Should Be Eating More Of

Remember ROYGBIV? I do. The mnemonic is how I learned the seven colors of a rainbow—red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Nowadays I use the acronym to represent the colors of food I should be eating.

Because nature highlights the beneficial nutrients in fruits and vegetables by giving them bright colors, eating by color is an easy way to load up on nature’s superfoods. Each color represents phytochemicals—compounds that benefit our health in different ways—which is why you should eat a colorful variety of vegetables. For example, anthocyanins and proanthocyanins—two antioxidants associated with keeping the heart healthy and the brain functioning optimally—make foods like blueberries, eggplant and cranberries blue, purple and deep red.

The USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, however, suggest paying particular attention to three colors: dark green, red and orange.

Here’s how much of each color you should aim to eat every week:

Red and orange vegetables: 5 1/2 to 6 cups each week for most adults
What counts as a “cup”? 1 large red bell pepper, 8 large strawberries, 12 baby carrots or 2 medium carrots, a sweet potato or a medium pink grapefruit.
Why they’re important: Red foods—such as tomatoes and red peppers—contain lycopene, a phytochemical that may help protect against prostate and breast cancers. Alpha and beta carotene make foods like carrots and sweet potatoes so brilliantly orange. The body converts these compounds into the active form of vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes, bones and immune system healthy. These phytochemicals also operate as antioxidants, sweeping up disease-promoting free radicals.

Dark green vegetables: 1 1/2 to 2 cups weekly

What counts as a “cup”? A cup of cooked greens, 2 cups raw greens or 10 broccoli florets.

Why they’re important: Dark, leafy greens (spinach, chard and arugula) are good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals that accumulate in the eyes and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in older people. They’re also rich in beta carotene. Dark green cruciferous vegetables, such as kale and broccoli, provide compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates, which may help prevent cancer by amping up the production of enzymes that clear toxins from the body.

How many colors did you eat in your last meal?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D.

Brierley's interest in nutrition and food come together in her position as nutrition editor at EatingWell. Brierley holds a master's degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. A Registered Dietitian, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont.

Thanks Brierley for that info!

If you are not getting everything you need, I love Shaklee CarotoMax to make sure I am getting enough vitamins!!! :)

Have a great day! :)



Spring Bulb Naturalization

Years ago we had the wonderful opportunity to visit Parliament Hill during the spring when the crocuses were in bloom.  There were masses of them.  I immediately fell in love with the look vowing at some point to duplicate it at our home.  That was five houses ago and I still have not done this so it will be priority this fall at our new house.  Essentially what you do is grab a handful of crocus

First Daffodil of 2011

First Daffodil of 2011April 24, 2011
Look what blessed us with a cheery nod Easter Sunday!  The beautiful bright yellow was a much welcomed sight.  The weather was mild as well just perfect for sitting on the dock enjoying the sights and sounds of the water.  I spent a little time puttering amongst the raised beds as well, prepping one for planting and cleaning debris from the herb bed.  As I

Another Basic H Review

Hello again!

I just want you all to know about another chance to try a sample of Basic H!

Anna, from Take the Side Street, just did a review and you can enter to win a simple HERE!

Take the Side Street


Check out some of her before and afters…

Go check out her blog and enter to win a simple HERE!

Thanks Anna!  :)

Have a great day!



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