Thursday, September 18, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
We live in the south: home to tornadoes and wicked ice storms. I'm no stranger to living without power for 24, 48 and even 72 hours at a time. Because of this, it has given me insight on important items to have on hand. I try to keep a simple 72 hour Emergency kit at our house at all times.
Here's a list of items:
- Bottled Water: A good rule of thumb is a gallon per person.
- Packaged Foods: Granola Bars, Beef Jerky, etc. (think in terms of long shelf life) It's also a good idea to invest in high carbs/protein items like peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, etc.
- Light Source: Flash lights (extra batteries), Emergency Candles & Matches.
- Heat Source: Hand Warmers/Feet Warmers, Emergency Heat Blanket. Heat is vital for your safety, espeically in extreme weather conditions. If possible, have a back up heat source such as a fire pit or fire place.
- Sanitary Items: Baby Wipes, Anti-Bacteria Gel, etc. Toothpaste, Toothbruhes, Dry Shampoo, Clean Underwear, Diapers, etc.
- Resources: Battery Powered Radio, Extra Batteries, maps, emergency contact numbers, etc.
- Money: Always keep cash readily available.
Here's a few more tips to consider:
- Your local dollar store is an excellent resource for these items!
- Each state has an emergency resource list that you can download.
- Update your emergency contact list on a regular basis. Try to do so every four to six months.
- Rotate your food items once a year to make sure they are fresh and usable.
- Conduct emergency drills with your children on a regular basis.
What are some of your disaster prep tips?
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Learning to simplify our lifestyles is crucial for the homemaker and working mother alike. We all lead such busy lives, that it's easy to take for granted the need to step back and just enjoy life. In order to help our stress levels, and simplify our day-to-day lives, we've compiled five solutions to give you a boost in the right direction!
Tired of running out of important items? Keep a running tab of needed items on your refrigerator. Make it a point to write items on the list as soon as you get low. For "out of sight" items like toilet paper or cotton swabs, use a color method. For example, use white toilet paper for the bulk of your use, but keep a patterned roll at the very end of your storage. That way, when you see the pattern make its appearance, you will know it's time to stock up.
There is nothing worse than rummaging through a messy purse or wallet when you are in a hurry. Instead of allowing them to become a hot spot for receipts or trash, make it your goal to clean out these items every week. Write it down on the calendar so you don't forget!
If you often forget to change the oil on your tires write it down on your calendar. For example, if you change your oil every other month, pencil it in as if it were a doctor's appointment. This will keep your cars in better shape.
Thank You Notes:
If you are like me, and procrastinate when it comes to writing thank you notes, keep the letters in a visable area. Make a basket with note cards readily available. Each day, knock out a thank you note or birthday card as needed.
If I had a dollar for every time I forgot laundry in the wash, I could have bought several steak dinners. To combat this issue, I've tried a couple of techniques. One, keep your laundry doors open so you can hear the laundry buzz. If this doesn't work for you, you may try another option, like leaving a laundry basket by your front door or sitting on your dining room table. That way, when you see the basket, you'll know it's time to check the laundry.
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Monday, September 8, 2014
Evreryone coud use more space and better organization for their homes. Set aside a handful of days to organize hot spots in your home. It may be the coat closet or your bathroom cabinets. Check out our dollar store organization techniques, and use our list below!
With these solutions, you should be able to stress less and ejoy more space thanks to simple organizational solutions.
What are your hot spot areas that need attention?
Friday, September 5, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
I love the onset of fall! It's the perfect time to ready your home, business, and cars for the holidays. It's also a good time for soul searching and deciding what other areas of life you need to work on before the new year begins.
Here's a few ideas to help you get a jump start on fall cleaning!
Start with cleaning out your cabinets. Take inventory of what items you are low on, and stock up! This is also the perfect time to stock up on canned pumpkin and cranberry sauce. That way you can avoid the holiday rush when the time comes. Clean out your fridge, and stock up on freezer meals. This will give you easy access to dinner on those days you'd rather be bakng and listening to Christmas carols! Dust the top of the fridge, and deep clean all your appliances.
It's a good time of year to change out summer blankets for heavier blanket and quilts. Dust those hard to reach places, and vacuum behind your bed. Clean out the closets, swtich your summer wardrobe to winter, and go through your jewelry. Focus on simpifying for the holidays ahead.
If you have cabinets, go through them! Oganize, and get rid of beauty items that are out of date and expired. Freshen up your towels with a vinegar rinse in the laundry. Replace hand towels with darker colors or festive decorations.
I love to deep clean our vehicles a few times each year. Empty the glove department, trunk, and side pockets. Vacuum and wipe down surfaces.
Another area that often needs attention as the seasons change is your recipe collection! Stock up on canned items that will carry you through cold season (broth, soups, etc.). Hunt down new recipes to try in the crock pot! Consider hosting a recipe exchange in the fall to share your favorite seasonal recipes for friends.
It's also a great time of year to wash curtains, beat rugs, and tidy the outside of the house. Weed the garden beds, sweep the front porch, and trim the trees.
What ways do you prepare your home for fall?
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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