Overwhelmed Homemaker

Overwhelmed Homemaker

When I was first married homemaking was fun. It was like playing house all over again but with a purpose. I kept up with things and had time leftover. Each Friday I was done with housework by noon and my best friend came over to eat lunch and hang out.

Somewhere along the way homemaking became overwhelming. Now I always feel like I’m drowning in things I need to do. I look at my to-do list with no idea how I will ever get it all done. So what happened? That’s the question I keep asking myself because I want to go back to when homemaking was fun and I wasn’t always overwhelmed. I’ve decided to make a list of things I think are contributing to this problem. Maybe you can relate.

Why I’m an Overwhelmed Homemaker

  • Social Media. Social media is a huge distraction for many. Not only is it on our computers, it’s also on our phones. It’s easy to say “oh I’ll just check my email, well while I’m on here I’ll just look at Facebook for a minutes…” Soon you are in the social media black hole. With my blog,some other work, and volunteering I do needing me to be on social media it’s hard to get on, get my work done, and get off.
  • Blogging. I LOVE blogging but when you work at home it can be hard to make sure work doesn’t consume everything. I’ve never been good at following schedules but this may have to change.
  • I don’t say no. If you work at home or you are stay at home mom or homemaker, you likely find people think you have nothing but free time so if something needs done they should ask you. I’m getting better at saying no but for so long I said yes to everything.
  • Fatigue. I have Fibromyalgia and I do deal with quite a bit of fatigue. I also tend to have trouble going to sleep and staying asleep. Chronic fatigue can make everyday tasks a struggle.
  • We have more stuff. We have been married for 10 years so we have a lot more space and stuff now than we did when we were first married. More stuff means more to clean and take care of.
  • My husband works at home. I love that I don’t need to worry about my husband driving to work in bad weather (he worked about 30 miles away before). I also love that his schedule is more flexible and I get to see him more. But I’m an introvert and I need time alone and tend to work more efficiently alone. Plus, anytime more people are home, there will be more mess. He does a good job of taking care of his mess in his office, so I’m very grateful for that.

These are my main roadblocks. Knowing what’s wrong is half the battle right? Now it’s time to fix these issues. I wish this post was about how to not be a overwhelmed homemaker but right now I’m not qualified to write that. I can however share my plan with you and report back after I try it for awhile.

Mission- Become a Happy Homemaker

  • Find a schedule that works and stick to it.
  • Work on healthy sleep habits.
  • Keep learning to say no.
  • Declutter.
  • Make time for myself.

It’s almost a new month and we are almost half way through the year, the perfect time to test this out. For the next month I will be trying this plan. This week will be tough as it’s my birthday week and I have lots of fun activities planned away from home. However, there will always be an excuse why I need to wait to try this.

I’d love to hear if you are overwhelmed, what you think is causing it. Also share anything you have tried to do to fix it and if it worked.

Original Photo Credit- angelshoe

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Saving with Organic Coupons

Saving with Organic Coupons

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Eating organic food doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. I’ve shared many of my favorite ways for eating real food on a budget and I want to share another today. While you won’t find many organic coupons in the newspaper you can find a lot of them online.

Organic Coupon Sources

You can also find organic coupons on brand websites. And store websites, like Whole Foods and Sprouts, often have printable coupons as well.

Couponing Tips

  • Don’t buy a product just because you have a coupon. If you are buying things you wouldn’t otherwise buy you aren’t really saving money.
  • Use your coupons! Forgetting to use your coupons won’t save you anything. Put your coupons in your purse, car or with your reusable bags, some place you will remember.
  • Meal plan around coupons. Planning meals that use items with coupons instead of full priced items can help you save a lot of money.
  • Use black ink when printing coupons. Colored ink tends to be more expensive so using just black ink can save you money over time.
  • Stockpile only if you know it’s an item you will use. Don’t buy a lot of a new product just because it’s a good deal, you may not like it and then you’ve wasted money. Also be careful not to stockpile things that will go bad before you can use them.
  • Check prices. A coupon won’t always make a brand the cheapest option, be sure to check other brands to be sure you are getting the best deal.

Bonus tip- You can also skip the coupons and get great discounts all of the time from Thrive Market and Amazon.

While you may not be able to be an extreme couponer while eating organic food, you can save a lot of money. I’d love to hear your tips as well, share in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check out my other real food on a budget tips

Original Photo Credit- dmdonahoo

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Vintage Chat on Twitter

Vintage Chat on Twitter

It’s no secret that I love so many things about the 1940’s-1960’s. I like to fill my home with things from the decades, I listen to music (on vinyl, of course) from the decades, and I even dress in clothing from or modeled after those decades. While I have some friends that share at least some of my love of vintage, most do not.

That’s one reason I love when we have the vintage chat that I co-host on Twitter. It’s been far too long since we had one and they are so much fun. It’s a great place to talk about vintage fashion, entertainment, design, and so much more.

Myself and Emileigh of Flashback Summer will be hosting the chat over on Twitter tomorrow (June 25th). Our last chat was a blast and this one is sure to be as well. Come join us for a fun hour of talking about all things vintage. You are sure to meet some great new people and have a lot of fun!

When: Thursday, June 25th at 8:00 p.m./CST

Where: On Twitter, I recommend you use TweetDeck to keep up with the chat.

Hashtag: #VintageChat (What is a Hashtag?)

Follow Hosts: @retrohousewife5 and @emileighrogers

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! If you have any questions feel free to ask below or send me an email.

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My Summer Favorites

Summer is here! It is time for frozen treats, swimming, and sun dresses. I’m a little sad to see spring go, I enjoy the milder seasons. However, there are some things I always look forward to for summer. And I want to share some of my summer favorites with you. These are the things I find essential for having a great summer.

Summer Favorites

*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Summer Favorites

  • Sundresses– I wear dresses and skirts most of the time. With Oklahoma’s very hot summers sundresses are a great way to stay cool. ModCloth is one of my favorite sources of sundresses. I also like the brand Sideacca on Amazon for very affordable sundresses.
  • Homemade Popsicles– Making homemade popsicles is a fun way to have a healthier summer treat. I will be sharing some of my favorite popsicle recipes soon. Plastic can leach hormone disruptors into the food so I prefer using a stainless steel popsicle mold. Another benefit to stainless steel is it doesn’t stain or hold odors like the plastic can.
  • Homemade Ice Cream– I love ice cream and homemade ice cream is the best. I use a fun ice cream ball to make ice cream. I like that I get a bit of exercise using it and it doesn’t use any power. A favorite around here is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.
  • Diffuser– I love candles but don’t tend to use them as much during the summer. During the summer I really enjoy using a diffuser. My favorite essential oil mix during the summer is lime and bergamot. It’s a lovely citrus, fresh scent.
  • Cute Flats– I love heels but they aren’t the best the best for our ankles and feet. When I’m going to be standing a lot or walking flats are my shoes of choice. I’m currently loving my blue polka dot flats from ModCloth. They are cute and comfortable. ModCloth is my favorite place for cute flats in general.
  • Juice Beauty CC CreamJuice Beauty is my favorite skin care line and one of my favorite products is their cc cream. It is made of safe ingredients, provides light coverage, is good for your skin and has SPF. It’s a great summer makeup option. If I need more coverage I just wear my normal makeup over it.
  • Iced Tea– I live in the south and we love our sweet tea! While I try to not make it as sweet as my great grandma did, or as I want to, I still love a tall glass of iced tea. It’s very refreshing on a hot day. Choice Organic black tea is my favorite tea for making iced tea.
  • Bandelettes– These are a summer lifesaver! If you like dresses and skirts during the summer you must get a few pairs. They go around your thighs and help prevent chafing. They are light weight and very comfortable. They have solid or lace, while they lace are adorable I find they provide less protection.
  • Swimsuits– I love to swim. I try to swim all year at my gym’s pool but of course summer makes me crave it even more! My favorite swimsuits are made by Eco Swim by Aqua Green. They use eco-friendly materials and are made in the USA.

I’d love to hear about your summer favorites. Leave me a comment below.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see more of the things I’m loving this summer! 

 

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Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

*This post was sponsored by FilterBuy. I received compensation in exchange for this post.
All thoughts and views are my own.*

When thinking about air pollution we often think in terms of outdoor air pollution but indoor air quality can be even worse. As we make our homes more airtight for efficiency sake, we are also trapping pollution in our homes.

Indoor Air Pollution Facts

  • On average we spend about 90% of our time indoors.
  • “The prevalence rate of pediatric asthma has increased from 40.1 to 69.1,—a 72.3 percent increase. Asthma is the sixth ranking chronic condition in our nation and the leading serious chronic illness of children in the U.S.” – American Lung Association 
  •  One source of indoor air pollution can be radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter homes through cracks in the foundation, walls, drains, and other openings. Radon is a known carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
  • Poorly ventilated homes also can have high humidity levels which can lead to mold and even structural damage. Repairing this damage can be very expensive.

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution

  • Use natural cleaners. Cleaners can contain harmful chemicals that contribute to poor air quality.
  • Buy some air cleaning plants. Several plants have been shown to reduce different air pollutants in our home. My favorite is aloe vera because it’s very hard to kill.
  • Look for furniture that uses fewer chemicals. Flame retardants found in a lot of furniture can give off cancer-causing VOCs. Thankfully many companies are removing some of the worse flame retardants.
  • Air out your home. When the weather is nice and pollen counts are down, opening up your house for an hour or two can help bring fresher air into your home.
  • Use a good quality furnace filter. This will help with indoor air quality in general and also help reduce allergens for those in your home with allergies.

I think of improving air quality in my home as just another one of my homemaking tasks. My husband and I both have allergies and I have asthma, making even more vital that I keep the air quality as good as possible.

If you want even more information and a helpful checklist for improving indoor air quality, click here. I’d also love to hear what you do to improve the air quality in your home.

Original Photo By- mahalie

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How to Clean Your Mattress

How to Clean Your Mattress

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We spend a lot of time on our mattresses but not a lot of time keeping them clean. Cleaning a mattress is very simple and can help reduce allergies and keep your mattress in better shape.

How to Clean Your Mattress

  1. Remove and wash bedding.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda all over the bed and leave for about an hour.
  3. Vacuum thoroughly. (If you have a Dyson vacuum I recommend getting the mattress tool, it makes vacuuming your mattress and other furniture much easier.)
  4. Spray with DIY fabric refresher spray and let dry before putting bedding back on.

It’s that easy. I recommend doing this once a month. Using a mattress cover will also help keep your mattress clean. Look for one that is machine washable and made from cotton to avoid the chemicals that can off-gas from plastic covers.

When you clean your mattress is a great time to wash your mattress cover as well. Keeping bedding clean is important for your health and for keeping your mattress in good shape.

Also be sure forget to make your bed in the morning! That’s not a typo, letting your bed air in the morning will help keep it cleaner longer.

Do you clean your mattress? If you do, how often? Let me know in the comments below.

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10 Green Beauty Favorites

Beauty products can contain some pretty scary chemicals. Not only can they be harsh, they can contain chemicals that are known endocrine disruptors and even possible carcinogens.

You’ve likely heard that many lipsticks have been found to even contain lead! What a scary thought, especially if your kids like to play with your products.

Several years ago I set out to clean up my beauty products. I have slowly switched over the items I’m using and through that switch I’ve tried a ton of products. Today I wanted to share ten of my favorites with you.

10 Green Beauty Favorites

10 Green Beauty Favorites*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Image Above: 1. Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Foundation $14 | 2. Juice Beauty SPF 30 Moisturizer $29 | 3. Homemade Lip Scrub | 4. Pacifica Lipstick $14 | 5. Coconut Oil (perfect moisturizer, eye makeup remover, and more!) $15 | 6. Scotch Natures Nail Polish $17 | 7.  Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Skin Care $32-$75 | 8. Juice Beauty Age Defy Hand Cream $12 | 9. Alaska Glacial Mud Mask $34 | 10. Theraganics Shea Butter Cream $20 

I’d love to hear what your favorite green beauty items are. Leave a comment below.

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Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Made in the USA Summer Dresses*This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid for this post and all thoughts are my own.*

Summer will be here soon so now is the time to pick out some summer dresses. ModCloth is one of my favorite places to look for dresses and I love how many they have that are made in the USA.

Buying made in the USA products helps support our economy, is more ethical, and is also more environmentally friendly. It can be hard these days to find made in the USA clothing but thankfully ModCloth has a great selection.

I’ve picked out a few of my favorite dresses but there are a ton more on the site. They have all kinds of styles from vintage inspired to maxi dresses.

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Made in the USA Summer DressesIn the Key of Chic, $129.99 (currently on sale for $74.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

The Pennsylvanian Polka, $69.99

Made in the USA Summer Dresses
Carnival in Love, $89.99

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Frequent Flier Files, $139.99 (currently on sale for $83.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

High Socie-tea, $129,99 (currently on sale for $77.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Paradise to Meet You, $69.99 (currently on sale for $41.99)

Made in the USA Summer Dresses

Pull up a Cherry, $64.99

Made in the USA Summer Dresses
Adore Country Dress, $59.99

This is just a small sample of the great made in the USA dresses ModCloth sells. They also have a lot of great made in the USA skirts, tops, pants, and more.

 

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Homemade Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Homemade Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Don’t you hate going to put on your lipstick only to find your lips are dry and flaky? Lip balm is great but sometimes you need even more help. Lip scrubs are a great way to exfoliate your lips and get rid of all of that dead skin.

Since the scrub is going on your lips you want it to be very safe, better yet, edible. This scrub is made using totally natural ingredients that are safe to ingest.

Since it doesn’t contain preservatives it’s best to make a small amount at a time. I like to make about enough for a month. I use it as needed, normally a couple of times a week.

It also makes a wonderful gift! Just package it up in a cute container with a nice label, maybe throw in some lip balm, and you have the perfect gift.

Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Homemade Coconut Vanilla Lip Scrub

Ingredients

  • 2 Teaspoons of Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions

Mix the sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Store in air tight container. To use just take a small amount and rub it on your lips. You can lick it off or rinse it off.

You can find cute little containers on Etsy, at the Containers Store, and at most craft supply stores. For my personal use I like to use Wean Cubes.

If you make this lip scrub let me know what you think!

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Mad Men Finale, Saying Goodbye

Mad Men Finale, Saying Goodbye
We all knew this day would come but for most of us we aren’t ready at all! With just a couple of hours left until the finale I thought I would share a little Mad Men article round-up.

I Married a Mad Men– An article by the wife of the real life Don Draper. Matthew Weiner, the producer of the show, has acknowledged that Don Draper is in part based on real life ad man Draper Daniels. This article by Draper Daniels’ wife is very interesting.

What We Learned From the Music of “Mad Men”– A look at the music from the show.

‘Mad Men’ is a Feminist Powerhouse, Even if Some Don’t See it That Way– An interesting look at the feminist themes of the show.

Mad Men Quiz– A fun little quiz to see how much you know about the show.

And my Mad Men posts-
Perfectly 60’s Recipes for the Mad Men Premiere

Mad men Inspired Outfits 

Eco-Friendly Mad Men Inspired Home and Fashion

So will you be watching tonight? Are you sad it’s over?

 

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