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10 Basic Skills Everyone Needs To Create a Home & Life They LOVE!!

Making a home is harder than it looks.

It’s not any one thing — come on mommas, stepmoms, you know what I mean!! The left out dirty dishes that you swore to yourself you would wash before you went to bed, but then your toddler has a semi mental breakdown that left you curled up in the toddler bed beside them, and you both eventually just pass out. Most likely from the pure exhaustion. Maybe its the laundry that you have already RE-washed because you got so busy and forgot to move them into the dryer. No its not any of those things in particular. 

It’s ALL of it!!

It’s the exhausting and never ending effect of juggling the many different roles and responsibilities and
circumstances we face each and every day and trying desperately to give each of them the best version of ourselves. We still try everyday even though most days they probably see the one of the worse sides of us.


We want to lead beautiful, joyful, meaningful lives. We want our homes to feel organized, functional and inviting. We want to raise our families lovingly and intentionally. We want to invest in ourselves and continually grow as people. We want so much for our lives, families, and homes!! 

All of these things are good. But that doesn’t make them easyFar from it actually.

The reality is, we can all use a little help along the way, from women who have strengths in
areas where we struggle, or who are a little further down the road than we are.

This doesn’t make us weak, doesn’t make us unfit as mothers and caregivers, no, not at all!

It makes us human!

 

But WHAT IF…

 

>>What if you could learn organizing and decluttering methods to keep your household running smoothly all of the time?

>>>What if you could find strategies for balancing all the roles you need to fill – without going crazy and without compromising what’s most important to you?

>>>What if you had meal planning help, and could serve your family quick & healthy meals with ease?

>>>What if you found ideas to improve your relationships – your faith, your marriage, and your parenting?

>>>And what if you could find the support you need to create an intentional home and life – one that falls in line with your values and dreams?

Well, you can!!! 🙂

Actually, I am going to give you access to just that! Right now, I am going to give you access to something can answer all of the “What Ifs” from above!

I am going to give you the key to unlocking your dreams and goals for yourself and family, your life, and your home!

I’m so excited to tell you about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle , which is a digital library that is maxed out with the very best and expert resources and tools to help you in all these areas, plus some!

It includes products like eBooks, online courses, printables and planners, audio files, membership sites and more, crammed into one unbelievable collection, for a ridiculously low price.

Ultimate Bundles creates a lot of different bundles, but this particular one has been running for 6 years (with brand new products each year!), it’s their most popular bundle EVER and over 100,000 women have picked up their own copies since 2013.

I love working with this family-run company because they care so much about the value and quality of each bundle and their customer service is amazing. They only give you access to the best of the best content and tools! You can trust if your buying from this company your getting legit pieces that have helped tons of people already!

You have chosen to have your “what if’s” answered at the best time ever!! The years bundles before have been good, don’t get me wrong, but this year is hard to explain how amazing it truly is!

Since I am an affiliate for this bundle, I was able to order my bundle earlier than the public. I am telling you, its been tough to keep this one a secret!

This year’s edition is the biggest and most valuable yet!

It includes 62 ebooks, 30 videos, audios, & eCourses, 34 printables & workbooks, 2 videos, and 3 membership sites.

So, I know what your thinking. This amazing course, expert content and tools, affordable, whats the catch?? Face it were moms, we know that most things that sound to good to be true, usually are just that…

Well your right. There is a catch, but only one catch: The catch is this bundle is available for just six days only.

The fact that this is only available for 6 days is how the creators of Ultimate Bundles convinced all these amazing bloggers and product creators to include their products for so cheap!

So what IS the cost, that is the question we are ALL dying to know, right??

Well, let me tell you a little more of whats included first, you know, to keep you hanging! 🙂

For way less than the cost of an “oops” Target shopping trip, you’ll get a complete library to help you:

  • Achieve better balance and manage your schedule more efficiently
  • Declutter your home (and actually keep it that way!)
  • Create 100 frugal recipes with a pantry of just 26 ingredients
  • Conquer screen-time battles, and help kids learn coping strategies for stress, anxiety
    & anger
  • Print out gorgeous planners so you can stay organized in style
  • Rekindle the romance with a plan for everyday passion in your marriage
  • Refresh your wardrobe with 64 days of mix-and-match outfit ideas for every season of the year
  • and so much more!

Plus, it comes with over $165.00 worth of bonus offers from companies you’ll love (this is one of my favorite parts).

Besides being packed with so much great stuff, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price .

By offering it for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over 129 digital products worth $3,680 — for just…. drum-roll please…

>>>>$29.97 ! (Nope, I’m not kidding. Can you believe it?)<<<<

So how does all this work?

  1. Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click theGet my copy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.

  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.

  3. Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start your stress-less homemaking journey!

I told you it was quick & super easy- just the way I would love for the actual homemaking journey to be!

 

 

The most important detail, though, is this bundle is available for just six days! I know how most woman(including myself) are about buying things for ourselves. We ponder and ponder until its too late to buy whatever it is, or the need has passed.

But think about this. The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is NOT just for you! The strategies and tools, content, courses, and memberships you will have will not just help you, it will help your entire family and life!

This is a benefit for every member of your household!! Plus I am almost positive(of your household is anything like mine) this bundle cost less than 1 item the kids are “dying to have and won’t live without it”.

Am I right?

So if you just can’t find it in you to buy this for you, buy it for the investment and benefits your family and household will gain from you having access to these resources!

After Monday night, April 16th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually and in case you forgot that would cost you just under $4 GRAND and that does NOT include the bonus offers!

I’d hate for you to miss out, so click HERE  to learn more or buy the bundle.

The creators for Ultimate Bundles are so confident in the resources they offer that they even back it up by a 100% happiness guarantee , so you can make sure it’s right for you!

 Think about it there is absolutely NO risk in purchasing this bundle and see for yourself that Creating a home and life you love is NOT out of reach!!

  Learn more or get your bundle HERE !!

I promise this is one purchase towards yourself that you nor your family will EVER regret!!

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, April 16th, so don’t wait!)

Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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Making Your New Blended House a Home That Every One Feels Comfortable In, While Staying on a Budget!

How to Make Your New Blended House a Home

That Everyone Feels Comfortable Living In While Staying on a Budget!

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When I first started dating my husband, I never imagined I would ever move into the house he lived in. You must be wondering, why?

Well, because that was the house that he lived in with his ex-wife, my step child’s Bio mom. I HATED that house and to be honest even HATE was not a strong enough word. All of her possessions were gone, but the presence lingered on.

I was straightforward with him about my feelings for moving in and he gave me a QUICK reality check!! I was being extremely immature about the entire situation and I can see that now, but then I couldn’t even begin too.

He explained that as newlyweds, which we would be when we moved in with one another, newlyweds both having a Bio child of our own and very dramatic ex’s, minimum wage jobs and so on, we would NEVER last if we were to go out and purchase or even rent another home at that point in time of our lives.

Inside I knew the truth, but I couldn’t face reality! Why? It made me feel insecure, it made me feel jealous, it made me feel vulnerable and that scared the daylights out of me!

With this house being paid off and the taxes not very much, we could actually be able to SAVE for the dreams we had for our future! My husband’s divorce and custody case cost him nearly all his savings, and I only worked a part-time job at that point. So I didn’t like it in the least bit, but I LOVED my husband and I couldn’t let this tear us apart, so reluctantly I moved in.

He was very patient with my feelings and told me to move stuff and re-decorate, throw out, replace, paint, etc whatever I had to do to make this OUR home! He said it’s your personal masterpiece!

I felt excited but for some reason, I was so subconsciously against doing anything to the house at ALL. I still despised it! I would tinker with things here and there but nothing I did felt right with the redecorating. That is until I became pregnant with my husbands and myself’s child together. Call it nesting or whatever you’d like but I saw it as my breakthrough. 

I finally could channel an want, a desire, to change the house we now call home, and once I started, I didn’t stop!

Turning our new blended families house into our home.

Since my two girls would share a room, I opted in (more than eagerly) to swap mine and my husband’s room to the smaller room and the shared girl’s room would relocate to the bigger room so they could each have their own space. My stepson’s room was perfect for him and he loved it thankfully. We took a wall down in the small room and made the room a tad bigger, ripped up the carpet and put down hardwood floors.

I spent HOURS sanding the hardwood and staining the wood walls to the perfect color how we had agreed on. Then, I continued on to paint the kid’s rooms. To save money on printing cost, I went searching in my husband’s gigantic barn.

Here were my findings: TONS of white paint, a very bright red, a super dark blue, a very small container of dull yellow and a mint green.

I knew I could come up with something for a (then) 5-year-old girl, newborn girl,  and 4-year-old boy’s rooms. So I began experimented. I  started in my daughter’s room since it’s the biggest, I painted all 4 walls white.  Then, I took the bright red and white and made a very pretty pale pink color.

I painted the two oppositely facing walls with the pink and let it dry. Then, I mixed the red with the white again but not as much this time and it came out a brighter pink, so for the second layer, I used the brighter color. For the remaining two walls, I took the mint green and yellow mixed and made a pastel green that my daughter LOVED. It turned out so pretty and girly.

Moving on to the boy room, remember the dark blue I found? I mixed it with white and did an sponge type painting effect, in the end, you could see the white that was under the blue but barely, and it looked awesome put all together. So Painting which dramatically changed the look of the rooms and the cost being a whopping $0 bucks!

How to make your new blended families house a home.

After the bedrooms were painted, we took down the bar that never got used and that separated the kitchen and dining room which COMPLETELY opened the entire house up!

Next up was the accent pieces: curtains, pillows, hanging pictures, accent rugs, shelves etc.

I had no particular plan or order to this madness, I just knew I was in a groove. I found this awesome triangle shelf at a thrift store for $2, bought some blue/turquoise spray paint and started painting away. I had several small wooden shelves as well and I painted that turquoise too.

Now, since my husband and I, had swapped to the small bedroom we didn’t have a big closet and worse it had no door. I had tons of curtains but none that I liked, so I came across a turquoise pattern shower curtain, the fabric kind.  I hung a curtain rod over my 3 “closet opening” and windows.

To make the shower curtain fit lengthwise, I had to cut it and then for it to hang on the curtain rod, I took the top and folded it over about 1 1/2 in and hot glued it into place, leaving just enough room for the curtain rod to slide in and hang in place.

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I found a soft almost silky feeling turquoise piece of fabric among my craft supplies so I decided to make this my next curtain. It was very plain though. So I whipped my hot glue gun back out, took some extra fabric from the shower curtain one, and glued fabric into flower shapes about midway. It looks so pretty!

I hung the triangle turquoise shelf I painted earlier behind my kitchen sink but higher, and used a small picture frame and placed a gold piece of scrapbook paper that had the saying ” Do What You Love” printed on it, into the frame.  Added some “fake” and pretty flowers, and a picture my dad hand painted. It’s very inspiring to look at while cleaning the unpleasant dishes.

I hung the other small shelves around in various places around our home, mostly adding pictures to them. Below my kitchen sink eventually will hold the custom cabinets my husband is making us, but for now, I hung the remainder of the turquoise pattern fabric and painted the top two drawers turquoise and it all blends beautifully.

I’ve made several other small changes here and there. I absolutely LOVE flowers and boutiques, and I have added them everywhere I can, even framed pictures of flowers. The kids and I made several different DIY decor items mostly painting and fixing up older items, framing fabric patterns and various pictures/ quotes, we even set up a mini family board “center” with a calendar that hangs above my desk, 3 cubby’s (one for each kid) that has a small chalkboard square patch on the front of each cubby.

On the desk there are containers with pencils and erasers, paper for the kids homework, an old school pencil sharpener hanging on the wall beside the desk, in the side drawer I have stocked it up with rewards stickers, good job certificates, stapler/stables, and other odd and end craft/school items.

We (my husband and I) found two schoolhouse desks the kind we actually used in middle school. One has an orange seat and one has a blue seat and wooden table tops. They use these for homework, and they work perfectly because the bottom has a rack where they can store their papers projects, crafts and all from the day.

In my daughter’s room, I hung up floating shelves added small hanging containers which I filled with her nail polishes, placed a necklace hanger and hung all of her jewelry up and set up my old makeup mirror on the lowest shelf for her to have her own little makeup studio.

In my sons I painted a wooden stand up shelf that has two shelves separating it, on top I placed an unused aquarium and placed semi big rocks around it, keep in mind it has trees painted onto the glass, after placing all the rocks just right,  I added his dinosaur collection into the aquarium, some facing each other, some standing side by side and some fighting.

Experiencing our house finally being a home for our blended family that we all love!

Needless to say, the kids were ecstatic about their new “cool” rooms as they call them, I was proud and so happy to have a home with my blended family, and my husband was so relieved that our new blended house had finally been made into a home! A home we all loved, we all felt comfortable in, and a home we could all grow together and spend our futures together happily.

I think the best part of it all was redecorating to this extreme (our house literally looks like a different place) for practically NOTHING!! Almost everything I utilized for the home makeover was refurbished, repurposed, or found super cheap at yard sales or thrift stores.

If I would have relied on going out and buying all brand new items, I would of put our new blended family in debt, which ultimately would have caused us to have some type of turmoil in one way or another, and we didn’t need ANY of that! Plus, honestly, I don’t think I would be as happy with all new stuff as I am with the new look and feel of our home using the items we did!

Have you ever tried any of the techniques I mentioned? Maybe you have used different DIY tricks or have other ways to save money on a house makeover, please feel free to share them below! I would love to hear them!

 

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