How Often Do You Wash Your Bed Sheets?

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how often should I wash my bed sheets

I’ve always washed my sheets once a week…in hot water.  One, because it feels so amazing {even if it’s only in my mind} to crawl into freshly washed sheets on a regular basis.  And two, because it turns out you are not the only one in there {I’m not talking the HH here}.  Think I am about to dish something juicy?  Think again, peeps {seriously, what kind of girl do you think I am?!}  You’re also sharing your bed with dust mites–and well, how do I put this?  Their poop.  Yeppers, anywhere dust can settle, so do dust mites.  Washing sheets in warm or hot water kills most of the critters that take up residence in between the sheets–washing them weekly will give them very little time to build up.

If bugs weren’t enough, consider this:  we shed about 1 million dead skin cells per day.  If you get your 8 hours of sleep in, you could reasonably be sluffing off 1/3 of your skin shedding quota in bed. Grody, I know.  Here’s the other thing, we are oily.  We secrete oil and sweat as we sleep, and then our sheets courteously shimmy it off of us.

Bottom line:  Humans are gross.  Bugs are gross.  Wash your sheets weekly.

Friendly tip from me to you,

~ Mavis

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Master Bathroom Remodel Ideas | What Do You Think?

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maple espresso bathroom cabinets

Yesterday I stopped by a house Chino the Handyman recently completed and fell in love with the master bathroom. Girly Girl designed it of course {she has such good taste}.bathroom vanity maple espresso

The layout of the double vanity is about the same size as the outdated one we have now. I LOVE the color of the cabinets, but I’m not so much in love with the linen cupboard to the right of the unit. It feels like the person using the sink on the right side would feel a bit squished while brushing their teeth {first world problems I know}. So I’m thinking maybe an extra row of drawers and a little more counter space would be a better fit for us.

I also think those 12″ x 24″ tiles look pretty groovy as well.

bathroom mirror penny tile background

Moving on to the mirror. Now normally, I am a big fan of framed mirrors, but this one, set on a penny tile background has just enough bling factor to make you feel like you’re in a hotel bathroom suite. Comfortable, but not too flashy. Or trendy. penny tile bathroom vanity

The sinks are pretty fabulous too. {I would go with a chrome faucet instead of bronze hardware though}.built in bathtub shelf

And then there is the tub and shower area. Don’t you just love that built in shelf? I think I might need one of those. I’m not exactly sure what I’d out in there, but it looks cool.

built in shelf shower

Here’s a close up of the penny tile as well as the tile they used on the floor. What do you think? I like how Chino and Girly Girl used the same tile throughout the entire bathroom. It seems pretty neutral, but not boring, or plain. I think 3 -5 years from now this look will still be in style.

toilet room 12 by 24 tile

Oh, and the toilet room. I would have a higher toilet in there of course. ;)

Yes the bathroom is for us, but there is the re-sale factor to consider here as well. So my questions to you are:

1. Do you think the color of the cabinets are too dark?

2. Do you like the penny tile/mirror combo? Do you think it’s too flashy? Too trendy?

3. What do you think about the built in shelf above the bathtub? Cool? Useless?

4. Tile counter tops… love, hate? {12″ x 24″ were used}

It’s getting down to crunch time and we’ll need to order the supplies for our bathroom remodel soon. So thanks in advance for all you help. You rock!

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Free Soy Sauce, Buy 1 Get 1 Purina Dog Chow, Pop Up Greenhouses and More

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Word of the Day: Gloaming Definition: Evening, dusk.  Used in a sentence: Roaming in the gloaming is a delightful experience.

This morning I watched a YouTube video made by a 10 year old to learn how to add the emoji icons on to my phone keyboard. HILARIOUS! Kids are so dang smart I tell you. :) Anywho, I posted a picture of Princess Lucy the Puggle Dog. She’s the best dog ever you know.

Have a great Wednesday everyone,

Mavis

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Amazon has the Flower House PlantHouse 5 Foot Pop-Up Greenhouse on sale for $168.99 shipped! I have used the smaller version in the past and loved the quality and durability of the product. Zulily has an assortment of pop up greenhouses on sale today as well.

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Zulily has Athleta Sportswear and Swimsuits on sale today with savings up to 50% off. My daughter LOVES this brand!! There products are a little pricey but they are very well made. New to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up, then HERE to see the deals.

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Rhubarb Walnut Muffins – I’m not sure if you knew this, but rhubarb makes freakin amazing muffins. The walnuts are just the icing on the cake, um muffin. Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later. Find more recipes on my Muffins and Breads Pinterest Board.

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Kid-Approved Crunchy Fish Stick Recipe

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Kid-Approved Crunchy Fish Sticks

I know those store bought fish sticks are a staple in many American kitchens. I get it. They are fast and easy, and kids gobble them up. But if you read some of those labels, the contents will shock you. Not the best thing to be feeding small bellies {or any sized bellies for that matter!}. So here is a healthier version that kids will still love!

cod fish

Ingredients

1 cup bread crumbs {you could use seasoned for an extra kick!}
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1 cup flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1.5 pounds cod fillets, cut into strips

Kid-Approved Crunchy Fish Stick

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix bread crumbs, salt, paprika and lemon pepper, and pour onto a large plate {plates with raised edges or lips woke best}. Place flour and egg in separate shallow bowls. Make a fish stick assembly line, placing the flour plate first, followed by the egg bowl, the bread crumb bowl and a baking sheet {coated with cooking spray}. Dip the fish first in the flour, then the egg and then the break crumb mixture, pressing the fish into the coating to help it stick. Carefully place now coated fish sticks on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes, turning once. Fish sticks are done when the fish flakes when cut. Enjoy!

Kid-Approved Crunchy Fish Sticks

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A New Year and Thoughtful Spending With the 3/50 Project

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Have you heard of the 3/50 Project?  It’s basically a grass roots attempt to save local businesses from getting pushed into extinction by national chain stores.  You are supposed to ask yourself, “what THREE independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?”  Then, it gives the statistic that if just 1/2 of the employed population would spend $50 each month at a locally owned business, it would “generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.”

The general idea is that if you spent $50 a month at 3 separate local businesses, you would create a pretty significant impact.  Here’s the statistics they throw out:  ”For every $100 spent in independent stores, $68 of it returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.”  Compare that to only $43 at a national chain store.

So, if the new year has got you thinking about how to have a more meaningful impact with your spending, you may want to give the 3/50 project a try.

Here’s to a year of more mindful living,

Mavis

 

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Giveaway: Hydrofarm Germination Station w/ Heat Mat, Tray, Cell Pack & Dome

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Hydrofarm Germination Station with Heat Mat

I’ve teamed up with the cool peeps at Hydrofarm.com again for another awesome giveaway. If you have a case of the winter blues, listen up. Hydrofarm to the rescue. Even if you can’t garden outdoors right now, this awesome Germination Station w/ Heat Mat, Tray, 72 Cell Pack and 2″ dome will make sure you get a kick start on your growing season.

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With the Hydrofarm Germination Station, you can grow indoors or out, and your plants are protected from all the elements, scavengers, and temperatures that could do them harm. The plastic top means better humidity control for optimum growth, and having everything in one, heatable space leads to healthier growth starts and increased germination!

This thing is AMAZING! And you have a chance to win your very own Germination Station w/ Heat Mat, Tray, 72 Cell Pack and 2″ dome. In case you’ve never heard of the Hydrofarm Germination Station, here’s a rundown of the coolest features:

  • UL-listed waterproof heat mat, 17 watts, 120 volt
  • 2″ humidity dome
  • 11″ x 22″ watertight base tray
  • 72-cell seedling insert
  • Instructions with growing tips

The Hydrofarm Germination Station is my latest obsession, and I’m so excited I get to give one away to a lucky reader!

Hydrofarm Germination Station with Heat Mat

WHAT YOU WIN:

Germination Station w/ Heat Mat, Tray, 72 Cell Pack and 2″ dome

HOW YOU WIN IT:

Life’s pretty complicated sometimes, so I like to keep things simple around here. You have FIVE ways to enter: 1 required and 4 bonus entries. That means you can leave a total of FIVE comments below for FIVE awesome chances to win.

1. *REQUIRED ENTRY* If you won the Hydrofarm Germination Station, what would be the first thing you would start to germinate? Leave a comment below letting us know your answer.

2. *BONUS ENTRY*  Do you like/friend/follow me yet? Pick one or all and like me/follow me/subscribe to me via one of these forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, PinterestYouTube and/or Google+! Leave a comment below with the name of the site you followed, ie. “liked you on Facebook and Instagram.” Only 1 comment/entry regardless of if you follow me on all 6 sites. Which you totally should anyway.

3. *BONUS ENTRY*  Start spreading the news. Share this giveaway with your peeps via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and/or Google+! If you don’t do the social media thing, just send out an old fashioned email about this awesome giveaway. Leave a comment below letting me know how you shared it.

4. *BONUS ENTRY*  Head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on one of the posts or pictures there. Come back here and leave a comment below letting me know which post or picture you commented on.

5. *BONUS ENTRY*  Subscribe to my daily emailed newsletter. It’s an easy peasy way to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Plus, I’m way too busy gardening to spam you, so your email address is safe with me. Leave a comment below letting me know you subscribed.

THE FINE PRINT:

5 entries per person/ip address. If you cheat, you will totally be disqualified. The winner must be willing to take and send a photo with their prize after they have received it.

*** This prize can only ship within the continental U.S.

This giveaway ends Sunday, January 25th, 2015 at 6pm PST and the winners will be announced in the Monday January 26th, 2015 edition of Mornings with Mavis. You will be notified via email and have 48 hours to claim your prize. Prize will be forfeited within 48 hours.

Good Luck! I hope you win.

Peace Out Girl Scouts!

Mavis

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How Do I Keep My Vegetable Starts Watered While I’m Out of Town?

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One Hundred Dollar a Month reader, Kristin, recently sent in a question about keeping veggie starts watered if you need to leave town and can’t convince someone that seedlings are enough reason to pop over to your house each day.  It’s actually something I’ve learned to deal with myself, as the HH cannot always be trusted to water in my absence.

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Kristin writes,

“Hi Mavis – I enjoy seeing all of your progress and have learned so much from your blog. But, now I have a question! I live in NE Indiana, so I start my garden seed inside mid-Feb, and plant in late April. This year, however, I am required to go out of town for a week in March. Dosen’t the world know I have a garden to start? Anyway, I have grow lights on timers, but how can I keep my new little starts watered?! I have no access to a “plant-sitter”. Do you, or your readers, have any suggestions? Please help! Kristin”

seed starting trays{lettuce seedlings I started last week}

First, you want to start with the right supplies, plain and simple.  You want to have a grow tray AND a plant tray underneath your seedlings, then you can fill the tray underneath with water and the seedlings will suck up the water as needed–just like they would in nature {I like these ones, because they don’t have holes in the bottom}.  I like to cut out one square out of my growing trays, so that I can easily pour water into the tray without having to lift the grow tray up every time.  Afterall, I don’t want to disturb my precious babies seedlings, and it doesn’t really hurt that it makes it waaaaay easier to water.  It’s also nice to be able to see exactly how much water is in the plant tray, so that it doesn’t come sloshing out over the sides.

This method should buy you a week–unless the humidity is you house is impossibly dry.

I hope that helps!  If any of you have any other suggestions, make sure to leave them in the comments below.

~Mavis

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Gap Essential Long Sleeve Shirts $4.20, Gorgeous Flowers, Cheese Coupons, Valentine’s and More

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Word of the Day: Oscillation Definition: a swinging back and forth. Used in a sentence: The oscillation of the pendulum pleased the child.

Happy Tuesday! Anyone have any cool plans today? The HH has been home sick the last few days with the most horrible cough I’ve ever heard. :( Poor thing. I’m trying to convince him to go to the Doctor’s office but he’s doing the whole tough guy bit. What is it with men? Sheesh!

Well, have a great Tuesday everyone, and stay well.

Mavis

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My favorite shirt, the GAP Essential long-sleeve crew tee is on sale for as low as $4.20 today!!!!! {These are going quick and sizes are starting to sell out}

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Zulily is having a huge Spring Hill Nursery Sale with savings up to 50% off. Wowie! I think I’m going to have to snag a couple of those double raspberry hydranga bushes!!! Aren’t they gorgeous? If you are new to Zulily? Go HERE to Sign Up. And then HERE to get these deals.

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Blueberry and Banana Oat Bread – The combination of blueberries and bananas and sweet bread is like a heavenly explosion in your mouth. As a bonus, this recipes makes for the perfect on the go breakfast.  Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later. Find more recipes on my Muffins and Breads Pinterest Board.

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 3 of 52

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Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 3 of 52

Another week, another list of menu ideas. :) I don’t know about you, but all this cold and rainy weather we’ve been having has me craving soup lately. And warm cookies. Let’s not forget about those…

Here are my menu plan picks for this week:

The Best Banana Walnut Bread3 Breakfast Ideas

Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Quiche – I love quiche because you can make them ahead of time, and then reheat them.  We eat them a lot for dinner, but it’s also pretty awesome to wake up to a slice in the morning.  {Pin it for Later}

The Best Banana Walnut Quick Bread – Quick breads are the perfect cooking from your pantry breakfast, especially banana.  I mean, who doesn’t have bananas browning on their counter pretty much constantly?  {Pin it for Later}

Raisin Bran Muffins – This time of year puts me in a baking mood.  I get all warm and cozy in my kitchen by whipping up breakfast for the week one batch of muffins at a time.  {Pin it for Later}

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4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Cranberry Chicken Salad – This is my favorite way to use up leftover chicken.  If you are in a rush for a weeknight meal, you can always pick up a rotisserie chicken and use that, though.{Pin it for Later}

Broccoli Cheddar Soup – Winter screams soup to me.  Plus, I like this meatless option because it’s easy on the budget.  {Pin it for Later}

The Best Tuna Casserole - This is one of those recipes that can come almost entirely from your pantry/freezer.  It’s delicious comfort food at its best.  {Pin it for Later}

Slow Cooker Savory Chicken with Tomatoes – No week is complete without a crock pot recipe.  This chicken is perfect for days where you don’t have time to gather special ingredients.  Between your freezer and your pantry, you’re probably all set.  {Pin it for Later}

German Chocolate Brownie Bars

3 Sweet Treats 

German Chocolate Brownie Bars – I am a sucker for anything coconut, and these brownie bars are to die for.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Creme Brule – My favorite thing about these scrumptious desserts is that you get to use single serve ramekins.  There is something about knowing that you get to eat the “entire dish” yourself.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Magic Shell - If you have ice cream in the freezer, you should totally consider making some chocolate shell to top it with.  It’s ridiculously simple to make and delightful to eat. What more could you possibly ask for in life?  {Pin it for Later}

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Featured Freezer Meal Recipe

Taco Casserole – This is one of those meals the whole family can get behind.  {Pin it for Later}

Fast and Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam

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Fast and Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam – The first round of California strawberries are starting to hit the stores, if you are low on jam, you can make a quick batch now to get you through to strawberry season.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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20 of My Favorite Date Night Ideas for Under $20

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20 of My Favorite Date Night Ideas for Under $20

If the holidays have left you broke and in desperate need to reconnect as a couple {giving so much to “family time,” sometimes leaves very little time for  you as a couple}, there are still tons of things you can do to ignite excitement for date night without putting further strain on the budget.

Here’s my favorite ways to spend a little time with the HH for under $20:

  1. Amazon Prime or Netflix movie, a little popcorn, the couch and one blanket to share.  You don’t have to go to the movies–you can put the kids to bed and carve out time together right in your living room.
  2. Have a cook-off.  Both of you have to make something for the other person that will wow them.  I don’t know why they say food is the fastest way to a man’s heart, because this woman is pretty fond of it too.  Take the time to look up a recipe or copy-cat of their favorite restaurant.  Then, sit down and share what you’ve both created.
  3. Date night doesn’t have to be a night only thing.  Farm the kids out to friends mid-morning and do brunch.  It is usually cheaper than dinner, and you still get the chance to get out.  You can always just go grab a tea/coffee and scone if you really want to keep the cost down.
  4. Go for an evening walk together.  Put the kids to bed and take a 1/2 hour nightly stroll around the block.  It will give you both a chance to catch each other up on your days, and who knows, maybe you can even hold hands like you like each other.
  5. Hit the farmer’s market.  You can eat, stroll and talk…and eat.
  6. Game night.  It may seem lame at first, but a little competition actually fuels the fire–it reminds both of you that each of you can provide a mental challenge for the other.
  7. Have drinks on the patio.  No need to hit a bar and grill, mix up some margaritas or open a bottle of wine and chill out on your patio.  {Of course, it doesn’t have to be alcohol–mocktails, lemonade, hot chocolate…whatever floats your boat.}
  8. Become a tourist in your own town.  Chances are that you have totally free museums you’ve never even stepped foot in–go together and see what your city has to offer.
  9. Go to the bookstore.  You can each grab a stack of your personal favorites and then sink into those big arm chairs for a couple of hours.  You get a chance to spend time together and unwind at the same time.
  10. Make-out like your 16.  Yep, I said it.  If you have been married for any length of time, making-out probably doesn’t happen all that often…but seriously, have a revival.
  11. Workout together.  I know, I don’t really get this one either, but I have a friend who does P90X with her husband 3 times a week.  She says there is something about all of those endorphins and sweat.  I tell her to keep it to herself.
  12. Go to the drive-in.  When is the last time  you went to the drive-in?  Seriously, you pay by the car load, see a movie that has been out on DVD for roughly a decade, and it is awesome.
  13. Learn something new…together.  Look up free lectures.  Take a community ed class.  Sit and watch a documentary at home.  It sounds nerdy {and it is}, but you’ll be amazed at how much it gives you to talk about.
  14. Go for a drive.  Drive through neighborhoods that you’ve always dreamed about living in…or if you are lucky, drive up the coast, into the mountains.  Talk and drive.  Drive and talk.
  15. Go to a matinee.  They are cheaper, less crowded, and you still get the movie-going experience.
  16. Volunteer somewhere together.  Pick something near and dear to your hearts–the animal shelter, a food bank, etc. and volunteer together.  You’ll get all those self-righteous feel-good emotions AND get to spend time together…for free.
  17. Lay a blanket out under the stars and stargaze.  There is something laying under the stars that can start all sorts of…shenanigans.  ;)
  18. Have a chocolate tasting soiree, with just the two of you.  For $20 you can get a sampling of some pretty amazing chocolates.  Plus, they say chocolate is an aphrodisiac–which if that means it’s hard to keep your pants buttoned, I can attest to it.
  19. Watch the sunrise or sunset together.  Take time for indulgences that normal days don’t allow…together.  If it is a good date, you’ll think of each other a little bit every time you see the sunrise/sunset in the months to come.
  20. Take a bubble bath with a little bubbly.  Grab some champagne or sparkling cider and run a big over-flowing bubble bath.  It’s fun, decadent–and probably a bit out of the day to day ordinary.

How about you, do you have any favorite low-cost date night ideas to share with the class?

~Mavis

 

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