How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Yard for Greater Peace of Mind

If you have pets and small children, you may be wondering how to keep snakes out of your yard to help keep them safe. I know this is a huge concern for us here in Georgia. A few years ago, my husband and I found two rather large copperheads in our yard.  Needless to say, there was a lot of commotion over this fact since they are poisonous. I am a huge nature lover but I can't have poisonous snakes in my yard.  Unfortunately, we had to kill both copperheads which was very upsetting to all of us. What I really want to do is to keep snakes away … [Read more...]

How to Spruce Up Your Mailbox with Very Little Effort!

Ever look at your mailbox and think it needs a bit of TLC?  Are the numbers peeling off and the paint chipping?  If your mail is getting wet and your mailbox flowers are dead, I am going to share a few tips on how to spruce up your mailbox with very little effort! How to Spruce Up Your Mailbox with Very Little Effort! Understand Mailbox Rules Before You Start! We spent some time this weekend painting, repairing, and decorating our mailbox.  We knew that our homeowners association had mailbox rules that we had to follow.  I know, it is … [Read more...]

Creative Ideas for Reusing Aluminum Foil

Every time I make a batch of nachos, I start trying to come up with ways for reusing aluminum foil.  Why? Because I detest cleaning cookie sheets after something has gotten baked on and stuck. My lazy way of dealing with this horrid chore is to line my cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Of course, that leaves me with used used aluminum foil that I hate to throw away. I usually try to wash and reuse it whenever possible but if I can't it usually goes in the recycle bin. (Can you recycle aluminum foil?  I just assume so....)  I decided to do a … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Chores You MUST Do This Month

Looking around your home and wondering which spring cleaning chores you must do and which you can skip? Spring is in the air here and all I want to do is sit on the patio and listen to the birds chirp.  Too bad my patio is filthy because I haven't gotten around to cleaning it yet.  Then, of course, as I enjoy all these spring flowers, I start sneezing because my allergies are horrible.  So I hit the medicine cabinet to grab the allergy meds, only to find out they are expired because I haven't used them for a year.  Sound familiar?  While spring … [Read more...]

Home Improvement Safety Tips for Safer House Repair!

My husband and I bought a house that didn't require too many repair projects.  However, that was 15 years ago!  Now that things are starting to break regularly, knowing a few key home improvement safety tips if vital.  Last weekend, we tackled an electrical project (which always makes me a bit nervous!) and we still have a long list of home repair projects to tackle.  If you are planning on grabbing your tools this weekend, check out my post on common home repair fails and keep reading for important home repair safety tips! Home … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Rice Besides Eating it For Dinner!

Rice is pretty much a staple in my kitchen.  We have about 4 different varieties of rice in the pantry at any given time and thankfully the kids will eat it happily no matter how I cook it.  Since I live in a rather large, international community, I can find rice in bags that weigh more than many toddlers.  Indian, Chinese, and Hispanic grocery stores have great deals on rice if I really want to stock up.  But, what do you do with all that rice when you get sick of eating it for dinner every night?  I decided to start looking for a few uses for … [Read more...]

Best Uses for Eggs Besides Eating Them For Breakfast!

Do you have too many eggs this week?  Eggs are amazing little creations.  They can be scrambled, fried or poached depending on your personal preferences.  The are packed with protein and incredibly versatile.  When my husband and I found out that our city has decided to allow residents to keep chickens, we were thrilled.  We have been looking at the best way to contain them, how to raise chickens in the suburbs, and the best uses for eggs that we might not have ever thought of.  Why?  Because the people I know who have their own chickens have a … [Read more...]

How to keep spiders out of the house and a DIY Natural Spider Spray

Spring is coming and with it comes insects of every shape and size.  Knowing how to keep spiders out of the house and ants out of the kitchen is important to keep your home bug free in the spring.  I feel guilty actually killing the poor defenseless things and just want them to not come inside at all!  Is that too much to ask? If you want to know how to keep spiders out of the house, look no further because I have done some research!   Keeping spiders out of the house, especially using this DIY spider spray,  can protect you from spider bites … [Read more...]

20 Fun DIY IKEA Hacks with Paint to Turn Your Home from Drab to Fab!

While the morning temps might still be chilly, spring is on the way. And with spring comes a renewed determination to put my house in order!  These fun DIY IKEA hacks with paint  are the perfect way to add a unique element to your home without spending a fortune.  I had a lot of fun last spring painting a wooden chest I found at a neighbor's garage sale.  Over the years I have painted my art closet, a bathroom, and even tried painting coasters for my patio!  Painting can be both fun AND frustrating depending on how you go about it! These DIY … [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...]