Best Ways to Winterize Your Home to Save Money and Go Green

With the weather finally starting to cool off, are you looking for the best ways to winterize your home? Sure, you may love the crisp days of autumn and the smell of fallen leaves but winter will be here soon. While I live in the relatively mild south right now, I grew up in New England. I know a thing or two about cold weather. I know what it feels like to walk outside and have the inside of your nose freeze because it is so darn cold out. I know what it's like to get out of bed and put your feet down on a freezing cold floor when you can't … [Read more...]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother's old quilts. She had a linen chest bedding storage system at the foot of her bed that was solid wood and absolutely gorgeous. It was made out of cedar and I'm pretty sure it was an antique that cost a whole heck of a lot of money. I have wanted my own linen chest bedding storage space for  years but the prices I have seen online are just way too expensive for my budget. I came across an old pine chest at my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago and decided to try to renovate it and use … [Read more...]

Practical Money Saving Tips That Help You Go Green

My budget this year is pretty much shot. Between the $20,000 we have done in home repairs and our recent vacation, we have pretty much depleted our bank account and I'm starting to think I need to start coupon clipping again. I have gotten spoiled in the last few years and while we are careful with our money, I wouldn't say I have been thrifty or budget conscious. We will soon be moving into the holidays and I am starting to look into some practical money saving tips to help get our bank account up where it needs to be in case of emergencies. I … [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 since … [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 your … [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 get … [Read more...]

How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen to Go Green and Save Money

With the heat of summer and a thirsty garden, last month's water bill was rather high. While these things tend to go in cycles depending on the season, I don't like knowing I am using more water than I usually do. I admit, I love my garden and my long showers and those things are both water hogs. In order to conserve water, I have decided to look towards my kitchen this month. How can I conserve water in the kitchen to cut back on rising water bills? I decided to do a bit of research and share my water saving tips with my readers. If you have … [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 would … [Read more...]

16 Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Old Muffin Tins

As I struggle to declutter my kitchen, I find myself hesitating to get rid of a few things. One of the items I can't bring myself to toss out is my grandmother's set of old muffin tins. They are dark with age but have sentimental value and I just can't send them off to Goodwill. Of course, I have a set of rather nice muffin tins that I acquired at some point in my marriage. So, the bottom line is...I have WAY too many muffin tins in my house. Especially since I don't bake all that many muffins! So, I find myself wondering what I can do with all … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Old Mason Jars

I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.A few months ago I decided to try my hand at canning blueberries, and, although it was fun, it turned out to be a lot of work. Surprisingly enough, the canned blueberries have lasted me a while (I’m still going through my summer batch!) but have also left me with a cabinet full of empty jars and lids ready to be put to use. Check out my article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog for a few creative uses for your old mason jars. If you do … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Drawer Organizing Ideas

I am probably not the only person in the world who has what I lovingly call 'the junk drawer'. It is filled with everything from elastic bands and loose paper clips to nail files and electrical outlet covers. My children are teenagers and I still have those plastic covers that go over electrical sockets. Yeah, I would say it is way past time to clean out the junk drawer, right? I am always scouring the web for creative organizing ideas and I came across I Heart Organizing. What an awesome source of information and ideas! Surely she had some way … [Read more...]

Designing My Eco Friendly Dream Kitchen with The Home Depot #revitalizeandredesign

This dream kitchen post is sponsored by The Home Depot and Glam but all opinions expressed here are my own.My husband and I spent a ton of money last year to replace all of the windows in our home. We switched from single pane to double pane windows with an easy to clean feature that we absolutely love. Well, as much as anyone can actually LOVE cleaning windows, of course! We chose The Home Depot to do this for us and we were thrilled with the work they did. Now that the budget is slowly recovering, we are starting to look towards other … [Read more...]

Should You Consider a Salt-water Pool? #sponsored

This salt water pool post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.When my husband and I were house hunting a few years back, we viewed a number of homes with backyard pools. I never had a pool growing up and thought it might be a great investment for our kids to enjoy. After doing some research, I quickly realized that owning a pool is a lot of work. If you are thinking about putting a pool in your backyard, consider replacing the traditional pool with a salt water pool. I’ve put together a list of salt-water … [Read more...]

Sell your house faster with these simple ideas!

Did you know that December and January are two of the worst months to sell your house? Of course, if you are a home BUYER, that is when you will get the best deal but for those people trying to sell their homes right now, they will have to put in a little bit extra work! I remember when we moved to this house a few years ago...we were given some very useful tips from our real estate agent and even though it took 6 months to sell, we did get into our new house in time for the new school year. Want to sell your house faster? If you are one of the … [Read more...]