7 Tips for a Fall Cozy Home


7 Tips for a Fall Cozy Home

The weather is changing and it’s the perfect time to begin transitioning our spaces at home to warmer and more cozy environments. There is nothing better than coming home from a “frightful” day outside to an inviting and warm space inside.

Here are some easy ideas to turn your home into a cozy refuge.

Throws and Cozy Blankets

The mornings are nippy at our house and we have blankets for almost every person, scattered around. Thick, soft, and easy to throw in the washing machine are a must! I especially love these large size Sherpa Throw Blankets. I will be adding a few of these in our home and bringing some to the beach too!

Carve Out a Reading Nook

Who wouldn’t love a nice spot to lose themselves in a book? Why not create a space just for that? Make sure to have a throw nearby and a cozy chair or a comfy sitting spot with room for setting a warm mug of tea. If it’s near a fireplace, even better – and with a door you can close!

Bring in the Lights

With shorter days it is extremely important to provide some soft light to bring life to your rooms. Add a few table lamps in places you may not have needed them in the summer months – or a floor lamp near a chair or sofa. If your entry way is dark, be sure to add inviting light there. I love these beautiful lights that plug directly in the outlet and provide wonderful warm lighting.

Slippers for All

There is nothing that says “welcome home” like removing your big bulky shoes you’ve worn all day and swapping them out for something more comfortable and definitely more cozy. With this simple step, you also avoid getting all the dirt and toxic chemicals from the outside inside. Have a basket near the door with slippers for the whole family or cozy socks. These cozy slipper socks are great for different family members, as well as guests who come over.

Bring the Outside In

Now is the time to find wonderful treasures from the outdoors and bring some life to your indoor space. Take a vase and arrange branches full of colored leaves, as well as pine cones, acorns, and gourds around the base. It is a simple way to bring fall indoors.

Soups and Stews

A stewing pot or slow cooker (my favorite slow cooker) will infuse your home with delicious aromas and warmth – so amazing to come home to! I have several favorite recipes and one in particular is on my stove today awaiting the arrival of our small group to enjoy tonight. The recipe is over on my sweet friend, Edie’s, blog Life In Grace – Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Barley and Chicken. (Warning – it is FAB-U-LOUS!)  

Sweaters and Cozy Wraps

This is the time to bring out the sweaters and cozy cardigan wraps. I love pairing them with leggings for around the house or dressing them up with jeans/dress leggings and boots. There is nothing better than being able to layer clothing to stay warm and cozy. I have just added to my Stitch Fix notes for my stylist to include a few new sweaters – they always have such great styles and textures I would normally not choose for myself.

Add Soft Light

I used to love candles in my home, and especially scented ones to celebrate fall, but times have changed. I have learned many of the candles and the scents in them could actually be making me feel worse. I have switched to battery operated candles with no lit wick burning and I have my wonderful Young Living Home Diffuser going with whatever scent fills my fancy. Not only does my house smell great, but we are getting benefits from the essential oils being dispersed through the air.

Birthday Party Etiquette Tips


Birthday Party Etiquette Tips

Kids’ birthday parties are lots of fun, but planning them can be somewhat stressful. There are decorations and favors to buy, refreshments to choose, and games to plan. For the guests, there are arrangements to make and gifts to buy.

Also, there are lots of etiquette issues to consider on both sides. Here are some birthday party etiquette tips to help you get through it all.

When Your Child is the Host

  • If you can invite some, but not all, of the children in your child’s class at school, mail the invitations or deliver them to their homes if possible. Doing so will save hurt feelings. If that is not possible, have your child give them to friends as discretely as possible, and tell your child to try to avoid talking with friends about the party at school.
  • Be as specific as possible on the invitations. If you want the parents to drop the child off, put the child’s name on the invitation. If a parent or sibling is welcome to come as well, add the words “and parent” or “and guest.”
  • If guests do not RSVP, feel free to call and ask politely if they are coming. It is their responsibility to let you know, but some people just don’t. Calling to find out one way or the other will make planning much easier.
  • Talk to your child before the party about their responsibilities as the host. Reinforce good manners and encourage your child to make sure that all of the guests are having a good time. If your child forgets to thank guests for their gifts, a gentle reminder should suffice.
  • Have extra food and favors on hand. An unexpected parent or sibling may show up, even if you were extremely clear about who was invited on the invitations. The best thing you can do is be prepared for this.
  • When the party is over, have your child write thank you notes. If your child is too young to write, he/she can help you by telling you which guest brought which gift or signing the cards. The idea is to show that it’s the right thing to do, even if your child is not capable of doing it all on his/her own yet.

When Your Child Is a Guest

  • Read the party invitation carefully to see whether the parents should stay or the child should be dropped off and whether the child is invited to bring a guest. If it is unclear, don’t be afraid to call the parents and ask.
  • Get your child to the party on time. If you’re dropping your child off, be back to pick them up on time too.
  • Refresh your child’s memory on the subject of good manners. Even the best mannered child in the world has a lapse every now and then. It doesn’t hurt to remind your child of the finer points.

There you go! Here’s to a great party season!

10 Blessings for Your Home FREE Printable


10 Blessings for Your Home FREE Printable

Do you need a little inspiration?

Some direction in how to pray blessings over your home?

Here’s a simple printable I created to help you keep focused in your prayers and stay determined in your role as a mom. Motherhood and homemaking are tough – some days are easy, some days are extremely difficult. I get it. I’ve been there.

I hope you find this little bit of encouragement a bright spot in your day. Print it out, place it in a location you can see it, and spend 30 seconds praying one of these blessings for your home throughout the day.

Click here to download the PDF.

10 Blessings for Your Home FREE Printable

It’s Time to Get Ready for Back to School


Get Ready for Back to School with The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide

It’s that time of year (whether you want to believe it or not) – time to consider Back to School season!

Don’t sweat it – I’ve got you covered.

I am thrilled to share with you that the updated version of The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide is ready! I’ve been working to get all of the PDF printable forms converted to fillable PDFs that you can edit directly from your computer. If you don’t have a copy, you will want to check it out! (If you’ve purchased this in the past, you will be getting an updated file in your email, as long as you are still on my newsletter list).

The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide provides proven tips, tools, and step-by-step instructions to help you and your child(ren) be as prepared as possible – and create a more organized home in the process. I certainly do not know it all, but I do have a few years under my belt for getting kids ready for school – 19 years to be exact!

So let me tell you what this eBook has that you need.

The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide (created by someone who’s been there) has real, usable tools that will make the transition from summer to school easier.

A downloadable PDF, The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide is available to download immediately after your purchase so you can begin preparing right away.

The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival GuideAnd now The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide has fill-in forms! If you’ve used this guide before, I’ve made a very important upgrade that will make your life easier! All the worksheets, planners, and agendas are now fill-in PDF forms. No more handwriting everything if that’s not your style – just type in the boxes, save, and print!

Your purchase includes:

  •       The Confident Mom Back 2 School Survival Guide eBook
  •       Student Planner
  •       Master Family Planner
  •       Routine Checklists
  •       School Information Sheet
  •       Schedule Adjustment Worksheet
  •       Countdown Maze
  •       My Favorites Lunch Planning Worksheet
  •       Grocery Planner
  •       Family Fun Worksheet
  •       Family Meeting Agenda
  •       School Goals Worksheet
  •       Classmate Contact Sheet
  •       Important Dates At-A-Glance Sheet
  •       Lunchbox Notes, Jokes, and Quotes
  •       Note to Teacher Form

If you are ready to get organized, head over to this page and scroll to the bottom to get your copy now. You’ll be able to immediately download everything listed above after your purchase.

My Easy Window Washing Secret Revealed


I really hate window washing – and truly hate climbing a ladder to wash high outdoor windows.  So when my hubby and I came up with a solution to washing our high windows that get layered with salt spray that actually worked fabulously, I knew I had to share.  It is my easy window washing secret!

We own a little vacation home on the Washington coast, which will sometime in the future be a full time home for us, when we escape city life and settle down for life in the small beach  community, called Seabrook.  I shared a bit of our story on how we saved our pennies for years to get the funds for this dream of mine in my ebook, Become a Frugali$ta.  It was a true sacrifice and took planning and a blessing from the Lord as well.

Until we move to this spot full time, we rent our home – so we take pride in keeping it in tip top shape, which includes having windows that sparkle so you can see the ocean view.  (About a year ago, The House Of Turquoise shared our home on her blog, it was a fabulous coincidence – so jump over and take a peak inside!)

Okay, back to washing windows!!!

We have developed a system for our outside high and low windows which makes washing them very simple and frugal.  We use Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner, which is a concentrated cleaner, so we can mix up just the right solution we need to get the scum off our windows.  We also use this cleaner for all other household cleaning, like tubs, showers, toilets, floors, counters, inside widows, dusting, ovens and more.  We do not buy any other cleaner now.

Why do I love Thieves?

It has incredible cleansing power and an even safer, more sustainable formulation. It contains ingredients from renewable plant and mineral sources, vegetable-based surfactants, and Thieves and lemon essential oils for extra cleaning power.  It is an all-in-one solution for all surfaces.  No toxins, no chemicals and no risk!

I love this simple chart explaining the cost savings of it versus other cleaners that Niki Faris created.

Yep, it is a cost saver, plus it is safe for our entire family – even our pets.  (By the way, I really love it for pet stains too – it is amazing in the carpet cleaner!)  And even though this video is for washing outside windows, it is just as easy to use indoors and I either use a rag and wipe clean or use the squeegee that comes in the kit I share about below.

Here is a short video showing how we use this tool, the Ettore 17050 All Purpose Window Cleaning Combo Kit and the cleaner to wash our windows at our beach home.  It is easy, quick and effective.

To view the video, you will want to click thru to the blog post.  There is a bit of wind noise, as it is always breezy at the beach, but you will hear me explaining the process.

Isn’t that fabulously easy?

For those who want to know where to grab some Thieves Household Cleaner,  you can get it as a retail customer with Young Living or at a savings of 24% with your wholesale membership.

Young Living offers a Premium Starter kit with Thieves, so if you are not ready to jump into an oily starter kit, you surely can check out the Thieves Starter Kit!  It is filled with foaming hand soap, thieves spray, hand purifier, toothpaste, mouthwash, Thieves essential oil, a bottle of Stress Away and some sample sachets and sample vials so you can share!

I am offering a fabulous way to get started from today until the last day of July – you can also great some extra bonuses when you purchase ANY of the Premium Starter kit, you can view them all HERE.

Also, if you decide to add to your Starter Kit order, you could earn a FREE bottle of Thieves cleaner too – with the special promos that Young Living offers it’s members!!!  Ask me more on that if you are interested to get the biggest bang for your buck, you’ll need a 250 PV order and you will also receive a FREE 5 ML bottle of Ravintsara essential oil too!