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Party Planning and Working Grandmother – 12 Home Business Tips and More

This article is tailored to fit a good friend of mine. I met her at the tender age of 7 out on a curb. Nice, pleasant memories throughout my childhood and beyond when I think of her! 🙂

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She’s been my best friend ever since that summer day out on the curb and I’m now given the chance to offer her my best tips to starting a home business. How extraordinary!

When you’ve got talent and creativeness, what else do you need to start a business? A LOT! lol

SEE THE 12 BASIC TIPS BELOW TO FIND OUT WHAT ALL IS REQUIRED AFTER THE MARKETING SECTION

Pics Are Included After The End Of The Article That Showcase My Friend’s Talent

The niche I will be covering is party planning and decorating for large events. From what I’ve seen on Facebook, this lady, (my friend and a grandmother too) has unique talents. The pics at the end will certainly sell themselves. No expressions required! Although she will tell you that her grandbabies was and IS a huge portion of her inspiration.

However, inspiration, talent and creativeness is only the beginning. Those elements to starting a home business doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.

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Those unique gifts DO get your feet in the door! And, that speaks volumes for success

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Marketing: It’s all about HOW you market!

Social Medias: Where is everyone on the Internet today? Ahh yes, Facebook and Twitter! These are the two most popular of all the social media platforms. However, there is also Google+, Linkedin and Pinterest. I definitely suggest both Facebook and Twitter. The others are in general a personal preference. The two platforms (I use) are Facebook and Twitter. For me, FB started out mainly for family. However, as you can see, I use it for business as well. 🙂

Always be courteous and polite on social media sites and never ignore any conversations. You must follow up with all your contacts! Be professional, be friendly, and post daily.

Please Note: There is a neat little freebie and organizer for using social media platforms. See the #12 tip below (toward the end of this article). When you start using it, you will absolutely love it! Simple and easy. Hootsuite

Youtube – Vlogging: This is video marketing. It has become quite the handy marketing method if you’re into video promotion. And like anything else, it’s a personal preference. If you have a bubbly personality and very outgoing, this may be something for you to experience with.

I was inspired by this gal, a friend and business associate … Lynn Terry – http://www.lynnterry.tv/. I suggest you watch a few of her videos. She’s an inspiration!

Message Boards/Forums: I used to not let a day go by without networking and marketing on a select few of message boards. However, they are not as popular as they used to be since all the new social medias came on board. A lot of these boards will let you include a link or two (only in your signature). It’s unethical and also considered spamming if you include your website links in the body of your posts. Your account will also more than likely, be deleted for doing this.

As with the social medias above, you will need to be courteous and polite and also, engage in friendly conversation. Answer questions, (if you have them), and offer your best tips. Please don’t join a message board ONLY to post your site/blog links and leave! You are there to be professional, read and learn, network and get to know other home business associates. By doing this, you are more inclined to pick up new clients.

Use Google to search for message boards that will relate to party planning, hosting, decorating and home business.

3 Quick Tips About Joining Boards:

1. Get in the habit of using the same username and password for all of them. It’s best to use your real name as your username. By using the same password, you will of course remember it when logging in each time you visit them.

2. Also, look for active boards with active members. Scan through all the latest topics covered. If you see that the last topic covered was back in 2008, move on! You get the idea?! 😉

3. It’s professional to use a photo of yourself (if the forum owner approves of photos).

Simple Marketing – Word Of Mouth: Finally, we come to the last marketing method that should be mentioned here. However, it’s definitely NOT the least effective! Word of mouth … a big personality and a warm smile go far when you’ve got a business to get off the ground. It also helps a great deal if you get creative with some business cards that you can freely hand out. If you know a lot of people and have plenty of friends, the odds are in your favor. You see the domino effect?

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Ahh so now, if you’re probably thinking, “Wow, this is information OVERLOAD!” And yes, it really is. I’m just giving you my best tips and advice. You certainly don’t have to use all four of these marketing methods. If you wanted to pick between them,…definitely use social media sites and word of mouth. Then, later on (if you have the time) by all means, use them all.

Always keep in mind, you can certainly use your evening hours to conduct business. Or any given day that your boss lets you work from home. And you know, the parties themselves are usually on weekends or evenings.

Below are the basic tips I was referring to, some of them definitely goes without saying. However, I have to list them. 😉

One Dozen Basic Tips For Starting a Home Business While Still Working Outside The Home

#1 Make sure the type of home business you desire to establish is evergreen, (forever high in demand). The niche being discussed here is for sure! There will always be a necessity for celebrating, hosting and making events memorable.

#2 Please don’t leave your day job BEFORE your own business is established! I so negligently say this and we’ve all heard it a million times, but the fact of the matter is, a shocking population of people do exactly that. And of course it’s these people that end up doing the belly-up dance. Given the state of the American government, just don’t do it! lol You can work a brick and mortar job and also start and run a home business on the side. It depends on how bad you want a (100 % home business) as to how hard you work at it and promote a home business.

#3 Your number one desire is of course pleasing customers. (One that goes without saying), however, I still needed to include it so that I wasn’t leaving any pertinent details out of this article.

Yes, it’s still “The customer is always right!”

#4 You’ll want to study current designs when it comes to decor and designing for your clients. I love victorian things and my son calls MY THINGS “So 80s!” Believe it or not, there are still some people that like the 80s themes. Be prepared for anything from client to client and study up on current designs.

#5 You will of course need to do a heap of research on the pricing online and also your neighborhood. What you charge is totally your call, however, you must stay updated on pricing in order to remain competitive. Pricing will vary, as to pleasing your customers and the specific theme and type of event.

#6 Create a blog or website. The majority of people online go with a blog. Blogs get indexed in the search engines much faster. Always make new content KING! Google will indeed love you whenever you create new content on your blog or website. This can be recent party details, photos and also articles. The more content you create for your blog or website, the better the search engines will be able to find you.

One last tip about Google…

Google likes text in regard to new content on your site rather than photos/graphics. In fact, Google doesn’t even recognize graphics unless you include the “alt” tags.

Of course, when starting a party planning and decorating business site, you WILL be using your best photos, just use them sparingly. You will need to use them on a “portfolio” page. This will be a page where you list all your best clients, and then attach a photo with each one.

The two most popular blog platforms are Blogger.com and WordPress. Blogger.com has always been free of charge and you can place anything on your blog that you want. You can display affiliate links, Adsense ads, etc.

Important About WordPress: It’s important to know the difference from wordpress.com and wordpress.org. With WordPress.com, you cannot place affiliate links or ads. However, it’s free, no hosting fees required. When you purchase hosting for a domain name (yoursite.com), you can freely install WordPress.org onto your website/blog. With WordPress.org, you can place ads and pretty much anything you like.

Domain Registras: Namecheap.com or GoDaddy are both great for purchasing domain names. There are yearly fees. However, most of these prices are at minimum low.

Hosting: When it comes to monthly hosting, Hostgator is by far the most user and customer care friendly that I’ve found. I’ve always heard back from them on the same day that I’ve contacted them over any issues I’ve had regarding my websites. Also, with Hostgator, you get unlimited websites for one low price. You can also choose to pay yearly instead of monthly.

Of course if you go with Blogger.com, you won’t have to worry about fees, unless you decide to transfer a domain name onto Blogger.com. There are several people that do this. Again, personal preference.

#7 When it comes to creating a title for your blog or website, don’t use Jane Doe’s (your name) Party Planning Services! If someone is searching for party planning or decorating tips on Google, they certainly won’t be typing in any specific names. They will search generic, for example: party planning ideas, party planning tips, decorating and party planning or party plan designing. Just so you get the idea. You want to be found on search engines, and using your name in the title would not be feasible.

#8 No matter how much experience you have, it is suggested that you take a decorating or party planning class. You will definitely learn new things and skills that follow all the trends. Now some people say, “Don’t pay attention to trends, go full speed ahead with what you’re passionate about.” This is a personal preference, and always go with your gut instincts.

#9 Taxes: Save every last (no matter how small) receipt you acquire from creating your business. Everything from computers, phone bills, paper, ink, to web hosting bills and auto gas bills. You can write off a percentage of your home office space, electric bill, and business supplies as well. Even if you purchase a new or used car for your business, yes, you can write that off too. Everything counts; don’t leave anything out that you think you can write off. If in doubt, (it’s suggested you do anyway), make an appointment with your tax advisor and talk.

#10 You will definitely need a Paypal account, (if you don’t have one already). I’ve used Paypal for years and have never had an issue. It’s easy, secure and the only electronic transaction payment form I’ve ever used.

Do read all policies and spam issues to keep your Paypal account safe. I suggest changing your password at least once per month. Or, you can do this as often as you see fit. Another small tip about Paypal: When logging into your account, please make sure you use this page https://www.paypal.com Instead of http://www.paypal.com Always use the (S) to prevent account hacking!

#11 Computer mobility: My favorite Internet item is by far my Ipad! You can pick up free Wifi in quite a few places (other than your home). The mini Ipads are fairly new on the market. Smart phones are also an excellent choice when you’re out and about away from your home-base computer. Laptops, I personally don’t like so much. Mine crashed frequently. Others swear by them. So, there is a personal decision with web mobility.

#12 Some FREE resources for your home business

Hootsuite.com: This free social media management service has been a life saver for me! When I discovered I could post to Twitter and Facebook all from one easy window and with ONE SINGLE POST, I certainly thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. Pardon the idiom! lol And on top of that, your posts can be scheduled. For example, if you wanted to take off a whole week, or go on a vacation, you can schedule your posts. How cool is that??

Evernote: This free little program is excellent for organizing your documents. It’s a life saver for project management. Evernote is also phone friendly.

Freshbooks.com: Free invoicing software

Filezilla: This is a free FTP (file transfer protocol) for transferring, downloading and saving files from your website. It’s excellent for doing website backups. Note: This is for (paid version) websites. For a paid version, you pay for hosting and obtain a domain name. (yoursite.com).

There are also all kinds of free tutorials you can access just by doing a careful search on Google for your business. Make Google.com your best friend! There is not a day that goes by where I don’t use it. It’s by far the best search engine on the net!

BONUS TIP:

At the end of each year, carefully access all your paper work/electronic details and ask yourself, “Am I at a point where I can actually quit my brick and mortar job?” OR…you can do this every six months, or however often you think is best.

Also, you can have a serious talk with your boss about letting you work at home more often. The extra mobility will of course let you have more time for your new home business adventure.

I certainly hope this article was helpful, (not only for the person I tailored it for), but ANYONE that is interested in beginning a home business while working outside the home.

Much success to you! 🙂

Now To Those Pics I Promised

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You can find out more about Gail at Her Facebook Page

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A Frugal Grandma’s Guide to the Kitchen of Her Dreams – Guest Post

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It is a well-known fact that kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in the home. However, it is possible for a mom, or even a grandma, to update her kitchen while adhering to a budget. The below suggestions will reveal some great ideas for a frugal kitchen update:

Paint

A new coat of paint on the kitchen walls and cabinets will rejuvenate a drab kitchen. Choosing a color that adds light to your kitchen is a great way to change the looks of your kitchen without a big investment. To paint cabinets, simply remove cabinet doors and carefully paint them. After they have thoroughly dried, reinstall the cabinets. The effect this will have on your kitchen’s appearance is remarkable. By repainting them, you can update old cabinets for far less than replacing them.

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Change Cabinet hardware

Another easy way to frugally update your kitchen is changing your cabinet hardware. There are two ways to go about this project. Either buy new cabinet hardware or repaint the old. If you are unhappy with the style of the hardware, replacing them is probably best. However, if you like the hardware but just would like an updated look, consider spray-painting them. An easy way to paint hardware is spray-painting them outdoors. Once dried, reinstall the hardware on your kitchen cabinets.

Update lighting

Another easy change to make in your kitchen is updating the light fixtures. When you update a light fixture, consider switching to the more environmentally friendly L.E.D. lights. Even though the cost will be slightly more up front, your long-term savings in energy costs will more than make up the difference. There are also under the cabinet L.E.D. lights now available that create a great effect in the kitchen.

Change the backsplash

If your kitchen has a worn or outdated backsplash, consider replacing it. If your kitchen is without a backsplash, adding one will really make a difference in your kitchen’s appearance. Thankfully, there are many inexpensive options when it comes to backsplashes. Some backsplashes come in panels made to resemble stone, rock or bricks. There are also many surplus stores that sell discontinued tile, and this is another great option for a new backsplash.

Updating appliances

You may assume that replacing appliances cannot possibly be a frugal move. However, when you replace appliances that draw a large amount of water and electricity with newer more economically friendly ones, you will see a savings in the long-term. An on-demand water heater is a great example of this principle. It may take an initial investment to purchase, but having an on-demand water heater will reduce your home’s energy costs and result in a great deal of monetary savings and possible energy efficiency tax credits.

The above suggestions are great ideas to implement while frugally updating a kitchen. Each of these improvements are worth considering on their own, but if combined, a brand new kitchen can be created for your family to enjoy for years to come. In addition, most of them are easy projects that anyone can accomplish without the need to hire a contractor.

About The Author

Tina Jacobs is a registered nurse and DIY home improvement maven who has written and blogged for DIY Mother as well as numerous print and online publications ranging in topics from education to health and from home renovations to interior decorating.

4 Ways To Ready Your Home For Spring – Guest Post

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Cold winter weather tends to keep people cooped up indoors more often than usual, and as winter drags on, it’s common for clutter to accumulate around the house. That’s one reason why spring has become the season known for intense cleaning and home revitalization.

Most homes can stand to endure an annual cleaning binge, and if you’re keen to the idea, consider these four ways you can put winter behind you and invigorate your home as temperatures finally warm up:


Retire the Christmas decorations to storage

After the holiday season, it’s hard to find the motivation to put away the grandkids’ stockings, the colored lights and all of your favorite decorations. Maybe that explains why we all know someone who’s let Christmas decorations linger well into January – or longer. But it’s a challenge to start deep-cleaning when last year’s decorations are still hanging around.

If you opted for a real tree last year, get that dried-out fire hazard out of your house! Your area trash-pick up service may offer options for recycling, or you can chop up your old tree and add it to your compost pile. Owners of artificial Christmas trees may have an easier time of post-holiday clean-up: just store it in a cool, dry place.

Carefully pack ornaments, wrapping delicate ones. (Tip: Save discarded gift wrap and use it to protect ornaments).

 

Clean out your storage spaces

Now that you’ve put away the holiday doodads, it’s time to start deep-cleaning. Your basement, attic and garage can – over time – become home to all sorts of odds and ends. You can clear up a lot of space in your home by going through these spaces and getting rid of the things you no longer need. Whether you donate them, throw them away or set them aside for an upcoming garage sale, you should be able to unload a lot of unnecessary baggage. You can also use this time to better organize your storage and make it easier to navigate.

Use what you have

If you’re like most grandparents, you’ve got a parade of relatives coming in and out of your home – kids, grandkids, in-laws – so it can be hard to find time to clean. But who said you can’t put some of those people to work?

Adults know that cleaning products can be toxic – and no one wants to expose children to dangerous chemicals. But you can make many cleaners yourself with common household items like vinegar. Whip-up some homemade cleaning solutions and assign a few simple tasks to your grandchildren, while you tackle the more sophisticated projects. Granted, they may not stay interested in cleaning for long, but this is one way to get them off the couch so you can vacuum it!

Clean the furniture

When thoroughly cleaning, most people instinctively wipe-off tables, counters and other hard surfaces. But dirt and dust can accumulate in your sofa, recliners and mattress, too. You can remove a lot of that debris by vacuuming, using your upholstery attachment.
If you have furniture with machine-washable covers, now is a good time to wash them. Some people instead choose to steam-clean furniture using just hot water and mild detergent.

Getting your home clean and organized doesn’t have to be a big chore – especially when you have a little help and stick to that to-do list.

About The Author

Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She writes on behalf of Tree Classics. She’s currently working on her master’s degree, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing softball.

Florida Pics

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Hi there,

Finally! Here are some photos of our vacation in Florida. 🙂 It was a MUCH NEEDED getaway for us. However, both of us were sick and coming down with that nasty coughing flu bug and where we stayed…the weather could have been a bit nicer. It was a tad cool for the beach thing, but we did it anyway

😛 We were there for a full 9 days/nights.

Next time we go to Florida, we will be staying in Orlando…although, where we stayed was breath-taking and absolutely beautiful!! The pics below DOES NOT do justice. We walked a few feet across the street to the beach. And the restaurants and shops were just a quick drive. Everything was quite convenient! Nice! =)

Sitting on a beach can quickly CLEAR YOUR MIND!

Arriving in Florida

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Where we stayed – AWESOME PLACE TO STAY ON THE BEACH 🙂

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I suck at taking our own pics! Not a good one LOL

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I love the seagulls!! =)

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This last one is my screen wallpaper at the moment 🙂

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Giveaway From a Friend – Improve Your Entire Financial Life with The Money Code

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A good friend of mine, Karlyn over at Another Baby Boomer is having another excellent giveaway! 🙂

Be able to start out 2013 right by winning your very own copy of The Money Code.

An extra bonus of a $25 VISA gift card goes to the lucky winner as well!!

 

It’s simple to enter…Just leave a comment describing how you’ve made the commitment to securing and improving your financial life in 2013. That’s all there is to it, Easy to Enter :: Easy to Win!

Hurry though, the giveaway closes on January 25th! 😉

Get Full Details HERE

Good Luck! =)

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Avoiding Harmful Chemicals When Cleaning – Guest Post

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Cleaning is one of those household tasks that we all have to do, whether we like it or not. Using commercial cleaning products that are powerful and effective is easy, but not always the best idea. One of the down sides of it is that most of these products are full of harmful chemicals, which are toxic and therefore neither eco-friendly, nor good for our health. In fact, if you only take a look at what you have in your kitchen, a great deal of products and ingredients can be mixed to produce strong cleaning solutions.

You’d be surprised at how many homemade recipes you could use for cleaning just about anything at home – glass, furniture, floors, tiles, etc. Some natural products have been used for decades for cleaning and they give perfect results. Here is some more information on how to avoid toxic cleaners and harmful chemicals.

Drain Cleaners


These are some of the most toxic ones, but they are still used in just about every home. When there is a clogged drain and you have to fix it, all you want is a quick and powerful solution, but do you stop and check what’s the product made of? If you are conscious about your health and about the environment, you will pick a different method – a drain snake or a drain auger would do just as well. You can buy them from a hardware store. The way to use them is by pushing down the drain and rotating them. This way you can grab onto what’s clogging the drain. You could even buy a cheap plastic one, which is still a better option than using a product which has toxic fumes. Another way is to dissolve what’s clogging the drain by pouring some vinegar and baking soda in it. Sprinkle a cup of 200 gr of baking soda, then pour a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain so the foam goes down and not up. Leave it like that for about an hour, then pour a cup of boiling hot water.

Cleaning the toilet

The commercial toilet bowl cleaners are quite toxic, but how else could you clean that nasty ring and all the stains? In fact, there are other methods you can use just as successfully. Pour one cup of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar in the toilet. This will produce a foam which you can rub with a toilet brush into the bowl. The result is a sparkling clean toilet that you just have to flush down.

All-Purpose Cleaner

You can prepare a completely natural all-purpose cleaner with which you can clean windows, stove tops, countertops, tables and many more areas. Mix hot water with white vinegar. Vinegar is one of the ultimate cleaning products, but many people don’t use it because of the strong smell. Don’t worry –the minute it dries out, the smell will be gone. You can use it for cleaning the bathroom tiles and all the glass surfaces in the bathroom too.

Glass Cleaner

Why waste money on commercial glass cleaners, when you can prepare your own and pour it in a spray bottle?

It’s simple, affordable and effective. Fill a sink with hot water (a few cups), after that add cornstarch and stir it all. The ratio is about 25% cornstarch to 75% water. Dip a clean cloth in this mixture and wring it out a little. Use the washcloth to wipe down glass surfaces.

About The Author

Stay Tuned for the useful cleaning advice offered by Nicole. Learn hoe to keep your house healthy and fresh.

First Basic Steps To Creating A Family Memory Quilt

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Creating a memory quilt for your family would be something that would both be fun and rewarding. It would be fun trying to come up with all kinds of ideas that could go into such a thoughtful project. It would also be personally rewarding just from completing the project and to also see the look on your family’s faces when they see it done.

So, what needs to be done before you attempt to tackle a memory quilt? Have a look at the following steps, tips, and suggestions as to what to include in your project and also how to go about completing it.


1. The very first step to creating such a quilt is to save all the memorabilia that is needed for it. Many people sell their used baby clothing items at yard or garage sales. Some pass them onto relatives or friends. But if you decide to create a memory quilt, you will want to hold onto all the favorites. A short list could include…

Sports Uniforms
Cheerleading Outfits
Favorite Shirts
Favorite Jeans
Prom Dresses
Old Favorite Blankets
Baby Clothing Items
Baby Blankets

2. Do you have the appropriate machine for sewing the quilt top, and actually quilting it? A lot of thought needs to go into choosing a machine that will do the job. Some people that do a lot of quilting have separate machines for sewing the top and quilting. And some have one that does both.

3. Do you have a quilting pattern in mind? By a quilting pattern, I mean the design you sew into the quilt after the quilt top is completed and you’re ready to sew it together with a pattern. Your mother, grandmother, or other relatives may have patterns, or you can get lots of free patterns online or at a fabric retail shop.

4. You can choose to create and sew the quilt top, and then hire someone to quilt it for you. This would be an option for people that don’t like to quilt or don’t have the time.

5. Decide on some material that you will use for the back of your quilt. This could be a neutral color like, white or off white…or any material that would compliment the other colors in the quilt.

Some General Ideas For Memory Quilts

Photos

Pictures your children have made for you, transfer parts of those pics onto quilt blocks

Embroider your family’s names onto quilt blocks

Baby footprints and handprints

Birthday dates

Wedding dates

You could also work some buttons off of clothing items into the quilt, as well as favorite ribbons.

Another idea would be fabric painting. You could have each family member decorate and paint blocks or squares.

These are just a few ideas. There are numerous ideas you can come up with when making a family memory quilt. I plan on making one myself after my son and daughter-in-law are done with having children. 🙂

You can find more crafting articles by Tammy Here

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Beginner’s Guide to Free Crochet Patterns – Guest Post

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Great Find Darlene! 🙂

 

 

 

Beginner’s Guide to Free Crochet Patterns

 

5 Parts to this beginners guide here

 

http://www.favecrafts.com/Beginner-Crochet/Beginning-Crochet-For-the-Total-Novice/ml/1

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Calendar Bible Scriptures and Happy New Year

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Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness (PSALM 65:11)

 

 

I purchased a calendar for the New Year. It has some breath-taking photos. I thought I’d share them with you all and also the Inspirational Bible verses it features for each month. (FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE) =)

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Happy New Year and Happy January!

 

 

 

It is my wish for all moms and grandmothers, and all my readers…

I sincerely hope you all have a safe, healthy and Happy New Year! Take lots of moments throughout the year for yourself, as you richly deserve it!

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Cleaning New Year’s Resolutions – Guest Post

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When you start thinking about your new year’s resolutions for the upcoming year, why not consider adding some cleaning resolutions to your list. Here are some ideas:


Clean more regularly:

Few people enjoy cleaning and most people put it off as long as possible, this is the worst thing you can do. The longer you leave stains and built on dirt to remove, the harder it will be remove completely, it will take much longer and you may even need to buy specialised cleaning and stain removal products to completely get rid of the marks. Make a resolution to clean both daily and weekly. Daily, you should de-clutter, vacuum the floors, wipe surfaces, clean the kitchen and toilet and sinks. Weekly, you should give the house more of a deep clean, doing things like changing all bed linen etc. Once the house is clean you will find it won’t take as long to keep on top of the housework and then it won’t be as much of a daunting task.

Make a cleaning schedule:

Think about and plan out when you are going to do the cleaning and what it is you intend to clean. It is easy to forget to clean something, or to not be able to remember when you last cleaned it, making a schedule helps you to remember all the things you need to do. Furthermore it takes some of the pressure off cleaning, without a schedule you instead have a list in your head of what you need to do and this acts as a constant reminder, leaving you unsure as to what to do first and a little bit overwhelmed at how much there is to do.

Clean more things in your home:

Most of us do the daily chores, such as cleaning the surfaces and vacuuming the floors but how many people regularly clean the oven or pull out the furniture to clean behind it. You might clean your toilet often, but do you clean the bathtub and the sink often enough? Make a resolution to clean the things that really need doing often but you rarely do more than once a year.

De-clutter more:

De-clutter daily, get rid of anything you don’t want or never use. Clutter makes the home look messy. Go through your home room by room and put all of your things into one of four boxes:

Keep and find a home
Store
Sell or give to charity
Dispose of

Once you have de-cluttered the entire home, it will be much easier to keep it clutter free.

Save money and shop around for deals and bargains on cleaning products:

Instead of always buying the same products from the same shops, look around for bargains and special offers various supermarkets offer. Store vouchers and discount codes to use to get money off cleaning products. Contact the manufacturers of the cleaning products for a free sample to try before you buy. If you buy a multipurpose cleaner that does everything you need it to don’t waste your money also buying specialised products for the same job.

Make your own cleaning products:

Rather than purchasing all of your cleaning products, why not make them out of things that you will likely have around the home anyway. Things like lemon and baking soda make excellent cleaning products, even newspaper can be used to wipe glass dry and leave a smear free finish.

Get everyone in the household involved in cleaning:

The cleaning duties shouldn’t just fall onto one person in the house, make everyone help and split the cleaning duties fairly. Decide together on a family treat that you can do, such as eat out at a restaurant or go to the cinema when everyone has been helpful in cleaning, for every day cleaning chores set in place a reward system, a star for everything they do to help and a sweets or treats after every 10 stars.

About The Author

Nicole is a passionate writer, devoted mum and housewife. She enjoys writing about healthy home organizing. Tips and tricks on cleaning you can find at http://www.londoncleaners.co.uk/domestic-cleaning/.