10 Simple Solutions That Will Help Moms Who Never Feel Appreciated Turn Things Around for the Better

 

Motherhood is one of the hardest and most underappreciated jobs in our society.  Moms wear so many different hats and play so many different roles.  We are often the backbone of the family, the glue that keeps everything together, the oil that keeps everything running.

Even for those of us who have a significant other who also contributes to the household we are the ones that manage to keep everything together amidst all the craziness around us.

Everything may not be perfect (because nothing ever is) but we do the best we can to care for the kids, tend to our spouse, keep house, work, feed and clothe everyone, keep everyone on track with their busy schedules, pay the bills, take the kids to extracurricular activities (sometimes take off work to do so), care for your family when they are sick (also may take off work to do so), attend school events, the list goes on.

You spend so much time and effort making sure everyone and everything is taken care of and all you want is some appreciation every now and then.

Reasons You May be Feeling Unappreciated

Do any of these descriptions sound like your life?

  • You cater to everyone and feel resentment because your efforts are not reciprocated or go unnoticed. You feel like you are the one who is always giving.
  • All of your contributions to the family are taken for granted. People expect you to do things and don’t appreciate when you do them.
  • You always put other people’s happiness before your own and feel like no one is ever happy, no matter what you do. Someone is always finding fault or inadequacies no matter how hard you try.
  • Sometimes you feel like you don’t get credit for everything you do. You feel undervalued and not validated.

These feelings of lack of appreciation can result in negative emotions, stress, and anxiety.

I began making a few small changes in my life using the 10 tips below and have noticed a positive difference.  Sometimes I still have those days and those moments of feeling unappreciated, but I think that is just part of being a mom.

10 Simple Solutions to Start Feeling More Appreciated

  1. Communicate your feelings. Don’t bottle them up.  Have an open dialogue.  Sometimes your contributions to the family may be unnoticed and overlooked but it is not always intentional.
  2. Find gratitude. It’s easy to focus on the negative, but try and remember everything you are grateful for. Yes, your kids drive you crazy on a daily basis, but this is what most of us signed up for. Your children are a blessing, cherish every day you have with them (even the not so good days).
  3. Take some responsibility (acknowledge your behavior). Are you doing things that are making the situation worse?  There’s a saying, “you teach other people how to treat you”.
  4. Give appreciation to others. The golden rule “do unto others”.  It’s contagious. Let your family know that you need and appreciate them too.  Thank them or all that they do.
  5. Follow through. When you ask your children to do something follow through and make sure it gets done.  Your requests won’t be taken seriously if you don’t take them seriously.
  6. Let your family take responsibility for themselves. Stop trying to rescue everyone.  Sometimes you need to let your family figure out how to resolve issues on their own or they will always expect you to fix everything.
  7. Don’t overschedule yourself. If agreeing to something would be a total inconvenience or you simply don’t want to do it, say no.  It might be hard at first, but it gets easier over time.  If you are a yes person, it is highly likely that people will take advantage of your kindness.
  8. Do things that build your self-confidence.
    • Recognize your significance and the value you contribute to your family. Reward yourself and give yourself credit for all that you do.
    • Try giving yourself daily words of affirmation.
    • You can’t always expect everyone to acknowledge how hard you work. Give yourself acknowledgment.  Stop seeking approval from others, approve yourself.
    • Stop neglecting yourself. Do something for yourself that makes you happy and feel good.
  9. Change your attitude. Stop lashing out and projecting a constant negative attitude due to built up frustration. This type of attitude is destructive and leaves everyone unhappy.  Just like the golden rule, a positive attitude is contagious.  Working on having a more positive attitude will not only change your attitude but can also change the attitude of those around you.
  10. Try not to take everything personally. Remember that kids are kids and sometimes they are going to react as such.  Have you ever made dinner and your kids told you they don’t like it (even though they liked it the last time you made it)? Sometimes I have to remind myself that they are kids and not to expect them to always appreciate a nutritiously balanced meal.

I hope that you find these suggestions helpful in your journey to feeling more appreciated.  Do you have any other tips to share?  Leave a comment.

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25 Family Halloween Costume Ideas

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One of my favorite things about Halloween are the costumes.  It’s entertaining to see what kind of costume everyone comes up with, from funny, scary, creative, nostalgic, cute and trendy.  People can get pretty creative.

I absolutely love to see all of the themed costumes that a lot families create every Halloween, like when each family member is a character from the same movie.  Have you thought about coordinating your family’s Halloween costumes with a theme this year?  I think it’s a fun idea.

You diehard Halloween enthusiasts probably started planning your costumes months ago.  Then there are those of us who wait last minute to get our costumes and end up throwing something together or picking through what’s left in the costume stores.  If you don’t have a Halloween costume yet or haven’t decided on it, you better get on that, Halloween is just around the corner!

You crafty people could totally DIY your own costumes, but for the rest of us there’s Amazon.  Scroll down for some examples of family Halloween costume ideas, all available on Amazon (for now, while supplies last).

Costume Ideas

    1. Care Bears
    2. The Flintstones
    3. The Incredibles
    4. Ghost Busters
    5. Despicable Me
    6. Angry Birds
    7. Milk and Cookies
    8. Star Wars
    9. Toy Story
    10. Winnie the Pooh
    11. The Wizard of Oz
    12. Superheroes
    13. The Simpsons
    14. Scooby Doo
    15. Smurfs
    16. Super Mario Bros
    17. Adams Family
    18. Monsters Inc.
    19. Sesame Street
    20. Ninja Turtles
    21. Pac-Man
    22. Inside Out
    23. 101 Dalmatians
    24. Aladdin
    25. The Cat in the Hat

1. Care Bears

2. The Flintstones

3. The Incredibles

4. Ghost Busters

5. Despicable Me

6. Angry Birds

7. Milk and Cookies

8. Star Wars

9. Toy Story

10. Winnie the Pooh

11. The Wizard of Oz

12. Superheroes

13. The Simpsons

14. Scooby Doo

15. The Smurfs

16. Super Mario Bros

17. The Adams Family

18. Monsters Inc.

19. Sesame Street

20. Ninja Turtles

21. Pac-Man

22. Inside Out

23. 101 Dalmatians

24. Aladdin

24. The Cat in the Hat

I’d love to hear your family costume ideas, share in the comments section.

A Fun Way to Develop Your Child’s Passion for STEM Try this to get your child excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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What is STEM?

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is a curriculum that integrates these four subjects into a cohesive learning format for children of all ages. With real-world problem based learning, STEM education teaches students how to apply these , subjects to everyday life while also making learning fun and interesting.

Why is STEM important?

Children with a strong foundation in STEM will play an integral role in the growth and stability of U.S. economic development. Research has shown that the earlier we introduce the foundation of STEM learning, the more successful children will be in this area in the future. Therefore, it is important to foster these skills in our young children today.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, STEM occupations are projected to grow to over 9 million between 2012-2022. STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than average for all occupations (around 13 percent). According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics the STEM group that is projected to show the most occupation growth between 2014 and 2024 is mathematics and science occupations at 28.2 percent.

How can you get your child involved?

To spark your child’s interest and get them excited about STEM, expose them to a variety of STEM activities and experiments.  There are tons of resources online where you can find DIY STEM projects or ready-made experiments with everything you need included.

Some ready-made experiments can be ordered through monthly subscription services which have activities and experiments.  Continue reading to learn more about some of these subscription services.

 

Amazon STEM Club

The Amazon STEM Club is a subscription where you are sent an age appropriate STEM toy or game for your child each month. The toys included in the program encourage learning through play and are designed to help kids discover, explore, and advance learning in STEM topics.

Subscription

Subscriptions are available for three different age groups: 3-4, 5-7, and 8-13. You can subscribe to the Amazon STEM Club for $19.99 a month, plus applicable taxes. Stem Club items ship for free. You can cancel your stem Club toy subscription anytime.

Your subscription begins when you sign up and will renew automatically each month on the same day of the month that you signed up. For each month of your subscription you will be billed on the date your stem Club toy ships.

To receive more than one toy for the same age group, you will need to begin another subscription from a different Amazon account. Subscriptions for different age groups can be managed under the same Amazon account.

Subscription options include:

STEM Club Toy Subscription (ages 3-4)
STEM Club Toy Subscription (ages 5-7)
STEM Club Toy Subscription (ages 8-13)

What you get

Amazon STEM Club toys vary each month to include a range of topics and concepts from chemistry kits to robots and math learning tools.

STEM Club toys include, but are not limited to:

1. Science: Nature, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Astronomy topics.
2. Technology: Robotics, Computer Science, Programming, or Electronics/Circuitry.
3. Engineering: Structural design or Mathematics.
4. Math: Addition, subtraction, multiplication, foundations (counting, fractions and percentages).

Groovy Lab in a Box

With Groovy Lab in a Box children learn at an early age to be problem solvers, by enticing their innate curiosity and determination through the engineering design process.

You will receive boxes full of everything your child needs to learn about and do hands on STEM experiments.

Subscription

Subscriptions are available for ages 8+. Select your preferred subscription plan. Choose from “Join Now” or “Gift It” plan options. The “Join Now” plan automatically renews based on the subscription package while “Gift It” plan is non-recurring.

All subscription plans have free shipping within the United States.  Subscriptions mail at the end of each month. You can cancel anytime.

Subscription options include:

• Monthly or Bimonthly – $29.95/month
• Every 3 Months – Averages $28.95/month
• Every 6 Months – Averages $27.95/month
• For the year – Averages $24.95/month

What you get

Subscriptions include a monthly delivery of Groovy Lab in a Box science inquiries, engineering design challenges, and access to “Beyond…in a Box”; the member’s only web-based learning section on the website.

Each month your child will receive fun, hands-on projects and an Engineering Design Challenge – all focused on that month’s STEM topic. All children will receive a 20+ page Lab Notebook, where they can read about that month’s topic, perform investigation activities and document their findings. They will investigate, brainstorm, plan, build, test and redesign their own creations.

The investigation activities have step-by-step directions, however your child won’t have detailed directions to complete the Engineering Design Challenge. Children must rely on their critical thinking skills, and what they’ve learned through the investigation process from the Lab Notebook and online activities.

Children also receive access to the “Beyond…in a Box” online learning portal. This gives your child a deeper understanding of that month’s topic. “Beyond…in a Box” has videos and more interactive activities to supplement what they are learning from the box projects, which also helps your child more when completing the design challenge. The monthly box also contains bonus supplies exclusively for the activities available through “Beyond…in a Box.”

Green Kids Crafts

Green Kids Crafts provides award winning crafts for children with themed boxes that explore a variety of topics with hands-on learning and fun.

Green Kids Crafts is a green company that is committed to ensuring that all of their activities have as little impact on the environment as possible. Eco-awareness is integrated into their box themes. Activities engage kids with nature in positive and creative ways. Boxes are 100% recyclable. Materials are bundled using plant-based compostable clear bags. 1% of sales is donated to environmental organizations.

 

Subscription

Subscriptions are available for children ages 2-10+.  Choose between Junior Discovery boxes for ages 2-4 or Discovery boxes for ages 5-10+.  “Get it” or “Gift it” subscription options are available as well as sibling and book add-on options.

Subscription Options Include:

• Monthly $19.95/mo – billed monthly.
• Every 3 months $19.95/mo – pay upfront renews automatically, cancel renewal anytime.
• Six month subscription $18.95/mo – pay upfront renews automatically, cancel renewal anytime.
• 12 month subscription $17.95/mo – pay upfront renews automatically, cancel renewal anytime.

Upgrade for an additional $10/mo and receive an educator approved book to complement each theme box.

Group subscriptions are available, receive a discount for bulk subscriptions. Fundraising options are also available.

What you get

Each box contains 4-8 Creativity and STEM Kits, extension activities, and a 20+ page themed Green Kid Activity Guide.

Products celebrate creativity with craft projects and activate thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation as well as guide children through fun science experiments.

Projects allow kids to be creative, build confidence and enjoy a sense of accomplishment as they produce crafts and conduct experiments they love, that are unique and special to them.

Activities develop fine and/or gross motor skills and encourage active play. They also expand kids’ sequencing, reasoning, and/or problem solving skills.

Discovery box themes teach children to be considerate and respectful towards people and nature. They give a wider view of their worlds, from either a nature-based, scientific, or cultural perspective.

Steve Spangler Science Club

With Steve Spangler’s STEM kit of the month club, children learn the real science behind fun experiments.

Subscriptions

Subscriptions are available for ages 7 to 14.

Subscription options include:

STEMsnack –$9.99/mo + $5 shipping. Receive 1 STEM experience a month. Ships around the 5th of each month. Payments are monthly.
STEMlab – $19.99/mo +free shipping. Receive up to 5 STEM experiences each month. Ships around the 20th of each month. You can choose to pay monthly, every 3 months or for 12 months.
STEMdeluxe – $29.99/mo + Free shipping. Receive up to 10 STEM experiences each month. Ships around the 5th of each month. You can choose to pay monthly, every 3 months or for 12 months.
Plans automatically renew and you can cancel anytime.

What you get

STEMsnack – Introduction to STEM with easy to follow instructions, minimal adult assistance required. A science “appetizer” to get kids excited about the elements of STEM. Children receive a new hands-on science experiment with easy to follow directions each month.

STEMlab – Includes 3-5 activities, experiments and design challenges each month. Get experiment cards with step-by-step instructions and easy to understand science explanations, minimal adult assistance required. Membership induces a 20% discount at SteveSpanglerScience.com.

Each STEM Lab box is filled with the science tools and the resources needed to explore real-world STEM activities. The easy to follow instruction cards guide your child through every experiment to make the learning process exciting and fun.

STEMdeluxe – Each month you’ll receive a box filled with the science tools and resources needed to conduct 12+ activities, experiments and design challenges that combine the perfect mix of critical thinking, tinkering, and fun.

Dive deep with STEM experiences designed for children and parents to explore together, compressive experiments guides for both the young scientist and the adult science helper. Membership includes a 20% discount at SteveSpanglerScience.com.

STEMdelux comes with 2 experiment guides: one for the child and one top secret document for the adult helper. Experiment guides provide an opportunity for your child to record observations and build learning connections. Each experiment includes take-it-further activities, science fair project ideas and a certificate of completion.

The easy to follow step-by-step instructions guide your child through the scientific method while providing open-ended activities to promote further learning. The adult helper’s top secret document contains the science explanation behind all of the experiments and answers to all of the science questions. It includes helpful tips and suggests for ways to work with your child to create an unforgettable learning experience.

STEM activities are an excellent way to open your child’s mind to new and fun ways to learn about these subjects. Share in the comments ways you get your child excited about STEM.  Have you given any of these subscriptions a try?

 

51 Time Management Tips for Working Moms Simple Tips to Save You Time and Your Sanity

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One of the biggest struggles that working moms face today is time.  There is so much to do and so little time and not enough time in the day to take care of everything and everybody (including yourself).

Everyone needs you in some way and it’s impossible to give 100% to anything.  You want to be able to spend more time with your kids and you feel mom guilt for having to go to work.  The house is a mess, it never looks how you want it to.  You find it difficult to find time to exercise, take care of yourself and do extra things you enjoy.

Do you feel like you can never get caught up with everything that needs to get done?  Its pretty much inevitable that someone or something is going to end up being neglected in some way.

Do you feel like time is never on your side?  Are you always rushing or running late?  This is me every morning.

If any of this sounds like you, these 51 time management tips will not only save you time, they will also save your sanity.

 

51 Time Management Tips

  1. Slim down your schedule. Reduce the number of things you need to do during the day.  Put tasks on hold or completely eliminate them from your schedule if possible.
  2. Prioritize your to-do-list. What needs to be done now?  What can be done throughout the week?  Are there ongoing tasks?
  3. Double up on meals. Make larger portions when you cook a meal and freeze left overs so they can be used for future meals.
  4. Stay organized. A lot of time is wasted looking for things that aren’t where they belong.  Have a place for everything and keep everything in its place.
  5. Have a central location for school items. Keep your kid’s backpacks and lunch bags in the same place where they can just grab and go when it’s time to leave in the morning.
  6. Use the internet. Save time by shopping and paying your bills online. Order groceries online through your local grocery store or try Amazon Fresh.
  7. Give everyone a job. Have everyone in the family chip in on chores.  Even the little ones can get involved.
  8. Let it go. Stop trying to control everything and do it all yourself.  I know that sometimes it feels that if you want it done right you need to do it yourself.  Or maybe you don’t want to “bother” anyone.  Learn to delegate and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  9. Get a filing cabinet.  Use a filing cabinet to keep important documents and passwords organized.
  10. Get some sleep. Without getting enough sleep you won’t have the energy to conquer the day.
  11. Evaluate your work hours. Maybe you can alter your work schedule to work better with your home life.
  12. Say “No”. Set boundaries. You can’t make everyone happy, even when you try.  A lot of times we end up taking on additional unnecessary stress.
  13. Know your limitations. Have attainable and realistic goals.
  14. Stop trying to be perfect. Perfection is unobtainable, stop comparing yourself to others and do what works best for you and your family.
  15. Limit screen time. Put down the phone and turn off the TV.
  16. Don’t take on others responsibilities. You have your own issues to deal with.
  17. Plan ahead. Use a calendar or a planner to keep track of everything.
  18. Leave work at home. The work will still be there tomorrow.  If you can, separate work time and home time, your kids will appreciate it.
  19. Get errands done on your lunch break. Sometimes I use my lunch break to do errands, this way I don’t have to it after work or on the weekends.
  20. Try a meal subscription service. If you don’t like meal planning or spend a lot of time figuring out what you are going to have for dinner, try a meal subscription service like Blue Apron, Dinnerly or Sun Basket.
  21. Limit your children’s extracurricular activities. I allow each of my kids to have one extracurricular activity each at a time.
  22. Have a support network. Sometimes unexpected things happen. Find someone that can be your back-up in case of an emergency.
  23. Have regular routine. Creating a regular routine saves time because everyone knows what they are expected to do.
  24. Get things done while you are waiting. Sometimes we spend a lot of time waiting, for instance at a doctor’s office.  You might be able to use this time to get some homework done, read a book, check emails, make a phone call.
  25. Meal plan and meal prep. If you can find the time one day to meal plan or meal prep for the week, this will save you a ton of time.  Using $5 Meal Plan or MyFreezEasy simplifies the whole process.
  26. Have a do-to list. There is too much stuff to remember from day to day and I tend to forget things if I don’t write it down.
  27. Use block of time.  Give yourself a certain amount of time to complete a task, then move on to the next task.
  28. Get the hard stuff done first.  Do the hardest task first or the task you’ve been avoiding the most. Once that task has been accomplished, the rest of your duties may not look so bad and you can just knock them out.
  29. Don’t let chores stack up.  It’s like a snowball effect, your day to day chores will just get worse and worse and harder to accomplish if you don’t take care of them daily. For example, wash your dishes or rinse them and fill the dishwasher every night.  Fold your clothes right after you take them out of the dryer, even if they don’t get put away right away.  I’m guilty of having a mountain of clothes on the couch and wasting time searching through the pile when someone needs something, then wasting more time putting everything away when I finally get around to it.
  30. Pump while you drive. Those of you who pump or pumped know how time consuming it is.  When I went back to work from maternity leave I saved valuable time by pumping in my car on my way home from work.  A nursing cover works perfectly for this.
  31. Single-tasking. I’m not saying that multitasking does not work, it does work in some situations.  However, multitasking is stressful and you end up feeling like you got nothing accomplished.  When you multitask you are often less focused and less efficient.  Single tasking is more efficient overall.  Give yourself a block of time to be able to focus on the task at hand.  Focusing on a particular task ensures the task is seen through.
  32. Use the time during your commute. I just finished the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University audio CD which I listened to on my way home from work.
  33. Have certain days for certain chores. Have a specific day you clean the bathrooms, do the laundry, mop the floor……………you get the picture.
  34. Break large tasks down to several smaller tasks. Sometimes I find it overwhelming when I think of the overall goal.  It is less overwhelming and more manageable for me to accomplish larger tasks when I do it piece by piece.
  35. Limit distractions. You will be more productive if you can find some time and a quiet place to get some stuff done.
  36. Simplify meals. Meals don’t have to be complicated.  I like making one dish meals in a casserole or with my pressure cooker (instant pot) and crockpot.  I love the set-it and forget it philosophy.
  37. Split tasks with your partner. Each of you can do the tasks you are stronger in or the tasks your partner doesn’t like doing.
  38. Hire some help if you can afford it.  If I could afford it, I would definitely hire a housekeeper.
  39. Delete Steps. Find ways to get the same thing done in a less amount of time.
  40. Be flexible. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned and you need to learn to go with the flow.
  41. Save time on your morning routine. Have your kids take baths the night before.  Make lunches and pick out clothes the night before.  Decide on what is going to be for breakfast the night before.
  42. Have some me time in the morning. Wake up 15-30 minutes before the kids and enjoy some alone time.  This way you are more relaxed and ready to take on the morning.
  43. Take care of yourself. You will be more productive and feel less overwhelmed if you can find ways to reduce stress in your life.
  44. Identify distractions and time wasters. You probably waste a lot of time doing a lot unproductive things.
  45. Carpool. Alternate carpooling your children to school and other activities with other parents.
  46. Go grocery shopping once a week. Make a list and check it twice to eliminate the need to go to the grocery store multiple time a week.
  47. Keep an emergency bag in the car. Be prepared by keeping snacks and a change of clothes in your car.
  48. Take advantage of time saving apps.  I like to use apps for coupons, it’s easier for me than clipping them.  Plus you can quickly find coupons and discounts on services, not just products and grocery items.  Or, you can use apps like Cozi (a free family organization app) to manage your day to day responsibilities.
  49. Try and have all obligations in close proximity. A lot of time can be saved when everywhere you need to go is close by.
  50. Take advantage of online subscriptions. Retailers like Amazon and Target have subscription services that enable you to have items you purchase often automatically delivered directly to you on a schedule you set.
  51. Every now and then take a day off. Take a break. Take the day off from running errands, doing a chores and cooking dinner.  My kids have enjoyed a bowl of cereal for dinner on occasion, and guess what?  They were perfectly fine.

I would love to hear from you, share some ways you save time in the comments section.  Also, shares and follows are always appreciated.


17 Household Plants that Remove Toxins in Your Home

Do you or anyone in your home suffer from allergies?  Did you know that your home could be harboring harmful toxins and allergens?

Some of these pollutants in the home include everyday household products like cleaners and air fresheners, dust, smoke, pollen, dust mites, bacteria, mold, building materials like paint, pesticides and pet dander.

You may experience the following symptoms as a result of poor air quality in the home: coughing, sneezing, wheezing, fatigue, watery eyes, dizziness and headaches.

Certain indoor plants absorb harmful toxins in the air, such as formaldehyde, benzene trichloroethylene and carbon dioxide through tiny openings in their leaves.

17 plants that are effective in removing some household toxins include:

  1. Ficus Alii (Ficus macleilandii “Alii”) – grows up to 10 feet tall in indirect sunlight. Rotate the plant weekly so it maintains it’s shape. Water when the soil feels dry. Water enough so it drains out the holes at the bottom.
  2. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”) – grows to about 3 feet. Store in a cool place with high humidity and indirect sunlight. Lightly mist one or two times a week to help with the humidity. Keep the soil damp.
  3. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) – grows up to 4 to 12 feet in indirect sunlight. Water when the soil feels dry. Do not over water or leave sitting in water.
  4. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) – can grow anywhere between 8 inches and 4 feet tall. Can grow in areas with low light. Water when the soil feels dry. Fertilize once or twice a year.
  5. Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) – grows around 7 feet tall in bright, indirect sunlight. Water enough to keep the soil moist in the spring and the summer. Allow the soil to dry out between watering in the fall. Fertilize in the spring.
  6. Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa) – grows 6 to 14 feet tall. Keep out of direct sunlight, water when the soil feels dry.
  7. English Ivy (Hedera helix) – prune regularly to keep the desired length. Keep in indirect sunlight, let the soil dry before watering.
  8. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) – grows up to 2 feet tall. Keep in a bright area in indirect sunlight. Keep the soil moist. Empty the water from the drip tray to prevent rot.
  9. Marginata (Dracaena marginata) – grows to about 10 to 15 feet. Place in indirect sunlight, water when the soil feels dry.
  10. Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii) – grows to about 2 feet. Keep in a moderately bright area. This plant likes dry air and soil. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering. Water until it drains through the drip holes.
  11. Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena deremensis) – the ‘compacta’ variety grows to about 1 foot. Keep in a bright area with indirect sunlight. Water when the surface feel dry.
  12. Philodendron (Philodendron sp) – grows to about 6 to 8 feet in indirect sunlight. Allow the surface to dry before watering.
  13. Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) – grows to about 3 feet. Keep in indirect bright light. Check the soil moisture daily. Water when the top of the soil begins to dry. Water until it begins to drip through the holes. Remove the water from the drip tray.
  14. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”) – grows to about 16 inches. Keep in indirect sunlight. Keep the soil moist, but do not over water.
  15. Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta) – grows from 1 to 8 feet tall. Can grow in low light. Keep the soil moist but do not over water.
  16. Mass Cane/Corn Plant (Dracaena fragrans “Massangeana”) – can grow over 6 feet tall in moderate light. Keep the soil moist, water one to two times a week.
  17. Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) – grows up to 6 feet tall in bright indirect sunlight. Keep the soil moist, but not soggy.

Some plants may be harmful to pets, also some plants may cause an allergic reaction if handled by someone with sensitive skin. Do your research before getting a new houseplant.

Another way to get rid of pollutants and toxins in the home is to minimize your exposure to allergens:

· Do not smoke in the house

· Avoid carpeting or vacuum daily

· Avoid furniture that collects dust

· Clean air filters regular

· Keep pets out of the house and off of the furniture

For even more protection you may also want to consider investing in a mechanical air cleaner or an electronic air cleaner to remove particles from the air in your home.

Mechanical air cleaners trap particles passing through them with material like fiber glass. The most popular mechanical air cleaners are High Energy Particle Air Filters (HEPA).

The electrically charged filters of electronic air cleaners attract and trap particles and prevents recirculation in the home.

Have you tried any of these methods or do you have another method you use to reduce pollutants in your home? Share your methods in the comments.