Organizing Hair Bows

Organizing Girls Hair Accessories

Organizing little girls hair accessories can be a bit maddening especially since they aren’t too organized themselves.  You can take a few simple steps to get everything in place.  This can clear up a lot of clutter on her dresser and make all of her hair accessories much easier to find.  Your daughter will love the new system also – every

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips and How to Avoid Spring Cleaning

Every time we spring clean our homes we say what everybody says: ”I’m never going to let my house get this way again!”  Here are a few tips and ideas to help make our spring cleaning less frustrating and more effective: Minimalism: The majority of  spring cleaning time is spent clearing out items to throw out, move to storage, donate, or hand down. 

Menu Board Meal Planning

Easy Menu Board and Meal Planner

I, like all of you, see so many cute menu boards for meal planning on Pinterest and on blogs.  My initial thought is “how cute!”, followed quickly by “I don’t think I could ever replicate that!”.  Unfortunately I inherited the ideas gene, but not the crafty gene, so I have to stick to very simple DIY projects.  While making the

Easy Pour Everything

When I was baking the other day I wondered why salt comes in an easy-to-pour container, but nothing else does. Someday I’m sure this will change, but until then, I decided to make my own. You can use this for sugar, spices, flour, baking soda, or any other “granular” ingredient. This makes it easier to pour into measuring cups. It’s

Conquer Your Closet Clutter

There’s a scene in the first Sex and the City movie where Carrie and Big find their dream apartment.  Amongst all of the 200 square-foot shoeboxes in New York City, this apartment has a terrace, wood floors, huge windows, and never-ending space.  Carrie is sold on the apartment until she sees it: the teeny, tiny, holds-two-purses closet. This is exactly

Keeping a family file

A family file is the home’s best defense against paper clutter.  Usually clutter is a result of items that don’t have a place – a family file provides this much needed place.  It’s important to keep the file, weed it out frequently (about once a week), and get in the habit of using it.  Please note that the Family File

Woo hoo laundry

I hate that I’m writing an entire post on the laundry process, and even more, that I’ve been excited to write about this for a while now.  But, I’m pretty sure I’ve perfected the laundry process.  I hope you can pick up some tips that will simplify this dreaded chore. One of the best laundry inventions is the laundry separator. 

26 raok for sandy hook victims

Fred Rogers once said that when he saw sad stories on the news, his mother would tell him, “Look for the helpers.  You will always find people who are helping.”  With many people feeling helpless over the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, Ann Curry started the 26 Acts Movement.  In this movement, she is asking people

Homemade Organic Bath Products

Homemade Organic Bath Products

Welcome to post 2 of our Make it Yourself Series!  Our first post was about making organic baby products.  This post explains how to make organic bath (and after bath) products.  We won’t get into all of the details here, but we would recommend doing some research on what is normally in these types of products and what they do to your body –

Homemade Baby Care Products Collage

Homemade Natural Baby Care Products

Welcome to our make it yourself series!  We feature everyday items that you can make yourself.  This saves money, but more importantly, it helps you and your family avoid toxins.  We don’t get into the scientific details on these posts, but we would suggest doing some research about what is in the products we use everyday, and what it does to your body.

Fun everyday traditions you can do with your spouse

Between going to work, paying bills, and just getting through day to day life, it’s easy for everything to start to feel monotonous.  I think there’s a lot to be said for spontaneous humor and surprises, especially between spouses. Here are some ideas of fun and easy traditions you can start to create special moments in between the blue moons

Best of the best free photo apps and websites

Earlier this week I wrote a post about taking great pictures with your iPhone.  This post is about going one step farther and then editing those photos.  Here are some free photo-related apps and websites.  These resources allow you to make your photos more professional-looking or add entertaining features.  I have also included some of my other favorite photo-related apps

Chore tic tac toe

Now that my daughter is getting to be old enough to start helping with chores, I have been thinking of ways to make chores fun.  Here was my first idea: Chore Tic-Tac-Toe.  For now, she needs to get three X’s in a row in order to “win.”  When my younger child is old enough, I will have them play each

Special quote book keepsake

When my daughter was young, I created a book of meaningful quotes for her as a keepsake.  I then added pages to the back for “Quotes From You”, where I write down all of the funny and sweet things that she says.  This has become a treasure for my daughter, especially as she gets old enough to understand some of

Creative consequences for kids

I started using “creative consequences” for my kids about six months ago, and was shocked at what a difference it made in whether or not they actually listen to me.  It gets their attention much faster than the typical lines they’ve heard a thousand times.  Some of them may seem kind of silly, but that’s why kids love them, and

My favorite parenting quotes

I’ve been reading a lot of great parenting quotes lately, so I decided to compile the best ones.  Some are wise, some are funny, and some are just plain logical.  I hope you enjoy them!  Let me know if I missed any good ones. “I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” –Robert Orben “We

10 different ideas for mommydaughter day

A while ago, my daughter and I had a Mommy/Daughter day, and I realized that we were both getting sick of the same old dinner and a movie, or the kids’ places that we go to for birthday parties. So, I came up with 10 new ideas that sounded more memorable. We started doing these, and have had a lot

Crafty dry erase boards for kids rooms

I recently started using dry erase boards in my kids’ bedrooms to leave them reminders, write notes, and stay organized.  It has not only made my life easier, but my kids love it!  Once it became clear that they were going to be in the rooms for a while, I decided to make them nicer looking. Here is my daughter’s,

10 new uses for cookie cutters

I consider myself a minimalist and like to use everything in my house as often as possible.  I don’t like the idea of storing an item away, only to use it once or twice a year.  So, after my annual Christmas baking day, I was packing up my cookie cutters as usual and realized that I could actually use them

5 crazy sledding ideas

Happy New Year!  For my first post of 2013, here are 5 crazy ideas for twists on sledding.  You should be able to do any of these with items you already have.  Please leave me a comment if you try any of them! 1. Use a laundry basket: you can fill it with stuffed animals for younger kids so they

50 Songs From Parent to Child

50 Songs from Parent to Child

Growing up in a musically-talented (except for some of us…) family, songs have been a big part of our lives.  In fact, we have sisters and brothers named after well known songs and artists.  We put together this list of songs that were written for children, but are not necessarily children’s songs. You can use this list to make mix CDs or

Easy christmas teacher gift

When I used to teach preschool, my favorite holiday gifts were ones that were useful (i.e. Starbucks gift cards), and ones that were sentimental (i.e. a homemade craft from the child).  Now that I’m on the giver end of teacher gifts, I like to combine both of these types of gifts.  This year I created a simple gift using items

Best interactive christmas websites for kids

I’ve got to hand it to some people – they are more creative than I will ever be.  Some very inventive (and tech savvy!) people have created some awesome interactive Christmas websites that kids love.  Here are my favorites (and of course, these are all free): 1. Portable North Pole: This website is a child favorite.  Anyone can create a

Keeping kids busy

Here are ideas for keeping kids busy while you need to get things done around the house.  None of them will make a mess, and most can be done with items you have around the house already. Magnets: make magnets for kids so that they can play with them while you are cooking Picture magnet You will need: 8 x

50 date night ideas

Date nights are one of my favorite things in life.  I actually think that I like date nights now more than I did in my single days.  Here are some of my favorite date night ideas – please note that some of them are at-home date nights, so you’ll have to make arrangements for your kids (see this post on preparing

Traditions

Some of my best childhood memories are of our family traditions, especially the ones we made up on our own.  I always knew that when I had my own family, traditions would be a big part of our life.  Not only do traditions provide a sense of family unity, but they’re usually fun for everybody as well.  If you want

Gift ideas

As the old saying goes, “it is better to give than to receive.” As it turns out, there’s a reason that is an old saying; today, gift giving is stressful. It’s almost impossible to buy a gift without a million questions running through your head: “will she like it?”, “does he already have one?”, “will they use it?”, “am I

Holiday planning

Ahhh the holidays.  When did the most wonderful time of the year turn into the most stressful time of the year?  I try to plan ahead as much as possible and do holiday tasks around the year so that I can actually enjoy the special time.  Here are some ways to make it as stress free as possible.  Make sure

Sheets for house sitters and baby sitters

The other day I realized that one of the most chaotic times in my house is when a baby-sitter or house-sitter comes over.  This is supposed to be the most fun time because I’m getting out of the house, but it usually ends up being chaotic!  I usually keep texting the sitter to let her know that I had forgot

Monthly resolutions

I’m going to try something new this year for my New Year’s Resolution.  I can’t decide between eating healthier, saving money, giving back, and everything else that I should do all year long, so each month I’m going to devote myself to a different resolution.  At the end of each month I’m going to write about my experience with that