Ask Away Blog: January 2019

When Rats Fight.....

Thursday, January 31, 2019

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Many of you know by now that I have always owned rats and this time I got two males, Meeko and Jax.  They were siblings and they've been getting along great.  I've always read that having more than one is great because they have a constant companion to bond with.  I also read that sometimes they can fight and need permanently separated.  Well, that happened with Meeko and Jax.

Safety First: Safety Measures For You And Your Pup

Wednesday, January 30, 2019




When you first get a dog, you’ll often be wrapped up in the excitement of having a little puppy. But before long, it all becomes very normal. And you’re going to find yourself establishing a routine that works for you. Because even though you’re a dog mama, you have other things going on in your life. So you need to make sure that you can get things done, keep your dog happy, and that you both enjoy your lives too. One thing that you may forget all about is safety. Yet, your safety and your dog’s safety is just so important. It’s not something that you want to take for granted. And this is why, for the sake of your happiness, you need to make it a priority. Let’s take a look at some safety measures you can put in place to make this happen.

How To Style Your Wrists with Bracelets

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How To Style Your Wrists with Bracelets


One of my favorite ways to accessorize an outfit is with jewelry, especially on my arms.  Think about it, you have the most real estate on your arms because with your ears, you can only wear so many pairs of earrings at once, and unless you want your neck weighed down like Flava Flav, you can't really wear 15 necklaces.  Rings are fun but bracelets are definitely my favorite way to accessorize.  


There are different ways to style your wrists with bracelets so today we'll look at a few. 

8 Budget Friendly Storage Solutions

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

8 Budget Friendly Storage Solutions


So many people want an organized house and practical storage solutions but it seems like everywhere you look someone is trying to sell you something expensive to meet your needs.  Organizing your home and storing things in a way that works for you shouldn't be expensive AT ALL! That's why today I'm sharing 8 budget friendly storage solutions that you can with things you probably already have sitting around your house. 


Books I Recommend You Read [January]

Monday, January 28, 2019

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Winter is my favorite time for reading because you're usually stuck inside with nothing better to do. Here are some of the books I read this month. 


Tips for A Clean Home with Pets

Friday, January 25, 2019

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Tips for a Clean Home with Pets


You come home from literally THE WORST day at work...

Your favorite heels broke, traffic was horrific, you missed a deadline, and you have a splitting headache.  But as you open the door you're greeted by a wagging tail, a meowing cat, a chirping bird, a thumping rabbit, or a beautiful fish.  

Pets can enrich your life so much and there's no greater feeling than the love of a pet.  As an owner of 4 dogs, 2 rats, and 1 fish, I know a lot about balancing your pets with a clean and tidy home.  And today, I'm going to give you some tips on how you can have a happy home with pets AND a clean one.  

How To Decorate with Faux Taxidermy + A GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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How To Decorate with Faux Taxidermy
The first thing people say when they enter my home is usually "Wow, you really love deer antlers." 
Why, yes I do but they're all faux.  I love the look of antlers and I love the look of faux taxidermy whether it's a head or a skull.   I think it's a very boho chic way to decorate my home.   I also consider it a very animal friendly way to decorate since I'm obviously not using REAL animals.   

If you want to embrace the idea of decorating your walls with faux taxidermy, read on and make sure you enter the AMAZING GIVEAWAY at the end! 

A Step-by-Step Guide to Declutter Your Kitchen

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Step-by-Step Guide to Declutter Your Kitchen


Your kitchen is likely the most chaotic room in the house.  It's the central hub where everyone gathers to chat, it's usually the first place we go when we get home, and it's the most common place for clutter.  This is because we put all kinds of things in there, not just kitchen stuff.  Some people have mail and papers, others have books stored on shelves.  Seriously, I've seen it all. 


Since it's used so often, it sure would be nice if it didn't feel so messy and cluttered all the time, right? 

This step-by-step guide to declutter your kitchen will lay out everything you need to do so you can get it done in a day or a weekend! 

6 Steps to Take to Overhaul Your Closet

Monday, January 21, 2019





If you are anticipating the start of a new season or want to give yourself a fashion makeover to boost your self-confidence, it might be time to turn your attention to your closet, which might be filled with outdated or unloved clothing.

Rather than complaining you have nothing to wear when searching through a cluttered wardrobe, you should aim to organize your clothing. Read the six steps to take to overhaul your closet.

How To Create A Debt Pay Down Plan + STICK TO IT

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How To Create A Debt Pay Down Plan + Stick To It!


Why does it feel so overwhelming to even THINK of trying to pay down your outstanding debt?  


It just seems like you'll never get ahead and never get rid of it all which can make trying to come up with a plan of attack really frustrating and even discouraging.  

Well, today I'm going to walk you through how to create a debt pay down plan and how you can actually stick to it so that you become debt free! 

Getting Around For Less: Savvy Strategies For Drivers

Friday, January 18, 2019


How much money do you spend on getting around in an average month? If you commute to work by car, or you drive your kids to school every day, you may clock up a fair few miles, and this could be taking its toll on your bank balance. If you’re looking to reduce the cost of keeping a car on the road, here are some savvy saving strategies.

Pocket Pouch: What To Do With That Little Extra?

Thursday, January 17, 2019


You’ve done your taxes, you went on holiday, you put some away into your savings account ready for retirement, but you still have just a little left over. What to do with that wad of cash? You’ve already done what you needed to so now it's time to see if you can make that wad into two wads. Firstly in order to make sure you stand a good chance of making money, you need to let go of your fear of losing it. If you think with your heart instead of your head, you’re counteracting what your motives are in the first place; which is to make money! So what should you do with that little pocket pouch you have created?

Is There An Easy Way To Get On The Property Ladder?




Property is more expensive than ever and mortgage lenders are continuing to demand high down payments. Consequently, it’s never been more difficult to be a first-time buyer. Fortunately, there are a growing number of options out there that are making it easier to get a foothold on the first rung of the property ladder. Here are just a few ways to make affording property easier.

3 Products You Need in Your Skincare Routine

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Winter can mean absolute torture for your skin especially when it's cold and windy outside and the air inside is warm and dry.  I like to take this time of the year to remind you that it's very important at any age to take care of your skin and today I'm sharing a few of my favorite products that I really think you should add to your own skincare routing. 

New and Slimmer You? Here's What to Eat

Tuesday, January 15, 2019




We all need a bit of help sometimes and especially when it comes to what we should be eating. It is such an essential part of living, after all, and getting stuck in our ways of eating seems just as natural as getting stuck in our ways of breathing or sleeping. You don’t know how to do it differently because you’ve never tried - and attempting it without any guidance is going to be quite tough.
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How To Budget For Emergencies






Have you got an emergency savings fund? Don’t panic if you don’t. It may shock you to know that almost half of all working adults do not have a backup account to cover their bills should something go wrong. If your refrigerator broke down, or your car broke down, or you fell ill and lost your job, what would you do to cover yourself?


The answer to that is that right now, you need to plan an emergency savings account. Anything in life could really hit you out of left field: you could lose your job. You could find yourself injured and unable to work ever again. You could find yourself broke and needing to repair your car. All of these things need your attention and you need to start building up a buffer between you and any of these issues with your saved cash.


You may well be sitting around and waiting for an outcome from an accident that put you out of work in the first place. Waiting for compensation from a personal injury lawyer can take time, though, and you need to have something in place to help you to pay your bills. With all of this in mind, you need to consider how you could start building your emergency savings account.
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How To Create A Gallery Wall [FREE PRINTABLES]

How to Create a Gallery Wall with FREE PRINTABLES

We've all been scrolling through Instagram when we come across a GORGEOUS gallery wall from our favorite home d├ęcor influencers.  And then you think, man how do they put one of those together?  It's  lot easier than you think, actually and today I'm going to walk you through how to do it.

Organising a Get Away for Your Four Legged Friends

Monday, January 14, 2019





It’s the start of a new year and you’ve probably turned your mind to booking up some sort of vacation at some point or another. But while vacations are fun and extremely enjoyable, many of us feel a sense of sadness at having to leave our beloved four legged friends behind. Not only do we miss our pooches, but finding pet sitters or paying for boarding can be a hassle and expensive. So, why not try to mix the two things you love together? Take a holiday with your pet! Here are a few steps that you should take in order to organise it effectively.

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Wouldn't it be great to have one central location for everything related to your home life?   A place where you could go for contact numbers, financial information, and project planning...basically a home management binder.  

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Three Ways to Make Your Week Easier

Friday, January 11, 2019


When you're living a busy life, it can be difficult to keep a healthy pace. After all, between working full-time, getting exercise, and maintaining a social life, it can seem impossible to find time to relax. Thankfully, there are short-cuts that allow you to get more margin and still get tasks accomplished.

 1. Cleaning Services
Whether it's once a week or once every two weeks, it's an excellent idea to invest in cleaning services to come and help you out. People underestimate the amount of time it takes to deep-clean your home each week. Plus, you can't get those hours back. You also can't recoup that energy. It's a better idea to use professional cleaning services in Olney, MD. While you're relaxing at home or working in the MD office, you can spend time in a different and more productive direction.

2. Beauty Services
 While it's nice to think that you'll make your pedicure a priority, it's not realistic for the busy woman. This is why it's best to head over to the nail salon, book an appointment and allow someone else to take care of it all for you. The same concept applies to the hair salon. In fact, you can bring your work and do it while you take care of your beauty services. This is an excellent way to multi-task. Plus, when you have professionals working on your hair, skin and nails, you'll be able to confidently put your best foot forward. There's nothing worse than knowing you can wear open-toe shoes because your pedicure is really old or neglected. This process also allows you to enjoy a little self-care in the midst of a crazy schedule.

3. Online Grocery Shopping
There are tons of amazing online grocery services you can use. To make things even more convenient, you can do your grocery shopping from the comfort of your bed while watching a great tv show. Most services require you to share when you'd like the groceries to be delivered. Once that happens, all you'll need to worry about is putting the groceries in the fridge. This saves you the time it would take to shop through the aisles, stand in line and load your groceries in the car. Make your life a lot easier with this type of shopping experience.

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How To Organize Winter Clothing

Thursday, January 10, 2019


How to Organize Your Winter Clothing

As much as I love layering and staying cozy and warm in the Winter, I think we can all agree that Winter clothing is bulky and can take up a lot of space in your closet.  It's also challenging to find temporary storage solutions that work for you and your family. 


Today, I put together some ways to organize and store your cold weather gear so it's easy to get to and easy to put away. 

36 Ways to Cut Your Spending

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


36 Ways to Cut Spending

Why does it feel like you never have enough money?  

Well, I have an answer for you but you may not like it.  
It's because you are spending too much.   But how in the heck can you stop? Well, today I have 36 ways to cut spending! 

30 Things to Purge in Your Home |FREE PRINTABLE CHECKLIST|

Monday, January 7, 2019

Our homes accrue A LOT of stuff, no matter how much we try to cut the clutter so it's only fair to take some time every few months to purge some of the categories that tend to build up A LOT of excess. 


Today I have a FREE Printable checklist for you and I'll also tell you how and why to purge each category!  I mean it's Winter so what else are you going to do on that random Saturday afternoon when it's snowing?


Stress Less in 2019: Ten Ways You Can Genuinely Improve Your Wellbeing

Friday, January 4, 2019




1.Learn a new skillLearning something new can be incredibly satisfying, and gives you something to work towards and aim for. Achieving a goal you’ve set can be fantastic for giving your mental health as well as your self confidence a boost. It could be something practical like learning to drive, or something purely for the fun of it, such as learning how to paint in watercolour, how to arrange flowers or how to play a musical instrument. It’s easy to fall into a routine of work, eat, sleep repeat as an adult, which can feel really quite limiting and depressing at times. Giving yourself something to work on like this can push you out of your comfort zone, build your skills and enable you to meet like minded people. Have a think about what your passions are, are you a creative type? Is there a language you’ve always wanted to learn? Is there something you’ve always fancied giving a try? Make it happen!

Things That Will Make Any Car Journey Easier

Thursday, January 3, 2019


Whether it’s a planned out road trip, or just a longer car journey that you’re really not looking forward to as much as you may when it comes to a road trip, traveling by car doesn’t have to be a bad experience - sure, if you’re not going with a luxury RV, then it’s perhaps not the most comfortable form of travel, but it also can be enjoyable and even quite comfortable if you plan ahead a little and bring some things along that can help make the journey more tolerable.

In this post, we’re going to share with you a small list of things you can bring along on your car journey to make it easier and more enjoyable. Plus, it’s worth remembering, that there’s not much that’s more stressful and uncomfortable than being squeezed into a tiny plane seat in coach and then having to deal with long lines at security.

Fight The Fine: Getting Around A Forced Payment

Wednesday, January 2, 2019




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It’s rare that you’ll find someone who has never faced the pain of a fine before. Parking in the wrong place, dropping a piece of litter, and failing to submit tax returns are all common causes of this sort of financial fumble, and all of them are avoidable, making it frustrating when you have to deal with them. In reality, though, most instances of fining in the modern world will have an easy work around. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring the work which can be done to avoid payments like this, even when you should really have to pay.

Why Your Budget SUCKS + How To Fix It

If your budget sucks, there are some simple steps to fixing it so it works for you.


You have a budget in place (or at least you think you do) but for some reason you are still barely getting by paycheck to paycheck and the amounts you are budgeting for different expenses don't seem to be enough.  What's the point of a budget if it's this chaotic, right? 


Wrong! If your budget isn't working for you, it's possible to fix it.  So let's take a look at WHY your budget isn't working and HOW to make it work so that everything is perfectly balanced. 

New Year, Better Finances | Take the Fixing Your Finances E-Course!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Fixing Your Finances online course for creating a budget, becoming debt free, and building a savings fund

It's a new year and time for a fresh start.  Maybe you plan to start eating better, being more positive, keeping your home more tidy, or even just taking more time for YOU.  But when it comes to your finances and starting fresh, you're probably feeling pretty overwhelmed.  

Am I right?

Do you feel like you are broke or living paycheck to paycheck and you have no idea how to break the cycle? You want to get rid of your obnoxious debt don't you? But you also know you need to save money but how in the heck are you expected to do both at the same time!?

Well - RELAX! I'm here to tell you that you CAN do it and I'm going to help you !

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