This year has been full of big changes in my life.
In June, I gave birth to my third son and a few days later when I got home again to my family and settling in with my little one I had a meeting with my business partner where we finally split up and went our separate ways.
We had an accounting firm together and we were quite successful. But only a short time after we opened shop in May 2016 I got pregnant. When I realized this in November I was afraid to tell her. I knew this wasn’t her idea of being professional.
Anyhow, we concluded after many meetings that I wouldn’t be able to work as much as I needed to actually get an income from our business.
And after I got home with my little one from the hospital I could only concur.
The little time I had for myself (when the baby slept or could sit happily in his baby sitter for a while) I would be running around the house making sure that the laundry was being done, the floors were decluttered from toys you could easily trip on (I actually fractured my foot tripping over a shoe in the hallway while pregnant and carrying my second child on my hip) and cleaning up the kitchen. And much much more.
There are times I realize I haven’t sat down for like four hours, just running around doing stuff all the time. So having a business where people could be calling or e-mailing you demanding answers right away at any time wasn’t really ideal for me.
But I couldn’t stay away from creating something of my own. My fingers were itching for creation and exploring something new.
Along came My Big Yellow House.
My desire to learn new things and passion for being able to work from home got me to quickly learn the basics about blogging and I read a lot of other bloggers guides and tutorials about creating an awesome blog.
I could work when I did have a little time for myself, like in the evenings when all three of them slept. And I could take pictures during the day when my older boys where at kindergarten.
I have so many ideas of topics I want to explore and share with you. Everything from Mom Hacks and DIY to Parenting Tips and Mom Beauty Tips.
If there is something you would want me to write about, please write it in the comment box below.
Decluttering my life
While I was pregnant I felt an overpowering urge to nest. This happened with all my pregnancies. My home was suddenly the main focus of my life. I scrutinized it from top to toe and the amount of stuff I had amassed over the years came in to light and bugged the heck out of me.
My sister who also have three boys had talked to me about minimalism before and I thought it sounded boring, stale, lifeless and couldn’t be applied to families with more than one child. So I had forgotten about it until I came across Marie Kondo on Pinterest. This changed my life!
I read everything about her method and saw endless of before and after pictures of people’s homes. There were actually people with more stuff than me who pulled this off.
I ordered her book and read it all in just two days (that’s impressing considering my limited time) and started to visualize how my home could look and feel without all the clutter and mish mash.
The visions I had was enough to make me want to jump the gun right away. However, I had just given birth and my other two kids were home from kindergarten for four weeks. This wasn’t really the perfect time to start a deep cleansing of our home.
As soon as the kids went back to kindergarten I immediately ripped out all of my clothes on the bed and thought that this was going to be easy. I didn’t have that much clothes anyway and that an hour or two would be sufficient time… boy was I wrong.
I had no idea where to start.
I just kept starring at this huge pile of clothes on my bed. I tried to pick something up but quickly dropped it because it was too hard to decide then and there. I panicked a little I admit. My baby was laying on the bed looking at me and probably wondering what on earth I was doing.
Finally, I decided to start by picking up the clothes that I knew beforehand that I would get rid of. Just to get some momentum going. And just when things started to work I had to pick up the kids.
That night I actually slept on the covers on a tiny free space surrounded by clothes. And I am ashamed to admit that I slept that way for over a week until I had finally sorted out my clothes and got them back in the rearranged wardrobe again.
The result was two overfull garbage bags of clothes that I will give away to charity. I thought about selling some but that takes up a whole lot of time and I have had bad experiences trying to sell clothes on our version of eBay, Tradera.
But now I have space in my wardrobe and I can see every piece of clothing I own. It’s absolutely wonderful! I can finally find my own style and not having to feel obliged to accept all the clothes that well-meaning people give to me.
Over the years I have been given a lot of hand me down clothes from family and even though I didn’t really like them I smiled and accepted them just because they were kind enough to give them to me and how could I be so ungrateful as to say no? So my wardrobe was full of someone else’s choices and style. Where was my style?
With the physical decluttering came a mental decluttering as well.
I have always bought things on sale, whether I wanted or needed it. It was a bargain and I just had to have it.
Now I can see that if I just slow down and don’t rush to make a decision I find that maybe I don’t actually need three pair of ill-fitting pants in the wrong colors.
What I do need and want may be just one pair of a higher quality and that actually suits me. The price might just be the same but my thinking before was that I got more money’s worth if I bought as much as possible for the same amount. Quantity over quality.
I never gave myself anything of high quality. I thought it was a waste because it eventually always ended up dirty or ripped or pink from the new red t-shirt in the laundry etc. etc. So what was the point in giving yourself something nice?
That way of thinking is detrimental on all areas of your life. For many years, almost as long as I can remember, I have always thought that I wasn’t really worth the finer things in life. Regardless of what it might be. I settled with what I got. Whatever it was.
But since I started on this journey of decluttering my home, I can really feel the magic Marie is talking about. She says that by removing unwanted things from your home you are clearing up space for something new and exciting.
Living the Law of Attraction
I am a huge fan of The Secret and everything about the Law of Attraction and Rhonda Byrnes says for example in one of her books that if you want to meet someone you have to take certain actionable steps to make that happen. If you sleep in the middle of the bed there is no room for your partner to be, if you have filled up all of the wardrobes with clothes, then your partner to be has nowhere to put his or her clothes. The same goes with your car, if you have a double garage, park your car to one side so that your partner to be can park next to you.
I am so excited to see what comes out of this journey of decluttering. I am sure that only good things will come.
Merry Christmas to everyone!
It’s christmas time again and Dear Santa, I promise I have been nice all year 😉 So I really hope that he shows up with some of the things on my wish list. Otherwise I have to wait until my birthday and that’s several months away. No can do.
But because I know my spouse and how he works, I will have to check those things off myself. But hey, as a Girl Boss I do stuff like that all the time.
Here is my wish list for Christmas 2017
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Wool Dyer Balls – Drop a few drops of essential oil on them and your laundry will get dry faster and smell wonderful at the same time.
The Dyson V7 Motorhead – A sleek, lightweight and efficient corldless hoover. You have probably seen it around, I sure have. And it seems so easy to just grab and vacuum whenever you need to. Perfect for families with toddlers and/or animals.
The Shark Klik n’ Flip Steam Mop. Because we all want clean floors and it is so satisfying to see those spots of dirt magically disappear. The bathroom floor will surely thank you for it. As the only girl in our family of five I would love to see a spotless tile floor in there. It also works on vinyl which is perfect for our kitchen.
Purest Naturals Essential oil diffuser. Like having your own spa at home. You can put any fragrance of your choosing in there and it will help with everything from cleaning the air to help you sleep better. And it has an awesome design too.
OontZ Angle 3. A portable bluetooth speaker that lasts up to 12 hours. My house is lacking in the music department and I would love to listen to more music, especially in the kitchen when I’m cleaning away. At least I can’t really get my cleaning groove on without the right tunes playing.
A dreamcatcher from Dreamica on Etsy. I’m in love with those handcrafted dreamy looking dreamcatchers. If you go on Etsy and search for dreamcatchers you will get blown away at how many beautiful pieces there are. I want to fill my walls with them. I’m just kidding, I will not go crazy dreamcatcher-lady on you just yet. But I do want at least one to hang over my bed and the crib. The only problem is finding a design that works with my blue walls and green floor…(rental house).
As I was writing this list I realized that this could also be my online vision board and I can check them off as I recieve them from the Universe. Because I have yet to actually make one to hang in my home for real. But as a new years resolution for 2018 I promise myself to make one as soon as I can in January.
Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to you all!
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If you are anything like me, you don’t like to spend money on any cleaning product that you just as easily could make yourself. After learning this easy and cheap trick to descaling your kettle you will never have to spend another dime on industrial and environmentally bad solutions with perfume and harmful chemicals.
This easy method only takes a couple of minutes and works wonders.
It’s good for your family, the environment and your wallet. Win, win win!
This is how you do it:
- Fill up your kettle with about 1 liter (34 oz) of water.
- Add about 1 tbs of vinegar. (I use 24%, but you can use 12% or even 10% ,but then you may need a bit more)
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Empty out the kettle and wash a few times with water to get all vinegar out.
- Enjoy your clean and fresh kettle!
Before: a not so clean and inviting water kettle. And I really wanted a cup of tea..
Step 1 – 3: Fill up with water, add vinegar and bring to a boil. You can really see the difference here.
Step 5: Lo and behold, it’s so shiny! Enjoy your sparkling “new” kettle. I’m gonna get me some tea now 🙂
If you liked this tip you may want to check out my post on how to get rid of fruit flies. I have tried and had great success with 5 different methods of getting rid of those little buggers.
Have a great day and I will see you soon with more homely tricks and tips.
Ps. If there is something special you want me to write about or if you have any awesome ideas you want to share with the world, please write them in the comment box and I promise to answer you.
Fruit flies. We’ve all been there.
The summer time is by far the loveliest season. You can just open your front door early in the morning and let your kids roam around outside and play all day long in just their nappies or in their birthday suit.
But along with the summer heat another side of the season shows up to ruin your good mood. The pesky fruit flies. Buzzing silently around your bananas and your kids’ half-eaten apples they left on the sofa when they decided to run outside and play with their bikes instead.
I have tried many remedies to get rid of fruit flies from my home but as it often is, the simplest methods are almost always the best.
This is what I do to get rid of the pesky fruit flies once and for all.
1. The Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy
1 cup or glass or bowl
1/2 dl (1,7 oz.) Apple Cider Vinegar
A drop or two of Washing-up liquid
The vinegar attracts the flies through its sweet and fruity scent and the washing-up liquid removes the water’s surface tension so they sink to the bottom and stay there.
2. Fly Trap with Juice
This one is just as easy. You just need:
A tall glass jar
Pour the juice in the jar, add a few drops of soap and make a cone of the paper with the pointy side down in to the jar without it touching the juice.
The flies are attracted to the color of the juice, fly in to drink and gets trapped when they can’t find a way out. The soap also removes the water’s surface tension so that they drown.
3. The Red Wine Remedy
You are going to need:
Red wine or red cooking wine
Liquid soap or washing-up liquid
Pour the wine in the glass and add a few drops of soap or washing-up liquid.
The flies love the sweet scent and flies right in to take a sip only to drown because of the lack of surface tension on the water, removed by the soap.
4. The Yellow Tape Fly Trap
This one is really easy:
The flies are drawn to the pretty color of the tape and thus get stuck there. Silly little flies.
5. The Cleaning Remedy
However, you can use all of these remedies over and over and never get any results if your kitchen counters are dirty or you have food scraps in the garbage can for too long.
Before you do any of these methods you should always give your kitchen a good cleaning up. Take out the trash, wipe the counters and in the evening pour boiling hot water down the drain and then add some liquid soap. This prevents the flies from laying eggs in your drains, yuck.
Result: No more flies flying around your kitchen annoying everyone.
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