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Spring Cleaning Resources

Spring Cleaning Resources

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We have enjoyed a few warm days and I love the sneak peek of spring. I am looking forward to the warmer days of spring when I can open the windows and enjoy the fresh air in my home. And plenty of sunshine! The peeks of spring weather make me want to freshen up my home. It’s motivating to get started on some spring cleaning…or in my case, I am focusing a bit more on decluttering first.

Do you feel the same way? Do you want to open your windows, enjoy the sunshine, and freshen up and simplify your home?

Spring Cleaning Resources 

I have a few spring cleaning resources I want to share with you today. There are a few for your home and then one for more than just your home.

With the Spring Clean More Than Your Home e-mail series, we are going to spring clean

  • our mornings
  • our minds
  • our menus
  • and our homes

For four weeks, four different bloggers will encourage you in these areas. You will receive a MOTIVATION MONDAY email and a FOLLOW UP FRIDAY email.

That’s two emails a week.  Just think of us as your spring cleaning motivation team.

I am joining in with 3 of my favorite bloggers: Keri from Keri Lynn Snyder, Jennifer from Chaos2Peace, and Ruthie from RearReleaseRegroup.  

Go to Jennifer’s blog to sign up and join us this spring!

Spring Cleaning Resources: 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge – free printable, Conquer Your Clutter Bundle – a bundle of resources (ebooks & ecourses), How to Clean Your Window Tracks without Scrubbing, How to Clean Kitchen Appliances, The Toy Detox, Spring Cleaning Pinterest board, Clean More Than Your Home e-mail series 

Baby Shower Name Game Printable

Baby Shower Name Game Printable. Available in 3 colors: pink, blue, and teal

I have a quick and fun baby shower game for you today! It’s the Baby Shower Name Game. 

Each guest will write down a baby name that begins with each letter of the alphabet. The first guest to write a name down for A-Z is the winner. I have included three colors for the printable. You can pick the color based on the gender of the baby or there is also a gender neutral color if the mom doesn’t yet know the baby’s gender.

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Pink. Free.

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Blue. Free.

It’s your call if you want them to be able to write down just boy names, just girl names, or both boy and girl names. 

If you feel pressure to have a game, but don’t want the games to take over the shower, the Name Game is perfect!

And if you need prize ideas. Just grab some dark chocolate!

Print the Baby Shower Name Game Printable. The PDF includes the girl version (pink), boy version (blue/navy), and gender neutral version (teal).

Baby Shower Name Game Printable in Teal. Free.

What is your favorite baby shower game to play?

Baby Shower Name Game Printable. Available in 3 colors: pink, blue, and teal

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52 Week Money Saving Challenge

Are you familiar with the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge? I like the idea of a savings challenge, but I am not 100% on board with how it is set up. The typical plan challenges you to save $1 the first week, $2 the second week…until you save $52 the last week of the year. It’s a simple way to save an additional $1,378 in 52 weeks, but I do see how this can be a struggle when December rolls around.

52 Week Money Saving Challenge Printables

Compare what you are saving the first 4 weeks of the year to the last 4 weeks of the year.

  • During the first 4 weeks, you save a total of $10. Average: $2.50 per week.
  • During the last 4 weeks, you save a total of $202. Average: $50.50 per week. 

Saving $2.50 per week is probably not a huge struggle. $50.50 per week may be harder to accomplish, especially considering that this takes place in December.

I created a 52-Week Money Saving Challenge Printable back in 2014. The original printable was for the year 2015, but now I have an undated version for you to use any year. You can start this challenge at any point throughout the year.

The original 52-Week Money Saving Challenge ($1 per week, $2 per week, etc.) results in a savings of $1,378 in a year. You will still end up saving $1,378 with this updated challenge, but it will be easier to save when you spread it out. 

If you do decide to start this challenge in January, this schedule will be much easier as you will be set up to save the least amount in December. You will save $110 during each 4-week cycle, with an exception of the last 4 weeks of the year. If money is tight in December, you will feel relief! This schedule asks you to save only $58 during the last 4 weeks. You will only have to set aside $8 in your budget to save the last week of the year. $8 is much easier than $52!52 Week Money Saving Challenge Printables FREE Printable52 Week Money Saving Challenge

I am also including the reverse version of the original challenge. Save $52 the first week, $51 the second week…until you save $1 the last week. Pick the schedule that works best for you.

52 Week Money Saving Challenge Reverse Printable

FREE Printable: 52 Week Money Saving Challenge_Reverse

It can be easier to make saving a priority when you know what your goals are. Writing down your goals can make you feel more accountable. At the bottom of the printable, there is a place to write down your savings goal.

Write down what you are saving for: Mortgage? Vacation? Home updates? College fund? Credit card debt? Feel free to share in the comments:

Why are you saving? What is your goal?

Do you need to establish financial goals, develop a budget and stick to it, kill off debt, and get clear on what your financial picture looks like? Check out the Real Life Money Plan eCourse by Jessi at jessifearon.com.

Here is more info on the course:

  • The course includes 13 video lessons.
  • This is a self-paced online course, which means that you can take this course at your leisure. There is no time restriction on when you can start.
  • There is a 25 page pdf workbook to accompany the course that acts as practical application for the lessons you will learn in the course. 
  • There are bonus trainings that will walk you through setting up a zero-balanced budget and reconciling your bank statements. 
  • There is a 30-day money back guarantee. If you are unhappy for whatever reason, you get a refund. 

She is gifted at encouragement and is an enthusiastic teacher. If you have ANY desire to design a money plan that fits your life, I suggest you check out her eCourse.

I had the opportunity to view Jessi’s course and her passion for helping you is so evident. She asks you to commit and not just go through the motions as she wants you to succeed! She wants you to focus on progress, not past failures. She will motivate you to move forward with the best decisions for YOU.

Jessi’s work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Rockstar Finance, TIME/Motto Magazine, Money Saving Mom, and The Penny Hoarder. 

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52 Week Savings Challenge Printable. Save money every week and track your progress on the printable

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Free Printable Habit Tracker

Free Printable Habit Tracker

I don’t make New Years Resolutions every year, but I instead like to break my goals into smaller time frames. Monthly, weekly, daily…it depends on the goal I want to set or the habit I want to create.

For some goals it’s easier to focus on creating a habit. I wanted to become a morning person and get up before my daughters every morning. By forcing myself to do it for a few weeks straight, I ended up creating a habit of getting up before my girls each day. Once it was a habit, I didn’t even have to think about it every morning. It became my new normal. I’m on a break from it as I have a newborn, but I plan on getting back in the habit in 2017!

When you want a change in a specific area of your life, sometimes annual goal setting is not the answer. Focusing on a mini goal or creating a habit can be a better way to succeed depending on the change you want to make.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer.

Free Printable Habit Tracker

Do you have a new habit that you want to create in 2017? One little task or activity that you want to focus on this year?

Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

  • Move or exercise
  • Take a walk
  • Take 10,000 steps
  • Drink X ounces of water
  • Enjoy dinner as a family
  • Technology breaks
  • Write
  • Read devotion
  • Complete cleaning routine
  • Complete morning routine
  • Make bed
  • Floss
  • Read with children
  • Get 7 hours of sleep
  • Write down 3 things you are grateful for
  • Complement someone
  • Read for enjoyment

When I decide what habit I want to create, I find that writing it down and tracking my progress makes all the difference. Once you decide what habit you want to create, find a place to track the habit. 

I want to share this free printable habit tracker with you. It’s available in teal or pink. Download and print. Check off each day you complete your task. Place in a prominent place so you can see your daily progress. 

Free Printable Habit Tracker: 2017

Free Printable Habit Tracker: 2017

Free Printable Habit Tracker: Teal

Free Printable Habit Tracker: Pink

What daily habit do you want in 2017?

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Free Printable Habit Tracker. Track your daily habits in 2017.

Hostess Gift Ideas

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Have you received invites to holiday parties and get-togethers? The time is coming when your calendar may be filling up with invites to Christmas parties, dinners, or cookie-baking days. You may even be planning overnight stays at your friend’s and family’s homes. If you want to show up with a gift of appreciation and holiday cheer for your host, I have a few ideas for you.

There is no need to blow your holiday budget on extravagant gifts, as your host will appreciate even a small gesture.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Scarf or Other Homemade Gift

If you don’t want to show up with another holiday trinket or decoration that your host may not want, consider a handmade scarf for your host. It’s both a personal and useful gift.

Don’t knit? For an extended stay, splurge on a cozy sweater from Olive + Oak.

Another idea for a handmade gift is soap. Try this recipe for milk and honey soap with lavender and oatmeal.

Hostess Gift Ideas

Christmas Mug

Pick a festive coffee mug for the hostess. Don’t forget to include a pound of their favorite coffee beans!


 

Hostess Gift Idea

A Basket of Holiday-Scented Home Products

I always look forward to getting new seasonal soaps and cleaners. The holiday scents make cleaning a little more fun. Put together a basket of scented soaps and lotions for your host. Add in a candle or dish towel and I’m sure the basket will be enjoyed!

You can purchase great holiday scents from Grove Collaborative and now is the perfect time! From November 16 – November 21, you can get the following items for FREE:

  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday hand soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday dish soap
  • Mrs. Meyer’s holiday multi-surface spray
  • Grove Collaborative bubble up
  • Free shipping & VIP Trial

When there is no special deal going on, you can still get a free Mrs. Meyers hand soap and $10 credit with Grove Collaborative.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas

Candles or Essential Oils

I think most homeowners enjoy festive holiday scents in their home, especially when hosting a party in their home. Find a holiday-scented candle. Or give the gift of either the Fall Holiday Blends or the Winter Wonderland Holiday Blends from Plant Therapy. The Fall Holiday Blends essential oils set includes Autumn Breeze, Pumpkin Spice, and Spiced Orange. The Winter Wonderland essential oils set includes Merry Mistletoe, Snow Flurries, and Winter Wassail. 

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Plant Therapy Essential Oils

Hostess Gift Ideas

Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a great gift when you are short on time. Your host will enjoy having flowers to brighten her house for the days following the event! Wrap in festive holiday-themed paper. 

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Board Game

Does your host or hostess enjoy games? If so, pick out a new game to add to their collection. 


Other ideas:

Hostess Gift Ideas

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