Spring Yard Care Tips to Increase Curb Appeal

With the onset of spring comes an intense need to get my yard cleaned up.  After months of neglect, the grass, trees, and shrubs are all screaming for some attention.  My teenage son is thrilled to start some spring yard care since it means that he can once again get paid for mowing the lawn.  It's a chore that neither my husband nor I really enjoy. Paying the boy to do it is a win/win for all of us!  If you are wondering what sort of chores you need to tackle this month to increase curb appeal, here are a few things to get started on.  I will … [Read more...]

Uses for Shredded Paper After Your Home Office Decluttering is Finished!

When the new year rolled around, I decided it was time to do some home office decluttering.  I have an overflowing filing cabinet and a computer desk that has way too many piles of stuff on it. I have been sorting, purging, donating and recycling quite a number of things over the last few weeks.  Of course, many of the documents I have in my home office require shredding to protect personal information.  Now that I have purged the files, though, I am trying to figure out a few uses for shredded paper rather than throw it all away.  If you find … [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...]

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...]

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...]

How to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires for a Safer Holiday Season

As I sit here typing this blog post, our Christmas tree is lit up with lights behind me, just waiting for a few ornaments to be put on.  If you put a Christmas tree as well, you should take some time to read this post about how to prevent Christmas tree fires.  Christmas trees and other assorted holiday decorations are common in many households this time of year, however, they present a very real fire hazard and can have deadly consequences if certain precautions are not taken.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Coffee Mugs When They Are Taking Over Your Cabinets!

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 taking up space.  If you have too many coffee mugs like I do, here are a few ways to reuse them, rather than … [Read more...]

Guest Bedroom Ideas to Make Company Feel at Home

If you are having company this holiday season, you may be searching for a few guest bedroom ideas to make sure they are comfy during their stay. When my husband and I got married many years ago, we moved far away from all of our friends and family. Some people might think it's nice to not live right next door to family but holidays get a little bit lonely. We are always encouraging people to come and visit us, especially when the holidays roll around. Thanksgiving is our usual time for company to make an appearance and we learned early on how … [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Reuse Wine Bottles Instead of Tossing Them Out!

My nightly routine usually involves a glass of wine.  No, I don't have a drinking problem, I just like wine, snacks, tv and peace and quite for 30 minutes after my kids go to bed. That means I have plenty of empty wine bottles sitting around.  I have started looking for creative ways to reuse wine bottles instead of throwing them out.  Of course, I usually toss them in the recycling bin but finding new uses for old things has become a bit of an obsession for me.  Why spend money on things when I can upcycle, recycle or reuse something I already … [Read more...]

10 Creative Things to do With Acorns for Loads of Fall Fun!

This weekend, my husband went camping up in the mountains and was kept awake all night by the sound of falling acorns on his tent.  It got me wondering about creative things to do with acorns since they are so plentiful right now.  My son always used to gather them up to use in his slingshot (target practice only of course!) but I figured there had to be a ton more ways to use acorns except for target practice.  I started to do a bit of research and am honestly amazed at how many uses for acorns that I found. If you have an abundance of these … [Read more...]