Spring Cleaning in Winter

Even though it is winter time and it is hard to focus on the fact that spring is around the corner, you need to start. Plan now rather than trying to do it all later. What do I mean?

Begin creating your spring cleaning list NOW rather than waiting.

  1. Wipe Walls and Ceilings: This task can be hard and not done often. You can clean by using a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime with this cleaner
  2. Clean Rugs: You can wash your rugs, and carpet, using this deep-cleaner with a rotary shampoo machine. It is easy to use and is super affordable one to two times a year.
  3. Dust Shelves: You will want to take everything off the shelves. Brush shelves and books with a feather duster. Wipe this off accordingly, and you have clean shelving.
  4. Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Go ahead and take cushions outside and gently air clean them by brushing them off. You will want to vacuum the couches, chairs, etc., anything that is not on the cushions.
  5. Wash Window Screens: Windows can be difficult to cleanse. Clean the windows by using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid on the glass. Then, the screens by scrubbing each with a brush. Seems simple enough. Clean Window Treatments: Read the labels on any curtains or drapery, and freshen-up accordingly.

There are so many spots to clean in your house, especially once a year. This preparation can honestly help your home get back on track and wash all the winter yuck out. There is nothing worse than having dust and germs living in your house. You only need to do take these steps once or twice a year, and it will be fine!

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5 Ways To Prep For Winter

By now, many of us are starting to experience the winter months. Sigh. Couldn’t it just stay fall or summer all year? I wish. Whenever winter comes, we have to prep to be ready for it. We can get stuck in blizzards or snowed in indoors.

Here are 5 ways to prep for winter.

  • Insulate Pipes and Spigots: Older homes need this step. If you lose power a lot too, you will want to take care of these items. You do not want your pipes to burst; It isn’t any fun at all. TRUST ME. Save time and money by handling this bit before it’s too late.
  • Stock Up on Fuel and Have a Backup for Heat: If you have a fireplace, you will want to stock up on wood now. Also, check that the fireplace works and is cleaned before the winter storms come rolling in. If you do not have a fireplace, now is the time to think of another option, such as a generator. We actually have BOTH (fireplace and a generator) just because we always like to be prepared for any instance.
  • Add a Coat and Create an Emergency Kit: This is one of the most important steps, I think, personally. Make sure that you have coats, blankets, socks, gloves, extra clothes, etc. in your car at all times. You never know when you’ll need them, especially if you live in areas where you always get winter storms. OR better yet, what if your car breaks down and there isn’t even a winter storm? You will be ready. Here is an emergency kit to consider, too.
  • Get Chimneys and Furnaces Cleaned: Be careful how you place your heaters, candles, etc. as you do not want to start a fire. Turn electronics and such off when you aren’t home, and teach the kids the importance of this, too.
  • Snow Tires and Car Prep: You want to take care of your car kit before the winter storms come.  Be sure to have everything up to date with your mode of transportation. If you do not know, take it into a shop so they will check it all out for you.

I also like to keep water in my car as well as any necessities (I keep overnight bags just in case). You guys, we get crazy winters here, and I always like to be prepared. What are some items that you keep in your car during the winter months?

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Holiday Gifts For Under $15

The best ting about the holidays is being able to find some great deals for anyone at a great price. These gift items are for anyone, at a great price… just under $15.

Go Get Your Shop On – Holiday Gifts For Under $15

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(Frugal Finds) Christmas Decor Under $20.

Do you enjoy putting up holiday decorations? I do, but I like to get new decorations yearly. You know me, I am always on the hunt for frugal finds. I was excited when I found some great Christmas decor for under $20, yes you heard me right! PS they are super cute!!

(Frugal Finds) Christmas Decor Under $20.

  • Christmas Treats Wood Decor One of the best parts of the winter season is walking home and smelling the freshly baked cookies and treats! Christmas Treats Wood Decor is the perfect piece to have sitting on your kitchen counter, table, or shelf! This small MDF sign is white with a decorative front. The front features a black outline with red and green glitter text in bold, embellished with three gingerbread man drawings. The gingerbread are adorable with heart buttons, scarves, and are smiling with rosy cheeks! Put this sign out in the kitchen and enjoy your sweet holiday!
  • Snowman Christmas Countdown Wood Decor Count down the days left until your favorite holiday–Christmas! Snowman Christmas Countdown Wood Decor features a cute snowman design with details like a glittered scarf, mittens, a carrot nose, top hat, and a “days til’ Christmas” text design. Use the numbered cubes nestled in the base to count down to Christmas up to two months in advance!
  • Kind Of Christmas Metal Wall Decor Cozy up by the fire, sip on hot cocoa, eat lots of cookies, and enjoy the company of your family on a snowy winter night! Kind Of Christmas Metal Wall Decor features an MDF light brown block with a square silver, galvanized metal plaque screwed to the front. The metal piece has a black background design with silver and red text and a decorative mug with a snowflake on the top right corner. Hang it up in your home and enjoy your decor and cold winter all season long!
  • Merry Christmas Ornate Wood Wall Decor Wish your guests and friends a very happy holiday with Merry Christmas Ornate Wood Wall Decor. Featuring an ornate wood shape, this lovely decor piece offers a black, red and white finish with snowflakes and glittery “Merry Christmas” text. Trim your home in colorful accents!
  • Standing Plush Boy Elf In Green Hat Recreate Santa’s North Pole in the comfort of your home for all your guests and little ones to enjoy! Standing Plush Boy Elf With Green Hat features a metal base of a standing boy elf. Completed with fabric, he features red pointed shoes with white pom pom embellishments, green and white striped stockings, a red jumpsuit with green coat and white faux fur trim, a red and white polka dot bow tie, and a green Santa hat topped with faux holly. The elf is smiling with rosy cheeks and has a large round nose and ears sticking out from his curly red hair. Bend and shape his arms and hat to display him as you’d like, and finish of your North Pole with more elves, lots of Christmas trees, and presents!
  • Light Up Mini Gingerbread House Create your own gingerbread town, add gingerbread spice to your village, or simply add more decoration to your home with Light Up Mini Gingerbread House! This dolomite gingerbread house features a brown and white base color, the brown to look like gingerbread and white to look like snow, and is embellished with candy cane swirls, colorful beads, and more, all made to look like candy! In the front of the house are two Christmas trees, and the back has a single one. Flip the switch on the bottom to watch your house light up this holiday season! Set this fun piece with others to create a gingerbread theme or on its own to add even more decoration to your flat surfaces in your home!
  • A Child Is Born Wood Tree Accent a silent, holy night with A Child Is Born Wood Tree Decor. This cute piece is constructed of MDF blocks that form the shape of a Christmas tree. A brown metal star finishes the top, a tapered-rectangle block finished the bottom, and the spinning blocks in the center are decorated with calligraphic text, a cross, and printed distressed-wood texture in alternating dark brown, maroon, and cream-white colors. Station it on any tabletop in your home or building and fill your space with charming, rustic Christmas decor.
  • Use this fancy Black Ornament Box to hold your favorite ornament or to present an ornament as a gift this Christmas. This square box is made of a thick cardboard and is covered with a lovely velvet-like fabric. The inside has a quality finish with a padded top and plush walls lined with sleek white fabric, and the outside is completed with two fabric loops with a metallic gold-colored catch for a fancy closure. Use it to make Christmas presents and seasonal storage especially beautiful.
  • Decorations/Santa-Convertible-Decor/p/80842821 Spread Christmas cheer from the rooftop and floor to tables and surfaces with Santa Convertible Decor. Made of resin, this lovely piece features a vintage red convertible shape with Santa and a Christmas tree inside. Trim your home with seasonal delight! Trim your home with the most fabulous decorations fit for Santa’s home! Red Mesh Gift Box Decor features a metal gift box square with red mesh made of glitter-dusted yarn and green mesh “ribbon” details. A coordinating lid sits on top with a green mesh bow. Fill it with a string of LED lights for a funky centerpiece, or use it completely as is for a simplistic holiday approach. Fill your home with the joy of the season!

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27 Free Winter Activities 

I get it no one really likes the winter weather, but it comes anyway. Now that it is here to stay, we might as well enjoy it. With each season, there are some great activities and FREE things that you can do to male those cold and sometimes dreary days full of memories. 

Everyone can get involved with these great winter activities. Create memories with everyone including friends, family, and grandparents.

Outside Activities – Bundle up in your snow gear and head outside.

  • Make a snowman
  • Make a snow angel
  • Go sledding

In the Kitchen – Keep warm by the stove as you fill your house with the smell of homemade cooking/

  • Have hot chocolate
  • Bake homemade cinnamon rolls
  • Cook popcorn
  • Bake your favorite cookie
  • Have breakfast for dinner
  • Make snow ice cream

Get Creative – Let your creative juices flow, and make some homemade gifts at the same time!

  • Paint pictures on heavy paper
  • Make a scrapbook or photo album from Christmas pictures
  • Make sock puppets
  • Color in a coloring book
  • Build cars, houses, or space ships with Legos

Around the House – Forget the cold outside and make some lasting memories with the family.

  • Nerf dart gun war
  • Work a 1000 piece puzzle
  • Play a board game
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Play a card game
  • Watch old home movies
  • Play with a doll house
  • Play “I Spy”
  • Challenge family members to a Wii bowling tournament

Out in Town – Brave the chilly temperatures and explore the area around you.

  • Visit your local library
  • Tour a local museum
  • Play hide and seek
  • Visit your local zoo

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Affordable Ladies Winter Fashion

Ladies! I don’t know about you but the winter months always get me down.. simply because we have to find cute clothing for a great price. It seems that the winter clothing is always so much more expensive – duh- because there is more to it. But I LOVE finding a good deal. 

I love having a cute style for the winter months, because it can be hard sometimes to find that adorable winter top! So here it is – my favorite winter fashion for the LADIES! Enjoy!

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Get Organized This Winter in 5 Easy Steps

Now that the “colder” months are ahead I find myself getting bored easier. I really dislike being cooped up in the house all the time and easily get cabin fever. I need to keep busy doing things, both physically and mentally.

Usually in the summer months we can get outside constantly. From mowing the lawn and yard work to swimming to evening walks. So now what to do? We can all use new ideas for activities, so I put together this list to help you get organized and fend off feelings of cabin fever.

  1. Reduce your smartphone apps. You know all those annoying apps on your phone you used once and never used it again? I know you have some too. Just delete them! It makes finding the ones you use so much easier! Plus you’ll have more room for pictures.
  2. Unsubscribe from emails. This one was my biggest project. I have so many emails coming in from stores that I never shop at, and never will. So I unsubscribed from them so that I could focus on the emails I do like.
  3. Pick a closet to clean. I like to try to keep things organized and clean. So when I clean a closet, I get rid of clothes, blankets, and sheets. I reorganized it so that I could actually shut the door and when I open it nothing falls out.
  4. Purge and organize cabinets. I know you have a junk drawer in your kitchen. The kind that you struggle to open because there is so much stuff in it. Stuff that you didn’t even know was there or haven’t used in months. Take everything out, clean the drawer, and don’t be afraid to throw things out!
  5. Clean your digital calendar. This is another one of my favorite tasks. I have events and activities on my digital calendar from my old house, several are years old. I put them in my calendar so I could stay organized and didn’t forget things, but now they need to go. I was still getting notifications for those things so it cleared up space and time when I deleted them.

Some other options may include painting, cleaning windows, or sorting through old clothes. Make your list now, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays to prepare for those long, cold, winter days.

Are there other things you’d have on your list? Consider adding something that you have been putting off this year. Take some time to clear your mind and enjoy the time inside.

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TRANSFORM YOUR HOME INTO A COZY WINTER OASIS WITH COST PLUS WORLD MARKET

 

You’ll be walking in a winter wonderland with Cost Plus World Market’s wide selection of home decor pieces. Here are a few of our favorite picks to warm up your home.

Oversized Ivory Mongolian Fur Lumbar Pillow

This lush faux Mongolian sheepskin pillow brings luxury to any couch or chair. Scatter a few of these around the room to add instant warmth and coziness.

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White Glitter Winter Garland With Pinecones

This beautiful garland lends a fresh winter feel to tabletops, mantels, and doorways. Even if you live in a warm climate, this piece makes you feel like you’re in a charming country cottage in the mountains.

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White Birch Micro LED Operated Tree

These tabletop trees shine all season long with LED lights and frosted tips. It’s like bringing the beauty of winter right inside your home, minus the cold.

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Jewelry $5 and under

The holidays are around the corner and I try to be as frugal as I can when it comes to the holidays. I like to get people a few things, so when I see jewelry $5 and under I get a little excited!! I needed to share this one with you all and hope you can enjoy this!!! 

 

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