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January 2, 2013

Does Your House Need to Lose a Few?

Happy New Year! I’m sure you’ve all proclaimed your resolutions by now and I’m sure many of them include losing weight, but have you ever thought about getting rid of some of the weight around the house? I’m not talking about your extra pounds, but your home’s! Yep, almost every home has some excess baggage, or is bulging at the seams in one area or another.

It’s called CLUTTER!Declutter

I know my house will be making a drastic weight change in the next several months. A cluttered home can not only be frustrating,

it can be very stressful. Decluttering your home can seem overwhelming, but by taking small steps and making a few changes and getting the whole family involved your home can stay in tip top shape!Whether you have a few drawers, cabinets, a closet, a whole room—or your entire house!—here are some great tips I found for decluttering or to create good habits to keep your home at a healthy weight!

SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY!! is one of my resolutions for this year so I absolutely loved this acticle that I found by Minimalist, Joshua Becker. I thought it would be great to share with you to tighten the belt and shed some of those unnecessary pounds that your homes may have 🙂 I can’t wait to check out his book! “Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life”  Happy decluttering!! ~ Sandy 🙂

 

“The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?

Many begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. That’s too bad. The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a variety of people who have come up with some pretty fun, creative ways to get started.

Consider this list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home:

1. Give yourself 5 solid minutes. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Pick one today that sounds appealing. Or better yet, pick a random number 1-18, read the specific tip, and commit 5 minutes to completing it.

2. Give away one item each day. Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things gives away one item each day. Over the past several years, she has experienced quite a transformation simply reducing her stuff one day at a time.

3. Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).

5. Make a list. Dana Byers recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and I… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

7. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Experiment with numbers. For example, Courtney Carver invented Project 333 to challenge people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little, adjust the rules as you need by picking a new number. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

9. Use your imagination. Psychology Today recommends using your imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

10.The Four-Box Method. As we first set out on our journey to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in our home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects took an hour… others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

No matter what you choose to help you get started – whether it be one of these ten or one of countless others – the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you.”

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December 27, 2012

The Best Household Tool for the New Year!

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Here we are about to start a new year! I am so looking forward to 2013, there are going to be some major changes this year for me! As a single mom and home/business owner my life can be a little hectic and overwhelming at times. I will be honest with you, keeping up a superwoman status is not an easy task for me, as it seems to be for others! It can be quite the challenge at times, good thing I’m always up for a challenge! 😉 I am always on the search on how to be more organized especially when it comes to running my household! I’m sure “Getting more organized at home” is a New Year’s resolutions for a few of you! A well-organized household can save  you money and valuable time! Household management can be a full-time job in itself, especially when you do everything yourself.  I want to share with you the best tool I have found to getting my household in order! The best tool for your home is a household notebook!

276267758361346495_QRLGOySt_b A household notebook is a planner you can purchase or make yourself to help organize your home and family! It can include anything and everything to seasonal maintainance schedules for your auto and home, cleaning checklists, household budget planning, garage sale checklist, goal setting for home improvements, or family vacation planning! Now I’m sure there are several apps out there for all this, and if they work for you that is awesome! I, on the other hand, prefer a binder or book that sits out visibly and accessible to everyone in the house. This will serve as a nice constant reminder to do things in a timely manner. Also anytime there is a list involved, you can get a great sense of accomplishment by crossing things off! I keep my binder on the kitchen counter or in the basket on the coffee table. While I’m having my morning coffee I can flip through it and see what upcoming projects may be due around the house and what I need to put on my to do list for the week. This is also a great time to get my thoughts organized for future plans. It’s a way of making plans from where you left off and not having to start over the thought process, (if you’re a mom that is constantly interupted, you will appreciate this one!) Having a household binder prevents things from piling up and keeps things from getting overwhelming. Think of it as a journal for the well-being of your home.

My new cover!

My new feel good cover!

Pick a binder with a cover or design one that is fun or pleasing to look at. Another great thing about creating your own household notebook is that you can customize it just for your particular needs for you and your family’s home You can have multiple binders for different subjects or simply one with different dividers. There are so many free printable pages on the web! You can go to different sites and download what templates work best for you! Here are some great sites to get you started!

http://www.homelifesimplified.com.au/household-notebook-free-printables-round-up/
http://www.organizinghomelife.com
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/householdsavings/tp/Household_Notebook.htm

 

Time for me to prepare for my major changes, I want to transition smoothly so time to look for some new pages to add to my book! And while I’m at it I think I will add to the kids chore list and lighten Mommy’s load!! Have a Happy, Healthy New Year! from Sandy’s house 😉

December 12, 2012

Give A Gift of Green!

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Just a few cute ideas!

Hey guys! How is everybody doing with your Christmas shopping? If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling a little nervous, about now or maybe , REALLY nervous! The holiday is less than 2 weeks away and it’s crunch time! Well, I got the perfect solution for some last minute gift ideas or for those, “I don’t know what to get peeps” on your Christmas list. I say give green! No…not money but a beautiful living plant. Plants are living gifts that keep giving, bring cheer and improve any space or environment they are in. They can also fit into any budget and make great gifts for almost any age.
It can be as simple as purchasing a dressed up holiday plant in the floral department at the grocery store or as elaborate as creating a terrarium or making the actual container. When giving a plant as a gift, you will want to make sure you pick an appropriate plant for the recipient. For instance, someone with a busy lifestyle or not such a “green thumb” would be better with a simple, easy to care for plant, in a more attractive pot and for a giftee that has more free time and an interest in plants a better choice may be a bonsai tree, orchid or a rare plant that has to be specially ordered. A container or pot can really make a difference in giving a plant as a gift, you should find a pot that fits a person’s style or personality. For example, if Aunt Mary likes antiques, look for an old teapot or other item at a local antique store to put the plant in. Grandparents really enjoy pots that the kids have painted or helped make. A lot of time when someone buys a plant for themselves, they just don’t take the time or want to spend the money on the perfect container and the poor thing sits in their house in the plastic pot it was bought in. So think presentation, and that will make this gift even more special and its easy wrapping for you! Be sure to always include the care instructions of the plant you give.

There are also gift sets of plants available in almost any kind of store, department stores to the corner drugstore! The sets can be of traditional Holiday flowers such as Paper Whites, Amaryllis, Norfolk Pines(my favorite) to kitchen herb sets, to silly ones like the Chia pets(kids love these by the way) Last year I got my daughter a set that included catnip seeds and a cute kitty planter.It made more than one happy! 😉 Kids love planting things, it teaches them responsibility and they enjoy the element of surprise when something sprouts or blooms. Hey a surprise bloom should put a smile on about anybody’s face! Well, I hope that I have  planted a few gift ideas in your head! Now I’m off to shop and calm some nerves… I hope!! ~ Sandy C. 🙂

November 28, 2012

Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating

So here we are already…. Almost December! Who has their Christmas decorations up? That ‘s our family project this weekend! I have a personal rule that Christmas decorations don’t go up until after December 1st! I swear I saw somebody with Christmas lights up the day after Halloween! Did they forget there’s a holiday in-between! Well hopefully our lights will be shining bright by Saturday or Sunday evening! Over the last few years I’ve been trying  to get a little more eco-friendly with my holiday decorating. I want to share a few of my earth friendly  holiday ideas with you.

OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE   One thing that I have to have is a live tree, I usually buy a living tree that can be planted in the ground after the holidays, but if you don’t have the space or desire to do that and want a cut live tree make sure you take it to a recycling yard where it can be recycled for wood chips, and mulch for landscaping. Most of the live trees are raised on tree farms so don’t be worried you are hurting natures surplus of evergreens. Or if your ok with an artificial tree that’s very eco- friendly of course.

HOW LOVELY ARE YOUR BRANCHES! A natural wreath, swag or garland can be made from tree branches, just make sure to ask for them when you have the trunk of the tree trimmed and they will give you extra if you just ask nicely and smile 🙂 or gather some from your own backyard. I just saw a new idea this year I want to do, at the grocery store they had hanging plants made from evergreen trimmings! How great  would that look hanging on the front porch! Evergreen branches on the front with a few red ornaments can add color to existing planters or urns that otherwise might be empty during the season.

ALL NATURAL DECOR Another great way to add an organic touch to your decorating is to use fruit, nuts, and pine cones (my favorite) to your inside holiday centerpiece or fireplace mantle. Simple ornaments strung with dried citrus, pine cones and cinnamon sticks will look great on your Christmas tree. Stick cloves into an orange to cover the surface. This simple natural decor will make a room smell great! Kids will love  stringing popcorn and cranberries or dried fruit to make garlands. Both can be disposed of outside naturally and  birds will enjoy  a treat as well!

NEW LIFE TO THE OLD Redo and reuse some of your old holiday decorations that are worn. Give them new life by repainting or recovering. They can be used on wreaths or garlands. Be creative and get the kids involved in this project. Kids come up with great ideas, just be sure to let them know they are helping reduce waste and doing mother earth good.

GREEN TWINKLING LIGHTS  Well last but not least,  if you haven’t already the best thing you can do to be a little more earth friendly is to switch over to the new LED Christmas lights. LED lights use less electricity, which right away makes them more eco-friendly and economical! , They also last thousands of times longer than regular bulbs, which means they produce less waste – and LED Christmas lights also stay cool to the touch, making them less of a fire hazard. The new LED light are now available in all the colors and patterns and priced comparably to th e traditional holiday lights. Well tis the season to be Merry! Enjoy your holiday decorating and entertaining and try to add a few of these eco-friendly ideas to your season! ~ Sandy C. 🙂

November 15, 2012

Protect Your Outside from the Freeze!

Hey guys! Miss Sandy here, just trying to stay warm, we had our first frost this week and I will be honest , I do not like  cold weather. That is one reason I moved to Texas, so I could escape the wicked winters! Ok…. there might be a few positive perks such as having a cozy fire burning in the fireplace,  snuggling under a big pile of poofy blankets, seeing the beauty of a fresh blanket of snowfall or sheet of ice on the trees, making our yearly snowman, AND  I DO get to wear  my fuzzy boots! 🙂 Yes we must protect ourselves and the family from the elements! But that’s not all we need to protect, here are a few cold weather protection tips for your outdoor plants and  your home.

Callie, Sugar and our SnowWOMAN! from last year!

YOUR PLANTS

Water trees and bushes thoroughly  before freezing temperatures arrive. Watering beforehand will prevent the roots fom getting damaged, also putting on a thick layer of mulch will help insulate the root system. Of course bring any potted plants inside if you can. Any plants remaining outside would be best moved so they are protected from the north wind, or they can be  covered the with  cloth. Wrap them gently instead of just laying it on top. Never use plastic,  plants need to breathe just like you!

Trim back or support tree limbs that could break and fall on your home or vehicles. Yes I have had this happen! 😦 Also  if  you can see where a heavy snowfall is weighing branches down, remove the excess weight to prevent damage to the tree.

All trees should also be clear of power lines and cable lines; however, this is probably not a do-it-yourself project. If you see a potential problem, call your utility company for assistance, and do it now—before you get hit  with a nasty storm!

YOUR HOME

Clear gutters and downspouts so they  will function properly when you need them most. Plus it will be less mess and work in the spring!

Make sure there aren’t any drainage problems that create standing water on steps, patios or sidewalks. Prevent those potential falls on slippery surfaces. Well-drained surfaces are less likely to crack or crumble in a hard freeze.

Protect outdoor faucets and pipes. Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers or wrap with old towels. Check your sprinkler system manual  so you’ll know what steps to take in case of a severe freeze. Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Drain any other water features you may have such as birdbaths.

Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows. Making a draft catcher is a easy inexpensive way to prevent some of the chill from coming into your home! Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.

Inspect your fireplace and have cleaned if you need to. And have firewood ready! You don’t want to miss out on the cozy fire!!

Well I got another busy day so time to slip on my Uggs  and get to it. Take time  to do some of these preventative protection ideas for your home and plants and stay warm! 😉 Have a great weekend!

November 11, 2012

HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES

The cast of the Healthy Housewives

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES FAMILY!

Last year on 11/11/11, I launched my brand The Healthy Housewives. I am so proud to see how far we have come in 1 year. The Healthy Housewives mission is to help women live healthier lifestyle through fitness, nutrition, beauty, fashion, home, garden, and pets.

As a life coach and fitness trainer for the past 10 years, I have helped hundreds of women balance their busy lives and be in shape at the same time. Through my passion of helping other women, I was inspired to create The Healthy Housewives. I love helping women transform for the better. Everyone of of my clients and fans inspire me too. I love the synergy we have together. I think women work better in groups. I love having a great support group who you can lean on when you need it and vice versa.

I wake up everyday with the intentions of being a better person and to help build people up mentally and physically. I like to surround myself with like minded peeps too. Each and every Housewife I picked for my project had to fit the part. They had to love health & fitness as much as I do and practice it in everyday life, they had to fit the specialty I was looking for my HH team, and they had to be good honest people with good intentions on wanting to help women lead a healthier lifestyle.

From the time I started the HH brand, it has definitely changed. But changed for the better. I love the 5 women I work with. They are just as pumped about helping other women as I am. We have  ton of stuff in the works for you guys: workout DVD’s, eBooks, giveaways, clothing, eco-friendly products, and of course our Healthy Housewife of the month covergirl. This has been a hit over the course of our year. We love our HH covergirls! Amazing women with amazing stories.

Send us your story! This could be you!

We have been working hard to motivate you and give you our health tips that work for us. We are 6 different women with 6 very different healthy lifestyles. No one’s healthier lifestyle is better than the others. We do what works for us. We have 6 different body types that range from short, tall, athletic, and the model type. But regardless of our body type, we don’t make excuses, we stay in shape. All of us have different health & fitness journey’s. We are here to share them with you.

The cast of the Healthy Housewives

Our specialties:

Me-health and fitness

Shelly-beauty

Kathy-fashion

Sandy-outdoor living

Danielle-family health

Brooke-pets

We have more to offer than just that, but that is our passion.

Our brand has taken off in just 1 year (wow time flies when you are having fun!) and I am so excited to see what is to come in 2013! So, I just want to thank the HH friends, family, and fans for supporting us and sharing your stories with us. We love you all. We wouldn’t be successful without you! I can’t thank you enough for your likes, post, feedback, questions, and rants. We love it all! Keep it coming.

Love you guys!

Marzia