Saturday, May 14, 2022

Can You Really Declutter Your House In A Day?

Whether you’re in the process of preparing for a stress-free summer or simply can’t stand the idea of having so much stuff at home anymore, decluttering the house can be a great way to refresh, rejuvenate, and reuse the space that you’ve otherwise been missing. 

Unfortunately, depending on the state of clutter in your house as it stands, getting on top here is rarely as simple as watching a few episodes of Marie Kondo and assuming that you know everything there is to know about clutter-free living. Still, what if we were to tell you that it’s entirely within your power to declutter your home in a day, despite the amounts of stuff that you’re dealing with right now? Simply keep on reading to find out how!

Step 1: Stock up on storage

If you don’t know where you’ll be putting all of that stuff throughout the decluttering process, then you’re at risk of simply moving mess around, and even making the situation worse. This can be off-putting even if you do make a tentative start on this process, but overcoming this and ensuring a quick, mess-free declutter instead is as simple as getting your storage set up in advance. From stocking up on plenty of plastic storage containers to investing in a dedicated storage unit like those offered by SMARTBOX Solutions, Inc. that you can have on hand for this purpose, this can significantly reduce the time it takes to not only declutter every corner of your house, but to also ensure a mess-free, stress-free finish at the end of things. 

Step 2: Have some kind of plan

Even with storage in your corner, approaching decluttering without a plan is never going to lead to fast results or any results at all for that matter. Instead, you need to know in advance precisely which rooms you intend to declutter, as well as gaining a rough idea of what needs to go. This way, instead of wasting hours staring at mountains of stuff, you can get stuck straight in, and even ensure the correct amount of storage to see you clearing rooms in record time, and enjoying notable and almost immediate improvements to the appearance of each room in the process. 

Step 3: Remember that it takes a village

Despite your efforts elsewhere, it would be impossible to declutter an entire house on your own. As such, decluttering in a day also requires you to remember that this task often takes a village. Of course, bringing onboard friends and loved ones who don’t live with you is unlikely to work here as they don’t know what you’re getting rid of, etc. But, talking to your kids, partner, and other immediate family members could see you all getting stuck into your own individual room declutters to ensure the fastest collective organization that your home has ever seen. 

Decluttering doesn’t need to be as stressful as you think, especially if you use these pointers to get this job done in a day.

Friday, May 13, 2022

How You Can Build Up Your Credit

It is very important to build and keep a good credit score. So many things depend on having a good credit score, like buying or renting a house, owning a credit card or getting a loan, signing a contract for a cell phone, getting car insurance every month, or even opening a bank account. Credit scores can be hard to understand if you do not know what to look for, but it is very important that you keep an eye on them and look into anything you do not understand.  You can help build and improve your credit score by ensuring you do not miss payments and doing a few other things.


Register to vote

If you are not on the voter list, it is very unlikely that you will ever get anything. It only takes a few minutes to do online, and you can choose not to be on the updated voter list that can be used for marketing. Lenders check the electoral register to make sure you live at the address you say you do and are who you say you are. Plus, there is no reason not to vote then either.

Use the credit to improve your credit.

It sounds crazy, but you have to "prove" to lenders that you can handle credit responsibly. If you need to, get a credit card. Take out only what you need, spend it wisely, and pay it back in full every month. This will help you build your credit score over time. But do not apply for credit too often because lenders check your credit file each time you do. These searches leave a mark, which can be a bad thing. If you keep applying for credit, it will signify that something is not right, and you will probably be turned down. Think carefully about your applications and try to put them as far apart as possible. You should also use a quality website to compare credit that doesn’t trap you into anything.

Do not get rid of old accounts.

Your credit score considers how long you have had credit and when you last used an account. In general, the longer your credit history, the higher your score, so it makes sense to keep older credit cards open and active, even if you do not use them.

Mix up the kinds of credit you have.

Lenders like to see that you can handle more than one loan or form of credit at once. It is good to have different kinds of debt going simultaneously, like credit cards, student loans, auto loans, mortgages, etc. Obviously, it would not help to open new ones just to raise your score, but if you need them, it will not hurt to do so!

Overall, if you always pay on time and use credit wisely, you are already on the right track to building up your score and getting your financial life back on track. The process should go a little more quickly and smoothly with these tips.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

3 Ways to Be a Yummy Mummy: Tips for Becoming Fit and Fabulous at 40

You made it! You hit 40, and you're feeling better than ever. Sure, there are a few more gray hairs and wrinkles than you'd like, but overall you feel great. You've got this! Now it's time to focus on becoming the fittest and most fabulous version of yourself yet. Here are three ways to help you along the way.

Get Moving

You don't have to run a marathon or become a yogi overnight, but adding some movement into your daily routine is essential. Taking a brisk walk around the block or getting in a quick workout at home are both great ways to get your body moving. Adding physical activity to your day will help increase your energy levels, improve your mood, and help you sleep better at night. Plus, it's a great way to reduce stress levels. And we all know how important that is! Here are some other ideas for adding movement into your day:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator

  • Park further away from the store entrance

  • Take a dance class

  • Ride your bike to work

  • Go for a hike on the weekends

All of these things are great ways to get your body moving and improve your overall health. So get out there and start moving! Your body will thank you for it.

Eat Healthy

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it's essential to focus on eating healthy foods as you get older. Now is the time to start making healthier choices and cut out processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of alcohol. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring either. There are tons of delicious recipes out there that are good for you AND taste great. So do some research, find some new recipes, and start cooking! Here are some other ideas for eating healthy:

  • Make sure to eat breakfast every day

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

  • Limit your intake of sugar and saturated fats

  • Drink lots of water

  • Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol

All of these things are great ways to eat healthily and improve your overall health. So pick one (or a few!) and start adding them into your routine today.

How to Defy Gravity and Look Younger

As we age, it's inevitable that gravity will take its toll on our skin. But that doesn't mean you have to just accept it! There are plenty of ways to defy gravity and look younger. Here are some ideas:

  • Get a facial: Facials can help improve circulation and increase collagen production, which can help your skin look firmer and more youthful.

  • Use sunscreen: This one is important! Using sunscreen every day can help protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, which can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.

  • Exfoliate regularly: Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, making your skin look dull. Regular exfoliation can help your skin look brighter and more radiant.

  • Moisturize: Moisturizing helps keep your skin hydrated, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • A Fitted Bra: Believe it or not, wearing a properly fitting bra can help lift and support your breasts, which can help reduce the appearance of sagging skin.

  • Plastic Surgery: If you're really looking to defy gravity, there are always options like plastic surgery. But be sure to do your research, like knowing the FDA's new labeling guidance for breast implants, and consult with a board-certified surgeon before making any decisions.

Turning 40 doesn't have to be the end of the world. You can become a yummy mummy at 40 and beyond with a few simple lifestyle changes! So get moving, eat healthily, and defy gravity to look and feel your best. Your body will thank you for it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

5 Ways to Prep for Summer Fun – Even On a Tight Budget

Summer will be here before you know it – along with the heat and children who seem to stay bored all day long. If you’re like most parents, you don’t want your kids spending their entire summer vacation in front of screens, but you have no clue what to have them do. The following are just a few ideas to get your creativity flowing – most of which are very budget-friendly.

Build An Obstacle Course

If you have a shed or garage full of random items, put them to good use. Set up an obstacle course for your kids to run and enjoy. If you have old tires, you can use those for the kids to run through. If not, get some cheap Hula-Hoops. You can tie a string to trees or chairs for them to climb over and under. Once you get started, you’ll likely find many ideas to put to work.

Invest In a Pool

If you don’t have one already, it’s time to invest in a pool. While everyone would love to have a nice in-ground pool, this is not necessary. There are plenty of affordable and budget-friendly above ground pools Denver-based that will supply your kids – and you – with hours of fun.

Put the Hose to Work

Your water bill might hate you a little bit, but turning on a garden hose is a surefire way to get your kids active outdoors. Attach it to a sprinkler or have the water rain on your trampoline. Of course, you should only do this if there is a net attached to your trampoline for safety, but your kids are sure to enjoy it. You can also consider getting a tarp and soaking it down. It will be a makeshift slip-and-slide that will provide some great real fun.

Bubble It Up

Bubbles are another go-to for kids. You can purchase a large container of bubbles for a few bucks and a pack of bubble wands for next to nothing. Just refill as necessary and let your children have a blast.

Spend the Night Outdoors

Don’t just take advantage of the summer during the day. The evening and nighttime are just as beautiful. Roast some marshmallows over a fire and pitch a tent in the yard. If mosquitoes are an issue in your area, be sure to get some mosquito repellent Tiki torches or mosquito netting to surround your campsite with.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Our Trip to Charleston, WV

The Madonna High School's basketball varsity team made it to states this year.  The kids wanted to  watch the game and we thought we could all go so hubby took a day off and we all went down in Charleston.  It was a nice opportunity to  break the monotony of our daily routine and  go for a little drive.
Although the kids could have went with the Madonna students on the bus, we thought it would be a great bonding for us.  It's been a couple of years since we went down Charleston so it was nice being there once again.
The last time we were there was when my daughter's team competed for the finals of the history bowl.  
She was delighted that we could all go.  
Our son was very happy too that he could watch it with his friends.
He's very social but our daughter is the opposite.  She would rather sit with us than  with her peers.
Our team played again the number one seed which is James Monroe so we kind of anticipated that we would be defeated but it was still nice to be able to play since it has been years since Madonna qualified for the State tournament.

It was late when we drove back home.  We decided to eat at Chick Fil A and while we were waiting in line of the drive thru, we saw some deer on the hill gracing.

It's been..

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