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...]

Basic Bar Essentials for Your Next Party Hosting Experience

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are planning on a bit of entertaining in the coming months.  The family will be visiting, friends want to celebrate the season, and everyone loves a good wine and cheese event, right? If you are planning on party hosting and serving a cocktail or two, there are a few basic bar essentials that you may want to invest in.  Sure, you can drink wine out of your kid's plastic juice glass but it takes something away from the ambiance of the evening!  My husband and I have been slowly stocking our bar … [Read more...]

Tips for Saving Money on Laundry

These tips for saving money on laundry have been sponsored. The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.I have told my family multiple times that I really think we should adopt nudity as a way of life.  I would save SOOO much time and money if we could just stop washing and drying clothes every day.  Unfortunately, no one really seems like this plan.  I guess we would get a little bit chilly in the winter, right? So, since I can't stop dealing with … [Read more...]

Tips for Creating a Fire Safety Escape Plan with Your Kids

This post about creating a fire safety escape plan has been sponsored by First Alert.  All opinions expressed here are my own.When my children were young, they had a fire safety lesson at school.  There was a mobile 'classroom' that came to the school and taught them how to escape from a room if the house was on fire.  They learned things like staying low to the ground to avoid smoke and to feel the door before opening it to see if it was hot.  When they came home from school that day, they brought home knowledge that could save their … [Read more...]

The Most Common Home Accidents and How to Prevent Them

Accidents happen every day, no matter how hard we try to prevent them. There is nothing that you can do to ensure your family's complete safety, however, some of the most common home accidents CAN be avoided with a few safety precautions.  If you are concerned about safety in your home, here are a few ways to minimize the most frequent accidents around the house. Most Common Home Accidents and How to Prevent ThemThis post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no … [Read more...]

Bullet Journaling for Beginners to Get Your Life More Organized

If you are looking for ideas about bullet journaling for beginners, you are not alone.  Bullet journaling is a hot new trend in organizing our lives.  However, it is more than just a simple journal.  In bullet journaling, you basically combine all of your thoughts, schedules, to do lists, finances, etc. into one single journal.  All of the notes you need to keep your life on track go into one place.  All of those things that you struggle to keep up with every single day get condensed into one location.  It is a simple and incredibly helpful way … [Read more...]

Back to School Organizing Tips for a Low Stress School Year

My teens go back to school in 2 weeks and I am definitely NOT ready.  I have no school supplies purchased yet and exactly ONE pair of school approved shorts for my daughter.  I am determined to be more on top of things this year and have started to look for more back to school organizing tips to keep me on track.  You think it's tough keeping young kids organized?  Try doing it with teenagers!  Between school, work, sports, extra online classes, driver's ed, and SAT classes, we are stretched pretty thin this year.  I thought I would share a few … [Read more...]