How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

One of the best ways to add flavor to your food is to learn how to grow your own herb garden.  Fresh herbs are not cheap at the grocery store and once you buy them, they go bad fairly quickly.  I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to grab the cilantro only to find that it is slightly slimy and no longer usable. There goes another $1.00 right into the compost bin.  Herb gardens are a very easy way to ensure that you have fresh herbs right at your fingertips whenever you need them.  Not only do you get fresh flavor in your recipes but … [Read more...]

Save Your Sanity with these Easy Tips for Busy Mom

This morning, my daughter informed me that she needed jelly beans for school.  Um, WHY? you ask?  Because apparently jelly beans come in handy during math class for graphing and such. I really think the easiest way to save your sanity is to not have kids! Do I have jelly beans stashed in my pantry?  NO!  Because if I DID have jelly beans stashed in the pantry I would have eaten them all by now.  Factor in the emergency orthodontist appointment and everything else on the to do list, some days I just want to crawl back into bed at 8 AM!I know … [Read more...]

Tips for Choosing the Right Pet for Your Family

Spring is approaching and with it comes lots of new baby animals.  If you are considering adding a critter to your house, I encourage you to check out these tips for choosing the right pet before you shop.  Animals are a huge commitment and they deserve to be a full-fledged member of your family.Growing up, I had a dog until I was about 10 years old and he passed away from old age.  That was the first time I had ever seen my father cry and that memory has stuck with me for decades.  I begged and pleaded for years after that to be allowed to … [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...]

4 Examples of Personal Financial Goals I have Added to My To Do List

Our personal budget has been stretched fairly thin for the last few months and I'm researching examples of personal financial goals to help me save money. After the slightly out of control holiday spending came a trip to London (not cheap!) and a few first of the year expenses (darn you Home Owner's Association!) and now we are looking at a very slim balance in the bank.    With two teens who one day soon will want to go to college, we need to learn how to save money in ways that don't involve me giving up my organic food or my iPhone.  A girl … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Kids That They Will Love!

Looking for Valentines Day gift ideas for kids?  I have certainly bought a lot of them over the last 15 or so years so I thought I would share a few ideas.   When I was little, I remember my parents (okay, probably my MOM!) getting me a small gift for Valentines Day every year.  Usually, it was just a small box of chocolates or a nick knack of sorts along with a card.  No matter what the gift was, it left me feeling special and I knew that I was loved.  I have always gotten my children a small gift on Valentines Day, although it is getting … [Read more...]

Read These Safety Tips for Walking at Night Before You Head Out!

With the start of the new year, many people are committing to getting more exercise to improve their health.  Walking is great exercise but the short, winter days mean that you may be walking in the dark.  It's important to research safety tips for walking at night, even if you think you live in a really safe neighborhood.  As a woman, I know that I am more vulnerable to attack than a man.  Even if I don't encounter any vicious strangers, there are many other dangers out there that I need to protect myself from.  Since I am doing a lot more … [Read more...]

Easy Kitchen Organizing Ideas for Even the Messiest Chef!

With the start of the new year, I find that home organization is high on my to-do list.  I have been searching the Internet for a few easy kitchen organizing ideas to make my life a little bit easier.  The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in my home.  It's more than just a place for us to cook and eat together. It is a place for the kids to do their homework, an office where I pay the bills, and often a long term storage place for things that rarely get used.  This week I am focusing on getting my kitchen organized and creating a more open … [Read more...]

My Awesome Experience Traveling to London for the First Time

You may not have noticed but the blog has been a bit quite for the last couple of weeks.  That's because I was lucky enough to travel to London with my daughter and her high school band for the London New Year's Day parade. Traveling to London for the first time was both exciting and terrifying but the memories we made over the last week or so will hopefully last a lifetime for both of us.  I thought I would share my experience traveling to London in case you ever plan on going yourself.  There are so many things to do in London that I can't … [Read more...]

Gift Wrapping Station Ideas to Help Keep You Organized

If your holiday wrapping is as chaotic as mine, I wanted to share a few gift wrapping station ideas that might help us both keep our heads above water this year. 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.  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 a gift wrapping station so that my holiday wrapping isn't quite so chaotic.  Usually, the … [Read more...]