Spring Cleaning Bug Bit Hard With Fabuloso And Motivation

It’s never too early to start in with spring cleaning. =)

I’ve been in an (unusual for me) cleaning mode with a passion! I’ve gotten a good start with it too. Most times, I’ll be (all talk) with saying “I’m going to clean and organize my home this spring, or this year.”

Well, it’s NOT all talk this time around. I’m actually checking quite a few things off the (big to-do list). My plan is to finish all projects by the end of (this month), February. 🙂

I may not get each and every thing done by then, however, I’m making it my mission to do so! Just know; it will eventually ALL get done!

The cleaning bug bit me when I found a (new for me) cleaner and air freshener. Guess it gave me most motivation for cleaning.

Have you heard of Fabuloso?


I fell in love with it! The aroma of this cleaner is amazing. It’s also an excellent cleaner for a colossal of things. My list for you below:

Counters
Wood Floors
Windows and Mirrors
Cars/Trucks
Bathtubs and Toilets
Laundry
Appliances
Carpeting

It’s now a main staple in my home. I have a spray bottle under both my kitchen and bathroom. LOVE this stuff! <3 I use the Lavender scent. My home smells so much nicer and fresher due to Fabuloso. Plus, it gets it good and clean.

Below referrence and credited:

https://www.reference.com/home-garden/ingredients-fabuloso-contain-b2b456cc87bbfca4

Basically, Fabuloso ingredients contain water, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate, and fragrance. The variety of scents also include added baking soda, pine oil extract and bleach alternative.

Anyway, I’m in rare form with the cleaning and organizing, trust me when I say (rare form)! lol

I’m currently cleaning and organizing my office, as well as cleaning out cabinets and drawers throughout the rest of my home. I’m feeling amazing as I get things done!

I created a video about it =)

Holiday Tips: How To Find The Best Presents For The Ones You Love

cheyanneandme I can’t wait to see my grandkids on Christmas day…So excited! They are both at the right age for some fun on the holidays!!

 

A recent survey showed that the majority of Americans love shopping for others. The only hiccup that some experience while shopping is trying to find the right gift. This guide will help you choose the right present so that you do not experience awkward moments when you present your gift.

What’s the Deal With Gift-Giving?

Most experts believe that the reason some people love to give is because it gives them a psychological reward. People seem to have an emotional high when they get the opportunity to give, which could be one of the major reasons why Americans love to give gifts. However, you also want to make sure that you find the best possible gifts for the ones you love. So here are just a few ideas to help you find the best possible gift.

Personalize the Gift


You might be thinking of buying a gift that is sold by the thousands. This means that the gift is probably not too unique. One way to make sure that your gift is special is to personalize it. You can engrave a piece of jewelry or get your loved one a customized shirt from a place like Absolute Screen Printing or a similar place. That way you can make your gifts individualized and personal for everyone.

Make a List

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Follow old Saint Nick’s tip, and try to make a list. The list should include everything that the person you are buying the gift for is interested in. Connect a gift to the list of likes. Remember that you do not have to get every gift; just choose one that you feel works best.

Stalk a Little

Social media has given everyone a little more access, and you can use this access to your advantage. The idea is to stalk his or her social media pages for clues about what he or she may want. Some people have used the person’s laptop or smart device to see if there is a wish list on certain shopping applications.

Give Cash

Of course, there are times when buying a gift becomes impossible. At this point, the best thing that you can do is simply give cash. Now, this does not mean that you have to give someone cold cash. Perhaps, you can give a gift card. The best gift cards are from major credit card companies because your loved one can go anywhere. Be sure to make it fun for your loved one, too. Maybe you can give your loved one a treasure map to make finding the money fun.

Finding the best gift is never easy, but it is always worth it. There is definitely nothing better than seeing the face of the people you love light up with a thoughtful gift. That definitely makes all of the effort well worth it.

You can find practical, and reasonable gift ideas at my Avon eStore

5 Fun Summer Activities You Can Do Even In Winter

summerinwinter Although summer is swiftly coming to a close and chillier days are upon us, you don’t have to put away all your warm weather gear just yet. Luckily, there are a variety of fun ways to incorporate sunnier activities into your winter regimen.

Here are some favorites:

Go Glamping

While summer may be the time for outdoor campfires, s’mores, and falling asleep to the sound of crickets, winter is prime ‘glamping’ time: camping in luxurious style. Set up a tent in the living room and pile it high with comfy pillows, string up twinkling lights in lieu of fireflies, and play some fun nighttime nature sounds on the stereo.


Have an Indoor Luau

Hawaii may be miles from your home and current climate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the festivities indoors. Host a family (or neighborhood!) luau with Hawaiian music, snacks, and decorations. “Decorate with palm fronds and use grass skirting around the edges of tables,” writes Linda Donahue for Livestrong.com, “to go all out, add fake palm trees. For atmosphere, encourage your guests to come in Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and beach wear.”

FORTPIC

Hit The Swimming Pool

Indoor community pools generally stay open all year-round, so what better time to enjoy a beach day than on a snow day? Lay out brightly colored towels and blankets and bring suitable poolside snacks and toys to enjoy in between splashing around. You can even add some gorgeously fun flair with a mermaid Shimmer tail, and turn the pool into an instant tropical lagoon. This is definitely a great way to relive some of the joys of summer.

Head To The Kitchen

Barbecue, tacos, and burgers may seem like outdoor summer fare, but you can just easily fire up the proverbial grill indoors. Once a week plan a fun summer dinner with all your picnic favorites, with StyleAtHome adding: “Mix and match dishes in fun vibrant colors or with funky patterns like stripes and botanic prints.”

Cut A Rug

Head to the basement or family room, push the furniture aside, crank up the surf rock and hold a vintage-inspired indoor dance party, with all the #1 beach hits and appropriate styles to accompany. Serve up soda fountain classics like root beer floats and ice cream sundaes, with Madmen-style summer cocktails for the adults.

Winter is all about keeping the spirit of summer alive, and with a little creativity you can enjoy all your favorite activities long after summer vacation’s come to an end.

Planning a Daytrip With Your Grandkids: How to Choose a Museum

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Some Good Grandparenting Tips

When you’ve got the grandkids for the weekend, you want to spend quality time with them, and taking them to a museum is a great way to do that. But not all museums were designed with kids in mind – pick the wrong one, and you could have some grouchy grandchildren.
Following is some advice about how to choose a museum your grandchildren will enjoy visiting.

Understand their interests

Children explore their world with their hands, so find a museum that offers hands-on activities. And remember that children of different ages will be interested in different things. For example, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has a hands-on fabrication lab – the “Wanger Family Fab Lab” that offers different workshops to appeal to different age groups. Whereas teens enjoy the 60-minute 3D printing workshop, 8-year-olds are probably better suited to the 20-minute sticker-design course.

Static History vs. Living History

Museums can help children learn about history, but only if information is presented in a way that appeals to kids. Which would your grandchildren find more interesting: A butter churn, with a sign that describes how butter used to be made, or an actor dressed in colonial attire, using the butter churn and explaining how it works? Children will almost always be more interested in a living history museum than a history museum that features stationary objects behind glass windows. And at sites like the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Oklahoma, or the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, children can wander through re-creations of authentic old villages.

Best Bet: Children’s Museums

You can find museums across the United States that were designed specifically for children. Characterized by colorful, wide open spaces and plenty of hands-on experiences, children’s museums can keep kids entertained for hours. Some of these museums have so much to offer, they can’t be adequately explored in a single day, but they make great destinations for weekend excursions.

Regularly ranking among the top museums in the U.S. – and by far the largest – the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a dinosaur exhibit called “The Dinosphere,” that allows kids to participate in fossil digs and see full-scale replicas of dinosaurs. You’d definitely need two days to cover the Dinosphere and the rest of the museum.

Plan Together

You may be perfectly content to stroll the halls of a museum for hours on end, but kids have shorter attention spans – and shorter legs – so you’ll need to plan your trip to accommodate them.

Once you’ve found a museum to take your grandchildren to, ask them to help you plan the trip. You can look at the museum’s website together and determine what exhibits they’d like to see, or what activities they’d like to do.

When you plan in advance, you’re less likely to get tangled up in fussy debates at the museum about how to spend your time. As you plan, look for nearby eateries where you can take the grandkids for lunch. (Many museums have cafes, but they tend to be a little pricy).

Finally, remember that everyone – yourself included – should wear comfortable walking shoes, because nothing ruins a day at the museum quite like aching or blistered feet!

Danielle has visited many museums throughout the U.S. that have helped her learn more about the country and its past – from the unconquered and unconquerable people of the Chickasaw Nation, to the evolution of NASA’s space program.

The Legacy of Grandmothers

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I was very fortunate to know my great-grandmother up until I was twelve years old. The memories I have of her are scattered but everything I remember is consistent in that she was a strong and faithful woman. From her belief in our Lord, her work ethics, and the way she cared for those around her my memories attest to her character. As I became an adult I would continue to see the faithfulness and love of my Great-Grandma Susie from the stories that those that loved her would tell me.

I remember as a child going to her home once or twice a week with momma. We would spend a few hours there and while we were there it was as if we had taken a trip into the past. This was in fact in the sixties so when I talk about the past I mean the long past. She was born in eighteen hundred and eighty two. Her house smelled of cinnamon apples which she often cooked up for us when we came over. Her kitchen table was one of those aluminum legged, hard white top tables from perhaps the forties and the chairs were the shiny, plastic covered padded type that made little bare legs stick when you sat too long.


Her house was small and well kept. She had a bird in a cage on her small back porch which my oldest brother would torment. She was tall and always wore homemade aprons with huge pockets and always had a hankie peeking out. My height only came up to her waist and I recall so much more about her aprons and her hands than the etchings of her face. She was stern but you knew how much she loved you. She had a pump sewing machine which was used a great deal because she made most of what she wore, along with things for others including quilts. I also recall a large picture of Jesus on her wall and another of an angel watching over some children.

When we would visit I would carry my dolls with me. When I came into the house with a doll at some point during our visit she would take me to the sewing machine and pull out a swatch of some kind of pretty material. She would then sit down and make me a new dress for my dolly. I was always fascinated when she did this, I was young and it was amazing to watch. When I got much older it was even more amazing to me since I am anything but a seamstress. How someone could do this with just a glance and no pattern is outstanding. The dress always fit dolly perfectly.

She let megive her sewing machine a try but when my brothers began to play with the pump mechanism our sewing time was over. She had jars full of buttons and I loved looking at them and sometimes I would string them up for a necklace. I could play with the buttons and my dollies for many hours, but not the boys.

When my brothers would start to get bored and began to aggravate her bird she never said a word. She lovingly went to the kitchen and started to peel an apple or get out the bread and butter to make a piece of buttered bread with sugar. Sometimes it was a piece of lettuce with sugar or a raw potato with salt. She would make something for each of us and say, “Now, go out on the back porch and eat this.” We would willingly go and begin to play in the back yard.

Out in the yard was what I believe now to be a single car garage separate from the small house. But grandma had turned it into a small apartment to earn extra money. She was very resourceful and frugal; she had to be. She was alone when I knew her and taking care of herself. She was in her seventies when I met her. She had my grandmother later in life because she tried having children for a long time and was not able. They finally decided to adopt a boy and within a few months found out she was pregnant with my grandmother.

The first occupant of the little apartment behind the house I believe was a cousin of my grandma. She was a very unpleasant woman with a wart on her nose and a pointy chin and we truthfully thought she was a witch. Even though mom assured us she was not a witch her behavior told us different and we knew mom had been deceived by this woman! The second occupant was also a relative I believe but a much sweeter woman. She would invite me in and tell me stories and talk to me about my dolls. I loved spending time with my great-grandma and with this lady.

From the stories I have heard from my grandmother (my great-grandma Susie’s daughter) and my mom her life went something like this. Her mother died when she was fourteen and she had a younger sister by the name of ArizonaTerritory. From the stories passed down it seems they were passing through ArizonaTerritory on a covered wagon when she was born, thus the name. We called her Aunt Zoni and she told the most amazing stories. Anyway, Grandma Susie, at fourteen years old, was sent to live with another family and help them with work around the house because her dad could not take care of both of them after the death of her mother. Essentially she was earning her food and board by working for these people.

At one point she started working for Burlington which at the time made overalls and jeans. They had huge sewing machines and needles strong enough to go through thick denim. I can only imagine how strong you had to be in your upper arms to sew jeans eight plus hours a day. The stories go that she ran one of those needles through her finger at some point. *Shudder* As you can see she was accustomed to hard work. At some point she married and got some help but in her later years was again alone and depending on the Lord and His gift of resourcefulness.

My grandma and her three children went to live in great-grandma’s small home for many years when they found themselves homeless because my granddad’s alcoholism had taken over his life. Mom said that great-grandma made it all work in her small home and they always felt safe and were well fed. My mom tells me how great-grandma would heat up bricks, wrap them, and put them at their feet for warmth in the winter because they depended on one wood stove for heating.

In the summer there was one large fan in the window for cooling the house. Mom and I were just talking about this yesterday because it was so hot. I was wondering how they used to do it. Of course she lived in Kansas and not Texas but it was still hot in the summers. I asked Mom how they slept in that heat. She said they would go to bed and lay there until about eleven or eleven thirty before they could sleep; by then it had gotten a little cooler. I can not even imagine.

My own grandma was born in nineteen hundred and fifteen and she was a hard working woman just like great-grandma. Sometime during WWII grandma began working in a factory. It was the Sunshine Biscuit Factory and she was on the cracker assembly lines. They did not have a car so the bus was taken everywhere. Even my own mother, before they went to live with great-grandma, was boarding the bus with bags of laundry to get the clothes washed while grandma was off at the factory.

There are three generations of very strong women in my life that have passed down their strengths and their love for God to me. I am so thankful for these women in my life and the stories from the past that make us who we are. I am doing my best to pass these beliefs, strengths, and stories on to my children. My own daughter was blessed to have known her great-grandma Naomi until she was twelve, my son was only five but he remembers so many things about her. And now they are blessed to have their grandma Darlene, my mother, living with us. My daughter is twenty-eight and my son is twenty-one and she is a huge part of their lives at seventy-seven years old. What a blessing to have this legacy of love passed down through all these years!

About The Author

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

Moms and Grandmothers, Free Printables Report For Grocery Spending Habits and More

Menu Planning CentralDo you experience this?…

You intend to go to the grocery store to buy just a few items….There’s not even 10 grocery items listed. So, you go through the check out line and find you spent $50 or more!  The prices are surely getting out of hand. And it’s definitely NOT going to get any better! It’s way beyond ridiculous. 🙁

* You do all the right things, make a list, and also DON’T forget it.
* You don’t go to the grocery store hungry lol
* You are smart and clip coupons
* You don’t bring your kids along (studies have shown you DO spend more money when your kids are along)


I wanted to let you Moms and Grandmothers in on something that has been a life saver for me!

I found something that’s made my grocery spending experiences so much easier, and NOW I truly like going shopping for food a lot more than I used to for sure!

 

Here is what I’ve found…

* How to save $100’s of dollars on your food bill every month! Printable Menu Plans and Grocery Shopping Lists

 

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Six Tips to Create a “Grandma Camp”

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A “Grandma Camp” allows you to give parents a break and spend special time with your favorite grandkids — which is to say, all your grandkids! While it’s easier to plan a grandma camp with grandchildren who live closer to you, you can still do it with those living far away. Follow these tips to bond with your grandkids and create a new family tradition that everyone will love.


1.Plan ahead on the date

Kids these days are overscheduled for everything. So the first rule of grandma camp is to pick a date months in advance. Not only does advance notice give you time to prepare everything for a successful camp, but it ensures that everyone can meet on a day or time that’s convenient to them. Other reasons to plan in advance? If parents want to take a weekend getaway or plan an extended vacation, they have time to research and request vacation days from work. If grandchildren need to fly across country to see you, parents can shop around for inexpensive tickets.

2. Ask parents for input

It’s always a good idea to check in with parents on what types of activities are and are not recommended during grandma camp. If four of your five grandkids know how to swim, do they want you taking a trip to the lake and trying to teach Little Timmy how to swim or would they prefer he learn at home? The expectations can go both ways, too. For example, you might want to host a three-day grandma camp while parents would prefer a week-long camp.

3. Plan fun activities activities

Check in with interests, activities and hobbies your grandchildren practice to plan fun activities for camp. Is Little Timmy learning his ABC’s? Stock up on reading toys and books. Is Big Sis Janet taking violin lessons? Perhaps there is a music school or camp nearby she can attend while doing grandma camp.

If the idea of planning a week’s worth of activities exhausts you, look for community resources. You may be able to send the grandkids to day camp for part of the day to take some of the pressure off you. Or you might succeed in introducing kids to other grandchildren visiting their Nanas.

4. Allow them to call mom and dad throughout the camp

It’s natural for kids and parents alike to miss one another. Allow kids to call their parents and check in. Parents can find out how things are going, offer tips for fussy eaters and troublemakers and benefit from feeling like everything is going well.

5 Take photos

You’ll definitely want photos of precious moments with grandkids, especially if you don’t live close to them and don’t get to see them often. Take plenty of photos to email parents throughout the camp to have as mementos. You may even want to create a scrapbook or photo group as a holiday gift for grandkids or their parents.

6 Make t-shirts

As one of your activities, make fun t-shirts with the grandkids that say “Grandma Camp.” These can be as simple as Sharpies and plain tee shirts or as elaborate as fabric paint and stencils. Have kids wear then on your outings together, and don’t’ forget to make one for yourself too!

These tips will help get you started on a successful grandma camp. Begin planning well in advance to dedicate time to logistics such as food, sleeping arrangements and outdoor excursions. Planning can help the camp go smoothly and create so many positive memories your grandchildren will treasure!

About The Author

Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area and she writes on behalf of Sears and other deserving brands. She writes about hosting a fun grandma camp with all the best activities and toys. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

Easy Tips for Making a High School Pride Quilt

By: Danielle

If a teenager you know is graduating from high school this year and you want to offer a going-away gift that’s both practical and sentimental, a “high school pride” quilt is the perfect choice. It’s a unique way to preserve some of the most memorable moments from high school.

As the saying goes, “Well begun is half done,” and that’s especially true when assembling a quilt. Follow these tips to ensure the project goes smoothly and is completed in time for graduation:

· Make sure your sewing machine has been serviced and is in good working order.
· Find scissors, extra bobbins and sewing machine accessories before starting. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a project and finding out you don’t have all the necessary supplies.
· Choose a neutral-colored thread that works with all your pieces so you don’t have to constantly change bobbins.
· Finish one task at a time; cut all pieces first, stitch pieces into blocks, join the blocks together, etc. Jumping from task to task wastes time.

A Quilt for Any Student


It doesn’t matter if your student was the most outgoing athlete or an introverted artist – it’s easy to find mementos to create a high school spirit quilt if you think outside the box. Photos, newspaper clippings, drawings, copies of schoolwork, playbills, scripts, sheet music and copies of pages from the yearbook can all be transferred onto fabric to make a quilt block.

Athletic jerseys, T-shirts from clubs and special events or band uniforms can be cut into blocks. If the grad doesn’t want to give up old uniforms, recreate them with solid fabric and fabric paints. Make a photocopy of a jersey for a pattern and transfer it to fabric using transfer paper. Use school colors for the background, joining pieces and backing.

Visit the high school spirit shop to see what might work for a quilt. You can attach pennants, patches and other booster items onto squares for extra embellishment. Use only washable items for applique if you want the quilt to be functional.

Don’t forget the school mascot. Make a block representing the mascot and position it in the middle of the quilt. If the grad is full of school spirit, make the mascot’s block the biggest and the focus of the quilt.

There’s more than one way to approach a high school pride quilt, and the project can be adapted for any skill level. Beginners can use simple one-square blocks and more advanced quilters can make intricate masterpieces. Give your graduate a gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, enjoys sewing and making quilts for her friends and family. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com

Photo taken from http://kristenbronson.wordpress.com/

The 5 Greatest Technological Advancements of the 21st Century For Grandmothers and Others

 

 

 

 

The power of various technology advancements has significantly impacted  today’s society  in regards to  the vast array of its businesses, learning capabilities, government and employment.

However, while thinking of the 5 greatest technological advancements, Microsoft, and medical advancements comes to mind. You often wonder, how did moms and grandmothers survive before all the modernized washing machines, coffee makers and dishwashers? People from the 20th century were definitely physically fit, compared to today.

 

Below are 5 of the Greatest Technological Advancements


 

Computerized World – Today, thinking back when everything was done by pen and paper just boggles the human mind. The first personal home computers hit the market in the late 1970s. Shortly thereafter, Gates and Paul Allen started a business relationship and that’s when the company “Microsoft” was born. Then came Microsoft Windows on November 20, 1985. And the world has not been the same since. Today, it’s unthinkable (for most of the United States population) to go without a laptop and the genius invention of the Ipad. And now we have computerized cars, sewing machines, cash registers, vacuum cleaners and more. What a wonderful world with this being the greatest technological advancement.

Medical Tech – Many stories have been told about how moms had babies at home and then went straight to work afterwards. I’ve heard my grandmother on my husband’s side tell quite a few stories about having babies at home. That’s quite remarkable from the 21st Century perspective. Today, there are ultrasounds to find out the sex of a baby and computerized imaging to diagnose cancer; not to mention advancements on chemotherapy side effects. You can now have treatment for cancer with less nausea and vomiting. That in itself means a lot to a cancer victim. However, and more importantly, the advancements of actually saving a person’s life is at the top of the list with vaccinations and surgical transplants.

Telephone – It is noted that the first telephone was invented in March 1876. Of course before that time, communication was performed by postal mail and railroad. A typical teenager would get mighty frustrated with this means of communication. However with the phone being among the 5 greatest technological advancements, came the first cellular phone in the late 1940s. Back then those cell phones were significantly larger than the ones today. Today there are cell phones equipped with text messaging, Internet and more that conveniently fits in the palm of your hand or attaches to the top of your jeans.

Transportation – Technological advancements have certainly come a long way concerning transportation. Back in the 17th century the horse and buggy type transportation was updated with better engineering for safer and more comfortable riding. Henry Ford acquired the merit for the first automobile for mass production. That first automobile was the “Model T“ back in 1908. It is known that the first railroad transportation was invented by George Stephenson. This train was operated with coal; while today, trains operate with solar power. Automobiles are now equipped with many extras. You are fortunate if you can afford such a car with heated seats, GPS, DVD player, Bluetooth and keyless start.

Environment – The environmental improvement is dependent on many things. Health safety practices play a huge role with improving the environment. The public health department also needs to work hard to keep the environment clean. Automobile pollution has a lot to do with the health of the environment as well. A considerable amount of effort has went into doing just that in the last decade. One of the most important and smartest inventions was the catalytic converter in regards to automobile pollution. The invention of Earth Day brought about vast improvement with the environment and efforts to preserve natural resources.

Both education and employment is going to help further advance technology in the real world. Some people has said that technology has made the world as we know it, a lazy one. However, technological advancements are what made a success out of today’s doctors, lawyers, bankers and the list goes on and on.

 

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