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 […]

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 […]

Putting Together a Basic Holiday Outfit

  As you know, I am not a fashionista. Not yet, anyway. But, I am determined not to let my frumpiness get the best of me. Now that I have cleaned out my closet and streamlined a few things, I feel so much better getting ready in the morning. My kids are almost big enough […]

8 Ways to Be Proactive

photo source Last month we talked in-depthly about emergency preparedness. As they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The inconvenience now of being proactive about things can save lots of headaches, pain, and maybe even worse, later on. Here are 8 ways I’ve been thinking about to be more proactive, […]