Speed Cleaning Your House for Unexpected Guests

Ever have a moment in your life when you have to whip out your superhero cape and start speed cleaning your house for unexpected guests? Have you ever been up to your eyeballs in dog hair and dirty dishes only to get a call from an acquaintance informing you of their imminent arrival?  "OH...so you were just out driving around and decided to stop by to see us? You'll be here in 30 minutes?  That's wonderful!" you tell them. Now, to figure out how to clean your house fast before they get there!  Only inside your head you … [Read more...]

Find Your Home Decor Style with These Simple Tips

These tips on how to find your home decor style is sponsored by Havenly.  All opinions are my own. When my husband and I were young and broke, our home decor consisted of whatever was cheap.  Or furniture we found by the side of the road.  Home decorating took a back seat to eating and paying the bills.  When we needed a piece of furniture, we had to hit garage sales, not look for a home decor specialist.  Now that we are older and have more money to spend, decorating our house is more important.  I am still … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Upcycle Candle Jars into a DIY Succulent Garden

If you love indoor gardening, you can upcycle candle jars into a DIY succulent garden. I like to reuse candle jars for this and I have plenty! I hate to throw them away or even just recycle them.  Reusing them is a great way to save money on indoor gardening! On any given day, you can walk into my house and it will smell like something baking.  And usually, I am not actually baking something!  I have an obsession with food scented candles.  Apples and cinnamon, Rosemary and Thyme, Vanilla Mint...if you can eat it, I probably have a candle … [Read more...]

How to Get Rid of Ants in the Kitchen

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with someone on Facebook about my intense dislike of cockroaches.  After living in Houston for 7 years, those things give me the heebie jeebies!  I said (and I quote!) "I would rather have hundreds of ants in my house rather than one single cockroach!"  Well, God must have heard me because within 24 hours my kitchen was overrun by ants!  I kid you not!  Talk about a coincidence, right?  Well, now I have been spending weeks getting rid of the ^&%*@! things and figured I would share my tips about how to … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Stay Organized to Reduce Stress

One of the best ways to increase your stress level is to be unorganized.  Since I am trying to REDUCE the stress in my life, I decided to start looking at the best ways to stay organized this year.  With the holidays fast approaching, I need to get my life in order before holiday chaos strikes! Getting organized isn't always easy. Like most moms, I get pulled in a thousand different directions every single day.  Not only to I have to keep myself organized but I am also in charge of the kids and husband.  Sure, they are pretty good at … [Read more...]

PlateJoy Meal Planning Makes Eating Healthy Easier

This post about PlateJoy meal planning has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. Healthy eating isn't always easy or affordable.  Planning healthy meals usually requires cooking from scratch with fresh, wholesome ingredients.  And that takes more time and money than using most prepackaged products on the grocery store shelf.  However, there are ways to make eating healthier easy and a bit more frugal.  If you want to eat healthy on a smaller budget, I thought I would share my experience with the PlateJoy meal planning system! What … [Read more...]

10 Things To Do With Acorns for Loads of Fall Fun!

I went for a walk yesterday and all along the ground I am starting to see  more and more acorns.  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. Creative Things to do With Acorns Wondering what to do with … [Read more...]