Sunday, September 28, 2014

Cozy It Up! and MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 108 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


We are slipping into fall slowly here.  We've had a day or two of rainy, fall-type weather, but then we've had some warm days of weather in the 70's to 80's.

But I know that once we hit it, we will do so with a vengeance and summer will be but a memory.


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I had a great time switching some of my home decor from spring/summer to fall.  I love to cozy things up a bit with wood, candles, baskets, an owl or a rooster, some fake pumpkins, a cozy throw, and warmer colors.

I told my hubby that I was surprised at how happy I was just to have a little change of decor!

Do you like to shake things up a bit with a change of seasonal accessories?

If you've never tried it, just pick up something small such as a candle or maybe a pot of mums or a pretty basket and put it on the table or where you can see it several times a day.

You may find that just a small change is just the thing you need to take your house into fall and perk YOU up too!  ;)

When the days start to get shorter and it gets dark much earlier, and the weather turns dreary as rain begins to fall, we want to make it as appealing indoors as we can.  In summer we lighten up but in summer we COZY up!

Image courtesy of Carlos Porto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So add a comfy throw and/or change up the couch pillows, light a candle, add some family pictures, flowers, books, magazines or whatever speaks "fall" and "comfort" to you and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Beauty Of Change & MYHSM Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 108 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


Image courtesy of mrpuen at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I managed to make it to a few yard sales on Saturday.  My son and daughter-in-law came with me and we drove around, got lost, and then found our way back home again (obviously or I wouldn't be here writing this post).

We got lost because we began with an area I was familiar with and then we went a bit further until suddenly we had no idea where we were.

I think that change is like that sometimes.

We step outside our comfort zone and implement a change, or we are forced into a change.

At first it can seem exciting because we're just a step away from what is familiar to us, and we're having fun looking around and the possibilities are endless.

Then suddenly we are lost.  We have wandered far from what is familiar, and it's scary and it's different and it's waaaaaay outside our comfort zone.

That's why they call it CHANGE.

We have two choices.  We can panic and frantically try to find our way back to what is familiar......

OR

..........we can embrace the change.

We can look for new roads and new vistas.  We can celebrate the newness and the possibilities of the new path we're on, and look around and try to find the beauty in it.

Sometimes the beauty is in the lessons we've learned, the grace we give or receive, the patience we develop, the people we meet along the way, the strength of character we discover within ourselves that has its roots in His strength, and seeing how God works in the dark.

Change is growth.  We forget that sometimes.

Our comfort zone is nice and........well........comfortable!!!!!  But being comfortable ALL THE TIME is not always desirable because there's no room for change.  There's no room for possibilities.  There's no room for growth.

When we change, we make a bigger comfort zone.

So this week, if you're facing a change, just remember that a change is only different when it's new.  Once it becomes familiar, it will become part of your comfort zone.



Today's change can be tomorrow's comfort zone!

Try to find beauty in the change and make your home sing this week!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Making Your Home Sing Monday Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 115 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.


I am going to schedule this post ahead of time as I am going out of town and I don't want to forget to post. Whenever I go out of town I make long lists of things to pack and I pack WAY too much stuff.

I like to be prepared for everything.  Warm weather, cool weather, HOT weather, cold weather, rainy weather, humid weather, etc.  I like to pack shorts and tanks and sweaters and jackets, hoodies, capris, jeans, sweatshirts......you name it, I pack it.

I am probably the only person I know who packs a winter coat when flying to Florida or Hawaii.

I like to pack extra jeans and extra shoes because what if I get caught in a flash flood?  What if I accidentally fall in the swimming pool?

What if a strange dog attacks me and tears a hole in the leg of my jeans?  (My thought is that if the dog tears a whole in my jeans that will be the LEAST of my worries, but I still like to be prepared.)

So I pack more clothes than any one person needs and then they mostly all sit in the suitcase while I go out and party with the clothes that I really need.

It's not like I can't buy clothes when I travel, but who wants to spend time shopping and buying clothes when you're on vacation?

Oh.  Wait.........

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

"10 Fun Things To Do While Hubby Is Away" and MYHSM Linky Party


Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 114 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.




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My family went out of town for a few days and so it was just the dogs and I holding down the fort while they were gone.  What do you suppose I did while they were away?

Grab a stack of dvd's and hold my own "Dr. Who" all day marathon?  Catch up on my stack of Better Homes & Gardens magazines?  Read a favorite book while snacking on gluten-free oatmeal cookies? Get a mani and pedi?  All of the above?

Well..............

You would be wrong.

Back when the kids were little, sometimes my hubby went out of town and suddenly it was project and party time!  I might grab some fast food and rent a video for the kids, or we'd stop at the library. After dinner they'd watch their video and I would start working on cleaning, decluttering, organizing or some other project.

After the kids were in bed I was able to continue working, uninterrupted.   While I loved having my husband at home, I would take advantage of his absence and work long into the night.  The kids and I would usually have a play date the next day with friends, and then I'd get back to my project again that night.

I might break out the can of spray paint, clean out closets, rearrange a room, or clean and organize to my heart's content!

So this last weekend I vacuumed and mopped floors, cleaned bathrooms, did laundry, changed sheets, did a little filing (very little), and straightened/decluttered some drawers.

I also reorganized the walk-in pantry so that you could actually, you know, WALK in it.

A friend called to ask what I was up to, and I'm pretty sure that the words "fun" and "cleaning" did not compute.

But I love being able to dive into something with no interruptions, except for the dogs whose crossed legs and panicky eyes let me know that I do have some responsibilities.

I love bringing order to chaos knowing that it will make my family's life and mine a little easier, or at least a little more organized.

I love being able to spread out and make a mess while I declutter or reorganize something, and not have to worry about being in anybody's way, or anybody being in MY way.

I love knowing that I have the time to finish what I've started, and I don't have to pay attention to the clock.

I can do this while my family is home, of course.  My husband doesn't mind eating out of the freezer and our youngest doesn't need supervision anymore, so I do have the time to start a project, and sometimes I do.

But it just seems easier when my time is my own, to spend however I want.

Rest assured, I did manage a mini "Dr. Who" marathon, Also, I read half of a magazine, ate some oatmeal cookies (gluten-free!), and read a couple of chapters in my book.  No mani or pedicure but I did wave at my toes this morning, and promised them that I haven't forgotten them.  So for those of you who can't stand cleaning or organizing, my weekend won't seem like a total loss!

When our husbands are away we can organize or clean to our heart's delight if that's what we enjoy, we can spend some quality time with friends, or just party with the kids!  Maybe all three!

Many, if not most, times our routines will be the same, whether hubby is away or at home.  But if we want a change, we can:
  1. Think of a chore or something you've been putting off and DO it (or at least start it). Reorganize a closet, rearrange a room, declutter, or start sewing up a storm!
  2. Reconnect with some old friends over lunch or dinner
  3. Plan a candlelight dinner for when hubby comes home and go shopping for the ingredients
  4. Watch some "chick" flicks and sob your heart out (for the record, I really don't like chick flicks but I know some really love them)
  5. Let the kids build a fort in the family room (that ought to keep them busy for awhile) and then everybody sleep in it that night.......mom included!
  6. Surf the net without feeling guilty
  7. Go shopping with some girlfriends and get a pedicure
  8. Write your husband a love letter and slip it on his pillow for him to read when he returns
  9. Make the kids' favorite meal have a popcorn and movie night
  10. Read at least one magazine from cover to cover
What do YOU like to do when you have the place to yourself for a long time?


What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Making Your Home Sing Monday" Linky Party



Making your home sing Mondays


Welcome to the Making Your Home Sing Monday linky party!  Every day you are doing something to make your house into a home for yourself and your family (if you have one). 

My point with each Monday post is, what are YOU doing or going to do today to make your home sing?  It can be an attitude or an action. So have fun, do some blog hopping, and link up!  Thanks!


Topics can include marriage, parenting, encouraging women, organization, cleaning, saving money, our behavior and attitudes, homemaking, homeschooling, recipes.....the opportunities are endless.


Note: We had 111 linkups last week!  You guys are awesomely amazing and amazingly awesome!  Don't forget to visit one another and try to leave a comment on at least one blog to encourage someone today!  :)  

On the left sidebar (down towards the bottom) is the "Making Your Home Sing! Monday" button which I'd love for you to grab and paste into your post!  It is a "no-follow" button.

It's nearly midnight and I didn't get my post ready so I am just going to go ahead and get this meme up without a "real" post.  I mean, after all, it's not like I haven't done that a million times before, lol!

I can't believe that September is here.  I am tired of the heat and looking forward to cooling off a bit, but not looking forward to my schedule getting busier!

I used to look forward to getting back into a routine and so I actually loved that about September.

But right now, I think I have just enjoyed NOT having a routine too much, which is unusual for me as I love schedules and routine.

Since I was sick for June and July and some of August, I really didn't do much this summer and you know what?  I loved it!!!  (Well, not the getting sick part)

So here's to routine and schedules and jumping into September with both feet whether we want to or not!

What are you doing or going to do today to make your home sing? Please go here for instructions and/or ideas and come back here to link up to join us today! 


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