Check Spring Cleaning Off Your List

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I am not sure about your home, but we had BEAUTIFUL weather this past weekend. I could not get enough of it. The temperatures are starting to get lower again but I do know that spring is right around the corner.

My favorite moments of springtime are when we can open the windows and hear the birds chirping. After a season of sniffles, flu, and colds, it is time to air your house out and feel fresh! One more thing I love about spring is the cleaning. I may sound super weird but I love a freshly, cleaned house. Spring cleaning means deep cleaning and getting to spots you don’t clean on a daily basis. I definitely compare myself to Monica from friends in that regard. I enjoy cleaning too much. 😉

Today’s Tidy Tuesday tip is from Simply + Kierste. Kierste shared a very helpful Spring Cleaning Checklist that will make your deep-cleaning a breeze. She goes in-depth over each point on her list.

Here is her checklist:

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Go check out her post on Spring Cleaning.  I cannot wait to use this checklist.

I suggest printing this on card stock paper and then laminating it. You can use a dry-erase marker and reuse it every spring!

Do you like to have calendars and check lists for chores? I have been planning on designing my own cleaning/organizing schedule calendar. Would you use something like that for your house?

Marylee

The Best Method for Folding Socks

Today I am sharing the best way to fold your socks! Sock drawers can be a disaster.  They go missing, they are mismatched, they are rolled up in balls of different sizes, specific ones are hard to find, etc. I have been there. I used to have a basket I would throw those rolled up balls in. I only used the 3-4 pairs on top, what a mess it was!  When I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it changed the way I fold my socks forever.

Marie Kondo’s method for folding socks works best if you use a drawer or some type of flat basket. You don’t want to use a deep basket that requires stacking. I have an antique trunk in my bedroom that I use to store my pajamas. The trunk has this awesome lift-out tray that I use for my socks. It is the perfect size and has two compartments. The large compartment is for my longer socks and the small compartment is for my no-shows.

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My trunk lift-out tray
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Large compartment
Small Compartment
Small compartment (no-show socks)

Folding Step-by-Step

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1. Lay flat and stacked on top of each other
2. Fold over one side, half way
2. Fold over one side, half way
3. Fold over a third time
3. Fold over a third time

Don’t you just love those socks??? They are Kate Spade found on Ebay. They have so many designer pairs for great prices!

Folding For Smaller Pairs:

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1. Lay flat and stacked
2. Fold over once for smaller pairs
2. Fold over once for smaller pairs

After Folding…

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After you have tackled the folding, you will want to prop each pair on their sides and squeeze them close together so they don’t topple over. Some pairs are stronger than others. When I completed this task and saw each pair, I was thrilled! I didn’t realize I had so many and I forgot about many of the pairs. I also threw away the ones that didn’t have matches or had holes.

How do you fold your socks? Is this a project you will try?

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My Favorite Product for Organizing

It’s Tidy Tuesday and I am sharing My Favorite Product for Organizing! It’s a simple and inexpensive product to have on hand if you are ready to get your house nice and tidy!

So here it is:

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It’s a DYMO 160 Label Maker!

This is a great label maker for beginners. It is very inexpensive. You can find it here for only $15.84! The replacement tapes are inexpensive as well. There are a ton out on the market but I recommend this one because of its portability and options for text. It has 6 font sizes, 8 text styles, and more than 200 symbols! I love the keyboard as well.

I have labeled a ton of things in our house since I bought this label maker. I have labeled my tea collection, cleaning products, piano music, etc. I love to label storage boxes and baskets as well.  Label makers are a great way to get organized and stay that way! If everything has a place to go, it is easy to stay tidy and put things back where they belong!

Do you have a label maker? Which one and what types of things do you label?

Thank you for reading and have a great Tuesday!

Marylee

5 Ways to Prepare for a Natural Miscarriage

Today I am sharing 5 Ways to Prepare for a Natural Miscarriage.  You might have been told by your midwife or doctor that you are having a miscarriage. Maybe it is early in your pregnancy or maybe they don’t feel like a D&C is necessary, so instead, it has been decided to complete it naturally. In our case, we hardly knew anything about pregnancy and to find out we were having a miscarriage, we were completely lost. After our first ER visit, I remember going home and not knowing anything about the next couple days.

Intense pain, heavy bleeding, sadness, worry, etc. I didn’t know these things would be so extreme. I remember having the feeling that everything that was happening was not real. It didn’t feel like this nightmare was happening to us. I am sharing some tips that will help you as you go through a natural miscarriage.

5 Ways to Prepare for a Natural Miscarriage:

  1. Be in a comfortable environment.  Dress comfortably, have a comfortable recliner, bed, or couch, have a stress-free house. You should have someone watch over you and help you.  Accept the help! Receive the blessing and relax as much as possible.  Thankfully my husband was able to take time off to stay with me for a few days.
  2. Have a collection of overnight pads (do not use tampons). Bleeding can be very heavy at times. You will notice it is not just blood, it is mainly tissue. It can look very alarming but know that it is normal. Keep in contact with your midwife or doctor about the amount of times you are changing your pads. They will want to know in case you need to come in to have tests done.
  3. Definitely have pain pills on hand when the pain gets intolerable. Take it before the pain gets extreme so you can stay on top of it.  Advil is strong enough unless your doctor/midwife prescribes others. I never expected the type of pain I had. My contraction-type pains were off and on for a week.  I also used a heating pad to control mild pain. I also suggest eating healthy foods and drinking natural beverages. Stay away from fried and greasy food, soda, alcohol, etc.
  4. Light exercise will help with the pain.  I remember pacing around my parents house at full speed and it helped control some of the terrible feelings. If you can manage, try walking around and walk off some of the pain. It can be hard to have that motivation. Have someone there to hold your hand and encourage you.
  5. Pray, pray, and pray. Having Jesus at the center of every situation will help you get through any situation. I also believe in reading scripture to find comfort. Here are some comforting Bible verses:                                                                                                               jeremiah_1-51-808x1024

Jeremiah 1:5: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb, before you were born I set you apart.”

Ecclesiastes 11:5: “Just as you do not know how the life breath enters the human frame in the mother’s womb, so you do not know the work of God who is working in everything.”

Isaiah 49:15: “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”

Matthew 5:4: “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Romans 8:18: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

Romans 8:28: “We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to His purpose.”

If you are going through a miscarriage or are having a hard time from one in the past, please email me and we can chat. I have really been blessed by all the emails I have received.  Feel free to reach out to me again! Have a blessed week and remember that you are loved!

Marylee

Everyone Loves A Pinterest Valentine’s Success!

Happy Valentine’s Eve! We all love a Pinterest successes right? Well I have a very easy Valentine’s treat that you have got to try! And guess what? You can customize this treat for any holiday! You could change the sprinkles or shapes! So what am I making for Valentine’s treats?

Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treats

Here is a link to the recipe: Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treats. This cute recipe is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. It’s a super cute blog sharing recipes that you will love!  Who loves finding new blogs on Pinterest? It is such a great place to find new blogs, recipes, diy ideas, clothes, deals, etc. Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest page, I am constantly pinning awesome things. Follow me on Pinterest

So here are my Chocolate Dipped Krispie Treats:

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I chose to drizzle chocolate on some because it used less chocolate and I prefer to use the expensive ones (Ghirardelli.. you’ve got to for Valentine’s Day, right??).

This is my kind of recipe. Easy. Affordable. Quick. YUMMY. and ADORABLE. 

For Christmas, use a Christmas tree cookie cutter and red/green sprinkles. For Easter, use a Cross cookie cutter and purple/gold sprinkles. For Halloween, use a pumpkin cookie cutter and orange sprinkles. The options are endless! I am loving this idea!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Thank you for reading and following my blog so far! I apologize I have been distant this week. It has been super crazy in my house. Thankfully my husband has healed from the flu and I have not caught it (still praying). Working full-time and taking care of my husband and myself has been an even fuller-time adventure this week. But I’m looking forward to next week’s blog posts! I hope you are too!

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What kind of Valentine’s treats are you cooking up? Share in a comment!

Marylee

How We Are Living Like No One Else

Happy Monday! I love Monday’s, only during The Bachelor season, he he 😉 . But that is not what I’ll be discussing in my post. Today I am sharing how we (Nathan and I) are living like no one else. 

Last week we decided to take the plunge and begin Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. My sisters and their husbands are huge supporters of Dave Ramsey. They have inspired us to begin this journey. Laura and John even gave us this fantastic product (it matches our living room, he he):

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We haven’t begun the class (due to my husband coming down with the flu eeekk) but we have already begun using cash only, tearing up credit cards, making sacrifices, and budgeting. Dave Ramsey says “If you will live like no one else, later you can live and (give) like no one else.” That hit us hard. We have been very selfish with our spending lately.

How We Are Living Like No One Else (already):

  1. As I was doing my weekly grocery shopping (with cash in hand), I added up my cart and noticed I was $15 over budget. I pushed that heavy cart around the store putting back items we didn’t have the cash for. It felt great when I checked out and had the correct amount of money for my order. And you know what? I can go a week with out those expensive yummy pickles (LOL).
  2. This weekend we went to one of my favorite stores, Kohl’s. That is a super dangerous store for me. I love the coupons, the Kohl’s cash, the rewards points, the gold clearance items, etc. I know that store like the back of my hand. Anyways, I had it all planned out to buy a couple of birthday gifts and use all these different coupons and Kohl’s cash. Little did I know, Nike wasn’t included, one coupon was expired, my Kohl’s cash was not in date, etc. After dragging my husband around the store for an hour, my huge bargain plan was a huge bust. What did I do? I left with all of my items at the cashier counter. There was a huge line behind me and it was very stressful. I walked out of that store in tears. What did my sweet husband do? He put his arm around me and assured me that I did the right thing. “Dave Ramsey would have been proud”. I felt so silly crying. I guess it was many emotions taking over. I am excited about this journey and I can’t allow marketing traps to spoil what we are trying to succeed at.
  3. We are sticking to our spending budget. We aren’t putting dinners on credit cards and enjoying ourselves with money we don’t have. I actually cooked dinner Monday-Friday, which I haven’t done in forever.
  4. I sold my Keurig and am already saving money not buying K cups. We are cutting back on a lot of “convenience” type groceries. I’ve been making trail mix by purchasing nuts and dried fruit in bulk.
  5. We are trying to sell unwanted workout items/clothes/house-ware.
  6. Add money to your Health Savings Account. Our HSA helped us out a lot this weekend. Flu medicine was definitely not in our budget this month, but thankfully we had it covered with our HSA. We haven’t even had time to build our emergency fund yet. So having a HSA has already been a blessing.

Have you tried Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University? How could you live like no one else so you can live like no one else later?

Please keep us in your prayers as we begin this journey and strive to have financial peace. Also, please pray for Nathan as he recovers from the flu and for me not to catch it. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to sign up for email updates so you don’t miss any future posts!

Tomorrow is Tidy Tuesday! 😉

Marylee

7 Tips for Your Marriage After a Miscarriage

Today I am sharing 7 Tips for Your Marriage After A Miscarriage. This post came to me after my husband and I visited a marriage event this past weekend. It was called Love Worth Fighting For, featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield. It truly encouraged our marriage. We have had a year of giant ups and downs but have remained strong together. We completely owe that to our father, Jesus Christ. Through a miscarriage, new job, stress over money, surgeries, etc., I feel our marriage growing stronger.

Here we are at Love Worth Fighting For:

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We decided to make this event our Valentine’s presents to each other. We also purchased these awesome t-shirts (with matching wristbands ;)). We’ve decided to wear them a lot this February. You can find them here: The Love Shirts

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Nathan is the love of my life and I am so blessed to be able to call him my husband! Our miscarriage was a huge learning experience for us. Nathan had never seen me in that much agony and I know I scared him at times but I am so thankful he stayed by my side the whole time.

I am going to share some tips that I believe will keep your relationship strong if you are going through a miscarriage or any type of loss. The type of pain you experience through something like a miscarriage can be hard on a marriage. The most important thing I learned from Love Worth Fighting For is to fight for your marriage! Don’t ever give up on each other.

7 Tips for Your Marriage After a Miscarriage:

  1. Give each other time to grieve. Some people take longer to grieve than others. Don’t rush each other and don’t feel bad for not being at the same point. It’s okay to be at different stages in grief, as the female or male. Take as much time as you need. Accept help from others and be there for each other when sadness really takes over.
  2. Go away together. After I was cleared by the doctor, Nathan and I took a small trip to Gatlinburg, TN (one of our favorite relaxing spots). The car ride was great for talking or just listening to music. We didn’t have to cook or clean. We had no worries. Make this trip memorable by doing something in memory of the one you lost. Either by some type of memorial item or doing something that you will never forget (ride in a helicopter, go on a trolley ride, bungee jump, etc.). Be with each other!
  3. Grieve together and share your feelings when you are ready. Cry and question things together. Don’t force each other to talk when the other one isn’t ready. Some people take longer to share their feelings than others.
  4. Remember milestone days, some have harder times during these days than others. When your due date comes around, Christmas, your birthdays, or any special time for you, it can be very hard coping with not having a baby in your hands. Some have a harder time at this than others. Understand your spouse and be there for them. Don’t push them, but instead be understanding
  5. Be patient. Don’t lash out at each other. Some people have anger. I definitely had anger at times but Nathan was always there to remind me that God watches over us.
  6. Seek outside help. Talk to a pastor, counselor, therapist, etc. They are there to help people talk through difficult times. If you don’t know what to talk about or how to bring things up, they will help you! I highly encourage this.
  7. Pray together. Lastly, but most importantly, keep God at the center of your relationship during the good and bad times. Remember that God holds your future and he is going to take care of you.

Have you gone through a hard time with your spouse following a miscarriage or another difficult loss? Try these tips and I pray that God has his hand on your marriage and future. Fight for your marriage and don’t give up on each other!

Marylee

How to Have a Functional Laundry Closet

It’s Tidy Tuesday!

Do you have a laundry closet instead of a separate room? It can be a huge struggle!   I have finally figured out a way to utilize the small space and keep it tidy everyday! First of all, I do have a dream laundry closet. Since we don’t have the resources to do something too extravagant at the moment, I have tidied our closet on a budget and kept it simple. Before I share my budget closet, here are a few dream ones of mine:

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I love the simplicity in this one
I love the simplicity in this one

 

Who wouldn't want a TV?
Who wouldn’t want a TV?

 

Look at these colors and countertops!
Look at these colors and countertops!

 

Beautiful backsplash
Beautiful backsplash

How to Have a Functional Laundry Closet:

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  • Only keep Laundry baskets on the tops of your washer and dryer. Do this even if you have top loaders. We used to have top loaders and I still made this a habit (I will never go back to top loaders though!). I also keep a basket on the washer for all of my detergents and laundry products. What are my 3 baskets for? The two black ones are for lights/darks. The tall gray one is for our undergarments (I wash these separately).

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    Baskets and Shelf
  • On the top shelf (which a lot of people have) I keep lightweight baskets filled with cleaning items, lightbulbs, extension cords, ironing things, etc. I also store my paper towels and toilet paper.  In the far corner I store curtains in a decorative basket.
  • I like to add a little personality. I hung a simple print on the side of my closet that adds a little color.

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    Choose a happy and bright print!
  • Along with adding a little personality, we chose to have curtains instead of closet doors. I used sheer, yellow curtains that I found at a yard sale for $2! They also add brightness in a small, dark hallway. When the light is out, you can’t see what is behind the curtains.
    One of my favorite yard sale finds... these curtains!
    One of my favorite yard sale finds… these curtains!

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    Our hallway
  • Do laundry every other day or every two days. Completing this “dreadful” chore more often actually makes it easier! Your loads are smaller and you can put away your clothes in half the time! Sometimes I have a load go in everyday. =)
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My mom is The Laundry Queen. She can solve any stain and do tons of loads a day. With three girls in the house (who love clothes), we never worried about needing clothes clean. I love my mom! She spoiled us for sure. I do believe this talent was passed down to myself. My husband never has an empty closet. 😉 I actually have started to enjoy it. It keeps my laundry area clean and it truly doesn’t take long when you are doing smaller and fewer loads in a day.

Thank you for reading! Do you have a laundry closet or small area? Please share! I’d love to see what you have and how you make it functional. If you need help on making it functional, comment below!

Marylee

DIY: Car Air Freshener

Do you use car air fresheners? Does the smell give you headaches? Does the synthetic, toxic scents concern you?

I have a DIY, super cheap, and non-toxic alternative for harmful air fresheners you buy at car washes, gas stations, etc. This project takes only 30 seconds to complete. How easy is that? That is my type of project. 😉

What you need for the DIY Car Air Freshener:

– Toilet Paper Rolls

– Essential oils of your choice

Next, it is as simple as pouring two-four drops of essential oil inside the toilet paper roll.  You only need a few drops in a roll because you will be putting these in your vehicle which is a closed, small space. If it is too strong it could give you a headache. I used two rolls and put one under my driver’s seat and passenger’s seat.

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I used Anxiety Ease essential oil from Edens Garden. I tend to have some anxiety in traffic, snow, and rain. I also enjoy lavender and peppermint essential oils. I used peppermint and eucalyptus oils in my husband’s truck because he suffers from allergies.  There are tons of options for essential oils. Take a look at Edens Garden and read about all of the oils available. They also have a lot of great sets.

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Which essential oil would you use?

I hope you enjoy this DIY car air freshener tip. It is a much better alternative than the toxic scents from the ones that hang from your rearview mirror. If you already have essential oils that you use for other remedies, this is a very cheap alternative too!

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Have a wonderful, blessed week ahead!

Marylee