Streamline Your School Mornings

5 Tips to Streamline Your School Mornings

For many children and families, school has started.  That means fighting the clock to get ready and out the door on time.  With a little bit of planning and a few tricks, you can streamline your morning routine.

Coming off a lazy summer, where bedtimes and waking up can get a bit fuzzy, can be difficult for everybody.  You have to shout, cajole, and beg your children to get out of bed and get ready.  And the more you yell at them, the longer they take! Fighting with your children makes all of you stressed and can negatively impact the rest of your day.  Believe it or not, your mornings can run more smoothly and less stressfully.   (more…)

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Crafts to make with household items

8 Kids Crafts to Make With Household Items

Children have amazing imaginations, often creating whole worlds in their heads.  They can turn a blank piece of paper into a fantastic piece of art.  Unfortunately, art materials can be expensive.  Thankfully, there are plenty crafts to make with household items!

Patrice Stanley, on Canadian Living, recommends keeping an art box stocked with supplies.  Supplies should include staples such as glue, scissors, coloring utensils, a basic paint set and brushes, and construction paper.  But there are so many craft supplies that you can find just by looking in your recycling bin.  Plastic pop bottles, tin cans, paper towel rolls, egg cartons, cardboard boxes, and magazines can all be crafting materials.  With a little ingenuity, you’ve got the perfect basis for these DIY crafts. (more…)

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Non-Toxic Home Cleaners

Safe, Non-Toxic Home Cleaners

Take a trip down the supermarket aisles and you’ll find an abundance of products to clean every surface in your home.  We use them to disinfect counters, strip away grease, remove stains, and polish wood.  But many of these products can be a double-edged sword.

To keep our families safe and healthy, we use a variety of products to kill germs and fight mold and mildew.  A couple common household cleaners are ammonia and chlorine bleach.  Bleach can help whiten clothes, remove stains, and is a great antimicrobial agent.  Ammonia is an agent used in glass and surface cleaners, as well as oven-cleaning solutions.  However, bleach can be toxic when ingested or combined with vinegar or ammonia.  Ammonia is generally a non-toxic cleaner, but can irritate the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.

These are just a couple examples of household products that can be dangerous, even if used properly.  Take a look at the labels of your other cleaning products and you’re sure to find a number of other toxic substances.  However, there are alternatives and you can find many of them in your own home.  By mixing and matching, you can create solutions for various situations.  You’ll need a few basics if you want to create your own non-toxic home cleaners. (more…)

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Build Your Closet on a Budget

Build Your Closet on a Budget

When I think about shopping, I am filled with both excitement and anxiety.  Looking for new clothes, whether it is to look for something specific or because it’s time for a refresh, hunting for the best deals can get exhausting.  Just like any other 20-something female, I’m hoping to find the latest trends and classic pieces for prices that won’t break the bank.

Since I don’t have children, I shop Swap.com differently than a lot of our customers.  When I browse, I look only for items that are in women’s sizes, then I check that company’s website to see if I’m really getting a deal.  I took on the “Build Your Closet on a Budget” challenge and gave myself $150 to refresh my wardrobe for the upcoming season. (more…)

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