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Save money, spend time

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.

Recycled Junk Drawer Organizer

I don’t know about yours, but our family’s kitchen “junk” drawer gets pretty out of hand at times, and with five sets of hands digging for scissors, pens, rubber bands, etc., it’s easy to understand why. One thing that helps keep the order, at least initially, is the use of drawer organizing compartments...

Creamy Dill Potato Salad

It isn’t a summer picnic or backyard barbeque without potato salad, in particular, homemade potato salad. Those are my sentiments, anyways. I would eat it every single day of summer if I had the time and energy to make it from scratch...

Five Tips to Help You Save Time

We are all given 24 hours each day, but how many of us lay our heads down at night wishing they could fit more into their busy schedule? I can’t give you extra hours, but I do have five tips that can help you create more time in your daily life...

Unique Spray Paint Ideas

With beautiful and fun colors and shiny metallics stocking the spray paint shelves of home improvement and craft stores, the list of the things you can modify with a fresh, new look is infinite. There are also a lot of cool ways to use that last bit of colorful spray paint left in the can from a previous project as well...

...This mix of flavors and textures make up the perfect summer side dish. Impress your guests or friends at your next backyard BBQ or potluck with this pea salad...

Organizing Digital Pictures

...I have discovered that I no longer have a pile of 35mm rolls of film waiting to be developed but rather digital pictures in a variety of locations in need of an organized system for easy retrieval as well as a system that is simple to manage. Here is what I came up with...

Bookplates: Free Printable

Whether you or your child have a large or small library, if you’re like me, you enjoy sharing your favorite books with friends and family. A nice way to identify and keep track of those books is to place a bookplate inside each so others can be reminded to return them when finished....

Summer Sales - What to Expect

Do you know when discount retail stores mark down their toys up to 90%? Or what nights your movie theater offers discounted tickets? What about the best time to stock up on foil, or grab an extra plant from the garden center? Here’s what you can expect to find on sale this summer...

Ten Alternative Uses For the Muffin Tin

Muffin tins are great for more than just baking muffins. Here are 10 everyday uses beyond muffin...

Organizing With Vintage Tool Trugs

Vintage nail boxes, tool trugs, and wooden caddies, totes and carriers are just a few of the many names used to describe my favorite organizational carriers that I’ve been collecting for years. Due to their weight, they may not be the most practical of carriers, but as organization décor, they are definitely the most charming...

Peach Orange Punch

There’s nothing better than sipping a sweet, delicious punch in the dead heat of summer. Whether you’re by the pool, hanging out in the backyard, or escaping the heat in your own kitchen, you can’t go wrong with this punch...

Eight Tips To An Organized Car

Whether you are taxiing kids around town on a daily basis or about to hit the road for a family road trip, having an organized and kid-equipped car makes the ride go much more smoothly....

...Over the years, I’ve found lots of ways to repurpose [second-hand button badges] and most recently, turning them into chalkboard magnets – not magnets for the chalkboard, but magnets painted with chalkboard paint that you can actually write on...

Sandy Fruit Kebabs

My two littlest went gaga over these sandy fruit kebabs. First, confusion. Then, intrigue. Then, wonder. Then, they ate it all up! They left nothing. Not a single crumb...

I’m happy to share with you some fun patterns that I designed into paper tape, labels and stickers. There are three different color combinations and each can be downloaded as printable PDF files from the links below...

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