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...]

Home Improvement Safety Tips for Safer House Repair!

My husband and I bought a house that didn't require too many repair projects.  However, that was 15 years ago!  Now that things are starting to break regularly, knowing a few key home improvement safety tips if vital.  Last weekend, we tackled an electrical project (which always makes me a bit nervous!) and we still have a long list of home repair projects to tackle.  If you are planning on grabbing your tools this weekend, check out my post on common home repair fails and keep reading for important home repair safety tips! Home … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Rice Besides Eating it For Dinner!

Rice is pretty much a staple in my kitchen.  We have about 4 different varieties of rice in the pantry at any given time and thankfully the kids will eat it happily no matter how I cook it.  Since I live in a rather large, international community, I can find rice in bags that weigh more than many toddlers.  Indian, Chinese, and Hispanic grocery stores have great deals on rice if I really want to stock up.  But, what do you do with all that rice when you get sick of eating it for dinner every night?  I decided to start looking for a few uses for … [Read more...]

Best Uses for Eggs Besides Eating Them For Breakfast!

Do you have too many eggs this week?  Eggs are amazing little creations.  They can be scrambled, fried or poached depending on your personal preferences.  The are packed with protein and incredibly versatile.  When my husband and I found out that our city has decided to allow residents to keep chickens, we were thrilled.  We have been looking at the best way to contain them, how to raise chickens in the suburbs, and the best uses for eggs that we might not have ever thought of.  Why?  Because the people I know who have their own chickens have a … [Read more...]

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...]