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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.

Organize Kids Bedroom Toys in Six Steps

If you were asked what area of your home is the most difficult to keep organized chances are your answer will be your children’s bedrooms. Children often have more toys and clothes than they need or are capable of managing...

Pretty Jewelry Bowls

Jewelry bowls work great on a dresser. I like to use mine to drop jewelry into when I want a safe place to put it until it can be organized. Bowls can be made from many different types of recycled items such as...

Stitching Pockets in a Book

...A book of pockets can be used for organizing collage items, stuffing secrets into or for something as practical as organizing monthly receipts for various purchases. Make several and you can have a library of books for keeping track of so many things...

The heart and flower celebrations may be over and your Valentines may have been delivered but don’t stop thinking red and pink until you head out to your local big box stores, drug stores and grocery stores for great deals on their Valentine’s Day clearance sales...

Despite the many warnings from my mom as a kid, these days I love getting to “play with my food” around holidays. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it best to share some fun and simple ways for you to incorporate a little heart-y love...

Heart-y Pop Eyes - Valentine’s Breakfast

When it comes to doing creative things in the kitchen to celebrate holidays, I try to keep things simple. I like to do something fun with common ingredients that doesn’t require too much brain power or time getting ready – especially for breakfast...

February Get Organized Check List

Month two of the new year has arrived and it’s time to focus on the three “Cs”: change, clean and check...

Upcycled Valentine Garland

Here’s a fun way to upcycle colorful food and product boxes into sweet Valentine garland. Of course, you can make the garland for any occasion or as fun decoration for no particular occasion...

Indoor Winter Picnics

...At the end of a long and busy day at the “mom-ffice” and the “blog-ffice,” it seems like it would be less energy just to start a pot of chili or soup. But even that gets old after a month. So let’s change things up a bit. Let’s change the scenery...

Seven Must-Know Organization Tricks

It’s often the simplest organization tricks that I appreciate the most and work the best. Here are seven tricks I’ve come across that will get you saying “I need to do that"...

The Internet is full of free digital downloadable images to use for office labels and more! A simple search for free clip art, free vintage images, and free printable images will yield many exciting results. Purchase basic office supply labels and you’ve got yourself a craft that keeps on giving...

Football Bash for Less

As the biggest pigskin game of the year approaches, I’m trying to figure out the best way to entertain a group of friends, without adding extra money to our grocery budget. We love entertaining in our home, but it can be a drain on our budget if we aren’t careful...

10 Habits of an Organized Mom

...I can’t promise you that your entire world will be organized, but I can promise you that if you accomplish these 10 habits on a daily basis for the next 66 days you will begin to feel a sense of control over the “mom chaos” in your world...

Printable Alphabet Crafts

I found a fun alphabet in one of my vintage clip art books to share with you. I really like the twisted and intertwined detail of each letter.... Here are some fun ideas for using large and ornate alphabets...

Stress-Free Dinner Transitions

Several months ago, I accidentally took a dish towel to the table. It was a revolutionary moment in my career as a “mom chef.” Because I had the towel at the table, I didn’t have to get up again to grab one when someone spilled their milk, or smeared their peas all over the table (20 month old!)...

With three kids in college my book-buying bill throughout the year seems to increase with each quarter or semester of classes...and has led me to discover six ways to save when purchasing college textbooks...

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