16 Summer Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

16 Summer Cleaning Tips for a Sparkling Home

I guess I’m on a cleaning bender right now.  I just thought this article may be of some use to you since I haven’t met a person yet who can say they love to clean; I also don’t know that many people, so I’m sure there is at least one person out there who is just an avid cleaner.  I thought these cleaning tips would come in handy, so I’m sharing the link with you.  It’s from the Better Homes & Garden’s website, so there will be a lot of fluff, but the article itself is useful.  I hope some of these tips help you keep your home sparkling!

http://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/seasonal/summer-cleaning-tips-281474979572633/?slideId=a2714ae7-2de8-4486-bea9-f1a0d12f0755&utm_source=bhg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=decorating_080917&did=163714-20170809

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

10 Amazing Things You Can Make With Duct Tape

10 Amazing Things You Can Make With Duct Tape

I love this article.  I did not know you could make all the things listed with just simple duct tape, or that duct tape had become so artistic.  I love the different ideas and the different styles on the duct tape that are used.  I know there is at least one of these I’m going to try, I’m thinking the tray.  But these are really great ideas and I hope that you are inspired to do at least one of them.  Have fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/amazing-things-made-from-duct-tape-1103958?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10285560&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Cheddar Bread

Cheddar Bread

I wanted to google homemade cheddar bread and came across this recipe on Martha Stewart’s page.  Let’s face it, is she not the queen of homemaking?  Anyway, this recipe seems simple and straight-forward, which is, as you know, important to me.  I don’t like the recipes that would take a gourmet chef to produce.  I know as soon as my husband sees this post, he’ll be requesting this bread, and so I will be making it for sure, that I guarantee!  Enjoy!

http://www.marthastewart.com/1165536/cheddar-bread

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

An update on my VA business…

An update on my VA business…

I just thought I would share my good news; I have my first client.  This person is local, so it won’t actually be virtual, I’ll be going on-site to help with file management, bookkeeping and organization, among other smaller tasks.  I’m really happy that I finally have that first client, and I know that I can help this person, which is a real confidence builder for me.  And trust me; my confidence could use some building up.

Otherwise, I just don’t have much to say, and I’m sorry about that.  Have you ever woken up in a mood that just leaves you wanting to just do nothing?  And I mean nothing.  All I want to do is sit my big butt on the couch and read.  Not really going to happen, since I have laundry and am making chili for dinner tonight, but you get the idea.  Maybe it’s the lull before the storm, I don’t know.  I just know that after all the drama the last two weeks have brought me, I just want to put my head in the sand and pretend I can make life go away.  I can’t, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to flip a switch and just shut down every once in a while?  I chose the picture that goes with this post because it shows rays of sunlight breaking through a cloudy day, which is the best representation of how I’m feeling right now.

What’s really weird about it all is that things for the most part are going good in my life.  There is the whole hurt/forgiveness thing I wrote about last week that I’m still dealing with, but otherwise, life’s good.  I have my first client, my husband has a job, and we are in good health and all is basically well.  It’s just this mood I’m in that is very hard to explain.  And I feel like I’m rambling here.  I guess all I can say is that it’s normal that even when life is good, to want to shut down and have some quiet time. At least, I hope so because I would hate to think I’m on the verge of a mental breakdown!  Just kidding!  Enjoy your day.

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

As a Christian, forgiveness is a big thing.  Jesus Christ went to the cross for the remission of our sins and we are supposed to be as forgiving of others as God is of our sins.  But is that always easy?  No, it simply isn’t.  I’m pretty good about forgiveness because of the Scripture that says God forgives us as we forgive others.  And most things are relatively easy to forgive.  However, every once in a while, something really bad happens and the whole forgiveness thing is a very difficult thing to give.

Recently, I’ve been deeply hurt by someone close to me.  And this person has either no idea how bad they hurt me or they just simply don’t care that they did.  The situation is a very sensitive, difficult topic and talking to this person is like talking to a brick wall.  They have not asked for forgiveness nor do I think they are looking for it.  Does that make it harder to forgive?  Oh, you bet it does.  Having someone say they are sorry, then forgiving them is easy.  When the person doesn’t care or doesn’t see what they did as being wrong, then the whole forgiveness thing becomes a serious challenge.  And I do mean challenge.  I have spent days praying to God for the help to simply forgive, not for the other person, but for myself.  Forgiveness is just as much for the person wronged as for the person who wrongs.  I don’t want to be angry, bitter or have any other negative emotion; I have enough of them naturally.  So, I am really working on letting this go and just loving this person and moving on because that is what is best for me.  Do I condone what they did? No, I don’t even like it a bit.  But that’s not the point.  I have to let it all go for my own spiritual and emotional stability.

My only advice is to pray and hand it over to God to handle.  He knows everything going on and the hearts of all involved and He will know how best to handle the situation.  That’s what I am doing right now and it is helping.  Is it an overnight fix?  No, but it does start the healing process and that is what’s most important.  Forgive the other person and move on, otherwise, we carry the hurt and anger and it just festers like an open wound.  And, who wants that?

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

66 All-Natural Cleaning Solutions

66 All-Natural Cleaning Solutions

Here’s a link to all kinds of different natural cleaning solutions to use in your home in lieu of the caustic over the counter cleaners available at the stores.  I recommend Rocky Mountain Essential Oils for the essential oils, that’s where I buy mine and they have always been of the best quality.   Lemons can be bought anywhere and the rest can be pretty easy to get your hands on.  The article includes affiliate links for things like castile soap, etc.  Anyway, I am big on using natural cleaners, because they are usually simple to use and they are so much more environmentally friendly, not to mention pet friendly.  Not that cleaning is ever fun, but using simple ways to do it might save time and effort while helping out the environment, a win-win in my book!

https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/all-natural-cleaning-solutions#lemons-1

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth

Make Your Own Gold Agate Coasters

Make Your Own Gold Agate Coasters

I love this idea!  And I will be absolutely doing these.  Right now, my coasters are just blah and these are really cool looking.  Directions are given, even where to purchase the agate coasters.  Buy the coasters, paint with gold leaf and presto, fancy schmancy drink coasters.  As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to share the link.  That’s how cool I think this idea is.  Have fun!

https://www.thespruce.com/make-your-own-gold-agate-coasters-1103932?utm_campaign=artcraftsl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=10230984&utm_term=

Blessings to you all,

Elizabeth