If you live with kids and pets, spills on the carpet are an inevitable part of life. And last year, we moved to a new house—with white carpets. I knew, if I was going to keep my kids and my dog alive, I needed a quick action plan to come up with a solution for stains and spills.
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American children spend an average of 6 hours, 32 minutes each day watching TV or using other media (including the Internet, videotapes, video games, and radio). That's more time than they devote to any other activity except sleep, according to the AAP. This can lead to childhood obesity and compromised health, because children who watch TV are more likely to be inactive.
When it comes to natural, green cleaning, it’s hard to beat plain old white vinegar. Because it is technically a FOOD and not a CLEANER, vinegar is safe for use around kids, pets, and food prep areas. It’s also extremely affordable, costing only about 5¢ per ounce. Due to a pH of 2.0 and the acetic acid content, vinegar is an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms, so it is the perfect cleaner for your home! Vinegar is proven to be an effective disinfectant against E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, salmonella, and influenza, and also a very effective natural deodorizer.
How Big Pharma Works - Why Americans are Angry and Why We Should All be Fighting for Healthcare Reform
If you live in the United States you must understand our current medical system and I do not mean the Affordable Care Act, but simply how Big Pharma works and why Americans are angry and why we should all be fighting for healthcare reform.
Studies reveal startling sedentary lifestyle facts and figures for teens. When parents consider the health risks, they want to know how they can help get their teens off the sofa and into life.
Sure taking Dad out for a steak dinner is nice but also expensive, here are some other things you can do to make him feel special during this Father's Day.
These DIY Gardening and Creative Container Ideas To Spice Up Your Summer Are Also Great For Kids Activities
Enjoy these simple DIY ideas to get your summer garden started or add some spice and creative color to it! You’ll be amazed how easy and fun it can be. Include the kids in the process and it makes for an educational and healthy activity. However big or small your goals, growing some of your own food and flowers is worth the effort, and with these fun tips you can save time, space and money.
You know the feeling. You open up your mailbox, and immediately break out into a cold sweat. There it is: the official envelope. Before you even open it, you know - you have been summoned for jury duty. Your head swims, thinking of all of the other things you had planned for that week.
Superfoods are a quick and easy way to get some serious nutrients into your body, superfoods are great for your body. They are filled with many nutrients that our bodies crave but don’t always receive.
I wanted to write this article because this is something important to me, being able to feed my son. He won’t eat with a cover, he gets distracted by it and will try to pull it towards him; I decided to breast feed because of all the health, developmental, and emotional benefits it has for him and for me. So I want to tell you about my experience breastfeeding in public.
They say, “It takes a village” and yet the idea of cooperative living hasn’t really taken off in the United Stated. I’m not talking about “Sister Wives” but why not consider a cooperative to take the burden off you and other moms? Learn how busy moms save time and energy by sharing childcare and other mom duties.
Sometimes it's amazing how much you benefit from little things like essential oil bath salts. Taking a nice soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think.
A sure sign of warmer weather is an ant or two crawling on your kitchen counter. Here's an simple DIY green pest control tip for how to get ants out of your house naturally, and avoid more from showing up safely and naturally.
Surprise your kids by creating a super simple home made play dough in 7 short minutes. Do it yourself with your children with 5 simple ingredients you have at home.
Yes I breastfed 3 babies at the same time. When my 4th child was born I was still breastfeeding her 2 older sisters who were 15 months and 2 years old.
Cleaning cluttered house is a very difficult task for any mom. Yet living a life in a de-cluttered house is like a blessing. Janelle Banks is here from Atlanta sharing the benefits of getting rid of house clutter. Here is Janelle in her own words.
Feeding an entire family on a budget can be hard, whether you are a stay-at-home mom, the breadwinner of them family, or both you and your spouse work. Figuring out a good balance between meats and vegetables without breaking the pocket book is a skill. One of the ways that I make it work is by buying in bulk on sale and dividing it up into personal sizes. This helps to reduce waste, over eating, and can really help with meal planning.
Eating healthy and budget sometimes don't mix, right!? I want to share with you how we eat healthy and stay within our budget of $100 a week. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions or would like any recipes. So this is my story of how to feed a family of 10 on 100 a week.
Let’s talk about them - those dreaded, disgusting bugs called ticks. They are hard to see, hard to pull off once they bite, and hard to prevent. We are going to talk about some ways to keep them at bay. Plant these 4 plants around your house and they can keep the ticks away in summer.
Laundry rooms don’t have to be a humid, dingy area of the house you close off to visitors. Instead you can use one of these brilliant transformations to add family clothes storage to your current laundry room and have an area you’ll be proud to show off.
Are you on the fence about homeschooling, because you think you can't afford it? Below I am sharing with you my favorite free or very low cost websites to show you, you can homeschool successfully on a budget!
How a Naturally Messy Mom Learned to Let Go of Perfectionism and Find Joy in Keeping Her House "Clean Enough" - The 85% Principle
Are you naturally a messy person? Do you find yourself more often than not in a state of chaos around your home? Do you have dishes in your sink? Dirty laundry in the floor? Spots on the bathroom mirrors? If I were to ring your doorbell right now, would you answer? I am all too-familiar with this scenario, because I, too, am a naturally messy person. Keep reading to learn how I changed my way of thinking, and now manage to (mostly) stay on top of my household chores.
People often have hobbies they love and don’t realize they could turn what they love to do into a second income. I have a lot of friends who have amazing talents and a few of them decided to turn their passion into big profits without having a college degree that was related or even attending college.
I want to provide to you a few tips that might help you through this storm. First a little background about my own child whom was born very sick. Our daughter Sophie was born on Valentine's Day, soon after birth she stopped breathing. One thing lead to another and all her major organs shut down.
It happens every year. It's one of the more popular jokes amongst parents. Summer vacation is dreaded. I mean think about it: you're stuck with your kids all summer! Just about every waking moment of your life is consumed by snacks and play time. God forbid it's a rainy day! Then you have to have a movie marathon. But then the children will fight about who is picking and blah blah blah. It's enough to drive a woman mad.
In this day of instant gratification, it is easy to lose sight of true love and romance within the context of marriage. The temptation is there to always be searching for the next rush--the next thrill. But what does true, long term Love and romance look like? How can we resist being wooed by the Hollywood fantasy of the "ideal" romance, and see true, self-sacrificial Love within the walls of our own home?
This is how big families, that include, 5 kids and two adults, prepare for a family trip to Yellowstone. Andrea Goeldner from Wisconsin tells the story about their family's big vacation and how to pack and load your car before you start your family trip.