Flirty Aprons

I was just browsing through some blogs and saw the most adorable aprons! I just had to share this with everyone. Housework is more fun when you look good doing it!

http://www.flirtyaprons.com/

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Housekeeping Is Rewarding!

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Or at least it can be.
You work hard baking the most delicious cookies ever and decorating them to the point where you start thinking you should have your own magazine, and then your husband comes home and says nothing. The only way you even know that he noticed is by the crumbs he left on the counter for you.
Or you just get done cleaning the house and he walks in, tracking mud all over your fresh carpet.
You’re probably feeling like your hard work was for nothing, but I have a solution for that! No, I can’t really help you make him less oblivious or more enthusiastic, but I can tell you how I make it feel worth it.
Reward yourself! Yes, a clean house should be it’s own reward, blah blah blah, but that’s not always enough to get you to put down the coffee, get off the couch, and get to work!
Make a plan. “If I clean up the kitchen, and put all the dishes away, I will sit down at the table and do that craft project I’ve been wanting to do.” Or “If I clean the bathroom, scrub the sink AND the toilet, I will treat myself to a bubble bath this evening.”
I know personally I’m more eager to do the work if I get a fun little break after. Don’t feel guilty about having to reward yourself! Your husband and the working women do it too. “As soon as I send out all these emails I’ll go grab another coffee.” “I’m not going to take my lunch break until all this paperwork is filed.”
So think about what you really WANT to do and then only allow yourself to do it if you get the things you NEED to do done. You’ll feel accomplished and have a good time!
I would love to hear how you reward yourself and how you feel after a day of using this plan!
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Kitchen Decorating

20130215-164642.jpgThe kitchen is my favorite room. Maybe that’s because it’s the one room my husband doesn’t mind how I decorate, or it might be that it’s the room that I get to be the most creative in. It’s always fun to try new recipes, and sometimes they even become a family favorite!
I always wanted a yellow kitchen- it’s such a bright, sunny and inviting color! Somehow I ended up with a green kitchen instead, which is now my idea of a perfect kitchen color. It gives the room a fresh and natural feel, which is exactly what you want in your food.

Being that most of the walls are probably covered with cabinets, or blocked by the fridge and oven, I think it’s more important to focus your color choice on towels, cookware, baskets, tea kettles, flour and sugar jars, tablecloths, etc. and pick a neutral color for your wall paint. When decorating your kitchen, I think the best way to pick your color scheme is to think of two things:
1. Which color is most prominent in your current setup? If the majority of your cookware, dishes, towels, etc. are one color, then it’s probably a color you are already drawn to. Plus it’s a lot easier to decorate if you don’t have to buy a ton of new things.
2. If you are looking to start completely fresh then pick a color based on what you think the room should say. In my opinion, this is what some colors mean:
Yellow is sunny and inviting
Green is fresh and natural
Red is modern and efficient
Blue is relaxed and calming
White is clean and organized, but this color choice can seem dull for all your appliances, towels and cookware unless you have chosen colorful wall paint, countertops and cabinets
It’s important to pick a basic color. Unless you have an unlimited budget, it can be very hard to find everything in salmon, mint, periwinkle or another very specific color. Baby blue towels, a navy tea kettle and a royal blue skillet will be easier to find and much more pleasing for the eyes.

I would love to hear your ideas and see pictures of how you decorated your kitchen! Thank you for reading!
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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog! Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. My name is Jennifer. I’m 23 and I live in the capital region of New York State with my best friend and love of my life, Erick.
I love cleaning (crazy, right?), organizing, bargain/coupon shopping, cooking, baking, and decorating (especially for holidays)! I look forward to sharing my ideas with you and reading your feedback! I would also love to hear your ideas and maybe get some advice!
Thanks for reading and I’ll be writing my first post soon!
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