10 Ways to Make Your Laundry Room Look Amazing

Laundry seems to be one of those never ending chores. Since we spend so much time in the laundry room there is no reason not to make it as beautiful as any other room in the house. Here are 10 great ideas to transform your laundry room into a room that you'll actually want to spend time in. 



Office Organization with Labels

I just wanted to share a quick post about how I have organized my office using my label maker.

Keep a small file box on your desk with items that you use most often.
I have a file box that sits on my desk and holds some of my most used craft items such as patterns, stickers, and cardboard. (Please tell me that I'm not the only one who cuts the sides off of the cereal boxes and saves them! You never know when a sheet of cardboard will come in handy!) I use to print labels off on my computer, however, the label make makes it so much easier.


Use inexpensive shoe boxes to organize office supplies.
These clear shoe boxes cost less than a dollar and are perfect for organizing craft and office supplies. I love that they are clear so that you can see whats inside of each one, however, I kept confusing the two boxes with tape and ribbon. Adding labels to the boxes made it easier to know what was inside each box, not to mention that pink labels just make them look prettier!!


Use a binder clip as a bookmark.
This last idea is one that I use most often and it is so simple. Just place a label on a binder clip and you have a simple bookmark. I have several of these at my house! I use them in my planner, my Home Management Binder, the girls' homeschool binders, art journals, and many more. 




Any label maker will work for these projects but I have to say that I absolutely love my Brother P-Touch Label Maker. The Brother P-Touch Label Maker has many different options to choose from (boarders, icons, font style and size, tape and font color, to name a few) to allow you to completely customize each label. 

Do you have any creative ideas for using label makes to organize? Please share them in the comments below.

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Bill Tracker {Free Printable}


I wanted to share a quick update of my Home Management Binder. Several month ago I realized that my binder just wasn't piratical for every day use. I removed the daily and monthly calendar pages and started keeping track of tasks and appointments in my filofax. My home binder has now become a reference binder. I keep everything in there that I may need to reference.

Here are a list of tabs in my reference binder.
  • Dates to Remember - Family and friends birthdays and anniversaries.
  • Master To Do List - This is were I keep track of any future projects that I would like to do around the house.  
  • Recipes - This is divided into two sections; (1) recipes I use often and (2) new recipes that I wish to try.
  • Lists - Movies to watch, books to read, & a wish list.
  • Emergency/Medical - My family is pretty healthy so there is not much in this section. I do keep contact info for our family doctors and I write down any appointments and reason for the appointment.
  • Passwords - I only list passwords for sites that don't require a bunch of personal information. All other passwords are kept in our safe deposit box.
  • Contacts - I usually use my phone to keep contact information but it's great to have a back-up in case I ever loose my phone.
  • Past Addresses - Being an ex-military family we have moved around a lot and it's hard to keep track of all of our previous addresses and dates that we lived there.
  • Gardening - I love to garden and I also like to experiment in the garden. This is were I jot down all my ideas as well as what didn't work and what did work. 
  • Jot It Page - Any random notes.
One section that I was really struggling with was my finance section. Keeping track of my bills in a binder was not working for me. I'm a very visual person and without having the bills out were I could see them on a daily basis was a real struggle. I was often forgetting due dates. After much thought I came up with this!



Don't you just love it!!! I keep it on my fridge where I can see it every day. The numbers on the left side represent the day of the month. This works so much easier than a standard calendar because I don't have to change the numbers around every month. The words are magnetic so I can easily move them around. At the beginning of the month I move all of our recurring bills on to their due date. The others get moved over as I receive the bills in the mail. Once the bills are paid they get moved back into the "Paid" section.

To make your own bill tracker you'll need



I started by making a few decorative magnets to hold up my bill tracker. You can make your own by printing out a decorative design on paper or using decorative tape and attach it to the magnets.



Next you will need to decide what bills you pay on a monthly basis and print them out of your label maker. (I also printed out yearly bills and a couple "other" for those unexpected bills.)  After printing the labels trim them so that they fit into the lines of your bill tracker printable.



Remove the back layer from your labels and place them on your magnetic tape.



Once you have all your labels placed on your tape, carefully trim around each label.
Now place your new bill tracker on your fridge or other magnetic surface and enjoy!!

*Tip: If you would rather keep your bill tracker hidden use a metal sheet pan and attach it to the inside of a cabinet using command strips.




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10 Brilliant Tutorials


Oh, how I wish that I had learned a few of these tricks years ago. My favorite is the mason jar hack! Perfect for kids but also for clumsy adults such as myself! Which tutorial is your favorite? Which one got your creative juices flowing, thinking what else you could create?


Free Printable Football Snack Cup

Yesterday I posted a delicious recipe for Taco Queso Dip. You may have also noticed these adorable football snack cups in one of the photos.



Today I would like to share with you my free printable so that you can make your own. Just click on the following link and print the number of cups you need for your football celebration.


After you print your cups, cut on the dotted lines and fold on the solid lines. Glue or tape your tabs.

Tips: 
  • Print on card stock for a sturdier cup.
  • If you are using your cup for chips be sure to line with a paper towel or wax paper to avoid grease spots on your cups.


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Taco Queso Dip Recipe & Free Printable Football Snack Holder

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RO*TEL & VELVEETA for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
During parties and small get-togethers I often whip up a quick Queso for guest to snack on when they arrive. With the combination of RO*TEL and VELVEETA, Queso is zesty, creamy, yummy, and so easy to make. I literally just toss the two ingredients into the crock-pot and forget about it till guests arrive. Last weekend I decided to kick it up a notch with a few added ingredients to make a taco Queso dip. The results were delicious!! While I thought I may have made too much, our guests ended up eating every last bite. Queso For All
Taco Queso Dip with RO*TEL & VELVEETA
Ingredients
  • 2 cans RO*TEL
  • 1 package (32 oz) VELVEETA
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 lb ground beef
Optional ingredients (could be added to the crock pot or kept aside for guests to create their own unique dip to their liking.)
  • Diced onions
  • Diced olives
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Chopped parsley
  • Extra sour cream
  • Avocado chunks
Directions
  1. Add RO*TEL and VELVEETA to the crock-pot and set on low.
  2. Brown the beef and drain any excess liquid.
  3. Add the beef and any remaining ingredients to the crock-pot.
  4. Heat until all cheese is melted (about 2-3 hours), mix well and serve.

I prefer to add the onions, olives, and jalapenos to the dip. However, we had a couple guest who do not care for onions and olives and since there were little ones there as well, I chose not to add the jalapenos either. This worked out perfect as each guest was able to add their preferred ingredients to their liking.

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Natural Ways to Prevent Cold and Flu

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Holmes Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cold and flu season is never fun especially if you have kids but there are ways to help prevent your family from getting sick. Here are a few natural cold and flu preventives to put to the test this season.

1. Hand Washing

This is a no-brainer. Make sure everyone in your family is washing their hand often using soap and water. Wash hands before meals (even small snacks), after outside play time, and after being in any public area.

2. Keep Hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day can help keep your mucous membranes moist so they're better able to trap viruses. Try to drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water daily.

3. Probiotics

Probiotics have immune system-boosting benefits. In our home, we eat yogurt (with live cultures) almost on a daily basis but there are also other ways to consume probiotics. Kefir, pickles, bananas, artichokes, green beans, and honey are just a few examples of probiotic rich food.

4. Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry have been known to naturally boost your immune system. You can find this in most stores or grow your own elderberry plant and try making your own.

5. Raw Garlic

Garlic is packed full of amazing health benefits including building the immune system and fighting infections. If you can't stand the taste of raw garlic you can buy garlic capsules at any health or drug store.

6. Sleep

Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system making it harder for your body to fight of infections.

7. Humidifier

Studies show that flu germs survive and spread more easily in dry air conditions. Dry air can also cause congestion in the sinuses, leading to sinus pain and sinusitis. Boosting your indoor humidity level will allow the nasal cavity to drain properly and can make if hard for flu germs to survive and spread to those around you. If your in the market for a humidifier, i recommend the Holmes® Smart Humidifier Console with WeMo technology.
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  • Optimize the right level of humidity for your home, based on the current weather conditions.
  • Control your humidifier settings anytime, from anywhere, using your smartphone or tablet.
  • Has a smart sensor that monitors the environment inside and outside your home, and then you.
  • Choose between 5 comfort levels.
  • Provides humidity to the entire house so the whole family stays comfortable during the winter months.
  • 36-hour runtime, so there is no constant refilling of water tanks.
  • The filter reminder conveniently tells you when to reorder and allows you to purchase immediately through the app.
  • WeMo comes in handy during life’s We Moments - A “WeMoment” is the feeling of relief in being able to adjust your technology to better your life. For example, it’s the time the mom in Connecticut heated her basement from her smartphone and didn’t have to go down into the cold basement to turn on the space heater prior to doing laundry.

With WeMo technology the Holmes® brand delivers on the promise of the connected home with simple, scalable home automation solutions that empower consumers to customize, control and manage home electronics from anywhere. WeMo is the most affordable and approachable entry into the smart home and makes managing your home easy.

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