Basic Bar Essentials for Your Next Party Hosting Experience

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are planning on a bit of entertaining in the coming months.  The family will be visiting, friends want to celebrate the season, and everyone loves a good wine and cheese event, right? If you are planning on party hosting and serving a cocktail or two, there are a few basic bar essentials that you may want to invest in.  Sure, you can drink wine out of your kid's plastic juice glass but it takes something away from the ambiance of the evening!  My husband and I have been slowly stocking our bar … [Read more...]

Tips for Saving Money on Laundry

These tips for saving money on laundry have been sponsored. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.I have told my family multiple times that I really think we should adopt nudity as a way of life.  I would save SOOO much time and money if we could just stop washing and drying clothes every day.  Unfortunately, no one really seems like this plan.  I guess we would get a little bit chilly in the winter, right? So, since I can't stop dealing with … [Read more...]

Tips for Creating a Fire Safety Escape Plan with Your Kids

This post about creating a fire safety escape plan has been sponsored by First Alert.  All opinions expressed here are my own.When my children were young, they had a fire safety lesson at school.  There was a mobile 'classroom' that came to the school and taught them how to escape from a room if the house was on fire.  They learned things like staying low to the ground to avoid smoke and to feel the door before opening it to see if it was hot.  When they came home from school that day, they brought home knowledge that could save their … [Read more...]

Simple Fall Activities to Celebrate Cooler Weather

I am a very simple creature.  I don't decorate my bathroom for every holiday, nor do I create elaborate weekend getaways for my husband and me. In my mind, simple is better in just about all cases.  If you are looking for simple fall activities to welcome in the cooler weather this month, I have a few you might enjoy.  Check out a few of my frugal fall decorating ideas and embrace simplicity in all its many understated ways!  Many of these fun fall activities can be enjoyed by children as well as adults so make sure you get the whole family … [Read more...]

Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

I must admit that I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest looking at fall outdoor decorating ideas for my porch and yard.  The front porch is the first part of your home that guests see right?  I want it to be warm and inviting!  With Halloween and Thanksgiving fast approaching, let's take a minute to add a bit of character to the outside of our home! When you are done decorating, clean the patio furniture and get ready to sit and visit with the neighbors! Fall Outdoor Decorating Ideas that won't break the bank!This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Easy Pumpkin Carving Tips for More Fun and Less Frustration

Everywhere I look this month, I see pumpkins and that means Halloween is almost here! From pumpkin muffins to pumpkin spice playdough, Fall is my all time favorite season!  If you really want to have some fun with your kids, buy several pumpkins and check out these easy pumpkin carving tips.  The memories you will make with your kids as they get grossed out over pumpkin innards will be priceless!  Even if you don't have kids, learning how to carve a pumpkin can be a ton of fun.  You will get to admire your handiwork every day as it brings some … [Read more...]

Having Fun at the Yellow River Trash Bash River Cleanup Day

I am always looking for ways for my family to get involved in community service projects.  There are so many worthwhile organizations that need a helping hand. It's hard to pick just one or two.  Environmental awareness is a priority in my house. When my daughter's Girl Scout Troop was given the opportunity to participate in a river cleanup day, I thought it would be a great experience.  I wanted to share a few tips that we learned this weekend as we ventured out on our Yellow River Trash Bash!This post contains affiliate links. If you … [Read more...]

Guitar Lessons at Home are Convenient for Busy Teens

Thank you, Fender,for sponsoring this post about guitar lessons at home. Learn guitar at home with Fender Play.Growing up, my husband and I were both passionate about music.  He played guitar, I played flute in the band, and music played a big part in our lives. Fast forward 20 years or so and now our children are just as passionate about music as we were.  We have half a dozen instruments in this house in addition to multiple stereo systems. Music is an outlet we all enjoy, whether we are playing it or just listening to it! I'm glad that … [Read more...]

The Most Common Home Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Accidents happen every day, no matter how hard we try to prevent them. There is nothing that you can do to ensure your family's complete safety, however, some of the most common home accidents CAN be avoided with a few safety precautions.  If you are concerned about safety in your home, here are a few ways to minimize the most frequent accidents around the house. Most Common Home Accidents and How to Prevent ThemThis post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no … [Read more...]

Bullet Journaling for Beginners to Get Your Life More Organized

If you are looking for ideas about bullet journaling for beginners, you are not alone.  Bullet journaling is a hot new trend in organizing our lives.  However, it is more than just a simple journal.  In bullet journaling, you basically combine all of your thoughts, schedules, to do lists, finances, etc. into one single journal.  All of the notes you need to keep your life on track go into one place.  All of those things that you struggle to keep up with every single day get condensed into one location.  It is a simple and incredibly helpful way … [Read more...]