Busy Mom Book Review: A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS


My latest book review is for “A God For All Seasons,” by Patti Tingen. This book talks about nature’s seasons changing, and how this is similar to the seasons of our being. This book provides peaceful reassurance and allows for monthly reflection. The readings go a step further to include prayers, reflections and words of wisdom.  We all have such busy lives.  Sometimes, we do not know where to turn.  This book is a great source of knowledge and spirituality that will surely bring comfort to an audience of all ages and backgrounds.

To find out more information, please visit Patti’s website here at www.pattitingenauthor.com.

It can be purchased online at: Amazon.

I received a free copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.  I am part of The CWA Review Crew.



Kid’s room: Let them decorate it according to their likes and dislikes – Guest Post By Davis Miller

A child’s bedroom is their haven from the world, a space they can call their own and a place where they can relax, unwind or even rant and rave, safely! In order to make sure your child is happy in their own room it is essential to involve them in the decorating process. Not only will this mean they are more likely to appreciate and take care of the room; it also means it should be longer before they want it redecorated!



Take your child to the paint store and look at the paints with them. Ideally let them choose a few color swaths which you can take home to look at. They will probably go for an extremely bright color and you can choose to either use a pale version of it with the brightness included in the accessories, or to use the color they want and keep the rest of the room neutral.


Your kids’ bedroom does not need a theme! Instead encourage your child to express themselves on each of the walls by choosing different but not conflicting colors and themes. Allow them to pitch in and welcome their ideas too; this way they’ll end up loving to spend more time reading, sleeping or playing games in their personal environment.

Fabric & curtains

Fabric is incredibly versatile, you can create curtains, a cover for a door or chest, or even cover a headboard and make some cushions. There is a huge range of fabrics available, whether you choose off the roll or remnants. Your child should help you pick the fabrics which will be used in their room; they may even want to help create the accessories. As for the curtains, make sure the colors and patterns match with the color of the walls and furniture. Choose fun curtains that create balance, and make sure the material is qualitative and thick enough to provide shade in the summer.


Name it!

It is usually very easy to find surplus letters, whether the cardboard ones which need covering in decoupage or the wooden ones which need to be painted. Locate the letters you need to make your child’s name and paint or cover the letters to create a stunning effect which can go in the room or even be fastened to the door.

Personal belongings

Your child should help you to choose some of their favorite items. Preferably ones which they are not about to start using again! These belongings can be arranged as ornaments on specific shelves or other locations around the room. Alternatively you can stick the items into a frame or even turn them into a useful accessory such as hooks or a book stop.

Make a fun wall collage

The walls should be decorated with items that are special to your child. This may include pictures of the family. A nice touch is to pick one of the best pictures and have it blown up extra large and then split into three pieces and three frames. The pictures can be hung on the wall, next to each other to create a memory, talking point and a reminder of who they are. Alternatively you can encourage your child to make their own collage, using scrap bits and anything else they can find; you may be surprised at the result!

A recent trend is to paint one wall with chalk paint. This allows your child to use the wall as a giant chalkboard and they will be able to draw and write messages on this section of the wall. Depending upon the age of your child you may wish to make sure that they are aware that it is a special wall and not all walls can be colored in or drawn on.


Invest in smart furniture pieces

The furniture you choose for the bedroom should be long lasting and fit with the style of your child. Furniture should also be multipurpose where possible and be designed to grow with your child; you do not wish to be replacing it every year or two!

If your child helps to design their room they will enjoy spending time in there, and they won’t feel like prisoners any more every time you send them to bed.

By Davis Miller and VanessaArbuthnott.co.uk!

10 Cozy Home Furnishing Ideas for Winter Décor – Guest Post Lynelle Thompson

“Just like you update your wardrobe, your meals and exercise schedule, can home décor too be season-specific? Yeah, it does! Here we’ve ten pulchritudinous winter décor ideas to warm up your home this winter. Have a look.”

With the temperature of weather outside constantly dropping, it’s a time to bring some warmth into your home by indoctrinating its design, interior and exterior both. Check out these 10 transcendent ways to cozy up your home for this winter.

Add happy colors

With winters fast approaching, bid adieu to the winter blues. Saturate your spaces with the whack of sprightly colors. Use vivid flings and boldly patterned pillow to create the magic. Make sure that your neutral spaces don’t look flagrant and bleak identical to the headroom outside your windows. Since blazing colors look long lasting in spring and summer, you’ll get bang for your décor expenses.1

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Reflection of elegance

In shorter days of winters, it’s an appropriate time to aggrandize what natural color still exists. Get large mirrors hanging on a bare stretch of a wall or right above the mantel flaunt that will echo the light right through your space. Just paint the frame with vibrant color to turn the mirror into attractive display.

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Dress up windows

During winters, not just the halls and bedrooms, but kitchens too need little TLC. Tot up the bold window treatments to the windows of your kitchen. It’s better to choose the cheery red curtains to infuse the workspace feeling bright and vibrant. Or you can also buy your own fabric with desired pattern and get them tailored accordingly.

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Seated in elegance

Just like the winter fashion, winter decoration is all about layering on the fabrics. Bring your dining room to life by dressing up the chair with simple and sophisticated slipcovers since they can dramatically transform the look and feel of your dining room and could easily be changed right after the family gathering or dinner.

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Bedroom with Luxurious Looks

With bedroom is somewhat the closest to your heart, give it a luxe looks with the quick style update and transforming it as per the season by getting it layered in an elaborated bedding, pillows and throws. Your bedroom could quickly be transformed into a cozy refuge by just adding up the comfy cashmere throw and soft velvet bed pillows.

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Sizzling Flux

Let’s add some warmth to your room this winter by placing the rug made of sheepskin just beside your bed. Just tuck under the warmth sheepskin rugs and enjoy your reading or relaxing. It gives a cozy greeting to your frozen feet and makes you more energized in the morning.

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Comfortable Underfoot

Since your foot needs a warmth tough in chilly winter days, a fluffy area rug will work wonderfully well to keep you warmer. Spread this on the floor of your living room under the main seating area to add the smoothening texture and warmth underfoot. To give it a more elegant look, just layer one rug on the top of other. It will add up more visual interest.

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Warm up the windows with floral-patterned curtains

If you are not getting the proper feel through your windows then you need to do a little bit of experiments with its design. For that, curtains of floral-patterned roman shades would just be the wonderful idea to try on. Use sheer draperies instead of the thick curtains.

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Give a quick make over to fireplace

As soon as winters pop up, people quickly start getting closer to hearth area. Hence, give a quick make over to your fireplace to help it grab extra attention of the guests or visitors. Use a large designer mirror right above the fireplace to focal point status. Or get the hearth area covered by designing fencing.

Smell Matters

Once done with the décor and accessories, now it’s time to notice how does your gorgeously looking home smell? Check out the selection of odor and see whether they’re soothing enough or not. Pick up some selected wintery scents collected in a fragrant bowl with pine needles, cinnamon or evergreen. It would really make the aura of your home quite aromatic.

Author Bio:

I am Lynelle Thompson and like to write on Interior Design and Home Decor related topics. I am associated with In:Style Direct – a leading home furnishing and interior design agency in London.

How to Introduce Your Child to a Green Lifestyle: Guest Post By Amy Mia Goldsmith


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Parents have an enormous influence on their children’s behavior in society, which is exactly why they should be perfect role models. Even the slightest changes in their own lifestyle will inspire kids to behave in a certain way, especially if the goal is to make them more responsible towards the nature and the environment. Picking up a piece of litter and placing it in the bin will have a major effect on the way children see the world they live in. Here are some of the ways of how to introduce them to a green lifestyle.

  1. Encourage an Active Lifestyle


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Regular walks, bike rides, or any other kinds of physical activity are essential for many reasons, primarily for helping your kids stay healthy. Besides that, you will teach them that there are alternatives to driving, which is another way of saving the environment. Such an approach will foster a healthy respect for the nature, since spending more time in it inevitably leads to understanding how it works. A long walk is one of the most amazing ways for parents to spend time with their children, enjoying the fresh air and motivating them to be physically active at the same time. When you get tired, just sit on the grass and grab an apple to munch on – there is nothing better than that.

  1. Shop Wisely


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Help your children develop healthy and eco-friendly shopping habits. Take them to the farmer’s market, where they will be able to see where the food comes from and meet with the people who grow it. They will get used to shopping organic and fresh products instead of going for the junk food. As for the clothes, it is essential that they are made of high-quality materials which will allow children to feel comfortable and move with ease. You can find such items online at www.swap.com website, where you can easily sell your kids’ old clothes and find new ones that are inexpensive and appropriate for them. This is a very convenient way of shopping, since children are growing very quickly so that they outgrow all the clothes in a very short period of time. Besides that, it is perfect for moms with small kids, since shopping can get too stressful with them running around all over the place.

  1. Choose Toys Wisely


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Besides being environment-friendly, toys that are made of natural materials such as organic textiles and solid woods are certainly much safer choice for your children, since they don’t contain different kinds of toxic substances that are found in paint and plastics. It is definitely better for them to have fewer well-made and durable toys, than dozens of poor-quality ones that are harmful for their health. It is always a good idea to encourage kids to donate their toys once they have outgrown them, which is a great way to help others and save the planet at the same time.

  1. Let Them Grow Their Greenery


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Let your kids grow their own vegetables, and they will learn about the importance of the environment. Besides that, it is really fun, since that is a perfect way for a family to spend time outdoors together. Your own garden will give you the pleasure of enjoying delicious, sun-warmed, freshly picked vegetables, whose texture and flavor often exceed even the best grocery store products.

  1. Explain Energy Efficiency


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It is extremely important for children to understand the importance of energy conservation from an early age. Teach them to always turn off the lights when they are not in a room and to turn off the water while they are brushing their teeth, and explain why you want them to follow the rules. You can even utilize positive reinforcement by offering rewards for following your green rules.

As you can see, even the small changes in children’s behavior can lead to significant improvements in their lifestyle. Going green is always a good choice, and what is the most important here is that you, as a parent, set up a good example for your kids. Be a role model and they will accept all the changes much easier.

About the author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne with a lot of different interests in life. Her absolute favorite role is the role of a loving mother. Her daughter Sophie is 5 and she is expecting her little baby brother in June. If you wish to contact her, follow her on Twitter.

Protecting Your Child From Allergies: Guest Post from Ivana Craft


If you, or your partner, suffer from an allergic disease, then it is more likely that your children will also develop these conditions. However, there are steps you can take to help protect your child from allergies.

We take a look at some of the top ways you can protect your child from developing allergies, from prenatal care through to infancy.

Prenatal allergy prevention

Most professionals will argue that the top way to protect your child from allergies is during your pregnancy. Most importantly, expectant mothers must avoid cigarettes and secondhand smoke, as this can mean weaker lungs at birth, which can lead to asthma later in life.

However, when it comes to preventing food allergies, recent guidelines indicate that cutting out foods doesn’t actually offer any prevention benefits to your baby. The only food you should avoid if you or a close family member is prone to allergies is peanuts. Although there is no conclusive proof, exposing an unborn child to peanuts could make them vulnerable to peanut allergies.

During Infancy

This is a crucial period in your child’s life when it comes to allergies. For the first four to six months of his or her life you should feed your infant nothing but breast milk. It helps to promote a healthy immune system and is least likely to trigger an allergic reaction.

You can then move on to single-ingredient infant foods at between four and six months, such as vegetables, fruits and cereal grains. Doing this gradually, one at a time makes it easier to identify and eliminate any foods that cause an allergic reaction.

Allergy-proofing your home

Getting rid of dust is important, as it’s a food source for dust mites. According to studies, these microscopic bugs can raise the risk of asthma later in life in allergy-prone children. Babies who inhale a lot of these troublesome bugs are also more likely to develop atopic dermatitis within the first three years of life.

Most people don’t clean every little part of their home, unless they’re moving house and every inch needs to be left spotless for the next inhabitants. However, regular deeps cleans are important to help get rid of allergens in your home.

Regularly cleaning the bedding, mattresses, stuffed animals, carpets and other fabrics in your home is important, as this is where dust mites tend to live. To help avoid build up, you should cover mattresses and pillows with finely woven dust-mite-proof cases.

It’s important to reduce indoor air pollution, as things such as dust, pollen and mold spores can set off or lengthen allergy attacks. These substances can be found in dirty air ducts, which is why having these professionally cleaned on a regular basis is important.

Pets and other animals

There is conflicting evidence when it comes to the relationship between early life exposure to animals and the development of allergies and asthma. More recent research seems to suggest that early exposure, particularly to household pets such as dogs and cats, can help to protect children from developing these diseases. Speaking to a physician can help you to determine the best course of action for you and your family.

Organize Your Home: Tricks and Advice to Simplify Your Life – Guest Post By Andy Bell

Being organized is an advantage in many ways. This allows you to take control of the arrangement of your surroundings, mostly your things, so that you know where to find your stuff when you need them. It is also one way to show neatness and cleanliness.
In any way, being organized means you know how to take care of your things and arrange them in a way that is convenient for you. Having a strategically arranged space can make you move around freely and work more efficiently. Here are some tricks and advice on how to organize your home to simplify your life.
1. Kitchen tools hangout
Your kitchen space is probably the room with the most stuff in your home. From the smallest of the kitchen ware to the largest of containers, your kitchen is home to many items that can easily get lost from a chaos of stuff. This is why, if you’re thinking of organizing your home, you should give a big focus to your kitchen.
You can arrange your kitchen tools in many ways. You can hang the pans and organize the silverware in drawers, whichever is easier to access for you. Remember: a clean and organized kitchen is a happy kitchen and a happy home.
2. Organize shoe stand and use jewelry boxes
Shoes and other small items such as your accessories, keys and small trinkets are sometimes all over the place. Sometimes, you even lose these items when all the while they are just mixed up with your other stuff. To prevent this from happening and to keep your home spic and span, use a shoe stand and jewelry boxes. Organize your shoes on a shoe stand in an orderly fashion and use jewelry or small boxes to keep your trinkets.
3. Use zipper-lock bags
Zipper-lock bags have been increasing in trend lately. This is mostly attributed to its easy open, lightweight and recyclable features. From sandwiches, food ingredients to other small items in your home, you can use zipper-lock bags as an added storage for your little trinkets. You can even label each zipper-lock bag, if you wish. This will remove your small items from cluttering around your home.
4. Use a desktop organizer
Your personal workspace, if not arranged, can look cluttered with all the pens, papers and paperclips that could be hanging around. This will leave a messy look to your desktop. Use a desktop organizer to arrange your office items. Desktop organizers such as pen holders can keep hold of your pens and paperclips to avoid having them cluttering your desk. You can also keep your papers inside folders instead of having them lie around the table.
5. Control cords
Electric cords, especially charges, can easily get tangled and can look very messy when they do. Sometimes, the inner OCD in you can get annoyed seeing cords getting all tangled up. To avoid this from happening, organize the cords so that they don’t get tangled up. Use a tie or a clip to improvise and make a cord holder. When not in use, keep your chargers wrapped around and kept inside drawers so that they are not cluttered around your home.
Cleanliness is a big factor in organizing your home. Before you start arranging your furniture, first clean up the surfaces like the floor and the walls. Air Treatment System, a mold removal company, can help clean up your home and make it ready for your make over.
Making your home organized reflects on your personality and attitude. Having a neat and well arranged home is a sign that you are neat and organized, which is always a good thing

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  After being touched by the loss of a loved one to this devastating condition, I feel it is important to communicate as much information as possible.

As busy moms, it can become very easy to focus on our children and their health, as we push aside our own.  I myself have moved doctor appointments, then moved them again, just because I do not have time to go.  However, we need to remember how important it is for us to stay healthy, not only for ourselves, but also so we can be there for our family.

Dashing Elements is helping raise awareness by sharing some very important information from Bankers Heathcare Group.  This infographic provides important facts, dispels a few myths and reminds patients that early detection and better treatments do save lives.


For more information about Bankers Healthcare Group, check out their website at http://bankershealthcaregroup.com/blog/.


5 Tips to Control Indoor Allergens at Your Home – Guest Post By Marie Nieves

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One way to find out is your child allergic to something in your home is by checking whether its usual allergic symptoms and signs are weakening during the holidays, when you are away. If your child has allergic reactions, good news is that in a few steps you can drastically reduce the number of allergens in your home.

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House dust mites are parasites that live in the human environment, on bedding, carpets and other materials. They eat dandruff and other dead skin cells and other organic matter and they are considered one of the most common causes of asthma and allergic diseases. Mites can be killed by exposure to direct sunlight. Prevention and cleaning are the best way to deal with dust mites.  Here are some tips:

• Avoid clutter and accumulation of things and toys.

• Don’t let your kids to take stuffed toys into the bed.

• Take out curtains and carpets from a child’s room.

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If you have a pet, bathe him often. If you are just thinking about getting a pet, opt for fish or reptiles. If your child sleeps with a dog or a cat, it’s time to remove this habit. There is no good reason for pet hairs to be found in your child’s bed, especially if he or she has problems with airways and asthma. To get real results, it is the best to completely ban entry of furry pets in your home.

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Allergic reactions to mold are very similar to the common flu. You can help your child to get rid of these symptoms if you reduce the presence of mold. Excellent tip is to reduce the humidity in the house. Wet towels must be hung in the bathroom and sweaty and dirty clothes in the closed laundry basket. Inspect windows and walls for potential leaks and seal them if there are some.

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Children’s habits can be a magnet for these unwanted bugs. If you forbid your children to take food in their bedrooms, you have already done a lot. Invest in professional disinfestation to remove all pest from your home. Also, it would be good to thoroughly inspect all corners of the house and to close all potential holes from which these unwanted guests might encounter.

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To achieve all of this, you will need much more than a good will and dusting from time to time. At least once a year you should thoroughly clean the entire house. This includes cleaning of all furniture surfaces, floors and everything else in your home. You can do it yourself if you have enough time and good cleaning appliances or you can spend a little money and hire trained home cleaners for domestic cleaning in Sydney to clean your home, with proper cleaning appliances (professional vacuums and steamers). Make sure to take your child away from home while cleaning, in order to protect it from dusty environment.

Preventing allergies is a hard work. Consider how heavy are the symptoms of your child. For mild symptoms that do not seriously affect the its life, some of these steps are not necessary, but if your child has an allergy symptoms year round, day and night, use these tips because they will surely help you.


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Marie Nieves is student and blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design. Marie loves to talk about her experiences and she is regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.


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Fun Halloween Printables For the Family

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The fall season is in full swing!  Halloween will be here before you know it!  I wanted to give you an inspirational tip on a set of charming Halloween printables that are completely free and might come in handy during the month of October!  Foodpackaging Labels .Net has some great special event sticks!  From spooky ghosts, funny pumpkins, or festive bats, these would be great stickers to add as a gift tag to your Halloween treats!  The link below will take you directly to their FREE Halloween stickers!

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With these Halloween labels used creatively, you’ll easily make your home a perfect place to get in the trick-or-treating mood.  This project is quick and easy for any busy family!  Simply download the labels as PDF and print them out on a self-adhesive or regular paper on your home printer.

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Happy Halloween!

Motivate your Children to Clean – Guest Post By Natalie Miller

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It is that time of the week again, when you are starting your cleaning chores and your attention is divided between preparations and trying to convince your children to clean their room. Often that leads to conflict and raised voices, which is never an ideal situation to find yourself in.

This problem needs to be resolved, since constantly arguing with your children and trying to make them clean their room is obviously not the way to go. Cleaning is very important for every home, otherwise the place will become a mess. But in order to make your children believe this too, you need to have a different approach. If you are lost in trying to figure how to make this happen, here are few tips that can help you:

  • Implement regular cleaning routines – to ensure at least some stability in your home, you can establish regular routines that your whole family can stick to. By doing this you give your children time to prepare and deal with the chores in time. For example, if Saturdays are reserved for home cleaning or window cleaning, your children will not protest as much when that time finally comes and they will get down to business. The weekend is usually the preferred time for such tasks, since most of your family is present. When you think of routines, you have to allow some flexibility – your children might be feeling sick or they might have more important stuff to do (such as studying).
  • Change their perspective – if you have to be fair, you probably don’t like cleaning that much. You are doing it because you must and because it has a number of benefits, such as sanitizing and ensuring the environment in your home is clean and refreshed. But if there is one thing that you should understand, it is that domestic cleaning can be in fact fun. All you have to do is play some music, work against a timer or attempt new and interesting way of doing the work. If you can transfer this to your children, they will develop a more acceptable attitude and protest less when it comes to cleaning service.
  • Define your requirements – What do you mean when you say ‘clean your room’? Do you mean take out the trash, make the bed, declutter, take care of dust, put clothes for washing or a combination of these tasks? Be more specific about what you expect from your children and they will be more willing to oblige.
  • Be the good example – normally children pay more attention to actions, rather than words. That said, it is quite improbable for your children to clean just because you tell them to and that it is needed. Rather, you have to show them how to do it and that it makes you feel good. Show them how good you feel about your home after a proper cleaning session and maybe you will see them participate more often in the same.
  • Offer help – home cleaning is a tough job, no doubt about it. You have certainly met many difficulties so you cannot possibly expect it will be easy for your children. Offer assistance when they feel overwhelmed and you will have their thanks.

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Show a good parenting example by adopting these methods for motivating your children to clean. Having the right approach goes a long way in ensuring that work is done without protests.


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