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24 Hours of Progress: The 10th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Tenth Hour:
Today's projects are less about getting your house clean, and more about getting your social calendar cleaned up. That's right, moving playdates and practices around a…

24 Hours of Progress: The 9th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress: So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!
The Ninth Hour:

Clean Out Your Lotions & Potions: Most women (and quite a few men) have quite the assortments of lotions, perfumes, body sprays, and other body indulgence items. Why? For on…

24 Hours of Progress: The 8th Hour - Featuring Identity Theft Solutions

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About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!
The Eighth Hour:
Shred Old, Unnecessary Documents: Old mail, credit card statements, shopping receipts and private documents build up on our desks, countertops and kitchen tables like weeds. No…

Hey, Nick Jr. - Where's The Fresh Beat Band Merchandise?

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ADDITION 1/13/12 - I found a similar jacket to the ones everyone has been purchasing from KMart (that are currently sold out online) from Amazon.com. It's a little pricier at $64, but I'm guessing it's also of a higher quality as it's actually meant for outerwear. Click the picture below for more information. Available in GIRLS sizes 4, 5/6 and 6X.

Another option for a baseline rock star jacket has been spotted at CWDkids.com. This jacket is currently on sale for $39 (regular $64) and is ONLY available in Size 4, so if you want one you'd better hurry! Click here for more information.

The jacket that has been selling at KMart (click here for details) is temporarily unavailable online, but you may be able to find it in your local store. I'll post as soon as I see it up again.

There is a comment to this post about a person who is making the jackets for the hefty price of $80 also. Too much for my tastes, but if you have the money, go for it!

ADDITION 12/21/2011…

24 Hours of Progress: The 7th Hour

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About 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!
The Seventh Hour:

Move Out Old Media:  I'm the type of person who likes to own a copy of my favorite movies and television shows (noteably, every season of Dawson's Creek). My husband -…

24 Hours of Progress: The 6th Hour

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About the 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way! Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!
The Sixth Hour:
Clean Up Shop at Your Laundry Station: Laundry rooms are a natural place for clutter to build up, especially on top of the dryer. Socks without a match, pieces of string and…

CleanFlame Firelogs - A Wonderful, GREEN Solution!! {Review}

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CleanFlame™ Firelogs are a product that my husband and I have been looking for for a long time. Since about July 2009, in fact. When I was pregnant with our daughter I was craving real, roasted-over-an-open-fire smores. My husband and I have one of those mini fire pits in our backyard, but being that camping season was well underway there wasn't firewood anywhere in sight. Our only option was using firestarters, and time and time again we were turned away by the packaging, which stated that the logs contained chemicals that made using the fire to cook with unsafe. Great... it was going to be microwave smores for me.

Not anymore though!


From their Website:

CleanFlame™ Firelogs:
Made from 100% recycled materialsSaves trees and reduces landfill wasteBurns cleanly enough to cook overGenerates 86% less creosote, 80% less carbon monoxide, and 30% less particulate matter than natural woodEasy to start in any weather; burns without tendingSingle 5-pound log burns up to 3 hoursWon't spa…

24 Hours of Progress: The 5th Hour

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About the 24 Hours of Progress:

So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!
The Fifth Hour
Shoe Sorting:Most of us live by the rule of only getting a new car when we get rid of the old one, but there are probably very few women who could live by the rule to get ri…

Not Sure Where to Find Something? CSN Stores will have it!

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I just love CSN Stores. Every time that I'm in need of something and I'm not sure where to find it, I can be certain that they'll have it. Their 200+ online stores have just about everything! From movie theater style popcorn boxes to heart shaped waffle makers to LCD TV Stands, they have just about everything you could possibly ever want or need.

I'm heading over there now to purchase a new stroller. With a selection of over 770 different strollers (did you know that many different styles existed?) I'm bound to find the one that will be just right for our Disney trip in March. That, and I'm so thrilled that I won't have to lug my daughter around from baby store to baby store dealing with crummy selections. Stay tuned!!

Helping Our Toddler Sleep Away From Home

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Sleeping away from home can be a pretty scary thing for a toddler. Toddlers crave routine, especially a bedtime routine in their own house, their own bed, with their own blankets and stuffed animals. Take that away and it can feel like the world is caving in around them.

For the better part of a year my husband and I were terrified of traveling with our daughter. She'd cry and cry away from home. We'd have to take turns rocking her to sleep and hoping we'd be able to put her down without her waking up, only to endure the same madness a couple hour later.

Our holiday trip this past year was the worst. We (unfortunately) live a 12 hour drive away from our families, and so we usually stop and stay overnight about halfway through. This time, on our way we got to the hotel and all of us went to bed at about 8pm (the only way AJ would go to sleep is if all the lights were out). I'm not going to lie, this part of traveling with a young child (the going to bed early part) is …

24 Hours of Progress: The 4th Hour

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About the 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Fourth Hour

Clean Your Window Treatments:
A lot of people tend to forget that their curtains and blinds are a part of the home that needs to be cleaned every once in awhile too. Over ti…

Get the Dirt, But Keep it Clean! {Win a trip to Hollywood!}

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This Valentine’s Day, a new mobile campaign from Clorox® Regular-Bleachhelps women clean up their own dirt while they enjoy their Hollywood news. When you sign up for helpful cleaning tips and gossip, you'll automatically be entered to win a trip for 2 to Hollywood, California. That's right, the land of sunshine, shopping and celebrities.
Do you know how many things you can do with Clorox bleach? It's really an amazing product. From keeping my flowers fresh longer (really! just had 1/4 teaspoon to each quart of water in vase) to disinfecting the inside of my washing machine from flu viruses, Clorox can pretty much do it all. You don't want to miss out on these tips.

To sign up and enter to win, visit www.clorox.com/GetTheDirt.

Disclosure: The Clorox Company sent me information about the Get the Dirt, but Keep it Clean program not intended to solicit product claims. I am in no way affiliated with Clorox nor do I endorse their products. This post was made in part with my…

24 Hours of Progress: The Third Hour

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About the 24 Hours of Progress:

So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Third Hour:

Clean Out Your Book Cases
For quite awhile I felt like I had to keep every book that I'd read, regardless of whether I liked it or if I planned on reading it ever again.…

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?

I had my third trip to the endocrinologist today. I feel like things are steadily getting better, and it's a relief. I get to go back in 12 weeks now instead of 8, so I am thankful for that. Unfortunately though their practice is moving about 30 minutes away so the trips will now be longer. Oh well! God is good and I'm glad I'm getting better. I think it's absolutely incredible that a disease like Hashimoto's, in which my immune system is literally attacking my thyroid, can be so well balanced out with one daily pill. Modern medicine is amazing.

I missed posting a question for my Day Zero Project last week - oops. Here's today's question from the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind:

Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
If you asked my husband this question about me, he would tell you that I must be more concerned with doing the right things over doing things right. That probably comes from my refusal to read directions…

Check Out My Guest Post on Oh So Savvy Mom!

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Amy over at Oh So Savvy Mom is currently running an amazing series on cloth diapering. If you're stuck on the basics, she's your girl! She explains the fundamentals as well as the benefits of using cloth diapers. I was so excited when she asked me to do a guest post! I didn't start using cloth diapers until my daughter was almost 10 months old. Go check out my post, "It's Never Too Late to Cloth Diaper."

Thank you for the opportunity, Amy!

24 Hours of Progress: The 2nd Hour

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About the 24 Hours of Progress:


So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The Second Hour

Clean Out Your DishwasherThis task is practically cheating, because though your dishwasher may be working for an hour, your effort is only going to take about 60 seconds. …

Pre-Order Tangled and Get 50% Off on Amazon!!

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I love a good pre-sale, especially on hot Disney items like last year's feature,Tangled.

Released on Blu-ray and DVD March 31st, Tangled will be a hi in Easter baskets all across America this year. Make sure to get your copy today for 50% of retail price at Amazon.com!

That's right, theTwo-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combois available for pre-order now for just $19.99 (original price $39.99) and theTangled DVD is available for just $16.99 (original price $29.99). If you're really looking to make an impression on the kids, there is a Special Four-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy available for pre-order as well for $29.99 (original price $49.99).

Don't hesitate! This pre-order price will be gone as soon as the movie is released!

24 Hours of Progress: The 1st Hour

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About the 24 Hours of Progress:
So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!
Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do. Pick one project each Monday, Wednesday and Friday to work on from now until April 1st. By the end of the session, you will have made 24 Hours of Progress towards the home you deserve!

The First Hour:
Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets
After a minor muscle ache recently, my hubby dug out some BenGay for me. It wasn't three seconds later that he said, "Um... this ex…

Cheers to the Single Parent

Every single day I thank the Good Lord that I am not a single parent, and that I have a wonderful husband to help me with the trials of raising our young daughter. Every single day.
There have been times when my husband has been away for a couple of days on business, and by the time he gets home I feel like I would have died had I been left alone for just a few more hours.
Single parents often have to get up early to get ready for work, get the kid(s) up and ready and chauffeured to daycare or school, work all day, and then have to worry about getting the kids home, fed, cleaned, homeworked, entertained and to bed. Not to mention bills and grocery shopping and cleaning.
The bottom line is that being a single parent is HARD work.
Single parents are often looked down on, as people who weren't able to keep their marriages together or who had babies out of wedlock. This kind of judgment is just so harsh. Being a single parent doesn't need to be a constant reminder of a person's…