The term life hacks means, “a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one’s time and daily activities in a more efficient way.” And the tips usually involve using everyday items that you typically already have hanging around the house which means you don’t have to spend money on a specialty item in order […]
Halfway through January and I already have the blahs…the blues and blahs I get when I’ve been stuck indoors for too long. There is a real thing called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that’s actually related to changes in seasons. For most people experiencing SAD, symptoms begin in the fall and continue into the winter months. […]
We recycle as much as we can but I really enjoy finding ways I can actually reuse some of those items we typically recycle. Here are some fun and creative ways you can reuse empty wine bottles, with most of the projects being fairly simple to make. Of course some require more effort than others […]
It seems like there’s a new story or article on how to save money at the grocery store every week. I’ve always thought I was a pretty savvy shopper so didn’t pay much attention to the stories but lately I’ve been more conscientious, and let me tell you: I have been saving more money than […]
One of the reasons I love these tips is because just yesterday, I spent the entire day cleaning out the freezers, fridge, and pantry and was appalled and embarrassed at just how much food I ended up tossing because it was way past the expiration date….way past.
It’s dry here in Colorado, especially in the winter with the windows closed and the heater on constantly. By simply adding plants to each room you can help combat the dryness and clean the air. Through NASA studies, scientists have identified 50 houseplants that remove many pollutants and gases and help clean the air inside […]
January is a great month to pick up Christmas clearance items but there are lots of other great products that get marked down to bargain basement prices too. Cold weather outerwear and clothes can get slashed by up to 75 to 80% off as can toys, accessories, specialty boxed food items, blankets, and more. I like […]
If you drink coffee, why not use those grounds for something else instead of tossing them? In the past, I’ve seen coffee shops that had buckets of used grounds they were giving away for free to use in your yard, but I didn’t know why…
Well, now I know why and here’s a few more great ideas….
January is typically the month that I try to get my house de-cluttered and organized. And believe me, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays; with the extra cooking, decorating, and entertaining, well, it needs it. But have you ever noticed how expensive “specialty” storage containers and boxes are? I mean some of the storage […]
My two favorite places to shop are at thrift stores and dollar stores…love the thrill of getting a great bargain!
I like products that can be used in multiple ways. And I like them even more when they are inexpensive and natural, which brings me to witch hazel. Witch hazel is a deciduous bush or small tree. The leaf, bark and twig is used in a variety of forms, from fluid extracts to poultices, to […]
I personally like making place settings for our holiday dinners so everyone can be seated quickly and there’s no confusion over who sits where. Place settings can be as easy as a simple candy cane with a name tag tied around it or a pretty ornament with your guest’s name written across it or again, […]
If you celebrate Christmas, here’s 21 stocking stuffer ideas from the Dollar Tree store. Everything costs $1.00 each and we have ideas to fit anyone’s stocking you might be stuffing. If you don’t live near a Dollar Tree store, these items can easily be found at another dollar store (or retail store).
I never buy wrapping paper when it’s full price but instead, wait till it goes on sale after the holidays and then buy it when it’s 75 to 90% off, which means I typically pay less than a dollar a roll. Here’s a few ideas on how to take a roll of wrapping paper and decorate with it for some super easy, quick, and cheap holiday cheer.
Have you seen the TV commercial advertising the Gotham Steel Pan that promises “no sticking,” even if you don’t use butter or oils? They show a chef cooking cheese, eggs, and even s’mores with no mess and the foods literally sliding from the pan. Too good to be true? When trying As Seen On TV […]
Love the scents of the holidays like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves? Did you know that some of those spices that can bring back warm childhood memories and make everything seem a bit more festive, can boost your health when eaten or sipped? Here’s a few health benefits of some of our favorite holiday spices and […]
A lot of these ideas are things you’d probably do more in the fall/winter but this will give you time to gather pine cones, scent them, and you can have some ideas in the back of your mind of things to look for if you garage sale or thrift store shop.
Staying on track and sticking to a budget when holiday shopping doesn’t have to be difficult. But with all those great shopping deals out there, it can be tempting to pick up more than you really need, which can lead to buyer’s remorse. Here’s some basic tips on how to better stay on track with […]
For Christmas, our daughter-in-law Sarah made us the cutest wine charms. Over the years I have bought tons of them for our own personal use and as gifts and they aren’t cheap. Now that I know how to make them, I will never buy them again! These are super easy to make and you can personalize them to fit any occasion or personality. The charms can be as simple or as ornate as you want to make them….hopefully this will spark some ideas for you.
I love this time of year with all the festive decorations, gatherings with family and friends, gift-shopping, yummy holiday food, and let’s not forget the good spirits that abound with all the festivities (I’m talking about alcohol…ha!) But it can be a stressful time too with all there is to do. Even more stressful? The […]