Decluttering Before You Move

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If there is no other organizing thing you do you must declutter before you move. I say that so boldly because I've just moved, in a fairly organized manner I think I can say, and the one area where I failed miserably is in the decluttering department. Decluttering  can save so much in the headache arena that you surely do not want to miss the opportunity when it's your time to move. I'm into week 3 living in my new home after a hefty move and I did not heed my own advice. Why not? What's my excuse? Well I got so disgusted at the endless house hunting I felt that we would never … [Read more...]

August 25, 2014 Monday – Menu Plan

Happy Monday people! I feel like my head is coming up out of the sand. We are on week three of living in our new home and while it doesn't feel like "home" yet it's getting there. I've been struggling in the dinner department because our new oven doesn't work. Granted it is still hot out so I'm not using the oven anyway but it's the principal of the thing and it seems to be stiffling my creativity. We have a Whirlpool something or other and I'm not impressed with the company. Our oven has not worked from day one and instead of replacing this "lemon" (it came with the house) the Whirlpool … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Mixes, Snacks and Cookies

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My sister,  like a lot of people, is gluten free. Gluten in her body gives a bad reaction that has her reeling from the results for days. I also love to bake but am clueless when it comes to making gluten free goodies.  I end up feeling bad when we have family get togethers and there is nothing sweet for her to eat come dessert time. While I pick up a few gluten free mixes for cakes now and then cake doesn't cut it all the time and I hadn't really seen anything good for gluten free cookies... until now. Recently GinnyBakes sent me a nice generous box of their cookies, cookie mixes, and … [Read more...]

Dollar Stretcher Tips for August 20, 2014

Young Artist Gift Pack Stock up on the crayons, colored pencils, and markers being sold as loss-leaders now. Add drawing pads from a dollar store and put everything in a cheap basket or backpack. These "Young Artist" gift packs make great Christmas or birthday gifts for your kids or their friends. Anne C. (via Facebook) Cleaning Range Hood Filters I clean my filters by placing them in a large plastic garbage bag outdoors. Then, I add a cup of ammonia and tie the bag up. I let this sit for up to 24 hours. This works for any grease or carbon build-up. Then I just hose the filter off when … [Read more...]

Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Water Body Wash GIVEAWAY {CLOSED}

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Dial has something new for you! As a Purex Insider I get to have first look at some great products coming out and even better I get to share them with you! The newest member of the Dial Coconut Water Family is New Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash. It contains coconut water and mango for clean healthy and hydrated skin. I love coconuts and use them a lot. Having lived in a country with coconut trees in our backyard it's nice to see all the great coconut products coming on the market. I drink coconut water. Make savory curries with coconut milk and scrumptious sweets with … [Read more...]

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop – Organizing the Homeschool Room

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Phew! I am so tired. And sore too. Just look at my homeschool room and you'll see why. We've been in our new home a week and I'm slowly getting things in order. One main thing on my agenda is putting together a new Homeschool/Craft Room. I've been loving the all white homeschool rooms outfitted with all Ikea so I've been planning to something rather similar once we moved to our new home. What rooms am I talking about?... Confessions of a Homeschooler Cute well organized homeschool room Living out His Love I know, I know. Not another white Ikea homeschool room. Yeah it … [Read more...]

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop – Planning the Homeschool Day

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It's getting to be that time of year again (sing songy voice) Back to Homeschool! And that means organization and scheduling in all the areas of my life. Yes ALL! Because if I don't get scheduled and organized I can find myself struggling to catch up (and my daughter with me) when it comes to the end of another school year. That's what happened this past school year and it wasn't due to being disorganized and having no schedule. Nope! Rather it was due to the unexpected happening and throwing our whole year off. The thing was it happened last summer...right before school. My dear … [Read more...]