What’s that smell? Sneaky ideas for freshening the air

Life on a farm stinks sometimes. It’s just a fact of life. While a number of nasty smells can pop up at any given moment, there are some easy and sneaky ways to handle them.

1. DIY room spray

Get an empty spray bottle and line the bottom of it (up to a third of the way full) with Gain fireworks or Downy Unstoppables. Then, add water until the bottle is full. What results is a homemade Febreeze that’s way cheaper than the real deal.

2. Wax melt car air freshener

Get a simple glass jar and a candle tart in your favorite scent. Pop these things into your console or your doors. We have three in our van.

I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy cheats for getting rid of bad smells! Have a wonderful day!

Clean routines and parenting: keeping a weekly cleaning schedule

Trying to keep a tidy house is hard when you have small children. It’s even harder when you’re at home all the time with those small children, due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have always had a weekly cleaning schedule that worked pretty well for us, but now I’m making it a point to incorporate a little extra deep cleaning, in honor of the current pandemic.

Our weekly cleaning schedule is laminated, framed, and hanging in our laundry room.

This definitely doesn’t mean that we are perfect. Not even close. Even though this schedule is hanging on our wall in a frame, there are days when our stuff doesn’t get done and when we let messes linger for too long. And while the Friday chores are typically deep cleaning tasks, I’d gotten a little creative in how we deep clean these days.

Typically we spend two weekends a month deep cleaning. While we are at home self quarantining, we are choosing to vigilantly follow a deep cleaning schedule. We are following our daily task schedule, but we are mopping and cleaning bathrooms twice a week. We are also making it a point to remove shoes at the door and do a deep cleaning task every weekend instead of every other weekend. The kids and I are trying to work together to make the chore of the day happen.

We are also currently homeschooling and I’m teaching from home too. We are struggling to find the balance but we are OK. We are getting there and we are making it work.

And while we are on the subject of house cleaning to combat the germs, have you considered incorporating a little self care into your day? Staying home is not easy for some of us, and as a result, your mental state can suffer. Remember to do something that lifts you up each day- it could be something as simple as taking a walk or Facetime calling people you miss, to gardening, to reading a book, or taking a hot bath. Either way- don’t neglect YOU!

We will see you soon with our spring home tour! Until then, stay safe and stay healthy. Thanks for reading!

Free printable Friday: weekly cleaning schedule

Good Friday morning to you! I hope you are all well and healthy. At this time, many of us are planning our yearly spring cleaning projects and trying to find more efficient ways to do our regular cleaning.

If you know me at all, you know how much I love making lists, especially if it’s a checklist. This week, I thought I’d share two of my printable checklists with you.

There are certain cleaning chores I like to complete each week, but sometimes we get busy and I need a visual to help me remember what I’ve finished.

To download, right click on the picture and save to your device. Please remember these are for personal use only and are not to be used commercially.

Have a fantastic weekend!

How to stay clean and green in the new year with ECO-GLOVES!

This post is part of the ECO GLOVES sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors.

Most of us are worried about the coronavirus pandemic and, as a result, we are trying to keep our bodies healthier and our homes cleaner. We use antibacterial cleaners, hand sanitizers and rubber gloves. While all of these things are readily available, they also generate a lot of trash.
Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives.

Source: ecogloves.co

Did you know a typical plastic glove takes about 500 years to biodegrade? EcoGloves, which are made from plant based materials, take only about three months. And since 24 billion pounds of plastic enter the ocean each year, this is an especially big deal. With EcoGloves, you can protect your hands AND reduce the amount of plastic pollution. It’s really a win-win.

Eco-Gloves are ambidextrous and gender-neutral. They are made from plant based materials and have strong seams and are very durable. There are other advantages to using EcoGloves as well:

  • Compostable & Earth-Friendly: Made from renewable and sustainable plant-based materials. 
  • Advanced Biopolymer Technology: Allows for gloves to breakdown faster in a compostable environment.
  • Premium Quality: Eco Gloves have extraordinary strength, stretchable durability and are puncture resistant so they won’t rip, tear or leak. 
  • Food Grade Compliant: High quality and food safe to use in restaurant or hospitality setting.
  • Latex Free, Powder Free & BPA Free: Non-plastic, non-nitrile, non-toxic, ideal for most sensitive skin types.

You don’t only have to use EcoGloves for serving food or cleaning. You can use them to protect your health while using shopping carts, touching public machines like ATMS, and opening doors.

Watch this video and see for yourself 🙂

EcoGloves are affordable, environmentally conscious and an effective way to protect your health. You can order them from the EcoGloves website here or on Amazon.com. EcoGloves are used in hotel chains and restaurants around the world, and in homes like mine and yours.

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Stay well and be healthy!

After Christmas storage solutions: a Pinterest roundup

Some of us have already taken down our Christmas decor and put it away. Some of us have taken down our Christmas decor and haven’t put it up yet. Some of us (like me) haven’t even started taking it all down. I’m going to do it tomorrow. No really. I promise.

Did you know there are all sorts of great Christmas storage solutions out there? It gets better: most of them are fairly inexpensive.

Ornament storage

I don’t know about you, but I get tired of breaking ornaments each year while they’re in storage. A specially made case for safely storing ornaments will solve the problem. You can find this soft case at Kohl’s for less than $20 or this plastic divided bin for less than $10 at Target.

Wreath Storage

If you’re like us, you have a bunch of wreaths. If you’re fortunate to have the space, you can always just hang them on the wall, but if space is at a premium, you can use a wreath box or bag. We have this wreath bag.

Walmart
Target

Tree storage

Some of you lucky people use real trees and you don’t have to worry about this. For those of us whose allergies don’t allow a real tree, well, storage is an issue. Get some tree bags!! I like this one because it has wheels and it’s much easier to move. I don’t even need my husband’s help!

Lowe’s

Happy un-decorating!! We will see you tomorrow for a post about vision boards. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

1. Vision boards: what’s your vision?

2. 2020 in Review

3. Word of the year

4. New Year’s Day