There are only moments. Live in this one. The happiness of these days.
I have been on a declutter mission lately so I thought this week the tip would be related to decluttering.
Use the one in on out rule-every new thing you bring into the house you must get rid of another item.
Homemade Pizza. I love this recipe it makes two pizza crusts and you can freeze them.
Crockpot Beefy Noodle Casserole/crossaints
Easy Oven Baby Back Ribs/beans & cornbread muffins
fish sticks & fries
breakfast night- we either do french toast or pancakes with bacon or sausage
Dessert of the week – OHenry bars
I feel like I am always organizing/decluttering my house. When I found out about the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge I was all for it and excited to start and see the inspirational posts from other people participating in the challenge.
You can read more about the challenge here. There is also a Facebook group you can join to see all of the posts from other people participating. Everyone is so helpful, sweet and inspirational, you can join the group here.
I did not keep track of how many bags I got rid of, I used Walmart/Target plastic bags and as I filled them I would put them in the trunk and once it got full enough I would take a load to Goodwill.
I first worked on my kitchen because we were getting a backsplash installed so I wanted the kitchen extra clean. I went through every cabinet and every drawer and got rid of anything I didn’t use. When I went through my utensil drawer I couldn’t believe how many spatulas I had. I also cleaned out my pantry, I threw out any expired foods and organized everything.
I went through my bedroom closet and dresser drawers any clothes I didn’t love or wear I got rid of. I also went through my makeup/nail polish and got rid of anything I didn’t use or that was old. While I was working in my bedroom I decided to go through my four bookshelves full of books. I got rid of 95% of my books, I donated the books I thought there might be a chance I may someday read again. I sold the other books to Half Price Books, I didn’t make a lot of money from them but having the bookshelves look so nice and even have empty space is so nice.
The basement was the worst area in my house, it is the place where I put things that don’t have a place or that needs to be put away. It is an easy place to get cluttered no one goes down there but that is where everything gets set. We have a built in bar area. It has a huge counter that is always covered in stuff. I cleaned that off completely, it looks awesome.
My kids had a small play area down there I had them go through everything, and anything they haven’t played with in a while I got rid off. I decided to take out the play area completely because we just don’t go down there often enough. Anything that they kept had to go up to their rooms.
They even went through their movies and got rid of any movies they didn’t like anymore, or just didn’t watch anymore. I also organized their movies so now they can find their movies faster.
I learned a lot from participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. I learned that I am not alone with having a lot of stuff, reading and seeing the posts of others participating in the challenge really helped me and inspired me to keep going. It also made me realize how much I really hate clutter and how clean open space makes me smile. The challenge has also made me rethink my purchases I have been following the one in and one out rule.
I am currently reading a book called Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp, it is a really good book. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you are going through all of your stuff.
Do I currently use it?
Do I really love it?
Would I buy it again?
I now have a basket in my room that anytime I find something that doesn’t fit or something I don’t use I immediately put it in the basket when it is full I put it all in a bag and take it to Goodwill.
“You only have one life to live. How you live that life is your choice. As far as I know, no one has ever had ‘I wish I had bought more stuff’ inscribed on their tombstone. What you own can easily blind you to who you are and what you can be.”
― Peter Walsh
I would love to hear how you keep your house clutter free.
Are you looking to save money when purchasing things? Are you being buried by Amazon orders and are the boxes filling up your house? Impulse buying is a big problem in the United States. It is the leading reason for debt, and can end up costing you far more then you would initially assume. Let’s review some of the ways that you can save money and control impulse buying.
Make Use Of Coupon Codes
Online coupon codes are a great way to save money on the things you love. If you can’t find one and have to wait for a coupon code to appear, you will stop yourself from impulse buying, and save money as a result. In addition, using coupon codes means that you purchase only what is listed in the code. This will stop the temptation of ordering more from the same location. If you’re new to using promo codes, I suggest you visit Discountrue and see the myriad of ways to save with coupons.
Create A List And Buy Only What You Must
If you really want to save money, then hold yourself to a list. On the list, write everything that you strictly need. Be sure to separate what you need from what you want. While this may seem simplistic, the line can often become blurred if we are feeling particularly impulsive. With a clear list, you can keep yourself to only what is on the list when you go shopping. In addition to writing the list, you can make a personal rule that you are not allowed to add to the list once you leave the door. This way, you can keep yourself to the list and not risk simply adding more to it to justify your impulsive nature.
Spend Only From A Buying Fund
Many people set aside a certain amount of money per year for discretionary funding. Done as a part of creating financial budget, allocating funds for impulse purchases will allow you to buy to your hearts content, until you run out of money. You can set up the fund to be renewed weekly, monthly, and even yearly depending on the amount of the discretionary funds you have.
What do you do when idle? Do you surf through online retailers? Do you head over to the mall? The best way to stop impulse purchases is to avoid the temptation in the first place! Pick up a hobby, find ways to relax that don’t involve making purchases, and save a lot of money.
This is just a handful of tips but if you follow just these few, you can be sure to save lots on your purchase and prevent the storage of of the unwanted or at least not necessary stuff from growing. If you want to learn more, pay a visit to Discountrue blog section and you’ll find plenty of more tips there.
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Free and legal, online games which are not copyright infringing are popular with gamers all over the world. However, whenever something is free, there is usually a catch somewhere. So what is the catch with free online games? Here are a few things that you should look out for when you play games online that could affect your enjoyment of the games.
One common issue with free games is that you may not be playing the complete version of the game. This is not a problem in itself if you are aware that it is a demo. However, if you think you are playing the full game and invest lots of time in it only to find out that you cannot complete it, this can be frustrating.
Sometimes games are free to play but they make up for this by inserting ads to try and attract your clicks. Usually this is just frustrating more than anything, but it can affect your enjoyment of the game.
Another potential problem is that you are asked to sign up to a mailing list to play the game. Again, this may not be an issue if you are sent useful information, but if you start to receive a large number of unwanted emails, it can become frustrating.
Some free games are very impressive, but others can look amateur. Games don’t have to have the best graphics to provide a good gaming experience, but if you are used to playing on the professional console games, it can be disappointing.
Perhaps the most serious concern for people who like to play online games is the issue of safety. For example, your safety may be compromised by clicking on an ad that takes you to a site where your computer could be affected by malware. It is therefore essential that you only play on sites that have a good reputation, and that you always have up-to-date antivirus protection on your computer. Also, try to avoid clicking on links to other websites unless you are sure of where they will take you.
Another potential safety issues arises when you are required to use a password. To avoid any problems, always use a unique password that you do not use for any other online accounts. That way, if the password gets hacked, the damage will be limited.
So What Are the Benefits of Free Games?
The above issues can be problematic, but as long as you are aware of the potential issues, you should not have to worry too much. The fact is that free online games actually have a number of benefits.
For a start, you don’t have to pay anything to play them, compared to expensive console games. In addition, many games are very creative and serve a specific niche. This may make them unsuitable for a console game, but they could be perfect for your needs.
Where to Find Free Games
You can find free, non-infringing games a number of ways. There are a number of websites where you can find them, but try to stick to the ones that have a good reputation. In addition, you may be able to download open-source games, or games where the copyright holders have authorized or licensed them for free distribution by using a file sharing client like Vuze, so get searching and see what you can find. Make sure the games are not restricted by copyright and are available for free distribution.
Play for Free Whenever and Wherever You Want
Whenever you play free online games, you should keep the above issues in mind. Some free games are excellent and will provide you with hours of entertainment for free, which is a pleasant alternative to expensive console games. However, just keep in mind that they can come with a few potential issues to be aware of.
Linda Benton is a web developer with a gaming hobby. From explaining basic designs and platforms to resources for trustworthy quality entertainment, she enjoys blogging about all things online games.
Most people are becoming concerned about not just the food they eat, but how it’s prepared. When you make good, healthy, food at home, the last thing you want is for it to be tainted by cookware that leeches bad chemicals or contaminants into your food.
Cooking With Cast Iron
Cooking in a cast iron pan has a lot of advantages. While it’s merely OK as a heat conductor, its strength more than makes up for that – it retains heat like nobody’s business. A cast iron pan will stay hot for a really long time.
Once you finally do get it up to temperature, you shouldn’t have much trouble keeping it there. Cast iron can be taken from the stove top and put right into the oven. You can even transfer it to the grill, if you want to.
Since it’s pretty rugged, it will even find a home over open flame if that’s your thing. Basically, these types of pans are virtually indestructible. If you’re new to cast iron cooking, start out with a good 10-inch pan from a reputable store.
When you’re more experienced, look for vintage pieces.
The Benefits Of Cast Iron
Cast iron cookware should last you forever. An often overlooked benefit of cooking in cast iron is that it can become a supplemental source of iron if you ever cook acidic foods in it. When properly seasoned, the pan will be slicker than teflon, and yet easier to clean than most other types of pans, even stainless steel.
Cast iron is also more rugged than just about any other type of pan on the market. After you’ve seasoned it, it’s also relatively maintenance free. Most of the foods you think of as problematic, like eggs, will not stick to a properly-seasoned pan.
How To Take Care Of Your Cast Iron
Taking care of cast iron can be either terribly difficult or ridiculously easy. Most of the time, when you hear people speak of the ills of cast iron, it’s because they didn’t season it correctly. Most people do not know how to season cast iron. The usual directions – slather on a bunch of oil and cook it for 2 hours – is not seasoning. You don’t want to cook oil in the pan in the hopes that the oil will “absorb” into the metal.
You want to coat the oil lightly and then heat it sufficiently to cause polymerization. This simple “how to” will walk you through the steps. Make sure you’re using an edible drying oil high in ALA and that you’re not using too much oil. Check the seasoning periodically to make sure it’s fully intact and then keep your eye on it – once a year it should be redone.
Avoiding Teflon and Ceramics
You should avoid teflon and ceramics at all costs. Some newer cast iron is coated in ceramic, which sort of defeats the point of cast iron, but it also introduces a contaminant into your cooking surface – lead. Avoiding ceramics and teflon coatings will go a long way towards ensuring the health of you and your family.
Erin Perryman loves to cook using her cast iron cookware. An avid writer and home chef, she enjoys sharing her insights with others online. Look for her appetizing articles on a variety of websites and blogs.
Being a victim of an accident can affect your entire family. This holds true even if you were the only one involved. Family members are sure to suffer to some extent, if there were serious injuries or a fatality due to the car collision. Being aware of ways people in your life may be impacted due to your accident can be helpful if you are in this situation.
It’s possible you might be unable to work, because of your accident, especially if your injuries were extensive. This means that you can’t make the necessary amount of money to support your family.
During this difficult time, other family members may be required to help fill in the earning gap and get a first or second job to help make ends meet. This can present a challenge to any teenagers who are currently in school and may require a bit of additional commitment and sacrifice.
Health care is expensive and financially recovering from an accident can be devastating. Trips to your medical provider, hospital or getting physical therapy can be time-consuming and costly, as well.
You may need to rely on help from your family to get you to and from your medical appointments. It is ideal to schedule these visits ahead of time with the individual you expect to drive you.
Pain and Suffering
The emotional distress of the injury is sure to cause family members to endure a great deal of pain and suffering. This may involve being depressed or anxious because of the financial difficulties the entire family is presented due to your accident.
Mental anxiety and stress can impact the health and life of the sufferer a great deal and is often discussed when a settlement is pending. Being able to recover a specific amount of compensation for pain and suffering is common for the person who is involved in the accident and for the family members, as well.
The car you were driving while in the accident may have been severely damaged. This means it could take a long time to repair or may need to be replaced.
Being without a car can impact all the family members greatly over a long period. It is likely that your teenagers borrowed the car and now are forced to be without it.
Auto accidents can affect all areas of your life and the people that you are the closest to, as well. It’s ideal to consult with an attorney who can help you build a strong case so you can attempt to recover your financial losses for you and your family.
Reaching retirement age is a significant milestone in your life and it also a time where you need to be aware of health care costs and what you might be entitled to claim for.
One you are at the official retirement age there are benefits that become available from the government and savings you can make on things like health costs and travel, which might give you a bit more money to enjoy doing a few extra leisure activities in your spare time.
Claiming your entitlement
There are estimated to be at least a million pensioners living the UK who currently fail to claim the benefits that they are entitled to.
As most of us are living longer and are therefore retired for longer, it makes a lot of sense to make the very most of the income you have and you can do this by making use of the benefits that are on offer to help you with things like eye care and other health matters.
You can get a list of benefits that you may be entitled to and this will show you that you can get help with winter fuel costs, Council Tax payments, TV Licence costs and you should also be able to get a free bus pass and even a free passport so that you can travel abroad.
Get your eyes tested for free
Our eyesight changes as we grow older and it is very important that you arrange regular eye tests so that the health of your eyes can be checked and any issues identified at an early stage.
An eye test can pick up diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma and it is also a very good way of identifying general health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. You can get a free eye test every two years if you are over 60 years of age. This increases to a free test every 12 months once you have celebrated your 70th birthday.
It is believed that nearly 2 million people over the age of 60 have not taken up this offer in the UK during the last two years, so make sure you are not one of them, as it is free and it can help flag up any treatment you need to keep your eyes in good health.
Laser eye surgery
A number of older people probably think that they will not be eligible for laser eye treatment on the NHS and continue wearing glasses, when they might benefit and enjoy a solution to certain vision problems without having to pay themselves.
As you will see from the table of typical costs shown here, laser eye surgery does involve a financial outlay if you are not eligible under NHS rules, but it is well worth investigating as laser eye surgery can be very effective in dealing with refractive errors such as short-sightedness, long-sightedness and astigmatism.
Laser surgery is available on the NHS for conditions that could lead to loss of vision if treatment is not implements but it may only be available if the NHS body in your area decides that it is clinically effective for you and represents value for money for the NHS compared to other options.
Provided you make a concerted effort to claim for all of the benefits that are available to you in your retirement, you might be able to make enough savings so that you can then decide on the best course of treatment such as laser eye surgery and then be able to pay for it yourself anyway.
Carl Robinson is an eyewear technician of several years. Whenever he has some free time, he likes to sit down and share his insights on the web. You can read his articles on a number of websites and blogs today.
I recently lost my mother to cancer/heart disease, we had to clean out her trailer. She was on a lot of medication due to all of her heart problems and pain from cancer. I had a bag of medicine that I wasn’t sure what to do with.
Here are some questions and tips about medicine
Know your medicine
It is so important to take your prescriptions as it says on the label. When you fill your prescription it comes with a pamphlet/paperwork to tell you any side effects. Make sure you read them, some prescriptions you are not suppose to drive when you take and there are tons of other side effects. Here is an example of a drug called Xarelto that is prescribed as a blood thinner to patients to prevent the risk of stroke. It has been linked to having a horrible side effect of internal bleeding! You can read more about the side effects of Xarelto here.
Secure your medications
I store the medicine up so the kids can’t reach it. I can easily look in each bin to see how much is in each bottle and what I have left for medicine. When I am on a prescription I just keep it in the kitchen on the counter so I will remember to take it everyday.
Dispose your medications
I wasn’t sure how to dispose of all of my Mom’s medicine so I did a Google search and found that my local grocery store pharmacy disposes of expired/unused medication. I also called them and they said they can take most medicines except pain pills which my Mom did have. The pharmacist told me I need to crush them up and put it with kitty litter then dispose of it.
Here is an article about proper disposal of medication. You can also do a Google search for medication disposal and then your state and it will tell where you can locally dispose of it. My local police station also has a bin that you can put expired/unused medication in and they dispose of it.
There are dangers to taking expired medicine. Here is an article that explains a little bit more. You also can check to see if any of your medication has recalled at the link above.
I went through all of my medicine and disposed of the expired medicine. Then I reorganized it all and put them in bins then labeled the bins.
So now are you going to take the challenge and clean out your medicine cabinet? Make sure you dispose of all the expired medication correctly.
I hate clutter it stresses me out and puts me in a bad mood. I feel like I am constantly organizing and decluttering my house. So I am going to do something about it. I am going to be participating in the 40 bags in 40 days 2015 Declutter Challenge.
40 bags in 40 days is a forty day period in the spring (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where you declutter one area a day.
The goal is one bag a day but you can have more or less. The 2015 challenge officially goes from Wednesday, February 18th to Saturday, April 4th. Sundays are your day off.
You can read a lot more details here.
She has a printable that will help you plan out the areas you are going to declutter. There is also a facebook group you can join for support and inspiration.
I am so excited to join this challenge. I can’t wait for my house to look more decluttered. It will put me in a good mood and my house will look so much better.
Join me and participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days 2015 Declutter Challenge. I will be posting some pictures as I go along.
Just because gas prices are plummeting doesn’t mean you shouldn’t optimize your purchase. There are many ways to save on gas beyond those gas-saving apps that help you pinpoint the cheapest filling station around. Plus, also remember that with many things you get what you pay for: There’s a collection of filling stations (including the “biggies” like Chevron, Shell, 76, etc.) that are committed to providing better, more refined fuel which is why they cost more. This is a must for those with collector cars, luxury cars, and others who want to protect the integrity of their investment.
However, where you can really save on gas comes well after you’ve paid for it. Already, 2015 has started off with the cheapest gas prices in recent history, so keep that ball rolling. Once you’ve filled up, follow these tips to make your gas last as long as possible. As an added bonus, many of these tips will also help make you a better driver:
1. Let bigger cars do the tough work
It’s kind of like how a flock of birds take turn tackling the head wind: Your car doesn’t have to work as hard if there’s another, bigger vehicle taking the headwind. Drive behind larger vehicles, allowing one car space of room per 10 mph, and your gas will last longer. However, if you don’t provide enough buffer room, you’re signing up for tailgating tickets, rock chips, and wearing out your brakes. To make this tip work, you need the perfect amount of buffering.
2. Give your brakes a break
The more often you use your breaks, and the heavier your foot, the more gas you’ll waste. Lightly tapping the brakes to slow down is preferable to having a lead brake foot. Know the signs of worn out brakes, and make sure they’re checked at least once a year, but also do your part to preserve them. For those with a stick shift, coast in neutral instead of braking and shifting to optimize your fuel usage.
3. Follow the speed limit
This might not be a “crazy” tip, but most people regularly speed thinking it’s doing them a favor (by getting them to a destination earlier). However, speed limits are there for a reason and it’s not all about safety. The maximum speed is posted because that’s what you can drive without having to constantly slam on the brakes or take wild turns. Follow the speed limit and you’ll save on gas.
4. Consolidate your trips
Many people with a car take full advantage of this luxury. However, obviously the less you drive the more gas you’ll save. Spend a month tracking your driving (perhaps with an app) and see just how much time you actually waste behind the wheel and in traffic. Everyone wants more time and more money, and you can get both if you consolidate your trips. If you really want to save, challenge yourself to taking public transportation or walking once per week.
5. Get your ride maintained
Your car can only do so much when it comes to working at optimal condition. A car should get a maintenance check annually or bi-annually. If you skip one, you may end up paying much more in repairs, gas, and replacements down the road. Do your homework and find a reputable mechanic who has the same goal as you: To make sure your ride is functioning the best it can be.
It’s easy to not optimize your gas during a time when bottom barrel prices are rampant. However, if you really want to save, combine low gas prices with gas saving moves.
It has been a while since I have shared my weekly menu. So here it is for this week
Monday-Zuppa Toscana & bread
Tuesday-Homemade Mac & Cheese
Wednesday -breakfast night(usually we make pancakes & sausage)
Thursday-Chicken and Twice Baked Potatoes
Friday-Confetti Spaghetti/Green beans
Saturday-husband’s turn to cook which usually means takeout
I usually make one dessert each week. This week I am making Strawberry Cream Bars
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