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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Fall Decor to Make Your Home Cozy + HM #201

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #201! We’re finally entering one of my most favorite times of the year: FALL! This week’s theme is: Fall Decor to Make Your Home Cozy! And as far as I’m concerned, my house is never cozier than when it’s totally decorated for Fall! What do YOU think?! #FallDecor #Autumn #HomeMattersParty

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Fall Decor to Make Your Home Cozy + HM #201

Do you decorate for Fall? I think I have more Fall decor than I do for any other holiday or season! (Yes, even more than I do for Christmas!) If you already decorate for the season, I hope this post gives you a fresh idea or perspective to incorporate into your home! And if you don’t…then I hope this post inspires you to decorate along with the rest of us!

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10 Beautiful Neutral Fall Tablescapes from Meredith @ Unoriginal Mom

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25 Inspiring Fall Mantel Decorating Ideas from Rebekah @ A Blissful Nest

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Fall Front Porches from Elaine @ House of Hargrove

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10 Ways to Add a Fall Touch to Your Home from Rachael @ This is Our Bliss

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It’s Time for Fall…inside Our Home! from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

Do you smell Fall in the air now?! You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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  DIY Halloween BOO Kits from Brandy @ Gluesticks   PIN here.  


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  Homemade Applesauce from Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible   PIN here.  


  Apple Candle Holder Place Cards from Jennifer @ Satsuma Designs   PIN here.  


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Breakfast – A Better Way to Start Your Day + HM #200

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #200! WOWEE!!! This week’s theme is: Breakfast – A Better Way to Start Your Day! Now that we’re all back in school mode and things are starting to return to a normal routine (I miss summer already!) it’s time to make sure we’re really putting our best selves forward each day! Eating a good breakfast is a great way to do that! #breakfast #recipes #HomeMattersParty

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Breakfast – A Better Way to Start Your Day + HM #200

One of my favorite things to do for breakfast is a Breakfast Casserole. If it’s made big enough, all you have to do is warm up your breakfast for days on end! I LOVE the convenience of it! So I figured I’d share some of that convenience with all of you today!

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Mixed Berry Vanilla Baked Oatmeal from Julie @ Julie’s Eats & Treats

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Amish Breakfast Casserole from Teresa @ Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Casserole from Allison @ Celebrating Sweets

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A Wholesome Breakfast Casserole from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

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Biscuits & Gravy Casserole from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

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  Pumpkin Spice Bars from Lisa @ Cooking With Curls   PIN here.  


  How to Reuse Coffee Grounds Around Your Home from Nadine @ The Kindest Way   PIN here.  


  Caramel Apple Pie from Jen @ Cincy Shopper   PIN here.  


  Easy Melt & Pour Fall Scented Soap from Maura @ Happy Deal Happy Day   PIN here.  


  Container Decorating Fall Porches from Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe   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…

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  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.)

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A Step by Step Guide to Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Okay, okay. I’ll admit it. I’m THAT person. I’m that person who notices how dirty the vacuum is when I go to the closet and pull it out. Often times, before I vacuum, I stop and wipe it down, and might even spray some disinfectant up inside of it. Not joking.

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And it’s not just the vacuum cleaner. I clean all kinds of “cleaning appliances”. The dishwasher. The Roomba. The mop. The bottle sanitizer. The pressure washer.

And yes…the washing machine. At least once a week (normally more) you can find me running a cycle with just soap, or with just bleach, or with just bleach and soap, trying to clean my washing machine. It’s worse if anyone in the house is sick! Then I’m literally cleaning the washing machine in between every load! And thank goodness for “Stay Fresh”, which is a nice little cleaning mode my washing machine has that can be easily run. I think that helps tremendously!

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If YOU don’t clean YOUR washing machine, no worries! The following guide will take you through how to clean your washing machine, step by step. Whether you have a top loading machine, or a front loading, this guide can help you.

Why Should I Clean My Machine?

Given how easy it is to regularly clean and maintain your washing machine, and how much time, work, and money it could save you, it is something that all of us should be doing on a monthly basis. You will both extend the lifetime of your machine, and also ensure that it continues to perform at optimum efficiency. Plus, it’s really not that difficult and takes very little time once you get started. If you need to know how to clean a washing machine, read on!

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DIY Essential Oil Products with Got Oil Supplies (GIVEAWAY INCLUDED!)

Before I get too far into this post, here’s my disclaimer: I am NOT an expert on essential oils! There is SO much to learn about oils, and how to use them, and all the things you can create with them – it can be pretty overwhelming! But I have some great friends who have TONS of knowledge on the subject, and they’ve been super helpful in teaching me how to replace harmful toxins and chemicals with products featuring essential oils instead. I’m loving all this new knowledge these days…but there has been one thing that’s been a tad bit frustrating to me: where to PUT everything.

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I mean, for example: I made a nice lavender body cream the other day, and it’s now being stored in a Tupperware container. I have nothing against Tupperware, but Tupperware is made for FOOD, not for cosmetics! It’s kinda clunky and hard to store with my other lotions and creams, ya know? (If you’d like the recipe for the lavender body cream I made, CLICK HERE)

So when Stacy from Got Oil Supplies contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a review here on the blog of a few items, I was totally intrigued! Call me silly, but I didn’t even realize that there was a company out there who offered essential oil supplies and containers (face palm). (Hey, I told you I’m no expert!)

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When my shipment arrived and I opened the box, I immediately went to my “happy place”. Bottles and tubs and jars galore! It was amazing!

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