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Winter at Home

Winter at Home

If there is ever a time I become a homebody, it’s when I have a newborn in the winter. I tend to stay in and enjoy the quiet days at home. The cold weather doesn’t call out to me. Bundling up three children for outings does not appeal. I prefer to spend much of my winter at home.

I enjoy the cozy days in our home. While I love the look of snow, I don’t like being out in it! A favorite moment of mine each winter is looking out at the first few snowfalls of the year…from the warmth of my home. Our backyard is filled with trees and looking out at the snow-covered trees is just beautiful!

Winter at Home

As the holidays approach and as the snow starts falling, we create family memories within our home. I can spend the days looking out at the snow and the evenings sitting by the tree and be happy snuggling with my newborn. 

We enjoy decorating our Christmas tree, baking cookies, and reading stacks and stacks of our favorite winter and Christmas books.

Winter at Home

I can enjoy these moments, even more, knowing that we are covered – that our home is insured and that we have never had to file a claim. For that I am grateful!

When purchasing a home and having the long list of to-dos, it’s nice to cross “buy home insurance” off the list. I am grateful that we have yet to file a claim, and it’s comforting to know that we are covered in case anything should happen. Once we have a plan in place, our mind can rest easy.

Winter at Home

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Winter at Home

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How to clean your hardwood floors with the Bona PowerPlus system

This post brought to you by Bona. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Morning Motivated Mom.

When we were searching for a home a few years ago, the hardwood floors of our current home appealed to us. The hardwood floors in the front entry and living room were refinished before we moved in and we love the look of the floors from the minute you walk in the front door. Because there is no foyer and this is the door that gets the most traffic, it’s a constant job to keep the living room and front entry hardwood floors clean. 

Because I use water and vinegar for other cleaning tasks around the home, I was using this combination on my hardwood floors. I then found out that I was mistaken. The vinegar will actually dull and strip away the finish on the hardwood floor. I was excited to try the Bona® PowerPlus system as a fast, simple, and safe way to clean my floors.

How to clean your hardwood floors. Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner

I am happy with how this new system works on our hardwood floors. It’s quick, easy, and my floors look great! I was impressed with how the floors looked the first time I used the Bona PowerPlus system on my floors. The floors now look great as I am deep-cleaning them without stripping off the finish. I am excited to have a new go-to for cleaning the floors and that I will not be ruining my floors like I was with the vinegar!

The Bona PowerPlus system is Bona’s most powerful cleaner yet. It’s oxygenated formula loosens and removes heavy dirt build-up, providing a deep clean without the extra effort. Bona’s deep cleaning solution results in easy, one-step cleaning without the mop and bucket. The PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep cleaner is specifically formulated for hardwood floors and works to deep clean. This cleaner is safe for hardwood floors and is GREENGUARD certified

For optimal results, it’s recommended to use the Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner with the Bona PowerPlus Microfiber Deep Clean Pad. Featuring PowerLoop technology, the microfiber pad gently breaks apart and loosens tough dirt via the twisted nylon scrubbers while the dual zone pad absorbs and traps dirt. The pad is machine washable. I used the Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner (which is a spray) and the Microfiber Deep Clean Pad with Bona’s floor mop. 

How to clean your hardwood floors. Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner

I was impressed at how easy it was to use. I spent more time moving furniture and sweeping than I did actually cleaning the floor. It was nice not to have to get on my hands and knees to scrub the floor. It was a chore that I won’t mind doing again in the future. It loosened the dirt and cleaned my floors well without leaving a residue behind. It also doesn’t have a strong odor, so it was nice not to have a powerful chemical smell lingering in the house.

It was perfect timing for finding a new way to clean my floors, as washing the hardwood floors was on my 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge list!

How to clean your hardwood floors. Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner

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How to clean your hardwood floors. Bona PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner

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How to know when and how much snow is coming

How to know when and how much snow is coming with SnowCast. A great app for winter

This post brought to you by SnowCast. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Morning Motivated Mom.

I enjoy the flexibility of how I use my time and when I run my errands as a stay-at-home mom. I am able to run to the grocery store and complete most of my errands in the morning. This non-peak time often makes the stores less busy. While running errands with two young children in tow, I definitely appreciate small crowds.

My girls are typically well-behaved while running errands and we especially enjoy our almost weekly runs to Target. But once you throw in a large crowd of shoppers, the errand quickly becomes less enjoyable.

If there is one thing (aside from occasionally the children) that forces me to change my plans for running errands, it is snow. If I know a blizzard is coming, I will plan our grocery shopping around the snow. I have no desire to get the girls in the car and run out to Target in 10 inches of snow.

The SnowCast app is a quick way for me to find out when I can expect a snowstorm. It tells you what snowfall to expect now or later (over the next 48 hours, in 6-hour increments). It is simple and quick to set up. Basically, let the app know your location and it’s set!

How to know when and how much snow is coming with SnowCast

You can also have the app notify you when your location is expecting a certain amount of snow. I set the notification to let me know when 5 or more inches is expected. You can also select the following:

  • 1″ or more
  • 2″ or more
  • 5″ or more
  • 8″ or more

I don’t often watch or read the weather forecast throughout the day, so I don’t always know when the snow is coming. It will be nice to get the notifications, so I can plan my day and my errands around the snow.

How to know when and how much snow is coming with SnowCast. A great app for winter

There is also a simple radar feature. It loads fast and is easy to read. If you are like me and don’t want every single detail about the weather, but want to at least know when and how much snow is coming, Snowcast is a great app for that purpose. Snowcast is not a complex weather app, but it simply shows you when the snow is predicted to come. You can plan your errands, your commute, and possible snow days with this winter app.

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SnowCast App is currently available for the iOS only.

This post brought to you by SnowCast. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Morning Motivated Mom.

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Join me…coffee mug in hand

I love any picture like this.

coffee and computer on desk

A workspace, completed with a cup of coffee. I think the mug of coffee is the main appeal. And that picture is why I blog. Whenever I see a picture of that mug of coffee sitting on the desk I think, that can be me. I can get up at the crack of dawn on a beautiful morning, enjoy the peace and quiet, gaze out the window, coffee in hand, and blog away. I may even snap my own coffee cup picture. The wrong motivation to blog, you say? Yes, but the picture still gets me every time. And so here I am, starting my own blog.

If you happen upon my page every morning, you will not see this daily picture. I won’t bore you with my workspace (as of now, it’s not pretty).

My name is Emily and I live with my husband and two darling daughters. I am striving to find balance in being a wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, neighbor, child of God. And also keeper of the home, money manager, grocery shopper, deal-finder, runner, fitness-lover, sweets-maker, reader, declutterer, somewhat quasi-striving minimalist.

Please follow me as I seek to be intentional with how I’m spending my time and money. I would love to have you join me. Feel free to give advice, seek advice, join in my challenges, start a conversation, join in the conversation, or just read along.

Striving to bring Him glory…