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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Ready. set. summer. The weather gets warmer and the days get longer, so make sure to look at the ultimate summer social calendar to give you and your family a fun filled season. Summer time is the sweetest time. More time with your kids, more things to do, and more things to see. With this calendar guide, you won’t miss a beat. Were here to help you kick start summer the right way and continue to have a good time!
Father’s Day Weekend: Most dads love spending time outside and time with family. Dedicate this weekend to doing something dad really wants to do! Whether its going on a hike, hitting the water, or a weekend trip, make sure to dedicate the weekend to him and all he does for your family! It won’t go unnoticed.
Forth of July: The Fourth of July is the biggest social event of summer. Who does love celebrating freedom and our country? Plan your fourth of July accordingly, because it will be the best! The perfect 4th of July party is spent full of games and activities, followed by a cookout and firework show. This year have the neighborhood party at your place! All the kids, parents, and neighbors can come over and enjoy the holiday together.
Back to School Party: Once summer starts to dwindle down and school is right around the corner, throw your kids a party to celebrate an awesome summer and school year to come. While this celebration is bittersweet, it’s always best to end summer on a BANG! Create a day full of slip and slide, water games, ice cream and sweet treats!
Ice Cream Social: After the first day of school, throw an ice cream social to let to neighborhood kids socialize all together one last time! Celebrating the first day of the new school year is perfect. Kids can mingle with there new and old classmates, all awhile creating the ultimate Sundae. Feeling competitive? Have a ice cream Sunday competition and base the ranting on looks, flavor, and creativity! Give out a fun prize at the end.
You know those home improvement shows where the person gets their home totally renovated for free? That’s the dream, right? For the rest of us though, we need a practical alternative. Say you want to add a fire pit to your backyard, update your kitchen cabinets, or install new doors throughout your entire home. All of these are great ideas and can add some serious flair to your home for years to come. Yet, most of us simply cannot afford to do these things without putting together a financial plan to pay for the improvements.
Planning for the expense of a home improvement project is a little different even if you are already budgeting for expenses. So, how can you plan to pay for an improvement sooner instead of later? Time to jump in!
Set the budget. Do your research to get a good estimate on the cost of materials, labor, and future maintenance. If you want to cut some cost and you have the ability and knowledge about how to complete the project, save the cost of labor and do it yourself. Search the internet and talk to people at your local home improvement store to find out more about your project and decide if it is something that you should tackle yourself, or if you need to hire a professional.
Save 10 percent more than your budget number. There are always unexpected additional project expenses. Plan for it and your plan can go off without a hitch.
Skim off the top. Ideally, with every paycheck you can set aside an amount that you are comfortable with that will be used for your project. This requires you to know how much of your paycheck you need for everyday expenses and bills. So if you don’t budget, wait until all of your expenses and bills are paid and then transfer part of what is left over from your paycheck to savings.
Cut or reduce unnecessary expenses for a few months. Whether it’s coffee, classes, or some other non-necessity – stop paying for it for a bit and put the money you saved toward your project budget.
Thrift/scrap/used parts. Look at discount stores for parts you need for your project that may cost less than at other stores. Keep your eyes on local garage sales and and scrap yards for pieces you can use. You may also already have something you could re-purpose to fit the task as well. Think creatively and you can cut some of your cost.
If you are receiving a tax refund, use part or all of it toward your project. This is always helpful.
Ask for it. Is your birthday soon? Mother’s day? Father’s day? You get the point. Ask for part of your project budget as a gift if people ask you what you’d like. Revamping your kitchen? Ask for a bit of back splash. Materials adds up when gifted or donated in smaller quantities and as a bonus friends or family know they are giving you something you’ll both use and enjoy.
We hope these ideas help you make your next project happen! Depending on how much your project will cost and how quickly you can save, we suggest planning on saving for at least 6 months to a year for your project. This may not always be enough time to save, but it should be enough time if you utilize as many of our saving strategies as possible.
New homeowners need a lot of items to keep up with home maintenance and to save on things they can labor themselves. The upfront cost can be a lot on a new buyer. Consider saving up for each item and purchasing as you have funds and as it’s needed. As warmer weather is coming, we think about our yards and the help they need to stay kept. Let’s look at some items that will help you conquer your yard!
Garden hose. This is a must for cleaning driveways, watering plants/landscaping, and with the proper attachments – cleaning your vinyl siding. Plus, it’s great, cheap fun for those long summer days at home for the kiddos!
Rain garden/ long drain spouts. It’s quite important to be sure your yard drains well. Especially if your mobile home is not on a permanent foundation. If you notice pooling in your yard or slushy spots after rain consider redistribution ideas. Rain gardens use rocks and or absorbent plants to keep your yard healthy. Long drain spouts carry water farther from your home and foundation to keep puddles at a minimum.
Lawn mower. This one is obvious. It’s so much cheaper in the long run to mow your own yard than to pay someone.
Hedge shears. These handy little gadgets are good for all the in-between work. Keep your landscaping under control and deal with little issues in a snap! Operate carefully and use safety precautions.
Rake. Whether your yard is covered in leaves or sticks you really can’t clear your yard without a rake. Leaving all that debris in your yard is bad for it, too.
Solar powered path lights. These are a lifesaver, especially if you live in a rural setting. From getting home, to spending time outside, to friends visiting. These lights can guide your cars safely to your home.
Skirting guard. If you’re weed eating or moving near your skirting, you need a skirting guard to protect your siding from holes and dings. Torn skirting is bad news for your home as critters and cold/warm air has direct access to piping.
Weed eater. These are great for those annoying, hard to reach areas, edging, and carefully maneuvering around landscaping. Please follow all safety instructions and familiarize yourself with the machine.
As you spend more time in your home you’ll realize other items you need. You may also start to do gardening which will require some extras. Please be sure to use all tools with care, learn how to use them, ask a trusted individual to help with tools you’ve never used. Safety first!