Happy Exploring! | 10 Links I Love

So much has happened. Jared and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and a few days later my sister welcomed her son into the world. We’re so in love with our nephew! My pregnancy is going well and the boys are growing stronger every day. My energy levels are a lot lower though, which makes it harder for me to get through a day’s work (housework, homemaking, my job, preparing for the babies, exercising, etc.); but it is just a season and in a few short months our boys will enter this world. =)

We have yet to purchase bottle supplies (to have on hand), hospital bag items such as nursing & necessary maternity clothing (I really don’t have any), diaper bag items such as baby toiletries, and baby clothing. We just have to do a little bit at a time (having a baby, two babies, is quite expensive!), and I anxiously hope to get all of this accomplished by the end of September (at the latest). At this moment, we’re still unsure as to whether our boys will be born naturally or via c-section, or even where they’ll be born for that matter (all is well, though they are considered high risk, thus, the uncertainty). This makes it difficult to properly plan, but I know God is working everything together for good.

Being self-employed, I don’t get paid maternity leave – so I’m trying my hardest to work overtime and get as much done so that we’re prepared for the time I’m not working. Please pray for me in this as my energy levels and exhaustion are pushed even more.

Happy exploring!

    1. Weekend Do: Create a Bullet Jounral (FP Blog) | Inspiration, Journal
    2. “Tangled” Is The Most Beautiful Disney Movie, and Here’s the Proof (Buzzfeed) | Disney, Art
    3. When Is It Time to Take a Break From Your Workout? (FP Blog) | Wellness, Fitness
    4. How to Handle the Bedroom Chair Pile-Up For Good: 6 No-Hanger, No-Fold Options for Casual Clothes Storage (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Organization
    5. The Real Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (FP Blog) | Wellness, ACV
    6. House Tour: A Dreamy, Rustic, Eclectic 1729 Yorkshire Farmhouse (Apartment Therapy) | Inspiration, Home
    7. Is Sitting as Bad as Smoking? (Well+Good) | Wellness, Work
    8. On Comparison in Motherhood (Cloistered Away) | Parenting
    9. World’s First 3D-Printed Violin (Nerdist) | Very cool!
    10. Four Ways to Pray in the Wake of Zika (Desiring God) | Prayer, Encouragement


Happy Exploring! 10 Links I Love, + a Few More

  1. My Beauty Uniform: Jean Godfrey-June (A Cup of Jo) | Beauty, Wellness
  2. 15 Beauty Uses for Olive Oil (Hello Glow) | Beauty
  3. 10 Steps To a Cozy & Simple Kitchen (Homesong) | Home, Simplicity
  4. Why the Homestead is Relevant to the Modern Woman (Darling Magazine) | Home
  5. 11 Budgeting Skills Everyone Should Master (Wise Bread) | Personal Finances
  6. Life Hack: Clear Your Mind – By The Sea (FL Blog) | Relax, Ocean
  7. Solo Pine Themes | Blog, Themes *Love these!
  8. Chill: Easy Ways to Decompress from a Stressful Day (Apartment Therapy) | Life
  9. Clean Skincare Routines for Tweens and Teens (Goop) | Parenting, Skin Care, Children
  10. Using Your Phone as an Alarm? Here’s Why You Should Stop (Apartment Therapy) | Life, Sleep
  11. 15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day (Mind Body Green) | Health, Wellness
  12. Strategies to Combat Your Out of Control Grocery Spending (YNAB) | Personal Finances, Meal Planning
  13. The Best Online Workouts (The EveryGirl) | Fitness
  14. The Created Co. Drinkware | Wish List *These mugs are so cute!
  15. Home Sweet Home: Simple Ways to Make Your Kitchen Cozier (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Kitchen
  16. How to Cut Perfect Tomato Wedges (The Kitchn) | Tomatoes, Cooking

Happy exploring!


Creating a Home Filing System


What you’ll need:

  • Hanging file folders
  • Manilla folders
  • Filing cabinet
  • Fireproof waterproof safe (or safety deposit box)
  • Jump drive for e-files (or safe them directly on your computer)

First, think about what categories you’ll need and use. Below are my categories (I used hanging file folders for the main categories, and manilla folders for the subcategories). Also, I have the below home filing system replicated exactly on my computer, using main folders and sub folders as follows as well.

Filing System (hard copy and computer copy) Categories:

  • Addresses
    • Business
    • Christmas Card List
    • Personal
  • Autos
    • Insurance
    • Loan Payments
    • Maintenance – Repairs
    • Pictures
    • Titles (Originals in Safety Box)
  • Bank Records
    • Checking Accounts
    • Credit Card Accounts
    • Savings Accounts
  • Correspondence
  • Dates
    • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • Employment Records
    • Resume
    • Wage Statement – Paycheck Stubs
  • Equipment, Appliances, & Furnishings
    • List of Items & Date of Purchase
    • Receipts
    • Use and Care Manuals
  • Finances
    • Budget
    • Receipts & Paid Bills
    • Unpaid Bills
  • Health & Medical Records
    • CoPay Payments Made
    • Doctor Contact Information
    • Eye Corrections
    • Immunizations – Blood Types
    • Insurance – Health & Dental
    • Medical Records
    • Prescriptions
  • Home
    • Household Inventory (Copy in Safety Box)
    • Rent Payments
    • Renters Insurance
    • Repairs
    • Utilities
  • Income Tax
    • Current Year
      • Business Expenses
      • Earning Statements
      • Education Expenses
      • Estimated Quarterly Tax Payments
      • Giving Statements
      • Health & Medical Records
    • Previous Returns (In Safety Box)
  • Insurance Policies
    • Auto
    • Dental
    • Health
    • Renters
  • Personal
    • Birth Certificates (Originals in Safety Box)
    • Education Records & Expenses
    • Marriage License (Original in Safety Box)
    • Passwords
    • Safety Box Inventory

So, I have a hard copy home filing system in my desk’s filing drawer, as well as an electronic copy on my computer. I also have a safety box with the following categories and subcategories.

Safety Box Categories:

  • Autos
    • Titles to Vehicles
  • Bank Records
    • Account information
  • Health & Medical Records
  • Home
    • Household Inventory
  • Income Tax (Prior Years)
    • Prior returns and supporting documents
  • Insurance
    • Policies and contact information
  • Personal
    • Birth Certificates
    • Marriage Certificate
    • Social Security Cards
  • Jump Drives & External Hard Drives

And there you have it. A home filing system contained in my filing drawer and safety box as well as saved on my computer, and my homemaking binder (which I keep separate from my home filing system). That’s the entirety of my home management paperwork =)

Helpful Sources:

How to Reduce Static on Your Linens

Since moving to Colorado, I have been “shocked” many, many times! Especially after doing laundry. Apparently, in a dry environment static shock is very prevalent. So what are ways I can protect myself from the uncomfortable jolt of pain?

Use dryer sheets (I do, but I static still builds up a lot).

Use vinegar (pour about 1/4 cup into the fabric softener dispenser on your washing machine). I’m definitely trying this!

Helpful Sources:

A Laundry Experiment – 10 Ways to Reduce Static Cling (Andrew Dekker)

How Do I Get Rid of Static? (Real Simple)

How to Get Rid of Static Electricity on Clothes (Cleanipedia)

How to Store Produce

Don’t store fruits and vegetables together.

Onions – don’t store onions and potatoes together; store in a mild, warm, dry climate (don’t store in the fridge); store in a cool, dark, dry place; good air circulation is best

Garlic – store at room temperature; store in a cool, dark place

Potatoes – don’t store onions and potatoes together; store in a cool, dry, dark place

Tomatoes – on the counter top at room temperature

Cucumbers – store at room temperature if you’re planning on eating them soon; otherwise, store in the fridge, wrapped in a moist towel

Lettuce – store in an airtight container in the fridge;

Carrots – cut the tops off to keep them fresh; store in a covered container filled with water (or warp them in a damp towel or dunk them in cold water every few days)

Peppers – refrigerate

Apples – store 30 – 35 degrees in a humid environment; if storing in the fridge, place in the crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened towel over them; can stay on a cool counter top for up to two weeks


For more storage tips:

Storage Tips (Washington’s Green Grocer)

The Kitchn’s Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables (The Kitchn)

10 Links I Love | Happy Exploring!

Hello everyone. My to do list today consists of daily chores, preparing the crock pot for dinner, organizing my letter writing supplies, organizing my bookmarks on the computer, and possibly, if I have time, writing thank you letters for baby shower gifts and reading my women’s study book. I also have some homemaking subjects and questions I’d like to research, but again, only if I have time.

I started making baby essential purchases, and what fun that has been! There are a few things we’re going to wait to purchase until the due date gets nearer. But my next step is researching hospital bags and what items I should bring for the birth.

This weekend my husband and I will be traveling to the “big city” for a baby thrift store, as well as some other shops we’d like to peruse🙂 I’m quite excited for our outing!

  1. How My Tiny Kitchen Taught Me to Love Cooking (Kitchn) | Home, Kitchen, Cooking
  2. Bring the Outdoors In: 10 Naturally Gorgeous DIY Projects (Apartment Therapy) | Decor, DIY
  3. 10 Spots to Sneak in a Little More Shelf Storage (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Shelving
  4. 15 Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching (Kitchn) | Yum, Snacks
  5. IKEA Coupon: Get $20 off any $150 purchase (Money Saving Mom) | IKEA, Coupon
  6. Your Workspace Needs a Pretty Calendar (Apartment Therapy) | Work, Calendars
  7. 8 Storage Secret Weapons You Shouldn’t Be Living Without (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Storage
  8. Self Worth vs Net Worth: 10 Personal Finance Habits to Change ASAP (The Chalkboard) | Personal Finances
  9. Small Space Solutions: 7 Spots to Add a Little Extra Storage (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Storage
  10. Ocean-Inspired Art (A Cup of Jo) | Ocean, Art

Happy exploring!

When Should You Replace…

your razor?

  • every 5 – 10 shaves, or at the first sign of dullness. Extend its life by storing it outside of your shower, rinsing it after you’re finished, then storing it in an upright position and allowing it to dry.

your sponge?

  • at least once a month.

your bath towels?

  • after three uses (for bath towels), and every one to two days for hand towels.