Sunday, September 14, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


I am going to schedule this post ahead of time as I am going out of town and I don't want to forget to post. Whenever I go out of town I make long lists of things to pack and I pack WAY too much stuff.

I like to be prepared for everything.  Warm weather, cool weather, HOT weather, cold weather, rainy weather, humid weather, etc.  I like to pack shorts and tanks and sweaters and jackets, hoodies, capris, jeans, sweatshirts......you name it, I pack it.

I am probably the only person I know who packs a winter coat when flying to Florida or Hawaii.

I like to pack extra jeans and extra shoes because what if I get caught in a flash flood?  What if I accidentally fall in the swimming pool?

What if a strange dog attacks me and tears a hole in the leg of my jeans?  (My thought is that if the dog tears a whole in my jeans that will be the LEAST of my worries, but I still like to be prepared.)

So I pack more clothes than any one person needs and then they mostly all sit in the suitcase while I go out and party with the clothes that I really need.

It's not like I can't buy clothes when I travel, but who wants to spend time shopping and buying clothes when you're on vacation?

Oh.  Wait.........

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

"10 Fun Things To Do While Hubby Is Away" and MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 114 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.




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My family went out of town for a few days and so it was just the dogs and I holding down the fort while they were gone.  What do you suppose I did while they were away?

Grab a stack of dvd's and hold my own "Dr. Who" all day marathon?  Catch up on my stack of Better Homes & Gardens magazines?  Read a favorite book while snacking on gluten-free oatmeal cookies? Get a mani and pedi?  All of the above?

Well..............

You would be wrong.

Back when the kids were little, sometimes my hubby went out of town and suddenly it was project and party time!  I might grab some fast food and rent a video for the kids, or we'd stop at the library. After dinner they'd watch their video and I would start working on cleaning, decluttering, organizing or some other project.

After the kids were in bed I was able to continue working, uninterrupted.   While I loved having my husband at home, I would take advantage of his absence and work long into the night.  The kids and I would usually have a play date the next day with friends, and then I'd get back to my project again that night.

I might break out the can of spray paint, clean out closets, rearrange a room, or clean and organize to my heart's content!

So this last weekend I vacuumed and mopped floors, cleaned bathrooms, did laundry, changed sheets, did a little filing (very little), and straightened/decluttered some drawers.

I also reorganized the walk-in pantry so that you could actually, you know, WALK in it.

A friend called to ask what I was up to, and I'm pretty sure that the words "fun" and "cleaning" did not compute.

But I love being able to dive into something with no interruptions, except for the dogs whose crossed legs and panicky eyes let me know that I do have some responsibilities.

I love bringing order to chaos knowing that it will make my family's life and mine a little easier, or at least a little more organized.

I love being able to spread out and make a mess while I declutter or reorganize something, and not have to worry about being in anybody's way, or anybody being in MY way.

I love knowing that I have the time to finish what I've started, and I don't have to pay attention to the clock.

I can do this while my family is home, of course.  My husband doesn't mind eating out of the freezer and our youngest doesn't need supervision anymore, so I do have the time to start a project, and sometimes I do.

But it just seems easier when my time is my own, to spend however I want.

Rest assured, I did manage a mini "Dr. Who" marathon, Also, I read half of a magazine, ate some oatmeal cookies (gluten-free!), and read a couple of chapters in my book.  No mani or pedicure but I did wave at my toes this morning, and promised them that I haven't forgotten them.  So for those of you who can't stand cleaning or organizing, my weekend won't seem like a total loss!

When our husbands are away we can organize or clean to our heart's delight if that's what we enjoy, we can spend some quality time with friends, or just party with the kids!  Maybe all three!

Many, if not most, times our routines will be the same, whether hubby is away or at home.  But if we want a change, we can:
  1. Think of a chore or something you've been putting off and DO it (or at least start it). Reorganize a closet, rearrange a room, declutter, or start sewing up a storm!
  2. Reconnect with some old friends over lunch or dinner
  3. Plan a candlelight dinner for when hubby comes home and go shopping for the ingredients
  4. Watch some "chick" flicks and sob your heart out (for the record, I really don't like chick flicks but I know some really love them)
  5. Let the kids build a fort in the family room (that ought to keep them busy for awhile) and then everybody sleep in it that night.......mom included!
  6. Surf the net without feeling guilty
  7. Go shopping with some girlfriends and get a pedicure
  8. Write your husband a love letter and slip it on his pillow for him to read when he returns
  9. Make the kids' favorite meal have a popcorn and movie night
  10. Read at least one magazine from cover to cover
What do YOU like to do when you have the place to yourself for a long time?


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 111 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

It's nearly midnight and I didn't get my post ready so I am just going to go ahead and get this meme up without a "real" post.  I mean, after all, it's not like I haven't done that a million times before, lol!

I can't believe that September is here.  I am tired of the heat and looking forward to cooling off a bit, but not looking forward to my schedule getting busier!

I used to look forward to getting back into a routine and so I actually loved that about September.

But right now, I think I have just enjoyed NOT having a routine too much, which is unusual for me as I love schedules and routine.

Since I was sick for June and July and some of August, I really didn't do much this summer and you know what?  I loved it!!!  (Well, not the getting sick part)

So here's to routine and schedules and jumping into September with both feet whether we want to or not!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 118 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

'Tis the season for weddings!  I have attended two weddings in less than a week.   At one of the weddings my husband realized that he had married four of the couples who were in attendance, lol!

One of the exciting things about a wedding is the fact that the couple is just starting out on a whole new adventure together, usually beginning with an awesome honeymoon.

Another exciting thing about a wedding is that you get all those awesome gifts!  Towels, sheets and all sorts of fun kitchen things........

Also, there always seems to be that one wedding gift that you have NO idea what to do with.  It's either totally not your taste or you have no idea what it is supposed to be or what you're supposed to do with it.

At our wedding, we were given a decorative accessory that I imagine the givers thought was beautiful, as I'm pretty sure they didn't pick out something ugly on purpose.  I, however, did not like it at all, although I did appreciate the fact that someone took the time and spent the money to give it to us.

I put it out for awhile on display, even though I really, really disliked it.  Then we moved from an apartment into our house.

I have to admit that I did not pack it up very nicely at all.  I just set it in a box and "hoped" it would get broken on the trip.  I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it but knew that if it broke, I would have no qualms about tossing it.

Then someone who was helping us move, very graciously (!) packed it up in bubble wrap so that it wouldn't break.  Bummer.  ;)

I know some people keep things they don't like and just hide them away so they don't have to look at them.  I did that for awhile too.

Isn't it funny how we can let an item get a choke hold on us to where we will display it or keep it even though we don't like it?

Just because someone gave us a gift, I don't believe that we have to be imprisoned by it.  We can appreciate the gift and the sentiment and yet not have to allow someone else's tastes to dictate OUR tastes.  

If it's a new gift, don't you think the giver would rather you exchange it and find something you can enjoy, rather than hiding it away somewhere?

Do you have things you are keeping that you hate?  Are you hiding things away in drawers and keeping them out of sight because of guilt?  Are you allowing someone else's gifts to decorate your home for you in decor that you despise?  Is it affecting how you feel about your home?

Appreciate the gift and then let it go to someone else who will appreciate it more than you, and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

So it's Saturday night as I write this and for some reason, I thought it was Friday.   I seriously hope that I remember to wake up for church tomorrow, lol!  ;)

I don't have a blog post (I know, no surprise there, haha) so let's just get right to it!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Is Clutter Worth The Money? and MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 101 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


I haven't done a frugal post in awhile.  A long while.  A VERY long while.

It's because we won the lottery and no longer need to be frugal.

Not.

I was talking to someone recently who said that his dad had paid for two storage units for over 20 years.  My friend began to clean out the storage units and he said that most of the stuff in there was junk.  Just junk.  Not even usable - it had to go straight into the trash.

He was lamenting the fact that his dad spent thousands of dollars over 20 years time in order to store all that junk, when he could have been enjoying his senior years with his wife, going on trips, or just having more comforts at home.

But his dad was a "depression" baby and I do understand the desire to keep stuff and not throw it away, just in case you needed it.

On the other hand, I also understand the irony of paying over $100 a month to store stacks of old magazines that no one reads, a bunch of doorknobs that you'll never use, and tools and things that are broken, rusty or bent and unusable.

What if you are paying more for storage than the items are worth? 

I don't know.  I know that my sis stored some furniture and stuff temporarily when she moved from a home into a tiny apartment, and for her, the storage unit was a great idea and a good investment.  I myself once stored some stuff of sentimental value (and some necessary stuff) when I moved back in with my parents for a few months when I was single.  To me - it was temporary and it was worth it.

Probably most of us don't pay for a storage unit.  But what about the "real estate" in your home?

Do you have one room that you can't use because there's too much junk in it?  Do you have a garage that you can't get your car into because there's too much stuff in there?

After we first moved into our current home, I managed to get most every room unpacked and livable.  Except for one room.  We called it the "junk" room, but it was really our Room of Doom.

I had a four year old and a new baby and once I got all our "necessary" stuff unpacked and most of our other things unpacked, I just gave up on unpacking for awhile.  I stuck everything in that room where it stayed for awhile, and I closed the door and walked away.

The problem with doing stuff like that is that you are paying for a room that you aren't using.  You are paying for a three bedroom house when you actually only have a TWO bedroom house, because one bedroom is filled with stuff and you can't use it.

You are paying for a two car garage when you actually have a no-car garage because it's filled with stuff. Or you are paying for a walk-in pantry that you can't walk into, because there's just no room.

You have a bedroom or family room that you don't like to be in for very long because it's just too cluttered and is not comfortable or restful to be in.

Your child has so many toys that you are tripping and falling all over them.  He doesn't have space in his room to play with them as it is crammed full of toys, so they are taking over your house.  You have boxes of old toys in the garage that your children outgrew but you can't bear to get rid of.

You have to move your stuff off your bed to sleep, and move stuff off your table to eat.  Then you put it back again when you're done.  You have a hard time finding anything to wear because you have to fight your closet every time you need to get in there.

You get the idea.

When this happens your clutter is costing you MONEY because you are paying more money for space that you can't use.

Let's say you rent a 2 bedroom apartment and pay $1200 a month, but you're only using one of the bedrooms.  The other bedroom is full of what you call "junk."  You recently discovered a one bedroom apartment in the same building for $1,000, but you're not sure you can squeeze all your clutter into a smaller place.  Is all that clutter worth an extra $200 a month?

Most of us don't think this way.  We aren't paying for the clutter we have around the house so we don't think it's costing us money.  But it's taking up space, costing us time and money and ENERGY to maintain, and maybe even a little STRESS.  Maybe a lot of stress........

Is YOUR clutter causing you stress?  Is it costing you money?  Is it causing arguments with your spouse or causing you to get annoyed or angry with your children?

Take back the control today.  Control your clutter - don't let it control you.  The four box method is a great way to begin to get that clutter under control, simplify your life and make your home sing!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 110 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

Oooops!!!!  I'm sorry, I totally forgot to get this meme up this morning.   Saturday just slipped away from me and Sunday snuck up on me and I obviously forgot.  O.o

I can't believe it's August already.  I love the lazy days of summer for many reasons.  But one of them is because most of my ministry ends with the school year as we take a break for the summer.  So it's easier to lose track of the days since most of my benchmarks are gone.

But we will be gearing up for fall ministry which means I will be busy several weeknights and on Sundays again.  So I am going to enjoy every last bit of these lazy days that I can.  I love the ministry that I do during the school year, but I also love the breaks in between to recharge.

Are you recharging this summer?  Are you filling your days to the brim with activities or are you managing to squeeze in some relaxation?

Make sure to set aside some time just to breathe and recharge!


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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