4 Simple Holiday Decor Ideas that Bring All the Cheer

Holidays are a spectacle of tradition. Families across the world celebrate a number of different ways this season. From Kwanzaa to Hanukkah each one has a unique style, foods, and culture that showcase the holiday. When it comes to Christmas, we love seeing this variety of displays. Whether you’re starting your own decorating or just looking to make a few changes – these ideas are sure to make you fall in love!

  1. This pastel party is such a sweet rendition. If you’re looking for something a little more unique than the classic color scheme – this one’s for you! This candy-colored pallet will give you a hint of brighter days and inspire your inner child.
  2. Ahh a classic Christmas! A touch of gingham and pine cones makes this style warm and inviting. You can buy these items, but you also can find a lot of them in your yard! We love the simplicity of this style! Don’t forget that pop of red!
  3. This minimal white theme is a dream. It’s a modern twist on the classic and we love how wintry it feels!This soft white vibe is so comforting.
  4. This red and silver theme is so festive! We love those glass tree accents – can you say timeless! This shiny and sleek style has all the magic of the season.

Which of these makes you feel inspired? We hope these get you ready to design your own home for the season!

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Easy, Nail-Free Options For Hanging Lights On Your Mobile Home

Hanging Christmas lights seems like an easy, stress-free decorating event, but it’s not. Unless, you have a strategy! Depending on how the gutters are laid out on your mobile home or how your roof is structured you’ll have some options on how you can hang your lights well. We will leave skip on the nails and choose methods that won’t damage your gutters. Let’s look at what ways we can hang the lights without struggle.

First things first:

  • Before beginning the process, you want to be sure you know how long of an area you’ll be covering with lights and you’ll want to be sure you can reach an outlet. Measuring the length with a measuring tape is way better idea than eyeballing it – don’t skip on this step.
  • Check to be sure you have proper extension cords labeled for outdoor use.
  • Also, before putting lights up be sure your strands work, and no bulbs are missing or burnt out.
  • Next find a ladder and safely assemble it and get a friend or family member to be a spotter. Don’t have a ladder? Try an extender rod to help you hang your lights with ease and a little more safety.
  • Beyond this think up your layout and where you’ll be putting your lights. Once you’ve checked on these things and have a layout plan, now you’re ready to consider how to hang your lights!

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    Brighten up your home with ease! 
  1. Want a super easy was to hang lights? Instructables recommends using badge office clips to hang your lights! Honestly, what a great idea! Not only does this keep your gutters clear and not damage your gutters or lights, but it also is secure. Simply wrap the plastic around the cord and clip the light to part of your gutter.
  2. Another great option is plastic s-hooks! These are affordable and light weight.
  3. You could also use some type of adhesive hook and place them under the gutters according to an exterior expert’s website. Be sure to get strong hooks that can deal with weather. Learn how to do the process here! 
  4. There are also under the gutter specific clips that you can use if you have gutter guards.
  5. You can also use zip ties for railings or any areas that have holes.

We hope that this helps you make the exterior of your mobile home look amazing! We hope this takes the stress and struggle out of decorating! Now here’s to making your home look festive!

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Create the Perfect Organized Mudroom

Mudrooms are the ideal catch all. Many mobile homes have them, too – even if it’s only a little extra space in the laundry room. This is the best space to maximize as it can be a place of chaos or calm – depending on your willingness to make it in to an organized space. Let’s get some ideas on how to create and maintain your space!

Needs some inspiration on how to make your area all it can be? Here’s a few of our favorites.

There are a couple must haves that make a mudroom successful:

  • A place for your keys
  • A hook for jackets
  • A spot to put shoes

And a few nice to haves:

  •  A seat/ chair
  • A place for décor/flair

Are these the things your family needs? Think about your everyday and what you unpack most in your home. You may have pets and leash hook is important. You may want this area to also be your mail center. Decide what fits your needs first, then look at how to create it.

Our mud room has a spot for keys, a quote (because I love some inspiration when I come and go), and a small shoe shelf. Our space still needs a little love to be the ideal mudroom catch all.

If you don’t have the appropriate built-ins and don’t want to build your own, try measuring your space and seeing what shelves, benches, hooks, coat racks, etc. You could shop for those items to fit to and make it efficient for your family and keep your home organized.

We hope this gets you ready for coat season and keeps your home a little more organized. Plus, it may just mean getting to work/school on time because you won’t have to look for as many things! They’ll all be in one place.

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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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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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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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Easy Ways to Create a Routine and Stay Motivated

Let’s start from the very beginning. Maximizing your time and focus during the morning is the key to staying on track for a successful day. Your morning routine might be rolling out of bed and traveling to your place of work, getting your kids ready for school, or each and everything in between. Everyone is on different schedules and this post is to motivate you to stay on top of yours and to feel empowered and determined for the next day to come.

Morning:

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Start your day off slow and with intention

Do you wake up feeling stressed or the weight of the world on your shoulders? First things first, take a deep breath and relax. There is a time and place for everything to be completed. Often, people find themselves feeling refreshed after waking up before their alarm and taking some time for themselves.

This could be done by:

  • enjoying your coffee while watching the daily news
  • meditating
  • a quick walk around the neighborhood
  • reading a book

Take this time in the morning to value yourself as a person and know your worth, the rest will follow. Not only will this help wake up and relax your mind and body, it will also leave you feeling accomplished and ready to control your day.

Afternoon:

Now, the part that might seem the hardest, tackling your afternoon. Don’t let your morning time go to waste, use your extra energy and mind power to navigate you through the rest of the afternoon. You can do it. Feeling empowered from the morning will help your drive and focus during the day last. If you feel like your letting your mind get the best of you, try:

  • Listening to your favorite songs or podcasts
  • Eating some brainfood (healthy snack)

Take a breather and relax, you are strong and can do this! Don’t let stress overcome you.

Evening:

Finally, you have made it through the early hours of the morning and difficult hours in the afternoon to go home and relax. Take your time at night to:

  • evaluate your day and all you got accomplished
  • spend time with your loved ones
  • reward yourself for completing the day

It may sound simple but trust me – these simple changes in your routine and mindset will give you the drive you need to make it through the day, week, month, and the rest of your life. Enjoy the simple things. Be in control of what is yours and enjoy every minute of it.

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6 Ways to Increase Space in Your Single Wide

A single wide home is a great choice in homeownership. For many they are a perfect fit, but for the growing family, the collector, or the person that likes a good amount of cozy, personal touches – you may feel the need to think about your space creatively. There’s plenty of space available to you – sometimes all you need is a bit of perspective to help you realize those spaces.

Let’s dive into some ways to make your space work better for your lifestyle!

  1. Practical furniture. Do you have bulky pieces about? Is your couch too large for the space? Thinking about the size and placement of your furniture is the pinnacle to creating space. Place your furniture in a way that agrees with the room or covers dead space.
  2. Shelving for days. Use shelves to increase storage and take your decor up. If you’re unsure how to hang things well on your mobile home walls learn more here. Get the more about different ways to hang items here. Make the most of your space with sturdy shelves.
  3. Expand your closet. If you’re closet is sparing, try investing in a rolling clothes rack. You can also work inside your closet to utilize the space that is already there, read more here.
  4. Add levels to your kitchen cabinets. Your cabinets may feel full, but are you using organizational shelves? If there’s space above your plates or mugs you can add those shelves with the four legs that are usually wire on the top for maximum stacking. There are also great towel bars, and thin, hanging baskets that may fit over cabinet doors.
  5. Use the doors. Over the door hangers are your best friend! Use them! From shoe racks designed over the door to spice racks – this is a major space saver!
  6. Organization station (catch all). Find a center with a desk, bulletin board, and calendar to serve as the place for all mail and new items in your home. This can serve as a transitional space for items and be used to keep random items in one place.

We hope these ideas help you get organized and allow you to use and make space you didn’t realize you had available!

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