Home Maintenance Tips for the Winter

 

As the weather continues to remain cold and wintery in many parts of the country, it’s a great time to make sure your home maintenance is a top priority. Lots of things can happen during the winter months and it’s a less than ideal time to have to make repairs! Since most of us are inside more during the winter months, it gives us a little extra time to tackle those small to-do’s that we may normally put off in the warmer months!

Here are 10 great home maintenance tips from home expert, Shane Kenny!

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Yard Transformation- Part 1

yard-transformation

The past few months have been so busy! It’s amazing how quickly time goes by and how behind I can get on things. I had so much planned for my blog, and then, poof! Months have gone by! Add in a new baby and it gets crazy.

After deciding to purchase a brand new home that was just built last fall, we knew we were going to have some additional expenses- a fence and landscaping to name the biggest ones! Our front and backyard were just fine sandy dirt and we wanted to make it look beautiful without breaking the bank…we did just buy a house after all!

It’s still a bit in progress, but, a HUGE improvement from what it started as. Even better, we’ve been able to keep a pretty reasonable budget for all of it which is most important!

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Easy DIY Holiday Gift: Soy Candles + Giveaway

 

Some people are just tough to shop for. Others, you don’t even think about getting a gift until you’re almost out of time. And sometimes, you just need some cute, simple gifts on hand for those unplanned situations!

I love practical gifts that people will actually USE. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money on a gift or devote some down time to crafting something, you might as well make it worth your while! Your wallet will thank you and so will the person receiving your gift!

Candles are one of my favorite things ever. I have a plethora of different scents for different parts of the year. When I was asked to try out Labor of Love Co.’s Soy Candle Making Kit (Retails at $25.00 + $5.00 USPS Priority Shipping)*, I jumped on the opportunity because it was right up my alley- easy crafting and quick. Both huge pluses with two little ones in the house and not much down time!

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Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken

You only need 3 ingredients for this recipe. Yes, you read that right…THREE ingredients. It’s a mom’s dinner dream come true, ya’ll!
Crockpot Butter Ranch Chicken
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed if previously frozen)
  2. 1 packet of ranch mix (equivalent to about 2 tbsp)
  3. 1 stick of butter, cut into slices
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle ranch seasoning on top.
  3. Place butter slices on next and cover with lid.
  4. Cook on low 8 hours.
Adapted from Stockpiling Moms
Adapted from Stockpiling Moms
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Crunchy Mama D’s Oatmeal

Now that we have two kiddos under 3 and I’m back to work part-time (back full-time in January), I have been trying really hard to make my mornings easy and as stress-free as possible, while maximizing sleep! One way I have been doing that is making a week’s worth of oatmeal and dividing it up for the work week on Sunday. Having a delicious and pretty healthy breakfast is a must-have for busy mamas (whether you’re working or not!). The great thing about oatmeal is that you can mix in pretty much anything, and, it’s TASTY! I keep mine pretty simple with just some raisins, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Check out my recipe and add-in ideas below for a filling and simple breakfast all week!

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