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.

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!...

Thanksgiving Sides: Lighter Sweet Potato Casserole

...Since sweet potato casserole is the kids’ favorite holiday side dish, I decided to try and make it a bit healthier and see if they could tell the difference. I reduced the sugar, replaced the eggs with egg whites,used low-fat sweetened condensed milk and whole wheat flour instead of regular and reduced the amount of butter...

Organizing with Bags and Totes

...I create various totes stocked with useful supplies to help organize my life at home and on-the-go. Below are a few easy tips that will keep you organized and prepared for any situation that comes your way, no matter where you might be...

Warm Bean and Bacon Salad

This simple dish is a Holden family favorite, served with a side of roasted red potatoes and slightly sweet iced tea. This recipe serves our family of five for dinner on a cool, fall evening...

Halloween Snack: Homemade Halloween Caramel Popcorn

...My Halloween Caramel Popcorn creation has become our favorite Halloween season snack. It’s so quick and easy, with very few ingredients. Feel free to omit the nuts or candy if you wish, or add some of your favorite “stir-ins,” such as pecans, pistachios and even yogurt or chocolate-covered raisins....

Organizing Cords and Chargers

...From cell phones and laptops to digital cameras and tablets, each and every one seems to arrive with more cords and chargers to keep track of. We all need a system that will help us detangle the mess that cords and chargers can bring. Here are four ideas that can help you organize your cords and chargers with ease...

Top 10 Money Saving Tips for Tailgating

...Tailgating is an integral part of the fall weekend routine in the south and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors. The drawback is that it can get expensive. Try some of my favorite money-saving tailgating tips for a party that costs less but is still full of fun for everyone...

Lunch Packing Station

Getting our children up and out the door for school each morning is no small task, not to mention the time it takes preparing their lunches. To help simplify my morning routine, I created a station to pack lunches in our home.

Non-Emergency Family Car Kit

If you plan road-travel adventures, it is very important to pack an emergency survival kit in your vehicle. Such kits can be purchased pre-assembled or you can make your own with a little help from the internet...

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