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...]

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...]

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...]

Christmas Storage Solutions for Easy Post Holiday Organizing

Christmas comes with lots of fanfare.  There are ornaments and wreaths, wrapping paper and bows, not to mention very large trees.  In about 3 weeks, you are going to need some creative Christmas storage solutions for post holiday organizing.  Unless you plan on leaving all those decorations up until summer.  I don't really recommend that plan!  In partnership with Walter Drake, I am sharing a few organizing ideas that may come in handy as you pack away your tinsel and ribbons! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Decorating with At Home Stores

This post about simple holiday decorating has been sponsored by At Home and Mom Select.  All opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are here and boy did they sneak up on me!  We have been busy with college applications and SAT classes and visiting the schools on my son's wish list.  Then, I blinked and it was almost Christmas!  Where did the time go? Now, I need to find time to shop, cook, help my son with scholarship applications AND get the house looking slightly festive for the holidays.  Add a full-time job and I am a bit … [Read more...]

How to Create a Winter Car Emergency Kit

You really need to have a  winter car emergency kit no matter what area of the country you live in.  Several years ago, Georgia went through a winter emergency we fondly called Snowmageddon.  We got a whopping three inches of snow and the entire area came to a standstill.  The governor of Georgia declared a state of emergency and the National Guard was mobilized.  Motorists sat stranded in their cars for 16 hours due to total gridlock on the highways and a layer of ice that blanketed the entire city. This post contains affiliate links. If you … [Read more...]

10 Things You Must do NOW to Get Ready for Christmas

As we merrily roll into fall and plan our children's Halloween costumes, I would like to remind you that there are less than 60 days to get ready for Christmas.  Freak you out just a little bit there?  As soon as Halloween passes us by, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and then all you have to do is blink and Christmas is here! I, for one, am nowhere near ready for it!  It always amazes me how quickly we move from summer vacation to the first day of school and then the chaos of the holidays plows us right over.  This year, though, I am … [Read more...]