A Simpler Season

Plan now for a great holiday season. With a little planning and forethought, it can be a simpler season full of great joy. The holiday season will be quickly upon us. With Halloween in less than two weeks, I know that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years will practically spring themselves on us. If I don’t […]

Medicine Cabinet Spring Cleaning

The arrival of spring means that germs start to wake up after their long winter’s nap. Cut them off at the pass with a thorough spring cleaning and restocking of the medicine cabinet. This post is sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All opinions are my own. While I live in a pretty temperate climate, I still […]

How We Are Refinishing Our Chairs and a Giveaway from Rockwell Tools (CLOSED)

Thanks to some easy tricks we can refinish used stuff and make it new again, like this simple method to refinish a chair.

Stocking Stuffers They’ll Actually Use and Enjoy

The following content is sponsored by Suave and Lunchbox: I grew up with the special Christmas tradition of waking up to a stuffed stocking. Granny had knit my Santa stocking by hand when I was a baby. I still have it, 42 Christmases later. My mom has knit FishPapa and the kids each their own special Santa […]

Cranberry-Sunflower Oatmeal and an Oatmeal Bar

The following content is sponsored by National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign: I welcomed my Saturday morning risers with an oatmeal bar. An oatmeal bar?! Are you kidding me? No, no, I’m not. It is surprising, though, especially when you consider that I never had oatmeal as a child. My parents didn’t like it, so […]

More Clutter-Free Stocking Stuffers

Consider stocking stuffers that are used up or gobbled down instead of making a mess. This giveaway from Funky Monkey is now closed. Congrats to the winners: Sullivan-3@, Lee.Privette@,  magpie512@. A few years ago I finally wisened up and stopped putting twaddle in the Christmas stockings. One July as I was scraping up bits of […]

Put Together a Spa Gift Basket

Put together a spa gift basket as a fun holiday gift.  After a long day in the kitchen on Thursday, I treated myself to an at-home spa treatment. It’s nothing too fancy: a soak in a hot tub, a facial (mud + moisturizer), and new paint on my toes. It feels luxurious, but it’s frugal […]

Build Your Own Nacho Bar

Summer is an ideal time to throw a party or other festive gathering. And a build your own nacho bar is an easy appetizer or main dish to serve your guests. I love a good party. And I love good eats. When the two come together — with as little work and mess as possible […]