Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tips of the Week #3

Tip #7 - Quick Way to Send Christmas Cards
Update your address book in November. This way when you are ready to send Christmas cards you can type them all into a computer document and print them out. This is much easier and quicker than handwriting each card individually. Plus save the document and print them out next year for even faster results.


Tip #8 -
Make a budget and stick to it!
Figure out how much money total you have to spend for the holidays whether cash or credit available. Next make a list of everyone you want to buy a gift for. Finally allocate a dollar amount for each person. ex. Mom $20 and Aunt Sue $10. Make sure you stick to the budget or better yet spend less than the budgeted amount.


Tip #9 - Strange but it Works!
This was received as an email and I had to try it out. The email said that if you have a cough and you are having trouble sleeping because of the cough. Simply rub Vics Vapor Rub on the bottom of your feet, put socks on and then go to bed. Somehow it works. For my family and me personally it cuts my coughing by about 95%. A considerable improvement. It’s worth a try!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tips of the Week #2

Here are some more great tips I've learned from family, friends, books, etc.

Tip #4 - Why pay for something - when you can get it for free.
My favorite site is Freecycle.org. This site is only for people giving away their unwanted stuff. (No selling, re-selling of stuff received ie. ebay, or trading allowed). Have you always wanted a treadmill, the latest book, a file cabinet, a dresser for your bedroom??? Log on and sooner or later someone will have one they want to get rid of.


Tip #5 - Try it before you buy it!
Before you go and spend $100 or more on something you've never used - give it a test drive. Whether you're considering a new car, a computer, mp3 player, little black dress or something like web hosting. Try it on, ask around, do research, go for a test drive. Get feedback. Don't get commited to something before you know if you even like it. Just look at the latest mobile phone ads - letting you try their service for 30 days to see if you like them before you sign a monthly contract with them.

Tip #6 - Out with the Old!
Before you consider getting something new consider where you will put it. Do you have space for it? Periodically go through your stuff and get rid of everything you no longer want, need or care for. If it's broke, worn or just never used - get rid of it. Donate any useful unwanted items to a local charity. Many will even pick up items to save you time. You'll feel so much better when some of the clutter is gone.

More to come soon :)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Tips of the Week


These are some of my favorite tips I've learned from my mom, mother-in-law and friends. I thought I'd share them with you.

Tip #1
Rubbing alcohol makes a really great window cleaner. It also works well on mirrors and chrome. It is really cheap ($.89 a bottle) and doesn't leave streaks.

Tip #2
If you have more than one kid you probably have heard "It's My Turn!" screamed almost daily. Well we printed out a blank monthly calendar and listed each person's name on a day. Ex. Becky on the 1st, Drew on the 2nd, Jenny on the 3rd, Becky on the 4th, etc., etc. That person get's to be the first in line, gets the special seat in the car, gets to watch their favorite tv show. You get the idea. It has cut down on the fights in our house considerably.

Tip #3
Give each person a basket or bag for their stuff. Whenever my kids want to bring their toys into the living room, they know they will have to put them away. I gave each kid a bag with their name on it and every so often during the day they have to collect their toys in the bag and take it back into their rooms. This works really well with small hands who can't carry much.

Hope you enjoyed these tips. I'll post more next time. Have a great day :) !

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Articles Needed for HelpingMomsAtHome

I'm looking for articles for my site HelpingMomsAtHome.com. I hope to add lots of articles, resources, tips, etc. to help moms in all the areas of their lives.

Article topics considered include:
* time managment,
* organization,
* homemaking,
* housekeeping,
* cooking,
* cleaning,
* parenting,
* saving money,
* working from home (no biz opps, please), etc.

You get the idea. Just visit my site and see if it would fit into one of my categories. This is a family-friendly site so nothing with adult content.

Please feel free to add a comment with the link to your article or email me the article at helpingmomsathome@hotmail.com. Please no adverts.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

First Article Accepted

I had my first articles accepted by an online article submission site this week. I'm so excited!! I've had so much fun and the ideas just keep coming. My articles "Free Fun for Kids" and "How to Run Errands with Kids" were accepted by GoArticles.com and SearchWarp.com. This may not seem like much to those of you who have written lots of articles, but everyone has to start somewhere.

I would love any helpful hints, tips, or words of advice from those who've "been there done that".

Have a wonderful 4th of July and stay safe!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Better Safe Than Sorry!

I came across a great site http://www.backwoodshome.com. I don't know about you, but I've always been the type of person who likes to be prepared for almost anything. Since I live about 200 yards from the water I try to have a disaster kit ready. Yes we even have a stash that has extra can goods, toiletries, etc. that could be used in an emergency and that is ready to go in a moments notice. Last month we purchased a whole house generator, so we won't be without power during storms. We were without power for 5 days over the winter. Let me tell you our house got down to 23 degrees at night. It was not fun! Anyways, this site tells you simple ways to get prepared for emergencies. FEMA has said individuals need to have a disaster plan ready. Visit their site at http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/. We've seen from Hurricane Katrina that it could be days before the government can get help to the affected areas. I'm not taking any chances with my family's health and well-being.

Well so long for now!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Can't Afford NutriSystem or Weight Watchers?


Well I sure can't!
 
We've all seen the commercials and thought I'd love to look like that person. But, the cost of NutriSystem is about $10 a day and Weight Watchers is approximately $10-$13 a week. I'm trying to lose weight off my body not out of my wallet. I understand these companies are trying to help people, but some people like me) simply cannot afford them.

Don't get me wrong I've used Weight Watchers and had amazing success. Back in 2010 I used Weight Watchers Online to lose over 50 lb, but after a year on the program I couldn't afford to continue. I had to stop the program when I was just 5 pounds short of my goal. So I am not saying not to use Weight Watchers or NutriSystem, but if you cannot financially afford to - try the options below.

I've searched the web for help and these are a couple options I found.

Sparkpeople.com
They offer all the best of Weight Watchers Online and Ediets.com but for free. Yes actually FREE. Registration is free and they don't try to sell food or nutritional supplements. Sparkpeople.com gives you access to a daily/weekly food dairy and exercise log, great recipes, lots of support via online forums, articles, exercise suggestions and all of it is printable. It will keep track of your progress for you and even offer suggestions. All this plus no meetings or embarrassing weigh-ins. It can be done from the privacy of your own home at your convenience. * Note they do charge a fee for the mobile app but online is free.

LoseIt.com
This is an app that is free for iPhones, iPad, iPod, Android devices and even online. It works the same as Weight Watchers Mobile App. The difference is there are no point values for the food and activities to figure out only calories. I love the fact that it is on my phone and I can access the information from anywhere. I can check the calorie count of any food, or see how many calories I have left for the remainder of the day.

MyFitnessPal.com
This is another wonderful app for your phone or online. This one has a huge database of foods and activity information. That means less you will have to enter yourself which comes in handy when you are out and about. Though I found this one not as user friendly - sometimes you need to hunt for stuff you are looking for (ex. settings, change goals, etc.)

These are three applications/programs that are offered fre*e of charge and each are slightly different. What works for one person may not work for another - so check out all three and see which one works best for you.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

It's Cold Out There Campers!

We just got our power restored Thursday after 1 1/2 days without it. I know that doesn't seem very long, but it sure felt like a long time. Our house thermometer read 21 degrees. We spent all day searching for a generator or kerosene heater, but every place was sold out.

The kids and I stayed the night over my parents' house on Wednesday. They didn't have power either, but they had a fire in the fireplace and water. We have a well and without electricity the pump doesn't work. So...no electricity or water. My husband roughed it at home with our pets (2 dogs and 2 cats) and made sure the water pipes didn't break.

To top of the eventful week, we found out this morning something did break in our water system. An ever growing pool of water was collecting in our front yard. It was bubbling out of the ground. We have to dig up the line and see what went wrong. Thank God my husband is handy and has connections. Situations like this always make me appreciate the stuff I normally would take for granted. Heat, Water, Warmth, etc.

A little tip in case you didn't know. When your toilet doesn't flush (not backed up just no water pressure). You can take a bucket of water and dump in in the toilet real fast after you've finished using it. It must be dumped in all at once from a bucket or bowl not from a gallon jug which empties too slow. This will flush everything down the toilet. It helps to be married to a plumber :)