Simple Organizing Ideas for Your Bathroom

You may not be a "bathroom person" and simply view the bathroom as something necessary but unworthy of your styling and organizing... thumbnail 1 summary
You may not be a "bathroom person" and simply view the bathroom as something necessary but unworthy of your styling and organizing attention. If you think about it though, your bathroom, its ambiance, its space affects your daily bathroom rituals.

A lot of people have this "view" about bathrooms hence this space usually ends us being cluttered and unkempt. Your bathroom accessories, beauty products, medicines could really just pile up and its easy to get lost in all that clutter. Before long, you'll be wanting to organize your bathroom.

Take a look at your bathroom and your stuff in there and start creating good space and some peace in your bathroom. Here's some simple and basic steps to get you started.

Assess your medicine cabinet if its in your bathroom. It's not a good idea to store medicine in the bathroom as this are can become hot and humid specially if you tend to use hot showers and baths often and this can have harmful effect on your medicines that needs to be stored at room temperature. Consider moving your medicine cabinet out of the bathroom. If not make sure it is farther away from the moisture and humidity generated by the shower. Now, start organizing, check your medicines' expiration dates. Throw out expired ones. Make sure you keep all meds locked tight and preferably stored higher up specially if you have kids around the house.

Take a look at your makeup. Don't keep those old stuff as it could cause you allergies. Most makeups have a shelf life of about 18-24 months except mascaras which can be used for up to 3 months and liquid eyeliners, which lasts about 3-6 months. Nail polish can be kept for about a year. Those makeup products that have exceeded their shelf lives, throw it out. It would be helpful for your if you mark each item with the purchase date so you won't have to rack up your memory when you have purchased something. Organize your makeup in a way that you have easy access to those you wear and use daily.

Get some of those inexpensive containers from your home discount store. Bathrooms have a lot of small things that could easily pile up as a clutter and these small boxes, baskets and bins could help you out organize these small things. Organize your bathroom drawers with these, place the things you need when you use the shower or bathtub together in a container and place them near the area you will use it for.

The simple key to being organized is to have the things that you need in a place that your can easily access so you will have a more efficient and time saving space. Don't procrastinate, go ahead, assess your bathroom clutter and get organized.


My 1920's Name?

Your 1920's Name is: Georgette Oma You're the Bee's Knees What's Your 1920's Name? thumbnail 1 summary


Your 1920's Name is: Georgette Oma




You're the Bee's Knees

Clothes, Footwear and More Clothes...

I feel a little down today and I wanted to feel a little better. Getting some retail theraphy is great way to push myself out of my melanch... thumbnail 1 summary

I feel a little down today and I wanted to feel a little better. Getting some retail theraphy is great way to push myself out of my melancholic mood but shopping here is either going to the markets which is hot and could get really crowded or going to the malls which is cool yet prices are crazy.

They charge so much higher (at times more than double) than the markets.I could neither go for those choices coz hubby has a class so no one can drive me around and I don't like taking the moto taxi's (this I do if I really have no other choice and I need to go somewhere)..I ended up hopping from one shopping site to another. I wanted to take a look at what's the latest in clothing, footwear and accessories. I'm a girl so naturally I have closets chockfull of them and I still end up complaining I don't have anything to wear.

Came across this site - www.simplybe.co.uk and they have great selections. Tempting... I love their jeans collection and I particularly heart this...




and these trainers are nice!


Lol! This is window shopping - Online! A great thing about this site? They also have a Plus Size Catalogue!

Thoughts on Housekeeping and Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

The whole process of home-making, house-keeping and cooking, which ever has been woman's special province, should be looked on as an ar... thumbnail 1 summary

The whole process of home-making, house-keeping and cooking, which ever has been woman's special province, should be looked on as an art and a profession.

Sarah Josepha Hale (1788 - 1879)
U.S. editor and poet.

I came across this quote and I couldn't agree more. Some people might look down on house-keeping, cooking etc but in reality, these are jobs that takes a lot of skills, patience and determination to master.I must admit before I got married I have the notion that to be a full-time housewife is a comedown for women. I staunchly believed that a wife shouldn't just be at home ironing and cooking the family meals. 

My views on these have changed though. After I gave birth to my daughter, I was still working and this was putting a strain on the family schedules. So I decided to quit working and stay at home to take care our child just until she starts to school.

At first I thought everything would be a breeze. What could be more easier than just staying at home? I imagined myself with lots of time to watch movies, or paint my nails or wash my hair aside from doing the chores around the house. Alas, to my chagrin, I neither have had the time to do all this things and I kept wishing there were more hours to a day than 24 hours. The initial weeks almost made me scream in frustration as chores just keep piling up in front of me. There where times I would just cry in pure helplessness.  I find it unbelievable how stay at home wives cope up with those mountains of chores and I just have one child to take care of. Imagine those who have three or more. 

Initially, the sheer amount of things to do would make me feel just like sleeping it off but I found that it's best to have a schedule for chores. Like in a week I do laundry twice during Wednesday and Saturday mornings, ironing on Sunday afternoon. Grocery shopping every Saturday afternoon, wet market day on Sunday morning and so on.. We also have a planned menu every week to save us time and its easier to do shopping this way. Being organized would really free some time for you and make house-keeping uncomplicated.

Doing house work can also be boring and repetitive. A solution for this is to engage in a hobby or craft and set aside some time for yourself. Wether its a few minutes to paint your nails or go to a salon or have a few moments to read a book, this would all help in keeping you from feeling deprived. Socializing and keeping in touch with friends is a big big help for stay at home moms. It'll keep you connected and not feeling isolated. 

Though I still believe women can and should be able to work outside of the house and pursue a career if they choose to do so, I have now a high regard for wives who stay at home. There are people who ask me why I prefer to stay at home when I could easily land a good paying job, some could be so rude as to say why stay useless at home and not use the degree I've earned to work. Before, it made me self-conscious but after sometime, I learned not to care about these comments and I don't really feel like explaining myself to them and besides, staying at home doesn't mean you are useless, in fact you can do more. With just a little creativity and some know how, you can also earn from home. 

While I was staying at home, I was so into fashion jewelry making as a hobby and before long it turned out into a home-based business. This business led me to learn how to build simple websites so I could have an online catalogue. From this I stumbled into blogging and web design.

When we moved here in Phnom Penh last year, I stopped my fashion jewelry business and I've decided to stay at home and concentrate on blogging and web designing. This would allow me to be at home as well as earn on the side and I'm loving it. I get to cook the family meals, take care of my husband and child, and my free time is for my online endeavours. So I could safely say I am practicing two professions - an online entrepreneur and a housekeeper and I'm really proud of it!

Shopping Online for Your Home & Garden

Shopping for your home furnishings and garden accessories could be really daunting. It requires a lot of time and effort as well as a good b... thumbnail 1 summary
Shopping for your home furnishings and garden accessories could be really daunting. It requires a lot of time and effort as well as a good budget to get what your need to style your home and garden.

With the advent of online shopping though, things could be more convenient for your since your can now browse for your needed home furnishings like your bed linens, your light fixtures home accents like candelabras, area rugs can now be done at your leisure. This would give you more time to read on the product specifics, reviews about the product and compare prices. You'll also be able to make more informed shopping decisions and less of impulsive buys.

You can literally find almost anything online, from your home furniture, kitchen and dining stuff, home improvement, housewares and home maintenance, even things you need to create a pretty garden. Find garden things like flower bulbs, planters, trimmers, bird baths, grills, other garden accents, even things you need to make a zen rock garden!

The downside to this is that you can't physically see and touch the product itself but online shopping usually comes with a return guarantee, so best check out the online store's return and shipping policies. The biggest advantage I can see in shopping online is that, you get an extensive variety and almost endless number of choices and you can get products which are not available in your locale. So if you are looking for something unique and memorable for your home and garden furnishing, try doing your shopping online.




Change the Look of Your Room with D-I-Y Budget Curtains..

One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is to add some window treatments. It's easy but if you are working around a budget ... thumbnail 1 summary
One of the easiest ways to change the look of a room is to add some window treatments. It's easy but if you are working around a budget it may not be as easy. It's quite costly to purchase a totally new window treatment for your entire living room.

If you are creative though, you can explore other window treatment options to spruce up your windows. Make your own easy-on-the budget curtains. All you need is your fabric and some simple connectors.

Fabric. Visit a wholesalers shop. Choose a fabric that suits your home decor theme and that would match your personal style. Select something that has finished edges or consider those already with prints.

Connectors. Your local handyman or shops have this. Choose a grommet ( protective eyelet in a material that prevents damage either to the material or to a rope passed through it), clip, hook or cord.


Simply piece all these together. Set the grommet on the fabric, then use the hooks in the holes or you can thread cords through the grommet holes then use this to hang it from a wooden curtain bar or on hooks above your window. Just a few simple steps and you'll have a simple, yet stylish window treatment.

If you are a frequent at flea markets or antique stores, you may chance upon chic clips that easily latches on the fabric. Other places you can find these clip-on rings are home decorating shops and import stores.

Another way is to use buttons on the curtains. Just thread a fine wire through the holes and sections of buttons and twist the wire on the back side to create small loops to use in hanging the curtain.

Don't let your budget or your lack of sewing skills stop you from creating a personalized and stylish window treatment for your home. Let your creativity flow and experiment with different styles and materials.




Want to Master the Power of Your Brain?

Yes you can! There are various ways you can do this. Some try out yoga and meditation or other means. Here's the newest in the market - ... thumbnail 1 summary
Yes you can! There are various ways you can do this. Some try out yoga and meditation or other means. Here's the newest in the market - brainwaves CD's.

Brainwaves is a great tool for self-development. By simply listening to these CD's for a few minutes a day, you be reaping big self benefits. These program would promises to allow you to be a: fast and clear thinker; be able to control and master your emotions;increase your learning ability
increases your IQ;relieve your stress;improve your personal relationships;be more energetic and optimistic..

It is known that brainwaves bring about key states of mind and by using a specially-created audio recordings, your brainwaves could be stimulated to bring about optimal performance. There is really such a thing as brain over matters. There are times when you are in pain yet you manage to tolerate it by simply thinking that you can.. I think this just demonstrates the power of the brain and if given proper stimulation, the brain can really accomplish a lot of things.

Interested in this? Just head over to the Brainwaves website..


Bedroom Clutter Control

What usually clutters a bedroom? Clothes, papers or stuff from work, kids toys? The bedroom is supposed to be the place for us to rest and ... thumbnail 1 summary

What usually clutters a bedroom? Clothes, papers or stuff from work, kids toys? The bedroom is supposed to be the place for us to rest and if it is too cluttered I doubt if one can get as much rest as you need.

So how does one organize things so the bedroom becomes more or less uncluttered? Here's some tips I've come up with while managing the clutter in out own bedroom.

Most of us don't have the luxury of having big walk-in closets, but still whatever kind of closet you have in your room can be a big help in controlling the clutter. Organize your closets. Have one for hubby and one for yourself. Clothes already clean and ironed should go straight in and not left about the bedroom.Justify Full

Get a laundry basket but don't put it in the room. Place it near the laundry area and make it a habit to put soiled clothes there not on top of the bed or in the bedroom.

Our daughter likes hanging out in the room, watching TV, at times doing her homework, or playing. I have a rule about not eating on the bed because crumbs can fall down and I certainly don't want to sleep with ants. Playing kids will always bring along toys, so I have a box inside the bedroom for her to keep her stuff.

If you sometimes do some paperwork or reading on the bedroom, have a place for these things. If you have extra space inside the room, get a small working table and organize your paper clutter there. Having accordion type envelopes or plastic file keepers are big help in organizing paper clutter.

Note: Photo taken from http://uglyhousephotos.com/. This blog site is really interesting. In case you don't want to make serious mistakes in decorating, visit this site. I just love their tagline - "Phoenix Area Homes with Clutter, Ugly Decor and Bad Taste!" Hahaha!

Bedroom Furniture Dilemma

Last weekend, we've been 'window shopping' for some bedroom furniture. Hubby likes wood and antique looking stuff while I am mor... thumbnail 1 summary
Last weekend, we've been 'window shopping' for some bedroom furniture. Hubby likes wood and antique looking stuff while I am more in favor of contemporary furniture. He likes intricate designs and dark wood while I prefer clean, simple lines preferably in neutral colors. So we disagree most of the time on which furniture to get.

I've been trying to convince him to get a modern bedroom furniture, but he seems not too sold out on too sleek lines. So were now discussing having a bed custom made. This would definitely cost more but we just both have to be satisfied since were the one's going to use it.

We'll probably have platform beds - which is thoroughly modern and contemporary, then we'll add up a headboard with some of the intricate designs hubby prefers. That would be a compromise :P.



What Tropical Fruit Are You?

The heat must be getting to me,huh? I wanted to know what kind of tropical fruit I am, and here's what the test in Blogthings has to say... thumbnail 1 summary
The heat must be getting to me,huh? I wanted to know what kind of tropical fruit I am, and here's what the test in Blogthings has to say...

You Are a Pineapple

You are bright, cheerful, and active. You have a lot of zest for life.
You find it easy to feel energetic and refreshed throughout the day.

You are likable and influential. You are an important part of the mix.
You can go with the flow or be bold, depending on the situation.



Interesting and true.. hehe.. Hope you are having a blast this summer..


Best Online Coupons

Some people ignore the power of savings using coupons. Understandably so because before if you want to use coupons to get discounts you hav... thumbnail 1 summary

Some people ignore the power of savings using coupons. Understandably so because before if you want to use coupons to get discounts you have to cut out coupons from magazines and sort out direct mails.

This times however, with the advent of online shopping, using coupons is getting much much easier. www.BestOnlineCoupons.com is one site I could recommend for Target.com Promotional Coupons.

This site really has definitely lots and lots of coupons to make shopping much easier on the pockets. A recommended site for thrifty moms. Aside from Target coupons, they also have Best Buy coupons, Dell, Expedia, Macy's, Office Depot, Old Navy coupons, Orbitz, Overstock, Sony, Walmart and much more options. The site is also easily navigated and the categories makes it easier to sort out the coupons you need.

So if you want to get sizable cuts from your shopping bills, head over to this site and choose your coupons. Note that coupons can be for discounts, shipping or other deals you can get, but whatever it is, I'm sure using it is worthwhile as you get price cuts and savings.


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