Easy Menu Board and Meal Planner

Whole Board

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 … Read more

Easy Pour Everything

Sugar

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 … Read more

Conquer Your Closet Clutter

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: … Read more

Keeping a family file

Simple Trending Desk Hanging File Box Storage Bin Organizer

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 … Read more

Woo hoo laundry

How to Do Laundry Fast

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 … Read more

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 like shower steamers.  We won’t get into all of the details here, but we would recommend doing some research on what … Read more

Homemade Natural Baby Care Products

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 … Read more

Fun everyday traditions you can do with your spouse

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 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 that will create … Read more

Best of the best free photo apps and websites

The Convenience of Mobile Casinos For Busy Moms

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Creative consequences for kids

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 … Read more

Different ideas for mommy/daughter day

Different ideas for mommy/daughter 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 some new ideas that sounded more memorable. We … Read more