Your Guide To Getting A Good Night’s Sleep As A Busy Parent

I don’t really consider myself to be an “expert” on too many things, but there’s one thing I feel that I know a LOT about: sleepless nights. I mean, I have 2-year-old twins. I think that qualifies me for some kind of expert designation or title in the sleep realm, don’t you?!

As parents, getting enough sleep can be quite a challenge. In fact, less than 10% of parents of young children get 8 hours a night! It’s almost reassuring to know that – it can often feel like we’re the only parents we know struggling like this – but being behind on sleep and looking after kids takes a lot out of you. Luckily, it isn’t all doom and gloom – there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: there are ways to improve your sleep without giving in and getting a hotel room for the night. Your lifestyle, your house, and your bed all contribute to the amount (and quality) of sleep you get.

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Why your mattress matters

You’ve probably told the story a million times: the test of true princess-hood is that the princess is able to feel, through a hundred mattresses, a single pea, and it renders her unable to sleep. The reality isn’t nearly as dramatic, but your mattress quality really does impact the quality and length of your sleep. On a comfortable mattress, you’re less likely to wake up after you fall asleep (unless the kids need you), you sleep more deeply, and your body keeps you warmer. If you find yourself waking up a lot during the night, it may be that your mattress isn’t the best, and the data shows that you really do need a good mattress to get a good night’s sleep. Of course, if the kids wake you up, it’s a different case entirely – you can’t be expected to sleep through that!

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The never-ending chore: Why cleanliness affects sleep

Clutter can also have an impact on how we sleep. Keeping your house, and especially your bedroom, clean and tidy can improve the quality and length of sleep. If you have a lot of clutter around your house, especially in the place you sleep, that can drive your stress levels up and your sleep quality down. It depends how sensitive you are to messes or clutter, of course, but knowing you have to pick it all up tomorrow will make it harder to both get to sleep and stay asleep. It might be tempting to leave your room a little messy, especially when you’re keeping the house clean for the kids. But for the sake of your sleep, you should really make sure, at the very least, that it’s neat and that everything is in the right place. 

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4 Misconceptions About Hiring a Cleaning Service That Need to Go Away!

We talk a lot about cleaning here on the blog. I happen to think cleaning is pretty important, myself. But that’s just me! I also happen to think there’s nothing wrong with asking for a little help when you need it.

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If you are sick, you go see a doctor, or when your car breaks, you just don’t leave it there and buy a new one.  So, why there are certain areas of life where help is deemed “okay” and others where it is ridiculed is a mystery to me. Nonetheless, I will try and debunk it with help from Maid This, who was kind enough to lend us a hand in understanding misconceptions about hiring a cleaning service, and how to deal with them.

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Too good to get your hands dirty

There are people who think that you are lazy or spoiled if you don’t want to get your hands dirty. In reality, those people lead different lives and their schedule probably allows them to do this job themselves without needing any outside help ever. On the other hand, there are people who need to work, take care of their family and do bunch of other chores on a daily basis. For them, adding cleaning, which takes a lot of time and energy, can be overwhelming.

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Chicken Recipes to Feed Your Family + HM #202

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #202! This week’s theme revolves around my most favorite meat in the entire world: Chicken Recipes to Feed Your Family! At our house, we eat chicken several times a week, and, since it IS National Chicken Month, it’s only fitting that I share some of the deliciousness with all of you! #Chicken #Recipes #HomeMattersParty

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As much as I like chicken for just being…chicken…I REALLY like it when easy cleanup is involved, too! And what’s easier cleanup than a good ol’ foil packet?! So, without further ado, here are some very yummy ideas along those lines!

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Easy Baked Italian Chicken & Veggie Foil Packets from Layla from Gimme Delicious

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Easy Monterey Chicken Foil Packets from Ashley @ The Recipe Rebel

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Grilled Chicken Fajitas in Foil from Erin @ Well Plated

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BBQ Chicken Foil Packets with Veggies from Tara @ Unsophisticook

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Foil Pack Chicken from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

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5 Expectations Your Home Cleaning Company Must Meet!

These days I feel like I’m constantly behind on things. Cleaning included. Anyone else with me? I feel like I get one area of my life caught up and nicely in order, but while I’ve been working on that, three more areas have burned to the ground! (A little bit of an exaggeration, but do you get what I mean?) When does it end?!

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Of course, there are ways we can all help ourselves catch up. It just depends on our current situation. For me, I’ve been thinking more and more about hiring someone to come clean our house.

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Now, don’t get me wrong: I’ve done this before. I used to get overwhelmed with cleaning certain areas of the house (like our huge walk-in tile shower) and call a cleaning service to come out and do it. But that was when I had tiny twins, was working part time, and I felt like I had justification to call a company. When I started staying at home with the girls last year, I figured I could handle everything myself, no problem. But let me tell you: with 2 2-year-olds around here all the time, it’s HARD! And hiring someone to come in and clean would be SO helpful!

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How to Take Care of Your Custom Pool During the Winter

We live in Central Florida, where, most times, you can still swim in the pool in the middle of “winter”. But I know not all of the lovely readers here on this blog can enjoy that kind of weather year round! So let’s talk about taking care of pools for those who actually get to enjoy “a white Christmas”.

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With a great pool comes great responsibility, and true heroes shine when summer’s end approaches and it’s time to make preparations for upcoming cold months of winter. Being a responsible owner includes constant care throughout the whole year, and especially during winter when temperatures can be harmful if the pool is not attended to properly.

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Don’t worry, the experts at SoCal have been very helpful and shared some advice on how to best preserve your custom pool when warm days are over!

Get your systems ready

The time has come to end the swimming season and close the pool off, but before you do that you need to make sure that all the systems inside are completely ready. Water from heater, filter and pipes needs to be drained and the water level should be maintained to around 5 inches below the skimmer. The reason why you need to keep all the motorized parts dry is the danger of water freezing within and causing all sorts of problems. Don’t forget to keep the cover dry as well to avoid any freezing from above.

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