Potty Training Bag Essentials (for home)

Potty training is a daunting task. While in the midst of our journey these are some of the things we learned were essential!

A Bag to Store Everything 

 

Mickey just seemed to be the right guy to hold all of our things. 😄

An Ample Anount of Books 

 
For the all the time you spend sitting on the bathroom floor; and that will be a lot!

A Security Blanket + Calming Bottle 

 
These helped when we were having a hard time going, if you know what I mean. 🙈 – We made the calming bottle with just water, food coloring, and confetti.

A Treat Jar (a must‼️)

 
Obviously it’s a big deal when they go in the potty… What better way to celebrate than with chocolate? 

Antibacterial Hand Wipes (a must‼️) 

 
For some reason washing our hands afterwards was more of a chore than anything. So, these were definitely a must and she actually enjoyed using them (I think because she could do it quickly and by herself).

 
This potty explains Aubrey, sassy! Anyway, there’s the bag and everything we have in it! Good luck 🙌🏼 

Happy Wednesday!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

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Traveling on a Budget

The how-to’s of traveling on a budget in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

Prepare financially in advance (way advance)!

Save your money! You can go back to reference in our money section for tips and also our organization section for budget sheets! Have different “saving accounts” AKA multiple coffee cans for road trip necessities; road trip food money, road trip souvineers, road trip hotel accommodations, etc.

Pack your own snacks!

Buying snacks on the road is always too expensive and often times not very healthy. It’s always a bummer when you finally get to your destination and dont feel well due to junk food! Bananas, mandarin oranges, whole wheat crackers, string cheese, and raisins are all awesome snacks for on-the-go! There’s a link below for some jazzy ideas!

http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/2015/04/40-road-trip-snacks.html#_a5y_p=3625439

Look for discounts!

Military, Triple A member, student… etc!

Hotel Rewards 

Always sign up for rewards programs! They often times have some great deals to steal. For example, we have gotten one night free for staying three nights at the Red Roof Inn! Holla 👏🏻 Hotels.com will also give you one free room every 10 rooms booked through them. An extra tip for hotel accommodations is making sure breakfast is included! 

Do the free stuff!

Take a walk, climb a mountain, explore the town, go swimming in the ocean. Take advantage of your natural resources and make memories doing so. ❤️

Those are our tips for today! Have a happy Wednesday and stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing 5 ways to use quinoa! 

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

Packing up Your House on a Budget

Hey Mommas! These days are going by so quickly and our cross country trip is coming up too soon! Of course we’ve been scrambling around like little chickens trying to get everything done. This will be my fourth time but my first time with a toddler so say a prayer for us! I thought I would share today a few things we have done to save a penny in this crazy process.

1. Find free boxes! Also, make sure to save and reuse boxes from previous moves. There is a link below on where to find free boxes. We have always had luck on resale pages!

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http://www.whatsupfagans.com/2014/07/17-places-where-to-get-free-moving-boxes/

2. Pack up your clothes into trash bags! This will eliminate the need to take your clothes off the hanger and hang them up again. It will also save you a box (or four😉).

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3. Dont pay loads of money on wrapping paper! Instead, wrap your fragile items in sheets and/or towels. Paper plates are also good padding to put in between your dinner plates. Balled up socks are good fillers for any empty holes in your boxes as well!

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4. Save a pretty penny without the movers and do it yourself! Get a workout in the process 💪🏼

5. Pack heavy items into a rolling suitcase. Eliminate the need for a dolly and save an extra box!

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6. This is why saran wrap will be your best friend!

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Those are our moving tips for today! Stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing traveling on a budget! Happy Wednesday!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

Freezer Meals

Freezer meals are so great. They are the taste of homemade meals done easy! There are so many different variations but I thought I would share a few that always stay in our freezer!

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Ingredients:
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup rice cereal
• 1/2 cup oatmeal cereal
• 1 puréed pear – or fruit of your choice – can also use 1/2 cup of apple sauce
• 2 eggs
• 1 tablespoon of butter
• 1 cup of milk
• water – until desired consistency
• dash of cinnamon or vanilla – optional

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Directions: Prepare as you would regular pancakes. This recipe will yield 8 adult sized pancakes. Once finished frying, put into individual bags and into the freezer! So simple and delicious! When you are ready to defrost, just stick them in the microwave for about 45 seconds!

Toddler Lunches

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Ingredients:
• 2 celery sticks
• 2 carrot sticks
• 1/2 head of cauliflower
• 1 head of broccoli
• 1/2 sweet potato (forgot to put it in the picture 🙈)
• 1 can of white kidney beans
• 1 can of corn
• 1 can of sweet peas
• 1 can of green beans

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Directions: Cut up all raw vegetables and boil until tender. While waiting for your fresh vegetables to be done; open your cans, rinse veggies, & transfer to bowl. Once your fresh vegetables are done, strain and transfer to bowl as well. Fill individual bags and put them straight into the freezer! These are also very simple and Aubrey loves them! When you are ready to defrost them (I usually put some butter on top first), then just stick them in the microwave for 1 minute! TaDa! 👏🏼

Burritos

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Ingredients:
• 12 whole wheat flour tortillas
• 1 large can refried beans
• half block of cheese – grated
• 2 cups brown rice
• 1 cup of salsa – fresh is best!
• salt

Directions: These are so easy and convenient! Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take step by step pictures but I will explain as best I can! In a large saucepan, heat up your salsa and beans. Cook rice according to package. Lay out your tortillas and fill with bean mixture, cooked rice, and grated cheese. Sprinkle with salt, fold your tortillas, put into baggies, and right into the freezer! These are great for next day lunches or nights where your too busy for a home cooked meal!

I am always thrilled to hear how these things to turn out for everyone. Feel free to leave your comments and as always, have a happy Wednesday! Stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing how to pack up your house on a budget!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

Cleaning

You don’t have to spend loads of money on house hold cleaners! We use three basic cleaning solutions for our WHOLE house. Distilled white vinegar, bleach, and alcohol (rubbing that is😜). Baking soda on occasion for stains (the high chair sees a lot of that 😄). I use spray bottles for each. For our vinegar solution, I mix about 3/4 vinegar with 1/4 water. I don’t dilute the bleach or alcohol.

I swear I use our vinegar cleaner for just about everything! Bathrooms, kitchen, floors; look up some vinegar cleaning uses, you will be amazed! It’s acid kills bacteria and viruses while still being gentle enough for our little ones! It’s also pretty budget friendly, which is great for us everyday house wives! Plus, it’s “all natural”, who doesn’t love those two little words?

My new obsession is essential oils! Aside from the awesome health benefits, they can be used as a disinfectant as well! Put a couple drops of your favorite oil into your vinegar solution for an even better clean or make your own spray with thieves oil and water!

Another thing that we do is make our own laundry detergent. It costs about 28 dollars to make but instead of buying a new container of laundry detergent every month we only make a new batch about every 6 months! It saves us a little money, we don’t have to worry about getting laundry detergent all the time, and it’s kind of a fun thing to do! Recipe Below:

• Box of Borax (4lb 12oz)
• Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3lb 7oz)
• Container of OxiClean (3lb)
• Box of Zote Soap – already shaved (17.6oz)
• Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (4lbs)
• Bottle of Purex Crystals – we use the ones for baby since Aubrey uses it too☺️ – (28 oz)

Just mix it all together and give it a go! Don’t throw away the scooper in your OxiClean container, that’s what we use to scoop our detergent!

Ya gotta love granny’s saying, “we didn’t get to where we are in this life by wasting things!” So, I try to up cycle as much as I can. We love oranges around here, probably the Florida kids in us! So what do we do with those orange peels once were done eating them? Two things! We soak them in.. take a guess! Yup, vinegar! They make great scrubs to clean your sinks and bathtubs. You can also use them to get rid of that odor in your sinks garbage disposal (throw an ice cube or two in there, they will help sharpen the blades!) Just put your peels into a mason jar and put them in the freezer. Anytime your garbage disposal needs a good refreshening, throw one in there!

We were blessed with everything we have by God, I believe keeping our possessions clean in a way honors Him!

{Proverbs 27:23-24 Look after your sheep and cattle as carefully as you can, because wealth is not permanent. Not even nations last forever.}

As always, happy Wednesday!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

Stay tuned in for next week, we’ll be discussing the young wife in modern society!