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Category Archives: My Home is My Castle

Day at the Park Packing List

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wet Ones® hand wipes. The opinions and text are all mine. Hidden Valley Park is our favorite park to go to relax, play, and enjoy a great afternoon. My kids and I love it. We try to visit once if not twice a week.

Packing Tips for Kids

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When I go out of town without my kids I like to pack their bags efficiently. This is so that those watching them know exactly what is what and where things are without having to dig. I’ve found packing in the following way really helps those who are watching my kids to have a stress-free experience. Further,

26 Energy Saving Tips

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IGS Energy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Energy is a big expense. When I say energy, I’m referring to power/electric and gas. These bills can be very high if you own a home in a less temperate area. It makes sense to

3 Easy Steps to Cleaning a Genuine Sheepskin Rug

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When I was a little girl my grandparents brought our family back a large sheepskin rug from their religious mission to Australia. Since then, I have had a love for the genuine fur. My siblings and I would lay on the rug as we watched TV. We’d put a blanket on top and sleep on it. We’d roll each

13 Clever Cleaning Tips That Increase Efficiency

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My mom has always told me that I’m a great cleaner, which is weird because I do not enjoy it. I love blasting music and getting a slight work out in and I like the end result, but I dread cleaning. I feel like it is the most monotonous task of my life—not to be overly dramatic

5 Steps to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

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Cleaning up and preparing for winter can be a fun family activity. Here are five quick ways to winterize your yard. 1- Turn off and drain sprinklers. Depending on your sprinkler system and area the protocol for turning off your sprinklers may be different than ours. We simply turn off our yard water, then turn the

How To Store Water in Case of Disaster or Need

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Water storage is vital in many predicaments. A year ago a serious flash flood hit my sister’s little community. Homes were flooded, the highway disappeared, and a nearby dam was threatening to break. It was scary. My sister’s water could have been shut off at any minute. Knowing that she and her family had water

Step-by-Step Instructions to Detail Your Vehicle

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  Everyone loves a nice looking clean, fresh smelling car. But not everyone can afford detailing their vehicle every 2-3 months. Detailing costs anywhere between $100-$1,000+ depending on the options you get. Detailing your own vehicle can not only be a great way to save and ensure a job well done, it can also be

15 Inexpensive Laundry Hacks That Will Save You Hundreds

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Laundry is more enjoyable for me than many other tasks. That said, I do sometimes get frustrated at how quickly it piles up and how it never seems to end. Then I remember that for centuries before my time people had to hand wash laundry. When I remember this, my slight frustration turns to gratitude. We are very

Home Fire Proof Safes: Why Have Them & What to Put In Them

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Accidents happen. I’ve known some people whose homes have been completely burned or ruined by natural disasters. Other people I know have suddenly lost the bread-winner or financial leader of the family. These unfortunate incidents although rare, do happen at random. It really is a wise thing to prepare in case such incidents do occur

15 Steps to a Successful Morning Routine for You and Your Kids

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Mornings are such a double edge sword for me. I love that I wake up rested and looking forward to a new day. But yet, I kind of dread getting out of my soft comfy bed (esp. if I feel like the morning could be chaotic). I’ve found (and I’ve heard from other moms, including my

Labor Bag Packing List for Scheduled C-Sections

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A reader emailed me and asked me to provide a list on what to pack for a scheduled C-Section. I asked around, scoured the internet, and surprisingly found out a lot about C-Sections! Read about the items you’ll most likely want with you below: 1. Insurance card/ID/Medical Papers – All your identification papers (your insurance

How to Protect Your Loved Ones from Market Corrections and Economic Downturns

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Market corrections have historically occurred about every 6-8 years in America, the last being in 2008-2009, and before that 2002. Some have been much worse than others. But the last two (in the past 15 years) experienced over a 40% drop. Many investors and economists say that we are at a place where a market correction could

5 Ways to Reduce Time Spent on Washing Dishes + a Deal You Won’t Want to Miss!

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Dishes. The never-ending household chore. Some women love to do dishes. I am not one of them! Dishes are my nemesis. So finding ways to get them done faster is something I’m always trying to do. Here are a few tips. 1. Rinse dishes immediately after use. When you are cooking, baking, etc. rinsing out

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