Memorial Day Weekend Ideas + HM #184

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #184! Our theme today is Memorial Day Weekend Ideas! Do you already have your plans set for next weekend’s holiday? Hopefully you’ll find here something special to add, or something even more special to create celebration around! #MemorialDay #HomeMattersParty

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Memorial Day Weekend Ideas! + HM #184

It’s huge in my book that we all remember the difference between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and why we celebrate each. Check out the following posts I put together to help us remember with reverence those who paid the ultimate price!

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6 Easy Poppy Crafts for Kids from Alisha & Ashleigh @ Rainbow Sky Creations

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Memorial Day Infographic from Hollye @ The Silver Pen

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10 War Memorials Every American Should Visit from Allison & Terri @ Family Vacations U.S.

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Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad from Julie @ Running in a Skirt

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A Patriotic Summer Holiday Shelf from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

I hope amidst the time off work and the fun activities that you’ll stop and remember those who paid the ultimate price so we could HAVE a BBQ!

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Nicole @ Mom Always Finds OutFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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Check out this week’s features below.

  How To Make Your Own Sprinkles from Michelle @ Queen Bee Baker   PIN here.  


  Berry Yogurt Breakfast Pops from Erin @ My Mommy World   PIN here.  


  Tin Can Flower Garden from Kristi @ I Should Be Mopping The Floor   PIN here.  


  10 Fridge & Freezer Organization Hacks To Save You Time from Nadine @ The Kindest Way   PIN here.  


  How To Paint Tile Floors With A Stencil from Christina @ The DIY Mommy   PIN here.   Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week! Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow… Follow Home Matters Linky Party Board on Pinterest.

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  1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.
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Let your patriotic spirit shine with some awesome Memorial Day weekend ideas. Find loads of fun and good food to celebrate and remember. Plus, link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #MemorialDay #HomeMattersParty Click To Tweet

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5 Common Home Cleaning Mistakes

Whether cleaning the house is your personal torture or your favorite destressing activity, it might surprise you that you may have been doing it all wrong. Don’t worry—you’re not alone! Check out these 5 common home cleaning mistakes and learn how you can correct them to make your cleaning efforts much more effective.

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Starting at the Bottom

Lots of people start with sweeping and mopping the floors before moving upwards. Stop! This is a common mistake that does a pretty good job of shuffling dust around further in your home. As you begin to move upwards, cleaning the furniture and windows, dust can get pushed off and fall to the floors, which have already been cleaned. Instead, start cleaning from the top down, so that dirt and dust particles collect on the floor, where they will ultimately be collected in the last stage of cleaning.

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Rushing

If cleaning isn’t your favorite weekend activity, there’s a good chance you speed through it to get it over with as quickly as possible. However, it’s worth it to slow down. A lot of cleaning solutions require a certain amount of time in order to work effectively. Read the label to determine how much time a product needs to soak on the surface before being wiped down. If you’re rushing, you might be interfering with a product’s ability to work!

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Can You Afford Solar Energy?

We’ve been doing lots of research on solar panels these days. The idea of saving some money on the electric bill is pretty appealing, right? Are we alone in that?! But one thing we’ve found in our research is that there can be some significant start-up costs when it comes to solar energy. How do you figure out if it’s worth it in the end for YOUR family?

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Adding solar panels to a home can save a family above $100 in many states, which, in 20 years can amount to savings of over $30,000. Because it can take a while until your finances begin to show the effects of solar panels, families can be wary to make the switch to green energy. ‘Do we have to put thousands of dollars down?’, ‘How much does it cost to install solar panels?’ or ‘How secure is this investment?’ are a few questions most families ask. In this post, we highlight the ease with which the switch can be made, focusing on ways to afford installation and other costs.

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Solar Installations Costs Have Dropped

Between 2010 and 2016, notes Forbesthe cost of installing solar dropped by over 70%, and technological innovations have meant that panels are more efficient and cheaper to own, yet many households still haven’t made the change. Obstacles include the fact that up to 77% of houses in the US are ineligible for rooftop solar panels (because of issues like orientation or building height, for instance). Moreover, upfront costs for solar can amount to thousands of dollars, which can be prohibitive for many families.

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Get Ready for Summer! + HM #183

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #183! Our theme today is Get Ready for Summer! (It’s hard to  believe I just typed that – it’s the middle of May, folks! What happened?!) As fast as 2018 is moving along, it’s best to go ahead and get ready for the next season. At least WE thought it was a good idea! So let’s go for it! #Summer #HomeMattersParty

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Get Ready for Summer! + HM #183 

I have twin 20-month-old girls, so my motto literally is PREPARATION! Hopefully I’ve found you some great ways that you can implement in your summer preps! Check these out…

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Printable Summer Calendar for Families from Kierste @ Simply Kierste 

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Summer Car Kit from Nicole @ East Valley Moms Blog  

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Simple Steps to Get Ridiculously Organized for A Stress-Free Summer from Michelle & Annie @ What Moms Love

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Summer Family Fun Activity Ideas & Free Printable from Annette @ Tips From a Typical Mom

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40 Easy Summer Crockpot Recipes from Julie @ Mom Fabulous

 Well, that takes care of planning, emergency supplies, hacks, food and activities! Whatcha think?! Are you ready for summer yet?!

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Welcome to the weekly Home Matters Linky Party. A great place to come, share your blog posts, and make new friends. Brand Logo HMLP 2015 © Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST.

We would love to have you visit our blogs and follow us on social media!

Hosts

Lorelai @ Life With LorelaiFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Kristen @ The Road to DomesticationFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Co-hosts

Sahana @ VikalpahFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nicole @ Mom Always Finds OutFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Emily @ Domestic DeadlineFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Donna @ Modern On MonticelloFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Nina @ Vintage Mama’s CottageFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Ashley @ Sweetpea LifestyleFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

Jenny @ Cookies, Coffee and CraftsFacebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

 

Check out more posts from the Hosts and Co-Hosts on our NEW Pinterest Board, All Things Home Matters! And, please do follow…

Follow All Things Home Matters Board on Pinterest.  HMLP - This Week's Features 2015 © Each week, we like to feature some of the awesome posts shared at last week’s party. We hope you will be inspired by these creative and talented bloggers who share their best recipes, DIY projects, crafts, home decor, organization ideas, and more. Enjoy! Come join the fun and link your blog posts at the Home Matters Linky Party. Find inspiration, recipes, decor, crafts, organize, home, garden, repurpose, upcycle -- Door Opens Friday EST. #diy #recipe #home #lifestyle

Check out this week’s features below.

  Paper and Iron-On Wood Sign from Randi @ Duke & Duchesses   PIN here.  


  Glazed Lemon Scones from Lisa @ Cooking With Curls   PIN here.  


  How To Paint Outdoor Furniture So It Lasts for Years from Krista @ The Happy Housie   PIN here.  


  DIY Plastic Bottle Faux Succulents Terrarium from Claire @ Pillar Box Blue   PIN here.  


  Steak and Mushroom Mini Quesadillas from Jas @ All That’s Jas   PIN here.  

Thank you to all who linked up at last week’s party. We look forward to seeing what you will be sharing with us this week! Remember that every feature is shared on all Host’s and Co-Host’s blogs, as well as on the Home Matters Linky Party Pinterest Board! Don’t forget to follow… Follow Home Matters Linky Party Board on Pinterest.If you were featured this week, Please Grab our Featured Button to display proudly on your blog post, featured page, or sidebar! Share the joy…

Featured at Home Matters Linky Party

Are you ready to Party?

Brand Logo HMLP 2015 ©

The linky party starts when Friday begins and closes when Monday ends, EST.

We at Home Matters love meeting new people and discovering new blogs. Help us grow this party by sharing a link on your post or grabbing our party button for your sidebar or party page.

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Stop by and VISIT as many OTHER BLOGGERS as you can. Leave them a message, and share their talents on social media.

Be sure to Please USE our Registered Hashtag

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Home Matters Linky Party Guidelines:

We are thrilled that you came by to link up today! Here are a few rules that hosts and co-hosts of the Home Matters Party follow, and we ask that you follow them, as well.

  1. Please link up no more than THREE posts each week–try to make sure that they are new links that you have not shared here previously. (Exception: Holiday/Seasonal specific posts may be shared once per year.)
  1. Please take some time to poke around and visit some of the other links.
  1. Please take some time to check out your hosts and co-hosts on social media.
  1. We appreciate the variety of blogs on the www; however, the Home Matters Party is for links on matters of the HOME. Please link accordingly.
  1. We ask that you do not add other Linky Parties, Blog Hops, or Giveaways–unless you begin the party with a new project, recipe or post.
  1. On the same note, please do not add links of an extremist, political or strong controversial nature. (The hosts and co-hosts read each and every blog post linked and will contact you directly if you have linked something that does not fit into the realm of the party.)

With your help, we can continue to grow the Home Matters Party! Thank you!

Get ready for summer! Check out these great ideas for summer fun and entertaining. Find fabulous food and drink recipes, and tips and tricks for the best summer ever. Plus, link up at Home Matters. Click To Tweet

Link Up!

By joining the Home Matters Linky Party you are giving permission for all hosts and co-hosts to use and share any part of your post, including pictures, for party promotion, as featured posts, in party photo collages, on blogs, and across social media, etc. All credits will be given to the original source. Also, you will receive a weekly email reminder regarding the new week’s Home Matters Linky Party.

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Thank you for joining in the fun and excitement at the Home Matters Linky Party. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We look forward to chatting with you in the comments.

 

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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 at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Making Plans for Home Improvements

As homeowners, many of us reach a point where we want to make some changes to the house. It could be renovation to upgrade some outdated or inefficient home features. You may need to add some extra space or just do some things to improve energy efficiency. We have a running list of things we want to do around our home, and today, as a matter of fact, our driveway is being finished with asphalt, so…CHECK!

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Whatever you get into, it will cost you some money. For that reason, a lot of people put off home improvements until they reach a point where they are forced to take action. It is best not to let it get to that point; it’s much easier to make a repair when you need to than when you have to.

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It’s essential that you start planning for improvements as soon as you get the home. It may sound overwhelming on the heels of closing costs and down payments, but it’s well worth it by saving you on interest and avoiding price increases. 

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