Spring Cleaning Your Office: Don’t Let It Lead to Identity Theft!

Have you started getting the itch to dust, organize and declutter your home?  When the crocuses and tulips start peeking their heads out of the ground, I know it is close to spring!  Along with the nice weather comes the open windows, the gardening, and the spring cleaning.  Each room of the house has its own set of 'chores' that I try and do once a year.  Spring cleaning your office is is a great way to prepare for tax time.   If you want to join me on my spring cleaning journey, I will include a few affiliate links for things that might come … [Read more...]

What to Put in Military Care Packages

Do you have a service member in your family that needs some love this holiday season?  Are you wondering what to put in military care packages? When I was little, my father was in the Naval Reserves.  I have fond memories of him in his shiny black shoes and spiffy white hat.  I was too young to understand much about war or what military men and women were dedicating themselves to.  As an adult, I have a better understanding of the sacrifices of these brave men and woman.  They dedicate so much of their lives to protecting and serving our nation … [Read more...]

Why Pack a Lunch for Work? Here are 5 Awesome Reasons!

Thank you Healthy Choice for sponsoring this why pack a lunch discussion. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamer or Original Cafe Steamer meal today!Every morning, my husband leaves for work at 6 AM.  And every day (or just about every day) he walks out the door with his handy, dandy little lunch box.  No, it doesn't have cartoon characters on it like it did when he was a kid.  But, nevertheless, it contains a healthy lunch along with real silverware and a cloth napkin. He has been doing this ever … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers for Spicy Meals All Year Long!

As we move into late August, the heat loving plants are thriving and I am looking for ways to preserve hot peppers.  In late spring I planted many different varieties of these spicy little buggers...jalapenos, habaneros, seranos and many more.  Of course, I couldn't just plane ONE of each of these varieties...oh no!  I had to plant at least two of everything I bought.  Which means that as we head into late summer and early fall I now have so many hot peppers I don't even know what to do with them all.  For months I have been giving them to … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Lemon Balm When it Takes Over Your Garden!

Several years ago I decided I wanted to grow lemon balm.  Great idea, right?  Well, now I am constantly looking for new uses for lemon balm because the stuff is growing like a weed and taking over the back of my house.  Seriously.  Why can't I get my cucumbers and squash to grow like this?   Growing lemon balm might have been a great idea but it requires near-daily maintenance to make sure it stays where I put it.  If you have a ton of lemon balm in your own yard, here are a few things I have found so far to do with it. Creative Uses for Lemon … [Read more...]

What is the True Meaning of Friendship in a World that Moves Too Fast?

This post about what is the true meaning of friendship has been sponsored by Ricola swiss herbs throat drops and Social Stars but all opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd #FriendshipDayWhen we are young, it's easy to make friends.  You spend hours hanging out with them at school, go to their birthday parties, and ride your bike aimlessly through the neighborhood with them.  As you get older, there are sleepovers, long phone conversations and extracurricular activities that you both enjoy together.  Friendships are easier to make because as a … [Read more...]

How to Eliminate Clutter and Improve Emotional Health

In a recent conversation with my mom, she told me she is trying to clean out her house and get rid of some things. For my mom, learning how to eliminate clutter is quite a chore…she is a packrat and still has things like my old prom corsage and 50 years worth of cookbooks! It got me to thinking: why do we keep the things we do? To hold on to the memories? Because we feel guilty throwing them away?  You are not the only person who needs to learn how to eliminate clutter from their lives.  The average American house size has more than doubled … [Read more...]

Simple Meditation Tips for Mindful Living

One of my goals for the new year is to stop multitasking and learn to focus my mind on one thing at a time.  I want to quiet my mind from the chaos that is constantly scrolling through it and decided to share some simple meditation tips if you want to join me.  My husband has been going to the Shambhala Meditation Center for about a year now and has found it incredibly helpful on his journey to mindful living.  What is mindful living?  It is basically the state of keeping your mind on the present moment. Is your mind clouded with thoughts about … [Read more...]

Best Tips for Decluttering Your Child’s Room

Want to know the best tips for decluttering your child's room?  Keep reading and see what I have learned over the years! My kids, like most everyone elses, have WAY too many toys.  They are scattered from their bedrooms to the playroom into the living room and occasionally make their way into my office.  I get tired of seeing them, frankly, and we need to start sorting through this mess before the holidays.  Since my kids have November and December birthdays there is a HUGE influx of STUFF into my house during the fall and winter.  Decluttering … [Read more...]

Cookie Baking Tips for Beginners: For Perfect Cookies Every Time!

When I was young, I was lucky enough to have a mom who loved to bake.  I remember when I was about 6 or 7, I would go to school with my homemade lunch and kids would pay me a quarter just for me to give them homemade cookies from my mom.  I had a nice little side business going there for a while!  I truly love making cookies from scratch and am trying to instill that love of baking in my own kids.  But, I know there are a lot of people who were not raised with Betty Crocker for a mom.  If you don't learn from a mom, where to you learn to make … [Read more...]

Never Buy Second Hand for These 10 Items

Over the years, I have become a huge fan of thrift stores.  When you buy second hand, you reduce your carbon footprint and save a whole ton of money.  I have spent an amazing amount of time roaming around Goodwill and checking out local garage sales.  Even buying items online at places like Etsy and Craigslist have become incredibly popular in the last few years.  However, there are a number of items that I will not buy second hand.  Sometimes it is just too great a risk for the cost and other times there is some 'ick factor' that I just can't … [Read more...]

5 Unusual Uses for Aspirin for Home, Health and Garden!

My father has always told me that taking aspirin at the very onset of a cold will keep him from getting sick.  It is a tried and true method that he always swears by and he is a relatively healthy man.  I don't take too many aspirin, myself, but I have gotten into the habit of keeping it in the house 'just in case'.  Because dad told me to.  Advice from dad should never be taken lightly!  Since I always have aspirin around the house and it does expire eventually, I have found a few unusual uses for aspirin around the house that I thought I … [Read more...]

The Many Uses for Rosemary Besides Cooking!

I have quite an extensive herb garden in the back yard and herbs are the one thing I can actually grow pretty well.  Not because I am a good gardener but because they are incredibly 'idiot tolerant' when it comes to my gardening abilities!  I have yet to find a bug that actually attacks most herbs.  They are very drought tolerant, meaning that when I forget to water them they don't care in the least.  And they also have very few nutritional needs beyond plain old dirt with a little bit of manure mixed in.  I have been growing rosemary for quite … [Read more...]

My Holiday Wishes Just for You

December is a hectic time of year, whether you choose to celebrate Christmas, Hanuka, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice or whatever else your chosen holiday happens to be.  There are gifts to buy, cookies to bake, parties to attend and obligations to deal with.  More so than any other time of year, we get caught up in our never ending to do list.  There are things we wish for during this time of year but never vocalize because there is too much else going on.  But wishes will never come true unless we work hard to MAKE them happen.  I don't believe … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Pie and Washi Tape Note Card Make a Nice Teacher Gift

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.Ever since my children were in Kindergarten, I have volunteered in their classroom.  I was the mom cooking with them on Friday mornings, reading to them on Earth Day, chaperoning the field trip, and organizing holiday parties.  I loved every moment I spent with them and I learned something very important about myself.  I discovered that I do NOT have the patience to be a teacher!  Seriously, after an hour of volunteering I was about ready to … [Read more...]

Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area.  I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices.  The first few places I went to were 'antique shops' and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend.  I like old things...I just don't want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD.  I also don't want to buy things that I am just going to look at.  I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use...old dolls, … [Read more...]

Bare Necessities for a Tiny Purse #PoisewithSAM

This post about fitting the bare necessities into your tiny purse is brought to you by Poise but all opinions expressed are my own.When my children were babies, I never left home without a diaper bag or backpack.  It was filled to the brim with everything we could possibly need in order to survive the apocalypse.   Honestly, I had enough toys, food, sippy cups and diapers to outfit an entire baby army.  When they got older, I *STILL* packed like we were going to be lost at sea for a month.  Crayons, snacks, changes of clothes, etc all got … [Read more...]

The Importance of Family Traditions and the Welch’s #sharewhatsgood Photo Contest

This family traditions post is part of a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch's. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.Family traditions are a great way to make memories that your children will keep for a lifetime.  They don't have to be complicated....sitting down to dinner every night can be a family tradition all by itself.  Wikipedia defines family traditions as a collection of attitudes and ideas that a person inherits from his/her parents and … [Read more...]

Tips for a Successful Family Dinner and McCain Potato Contest

This family dinner post is sponsored by McCain Potatoes and Mom Central but all opinions expressed here are my own.Growing up many years ago, family dinner was very important in my house.  My dad didn't get home til after 6 but we always sat down to eat dinner together.  You did not answer the phone, read a book, listen to the radio or get distracted by anything else during the family dinner.  You ate and you talked to your family.  Fast forward 30 years and now I am just as adamant about the sanctity of the family dinner as my mom and dad … [Read more...]