Two for Tuesday Tips: Clothes Hangtags and Lunch Ideas

quick tips

School has begun and the transition from summer behavior to a more structured way of life may be proving difficult for you and your kids. Today’s tips are meant to alleviate some of the strain and simplify things just a bit. Tip #1 Our first tip includes these printable pdf files (one and two) that […]

Two for Tuesday Tips: Color Coded Cleaners and Rags

quick tips

Our tips today are meant to help you in your housekeeping efforts. Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry due to poor organization. Having your tools and materials handy and organized in a way you can easily understand saves time and alerts you to replenish as necessary. The first tip is color-coded spray bottles. You will likely […]

Company’s Coming: Guest Room Essentials

guest room tips

The holiday season is here. For many that means house guests. Making accommodations for others in our home can show how much we care.  Taking it that extra step and making your guests’ stay remarkable will take a little more effort and planning, but you will forevermore be known as the host with whom to stay. Today […]

Toasty Glow: Fireplace Basics and Chimney Care

fireplace and chimney care tips

With the cooler weather right around the corner, you may be dreaming of sitting in front of a roaring fire with your feet up. Fireplaces are a nice addition to any home. When well-maintained, they offer years of warm memories. All of that, however, comes at a price. Fires can turn deadly. Caution is required. Poorly maintained fireplaces and chimneys […]

Clip and Save: Using Coupons

tips for using coupons

Coupons are not a new sensation. I remember the cost-saving measures my mom would take to stretch our grocery dollar… clipping and sorting and filing (and growling when she missed an expiration date). I am not that person, but I do think there is real value in couponing. Like most things in life, you get […]

Monday Series: Urban Homesteading

homesteading basics

Today we begin our month-long Monday Series for August. The topic for this month is Urban Homesteading. I struggled with what to call it, because embracing the concepts of homesteading can be done in nearly any setting. You don’t have to live on a farm to raise hens for eggs, but if you do… even […]

Smells of Spring: Line-drying Laundry

tips for line drying clothes

As a boy, I lived in Europe. Needless to say, I have many fond memories. Part of that time was spent living in a small seaside town in Italy. There are certain scents that instantly transport me to that time and place… salty ocean air, fresh-baked bread, and seafood with pasta. Even the smell of […]