Now is a great time to focus on fitness. Not only does it relieve stress, but it also helps shift focus and get the body moving. With a lot of us being home and not having our routine to depend on – it’s the best time to start or nurture a healthy habit in a unique way. Whether you’re missing the gym, or wanting a break from the couch – let’s get started with some creative ways to work out.
Dance. There are so many forms of dance exercises. From high-intensity, to just getting you moving – the variety within this type of workout is so fun. I’m partial to this type because I’m not athletic, so you will not find me running. However, dance doesn’t even feel like working out – it’s easy to get lost in the music. Plus, it’s such a great way to get cardio in. This is a perfect workout if you have kids too, they can join in on the fun and expend some energy. Get started with something like ZUMBA!
Yoga. This is a good option for those looking to build up strength and muscles. Yoga is well suited for everyone. You can find tons of video instruction for free. There are all kinds of intensities and focuses you can choose from. You can do something simple to help you think clearly and relax, or you can find something that creates heat in your muscles. I enjoy this option for how it helps me gain flexibility. Check out a personal yoga favorite of mine!
Shaping focused workouts. Maybe you like to pinpoint your workouts, or you’re used to lifting or toning individual parts of your body. Find a workout set that breaks things down. Want to work on shoulders – you got it! These quick and easy tailored workouts are a great way to give attention to a place you want to show some love. I haven’t tried these myself, so let me know what you think!
Step aerobics. I know what you’re thinking, it’s not the 80s, but they did get so much right then! You don’t even really need a step to do these workouts. You can do most of it by kicking up into the air to mimic the step. If you feel comfortable you could use the last step outside your home in the front or the back or you could find a safe, stable item to step up on. The main idea is to keep those steps going, and those knees high.
Walking. If you’re wanting to be outside and you’ve got some space to roam, walking could be a great choice. You can manage your intensity by how fast and focused you’re walk is. If you’re wanting to let your mind wonder, let the dog stretch it’s legs or simply get some sun – then this option is just right for you!
Given the fact that you may be spending more time at home – I’ve compiled a list of things that will help you stay productive and healthy. From my family to yours, all the best!
Deep Cleaning/ Green Cleaning Guide for Your Kitchen
Let’s start with those gritty places we forget!
Sink and shower drains
Shower curtains/ liners
Oven/ detachable heating elements
Now, let’s talk cleaners. I understand wanting that fresh-knock-you-over scent, but it may be harming you and your family. Simply consider making your own cleaners or purchasing a safer alternative. It’s always better to know the ingredients behind what you use and how they affect you and your skin. Making your own cleaners may not smell the same, but it certainly costs a lot less and won’t leave you feeling lightheaded after a deep clean.
There are three things in every green-product maker’s toolbelt:
With these things you can rule the deep cleaning world and not get a headache!
There are tons of ideas that can help you get started! As you transition to green cleaner – invest in some strong sponges and steel wool. You’ll have to add a little more elbow grease since you’re not using harmful chemicals, but with a little effort you’ll get a better, safer clean.
Now, let’s freshen our home!!
Open windows each evening to air out stale smells
Wash the window treatments and hang them up to dry, then press them if needed
Is your closet out of control? Come on, I’m talking you can barely shut it, you wear the same jeans every day because you can’t find anything else, and you’ve got shoes from middle school. It’s okay – I’m talking from experience – my closet has been messy, too. But a small closet doesn’t have to equal small organization. Need a plan? Let’s get started!
The checklist below is in order – tackle one, then on to the next! Go over this list every season to ensure you’re keeping up with your organization.
Try it on! Have a little fashion show and figure out what still fits. You can also plan some outfits during this time and get ideas of what you want to keep.
Donate it! If it doesn’t fit or you’re not into it anymore – donate it or give it to a friend or family member.
Door Start with the back of your door – add a hanging rack or an over the door organizer. You can use both sides of the door if needed. This is a great bit of space that most people forget.
Floor Stack shoes and place out of season shoes in the back. You can also put them in a bin somewhere else if you have the extra storage. Add a shoe rack if you’ve got a lot of shoes!
Hanging space Do you need to add an extra rod or dowel for storage? Doubling your hanging space is a great way to organize clothes better. Don’t forget accessories – special hangers or closet squares add space!
Height Check the height of your closet – are you using it? If not, you may want to consider putting in a shelf. This is a great place for out of season clothes or accessories.
I hope this has helped you transform your closet and discover space you didn’t know you had! Go ahead – wear those shoes you forgot you had through the house and reward yourself! I would!
Six Ways to Enjoy the Best of Spring
Spring is here and I am actually super excited about it this season! There has been so much illness across the country and bitter cold that makes us me thankful for the turning of the seasons. Spring feels like the most obvious and shifting season because the earth splits from frozen to growth. It’s also rather quick and not gradual like the other seasons can feel. So, with my very best: I welcome spring!
Below I’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate the sunshine and growth all around!
Spring clean!: Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore – pull up the blinds, open the windows, and listen to your favorite album! Pay careful attention to areas that don’t get much attention, like the inside of appliances: ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Wipe off interior and exterior of windows. Dust fan blades, wash curtains or blankets that you’ve used all winter, and sweep in hard to reach places. Check out our Pinterest board for cleaning tips and tricks!
Seasonal Separation: It’s time to go through your home – particularly your closet and get rid of some things. I try to make it a practice at the turn of each season to evaluate what I have and if I use it or if it just sits there. So for clothes that you don’t wear or that don’t fit – donate them. If you haven’t worn it in a year you won’t miss it.
Plant something!: There’s something rewarding about taking care of a plant and watching it grow or even sometimes yielding from it. You can easily make an indoor herb garden by getting a large pot and placing three or four different herbs in it. They often do well indoor or outdoor with partial shade. Plus, they really add to your cooking.
Start walking: I can’t tell you how much better my day is when I just take a fifteen-minute walk. Just walk a little bit on your breaks from work, walk with your family when you get home from work and put little ones in the stroller, or do it as fitness and speed walk. It’s easy and every little bit can help you feel good.
Go fishing: As a kid my favorite thing I got to do with my dad was go fishing. Most of those times were only in a local pond or standing on the edge of a small river. You don’t have to go to a lake or have boat to enjoy fishing. It’s a great hobby that teaches kids and adults alike to be patient and wait for a good thing. Licenses required in each state will vary. Get started!
Enjoying the Weekend at Home Ideas
Go hiking: If you need an all-day event, or your looking to spend some energy with your older kids or your pets this option is made for you! You can stay active and enjoy the scenery – talk about the best of both worlds!
Exercise: Clear some space and build those muscles at home.
Take lunch to the park: Instead of staying inside, take lunch outside! Heck, it can be your own backyard!
Have a candlelit story time: Put the phones and electronics away. Light some candles and turn the lights off. Read the kids a book by candle light. You’ll feel like your back in the day and get to focus on one thing at a time for change!
Volunteer: Easy, free, and it helps someone else! This is the best one on the list. It’s never too early to teach your kids to put others’ and their needs first.
Break out the board games: Work together or enjoy a little friendly competition playing some games. This is great for those kiddos that need a little break from technology.
Go outside and draw what you see: Take another look at your backyard or your front yard. Draw your best rendition! Be sure to include all the color you see!
Look for your next home: Check out vmfhomes.com! Find your dream home!
Okay, so you took the time and set yourself up to grow for the new year! Great job! Yet, now so soon into the new year you might be feeling a bit discouraged, realize the true impact of your goal, or you may just not know how to go about making the change. We understand all of these situations. We also love to meet goals and do better, so as you work on you – we’re on your team! Here are some simple tips that can hopefully help you in sticking to your resolution.
Find accountability. A lot of people suggest sharing your resolutions with friends or a support group working towards for similar goals. This can feel a little scary because speaking it means you are responsible for it. Yet, friends and support should be ready to cheer you on – so there’s little to fear. Having someone to check in with you weekly or monthly can help you process what you’re doing, and perhaps what you could do more of, or better. Find the right folks to help you get motivated and encourage you.
Try to have tunnel vision. It’s usually best to focus on one goal, but if you’re like me you’ve got plenty you want to do. So, if you made more than one resolution that doesn’t mean your off the hook for this one. It means you need to plan out some events/ support groups that will help you in each goal: perhaps divide your resolutions up into sets of months (one resolution gets two months, then you start with another), or simply spend time reflecting on your progress on each one individually.
Track progress/ success. One of the biggest downfalls for trying to change or create new habits is that people don’t realize how difficult it is to do what they want to do. Beyond that, when we don’t achieve what we thought we would – it’s all the more discouraging. A great way to combat this is to write down your small wins and progress. Journaling isn’t the only way though. You can reward yourself with a treat when you reach a milestone or have friends celebrate with you!
Be okay with stumbling. You will falter. That’s okay. Accept that as learning, lean into what it can teach you. Give yourself some time, evaluate where you slipped, and then try again. There’s no shame in that. The most thorough successes are met with a tried and true path. Learning looks a lot like missing the mark but that way it sticks with you and you understand truly earning it.
Ask for help. Trying to make a fitness goal? Ask a friend to register with you for a 5K. Add people to your goal. It’s so much better when you aren’t alone. Perhaps you have a friend that really excels in a direction you are trying to go – ask them for their tips and tricks. You probably have more resources and support available than you realize.
Change is hard, but 100 percent worth it. You can make those resolutions a reality. Take small steps, accept when you trip, and enjoy the ride. It’s going to be quite the year!
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!
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.
An easy Christmas tree on the wall is so cute!
Such a sweet and simple placement.
Love this pop of pastels!
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!
Love the tree bark candle holders!
This classic combo is timeless.
This minimal white theme is a dream. It’s a modern twist on the classic and we love how wintry it feels!
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.
These glass Christmas trees are so unique!
Make a gingerbread house with the whole family!
Silver always looks sleek!
Which of these makes you feel inspired? We hope these get you ready to design your own home for the season!
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!
Another great option is plastic s-hooks! These are affordable and light weight.
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!
There are also under the gutter specific clips that you can use if you have gutter guards.
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!
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.
Cabinets are great for this space!
This bench is perfect for an entry way!
Bins aid in organization.
Pegboards are are a practical addition!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?