So there we are. We got you rolling. It’s Day 31…we threw in an extra one to finish the month and year off!! Of course we have to leave you with a special one. One to last a LONG time. START A DREAMS JOURNAL. You can do it the whole family, with your spouse, one parent and one child, or alone. Whichever feels right for you. All you need is a notebook and a pen to start. If you feel like it decorate the outside of the journal with some artwork. It will let your guard down and ideas flow. The objective is to sit from time to time, with the people you share the journal with, or you can write in it seperately, all your dreams, wishes, hopes and goals. They can be crazy and outrageous or simple. Sometimes it’s easier to write things down than to say them to your spouses or kids. Keep it somewhere everyone can access and read or jot down things when they come to mind but also take the time to reflect together and write shared dreams. Put it on the calendar to talk over once a month…..even over a meal. Enjoy your sacred little book filled with hope…. remembering the power of words and of writing down intentions. Now that idea makes our day! by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber
By: Sonia Nunez
Ah yes, spring cleaning. To some who love to clean, it can be their second Christmas. To everyone else, it’s a dreaded chore.
Spring cleaning is something that doesn’t necessarily need to be done in the springtime, or even just the spring. However, there are certain cleaning chores that should be addressed at least annually, and it’s usually good to do many of these during a time of year when you can open windows for fresh air, and do some outdoor chores as well.
We’ve listed some here to consider; a good suggestion is to read through this material while considering your own home, and making an actual list of the chores you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning. If necessary, break up this chore over the course of two days or two weekends so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Mattress and box springs. Your mattress and especially your box springs can collect dust and dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner hose and attachment and run them over both items.Refrigerator coils and underside. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and then, using your brush attachment, vacuum the dust from every crevice you can find. Detach the vent from the front and vacuum there, too. While the fridge is pulled out, clean the floor underneath it.
Air vents. Your air vents collect a lot of dust over the course of a year. Unscrew them from the wall or floor and vacuum when you can.Laundry room floor. Move your washer and dryer out from the wall and clean around and underneath. Wipe down both appliances.
Attic/basement. Both rooms probably need some attention when it comes to cobwebs. Also, take this opportunity to toss out anything you’re storing that you know you don’t need any longer – broken appliances you’re never going to fix, tools that are rusted or unusable, clothes you’ll never wear again, and so on. These types of things are simply cluttering up your home and creating even more dirt.Garage. The garage probably needs some attention when it comes to dirt that’s built up in corners. It’s a good idea to pull all your cars and move equipment – lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc. – out of the garage before cleaning rather than trying to work around them. Get rid of things you’re storing unnecessarily, including tools, sports equipment, and so on. After the garage is swept and shelves are washed, take the time to organize some things while putting them back. Group like with like – sporting goods in one corner, camping equipment in another, and so on. This makes things easier to find and maintain.
Closets. If you do your annual cleaning during the transition of a season, chances are you’re taking out some clothes or linens and preparing to store others. Take this time to dust out any corners of your closets. Toss out unused or expired medicines or other items from where you store your toiletries. Go through your clothes, and get rid of what you know you won’t wear. If they’re in good shape, donate them. Toss out the rest.Ceiling fans. The tops of these blades can get very dirty and dusty, especially ones located close to the kitchen, and especially if you have a smoker in the house. Use a long-handled duster, or pull a chair up to them and use a wet rag to sponge them off.
Corners. All the areas of your home that don’t get cleaned regularly – windowsills, entertainment centers, bar, bookcases, tops of shelves and cabinets, underneath beds, etc. – should be addressed during your spring cleaning.Your cleaning tools. Check your tools, including brooms, mops, scrub brushes, toilet brushes, and so on. Some should just automatically be tossed and replaced (the toilet brush, for example)
Help an elder cross the street and ask them how they are. Simple and timeless. While they may not need your help they sure do enjoy the company!
P.S. Do it with your kids. They love doing good deeds.
by Dahna Weber, Deb Gillespie and Liam Weber-Nudel. (really it was entirely Liam’s idea…my 9 year old wonderful boy who is super keen on the Daymaker Challenges and on blogging)!
Okay, now this challenge involves real work. Some good ole sweat and physical labor is needed in this daymaker challenge. So moms, are you up for it? Get ready, look out your window. Is it snowing yet? When it comes, get your shovels out and start moving that snow. And while you’re at it, shovel some of your neighbours’ snow too. That’s right. Grab the kids. Go ahead and shovel your neighbours’ sidewalk. And if you are really in that giving mood, shovel their driveway, too! You’ll make someone’s day, perhaps even their whole week!!
By Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie
Ever wonder what you could do with one extra second? We bet you can lift a whole bunch of people’s spirits and maybe even make their day by doing so. At every interaction for the day, take one extra second to do something for whoever you are with. The cashier, the driver in the car ahead of you, your little one, the telemarketer. Often all you have to do is be nice. Listen, don’t cut people off, on the phone or the road. In fact let them in, give them 2 minutes of your time and ask them how they are doing, how hard their job is or where they are calling from. Making all these mini one second interventions will definitely make your day. Reaching out and connecting to others has a way of helping us connect inwards as well. by Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie
You may not know this but….Polaroid is ceasing to sell the instant film real soon. For fun and for posterity why not take your old one out to a party over the next few days and shoot some shots. The idea is to take some great shots and pass them out the people you managed to capture. There really is something retro about the Polaroid and fantastic about having real printed out picture. How many people can you make say cheese and smile in one night? by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber
Many of you have kids who are at home full time or at least for the two weeks over the holiday period. We are often looking at ways to entertain and stimulate our kids. Here’s a suggestion that also does double duty for the Daymaker Challenge. Take your kids to the supermarket and have them pick out a pie from teh bakery department. Jump back into the car and go for a visit to the local fire station. Drop the pie off with a great big smile of appreciation! (fire stations most likely cannot accept homebaked products for saftey reasons). : (
Get the kids if you can to thank the firefighters for their hard work and dedication to helping people. They will likely offer to show you around. What a great opportunity for the kids. If you want to really splash out have your kids make a thank you note prior to heading out! Perfect for all us mothers with kids fixated on fire stations and fire trucks! by Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie