Teach Kids to Give Back to the Community

This post about teaching kids to give back is sponsored by Barbara's.  All opinions are my own.   Want to know how to teach kids to give back to the community? Help them get involved in a new service projects and then volunteer WITH them!  Children learn by example and giving back to those in need is a lesson that needs to be passed from parent to child. Already have a child passionate about helping those in need?  You can nominated them for recognition in the Barbara‚Äôs Believe in Better contest.  Keep reading to … [Read more...]

Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for Better Cooling and Lower Bills!

Living in the south has a few perks.  I get to garden for 9 months out of the year.  I have discovered a love of chicken fried steak and cornbread with fresh jalapenos.  And, oddly enough, I have even come to enjoy country music.  However, the one thing I absolutely detest about living in the south is the heat.  Want to know how to get a cooler home this summer?  Need to lower electric bills?  Here are a few air conditioner maintenance tips that may help!Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips Honestly, how do … [Read more...]

Hiking Tips for Women: What the books don’t tell you!

If you are planning a hiking trip soon and happen to be female, you might want to remember these hiking tips for women as you plan your trip. Going hiking is great exercise and a lot of fun.  Don't let lack of experience make it a not so enjoyable time!Why Hiking is the Best Exercise When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club.It was my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  The club was a great group of people who had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about … [Read more...]

Patio Upgrade Ideas for Luxurious Outdoor Living

These patio upgrade ideas are part of a sponsored post for Best Buy.  All opinions are my own.When my husband and I moved into our new home, the first thing we did was have a stone patio put in.  We went all out with a seating wall, fire pit, and stone steps and haven't regretted one single penny spent on the project.  Our outdoor living space is truly my favorite part of the house! We have incorporated several patio upgrades into our budget since then and there are several more that we have planned.  I thought I would … [Read more...]

How to Attract Bats to Your Yard and Why You Want Them There!

There are many reasons for wanting bats in your backyard.  But, just because you want them there, doesn't mean they will come!  Here are a few tips on how to attract bats to your backyard.  And some interesting bat facts about why you want them there!Why Is the Bat Population Decreasing? Years ago, my family went caving in Kentucky.  We learned quite a bit about the plants and animals in the surround areas and the guide was passionate about bats.  The bat population in many areas is decreasing due … [Read more...]

Uses For Baby Powder That Don’t Require a Baby!

Have you ever bought a large container of talcum powder?  Have you ever actually used up the entire container? Probably not since some of those containers are huge  If you have too much and are wondering what to do with it, here are some uses for baby powder, even if you don't have babies!How Long Is Baby Powder Good For, Anyhow? I have a closet upstairs that is a convenient storage place for linens, towels and assorted cleaning supplies.  It is like a black hole of stuff...I put stuff in there and 3 years later it … [Read more...]

Spray Painting Plastic Outdoor Furniture for a Frugal Patio Upgrade

Looking for a frugal patio upgrade?  Try spray painting plastic outdoor furniture for a clean new look for your old lawn chairs and tables! This easy outdoor DIY project took less than an hour and most of that was waiting for paint to dry.   It's not perfect, mainly because I am not an artistic person.  But, cheap plastic patio furniture is easy to clean and paint so no need to spend a lot of money on new outdoor furniture! Frugal Patio Upgrade Desperately Needed! When my husband and I moved into our home 15 … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Long Distance Road Trip for Fewer Snags Along the Way!

This post about how to plan a long distance road trip has been sponsored by Best Buy.  All opinions are my own.When I woke up this morning, the first thing on my to do list was to plan a long distance road trip for this summer. Why am I starting my vacation planning in April?  Because planning a family vacation takes more effort than organizing military troops for war.  If you want to have a fun and safe road trip this summer, I thought I'd share a few tips to make your journey a bit more enjoyable.  The Joys … [Read more...]

10 Amazing Uses for Vodka Besides Making Cocktails

Have you ever bought a giant bottle of vodka for a party, only to be left with a whole lot of vodka that no one drank?  If you have too much vodka and are looking for new ways to use it, you are in luck.  That stuff is seriously versatile! There are dozens of uses for vodka other than drinking. If you plan on going out and buying vodka specifically for these life hacks, don't spend a lot of money. Cheap vodka will work just fine! Here are a ways to use it that will help you finish it up without a hangover!Save Money With These … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Make Cleaning Easier

This post about ways to make cleaning easier is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All opinions are my own.Everyone wants a clean home, right? I know I certainly love to look around my house and see walls with no fingerprints and floors with no dog hair. It doesn't happen as often as it should, however, so I am always looking for house cleaning secrets to make the process easier. It's time for spring cleaning so here are a few products and cleaning tips I am trying this month.How To Clean Your House Like a Professional Want to know how to … [Read more...]