Raising Dick and Jane

Thursday, July 17, 2014

5 Ways to Make Your Daily Chores Suck Less

We all have tasks or "chores" that we must complete on a daily basis. We all know that these "chores" suck. Most of the time I find myself rushing to throw in a load of laundry before I run out the door or quickly throwing my sink full of dishes into the automatic washer before company comes over. While these modern appliances are helpful, I have found that in my life when I simplify my everyday tasks and stop rushing, that I enjoy them more. Seriously? Enjoy housework? No way! :)

Way! By simplifying my tasks I mean by going back to the way things used to be done, when there was no rush and no quick fix. I must say that there is something fulfilling about doing work with my hands. While, yes, I do use my hands to toss dishes into the automatic washer it's just not the same. I used to loathe these chores, the dishes go in, the dishes come out, the dishes get put into the cupboard. Its systematic, but put me in front of my sink with an open window in front of me, a cool breeze and a moment with my thoughts and suddenly I don't hate it anymore. There is just something about simplifying my everyday tasks that I love.

After finding that I actually enjoy doing things "old school" so much better, I started looking for other ways to de-modernize my life. Each time I ditched a modern appliance and did things the way they used to be done, I found myself creating joy. Here are several of the ways I have changed my chores from mundane tasks into something I actually enjoy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tie Dye Kit {Flash Giveaway} #ad #tiedyeyoursummer

Disclosure: I received the products in this giveaway from a previous sponsored post 

Since I love all of my friends so much, I wanted to take this opportunity and give something back to you. When the sponsor from my last feature sent me products to use, they sent me more than I needed for my article. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to share. I hope you have fun and be sure to let me know how you choose to #tiedyeyoursummer!

Simply click on "ENTER ME" to put your name in the drawing. Easy Peasy. Plus, if your a Facebook fan you get a special extra entry just for being awesome. :)

Here's what you can win!
1- 3 piece tie dye kit
4- large white t-shirts
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Friday, July 11, 2014

No Sew Tie Dye Couch Pillows #tiedyeyoursummer with @ilovetocreate #ad

Disclosure: This post was written in conjunction with Blue Print Social and Tulip Brand. All opinions are my own. #tiedyeyoursummer
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Oh my gosh! I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love tie dye. The colors. The design. The memories! Tie dye just screams out SUMMERTIME to me and today we are going to talk about how to tie dye your summer with Tulip brand tie dye.

I think my passion for tie dye was born during the time I spent as a camp counselor. Those summer days spent deep in the woods with daily campfires, songs, friendships, romances and of course, lots of tie dye. 

I remember those days fondly and think that my time at that camp was a poster child for how summers should be spent. There was a certain level of freedom or free spirit vibe during those days. Anything was possible and nothing really mattered. We were all just there to have the absolute best time that we could.