20 Fun DIY IKEA Hacks with Paint to Turn Your Home from Drab to Fab!

While the morning temps might still be chilly, spring is on the way. And with spring comes a renewed determination to put my house in order!  These fun DIY IKEA hacks with paint  are the perfect way to add a unique element to your home without spending a fortune.  I had a lot of fun last spring painting a wooden chest I found at a neighbor's garage sale.  Over the years I have painted my art closet, a bathroom, and even tried painting coasters for my patio!  Painting can be both fun AND frustrating depending on how you go about it! These DIY … [Read more...]

This is the Easiest Way to Clean the Microwave!

Over the years, I have found the easiest way to clean the microwave and I wanted to share it with you.  Am I the only person who lives with an individual that is incapable of covering a dish prior to putting it in the microwave?  Is it too much to ask that you put a piece of parchment paper or a lid of some sort over your plate of spaghetti before cooking it?  Why is it that I am the only person who apparently has this much-needed skill yet *I* am the one stuck having to clean the microwave week after week? It annoys me to no end!  I think … [Read more...]

How To Attract Butterflies To Your Yard This Spring

Are you wondering how to attract butterflies to your yard this spring? Butterflies play a very important role in our ecosystem since they are considered a pollinator.  Pollinators are vitally important for the health of our food system and essential for most plants to exist.  Due to numerous reasons, the pollinator populations are suffering right now.  Numbers are dropping and that should be a huge concern to everyone.  How can we help?  What can the average person do to improve the health of the pollinator population?  The first thing you need … [Read more...]

Common Home Repair Fails to Consider Before Grabbing Your Tools

The do-it-yourself  trend is on the rise as more people try to tackle home-improvement projects.  Some people are trying to save money and others just want the thrill of knowing they accomplished something on their own.  However, the increase in do it yourself projects means that home repair fails are also on the rise.  This can lead to serious injury as well as huge chunks of money wasted that wasn't in the budget.  Home accidents and trips to the emergency room are never fun!   Common Home Repair Fails Even the most experienced … [Read more...]

Easy Home Organization tips from a Lazy Mom

Are you looking for some easy home organization tips to get a handle on the chaos in your home?  For the last couple of years, my house has slowly become inundated with clutter and my primary goal for the next month is to focus on home organization.  Let me just say flat out that I am NOT Martha Stewart.  There are no labels on my cabinets or color coordinated storage boxes for each of my children.  You will not find a magazine showcase when you browse through my house.  For me, home organization means getting rid of stuff we don't need and … [Read more...]

Make Time for Music No Matter What Your Age

 Thank you Fender for sponsoring this post about why you should make time for music. Learn guitar at home with Fender Play! One of the first formal classes I joined with my children was a small music class at our church.  The kids were babies and toddlers at that point.  The instruments they used were wooden maracas and brightly colored shaker toys.  We sang and we clapped and generally had a grand and glorious time for a solid hour.  As the children grew up, they brought home the dreaded recorders from school.  We signed them up for formal … [Read more...]

How to Protect Your Bird Feeder From Squirrels

Have you ever watched squirrels steal all the bird food you put in your feeder?  If so, you are probably wondering how to protect your bird feeder from squirrels that decimate your seed supply! Here in Georgia, we get many varieties of birds that live here year round.  There are also many migratory species that fly through on their way to or from their seasonal homes.  As a result, my husband and I are very diligent about keeping our bird feeders well stocked, even during the cold winter months. Why go through all the work of attracting birds … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Gifts for Mom That She Will Really Appreciate

We are quickly approaching that oh so romantic holiday called Valentines Day.  Already, I have seen commercials that are promoting the perfect Valentines Day gifts for mom.  There are advertisements for diamond rings and fancy cars with red bows on top.  While these are certainly nice gift ideas, the beautiful Lexus would quickly be covered in food crumbs and dog slobber. The diamond ring would get lost in the garden. And who is going to watch  my kids while I cavort on the beach with my husband?  Sometimes I wonder if advertisers  really … [Read more...]

Stocking and Organizing the Pantry for Healthier Eating

I have spent the last month gorging myself on too much eggnog and far too many cookies. Last week I started stocking and organizing the pantry for healthier eating.    I don't know about you but I know MY willpower kind of stinks.  If I don't have a plan for dinner, I am much more likely to pick up the phone and call for a pizza.  And not the low fat, healthy kind of pizza either.  While I had a few free hours last weekend, I decided to get organized.   If junk isn't in my house, I can't eat it, right? This post contains affiliate links. … [Read more...]

How to Set up a Home Office That You Will Actually Use

If you want to make a go of starting a business this year, you need to know how to set up a home office.  Setting aside space for yourself to work can make or break your productivity.  Trying to write emails on the couch in between a pile of laundry and your kid's pile of toys is not the way to stay organized or motivated.  I thought I would share a few tips that have worked for me as I have turned my blog into a profitable work from home job. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [Read more...]