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.

...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?...

...One of my favorite apparel craft projects was embroidering embellishments onto our apparel. With only a very basic knowledge of a few simple embroidery stitches and as much colorful embroidery floss as a week’s allowance could afford, we added sweet little touches...

BLTs. There’s just something about the flavor combination of the famous BLT: the salty bacon, the juicy tomato and the slight crunch from the lettuce. Combined with some delicious mayo (or Parmesan Mayo) on toasted bread and you’ve got a real winner of a sandwich. But what about a BLT Quesadilla?...

One Dozen Clever Tips

Sometimes it’s the simplest idea that causes us to stop and say “that is so clever.” Here are 12 clever tips that will make you say “Ah ha! I should have thought of that!”...

Custom Serving Tray Inspiration

My favorite dishes in the house are the melamine-type plates decorated with our children’s artwork designed in elementary school and Girl Scout/Boy Scout programs. We have had many of them for nearly ten years and they are still in great shape and vibrant as ever...

...we have been getting our home ready to sell so that we can move back to Texas. It has been a lengthy process that I have thought long and hard about … how in the world am I going to keep our home clean, tidy and “show ready”...

Where To Find Free eBooks

Have you gone from holding a hardback book in your hands to an eReader only to discover a new eBook buying habit? Stop spending your coffee money and discover how you can fill your eReaders with free eBooks by simply going to one of these eight websites and searching for books that interest you...

Vintage-Style Office Label Templates

Whether you’re organizing or crafting, vintage-style labels will not only come in handy, but add a charming touch to all your projects. I designed one sheet of labels similar in style to my collection of old office supply labels. To enjoy a set of your own, simply follow these steps...

Gardening Methods Everyone Should Try

One of the best ways to start incorporating more organic, local and fresh ingredients onto your dinner table is to grow your own garden. It does take a little investment to get it started, but that investment can easily be earned back within the first year or two of your gardening efforts...

A Dozen Apps For Busy Moms

With the use of smart phones and tablets, moms are using apps to do anything from keeping track of their grocery lists to scheduling play dates in order to simplify their daily lives and organize their families. Here are a dozen apps to begin simplifying your mom world...

Grocery shopping. Not one of my favorite tasks. When I shopped with three young children in tow, keeping them orderly was nearly impossible. So once they were old enough to safely walk around a grocery store on their own, I devised what I think was a brilliant plan to make shopping not only more bearable, but fun!...

Five Homemade Bread Baking Tips

The smell of fresh bread baking in your own oven. The thought of adding a dollop of butter to it, watching it melt and soak into the warm bread. Then biting into it and letting the warm, fresh bread melt in your mouth and fill your heart and tummy with that cozy comfort that only hot-out-of-the-oven, baked bread can bring...

One Hour a Day Spring Cleaning Checklist

Do the words “spring cleaning” overwhelm you? Are you thinking I can barely keep up with the day-to-day chores, let alone think about taking the time to spring clean my entire home? Well, don’t toss in the towel until you have tried my one hour a day spring cleaning options!...

Recipe Card Wreath

...Here’s a simple and quick craft project that is great for displaying some of your favorites recipes without damaging them. This project also works with other paper goods such as vintage post cards, decorative playing cards, greeting cards and more...

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