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5 Bad Habits That Sabotage Your House Cleaning Efforts

5 Bad Habits That Sabotage Your House Cleaning Efforts

Are you sabotaging your efforts to get your house clean? Cleaning the house day in and day out is nobody’s idea of a good time (well, nobody I’ve ever met!) Unfortunately, it does have to be done, and done repeatedly. Despite what my Hubs seems […]

How to Predict Your Future  From Your Daily Routines

How to Predict Your Future From Your Daily Routines

Your Daily Routines Predict Your Future When was the last time you took a good, hard look at your routines, habits, and daily activities? Have you ever thought about them in relation to how they influence and predict your future? When most people think about […]

Routines for Back to School Success

Routines for Back to School Success

Is your family in the throws of the back-to-school frenzy? In the blink of an eye, August has rolled back onto our calendars. For many families with children, August signals the start of another school year. One of the best ways to start the school […]

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Last week, I was honored to receive a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award, a recognition for bloggers from their peers for being “creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community”.    In the short six months since I joined the blogging […]

I Took the Vogue 73 Question Challenge

I Took the Vogue 73 Question Challenge

Are you familiar with the Vogue 73 Question Challenge? It originated, of course, with Vogue magazine. Various celebrities would be invited to answer 73 questions about themselves, saying whatever came to mind immediately. Lately, bloggers have been taking on the challenge as well, and using […]

How to Raise Money for Charitable Organizations – While You Exercise

How to Raise Money for Charitable Organizations – While You Exercise

Did you know that you can raise money for charities and socially conscious organizations – just by working out? And you can do it just by downloading free apps onto your phone. Click on the app each time you walk, run, or cycle, and corporate […]

How to Organize Your Return Home From a Trip – Before You Leave

How to Organize Your Return Home From a Trip – Before You Leave

There are certain things I do before I travel out of town that make my return so much easier. And while I love going away, coming home is a wonderful feeling, too. This is especially true if I can come home to a clean, organized […]

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Life with a Dog

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Life with a Dog

Is it possible to organize life with a dog? If you are blessed to have a dog, you know that he/she is so much more than just a “pet” – dogs are part of the family!  Like any other family member, dogs can easily complicate […]

Home Fragrance Using Essential Oils

Home Fragrance Using Essential Oils

After last week’s post about creating natural home fragrance using a crockpot, I got a number of questions about the use of essential oils in aromatherapy. In this post I will give you directions to make two very simple types of air fresheners using essential […]

Fresh and Natural Home Fragrance From a Slow Cooker

Fresh and Natural Home Fragrance From a Slow Cooker

I’ve always loved candles, not just for the ambience of a flickering flame in the dark, but also for the wonderful fragrance they can add to a room.  Lately, however, the scents more often seem to be “off” to me – that is, they seem […]

Every Home Needs a Simple White Serving Platter

Every Home Needs a Simple White Serving Platter

I didn’t know how much I needed it until I saw it. The most wonderful serving platter ever to exist on the face of this earth. The perfect size. Square, but softened and slightly wavy around the lip. Brilliant white. Simple, but at the same […]

Why Buy Fair Trade? An Activist Explains

Why Buy Fair Trade? An Activist Explains

Fair Trade activist Katie Bond is the founder of The Peace Exchange, an international fair trade non-profit based here in Southern California. I recently had the privilege of interviewing her and expanding my knowledge of fair trade principles and practices, as well as gaining greater […]

An Open Pantry:  Kitchen Storage Solution

An Open Pantry: Kitchen Storage Solution

Kitchen Storage is Important Do you need additional storage in your kitchen, but you don’t have the option of adding more cabinets? Consider adding an open pantry to your kitchen! Let’s face it, in our modern world we all have specialty pots and pans and […]

6 Household Products to Buy in Spring – and 2 to Skip

6 Household Products to Buy in Spring – and 2 to Skip

Spring Sales of Household Products March and April tend to be quiet months in terms of big sales, especially for home products.  The December Holiday season is a fading memory, and Memorial Day Sales are still a few calendar pages away.   Does that mean you […]

How to Clean Everything in the Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects Guide

How to Clean Everything in the Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects Guide

This post is designed as a companion piece to my recent post 31 Days: Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects. In that post, I created the cleaning schedule; here, I share techniques on how to clean, to aid you in completing each activity. Those projects […]

31 DAYS:  Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects

31 DAYS: Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects

Spring is in the air and it’s time to clean the house. Get motivated with 31 days of easy projects. Download a free printable and get how to information as well.

The Best, Most Efficient Closet Layout Ever

The Best, Most Efficient Closet Layout Ever

My closet layout works for any closet, for men’s and women’s clothing, and takes less than one hour to set up! Lately it seems like every third article you read is talking about purging your wardrobe. And that’s a good thing. But once you complete […]

Dry January:  My 31-Day Alcohol-Free Experience

Dry January: My 31-Day Alcohol-Free Experience

I’m really pleased to introduce a guest writer for this post, Meaghan Roach. Meaghan works as a Research Scientist for Health Policy, and yes, she’s my daughter! Meaghan is an intrepid traveler, adventurous hiker, amazing baker, and rescue dog lover. Always up for a new […]

14 Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

14 Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Whether You are Single or Coupled and at Home or Out! I know some people really get excited about Valentine’s Day, with the hearts and flowers and chocolates and dinner at a fancy restaurant.  And I am happy for them.  For some reason, though, it’s […]

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Decluttering Journey

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Decluttering Journey

Was one of your resolutions that this year would finally be the year you got *choke* organized? And now, time has passed, and you have nothing to show for it? Are you waiting for someone or something to inspire your decluttering journey? Did you say […]