How to Make Your Yard Practical and Beautiful

We’ve finally had our deck off our back porch refurbished! It was a little ratty from the previous owner, and it had been on “our list” for a while, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally taken care of – just in time for the weather to start cooling off a tad here in Central Florida! It adds such a nice touch to our backyard – the girls have been running around it, the dog has been sunning on it, and the hubby and I have been enjoying dinners on it! It’s the perfect finish for our yard!

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What’s YOUR yard’s perfect finish?

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Your parent’s generation may have wanted expansive yards and swimming pools, but according to MarketWatch, today’s homeowners are looking to relax outdoors and make pizzas from scratch with fresh veggies they grew in their own gardens. Today’s backyards are all about blending meaningful experiences in a practical yet beautiful setting. But it takes the right strategy to transform your yard into a livable and dazzling space to relax with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.

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New Product Review: Aaptiv

You know, I can write all manner of blog posts here on house and home, and how to organize, and cook, and clean, and care for your family – that’s all well and good. But since becoming a mom, I’ve discovered something very important: if I don’t take care of myself first, before everyone else starts to need things from me, well, that’s a recipe for disaster. So I’ve really been trying to make good choices for myself here lately. It’s hard to get in that habit when I’ve been in the habit of putting myself last for so long, but I’m finding creative ways to do it. It’s definitely a process!

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One of my major frustrations of late has been the fact that I haven’t really been able to GO anywhere to work out. We have a great YMCA (with a daycare included) here in our town, and several other convenience-based gyms, too. But my issue has been, every time I leave my girls in a public childcare situation, they get sick. Then the next time I want to go work out, I can’t take them back, because they’re already sick! It’s been a vicious cycle of this for us, so I had pretty much given up being able to work out…until an angel from Aaptiv contacted me and asked if I had tried out the app yet.

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Well, no, was my answer. I hadn’t even heard of it! (Which is not Aaptiv’s fault, I’m sure. I kinda feel like I’ve been living under a rock since the twins came along, ha!)

So, in case YOU are also living under a rock, what IS Aaptiv, you ask? Aaptiv is an app featuring trainer-led, music-driven audio workouts. When you add the app to your smartphone, you get started by entering your fitness goals so you can find the programs and workouts that are best-suited for you. After that you choose a trainer and a workout based on your goals and music preferences, and finally, you put on your headphones and follow the trainer’s instructions! Can it BE this simple?! Yes it can!

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New Product Review: Brightech’s SKY LED Torchiere Floor Lamp

I’ve been a night owl for as long as I can remember. But lately, I’m a night owl more out of necessity than preference. When you have two 2-year-olds running around the house all day, you have to stay up far past their bedtime in order to actually get things done!

Thankfully we have a room in our house that functions as a home office, so, no matter the time of night, I always have the perfect spot in which to get some work accomplished. But, when it’s 2 in the morning and I’m still up working…this may sound strange, but I was finding it a little too BRIGHT in my office.

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The main light in the room is attached to the overhead fan, so it’s pretty luminous. And somehow, in the dead of night, I don’t like that bright of a light on to work by. I had JUST told my hubby we needed a lamp for the office, when Becky from Brightech contacted me and asked if I wanted to check out one of their lamps! Perfect timing!

I hadn’t heard of Brightech before, but when I stopped by their website to pick out a lamp, I found it super easy to navigate. I also found a TON  of options for lamps of all colors, shapes and sizes! I knew I wanted something simple, not bulky, and black for our office. That was pretty much all I had to go on, but, since Brightech’s belief is that elevated design should be available to everyone, and not just the folks with big bank accounts and an interior designer on staff…I figured I’d be safe!

In the end, I chose SKY – An LED Torchiere Floor Lamp, in a lovely shade of black. 

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When the lamp arrived, it did need a bit of assembly, but it was super simple: I was done in about five minutes.

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What You Need to Know About Mold in Your Home

Some of you may remember that my hubby works in homeowners insurance. He also has a background in flood insurance, and is currently working some claims from the recent Category 4 (just a few miles per hour away from a 5!) Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier this month. So, when the guy tells you he knows a thing or two about mold…he knows a thing or two about mold! 

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Since Fall is now underway, most of us are doing the thorough house-cleaning that comes with a new season. (Or a new set of decor, if you’re like me!) If during that cleaning, you encounter the dreaded black or similar stains on your walls, you may rightfully be worried – you’ve found mold in your home.

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However, as my husband, and experts from Emergency Home Solutions of Orange County claim, the situation may not be as serious as you might think.

In fact, most things you read online can be attributed to overzealous mold removal companies trying to sell you their services. Even though mold can be a problem, it may not be a cause for alarm just yet. Here are some useful things to know!

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New Product Review: Essentially Simple Box

These days it seems pretty easy to get hooked up with a subscription box. Right? Clothing…specialty food…books…there are even boxes for our pets! And while the idea of getting something other than bills in the mail is pretty appealing to me, I never really came across a box that I thought I could totally get on board with…until now. I’ve found it, folks! I’ve found “the one”!

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The Essentially Simple Box is a brand new 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil kit! I kid you NOT! This box is for those who want to improve their quality of life and are curious about the amazing benefits of essential oils but are not sure where to start. (Ding ding ding! We have a winner!!!) Essentially Simple literally simplifies the complex world of essential oils by introducing subscribers to one new oil each month, and teaching them how to create several natural home products so they can have a healthier and more vibrant life. Hello! Isn’t that what we ALL want?

Now, if you’ve been around the blog for any length of time, you know that I’m just starting to get into essential oils. While I LOVE them, and the benefits they can provide my family, I won’t lie: I’m also pretty overwhelmed by them. So when I was offered the opportunity to check out Essentially Simple’s first box ever…well. Count me IN!

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From the get-go, the attention to detail was clear and much appreciated. I mean, down to the seal that held the entire package together!

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