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I’m having one of those days where the sun is shining the birds are singing, and all I want to do is go back to bed. After sending my last child to school, I stopped and reflected on how much I enjoyed the silence. I went pass the morning dishes and headed straight for my bed. Cleaning my house was the last thing on my mind. Just a few minutes I told myself that’s all I needed. Yeah right said the little voice on my shoulder as I pulled the covers over my head.
Hubby was away on business, and the house was all mine. You could spend the day in bed and catch up on your favorite shows I thought to myself. But taking a day off comes with consequences in my house especially with six children. It always ends with an emotional hangover of regret the next day. Seems a bit dramatic but the thought of washing leftover dishes really sucks!!
Over the last month, I had been experimenting with ways to cut down on the amount of time I was spending cleaning my house. So, I set a personal challenge to see if I could clean my house in one hour. With much success, I must say it worked I was back in my bed and binge watching Netflix in no time.
Set Goal/Personal Challenge - Clean My House in One Hour
Pick-Up Basket (Usually a laundry basket)
Bottle of all-purpose cleaner
Broom and Dust Pan
Essential Oil Air Freshener
**This system worked perfectly for me. However, “Nothing is written in stone” please feel free to tweak things to fit your needs. Remember you're NOT detail cleaning today your goal is to be finished in one hour. **
Growing up I fell in love with the smell of fresh laundry. Especially when I was washing one to two loads a week. If you’re anything like me those days are long gone and now I’m washing one to two loads a day. A few years ago, I learned that my sons skin irritation was partly caused by the type of laundry detergent I was using. The dermatologist suggest that I try using dye-free, fragrance-free detergents and fabric softeners.
However, it didn’t give me that same fresh scent that I fell in love with. After doing some research I found that essential oils were great alternatives to synthetic fragrances. Essential oils are oils that were extracted directly from plants. So, not only will it be safe for my son but it can deliver other therapeutic benefits as well. After experimenting with a few oils I was amazed at the results.
Some essential oils like lemon did well in cleaning my towels and others were great for colds and relaxation. Some helped with spicing things up in the bedroom by adding a few drops to a load of bedroom sheets. Not to mention I loved the smell and how soft it left my laundry.
Simple add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 cup of white vinegar per load for fabric softener or 12-15 drops to the recommended amount of liquid detergent. A few other options where adding a few drops to a washcloth and throwing it in the dryer with your clothes on low heat or placing the washcloth inside of dresser drawers. My favorite was spraying down your clothes with an Essential Oil Linen Spray which I loved. Whichever way you choose it gives you the freedom and flexibility of having great smelling laundry.
Here are a few essential oils that I fell in love with along with their benefits. However, it’s always best to research any essential oil before using it.
|Essential Oil Laundry List|
|Cedar||Warm, Woodsy, Comforting, Uplifting|
|Chamomile||Sedative and Soothing|
|Eucalyptus||Colds and Respiratory Issues|
|Lemon||Increases Mood, Concentration, Whitens Laundry|
|Peppermint||Colds and Sinus Problems|
|Ylang||Calming and Romance|
|Tee Tree||Kills Molds, Mildew and Fungus|
|Lemon||Helps remove stains, Whitens|
How do you get into the spirit of the holidays in Atlanta Georgia? Get out of the house! Wherever you are in the world and whatever you’re doing being active and participating in life has its huge advantages. Especially around the holidays there’s always something to do or see. So, whether you’re making new traditions or keeping old ones get out and enjoy yourself! Here are three great events going on in Atlanta that I’m going to use to channel my inner child. Happy Holidays!!
Chinese Lantern Festival in Centennial Olympic Park. This is the 1st year Atlanta is hosting the Chinese Lantern Festival in Centennial Olympic Park. It begins Dec. 9th and runs through Jan. 15th. The festival is open from 6-11 p.m. each night. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children. (A family of four can buy four tickets for $12 apiece.) Purchase tickets at the door up until 10 p.m. or online https://centennialpark.freshtix.com.
Stone Mountain Park will glow with over 2 million lights this holiday season. The park will feature a new musical walk-through experience titled Skylights Spectacular as well as a 4-D showing of the Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” There are other walking light tours around the park such as Wonderland Walkway or Snow Angel Palace. Times vary. Nov. 12-Jan. 4. $25.95-$49.95; children under 3 get in for free. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 1-800-401-2407, www.stonemountainpark.com.
Experience Six Flags festive shows, dozens of Christmas trees, more than one million LED lights and meet Santa Claus. Stroll through Peppermint Plaza, the North Pole and snowy Main Street Christmas. The park is open Dec. 26 through Jan. 4 from 2 to 10 p.m. Purchase tickets online at https://holiday.sixflags.com/overgeorgia/
It’s the holiday season again. My daughter the “Busy Body” has a full schedule at school. I think she’s an active member of every school club imaginable. As a treat, I took her and one of her best friends to our town square to check out the lights and enjoy the Christmas Parade. I love the holidays in our small town!
Even though it’s a small town the holiday parades are never dull. You never know who’s going to show up or who you will see. The people are never pushy. It’s easy to find a parking space and the traffic isn’t terrible. More people are in the holiday spirit and all the children are happy to see each other.
You will find people young and old humming, dancing and enjoying the holiday music blasting over the loud speakers. Majority of the floats are from the local business or schools that you may visit everyday. There's plenty of room to sit and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate while your children play with their classmates or you catch up with your friends. My favorite part is the lighting of the Christmas tree it feels like the official count down to Christmas Day!
The holidays in small towns are truly magical. I'm not sure if it's the people or not feeling rushed. You can feel the energy as if it were in a big city but can enjoy the easy of the small-town feel.
The best part of all was that we had fun and I was at home in my pajamas in 30 min!!
It’s been a busy month for you and now your children are on Christmas break. You’ve stocked up the pantry and now everyone is sitting around waiting for you to entertain them. Here are 8 free and easy things to do with your children while on Christmas break.
By this time of the year everyone is in the holiday spirit and Christmas lights are everywhere. After dinner take a ride around town while eating cookies and singing Christmas carols. The kids will enjoy it and it’s a great way of putting everyone in the holiday spirit.
Children love the festivities of the holiday. Nothing gets them more excited than seeing presents under the tree, decorating and making holiday ornaments. Not to mention this will keep them busy for hours.
I think I love this part just as much as my kids. I typically rent or prerecord movies prior to movie night. Popping popcorn, sitting around in our pajamas, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies is my idea of a great night.
The holidays are becoming more commercial every year and it’s easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Volunteering and giving back to your community gives children an opportunity to see and help people who are less fortunate than they are.
A trip to the library is always a great idea. It keeps them reading over the winter holiday and is a super way to catch up on any missing school work.
Every Christmas my family has an Uno Tournament. Playing board games or having a PlayStation or Xbox game tournament is a great way to bring everyone together.
My children love cooking or helping in the kitchen around the holidays. Finding simple and easy recipes to create and cook are great ways for them to contribute to the holiday feast.
There is always something going on in your community around the holidays. Check online, local papers or ask around to find free events in your area.