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...]

How To Attract Butterflies To Your Yard This Spring

Are you wondering how to attract butterflies to your yard this spring? Butterflies play a very important role in our ecosystem since they are considered a pollinator.  Pollinators are vitally important for the health of our food system and essential for most plants to exist.  Due to numerous reasons, the pollinator populations are suffering right now.  Numbers are dropping and that should be a huge concern to everyone.  How can we help?  What can the average person do to improve the health of the pollinator population?  The first thing you need … [Read more...]

Common Home Repair Fails to Consider Before Grabbing Your Tools

The do-it-yourself  trend is on the rise as more people try to tackle home-improvement projects.  Some people are trying to save money and others just want the thrill of knowing they accomplished something on their own.  However, the increase in do it yourself projects means that home repair fails are also on the rise.  This can lead to serious injury as well as huge chunks of money wasted that wasn't in the budget.  Home accidents and trips to the emergency room are never fun!   Common Home Repair Fails Even the most experienced … [Read more...]

Easy Home Organization tips from a Lazy Mom

Are you looking for some easy home organization tips to get a handle on the chaos in your home?  For the last couple of years, my house has slowly become inundated with clutter and my primary goal for the next month is to focus on home organization.  Let me just say flat out that I am NOT Martha Stewart.  There are no labels on my cabinets or color coordinated storage boxes for each of my children.  You will not find a magazine showcase when you browse through my house.  For me, home organization means getting rid of stuff we don't need and … [Read more...]

How to Protect Your Bird Feeder From Squirrels

Have you ever watched squirrels steal all the bird food you put in your feeder?  If so, you are probably wondering how to protect your bird feeder from squirrels that decimate your seed supply! Here in Georgia, we get many varieties of birds that live here year round.  There are also many migratory species that fly through on their way to or from their seasonal homes.  As a result, my husband and I are very diligent about keeping our bird feeders well stocked, even during the cold winter months. Why go through all the work of attracting birds … [Read more...]

Stocking and Organizing the Pantry for Healthier Eating

I have spent the last month gorging myself on too much eggnog and far too many cookies. Last week I started stocking and organizing the pantry for healthier eating.    I don't know about you but I know MY willpower kind of stinks.  If I don't have a plan for dinner, I am much more likely to pick up the phone and call for a pizza.  And not the low fat, healthy kind of pizza either.  While I had a few free hours last weekend, I decided to get organized.   If junk isn't in my house, I can't eat it, right?     Tips for Stocking and … [Read more...]

How to Set up a Home Office That You Will Actually Use

If you want to make a go of starting a business this year, you need to know how to set up a home office.  Setting aside space for yourself to work can make or break your productivity.  Trying to write emails on the couch in between a pile of laundry and your kid's pile of toys is not the way to stay organized or motivated.  I thought I would share a few tips that have worked for me as I have turned my blog into a profitable work from home job. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we … [Read more...]

Christmas Storage Solutions for Easy Post Holiday Organizing

Christmas comes with lots of fanfare.  There are ornaments and wreaths, wrapping paper and bows, not to mention very large trees.  In about 3 weeks, you are going to need some creative Christmas storage solutions for post holiday organizing.  Unless you plan on leaving all those decorations up until summer.  I don't really recommend that plan!  In partnership with Walter Drake, I am sharing a few organizing ideas that may come in handy as you pack away your tinsel and ribbons! This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Decorating with At Home Stores

This post about simple holiday decorating has been sponsored by At Home and Mom Select.  All opinions expressed here are my own. The holidays are here and boy did they sneak up on me!  We have been busy with college applications and SAT classes and visiting the schools on my son's wish list.  Then, I blinked and it was almost Christmas!  Where did the time go? Now, I need to find time to shop, cook, help my son with scholarship applications AND get the house looking slightly festive for the holidays.  Add a full-time job and I am a bit … [Read more...]

3 Christmas Candle Decorating Ideas that Take Less Than 5 Minutes to Make!

One of the drawbacks to living far away from family is that our holidays are rather quiet affairs.  Every other year or so family or friends come to visit but this year it will just be my husband and I and the kids.  However, that doesn't mean I don't want the holidays to be special!  These Christmas candle decorating ideas are inexpensive and easy to put together.  That means I get plenty of holiday spirit without going broke or stressing out about fancy centerpieces! If you find yourself without guests this holiday season, don't skimp on … [Read more...]