SC Johnson Family Economics Blog

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.

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...

Including Half Price Books, Chuck E. Cheese, Bookworm Wednesdays, Sylvan Book Adventure, Scholastic Summer Challenge and Old Spaghetti Factory Summer Reading Program...

Watermelon-Mint Pops

There isn’t anything more refreshing in the summer than popsicles, especially homemade ones with fresh fruit. This busy mom is short on time and these watermelon-mint pops are a great way to “cheat” and make homemade popsicles in a flash...

...don’t think that you have to splurge on long-distance road trips and tropical cruises to ensure that everyone has a good time this summer. Here are a few tips for $1 or less to keep in mind when your kids are hit with a dose of the summer blues...

Motto Board

Simple sentences, quotes, verses and poems can give anyone’s day new perspective, their thoughts a good challenge and their heart encouragement. Often referred to as mottos, pondering these words can be a part of your family’s everyday ritual when shared on a community motto board...

Memorial Day is just around the corner and as you prepare to host a backyard bash or decide what to bring to the neighborhood block party, I’d like to share this spirited, patriotic and downright delicious fruit salad...

It’s that time of year when many of us venture out on camping trips with our families. Get ready to pack those sleeping bags and tents with my one dozen tips and tricks to assist you during your next camping adventure...

Creative Ice Cubes

It’s almost summer and that means your freezer’s about to go into ice cube overdrive. Even if your fridge makes cubes automatically, it’s good to have a few standard ice cube trays on hand for frozen things other than water....

...Here are a couple of “grab-n-go” ideas for the next time you find yourself in a “what’s for dinner” predicament this summer, or for when you plan your weekly summer menus. These take just a few minutes to put together...

Creating a Summer Bucket List

With the latest trend being to create life bucket lists, why not kick off the summer and create your own summer bucket list filled with all of the fun your family would like to accomplish. Here are five simple steps to creating a successful list...

...There are so many things you can make using a simple circle shape whether clean-edge, scalloped edge, or starburst. You can punch anything from scrapbook paper, heavy gift-wrap and vintage memorabilia to newspaper, food packaging and junk mail...

Eating seasonally when it comes to produce helps your grocery budget, your health and your taste buds. It provides the lowest prices, the highest nutritional value and the most flavor!...

Road Trips With Kids - Must-Knows

...Road trips are a great way to bond but they can also become long, boring and stressful, unless you plan and prepare for success. Here are my Road Trip Must-Knows to keep happy travelers on the road...

...There’s just something about springtime when the windows are all finally open with the sounds of birds in the air and lovely floral arrangements about the house. I also pick up simple flowering ground cover plants to place around my porch in containers to liven up the entry way...

"Cinco" Layer Dip

Seven Layer Dip just got a little skinnier and a little cheaper for Cinco de Mayo! As tradition dictates, parties for Cinco de Mayo happen all over the country to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. This year at our house, we’ll be celebrating with “cinco” layers and not seven...

They arrive home with it, they call it art, you love it and no one wants to part with it. So, what is one mom supposed to do with all of those precious art pieces her child brings home week after week, year after year?...

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