Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Fresh with These 7 Tips

My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.

Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA! 

But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.

happy young family have lunch time with fresh fruits and vegetable food in bright kitchen

So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!

The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.

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How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom in 3 Easy Steps

First of all, Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you have a wonderful and SAFE celebration with your family and friends!

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I’ve been working on finishing up the redo of our Master Bedroom; I want to make sure it’s all done and set for the two tiny people who will be invading our house later this summer. In my mind, that’s ticking off all the things I had on my little to-do list, and making sure when I walk into the room, I feel a sense of peace and accomplishment. 

So when Sadia Suhail contacted me regarding feng shui tips for a bedroom, I was intrigued! I know a tiny bit about feng shui, but nothing to write home about. I was interested to see how accurately “peaceful” our master bedroom was turning out. (News flash: looks like I need to do some work on it! HA!) Check out Sadia’s REAL feng shui tips!

Your bedroom should be a sweet haven where you can relax and recharge your batteries after a stressful day. Feng shui can help you create an amiable and tranquil atmosphere in your bedroom where you can revitalize or get romantic with your partner. Feng shui your bedroom with the following steps to improve the flow of positive energy for a harmonious and a balanced environment.

Feng shui basis for your bedroom

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A bedroom is a place which doesn’t require a lot of active energy. Hence, it should be located at the back of your house away from the noisy and highly energetic areas. This will aid in laying the foundation of a peaceful and serene retreat. The bedroom shouldn’t be too large as it makes you feel less in control of your surroundings. It shouldn’t be too small either to hinder the flow of positive energy.

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10 Must-Know DIY Carpet Cleaning Secrets & Tips

We don’t have too much carpet in our home. As a matter of fact, the only carpet you’ll find is in our closets. And in only three of our closets, at that! But I have many friends (and, yes, many readers) who still struggle with their carpet – mainly with keeping it CLEAN. 

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So when Chris from Foam Frenzy contacted me about doing a post on DIY carpet cleaning secrets and tips, well, I was all about it! Check out his ideas!

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Best Gardening Tips for 2016

Most of you know that I’m what I like to call an “experimenting gardener”. When it comes to gardening, I love to see what I can grow…and I what I simply CANNOT. Living in Central Florida, I’ve been doing pretty well, but there’s always room for improvement! For instance…

I’ve been purchasing lots of my seeds from Amazon, when I can’t find them in my local area. My October sowing was no different – I purchased some spinach seeds from Amazon, because I LOVE spinach, and I was excited about having a bunch of it on hand! 

You can see it here in the background of this pic…

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Except this was about the same time that my parents were down for Thanksgiving, and my mom, while studying my garden, pointed to my spinach and said, “What’s that?”

“It’s spinach!” I exclaimed, a little taken aback that she didn’t know.

“That’s not spinach,” she said firmly.

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Having a Hard Time Sleeping?

I’m not the best sleeper in the world. I’ll confess, I’m normally thrilled with 4 hours of sleep – anything more than that and I’m just not quite sure what to do with myself!

It’s not that I CAN’T physically sleep. (Well…unless there is some champion snoring happening next to me, which DOES happen every now and again!) My lack of sleep has to do with a few things, really. Mainly that I work a full time job and run two small businesses, too. Yeah, I’ve got the tiny bit of sleeping narrowed down to THAT.

It’s gotten bad enough that I will literally set my alarm to get up in the middle of the night to switch the laundry over, or to unload the dishwasher after it’s finished, because I know I won’t have the time to do those things the next day. And those are important things. Forks and underwear, you know. Important. So if you happen to be in our neighborhood and you drive by our house around 3 in the morning and see all the lights on, no worries. Nothing’s wrong at all! That’s just the normal night-time sleep intermission!

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However, I’ve been using a FitBit of late, and one of the things that the nifty little gadget does is track your sleep! Crazy, huh? And something about seeing how LITTLE I actually DO sleep, right there on the screen, well, it made me pay a bit of attention. After all, not getting enough sleep can really be detrimental for your health!

Casper, the sleep and mattress experts, contacted me and asked me if I’d like to publish an infographic on sleeping, I thought it was rather timely. After all, I’m pretty sure everyone can function much better on the Road to Domestication on a full night’s sleep!

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