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.

If you are in need of additional storage space in your home, it’s time to look beyond the closets and cupboards and focus on all the available storage space—namely, on the doors of your home. Next time you’re reorganizing, try one of my suggestions below!...

After 13 years of living in our home, my husband and I finally got a chance to clean out our garage a few weeks ago. With five, very active kids, you can imagine the stockpile of outdoor toys and sports equipment we have accumulated over the years!...

Chocolate Spring Cupcake Toppers

Chocolate Spring Cupcake Toppers

With warm weather around the corner, you will likely find yourself attending more outdoor gatherings, family dinners and potlucks. The next time you’re asked to bring a dessert, make this recipe for Spring Cupcake Toppers. They’re easy to make and are sure to impress the crowd!...

Silly Party Photo Frame Prop

Silly Party Photo Frame Prop

...Here’s a quick, inexpensive way to help create a whimsical frame prop for your next gathering. This lightweight, oversized frame can be used both vertically and horizontally and is a freestyle craft, so no need to try for perfection. The hand-hewn style adds to the whimsy of the photos...

Get the Kids Involved with These Easy Party Favors

...I’m excited to share a few ideas with you! My goal is to inspire your inner hostess, whether you’re preparing for a fancy event, a family dinner or just looking for some lifestyle ideas and tips. I hope I can help you find the inspiration you need...

Kid-Friendly Dessert: Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas

Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas will easily satisfy dessert cravings at any age! This is a great dessert to bring to a birthday party or have as a refreshing afternoon snack. Feel free to dip these into your favorite toppings, such as finely chopped nuts, colored or chocolate sprinkles or granola cereal...

Simple Fabric Flower Embellishments

Simple Fabric Flower Embellishments

Don’t you just adore those cute, little scrapbook embellishments filling the aisles of craft stores and some department stores? There are so many small decorations and creative temptations for scrapbooking and many other crafts...

Timesaving Freezer Tips

Timesaving Freezer Tips

As a busy mom of three, I am always looking for timesaving tips, especially in my kitchen. Here are some great, timesaving tips to maximize your freezer space...

Organizing Family Pictures

With school and sport pictures, as well as our annual holiday and family portraits, the amount of picture packages my family of seven accumulates each year is enough to build an encyclopedia! Even after we distribute copies of the pictures to friends and family, there still seems to be a supply...

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

For a twist on the typical Caprese salad, throw in some chicken and make it a main dish! Chicken Caprese is a simple, fast and delicious solution to the, “What’s for dinner?” question we all seem to ask ourselves. Enjoy this dish while fresh basil is at its peak in your garden and spring tomatoes are entering their season...

Labeling Tips

For many of us, labeling our children’s possessions is a common practice. Over the years, I have discovered that using personalized labels have increasingly more uses. You can order labels inexpensively online or make your own on the computer or with a permanent marker...

Everyday Washi Tape Uses

Everyday Washi Tape Uses

Washi tape, though still fairly new on the market, has really taken off this year and is made available by lots of craft supply manufacturers. That’s great news as far as I’m concerned, as it’s one of the most functional decorative items in my studio!...

Replicating Vintage: Tips & Tricks

Replicating Vintage: Tips & Tricks

As a collector of lots of fun, vintage items, I’ve done my share of fixing up old pieces such as tables, stools and drawers, and repurposing them into functional and decorative items. Over the years, I’ve developed a few tricks and tips to give a period-inspired look...

Packing Toiletries for Travel

Over many years of traveling, I have learned a few tricks and tips when it comes to packing toiletries. With a family of seven, traveling can get rough, but these tips have helped me stay organized and save money!...

Stocking Up on Produce

My family stocks up on extra food including everything from canned goods to boxes of cereal. Recently, we even began stockpiling fresh produce! Below are a few simple tips I’ve found to help save money when stocking up on produce...

Tips to Handle Stress

Tips to Handle Stress

Whether it’s family or work, life can be stressful no matter what stage you are in. Between three active children and an aging parent, I have been searching for various ways to help me relax. Below are a few of my favorite tips that have helped me to relieve stress!...

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