Make Your Own Amazing Fall Scents for Your Home

Let’s be real. We all love fall because all the scents are so nostalgic. Being in the house more doesn’t have to be bad a thing. Take your stuffy room and transform it with a blend of all your favorite smells. We’ll help you get started with some easy, natural oil scents that will leave you with your new favorite room freshener. Let’s get started.

Find your dispenser. You can use a cheap spray bottle from the dollar store. That’s probably the best option. Some folks prefer to use a jar with a slotted lid or use a sponge piece soaked with the scent to hold their scent mixture in a glass jar.

Pick a base. You can use witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, vinegar – whatever you like. The base carries the smell of the oil and makes it into a more liquid form, so it can be sprayed and the scent can last.

Pick your scents. Think of smells that are special to you or remind you of good memories. Or just start to try mixing oils according to what sounds good to you. We’ve got a few suggestions to help you get started. You can also put the real item in your bottle along with the oil drops. (ex: actual cloves and clove oil)

 

  • Orange
  • Clove
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine/ evergreen
  • Apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin
  • Vanilla

Add some water. You want about the same amount of water as what you used for your base. Shake the contents to mix well and test your scent to see if it’s what you like!

We hope this can be a fun activity for you or your and your family to do together. It’s relatively cost effective and you get to make your own scent and know that it’s natural. 

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Easy Remedies for a Yellowing Bathtub

Plenty of mobile homes are built with the classic garden tub. This is usually a square, corner tub used for baths only. However, other tubs are popular to with stand up showers built into a traditional rectangle tub. Due to materials used, usually yellowing can happen to these tubs. This is not limited to the material however, any wear and tear to a tub can cause discoloration.

Want to learn more about what could make your tub yellow? Read more here!

So, what are the remedies? Are they affordable? How can we address this cosmetic issue?

Forget the toxic cleaners – these three natural ingredients can be mixed with water and/or left to sit in your tub for a while. Then you can return later (leaving the cleaner to sit for at least 30 minutes will help it work) to scrub them with a gentle sponge and hot water.

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide

As you work to find a solution that works be very careful with what you use and do not mix things like bleach or ammonia. Wear gloves to protect your hands from burns or irritation. Ventilate your bathroom well so that fumes don’t bother you and so the space can dry well.

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Make your bathroom a place to relax. 

If cleaning doesn’t strip the yellow coloring away, you might want to try some refinishing paint that will add a fresh face to your tub. As detailed in the link above, you can find kits that will tell you all you need to do to refinish your tub. The kits are quite cost efficient as well.

A popular project site suggests, sanding the tub well before applying the kit. This aids to the longevity of the paint. Also be sure to wear a mask and keep the air flow going. Be sure to follow the instructions closely and practice safety. You may also consider hiring a professional if it feels worth the saved time and you’ve got the budget for it.

We hope that this helps add new life to your bathroom and makes everything feel fresh and clean!

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How Escrow Accounts Work and Why They Rock

If you have a mortgage, then chances are you’ve heard the word escrow thrown around a time or two. But what is it exactly?

An escrow account is a helpful tool built into your mortgage. It allows for funds to be collected monthly to pay for your homeowner’s insurance and/or property taxes. By your mortgage collecting escrow, it ensures that your insurance and property taxes are paid in a timely manner. The benefit to you is you don’t have to worry about fronting hundreds or thousands of dollars all at once for your homeowner’s insurance or property taxes.

The formula is typically simple for finding the amount owed. Let’s say both insurance and taxes are escrowed from each monthly payment. The monthly payment is found by taking the total amount paid to both insurance and taxes for the year and then divided by 12. (The 12 is for 12 months.) That’s it! That would be your monthly payment in addition to your mortgage! Please keep in mind, some lenders may use another calculation that varies slightly and is also permitted by the law. Be sure to contact your lender if you have further questions as to how your escrow is calculated.

Occasionally, your escrow payments may increase or decrease. If that happens, either your insurance or taxes have changed. This will affect what you pay monthly. In most loan types, this is the cause of increase or decrease for monthly payments.

All in all, escrow accounts allow for your insurance and property taxes to be paid on your behalf without much extra work on your end!

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6 Super Simple Ways to Save for the Holidays

The holidays are a beautiful time. Yet, sometimes they can be strenuous financially. You shouldn’t have to miss celebrating, giving gifts, or enjoying this special time because of money. We’ll help you think of your budgeting and saving a little bit, so you can enjoy the festivities the way you should. Start now with intention, and you’ll reap the benefits later.

Save $5 dollars a day. If you do this, by Thanksgiving you’ll have $300. Have more wiggle room? Try $10 a day and you’ll have $600. Now you can buy those bigger items, or contribute to the meal, or whatever your budget allows.

Use your skills. Are you an artist? Can you make/ create something well? Skilled at some service/process? If so, consider selling some for some extra cash for the holidays. Also, you could make specific, heartfelt gifts for people. The feeling of being gifted something that took time instead of money is never lost. Make someone feel seen and cared for in the personal gift you give.

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Bring everyone together around your table.

Eat out less. This is a simple one that makes a big impact. Help yourself at the grocery store by buying meat or products you use often in bulk. While you’re at it – invite some friends over and share the warmth of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. Ask them to bring a side, bread, or dessert.

Request or create a new tradition. Sometimes family and friends mean well, but they may have a pricey tradition. If you want to be part of their plans – try thinking of something more financially accessible. By speaking up, you may be helping out your other friends or family who would benefit from this change as well.

Say no to some things. We all know what we do out of obligation. Try to skip those things, along with activities that are expensive. This will also be a nice break and allow you some breathing room during a busy time. Take some time to relax and just be with your family.

Cancel the subscription for a bit. Whether it’s a box service that comes to your house, manicures, whatever luxury that isn’t needed – trim it for now and use the extra cash. You can always restart it later, but for now – enjoy the extra.

We hope these feel like practical ways to save well for the holidays. We want you to enjoy what matters – the memories! May these items give you some motivation to celebrate and have less financial stress!

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Reducing Waste: An Easy Guide to Integrating Sustainable Solutions

The impact of our waste and a focus on sustainable products has been at the forefront of the news lately. It can feel a little overwhelming to look at this subject and think of changing the way we consume products.

However, making just one small change can be a catalyst to caring and to inspire others to do one thing different, too. Plus, it’s better for the planet, your wallet (in the long run), and it’s overall more efficient. Let’s look at cutting back on some things and what new thing you can try to replace them.

  • Trade that plastic ware and baggies for glassware and beeswax wraps. These products are more durable, you use way less of them over time, and they reduce plastic waste!
  • Forget those paper towels and try to use cloths instead. This saves paper like you wouldn’t believe. You may have to wash a little more, but it’s worth it.
  • In the bathroom? Try a shampoo/conditioner bar instead! The plastic we could reduce from not using a container could be such an easy replacement. There are also some programs that that once you buy an aluminum shampoo bottle, they’ll send you refills and recycle your old bottle.

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    Shampoo bars can last just as long or longer than your plastic shampoo bottle!
  • Try swapping those plastic bags at the grocery for some reusable ones. They only cost a couple dollars and all you have to do is take them along. You can hold way more in one bag and you can even get some insulated ones for freezer/fridge items.
  • Have some clothes that you don’t wear anymore but are in good condition? Try doing a clothes swap with some close friends or donate them to reduce waste and reuse clothing that is still good.
  • Recycle plastic and cardboard. Some areas have pick up for this, but if not and you use a lot of one-time use products – try looking up a place that takes recycling near you and help those items live another life.
  • If you have old tech, try finding a recycling location. These items should not be regularly disposed of, but no one wants them sitting around the house either.
  • Try line drying bulky items. If you use a dishwasher regularly try the energy saving mode and turn off the heat dry. Then you can open it and let the items air dry.

We hope these items help encourage you to reduce or cut out one habit and how to pick up another that can be better for the environment. Being resourceful is easy if you try and it makes a global impact if we all put forth some effort. What step can you start with?

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Simple Ways to Prep Your Yard/Exterior for Fall

When I became a homeowner I learned that fall really is the most important time for your lawn. It’s when you put in the most work (or should) and it’s finally not a million degrees, so you can linger in your yard to get some things done. Dig out the gloves, borrow a ladder, free up some storage space, and let’s get busy making your yard ready for autumn!

  • Start your landscaping/gardening. Fall is usually the best time to plant flowers, trees, and some veggies. Check the Farmer’s Almanac for your area. Seasons of planting vary by weather, last frost, and soil type.
  • Another thing to do late summer, early fall is aerate your land. You can usually pay someone to do this, or rent a machine yourself.
  • This is also a great time to start a compost bin. Want less waste, and richer soil? You may just like composting. Follow this easy home magazine to learn more and get some information to help you create your compost station!
  • Clean those gutters. You want them to drain right for the coming season.
  • Also, try putting your tools away. From buckets to water hoses, you’ll want to store anything that can freeze away for now.
  • Sweep off your deck/driveway. Rain and leaves will stain these areas and leave them in a mess. Keep the mess at bay by sweeping off leaves and debris. Same goes for your lawn. Keep them off the grass or mow over them.

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    Keep your deck space looking great!
  • Fix that slippery spot. Lay down some seed for muddy places, stepping stones for uneven areas, etc. It will get worse when it freezes in winter, so best to address it now.

Seasonal maintenance can add longevity to your home, and beauty and safety to your lawn. Take some time this weekend to take care a couple of these items. The long term is worth it!

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Creating an Outdoor Space for Your Mobile Home

As we shed the heat of summer and invite in some cooler days, it’s time to spend some quality time outside. In order to do that, you’ll need a perfect space for family and friends to gather around. Let’s take the fun outside and start the party!

There are a few maintenance items you can take care of to improve your outdoor space. Let’s look at those before we dive into the decorating bits.

  1. Stain a deck. This is a great way to protect and freshen up your outside area. This will seal and protect the wood while offering a sleek look. It’s also a relatively cheap process. We did ours a couple weeks ago and spent about $200 on all the supplies including paint on a deck of about 300 sq. ft. Our paint job should last 6 to 8 years. Check the weather for about 3 dry days and give yourself an entire day for the project.
  2. Pressure wash the space. Whether you clean your vinyl siding, concrete, etc. this will significantly help the look of your home. It will brighten your home.
  3. Replace or fix skirting. Seamless skirting makes for a beautiful home. Holes and damage to your skirting can make for a messy exterior. Improve the overall look of your home and protect your home by maintaining your skirting.

After tiding up a bit, you’re ready to add some flair.

  • Lighting plays a huge role in creating an outdoor space. Your space can be totally rustic and a splash of lights will make it dream-like. Find some outdoor string lights, float some candles in a pot/ bucket, or find a statement piece. This alone will create the perfect atmosphere.
  • Next, add some shine for the daytime with mirrors. Mirrors also make the space feel like a room with walls and perfectly bring the inside, out. You also can find some affordable mirrors that cost very little but make the space feel bigger and sophisticated.
  • Lastly, add some outdoor furniture. You’ve decorated your space and made it feel like home. Now, you just need to add a place to sit. Furniture adds an inviting element. You can get old, used pieces to have outside as well as make your own table. Think creatively, you could use wood stumps for seats or footstools and not have to spend anything.

We hope you’re able to invite fall in and love your outside space even more!

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Cleaning Gutters on Your Mobile Home In a Snap

I started to notice there were water marks and leaves stuck to the side of my house and couldn’t figure it out. It hadn’t stormed badly, it wasn’t fall, and there weren’t any trees against the house. The culprit? We hadn’t cleaned the gutters! So, let’s help you avoid this dismay and damage to your basil pots.

There are a few different strategies to cleaning out gutters, the most important part is to practice ladder safety by firmly planting the ladder and having a spotter hold the ladder in place from the bottom as you work. Be sure to read you ladder’s instruction manual as well.

  1. Set up your ladder. The most recommended ladder across home websites, is an extendable ladder. With a mobile home though, you probably won’t need that unless yours is built on a basement or you have a pitched roof.
  2. Next, find your gathering method. You can place a tarp below, hold a bucket (or strap it to your gutter), or use an alternative bag method. Choose the one that is the safest for your expertise, or based off if the materials your scoping are wet or dry.
  3. Select your tool. Now that you know where the mess is going, what will you use to get it there. You can go classic with gloves, choose a small shovel devise from a hardware store, or an alternative tool.
  4. Notice and fix repairs while you’re up there. Tighten brackets or add screws as needed. You may even want to add gutter guards.

Be sure that you practice safety and have help when cleaning your gutters. Wear clothes that can get dirty and gloves. Protective eye gear isn’t a bad idea if you expect the leaves/debris to be wet. This maintenance will save the side of your house and prevent damage to your gutters and keep filtering the water away from your home.

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Simple Precautions to Help Keep Your Mobile Home Safe

Security in and for your home can feel like an afterthought. However, practicing smart security can potentially protect your home from burglary. Another aspect of home security is that it can add significant cost to the homebuyer. We’d like to suggest some easy, more affordable options than a security system to help you be safe and save.

There are more ideas than these! Keep researching! These are just to get you started.

  • Install cameras. This is an easy on trend way to protect your home. While they don’t offer coverage like a security system, thieves can see them and know they’ll be on camera. There are also cameras that you can speak into, so when you see someone trying to take something in your yard or breaking in you can scare them off.
  • Leave the lights on. If the area around your home is well lit then people trying to break in will likely be seen, also interior lighting being on just makes it look like your home. Don’t leave lamps on, or lights that get very hot. Try the light over the sink on an overhead bedroom light.
  • Try installing deadbolts. If your mobile home doors don’t have a deadbolt, think about installing one. They are much harder to bust than a typical lock. It’s also a good practice to change the locks at your home if you’ve moved.
  • Hang blinds/solid curtains. Often times because mobile home window sizes can be unique, blinds are not hung. However, these are a good deterrent from burglary. Blinds and/or solid shades keep people from seeing in, which ultimately keeps them from knowing what’s inside and the layout of things in your home. It also can keep people from knowing if someone is home or not.
  • Be outside when you’re home. Maintain a presence outside when you are home. This lets neighbors know you are aware and if you are outside often they’ll know you’re probably home often.
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    Play outside so people know you’re there and aware of your home surroundings.
  • Place outdoor items in a locked shed/ garage. People will often try to take trailers or lawn mowers, and items like this because of easy access. Add locks to wherever you keep these items. Be sure to put items away after using them. You can also add motion lights above the entry to scare off people who might try to steal something.

We hope these ideas help you keep your home safe and protect your valuables. It’s always a good idea to get to know your neighbors and offer to keep an eye out when they go on trip and vice versa if you feel comfortable.

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