Make Over Your Evenings Course Launch – Great Price!

Are you overwhelmed when you wake up in the morning by everything you need to do? Do you work all day long, yet often get to the end of the day feeling exhausted and discouraged? Do you wish you had more energy and focus throughout the day? If this describes you, please know – you’re not alone!

Help is on the way!

Make Over Your Evenings is a brand-new 14 day course that provides a step by step system to help you to stop feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and out of energy!

Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com has created a brand-new 14 day course that provides a step by step system to help you to stop feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and out of energy!  Her Make Over Your Evenings course is a simple, effective 14-day course designed to help you stop sleep-walking through life and start making the most of your days…and your nights!

In just 15 minutes a day over two weeks you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a Realistic Evening Routine that works — and that sets you up for amazing success!
  • Design a Prioritized To Do List for each day — one that you’re actually excited to wake up and tackle!
  • Create a Best Stuff List of the most important activities and commitments you should be invested your time, life, and energy into right now.
  • Eliminate calendar conflicts once and for all — and how to do so without guilt or frustration.
  • Nourish your body, nurture your soul, and no longer put your health on the back burner — even in the middle of a busy and full life.
  • Assemble a wardrobe of simple outfits you love and that make you feel great — so you can finally, as Dear Abby Leigh says, “Dress for the day you want to have, instead of the one that’s trying to have you”!
  • Develop a contagious, positive attitude — so you can experience and express more joy in your everyday life.
  • And more…

This course launches tomorrow, April 21, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. The regular price will be just $17, but you can get an even greater deal by purchasing early. And the earlier the better! Some of these prices are the lowest that will ever be offered for this course.

The Crazy-Can’t-Miss-Low-Low-Low Launch Sale Prices:

  • 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET on April 21st – just $5!!! (This is worth getting up early for!)
  • 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. – just $7!
  • 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – only $10!
  • 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. – only $13!

Remember, a successful day begins the night before! Head on over to MakeOverYourEvenings.com to learn more and get in on the rock-bottom price for this fabulous course!

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Spring Cleaning List

This Spring Cleaning List will help you cover the cleaning tasks that need to be done in each room of your house.

Spring is here, and it’s a great time to open your windows and do some spring cleaning! Remember to get your kids involved. You might be surprised by how much they enjoy it. This Spring Cleaning List will help you cover the cleaning tasks that need to be done in each room of your house.

You don’t need to buy expensive, chemical based cleaners to do a great job of cleaning. Try using vinegar or baking soda. And since it’s always nice to find an easier way to clean, here are some tips:

Click the image to download and print the Spring Cleaning List

This Spring Cleaning List will help you cover the cleaning tasks that need to be done in each room of your house.

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Find a Cleaning Schedule That Works for You

Having shared some of the messy spots in my house last month, it probably won’t come as a shock when I admit that I have struggled with cleaning my home for my entire adult life.  One of my biggest stumbling blocks, which may also plague you, was that I just couldn’t find the right system for keeping my house clean.

If you struggle with keeping your house clean it could be that you need to try a different cleaning schedule. There isn't a one size fits all approach to cleaning, so here are some ideas so you can figure out what works best for you.

I think, however, I have finally figured out this house cleaning stuff, and I’ll share some tips with those of you that also struggle with keeping your home clean.

My Most Important Discovery

I have tried many systems (too many!) for housekeeping.  From ones that made me put on shoes in the morning to ones with lots of check boxes, from special apps for my iPhone to free downloads from sites — you name it, I may have tried it.  Each would go fine for a while, and then I’d fall off the wagon.  I couldn’t understand why I was always failing.

Then, I finally figured out that I couldn’t use a schedule that somebody else has written. I needed to take the time to write out my schedule, with a mind toward tasks that were applicable to our household, as well as to the general schedule of our days.

This is not to say that you can’t get inspiration from the schedules of others, but you will probably be best off to create your own after you’ve gathered the inspiration.  I have set up a Cleaning Schedules board on Pinterest, which I will keep adding to, that you can browse for inspiration.

Establish a Schedule (or Routine)

House cleaning is best kept up with when you are following some type of routine or schedule.  It’s not be chance that homemakers used to have tasks assigned to certain days, such as washing day.  In general, we tend to work best with routines.  If you can get into the habit of each Monday being the day you clean the bathrooms, then you will have more of a tendency to keep those bathrooms clean.

When I was recently trying to come up with a cleaning routine, this is what worked for me:

1. Write out a complete list of household tasks that must be done each week. Don’t get caught up in things that need to be done less often at this point.

2. Write down obligations that you typically have throughout the week that are reoccurring.

3. Assign your household tasks to specific days, taking care to put more time consuming items on days when you have less reoccurring obligations.  For instance, in our household, we have our homeschool co-op and ballet lessons on the same day.  This is a day, then, when I purposefully have assigned myself fewer household tasks.

Keep in mind: Some tasks may have to happen every single day or multiple times in a week.  On my schedule, I have loading/unloading the dishwasher listed each day.

Find a Way to Display Your Schedule

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that if you struggle with housekeeping, you’re also the kind of person who benefits from visual aids.  So, your next step is going to be to find a way to display your weekly schedule.

Examples of Ways to Display Your Schedule:

1. Laminate papers with your schedule on them so you will be able to cross items off with a dry erase marker.  (I used my personal laminator for this, that way if I make changes later, it will be easy to just laminate a new page.)  I have a separate sheet for each day of the week, because I also have school and work tasks on each page.

2. Frame your schedule and use a dry erase marker right on the glass.

3. Create your own printable daily or weekly schedule, and just print a new one up each day/week.

4. Write out tasks on index cards and set out the appropriate index card(s) prior to going to bed the night before.

Follow Your Schedule

Now that you have a schedule, it’s time to start following it!  Be gentle with yourself, and allow yourself some time to ease into it, especially if you haven’t been regularly following a cleaning schedule.

Remember, also, that this is your schedule.  Do you know what that means?  Amongst other things, it means that you don’t have to be beholden to it.  You are its creator.  If something isn’t working, just know that you can change the schedule instead of abandoning it.

What are things that you do to help you with your cleaning routine?  Which tasks are typically included in your routine?

Angie, a contributing writer at The Happy Housewife, is a homeschooling mom to three children and writes about everything that happens in their lives between all the loads of laundry at Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of The Homeschool Classroom, Catholic Mothers Online, Tiny Owl Designs, and Just a Tiny Owl {Etsy shop}.

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5 Simple Ways to Wake Up Earlier

I never thought of myself as a morning person, although I found out that when I did wake up earlier I got more done, had more energy and stuck to a routine. Getting up earlier allowed me to fit in time to exercise, which then gave me more energy and I felt better. It didn't happen overnight- it took me a while to get in a routine of waking up earlier and here is how I did it.

I’m writing this article for everyone who struggles waking up early. I know not everyone wants or needs to be an early riser. There were many years when my husband worked shifts that I stayed up later because he worked late.

But there are many of you who want to wake up early but struggle, I struggle too.

I don’t consider myself a morning person or an evening person. My best hours are from 9 am to 2 pm.  I am also not one who feels energized when I wake up super early.

To be honest, I feel tired.

But, when I wake up early I am able to accomplish much more in the morning hours than I am ever able to accomplish by staying up until midnight or one in the morning. So even though I am tired later in the day, I’ve already had my most productive hours in the morning, so I don’t have to be “on” at 8pm.

Since I have struggled in this area I figured I would share some of things that have helped me make the change to become an earlier riser. And if we are being honest, when I say early I mean 6 am. I will never be a 4 am person, I have teenagers, and they seem to want to do all their talking after 10 pm.

Quit the Caffeine

I don’t drink it after 1pm, no matter what. If I do I can’t fall asleep even when my body is exhausted. My mind can’t relax enough to fall asleep.

Turn Off Technology

I’m guilty of surfing the web before I go to bed, especially now that I have an iPad. For many months I even read my bible on the computer in the evenings. I have found that computer, television, tablets, and video games do not help you fall asleep.

Not only do they keep you awake, it is easy to turn on the television to catch the end of a show and end up watching another hour or two because we get sucked in! If you need to do something before you fall asleep try reading a book.

Go to Bed Earlier

Sounds simple, but for some reason it is so hard. I often find myself looking at the clock and realizing it is almost midnight! Give yourself a bedtime and set a timer to remind yourself it is time for bed. If I want to fall asleep at 10:30 I try to go to bed at 10pm and give myself a little extra time for reading.

Reader tip: Set your alarm on your phone for an hour before you want to go to bed. That will remind you that you need to start getting ready for bed and winding down so your bedtime doesn’t sneak up on you.

It is hard to fall asleep earlier if you are waking up later. There will be a few days in the beginning where you have to force yourself to get up early even though you were up late. Pretty soon you will be tired enough to fall asleep at the earlier hour.

This year since we had a change in our school schedule, I need to get up before 6am. This was a huge adjustment since we were really enjoying our lazy days of summer. I eased into an earlier schedule by setting my alarm clock 15 minutes earlier every few days. Now I wake up before my alarm several days a week because my body is use to the new schedule.

Get Enough Sleep

You know how much sleep you need to be a productive person the next day, so make sure you get it! Some people only need 6 or 7 hours, and others need at least 8. Figure out how much sleep you need and create a sleeping schedule to accommodate your needs!

Get a Routine

This is the most important thing for me. I need about 7 hours of sleep, so I try to go to bed around 11pm and wake up between 6 and 6:30. It is important to go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day.

If you are just starting to change your routine I would recommend going to bed and waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until you reached your desired wake-up time. (see above)

Don’t Get Discouraged!

I recently started adjusting my schedule to wake up a little earlier, after two successful days my family was hit with the crud. I wasn’t going to bed until after midnight most nights and was up with sick kids numerous times throughout the night.

I turned off my alarm and got some extra sleep so I didn’t get the crud too! I was discouraged to be thrown off track so quickly, but I realized that the crud would soon pass and I could get back on schedule.

Don’t let little setbacks discourage you, just pick up where you left off and work on establishing a good routine.

I never thought of myself as a morning person, although I found out that when I did wake up earlier I got more done, had more energy and stuck to a routine. Getting up earlier allowed me to fit in time to exercise, which then gave me more energy and I felt better. It didn't happen overnight- it took me a while to get in a routine of waking up earlier and here is how I did it.

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