Thursday, January 29, 2015

Earn Free Gift Cards With These Apps

I love earning free cards. I use them for fun things like Starbucks drinks, or to help offset the cost of every day items. Here are a couple of apps that are my favorite options for earning free gift cards:

Swagbucks: Nothing has even come close to the ease of Swagbucks. You can earn hundreds of points a day by spending a few minutes answering questions, filling out surveys, etc. They offer an app you can keep on your phone. So, the next time you are waiting at the doctor's office, why not earn some free cash? Sign up here to help me out. Shameless plug. ;)

Shopkick: I was introduced to Shopkick earlier last year. I was blown away with how easy it was to earn points! Basically, you sign in when you enter a store on their list, and you can earn points. You can also earn extra points by logging in and scanning items. I earned a $5 gift card in about two weeks. Not bad!

What are some of your favorite apps to earn free gift cards?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather outside is: Cold & Sunny 

On the breakfast plate this morning: Iced Coffee ;)

As I look outside my window: Quiet day outside.

Right now I am: Getting ready to help a friend around her house (she just had a baby)

As I look around the house: It's obvious that it's a Monday! Lots to pick up.

On today's to do list: Laundry, dishes, crock pot dinner, workout, errands

Currently reading: Lienage of Grace by Francine Rivers

On the TV today: Hopefully, some old Murder She Wrote Re-Runs

On the menu this week: Homemade Bread, Korean BBQ, White Chicken Chili, SKillet Dinner, and Soup

What I am creating at the moment: Been working on knitting

New recipe I tried or want to try this week: Brocolli & Cheese Casserole

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals: I've been reading "The Power of a Praying Wife" devotional and it's been very eye opening for me. 

Homemade Cleaners For Your Home

Here's a list of simple homemade cleaners that you probably have in your pantry!

For Bathtub:
1/2 Cup Borax
Warm Water

Soak tub in warm water then sprinkle borax. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

For Carpets: 
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Cornstarch
(amount depends on size of carpet area)
Sprinkle baking soda and cornstarch over carpets. Immediately vacuum! The baking soda helps with odor, while the cornstarch will give your carpet a facelift.

General Cleaner:
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/4 Cup Warm Water
2-4 Drops Lemon Oil

This can be used for tough stains and sticky residue on counter tops.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

How to Shop Online Yard Sales

One of my favorite ways to score a good deal is to shop online yard sales. Most of these are handled through social networks (Instagram & Facebook being the largest that I know of). Generally, people will share their items for sale, set a price, and let people have at it.

Here's a few tips for what to look for when bargaining online:

Pictures: Make sure they offer well lit pictures for the items you are purchasing. Bad lighting or poor quality photos could disguise problems with the item you are bidding on.

Contact: Make sure they provide an outlet for contact information. With online sales, private messaging or texting seems to be the most popular forms of communication.

Meeting: It's important to keep safety your priority, espeically if you are meeting someone you don't know. Take someone with you, meet in a public location, and a well lit area. Typically, I meet folks downtown.

Monday, January 12, 2015

5 Simple Ways to Create a Peace Filled Home

I realize that most days are hustle and bustle for most of us desite our well layed plans for an organized and simplified life. Yet, even smack dab in the middle of every day life, we can apply simple techniques to create a peace filled environment. Here are my top five:

Decorate Your Home With Scripture: This is a newer idea to me, and I'm not sure why it took so long for me to apply this to our household. However, I printed off one of my favorite verses for the living room, and fell in love with the simple addition. Now, whenever I'm cleaning or playing with our daughter, I see this verse and have a calm wash over me. It's an easy way to bring peace to the chaos of every day life.

Pray Over Each Room of Your House: An older lady taught me this one. She shared that whenever given the chance, she will walk through each room and pray over her family. For example, you have a tv room, you may want to pray for guidence in choosing media, for your bedroom, pray for the protection of your marriage, etc.

Create A Thankful Journal: Like anyone, I can be given over to greed in a matter of seconds. Rather than thinking on the things I don't have, I choose to be thankful for what we have been given. This has been elevated by simply journaling my "five things" that I'm greatful for each day. It's a great way to start my mornings.

Create Ambiance: Even if you live in the smallest house in the world with zero decorations, you can still set the mood. Try dimming the lights, and burning a candle. It's a simple way to bring beauty and peace to your home.

De-Clutter for 10 minutes every day: Clutter takes a toll on our emotions whether we realize it or not. Start your day off by clearing the countertops, and putting away items through the house. Speed cleaning will do wonders for the overall peace of your home.

What are your tips for creatinga peace filled home?

Friday, January 9, 2015

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Five Habits For A Productive Morning

I love waking up, and tackling a few things on my to do list. It helps me feel accomplished, and sets the mood for each day. Here are five simple habits that will help you create a more productive morning:

  • Have Quiet Time For Yourself -- Sometimes this feels impossible with a little one, but I've learned to handle it one of two ways: get up earlier or simply set up an activity to occupy the little ones. Even five minutes for quiet time is enough to give you a boost for the day!
  • Make Your Bed -- It helps avoid the "stay in bed too long" battle, plus it makes your room look clean. It's simple way to get things moving for your housework department.
  • Enjoy Your Breakfast -- Breakfast helps jump-start your day, and decreases your need for empty calories. It's the fuel for your morning!
  • Top Clean Your Home -- One of the simplest tips I've learned is to do a "top clean" of your home each morning. Think of areas in your house you would be embarrassed of if someone dropped by, then tackle that. For me, it's the bathroom and dishes. 
  • Freshen The Air -- Whether it's through opened windows or a burning candle, be sure to freshen the air in your home. You'll feel more relaxed by doing so!