Tips for an Easier Spring Cleaning

With spring right around the corner, you may already be feeling tense at the idea of your spring cleaning. While giving your whole house a deep scrub is essential to keeping allergies under control and maintaining your home’s value, the back-breaking labor and long hours of cleaning can leave you anxious. Here are some tips for making the job much easier on you.

Make a List of Projects and Plan the Order

Spring cleaning is easiest when it’s done in a logical order. For example, it would be foolish to scrub the downstairs carpets and then clean out the attic, as the dust and debris tracked downstairs would likely just dirty the carpet again. The same can be said for scrubbing down the walls and repainting them right before the floors are to be stripped and refinished. You want to plan your projects in an order that makes the most sense and will not undo work that’s already been completed.

Get as Much Help as Possible

In some circles, friends help friends with their spring cleaning. You may decide to help your best friend over one weekend if she’ll help you the next. If that’s not an option, consider getting help from a cleaning service. Extra hands will make the work go much more quickly and will likely make the entire project run much more smoothly than if you were to do it all yourself. Call for several cleaning estimates before you make a commitment, to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Know Your Own Limitations

If you want the lawn aerated or all the ceilings repainted this spring, you may be biting off more than you can chew. The same can also be said for scrubbing the siding or cleaning out the gutters. Don’t take on tasks that you do not have the safety equipment or stamina to do yourself. An injury could cost you time from work, far exceeding what you may have paid a skilled tradesman to do these tasks for you.

Spring cleaning can be overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of work you want to get done this year. By taking these tips into consideration, you can accomplish your goal is the easiest way possible and free yourself from a lot of stress and anxiety in the process.

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Review – Georgia Aquarium – A Fantastic Adventure

   The good and bad about our trip to Georgia Aquarium!

Out trip this past Valentines Day to Georgia Aquarium was a fantastic adventure. We are a military family stationed at Fort Gordon, right in Augusta Georgia about 3 hours from the Georgia Aquarium. We have a not so little homeschooling family of 6 (and counting) and love field trips. Our 9 year old son had been mentioning how we have not since moving here had near enough field trips. On thinking about it, of course he was right! So I made last minute plans thinking Valentines Day all together as a family learning at Georgia Aquarium would be very romantic to geeks like husband and I. That being said, we just went for it! We didn’t get advanced or discounted tickets. I can’t even tell you how that day it would have worked out had we managed it!

Don’t go to Georgia Aquarium on Valentine’s Day!

Traffic that day was insanity to us, specially going into the Aquarium parking garage. The great news is that this Aquarium has it’s own paid parking garage. The bad was that they closed it for a while right after we got in. What luck that was! We went up to floor 6 where we finally managed to get a parking spot. We thought that might be the worst of it, we were wrong.

The line to get in was over 2 hours long and not at all organized. By the time we got up to an employee we had waited over an hour and she said the rest of the line past her was for those who already had tickets for entering that hour. You had to have known to get tickets at the ticket machines. No one knew this except for those who had already gotten that far. My husband ran to get them for us. We had tickets and had waiting in line but the employee told everyone with the next hours tickets to stand aside. She didn’t make another line. So those of us in front of us and us sat down right there on the bench. Only those who came after us made a line in front of us. I don’t think they knew we were in line before them. Thus when they finally started letting those with our hour tickets into the next part of the line, we got a few looks. At that point though, I didn’t much care. We were managing 4 children and so far, none were upset!

The whole line situation and ticketing could have been cleared up! If we had gotten tickets online I have no idea how that would have worked as I believe you have to change the print out into real tickets and it was all that same line….. it was insanity.

I had that morning asked on Georgia Aquarium’s facebook page if they were busy that day, they never replied. Had I know, we would have gone another day! I recommend you go another day!

For tickets we paid over $200 for tickets to get us in.

Georgia Aquarium is Amazing!

As we had gone here before we went right to the largest tank! We took the tunnel through to see the whale sharks and all their friends. It is instant WOW factor for the kids. After all the anxiety of the line we settled down in the seating area for that exhibit and soaked it in.

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Can you tell how excited our little ones are? I think our StormBaby (on the right) was still a bit shell shocked from the line! Our SmilieBaby (on the left) was buzzing with excitement over all the fish and sharks.

Fibromyalgia and Pregnancy Accessible!

I wanted to note that while it was extremely busy and crowded there I did manage to find places to sit down frequently and the bathroom lines were not too long! With Fibro, pain is an issue as is fatigue and so on field trips sitting often can help with managing the day. With pregnancy, this holds true as well, but the bathroom is specially important!

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Unlike some other Aquariums it can sometimes be hard to see size, just how massive the fish are but here you can get right up to the glass and so often the fish and sharks do too! My camera focus wasn’t able to also capture the stingray she was pointing to in the same shot. She was very excited.

Like most homeschoolers we prepped for this field trip. As it was last minute though, it wasn’t a lot of prep. I would suggest knowing what animals your children specially want to see and having them keep an eye for those. The day was overwhelming for our youngest and reminding her of the animals she specially was looking forward to helped her keep going and regain focus!

TIP: Dress your children brightly! Most of the Aquarium is rather dark and it can be hard to keep track of kids when things are so busy and dark!

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One of the down sides to going on a busy holiday was that the kids didn’t really get to see the Dolphin and the Dolphin Show line was over an hour long. We will be trying to learn when a quiet day might be to go back and see the Dolphins as they were on the important lists of two of our children.

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One of the nice things that was not busy that day was face painting! They were not costly and the kids loved them!

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 The cafeteria food was fantastic, we all got what we wanted and spent about $80 on Dinner there. The kids all loved this field trip in the end. Even with how busy it was!

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How to Get Rid of Toothaches Before Visiting a Dentist

There’s nothing that can ruin a day quite like a toothache. While there are a number of reasons for tooth pain, many toothaches can be soothed or even cured with easy-to-follow at-home remedies. 1. Clove Oil This isn’t a new remedy for tooth pain, but it might be new to you if you’re not used […]

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The Evil Blue and Black and White and Gold Dress

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NO, I am not going to post a picture of it, because frankly no matter what color we see, #1 it is an ugly dress and #2 it has been less than 12 hours of seeing it online and I am sick of it. I am betting I am not the only one. Like everyone […]

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Daysy Fertility Monitor – To help conceive or not!

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First let me say that this review will not be all I want it to be because I wasn’t able to fully use daysy. This is not the products fault however. You see when I jumped on the chance to review this chemical free birth control option I wasn’t aware that I was in fact […]

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Guest Post – 5 Tips for Buying the Right Toolbox

It doesn’t matter if you’re a certified contractor or just a handyman around the house: Everyone needs a good toolbox. But which features should be forefront in your mind when you’re shopping for a new one? Here are just five ideas. 1. Think About Size This won’t be an issue if you’re just looking for […]

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Review – Picture Keeper – A Must Have!

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If you don’t already have a sure fire backup of your beloved family photos then Picture Keeper is a must have. It is a technology for everyone, even those who are not tech savvy to start with. It is that easy to use and can save you a great deal of heartache in the future. […]

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Homeschooling and the Common Core

The following article was written and sent in by Anna Hicks. Homeschooling is becoming an increasingly attractive option for eco-friendly families. While not the course of academic action in my household, homeschooling can greatly reduce automobile dependence and consumption of paper-based and plastic supplies. But it’s not without its challenges. Being the custodian of your […]

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Military Issues – Deployment Pets

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 Life can be hard for Furry Military Family Members! While it is true all military life is hard, it can specially be true of pets. Too many end up in shelters for so many sad reasons. This isn’t because military families are heartless, often it is the last thing they want to do but one […]

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How to Positively Parent and Help Your Child with Drug Abuse

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The following article was written and sent in by Anna Hicks. Every parent’s fear is finding out their teenager is abusing drugs. It can cause several negative emotions and thoughts to flood your mind all at once. You may feel like you failed your child. You may be angry with the child for falling into […]

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#2015in2015 Organizing and Purging for January

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 Decluttering 2015 items in 2015 So I have been late in jumping into this because I am pregnant (9 weeks) and on bed rest and have no energy. I did my side table the other day though and it was 35 items. Husband was working in the garage and got rid of 105 items! It […]

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Two Ways To Optimize Your Child’s Life In 2015

As 2015 picks up, more and more parents are interested in ensuring that their children develop a positive outlook on life as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to become successful in social settings. If you’re serious about helping your child attain or maintain a high level of well-being while also ensuring that she or […]

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Free Range Kids – Homeschoolers up all night!

Homeschooling Night Owls It is 1am and my darling oldest daughter who is 15 and homeschooled is up talking to the boy friend on her cell phone. She is happy and loud and so I only felt a little guilty asking her to make grilled cheese for me. I am on bed rest and have […]

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Are you waiting on things till the kids are grown too?

What is waiting on the kids? So often I hear myself and others talking about the things they will get or replace or things they will do once the kids are grown. “Soon as little bobby is older we are going to get a boat!” I recall a woman saying. Another friend was busy planning […]

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The Mindful Revolution changing schools!

Nova Southeastern University Online Master’s in Teaching & Learning One of the things we as a society expect schools to do is help children learn how to live in the world and thrive. Schools in the USA where made to create a malleable workforce. Back in the days where factory jobs were the most common […]

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I thought I was having a miscarriage and I didn’t want to chat!

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I thought I lost the baby There was bright blood and cramping that made my heart hurt. I thought we lost the baby. It was New Years Eve and I was in bed trying not to sob, trying not to ruin everyone’s night. The announcement I kept telling myself had been too soon. I am […]

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Fantastic Gifts for Chicken Lovers

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One of the fun parts of the holiday this year was seeing all the fun gifts my fellow back yard chicken keepers received! There were so many chicken, chick, and egg theme gifts that I had never expected! Having chickens as pets is so much fun and it goes far beyond just getting healthy and […]

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Guest Post: Automotive Museums Throughout Nevada

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While Nevada may be best known mainly for Las Vegas, there is so much more for tourists to see and experience in this state. In fact, Nevada is home to three hugely popular automotive museums. Each of these delivers a one-of-a-kind experience that individuals won’t be able to get enough of. Check out these three […]

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2015 Challenge – Be free of 2015 things!

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Living with Less in 2015 I love new years challenges and I tend to succeed at them as often as I fail so it is always very interesting to me to see what way it will all go. I can’t tell you how I heard about this challenge, just that someone added me to a […]

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Stop Trying to Make Your Children Into Little You

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   You may give them your love but not your thoughts.  My heart hurt last night reading about a friend who is struggling as a mother with 2 young boys. She talked about how she is not connecting with them, going so far as to call them strangers. She recalled her love of reading at […]

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Stage Your Home for Sale on a Budget

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 Getting the Most out of Staging Your Home  Time and again I hear about people who vow by the rules of staging homes. To me they just make sense! Of course I think the order of them is a bit different. I would sanitize and clean first, decluttering goes with this, then bring the home […]

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We are expecting!

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  What a surprise! I just turned 35 and our “baby” is now 4.5 and we have 4 children of our own and 2 amazing surrogate daughters too! We had thought our family complete. Oh goodness… what a shock this was! With my health we didn’t even think this was possible. As a friend pointed […]

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Review – JORD – Wonderful Gifts – Wood Watches

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www.woodwatches.com JORD has stuningly beautiful watches that combine nature and technology. I feel like they feel like “home” and wonder, specially the cog pieces this the one above. I can picture a watch like this on a character from Doctor Who can’t you? The above wooden watch for men is a great gift for him! […]

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Review – Carved Creations – Beautiful Gifts

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  Using old-world craftsmanship and the latest technology along with professional designs Carved Creations is leading the way in Mother Jewelry and more. Their dedication to quality custom pieces has set the world bar in this industry very high and you can tell just by looking around their beautiful and inspiring site.  When you feel […]

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Is 35 old?

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  In a world where people are living older and older these days, is 35 old? On my birthday today I found myself contemplating my life and future. I feel old in so many way, mostly because fibromyalgia and other auto immune issues. I don’t know what life is like at this age without the […]

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Optional Insurance in Georgia for Your Auto

There are critical aspects of insurance for your car that you may be overlooking when you purchase a policy. Too often, car owners will simply get quotes on the minimum insurance required and buy the cheapest policy they can find. When something happens to their car, a claim is filed, only to find out too […]

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Is Santa Real? – How do you respond to this?

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We learn when we are little that lying is bad and can hurt people and yet certain lies are cultural an we look at them as innocent. They don’t always turn out that way though. In my 15 years of parenting I have come across accounts of children feeling very betrayed over the Santa myth […]

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How the EU is Planning to Cut your Power

Guest Post There was an outcry across the country in September when the EU banned powerful vacuum cleaners with motors over 1,600 watts. It led to a huge rush on vacuum cleaners, with leading stores reporting sales increases of up to 40% for the most powerful models that would soon become illegal. Following the ban […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Angora Bunny Brushing

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          Wordless Wednesdays are posts that tell a story where words are not needed to explain. Of course words are included just if you want to know more! Introducing Gandalf! Bunny Before Brushing Angora Rabbits grow beautiful long fiber fur. About 4 times a year they grow out a new coat, […]

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7 Thoughtful Elements Your Outdoor Living Space Needs

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From spring through early fall, you probably spend as much time as you can outside. If you don’t then maybe you just haven’t created a space that is a true extension of your home. When your deck or patio is inviting and comfortable, you won’t mind putting forth the extra effort to carry dinner outside […]

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