Take the Scotch-Brite Bathroom Challenge

3M Scrubfree Challenge

Recently Scotch-Brite contacted me to see if I would be willing to give their bathroom cleaning tools a trial run. Well, seeing as I am Bathroom-Cleaning Challenged, I said, “Absolutely.”

I need all the help I can get!

The Spring Clean Along: Coming Clean


So far, we’ve discussed dejunking and organizing. The last part of Spring Cleaning is, of course, the obvious: CLEANING.

Traditionally, “Spring Cleaning,” is giving your home a good, deep scrubbing to get rid of accumulated dust, dirt, and grime. For many it can be the time to do seasonal tasks, such as washing the screens, vacuuming the refrigerator coils, and changing light bulbs.

The Spring Clean Along: Organizing All That Stuff

Organized Closet

This here’s the month to get cleaning! Want to come along? Last week we talked a little about dejunking. For many of us, it’s not the dirt and dust that gets us down, it’s the stuff. And I will hazard a guess that most of us have more stuff than we truly need. I know […]

Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

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Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

How to Make a Deluxe Baby Gate

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Baby gates have been an integral part of everyday life in FishHouse for quite some time. To keep our littlest one corralled and out of trouble, we have them at the head and foot of our stairwell as well as one on the way into the kitchen. There’s only so much help unloading the dishwasher […]

The Spring Clean Along: Battling Clutter (& a Giveaway)


It would appear that many of us have cleaning on the brain these days. I find it interesting that our nature is to clean and organize once the weather has turned for the better and we should be outside enjoying it. Why wasn’t I cleaning during the dreary rainy days of January? For our grandmothers, […]

Frugal Friday: Cleaning and Dejunking Can Save You Money

A home with 8 inhabitants is a clutter-magnet. Kid stuff, mom stuff, papa stuff – we’ve got it all. And need I mention all the things that I think I should keep? What if we go to the snow? I should keep all 20 sizes of children’s cold weather gear. What if someone wants to […]

How to Clean a Carseat

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It’s happened to you before. Your child gets carsick, has a blowout, or simply enjoys his ice cream cone a little too much. One of the casualties is the carseat. Nowhere in the parenting manual are there directions for how to clean puke out of the crevices or chocolate ice cream from the straps. Never […]