If you’ve been following this blog for a while you know we are trying to sell our home and move to the Pacific Northwest. Our home is now re-listed with a very motivated realtor. It’s just been back on the market for a few weeks and we’ve had numerous showings! Hopefully we’ll get an offer one of these days. There are many tips to sell your house and I’ve been reading as many as I can!Tips To Sell Your House

 

On last week’s blog hop I featured a post called How To Sell Your House in Less Than a Week. There were many excellent points in the post. In fact the tips for selling your house yielded an excellent result for the sellers, they had an offer on the first weekend!

 

Spring is the best and the busiest season to sell a home. The buyer’s pool is strongest in the spring and summer. Many folks want to make a move before the school season starts. Most parents don’t want to move when their children are in school. Most buyers want to move when the weather is most accommodating.

 

Before you put your home on the market here are three tips to sell you home. Following this advice can help you during the preparation process.

 

  1. Address the exterior of the home. Here in Vermont winter can be harsh. It’s important to make an effort to address anything that might negatively affect their homes’ curb appeal. If it’s in the budget hire professional landscapers to fix any problematic landscaping or address any issues that arose during the winter. For us it meant renting an electric sweeper and removing all the gravel in the lawn from the plowing!

I will also be planting several large planters we have to add some color. The outside is what the potential buyers will notice first and you want to make a good impression! Tips To Selling your House

 

  1. Conquer interior clutter. We spend a lot of time in our house during the winter and as a result the clutter accumulates over the season. We spent the winter months packing away all the family photos, cleaning out our closets and sorting through our numerous books. I have to say our house looks much more open and inviting. We even took one of my reader’s advice and repainted our kitchen from a brick red to white so that all the walls are now the same color. We also took down our curtains, which made the view outside our windows much, more inviting.tips to selling your house

 

  1. Eliminate Odors. We don’t have any pets currently so this is not an issue. If you do have pets or even if you do a lot of cooking it is a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of the house, including vacuuming and removal of any pet hair that has accumulated. We run a wood stove all winter and it’s amazing the dust that accumulates over the winter. Open the windows on those nice spring days and let the fresh air in.tips to sell your house

 

Spring is a popular and potentially lucrative time to sell a home and if you prepare your home for the market you may reap even greater rewards.

Cooking With KaleI have been cooking with kale for along time. One of my favorite ways to use kale has been in soup. One of our favorite winter soups is Pork, Bean and Kale Soup.hearty winter soup I have also used kale in a salad. Not all people are fans of kale salad but we enjoy it.salad, prudent living, recipe box Another way to cook with kale is making baked kale chips.

 

Kale Chips have been around for a while but I never tried them until recently. They are so delicious! I am definitely going to try them again, soon. They are very easy to make and in just a short amount of time you can have a bowl of kale chips to munch on. And they are much healthier for you than potato chips! I usually grow kale in my garden each year and often have an abundance. I have frozen the excess in the past but cooking with kale and making kale chips is a real winner! Next time you have a craving for potato chips try cooking with kale and making kale chips!

 

It’s very easy and takes no time at all. Take one bunch of curly kale.

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Tear the leaves off the thick stems into bite size pieces. Set the stems aside for your compost or for your chickens.greens, chickens, compost,Cooking with kale

Soak the leaves in a bowl of water to clean and then dry off in a salad spinner.Cooking with kale

Spread the leaves out on cookie sheets. Spray with some oil (I used spray Pam). Sprinkle with salt or any seasoning of your choice, we have a favorite seasoning called “Nantucket Secret Spice” which I used.raw kale, snacks,Cooking with kale

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, until the edges are brown and the kale is crisp when moved in the pan. Keep an eye on the kale so it does’t burn.baked snack, kale, Cooking with kale

Enjoy‼ My husband even said “Hey these are GOOD!”

 

So the next time you have an abundance of kale on hand trying making these baked kale chips, they might just become a family staple!

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It is our desire to relocate to the Pacific Northwest. We try to visit the area at least twice a year. In April we managed to spend several weeks on the west coast dividing our time between Portland and the Seattle areas. Despite the wet spring weather we were able to enjoy some beautiful hikes. We always enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest.Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Our first hike was in Cape Disappointment State Park on the coast of Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River. The weather cleared up just as we arrived and the walk down to the water was stunning.Exploring the Pacific Northwest We stopped by Dead Man’s Cove and my grandson was intrigued by the name!Exploring the Pacific Northwest

We also had the opportunity to return to the Portland Japanese Gardens, which are just beautiful.Exploring the Pacific Northwest Despite the fact that you are in the city when you enter the gardens all you fell is the peace and quiet of the surroundings. The Camellias were in full bloom everywhere as were the cherry trees.Exploring the Pacific Northwest

The highlight of our trip was visiting our children and our grandchildren, but it’s always fun to explore the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. I also discovered a wonderful nursery in Portland. I would just love to work there. They even sell Venus Flytraps!Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Our last hike was to Crescent Lake in Washington. It was a bit of a drive from my daughter’s house, but worth every mile it took to get there. The color of the lake was incredible. More like the colors of the tropics.Exploring the Pacific Northwest The hike itself was along an old rail bed which ran right along the lake. There were eagles soaring above us as we hiked and every now and then you would glimpse the lake through the trees.Exploring the Pacific Northwest It was the perfect hike for our eight-month-old granddaughter.Exploring the Pacific Northwest

 

All too soon we were packing up and heading to the airport. We look forward to the day when we can call the Pacific Northwest home and spend many days each year exploring.Exploring the Pacific Northwest

More and more women are choosing to postpone having children and starting a family due to their careers. Even if you want kids, it can be hard to sacrifice your career, the thing that you’ve spent your entire life up to this point pursuing, to have kids.

 

Luckily, there are a lot of options that mean becoming a stay at home mom doesn’t necessarily mean giving up your life as a working woman. Some companies will let you continue your job after your maternity leave, at home. Or, if you’ve managed to go into business for yourself, you can continue running your company from the comfort of your home, whether you have kids or not.

Making the initial transition

 

Many women say that the hardest part about becoming a stay at home mom is those first few weeks of maternity leave. The lack of adult interaction can be really difficult, whether you’re about to have your baby, or if you already have kids and you’re wanting to stay at home more. Make sure that you don’t completely deprive yourself from adult interaction, especially in the beginning of this interaction. Spend dedicated time with your partner, without the kids around. Try to spend time with a friend at least once a week, even if it’s just having them come over during nap time for a cup of coffee.

 

Designated work hours

 

There are a lot of different ways to separate your time working from childcare. It’s important to separate the two, however. If possible, set up a separate work area, whether it’s an office, or just shutting your bedroom door for a few hours of the day to make sure you get your work done. You can coordinate this work time so your partner is at home to tend to the kids, during nap time, while your kids are at school, or you can even hire a mother’s helper to come for just a few hours of the day to watch your child while you’re still there. No matter how you decide to work it, make sure you have time every day to work set aside, otherwise you’ll find your work piling up and you’ll feel like you never have the time to catch up.

 

Use software to your advantage

 

Luckily, working remotely, and from mobile devices, is becoming much more common, so the resources that will be available to you during this transition are almost endless. Depending on your line of work, there are multiple different softwares you can use on your laptop and/or your mobile device that will make your life easier and your work time more efficient. Take advantages of software to help you with bookkeeping, scheduling blog posts/web articles, web and video chat, and even just simple things like scheduling to help keep you on track. If you work for a larger company, you might have ERP software to help you with task management and analytics. Most current updates will have mobile options that can help you with your stay-at-home tasks, especially if you’re working on the go.

 

Networking

 

This can look like a few different things, depending on whether you’re going to be continuing to work from home, or if you’re completely immersing yourself in your new job as a full time mother. Try to find other moms, or dads, that are in the same position that you are. It will validate your feelings, and give you someone to vent to other than your partner, so you can avoid dumping all of your complaints on them. You can find other moms during library reading hours, school events, or even just at your neighborhood park. There will be plenty of other mothers who are in the same boat as you, and chances are, they’re needing a support system just as much as you are! Invite them and their kids over for a playdate while you chat and enjoy a snack.
The decision to become a stay-at-home mom is a difficult, and personal, decision. It’s just as noble whether you’re going to be continuing to work or not, so don’t let anyone shame you for your decisions, because you’re doing what is best for you and your family. Make sure you embrace this phase of your life! Staying at home doesn’t mean sacrificing anything, so enjoy it! Even if it’s hard at first, make adjustments until you find something that works for you and makes you happy and fulfilled.

 

Guest post by Aurora M.

We all want to save money especially on our grocery bill. Seems that food just keeps getting more expensive! Did you know there are a few simple steps you can do to stop wasting food that will also help your grocery bill go down?Watch as groceries are scanned.

 

Create Meal Plans: Make a weekly meal plan and shop according. Don’t forget about your leftovers, take them to work for lunch or use them to make a different recipe or freeze them to enjoy later.

 

Freeze It: If you can’t eat a food that will spoil soon, consider freezing it. Even fruits and vegetable can be chopped and frozen. Use frozen fruits or vegetables in smoothies.wasting food

 

Check your fridge: Keep an eye on the contents of your fridge, is there food that needs to be used up? Plan your meals accordingly. By being creative with your meal planning you can use up the for in your fridge and stop wasting food!

 

Understand expiration and sell by dates: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture companies use these dates to guess the freshness of the food and they are not related to safety. Companies generally tend to be conservative in their estimates, the USDA suggests you check the food to see if it looks or smells off or sour.

 

Store food properly: Not everything needs to be stored in the fridge. Store things that will wilt like spinach or kale in a drawer with high humidity. Things that rot quickly go into a drawer with low humidity.

 

Use everything: Broccoli stems can be eaten with the rest of the broccoli or chop them and add them to a soup. Beet greens can be added to salads, soups or veggie burgers. Make chicken stock with your leftover chicken carcass.broth, soup

 

Don’t over-serve: Generous servings usually just end up in the trash. Allow people to serve themselves or give everyone smaller, more manageable portions. They can always have seconds if they are hungry!We still enjoy a full table occasionally!

 

Make these simple changes and watch your grocery bill go down!

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