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Organize Your Entire House in 30 Days or Less!

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Now that the holidays are over, I have an intense desire to de-clutter and organize my entire house from top to bottom. It seems there is “stuff” crammed in every nook and cranny in our house. However, as a mom it seems that I spend all of my time keeping up with the daily to-dos like cleaning, leaving little time for getting rid of stuff or organizing.So, I decided a little challenge was in order. I am going to de-clutter and re-organize my entire house in 30 days. A little bit at a time. If you’re up for the challenge, I would love for you to join me! Here’s how it works!You will de-clutter (throw away junk you don’t need or want) and organize one room at a time. The challenge gives several days for some rooms that may take more time. For example, you will have one day to de-clutter and organize all of the drawers in your kitchen, one day for the refrigerator, one day for the cabinets, one day for the pantry and so on. The best part is, you get to choose which task to…

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Cranberry Orange Christmas Potpourri with Printable Gift Tags

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One thing I love about the holiday season is the smells. I love the smell of a real Christmas tree in our living room, a fire in the fireplace, and pies in the oven! So, when I was thinking of Christmas gifts to give to my friends and neighbors, I immediately thought of the homemade stove top potpourri my mom has made in the past. It was so simple, yet thoughtful and elegant. The perfect gift!There are several different recipes for Christmas Stove Top Potpourri. I am not one to measure ingredients, especially in something I am not going to eat. So, I have created a recipe that will give you some ideas of ingredients to put in your potpourri. Be creative! Add what you like or leave out ingredients you don’t! Here is what I used!  Cranberry Orange Christmas Stove Top Potpourri Bring the smell of Christmas to your house with this AMAZING homemade Christmas potpourri! 3 handfulls Cranberries (uncooked)1 Orange (whole)1 pinch Cloves3-5 Cinnamon Sticks2 Sprigs Rosemary2 pinches Ground Nutmeg2 pinches Ground Cinnamon (this is optional) Put all ingredients in a bag or mason jar. Attach gift tag. Gift to a friend…

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25 Advent Calendar Activities for Toddlers + Free Printable

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This holiday season has been especially fun for my family. It is the first time our daughter (3) has recognized the lights on houses, decorations around the house, presents under the tree, and all of the other fun Christmas traditions. So, we’ve decided to start a tradition of doing one special Christmas activity each day during December. It may be a small activity like reading Christmas stories, or it might be something more involved like building a gingerbread house.(Scroll down to see my detailed list and your free printable below!)I am so excited to slow down and have some extra time to spend as a family creating memories that we will have forever! We have decided that right when my husband gets home from work we will spend the first hour doing the activity of the day. Not only will the kids look forward to seeing daddy, but they will look forward to the activity we have planned!Here are the activities we are planning to do in the month of December. (Some will require supplies which I have linked within the activity.) We do not necessarily plan to do the activities in order but we will…

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Four Toddler Chores That Feel Like Play – Guest Post

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I am learning how to keep a clean house as a stay-at-home mom. On the one hand, you think, I’m staying home, will have so much time to clean! But on the other hand, you also have tiny humans running around the house all day undoing everything you’ve done.In this guest post, Tammy Tilley from Parent Cabin is sharing some fun little tricks to make cleaning seem like play.We had just brought home baby number two when baby number one was three years old, a toddler. I distinctly remember worrying about how I could divide my time between the two. I certainly didn’t want the toddler to feel overlooked, as he had been “the baby” for three years. At the same time, I knew the newborn would need attention. For that matter, I realized I would need help with a variety of tasks. How could I get the toddler involved? Even more, what were appropriate tasks for him to help with? I was clueless. Turns out, the solution was simpler than I had initially realized. I just had to help the toddler think he wasn’t “working.” I had to make…

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Meal Plan and Prep for Busy Moms

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Meal planning and prepping can be a tad bit overwhelming. The idea of planning out each meal and snack, and pre-cutting all of your meats, vegetables, and fruits can seem like a lot of work! I’ll be honest here, it IS a lot of work!You might have heard people say that meal planning will save you time. I am going to disagree and tell you that you will probably spend the same amount of time (maybe even a little bit more)!So, why then am I telling you that you SHOULD be meal planning? Why would anyone want to spend more time and more work on making meals that are going to be made anyways?This Post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.Well, let me tell you the difference. Meal planning isn’t necessarily about saving yourself time or effort. It is about carving out ONE chunk of time to prepare meals. Then when it comes down to meal time, everything is all ready to cook and serve. No cutting, no measuring, no mixing, no thinking, no fuss!While meal planning may take a little more time, it will save you the time…

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5 Days of Crock Pot Dinners With 5 Ingredients or Less + Why Every Mom Should Meal Plan

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Hey mamas! It’s meal plan Monday! This week is dedicated to WHY I love meal planning so much! I will get to that in just a second, but first I want to give you a glance at next week’s post, which I am really excited about!Don’t Miss Next Week’s Post!Next week, I will go into detail about HOW I save several hours throughout the week by prepping my meals and snacks for the week. I promise you don’t want to miss the amazing tips I have for you so sign up to receive this post and other time saving tips straight to your inbox!Why I Love Meal Planning!This post may contain affiliate links!So mamas, I’m sure I don’t need to go into much detail about WHY I love meal planning. I mean, if you are a mom, you are probably busy. And if you are busy, you are probably looking for a way to save time.I recently watched an online conference called The Mom Conference. It was totally amazing and life changing!One of the speakers talked about different types of tasks we all have to do…