Holiday Sanity Savers (2014 Edition)

Do you know what tomorrow is?

Tomorrow…is Saturday. It’s October 25. It’s TWO MONTHS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

3

Wow. How is it this late in the game already?!

I LOVE Christmas. LOVE. IT. It’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship with folks we don’t get to see very often, and, of course, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Even so, it tends to be kind of a stressful time for me. Let me explain:

  • I’m wrapping up all things end-of-the-year at my full time job (insurance marketing) and planning for the next year, so there’s a lot going on there. Plus the mailings and special promotions and parties.
  • Oh, the parties. I think people should space out their gatherings so there aren’t 25 people wanting to have their Christmas Open House on the same Saturday in December. But, between our friends, family and coworkers, there are a LOT of PARTIES we jet around to. And I’m normally in charge of bringing something.
  • I’m planning and prepping and baking for all the folks I do baked goods for.
  • I’m planning and shopping and prepping and wrapping all the gifts.
  • We’re rehearsing and perfecting and performing all of our Christmas musical events with the choir and worship team from our church. These normally include color-coordinated clothing mandates, so then I’m shopping and coordinating and making dry cleaners runs galore!
  • Oh, and Christmas is one of the busiest times ever for me and my photography business (when I offer specials and rush turnarounds, etc.) Most nights I’m up into the wee hours of the morning editing and prepping packages. Roughly 4 hours of sleep per night in the Christmas season, yep, that’s about what I get.

It’s pretty sad how excited I got just typing all of that stuff up! No matter HOW crazy it gets, I STILL LOVE IT, and every year I try to perfect my strategy, so that our Christmas is not like our first Christmas together.

It’s funnier now than it was then, actually. It was 11:55 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and I was just getting started in the kitchen on the food for Christmas Day. I was exhausted already, so I wasn’t really enjoying the food prep.

Continue reading

Winter Home Organizing Tips and Guidelines

So, I’ve seen a few of my northern friends posting pictures of snow already. SNOW. Really?! WOW! I am having a hard time believing that, but pictures don’t lie!

While it’s not “technically” winter yet, while chatting with one of my lovely guest-bloggers, Sofia Lewis, she suggested a post on Winter Home Organizing. We decided we might as well get a jump on it, since it will be here before we know it, right? Let’s see what Sofia has to say about organizing your home during the winter!

Promo Winter Home Organizing Tips and Guidelines
There are many ways to keep things orderly during any season, but winter makes organization much more important due to a number of factors, chief among those being the fact that we will often stay indoors for extended periods of time. To keep things well-organized, we will need to focus on a few things, such as the following:

  • A good way of handling your sewing supplies is to have a sturdy, three-ring-binder repair kit. This will help you find things when you need to do a project or some quick fixes on your clothes. You can also add some zipper pouches and a needle holder for additional supplies.
  • Something else worth doing is coming up with a useful smart calendar for the rest of the year, so you will never forget your schedule. You can use sticky notes to move appointments on it, unless of course you prefer an electronic solution instead.
  • Winter is a great season for charity and helping those less fortunate. Since it will be quite cold outside, why don’t you find a way to give older clothes to people who need them through a local charity, thrift store or something else? Another thing you can do is take some of your books you will likely never read, donating them to your local library as a great gift for the winter season.
  • You can also discard your expired prescription medicines and cosmetics to free up some space in your medicine cabinet. Use a cut piece of galvanized steel and glue it with construction adhesive to the inner side of the cabinet. You can use it to hold magnetic hooks for your scissors and other cosmetic supplies, as well as plastic cups for smaller object such as hair clips, rubber bands and other necessities.
  • You can also reorganize your hall  closet by adding a row of shelves under the jackets. Install them near the base of the closet and you will never have to dig through things to find what you need. The lower shelves can also be used for shoes and a number of other items such as toys or similar objects. Make sure you leave enough space between the shelves and the frame for your umbrellas or other things.
  • You can really make your place more welcoming by upgrading your already existing shelves. Floating bookshelves are a great addition to any home, especially if you cover them with wallpaper. Measure the shelves, cut the wallpaper to a slightly longer length and use wallpaper paste to affix it to the shelf, working one at a time. Cut slits into the paper at the ends and use the flaps to make it flawless and ready for use.

Well, I don’t know about you, but now I have some project ideas for the winter months! I love Sofia’s idea for organizing sewing supplies, and she’s right, it’s a great time to donate clothes to those in need, as well!

What organizing projects do YOU do during the winter?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me atKristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Home Matters Linky Party #11

Welcome back to Home Matters Linky Party!

homematters

Our party has been growing. Huge thanks to those who come by and share with us! We always look forward to seeing your matters of the home links such as: home décor tips and tricks, DIY, homesteading, homeschooling, child rearing, frugal living, sustainability, and organizational tips!

Meet Your Hosts of the Home Matters Party.intelligentdomestications.com

758

We would love to connect with you on social media!

Kristen at The Road To Domestications:

Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Instagram/YouTube/Hometalk/Houzz

Zan(Flourishing At Home)

Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google Plus//LinkedIn/Hometalk

Shirley at Intelligent Domestications:

Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Bloglovin/Google Plus/Hometalk

Check out what we have been up to this past week!

Kristen at The Road To Domestication shared these three posts with us: Five for Fall…Plus Fall Home Tour; On Prepping for a Busy Season; and
A Guide to Staining Concrete in Your Home.

WhatKristensBeenWorkingOn

Zan at Flourishing At Home shared a post on Sitting At Jesus’ Feet: A Cure for Being Overwhelmed! Also, her Fall Mantle and Other Fall Decorations around her home.

week 10 mine

Shirley at Intelligent Domestications shared these three posts with us: The Rock Ranch for Family Fun in Georgia; Crock Pot Roasted Chicken and Vegetables; and Holiday of Surprises Giveaway Event Week!

What I've Been Doing Wk 11 Home Matters Linky

 

And now to introduce our two new co-hosts for the rest of October!

Let’s welcome Bonnie from Our Second Hand House and Sahana from Vikalpah to the party! Bonnie started last week, and Sahana is joining us this week. Both ladies offer amazing DIYs on their blogs. If you have not yet check out their blogs, I encourage you to do so!

cohosts

Bonnie 2

Please follow her on social media!

Facebook/ Twitter/ Pinterest/ Google Plus/ Instagram/ Bloglovin

Here is what Bonnie has been up to this past week!

Dollar Store Tray Kitchen Art; Raven Hand Towel; Simple Sovenior Display

raven

And Meet Sahana!

Sahana

Please follow her on Social Media!

Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram/ Pinterest/ Google/ Bloglovin

Here is what Sahana has been up to this past week!

collage

We are excited that both ladies have decided to join us with Home Matters Linky Party!

Flourishing At Home

Our rules for the party are simple. Be sure to check them out before linking your posts!

1. Follow the hosts on at least one form of social media. You can tag that follow with #HomeMatters.
2. Link up to 3 posts per party. Please note that we (host & co-hosts) reserve the right to use any photo you have linked up to be featured at the next party, should it be chosen. All credits would be yours!
3. Please visit other links and share the love you seek.
Note: This is a family blog, so please be respectful when linking and commenting. Thanks!

You may grab our button here or visit this page to choose another size.

The Road to Domestication

And now, let’s get to this week’s features!

Kristen’s Picks

KristensFaves

How to Do Easy DIY Halloween and Fall Headband from Cool Moms Cool Tips

How to Send the Perfect Care Package from A Savory Feast

Console Table Makeover from The Decoratoraholic

Zan’s Picks

week 10 features

Easy Raisin Scones from Joy Love Food

Sweet Potato Casserole by House of Fauci’s

Autumn Salad with Apple and Smoked Salmon by Simply Fresh Dinners

Shirley’s Picks

My Favorites from Intelligentdomestications.com for Week 10 of Home Matters Linky party

Skinny Caramel Apple Ice Cream by My Big Fat Happy Life

Bonnie’s Picks

Bonnie's pick

A House Tour and A Love Story from The Honeycomb Home
Creepiest Halloween Food Ever from Dreaming of Leaving
And we always like sharing the top clicked posts of the week! We had some really high clicks this week. However, we will share 6 of the top ones starting with the highest!

PicMonkey Collage

Frankenstein Rice Krispy Treats from Growing Up Madison (21 clicks)

Forget Spring Cleaning, Fall Cleaning by Momentous Mom (18 clicks)

The Importance of Having a Real Cookbook from All The V’s (16 clicks)

21 Mason Jar Recipes for Autumn by Life with Lorelai (15 clicks)

Chocolate Carrot Cake from Something Sweet (15 clicks)

Walking Vs Running from An Alli Event (15 clicks)

pin

Please Note: We have pinned your featured links unto our Home Matters Awesome Pins Board. You can follow along here: Home Matters Awesome Board on Pinterest or click on the board below.

Follow Zan @ Flourishing At Home’s board Home Matters Awesome Pins on Pinterest.

Remember, after you link, please take a moment to visit a few other blogs and share the love you seek!

And now to the party! Thanks for coming to the party and have fun linking up!


A Guide to Staining Concrete in Your Home

When it comes to flooring, there are so many options these days! Carpet? Tile? Laminate? Wood? What’s your preference?

How about…concrete?

Oh, now you’re thinking outside. Well, maybe. But what about inside? Would you be okay with having concrete floors in your home?

If you had asked me that question several weeks ago, I would have frowned. NOPE! I do NOT want concrete floors INside my house, are you kidding me?

But then the folks at KSI Kitchens sent me some valuable information to share with all of you, and I started picturing different spaces in my home with concrete floors! Check out what they had to say…and show!

Concrete is usually celebrated for its durability more than it is for its looks. While some people may find beauty in gray concrete, most homeowners are less than excited about plain concrete floors in their house. Fortunately, concrete can be given a complete makeover with an acid or acrylic stain. It’s a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too scenario: you get to keep the durability of the material while also improving its aesthetic appeal.

If you’re thinking about staining a concrete floor in your home, you’ll most likely want to work with a professional. It is possible to stain your own concrete floor, but there’s a lot of room for error—too little stain will leave the original color showing through, and an overzealous application can easily leave you with roller lines and mop swirls permanently etched into the floor.

Of course, just because you’re hiring a professional doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the process. Here’s what you need to know about what your contractor will be doing every step of the way.

First, it’s up to you to…

Choose a Space

Print

Continue reading

Five for Fall…PLUS Fall Home Tour!

I’ve held back as long as I could manage! I LOVE Fall! And, living in Florida, I kinda have to make Fall happen inside my house on my own, because the weather doesn’t normally cooperate OUTSIDE the house! No worries, I think I’ve covered it this year!

So, step one: The Fall Holiday Shelf! I’ve already shared that with you, but if you missed it, you can see all the details by CLICKING HERE!

e33d8c59b327bf7c287d7fe8294890eb

Now, step two: I’ve been over on Pinterest pinning Fall-like recipes since LAST Fall, and I picked out five that I just had to try for all of you! Without further ado, here are my Five for Fall!

Continue reading