How to Organize Kids’ Games and a FREE Printable Organizer

How to Make a Game Instructions Binder with FREE Printable

We love games.  We love family game nights and late night fun and games with friends.  Now that our kiddos are growing up, they’re enjoying playing with the games, too.  Unfortunately, they don’t have the same interest in caring for the games as my hubby and I. No matter how much we “encourage” them to put all the parts away when they’re finished playing, it seems like the one thing I constantly find left out are the instructions.  We all know a game is no good if you don’t know how to play it, so keeping the instructions with the […]

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Chalk Marker Review

Bistro Chalk Marker

One question I get asked frequently is what brand of chalk markers I use and where to buy them, so I thought I would do a little review of the brands I’ve used.  This is in no way all-encompassing because there are many brands of chalk markers. I’ll review four brands in this post. The first brand, Craft Smart, was the first chalk marker I bought.  I believe I found it at Michael’s Craft Store over a year ago.  While it is not my favorite marker for writing smoothly, it was the one that erased cleanly without the need for […]

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How to Erase Chalk Markers Easily

How to Erase Chalk Markers Easily

Have you joined the chalkboard craze?  It seems like everywhere you look you see chalkboard labels, framed chalkboards, even entire walls painted with chalkboard paint. When I first started seeing the labels a few years ago, I could hardly believe people would want to label anything with chalk.  Without revealing too much about my age, I remember loving when it was my turn to clap erasers for my teachers.  Do you remember the clouds of dust?  I do!  I certainly didn’t want all that chalk dust in my house. But happily, chalk markers were invented!  Labeling bins and baskets with […]

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Dipsy Dabber Paint Storage Solution and Giveaway

Dipsy Dabber Makes Paint Touch-Ups and Storage Simple

If there is one thing I LOVE it’s a great solution for a common problem!  I was recently contacted by a brand new company called Dipsy Dabber about reviewing their product and I am SO happy to introduce you to it! If your house is anything like mine, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that it is such a pain to touch up scuffed walls or repair picture holes when you want to change your wall art.  With four kids, it seems like there is always a chip or scuff that just needs a dab of paint […]

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How to Organize Your Spice Cabinet ~ Organize Your Kitchen Frugally Day 3

Spice Cabinet Organization

Welcome to Day 3 of my month long series “How to Organize Your Kitchen Frugally in 31 Days”.  Every day during the month of October I will be sharing an organized space in my kitchen with you.  My goal is to inspire you and give you ideas on how you can organize your kitchen. If you missed it, you may want to read why I’m embracing my outdated kitchen.  It might give you a little perspective on why the pictures of my kitchen organization won’t be “magazine worthy”, but helpful for real life organization. Today we’re tackling the spice cabinet!  […]

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How to Make DIY Erasable Labels on Any Cute File Folder

DIY Erasable File Folder Label

The other day I was walking through an office supply store and came across some super-cute file folders by See Jane Work.  I just had to get them.  And I have to admit, this impulse buy has happened to me before.  I love pretty office supplies! I’ve picked up stylish file folders here and there over the years, but I have a problem: I never want to write on the tab or affix a label! Maybe it’s a fear of commitment, but I like having the option of changing what I am going to use them for without having to […]

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How to Tie Shoelaces with an Easy-to-Release Double Knot

Easy to Release Double Knot Picture

Today I have a tip to share with you that is one of my all time favorites. This is a very simple way to keep your (or your childrens’) shoes tied without having to tie an old-fashioned double knot! My hubby’s grandmother taught him how to tie his shoes like this when he was a boy. He showed me how, and I’ve never gone back! I decided to do a video because it’s a little hard to share pictures of yourself tying shoelaces! For those of you who would rather have a visual reminder, I grabbed some snapshots from the […]

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How to Organize Medicine with a Surprisingly Perfect Product

Stackable Letter Tray

One project I’ve been meaning to tackle for a long time L.O.N.G. time is my linen closet.  It has been out of control for longer than I care to admit.  But, it has also been about as near to the bottom of the ‘To Do’ list as you could get until I couldn’t stand it any more and finally made the time to clean it out and get it organized! I’ll be sharing my linen closet reveal soon, but today I’m giving you a sneak peak into my out-of-control closet and one of the remedies that solved a huge part […]

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How to Take Expensive Perfume on Vacation for Free

Pack Easy

Whenever I pack for a trip or vacation, I always have a fear of my expensive perfume bottles getting broken.  I love perfume, and usually want to take it with me, but don’t want to risk breaking my favorite perfumes. One day, as I was reading a magazine, a perfume sample dropped out, and it dawned on me that this would be the perfect solution for taking perfume safely on vacation! Whenever I find one in a magazine or sales ad, I check to see if I like the scent. If so, I put it in my toiletry travel bag. […]

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How to Have a {Very} Successful Yard Sale

yard sale

One of the very best ways to clear clutter from your home is to have a yard sale.  There is nothing like getting rid of things that you don’t need and earning some money! We have had a successful yard sale every year for at least the last 8 years in a row.  Each year, we’ve made hundreds of dollars ~ usually between $500 and $1,000 ~ and most years we haven’t had any ‘big ticket’ items. I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t, what sells (you might be surprised!) and what doesn’t, and how to make it a fun […]

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