Update Home Appliances at the Best Buy Open House Event!

If you're looking to update home appliances or just want to upgrade to the latest technology, keep reading. You'll want to attend a Best Buy Open House Event in one of 17 stores across the US. My husband and I are always interested up checking out the latest technology, so we cannot wait for this event! Since we spend so much time in the kitchen, having modern kitchen appliances is incredibly helpful.  And with Best Buy, you can be sure to find a great selection.Best Buy Open House Event When you think about Best Buy, you think … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Coffee Mugs As You Declutter Your Kitchen

Are you trying to declutter the kitchen this month?  It is definitely high on my to do list! Over the years, I have acquired a whole lot of coffee mugs. I got them from students when I taught preschool, as gifts from friends and family, and they come in sets of dishes when I really only needed the plates and bowls.  Now I find myself looking for creative uses for coffee mugs because my cabinets are overflowing with too many mugs!  Since I pretty much only use one or two a day, this leaves me with dozens of the darn things just … [Read more...]

Financial Wellness Checklist and Using a Bullet Journal to Save Money

As we enter the new year, you should consider working through this financial wellness checklist to ensure financial security in the years to come.  For most people, money is in limited supply and the demands on finances are fairly high.  Gas must be purchased regularly if we want to continue driving to work and kids need to eat.  And they generally eat a LOT.  Unless you sit down to tackle a few financial tasks occasionally, you won't truly be financially 'healthy'.  One way to get a great look at your household budget … [Read more...]

Get Rid of Stress with These Anxiety Busting Tips

Stress can make our lives difficult.  It causes our health to decline, our anxiety to skyrocket, and wreaks havoc on personal relationships.  As we move into the new year, I want to get rid of stress in my life wherever I can.  I thought I would share a few anxiety busting tips that may help us all live a more stress free life.  Of course, we need to understand our own personal stress triggers in order to do that.  And stress reduction techniques will be different for everyone.  However, maybe  some of these … [Read more...]

Give a New Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) for a Gift!

If you are considering adding a dog to your family, PLEASE give a new puppy care package on Christmas day and not the actual puppy. The holidays are a stressful time and chaos is not healthy for raising puppies.  A puppy care package, with a sweet 'puppy IOU' and a new pet gift or two is a much better plan! I thought I would share a few puppy supplies you might want to include in your pet gift basket.    New Puppy Care Package Ideas Christmas is actually not a very good time to bring a puppy into your home.  … [Read more...]

Gift Wrapping Station Ideas to Help Keep You Organized

If your holiday wrapping is as chaotic as mine, I am sharing a few gift wrapping station ideas that might help you stay organized. The holidays are a magical yet very busy time of year.  There is baking to do, parties to plan, outfits to shop for and gifts to buy.  And, of course, holiday budgets to worry about! Staying organized during the holidays is an absolute must!With all of the gift buying that is going on this month, I will soon be neck deep in holiday wrapping.  Every year I swear to myself that I am going to set up … [Read more...]

Family Tradition Ideas You Need to Start

Everyone has their own family tradition ideas that play a part in their holiday planning. I grew up enjoying the chaos of friends and family during the holidays. Big holiday dinners, multiple stops at different people's houses, playing with cousins and general chaos.  Those were some great times that I look back on with fondness now that I'm an adult.    After college, my husband and I moved halfway across the country from both of our families.  After that, holidays had no cousins, or traveling, or chaos.  It was … [Read more...]

DIY Home Decor Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Have you tallied up your bills recently? Don’t just cheapen your house in light of a tight budget. Instead of hitting the mall, consider some DIY home decor ideas that allow you to pocket more and personalize the room. This is your sanctuary, and the interior should be styled as such. Unlike kings and queens, however, most homeowners don’t have a royal budget. Frugal home decor is one way to LOOK like you live a royal life without going broke!Seven DIY Home Decor Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank It’s easy to get carried away when … [Read more...]

How to Make Women’s Voices Heard in Public Dialogue

This post about how to make women's voices heard in public dialogue has been sponsored by GenderAvenger.  All opinions are my own.When I went to college about 25 years ago, I chose to major in Microbiology.  As a women in a STEM field, there were definitely more men than women in my classes but I was certainly not the only female in my science classes.  Times were already starting to change, even way back then.  When my mom had considered college, her choices were pretty much nurse, teacher, or librarian.  She never ended up going, a fact … [Read more...]

How to be Productive Even with Kids at Home!

This post about how to be productive with kids at home has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own.Being a mom is stressful. You may have teens who need to be driven places and babies who need naps.  There is homework to help with even though you don't understand basic math anymore. There are field trips to remember and possibly chaperone.  And there are more after school activities than you remember signing up for. If you have any hope of getting the housework done, you need to learn how to be productive while balancing a baby on your hip … [Read more...]