How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with someone on Facebook about my intense dislike of cockroaches.  After living in Houston for 7 years, those things give me the heebie jeebies!  I said (and I quote!) "I would rather have hundreds of ants in my house rather than one single cockroach!"  Well, God must have heard me because within 24 hours my kitchen was overrun by ants!  I kid you not!  Talk about a coincidence, right?  Well, now I have been spending weeks getting rid of the ^&%*@! things and figured I would share my tips about how to … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Stay Organized to Reduce Stress

One of the best ways to increase your stress level is to be unorganized.  Since I am trying to REDUCE the stress in my life, I decided to start looking at the best ways to stay organized this year.  With the holidays fast approaching, I need to get my life in order before holiday chaos strikes! Getting organized isn't always easy. Like most moms, I get pulled in a thousand different directions every single day.  Not only to I have to keep myself organized but I am also in charge of the kids and husband.  Sure, they are pretty good at … [Read more...]

PlateJoy Meal Planning Makes Eating Healthy Easier

This post about PlateJoy meal planning has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. Healthy eating isn't always easy or affordable.  Planning healthy meals usually requires cooking from scratch with fresh, wholesome ingredients.  And that takes more time and money than using most prepackaged products on the grocery store shelf.  However, there are ways to make eating healthier easy and a bit more frugal.  If you want to eat healthy on a smaller budget, I thought I would share my experience with the PlateJoy meal planning system! What … [Read more...]

10 Things To Do With Acorns for Loads of Fall Fun!

I went for a walk yesterday and all along the ground I am starting to see  more and more acorns.  It got me wondering about creative things to do with acorns since they are so plentiful right now. My son always used to gather them up to use in his slingshot (target practice only of course!) but I figured there had to be a ton more ways to use acorns except for target practice.  I started to do a bit of research and am honestly amazed at how many uses for acorns that I found. Creative Things to do With Acorns Wondering what to do with … [Read more...]

How To Add Texture To Your Home for a Peaceful and Relaxing Space

When decorating your home, there are many aspects to consider. Color and style are two ways of incorporating various design elements, but there is even more. It is important to include the use of texture as well. This is often one of the most overlooked (yet brilliant!) ways of highlighting your living space. Wondering how to add texture to your home? Here are a few materials you can use in order to pull your room’s decor together, making it both unique and fun! How To Add Texture To Your Home I am a huge fan of natural decor elements in … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom Ideas To Make Company Feel at Home

This post about guest bedroom ideas has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. If you are having company this holiday season, you may be searching for a few guest bedroom ideas to make sure they are comfy during their stay. Guests like their own private space occasionally and not tripping over suitcases in the living room is a big plus. I highly encourage you to put together a guest bedroom for your guests to stay in. It doesn't have to be 5-star hotel worthy but there are a few things that will make your guests more … [Read more...]

Estate Sale Tips for Sellers

This post about estate sale tips for sellers has been sponsored. All opinions expressed here are my own. Last month, my son and about 20 other neighborhood kids all graduated from high school. One of the families in the neighborhood decided that since all their kids were now out of the house, that they were going to move. And they were downsizing considerably! Since they had so much stuff that they didn't want to keep, they chose to have an estate sale. Having an estate sale sounds like a great way to downsize and I may just try the same … [Read more...]

Preserving Your Family Photos and Other Digital Archiving Solutions

This post about preserving your family photos and other digital archiving solutions has been sponsored by Doorstep Digital.  All opinions expressed here are my own. For the last few years, I have gotten very neglectful about printing out all the pictures I take.  I have ridiculous number of family photos on my computer and cell phone. I do have them backed up to my external hard drive, however, having only digital copies in my home makes me nervous. There are tons of old photos in my closet upstairs from when my children were babies. Digital … [Read more...]

Creative Ideas for Reusing Aluminum Foil

Every time I make a batch of nachos, I start trying to come up with ways for reusing aluminum foil.  Why? Because I detest cleaning cookie sheets after something has gotten baked on and stuck. My lazy way of dealing with this horrid chore is to line my cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Of course, that leaves me with used used aluminum foil that I hate to throw away. I usually try to wash and reuse it whenever possible but if I can't it usually goes in the recycle bin. (Can you recycle aluminum foil?  I just assume so....)  I decided to do a … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Chores You MUST Do This Month

Looking around your home and wondering which spring cleaning chores you must do and which you can skip? Spring is in the air here and all I want to do is sit on the patio and listen to the birds chirp.  Too bad my patio is filthy because I haven't gotten around to cleaning it yet.  Then, of course, as I enjoy all these spring flowers, I start sneezing because my allergies are horrible.  So I hit the medicine cabinet to grab the allergy meds, only to find out they are expired because I haven't used them for a year.  Sound familiar?  While spring … [Read more...]