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All-Natural Home Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

All-Natural Air Freshener and Carpet Deodorizer

Life as MOM contributor Janel offers tips and tricks to deodorizing a home the all-natural way. This past summer, my family was “homeless.” We house-sat for various friends and acquaintances for 8 weeks in California and then spent a few weeks visiting family and driving across the country back to Virginia. Meanwhile, all of our […]

How to Get a Band-aid (or Other Sticker) Out of the Carpet

How to Remove a Band-aid from Carpet | Life as MOM

As we all know, adhesive bandages, aka Band-aids, are a cure-all for all that ills a five-year old. At least at my house, that is usually the case. The girl has a minor scratch, a Band-aid can cure it magically. It happens often, as witnessed by the wrappers and papers left in her wake. One […]

Kids and Chores Can Mix

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If you haven’t already instituted a chore routine for your kids, now might be a good time to do so. As summer gives way to the school year, it’s a natural time of transition and new beginnings. Here are a few chore-related posts from the Life as MOM archives to help get you thinking about […]

Kids Can Clean the Bathrooms (with FREE printable checklists)

Kids Can Clean the Bathrooms - Life as MOM

Once upon a time, I did the bulk of the housekeeping on my own. Today, my kids help share the load. I’m both humbled and amazed at where we are today. (Hang in there, mamas of little ones, your time will come!) Now with children aged 16, 12, 11, 9, 6, and 4, I have […]

Reader Q&A: How do you motivate kids to do chores?

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A reader wrote in with a great question, one I’m sure we’ve all tangled with at one time or another. I am sure you’ve got some great ideas to help this Mama out. Question: I am a mom of 4 kids under 11. Sometimes I feel like I am the only one¬†cleaning our house. My […]

Kitchen Chores for Kids

kitchen chores for kids

Participating in kitchen clean-up is good for kids and for parents. Here’s how it works at our house. I remember when my eldest child was just five years old. We gave him the job of busboy. I bought a small plastic dishpan. After each meal, he would load it up with the dishes and take […]

Tackling the Living Areas (Zone Defense)

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This year we’re back on Zone Defense, tackling clutter and getting our homes more in order. This month, we set our sights on the living areas. I have lived in six different homes in my almost nineteen years of marriage. A couple were short-term rentals, but each of the others was a place we wanted […]

Cleaning House

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Find your house in a mess that paralyzes? Time to hit the reset button so you can get back to business. It’s been one of those weeks. Yeah, I know. As I type this, it’s still Monday. I’m referring moreso to the previous seven days. A week ago I was plotting my hubby’s 50th birthday […]