SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

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Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.

Cozy Night in with Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate

... I typically make this Peppermint Hot Chocolate almost weekly during the holiday season. It’s so easy to prepare and it instantly warms the heart and comforts the soul after a long day at school or work. It’s also a lot less expensive than purchasing it at our local coffee shop. This Peppermint Hot Chocolate is made with all natural ingredients...

Post-Holiday Purge

After the gifts have been unwrapped, leftovers eaten and celebrating has come to an end, I always get the urge to purge excess items from my home. With resolutions set, the start of a New Year inspires me to get my home organized, starting with those overflowing closets...

Homemade Family Gifts: Spiced Sugary Pecans

Homemade Family Gifts: Spiced Sugary Pecans

Like most southerners, my family and I are huge fans of pecans. During the holiday season, it’s southern tradition to set small bowls of spiced pecans on kitchen or coffee tables.... This recipe is not only easy to prepare, but also makes a great gift for friends, neighbors and teachers.

Santa Photo Fun

Santa Photo Fun

Whether or not you have children at home, the holidays are naturally full of whimsy. Surprise your friends and family by adding a touch of silliness to your holiday décor in the form of modified framed photos. Create Santa Claus faces out of unsuspecting portraits!...

Gift Making Guide

Gift Making Guide

...Just as most recipients would, I adore receiving handmade gifts. Even if you’re not a skilled crafter, you can create lovely gifts for the special people in your life by following easy, step-by-step instructions for homemade projects shared by crafty bloggers like yours truly...

Freezer Cooking During the Holidays

Entertaining during the holidays can be both exciting and stressful. Although most of us enjoy the idea of hosting, spending the entire day cooking can take away from the fun of enjoying the party. By preparing the meals you plan to serve ahead of time and storing them in your freezer, you can create a delicious menu and still be the life of the party!...

Ten Holiday Budget Saving Tips

This holiday season I have decided to finally put my foot down and put myself on a budget. Below are some of my favorite budgeting ideas and tips to help you start the New Year with some extra cash in your pocket!...

Color Code Your Family

...With the disarray and chaos in our house, it was a time that called for “Super Mom” to the rescue! After some thought, I realized the solution was simple: assign each family member a color to help keep track of their belongings and schedules. If your house is anything like mine, these four, easy steps will help make your life more organized, too...

Laminate & Sew Gift Card Envelopes

Laminate & Sew Gift Card Envelopes

...Even though you can tuck a gift card into a greeting card, it’s nice to have a thoughtful, handmade way to present the card as well. Many stores offer gift card envelopes and boxes but with very minimal supplies, you can craft your own unique packaging! I recommend making multiple envelopes at one time with various papers to keep on hand for future uses...

Five Ways to Organize with Pegboards

Many of us think that a pegboard can only be used to organize tools in the garage, but with a little creativity a pegboard becomes the perfect solution to organizing many areas inside your home!.... Here are five simple ways to organize your home using pegboards...

Top Ten Holiday Dollar Store Buys

Your local dollar store is full of useful items for the upcoming holidays. You can find everything you need for decorating, entertaining and gift giving while saving money this holiday season...

Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

My three kids always tell me Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. One reason is that every year we kickoff the holiday with a game of outdoor football... Though my kids are older now (11, 13 and 15 years), we set up crafts for the younger kids...

For the Love of Scissors

For the Love of Scissors

We all own a pair of scissors and, as with any tool, it’s important to have the right pair for every project. As a designer, crafter and mom, I have scissors for everything from cutting food to fabric. To keep my scissors in good working condition, I have found the following tips very useful...

Warm Up: Pomegranate Cider

Warm Up: Pomegranate Cider

...My kids told me it was the best cider they ever had, and since that was such a good endorsement I wanted to share with you! This cider is delicious, warming and visually delightful -- your loved ones will truly enjoy it throughout the wintertime...

Host Gift: Rolling Pin Recipes

Host Gift: Rolling Pin Recipes

In my opinion, an important part of being a gracious dinner guest is to bring along an offering such as a pie, small potted herb or something handmade. Since I am more skilled at crafts than baking, I’ve created an offering that is just as welcome during the fall and winter months -- a rolling pin wrapped with uniquely-designed recipe cards...

Are your fridge and freezer out of control? Are you unsure of what exactly is in there and more importantly, how long it has been in there? If you answered yes to any of the these questions, it’s time to take on my 30-minute fridge and freezer organization challenge!...

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