Top 8 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Home

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Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry of South Beach Investment Realty are experts in home remodeling and cleaning. To help you get your humble abode in tip-top shape, here are their top eight tips for spring cleaning your home!

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1. Take Care of Stainless Steel

Use a light mist of wax-based aerosol spray once or twice a week. Don’t put on too much — you don’t want to soak the surface and make it greasy. Wipe the mist with a clean, lint-free cloth, and never use oils to keep away fingerprints — lint will stick to the oil.

2. Organize Closets

Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home. Get rid of unused clothes and accessories, and organize the rest by how you get dressed in the morning and by color.

3. Removing Stains/Odors

Blot up as much of the smelly mess as you can right away. While you’re blotting the upholstery, put a plastic liner or a garbage bag between the cushion and the fabric so you don’t push the contaminant into the cushion. Then flush with cold water as best you can. Blot and flush again.

4. Creating a Different Mood

You can make a fast, easy change with bedding, towels, and table linens to create a different mood. Switch things out seasonally, or for a special event, or whenever you want to play with a certain color or pattern.

5. Taking Care of Your Tiles

You can also mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner: Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 gallons water and mix very well. Then apply the liquid with a string mop or sponge mop.

6. Reorganize Bookshelves

Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets (unless you think they might have value). Line books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.

7. Taking Care of Hard Wood Floors

The keys to keeping your wood floors looking new are to avoid over sanding, use trivets or saucers under plants to avoid water damage, use furniture protectors to avoid scratches, and damp-mop once a week with a mild soap like Murphy Oil Soap.

8. Make Sure You Clean Right

Make sure you clean your house completely. Polish silver, wash windows, wipe down the light bulbs in your lamps, wipe down the walls. Everything will gleam and glisten. The effect will be cathartic and make you feel like you have accomplished something.

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Set-It-and-Forget-It Recipe Roundup: Easy Beef Crockpot Meals

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With our busy schedules, it’s often daunting to think about cooking a hot, hearty dinner for the whole family at the end of the day. But you really don’t have to, if you rely on your trusty slow cooker. With just a little prep in the morning, you can have a delicious dinner waiting for you when you get home. It’s almost like having a live-in chef! And most recipes make enough for you to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day, too.

Here are some of our favorite easy beef crockpot meals – but if you eat meatless all the time or occasionally, be sure to check out our vegetarian slow cooker recipe roundup as well.

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1) Beef Chili

2) Burgundy Beef Stew

3) Vegetable Beef Soup

4) Italian Pot Roast

5) Hungarian Beef Goulash

6) Hearty Lasagna

7) French Dip Sandwiches

8) Barbacoa

9) Beef and Broccoli

10) Chipotle BBQ Beef

 

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Egg Dyeing Basics – 5 Tips for Your Best Easter Eggs Ever

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  1. Preparing the eggs

Boiling the eggs for dyeing seems to be one of the trickiest parts of the whole Easter egg activity! Try this method from Incredible Egg  to get your best boiled egg ever and follow these simple guidelines:

  • Start your eggs off in cold water
  • Cover the eggs with water by at least an inch
  • Allow eggs to sit (off the burner) for 12-15 minutes after boiling
  • Dunk eggs in cold water to halt cooking

If you’d rather opt out of the boiling, you can try your hand at blowing the eggs out before dyeing with these tips from Tinkerlab.

  1. Egg dyes

Your typical Easter egg dyeing kits can usually be found at a local grocery store during March and April, or they can be purchased online, here. But if you don’t have time to make a run to the store or you’re just looking for something more natural, try some of these DIY egg dye recipes:

  1. Suggested egg dyeing tools

  • Tongs, slotted spoon, soup spoon, or “egg dipper” from a store-bought kit
  • Cups or containers for dye – make sure the containers you use are deep enough for an egg to be fully submerged and not overflow once an egg is dropped in.
  • Paper towels, newspaper, or for the messiest bunch – old towels!
  • A cooling rack, empty egg carton, or other item where dyed eggs can be left to dry – a special drying board can be made by pushing sewing pins or toothpicks into a piece of Styrofoam, as seen at Sunny by Design.
  1. Dyeing tips

  • Leave eggs submerged up to 5 minutes for lighter colored eggs and up to 10 minutes for darker
  • For two-tone and multi-colored eggs – always dye using the lightest color first
  • Follow the basics of the color wheel when layering colors – red and blue make purple, but purple and yellow make only brown.
  1. Adding designs

  • Add decals or sticker shapes before dyeing—like circle stickers to make a polka-dot egg
  • Use temporary tattoos to decorate your egg after it has dried
  • Draw on dry dyed eggs with permanent marker
  • Place rubber bands around eggs at various angles before dyeing
  • Draw on your eggs with a crayon before dyeing
  • Add olive oil to your color baths for a “marbled” look following this tutorial from Martha Stewart.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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Beginning Paleo: 16 Food Replacement Ideas

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Interested in the Paleo way of eating, but not sure where to start? Replacing certain foods on your plate with paleo-approved ingredients is easier than you think. You can focus on one meal at a time when making changes to your eating habits. If you’re not entirely sure that you want to go 100% paleo, this is a good way to experiment with a new way of eating. One step at a time!

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Beginning Paleo Breakfast Ideas

  • Instead of white potatoes, use sweet potatoes. Eggs and bacon and chopped sweet potatoes make for a delicious breakfast. Add hot sauce for a kick.
  • If you love to start your day with a smoothie, use almond milk in place of cow’s milk. Add a half of a frozen banana to your blender to thicken the smoothie instead of yogurt.
  • Muffins are extremely convenient, but so are egg muffins. Mix up 12 whipped eggs with vegetables and meat (I like to add spinach, onions, and sweet potatoes along with a bit of chorizo). Pour the mix into muffin cups. That’ll give you 12 egg muffins that you can stash in the fridge and heat up in the microwave when you’re ready to eat.
  • Make Paleo pancakes with almond flour or coconut flour, bananas, eggs, and a couple of other ingredients. Here’s a good one.
  • In a pinch, eat your dinner leftovers! Don’t limit yourself to traditional breakfast food.
  • Love cream with your coffee? Try canned coconut milk instead. Give it a few days and you’ll never go back to cream.
  • Replace your toast or bagel with a side of fruit or a paleo muffin.

Beginning Paleo Lunch Ideas

  • Love sandwiches and tacos? Try rolling up your meat and veggies and condiments in a lettuce wrap. It is much more delicious than it sounds.
  • Put bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mustard in deli meat and roll it up!
  • There are also many recipes for tortillas made with coconut flour (try this one in this recipe) that you can use to fill with all kinds of things. For my toddler, I mix up avocado and tuna along with a splash of lime and put it in the tortilla.
  • Make a PB&J the Paleo way by spreading almond butter and honey on a coconut flour tortilla.
  • A big salad is obviously very Paleo friendly, but try adding roasted nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts) along with at least one serving of meat. Don’t be afraid to mix in lots of avocado — it’s full of very good fat!

Beginning Paleo Dinner Ideas

  • Swap out that rice/potato side with another vegetable. Many of our dinners consist of a meat entree, a vegetable, and another vegetable.
  • Cooking a stir-fry or a curry dish? Replace jasmine rice with delicious cauliflower rice. Here’s how, but I like to use coconut oil instead and add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and some minced garlic for extra flavor.
  • Grill a couple of burgers for everyone and forgo the buns. Add a side of healthy french fries to make a hearty dinner that’s also guilt-free.
  • Love a sweet finish to your dinner meals? Cut up a fresh mango for everyone or assemble a bowl of mixed berries and roasted nuts topped with whipped coconut cream.

Looking for more Paleo recipes? Check out 6 Delicious (and Easy!) Paleo Desserts and Four Quick 30-Minute Paleo Dinners in 5 Steps.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.” Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Set-It-and-Forget-It Recipe Roundup: Meatless Crockpot Meals

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Trouble finding slow cooker recipes appropriate for full- or part-time vegetarians? Don’t worry: Tipsaholic has got you covered. You don’t need to load your crockpot with meat to enjoy easy, slow-cooker meals. Here are some of our favorite vegetarian slow cooker recipes.

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1) Leek, Potato and Spinach Soup

2) Vegetarian Lasagna

3) Vegetable Pot Pie with Parmesan-Pepper Biscuits

4) Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Sauce

5) Poblano Corn Pudding

6) Barley-Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Pine Nuts and Currants

7) Spanish Rice

8) Garlic-Artichoke Pasta

9) Ratatouille

10) Mac and Cheese

 

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

Playlist: Kids’ Music Even Parents Will Love

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The way kids absorb everything they hear and repeat it back unfiltered can be a little scary sometimes. My girls love music, but I’m hesitant to turn on the radio sometimes for fear they’ll pick up on some of the more, uh, unsavory lyrics being sung. Rather than listen to mind-numbing kids’ songs, though, I’ve tried to find music they can sing along with that also appeals to me. These are some of my favorite collections of kids’ music that even parents will love.

 

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You Are My Sunshine by Elizabeth Mitchell

Pretty much everything by Elizabeth Mitchell is fantastic and it’s hard to decide which of her albums is the best. This one is a top contender, though. Accompanied by little more than a guitar, she sings old favorites like “Skip to My Lou”, “Here Comes My Baby”, and of course “You Are My Sunshine.” I’ve found this album is perfect for calming grumpy little ones (and big ones too!) on long car rides. Check out Little Seed, a collection of Woody Guthrie covers, and You Are My Little Bird for more of Mitchell’s work.

 

Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is Awesome (Songs from the TV show)

If you aren’t already familiar with Yo Gabba Gabba!, you should know two things: 1) it’s a kid’s show created by the lead singer of the Aquabats and 2) they have a segment called “The Super Music Friends Show” where popular singers and bands give a mini-concert. With songs about sharing and washing your hands and the like, they’re clearly geared toward the littles. But since they include bands like Mates of State, Chromeo, The Shins, and (of course) The Aquabats, you’ll probably enjoy it as much as your kids do. Our favorite songs include “Lovely, Love My Family” by the Roots (vol. 1) and “Balloons” by The Postmarks (vol. 3).

 

Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs

This album gets more play at our house than almost any other because it’s just so good! It contains songs that you are probably familiar with but may have forgotten about, such as “King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O” and “Jamaica Farewell”. Laura Veirs somehow makes these old songs seem new again and will have you tapping your toe and singing along in no time. The track we listen to most, “All the Pretty Little Horses”, is about as lovely and haunting a lullaby as I’ve ever heard.

 

The Johnny Cash Children’s Album by Johnny Cash

That’s right: the Man In Black made an album of children’s music. And it’s awesome. Try listening to “Dinosaur Song” or “Nasty Dan” without grinning from ear to ear. I dare you. It can’t be done.

 

Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants

Let’s be honest. Most of the music They Might Be Giants has written could be children’s songs. (“Particle Man” anyone?) This album is specifically geared toward kids, though, with every song related somehow to the alphabet. “Alphabet of Nations” is a fun list of countries around the world, which my map-loving daughter loves, and “Z Y X” is perfect for my husband, who is always trying to teach her to say the alphabet backwards. TMBG might be an acquired taste, but this album is full of weirdly catchy tunes that are easy for both parents and kids to enjoy.

 

BONUS: The folks over at Sesame Street are geniuses at parody. Cookie Monster singing “Share It Maybe” (a spoof on Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe”) is a favorite at our house, but we also love to watch the characters sing with Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Train, and others. Each song is hilarious in its own right and definitely worth a listen. To my knowledge, they aren’t available to purchase, but you can find them collected on YouTube. I highly recommend pulling them up and singing along!

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.

9 Great Spring Projects with a Purpose

9 Great Spring Projects with a Purpose

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When things start warming up and signs of spring abound, the last of your “cabin fever” can be resolved with a few spring projects in preparation for longer days ahead. Get a head start on spring cleaning, gardening, and organized summer fun with these spring projects that also serve a practical purpose!

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1. Car Kit

Get your car ready for the busy traveling season ahead with this easy car kit from iHeartOrganizing! Build your kit to suit your family’s individual needs with first-aid items, traveling games, and snacks.

2. Planter Boxes

There’s no better way to dress up your porch this spring than with a set of these fabulous planter boxes. Paint them your favorite color and fill them with your choice of flowers, ferns, and mosses.

3. Natural Cleaners

Whether you’re dreading spring cleaning or totally excited for it, you’ll love this set of printables from Clean Mama that will help you make your own natural cleaners and decide where to use them. Ditch your hazardous chemicals for household naturals like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon and deep clean like you never have before.

4. Produce Bag

It won’t be long before your local farmer’s markets open up again, and you can be ready to bring fresh fruits and vegetables home to your table with this useful produce bag that makes a great up-cycle of an old t-shirt!

5. Cleaning Toolbox

Spring cleaning is made more efficient with this great cleaning toolbox! Avoid all the scrambling under kitchen sinks and running around each time you clean a new room by keeping all your tools in one great DIY kit

6. Cushion Covers

You’re going to want to be ready for all the great backyard get-togethers this season, and a patio furniture update is perfect for giving yourself a classy new garden-party look. Fashion a few of these cushion covers with your favorite outdoor fabrics.

7.One-Board Birdhouse

The birds are back! Take some time to do a little bird watching this spring and try your hand at this super-simple (and cheap!) one-board birdhouse from Birds and Blooms.

8. Hanging Garden Lights

The days are getting longer and those quiet evenings spent relaxing in the yard are becoming more of a reality. Make those nights even more magical with these hanging garden lights to add a bit of sparkle!

9. Foot-Washing Station

Spring can be a messy time of year when the earth is still damp and muddy or you’re spending time in the garden. Keep your indoor floors a little cleaner by creating one of these clever foot-washing stations outside your back door.

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Spring Cleaning: DIY & Time Saving Tips

Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring! As the snow melts and warmer temperatures arrive, now is the perfect time to get a jump start on your spring cleaning. Check out these great DIY and time saving tips from About.com.

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10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

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On game day, we all know that the real star of the show is the food. Score some big points at your March Madness party with this crowd-pleasing line-up of all-star appetizers. These are all quick and easy to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the party — whoops, I mean the game, of course. Even better? Many of these appetizer recipes are actually healthy!

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  1. Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Spread

  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

  3. Red Pepper Hummus with Baked Pita Chips

  4. Pizza Monkey Bread

  5. Low-Fat Ranch Dip

  6. Spicy Sausage Balls

  7. Cheese Straws

  8. Dill Pickle Dip

  9. Sweet Potato Hummus

  10. Badass Nachos

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

10 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfasts

10 St. Patrick's Day Breakfasts

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Serve up one or two of these clever Irish bites for a special breakfast celebration this St. Patrick’s Day!

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1. Green Pepper Shamrock Eggs

This quick and healthy breakfast will put a smile on every face. You can make three or four-leafed clovers depending on the peppers you select.

2. Rainbow Pop-tarts

This one is a little more labor intensive but sure to please in the early morning hours! Use a pre-made pie crust to cut down on prep time.

3. Shamrock Quiche

A great idea for the creative chef! Carefully cut and shape a disposable pie tins into clovers and start baking.

4. Chorizo and Egg Rainbow Tacos

This more savory rainbow food will fill you up on this sweet morning. These chorizo and egg tacos are great for your older, more sophisticated breakfasters.

5. Easy Rainbow Fruit Tray

Go from cutting board to table and dig in with this easy fruit and dip breakfast.

6. Shamrock-Shaped Toast

Cut your toast freehand or get a cute cookie cutter like this one. Top it off with some avocado to add the color of the day to your plate!

7. Rainbow Pancakes

Not many can resist a good pancake and these ones are particularly tempting in their rainbow brights!  Keep griddle temperatures low to avoid browning the colors. For an even simpler version, try this recipe using rainbow sprinkles.

8. Green Smoothies

Choose one of these tasty recipes and blend up a Leprechaun-green but oh-so-lean morning delight.

9. “Boxty” Potato Pancakes

If you’ve got a hankering for some Irish authenticity, the potato pancake is the place to start. Add some savory sausages and you’ll be shouting “Top o’ the mornin’” to everyone you meet.

10. Cereal

You heard me. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’s perfect for a quick St. Patty’s Day breakfast. Put a few drops of green food coloring in your milk and serve it up ice cold over a bowl of Lucky Charms or Froot Loops!

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

How to Create a 5-Step Cleaning and Maintenance Schedule

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Don’t you hate it when you look down at your oven and realize that you haven’t cleaned out the area underneath it for an embarrassingly long time? Or when you glance at your baseboards and become awestruck at the amount of dust on them? If you’re nodding your head in agreement, you might benefit from a cleaning and maintenance schedule that helps you remember to tackle certain tasks that don’t need to be done on a weekly basis, but they still need to get done.

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1. Take inventory of your home’s cleaning and maintenance needs.

Grab a pen and notebook or your iPad and walk into every room of your home. List out all the things that need to be done. Leave out your weekly cleaning tasks; you don’t want to clutter up your cleaning and maintenance schedule with routine cleaning that you already know to do.

2. Get some more cleaning and maintenance ideas from the pros.

Some aspects of our home are often overlooked when we think about cleaning and maintenance, such as the hot water heater. Look over Martha Stewart’s cleaning checklists and the handy maintenance checklists at Apartment Therapy and Lifehacker. Add tasks that apply to you to your list.

3. Divide your list into categories: biweekly, monthly, seasonal, biannual, and annual.

These categories will help you fill out your cleaning and maintenance schedule. And if you do an annual spring cleaning blitz, you might want to create a separate category for that.

4. Add all of your cleaning and maintenance tasks to a calendar.

If you’re like me and you prefer to write (and cross off) your tasks on paper with a nice pen, purchase a separate calendar for all of your cleaning and maintenance chores. You could hang up a simple calendar in your pantry or linen closet or get a pretty planner. However, if you prefer to use technology, you could add tasks to a calendar application, such as iCal or Google Calendar. Go to this article and find a few links to electronic calendars that already have some home maintenance tasks scheduled for you. You can add them and then adjust it to your preferences. So easy! There are also several apps that you can download on your smart phone or tablet. Remember The Milk is a popular app that comes highly recommended, since it will remind you of tasks that you haven’t done yet, even if the date has already come and gone.

5. Test out your new cleaning and maintenance schedule.

Finally, it’s time to actually clean and maintain your home! Follow the calendar as best as you can and test out the timing of your tasks. As you go, adjust your calendar as much as you can — maybe you’re cleaning out the refrigerator too many times, so you change it from biweekly to monthly, for instance — and by 2015, you’ll have a complete cleaning and maintenance schedule that is perfectly suited to your needs and your home! I’m so inspired right now that I’m going to start my own cleaning and maintenance schedule right now. For some more cleaning inspiration, read how to clean a kitchen in 20 minutes or less daily and how to make 6 homemade household cleaners.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.” Please check out my blog What the Vita!

10 Clever St. Patty’s Day Crafts for Kids

10 Clever St. Patty's Day Crafts for Kids

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Saint Patrick’s Day is close at hand!  Whether you go all out with bangers and mash, leprechaun traps, green clothes from head to toe and kissing everyone Irish or not, any holiday is a great excuse to craft with your kids!  Kids love pinch-proof crafts which tend to be all about rainbows and gold glitter!  Help your little ones celebrate this very colorful holiday with these 10 clever, St. Patty’s Day crafts for kids.

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1. Bell Pepper Shamrocks - All Kids Network

2. Paper Chain Rainbow - Mustard Seeds

3. Shamrock Bracelet - Scrumdilly-do

4. Rainbow Fruit Loops Necklace - Eighteen25

5. Four Leaf Clover Necklace – The Crafting Chicks

6. Tissue Paper Rainbow - The Artist Woman

7. Paper Shamrocks – Hands On We Grow

8. Paper Rainbow - Snap Scrap Blog Tweet

9. TP Roll Shamrocks – Child Made

10. TP Roll Leprechaun – Moments of Mommyhood

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

28 Creative Party Backdrops

28 Creative Party Backdrops

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28 creative backdrops to add a punch to your next party without breaking the bank.

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Throwing a party isn’t quite what it used to be. The explosion of ideas made available to us thanks to the Internet and its creative users and sharers have raised the bar when it comes to all things celebratory. But don’t let all the fuss over party themes and elaborate finger foods stress you out when planning your next party – because whether it’s an anniversary dinner, backyard barbeque, graduation, or your kid’s special birthday bash, the only thing you really need to add a bit of flair is a great backdrop.

Start with the basics of party décor and grab some inspiration from these 28 ideas to create a backdrop for a photo booth, banquet table, or reception area that is sure to draw attention. Use classics like balloons and streamers in new ways or go outside the box with feather boas or vintage sheets. No matter what kind of a backdrop you choose, you’ll be on your way to the perfect party… without all the hassle!

Classic Party Decorations

Balloons from Kara’s Party Ideas

Balloons with streamers from Almost Exactly

Twisted streamers from Baby Lifestyles 

Woven streamers from The Eclectic Life

Lights from Becoming Martha 

 

Paper

Paper zig-zags from Oh Happy Day 

Paper fans from Mom’s Best 

Newspaper from Maddycakes Muse

Wrapping paper from Live the Fancy Life

Sheet music from Style Serendipity 

Paper chain from Love, Joleen

 

Repurposed Table Accessories

Single-color plastic tablecloth idea from Borealis 

Multi-color plastic tablecloths idea from Like a Saturday

Square paper plate design from Pretty My Party

Circle paper plate design from Hostess with the Mostess 

 

Fabrics and More

Hanging tulle from Kara’s Party Ideas 

Fabric strips and ribbons from Paper Muse Press 

Fabric on a DIY stand from Anders Ruff 

Hanging quilt from Handmade Hilarity

Vintage sheets from Miss Party Mom

 

Non-traditional and Repurposed

Hanging tinsel from Lovely Indeed 

Feather boas from Simply Pchee

Heart garland from Hank & Hunt 

Doilies from ConfettiPop

Cupcake liners from Just Me, My Soldier, and Our 4 Little Chicks

Vinyl records from Lovely Indeed 

 

Personalized Photo Backdrops

Photo backdrop from Cherry Blossom Events

Photo number collage from Crafty in Crosby
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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Exercise Like A Kid: 5 Fun Workout Ideas

5 Fun Workout Ideas - Tipsaholic.com

 

Whether you’re a beginning exercise enthusiast looking for ways to stay inspired or a more seasoned fitness fanatic, these fun workouts can add variety to a lack-luster routine. And what could make working out more fun than hearkening back to a time when “working out” was called playing – and guess what? You did it every day. And you liked it. These five ways to workout emphasize the fun and play parts of exercise, the childhood nostalgia parts. The more endorphins that flow during your workout, the more likely you are to return and give it another go, and this sense of nostalgia is perfect for that. It’s time to play all over again.

5 fun workout ideas - Tipsaholic.com

1. Jumping rope

If you’re into a more sophisticated workout, then this jump rope might do the trick. This rope, however, could really get you in the spirit to chant “Cinderella, dressed in yella.” Jumping rope to your favorite music is a great place to start, but you might also try a jump rope workout.

2. Hula hooping

Never underestimate the power of a good hula hoop. A few minutes into a hula and your abs will get a real treat. And don’t stop there – remember how fun it was to keep it spinning on your arms, your neck, and maybe even your foot? If you’re a beginner, try this read-along hula hoop workout or enjoy a video workout.

3. Playing ball

Balls come in all shapes, sizes, and weights, and the list of activities you can do with them is a long one. If you’re not ready to venture into a sport, try just bouncing or throwing a ball against a wall or back and forth with a friend. Invest in a sturdy exercise ball and take a ride across the living room on your tummy. Or, if you’re not up for that, try a simple exercise ball workout like this one.

4. Body-weight challenge

Your body is quite possibly the best piece of workout equipment you will ever own. Challenge it! You may not feel confident in your hand-stand and cartwheel skills these days, but a workout that challenges your body in a similar way could inspire further fun workouts. Try this series of at-home exercises from Self Magazine – all you need is your rockin’ bod and a blank wall.

5. Dancing

Every kid loves to groove to a good beat, and with the right music, you might find yourself enjoying movement in the same way. Choose music that you enjoy, whether it is Top 40 hits, classical, big band, jazz, rap, or country. The more you enjoy the music, the more likely you are to want to get up and move. And don’t let the word “dance” scare you. Even if you have no dancing background, you can still move to a beat and find the rhythm that’s right for you. Check out this instructional video for a few simple dance moves if you’re not sure where to start! And if you’re ready for a more advanced workout, try this half-hour cardio dance workout.

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.