Category Archives: House Love

Trying to keep it straight, put away, and then found again…and maybe pretty for atleast a minute!

Fun Contest from Personal Creations: Fall is in the Air!

As summer comes to an end, I am loving these first signs of fall: the scents of apples, spices, and pumpkins along with the beautiful leaves and fun family activities. It also means that Halloween is right around the corner, bringing with it its own assortment of fun treats and decorations for the kiddos.

To help capture and share this spirit, Personal Creations is hosting their first ever Pinterest “Falloween” contest with a $500 Personal Creations gift card to their first-place winner, as well as $100 gift cards for five runners-up. While I have never promoted a contest that someone else runs before, Personal Creations has some super cute items for my favorite season that is upon us, which they sent me a sample to show you all:

fall mantel and decor

FALL! Yipee! Isn’t this adorable?!

Personal creations fall board

I personalized my #PCFalloween decorations this year thanks to @pcgifts. Adorable! #ad https://www.pinterest.com/hardlyagoddess/pcfalloween/ (tweet this)

I just love it! Last year, I received a cute holiday canvas as a gift from a friend. It was so unique, and was personalized with our family name on it which made it so special and well…personalized!  And of course, upon checking out where I could make one of these great signs to GIVE someone else, I found that it was made from the Personal Creations site! So since then I have just loved this company for cute gifts. And now you have a chance to WIN gift cards with them! Here are the details:

To ENTER:
• Follow Personal Creations on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pcgifts/
• Create a Pinterest board named “PCFalloween”
• Add a creative description to your Pinterest board
• Add at least 10 fall or Halloween décor themed Pins to your board with descriptions for why you’ve added each

Feel free to check out the Personal Creations Falloween Pinterest Contest board for inspiration: https://www.pinterest.com/pcgifts/pcfalloween/

Or you can check out my own board that I have made over on the right of this page or here.

CRITERIA in the decision:

• Creativity (30%)
• Uniqueness of Descriptions on Pins (25%)
• Diversity of Pins to Board (23%)
• Attractiveness of Board as a whole (22%)

If you love to PIN, then this is a great opportunity. If you just want to check them out, their website has some great gift ideas, or ideas for your own home. Check them out!


I was compensated to promote this contest with a sample canvas as pictured above. As with all my content, you can trust that what you read is my opinion alone, and is in no way influenced by any compensation that I may receive.  You can read more of my disclosures here.

 

Becoming #Unstuffed: Making Room for What You Want

This post is written as part of the Unstuffed Blog Tour, for which I received a free copy of her book in in order to review her book along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more about the blog tour and join us, click HERE. 

Becoming Unstuffed Book Launch | Hardly A GoddessBefore you stop reading this, because I have already posted about de-cluttering, and organizing, and Spring cleaning, and you can’t bear to read another one of those posts….stay with me on this one!  De-cluttering is so often put out there as an organization of your things, and streamlining your stuff, that I think the purpose…the actual reason of WHY you want to de-clutter sometimes gets lost.

I am reading 2 books on de-cluttering right now, and the one that I will share with you today is called Unstuffed, by Ruth Soukup. She is well known in the organizing world for getting rid of ALL of her kids toys one year, and also her 40-hanger rule. I have loved her de-cluttering tips before, but thought this book would be more of the same advice, that I know already and contantly revisit…but it isn’t.

This book is different. Why?Unstuffed | Hardly A Goddess

Because it speaks to the “Why?” and the “What?” and also the “How?”

Why do you want your stuff? How do you want your home to look? What do you want others to feel when they enter your house? How do you want to feel when you’re in it? She asks the root-questions of why we feel we need more stuff, and is it working for us. Is it working? 

For me, the answers took a bit longer than I expected.

We bought our current house 2 months after I delivered my twins. My girls were almost 5 and 3, and my husband had just had open heart surgery 6 months prior. It was a crazy time in our lives, and joyful in so many ways. But packing up our beloved first home, and moving into a new (to us) bigger house, was lot of work that I wasn’t up for. My focus was solely on the kids and especially my two babies…And keeping myself from insanity!  Even thinking about house and home was very much on the back-burner.

Now, 6 years later (sigh) we haven’t really done anything to our “new” house. Nothing. We painted a bit. But minimally. We are finally feeling like we have a little time back to do some of these home improvements. Now that the kids understand to stay away from wet-paint, it is time for some major house-love. Before all this love starts, we need to do the tough-love thing: Get rid the things that we don’t love anymore and have been holding onto, because it might be useful someday, or it was given to us by someone, even though we didn’t need it or want it sometimes.

Unstuffed book review | Hardly A Goddess

This was Day7, last year…Doing it again!

Here is an excert from the first chapter: Living

“The very first step towards becoming unstuffed is being realistic about how we actually use our homes, as well as how we want to use our homes. After all, filling our home with things we don’t need based on a fantasy that will never happen is nothing more than an exercise in frustration. Instead, when we are honest with ourselves and with our spouses about the purpose and function of our living space, it becomes easier to sift out the things that matter from the things that only add to the chaos.”

The idea is to only keep the things that make us happy and that we LOVE.

One of the tips she has in her book  (adapted from a statement from William Morris, I believe) is to get rid of anything that you don’t think is beautiful or makes you happy… Well, I still need furniture, so that probably won’t happen right away! I do need to sit somewhere! But what I can do, is make every room the best that it can be: so that it feels welcoming, clean, clutter-free, organized, useful, and pretty.  I want people to want to be in my home. Not a small task, but taken in little bites, I can make it through the house, piece by piece and make it what we had made in our old house: a home that reflects who we are…well, this messy house kind of does…Errr.  I want the house we live in today to feel good to us, and to make us want to be here!

Declutter your home, mind and soul once and for all in Ruth Soukup’s life-changing new book, Unstuffed. Through personal stories and practical action plans, she will inspire you to finally clear the STUFF that is weighing you down—once and for all.

Clear the Clutter with a free 10-DAY #UNSTUFFED CHALLENGE from @ruthsoukup – Sign up at http://ctt.ec/C5631+


 

Comparison of Spray-Mops: Review & Giveaway (closed)

Disclosure: I received a free e-Cloth Aqua Spray Floor Mop in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  As always I am 100% honest in my opinions on this blog.


eCloth spray mop Confessions. I love a good convenience product. No matter the chemicals or cost, the convenience factor is sometimes the determinant to whether I use a product or not. With food, it might be a can of condensed soup. Yup. I know how many crazy ingredients there are in that BPA ridden-can…but in a pinch, I love it. I have to confess that I do.  As far as the cleaning products in my house, I also must say, that I have loved some VERY questionably safe products, that have loads of toxic, endocrine disrupting buggers in them…but again, in a pinch, I have loved them.

What if the convenience food or product was as easy, and convenient as it is good for us?
Would we use it above all others? Choose it first?

I decided to put it to the test… with mops. Upon receiving a sample Aqua Spray Floor Mop from eCloth, I decided to test it against a well know spray-mop on the market, comparing apples to apples. Spray-mops, as opposed to mop-mops are made to replace the mop & the bucket. I detest the mop & bucket. So the spray-mop showdown is a winner; Either way, I get a clean floor without using a bucket.  Here’s my take on the comparison:

Using Chemicals

The best selling, wet-spraying floor mop (read: It rhymes with “wet/bet”) uses a chemical spray that smells like sunshine and you clean it up with a disposable cloth. It isn’t cheap, but it does work. They cost about $35 on Amazon for the starter-kit. But don’t let the low cost fool you. Since it uses disposable cloths, the replacements (20/pk) are about $12, and the cleaning solution, is at $11. So If I divide the work into 52 weeks, assuming I mop once a week (harhar!), in a year this would actually cost me:

· Initial investment: $35.00 (includes a mop, 2 pads, and a bottle of cleaning solution)
· Each disposable pad is $1.66 X 52 (weeks) assuming 1pad/wk= $86.32
· Solution for 20 cleanings: $0.55 per clean X 52 (weeks)= $28.60
· It takes 4 AAA batteries (at $2.50 a pack) to spray, assume you replace them once= $5.00
· Total cost for using the mop for one year: $154.92
· Total cost the second year, assuming it still works is the $154.92 minus the initial investment of the mop ($35.)= Cost after initial investment $ 119.00

Conversely, if you want a Chemical-Free Convenient spray-mop:

The e-Cloth version of the rhymes with ‘wet/bet’ is the new Aqua Spray Deep Clean Mop.
It has an interchangeable pad that fits the regular mop and also this new one, that is guaranteed up to 300 washes. It has the same e-cloth fiber technology that removes grease, dirt and over 99% of bacteria from hard floor surfaces using just water and the mop – No Chemicals Needed! Because it has the water build right in, in eliminates the need for a bucket- it is super convenient.

Cost= $49.99

As the website states, there are NO CHEMICALS to buy, so the cost savings is huge. You just wash the mop heads. Even if you only washed the mop head once a week, at 52 weeks a year, you’d have 5 ¾ years of use before you’d need to replace the pads!

It is literally LESS THAN HALF the cost (!!) of the “inexpensive” mop that they sell in the store! And the bonus is there are NO chemicals. If you have pets, infants, or children who tend to drop things and then put them in their mouths (5 second rule!) then you don’t want any nasty chemicals lurking on those floors! In sum: No chemical cleaners to buy, no pads to run out of, no batteries to replace, kills 99% of germs with just water.

To me it is a no-brainer. If:

It works.
It’s cheap.
It is environmentally safe.

A trifecta of winning. And I will choose it over the other guy, hands down.

Winner of the spray-mop comparison: e-Cloth Aqua Spray Floor Mops!e-cloth aqua spray floor mop

Check it out here:

W: www.ecloth.com
F: www.facebook.com/eclothUSA
T: @ecloth
P: www.pinterest.com/eclothUSA
I: @eclothUSA
Y: http://www.youtube.com/eclothCleaning

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