household tips

10 BIG Money Mistakes You Might Be Making

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Most of us want to believe we have a pretty good handle on our money.  Oh sure, we may splurge on the occasional overpriced coffee, but in general we practice sound principles of saving where we can, and at least trying to plan for our future financial well-being. We don’t fall victim to obvious scams, [...]

Easy Honey Dijon Chicken

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Ready for another amazing grilled chicken recipe?  This scrumptiously delicious honey dijon chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + grill friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the [...]

6 Tips for a Budget Friendly BBQ

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  This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings To me, Summer means long days, warm nights, bare feet, and barbecues. It's one of my favorite seasons, and though it gets quite hot here in Florida, there nothing better than a day at the beach, charbroiled hamburgers, and a glass of ice cold [...]

9 Smart Ways to Save on Car Insurance

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Much like having to pay for utilities or car repairs, paying for car insurance is one of those annoying expenses that we all have bear, even if we don’t really want to. But while purchasing auto insurance may be unavoidable, paying too much to insure our vehicles IS something to watch out for. Although most [...]

How to Take Back Your Schedule (Like a Boss)

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This is a guest post from Tammy of Grace Uncommon If you're anything like me you're well enough into parenting and life to know that the calendar isn't slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it's quite possible it may never let go of it's fierce hold on me unless I get downright bossy about it. [...]

7 Secrets to Throwing a Fabulous Party on a Budget

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This weekend my youngest daughter will turn five.  While part of me is mourning the fact that my baby will be five, another part of me is sad that this year, for the first time, we will not be throwing a big party to celebrate her birthday.  You see, little Annie was born on Memorial [...]

Homemade Bug Repellent

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While my kids still have a few days left of school, I think it is safe to say that the summer weather here in Florida has officially begun.  While we love the warm weather, we definitely don't love the bugs! My youngest daughter has extremely sensitive skin, so when it comes to using bug repellent we have to be [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour

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If you follow this blog regularly, you know I’m a pretty big fan of simple, easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  I’m also a huge fan of recipes that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic [...]

5 Habits of Budget-Savvy People

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Have you ever wondered why some families constantly struggle to make ends meet, while others magically have all their finances together? Is it the way they were raised? Is it simply in how they do things? Although these questions don't always lend themselves to an easy answer, [...]

My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

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Those of you who have tried any of my recipes probably already know this truth:  I am not really a "foodie." Instead, I prefer easy recipes that use normal, everyday ingredients, that come together quickly and that taste great.  I want to cook food my family loves, but I don't want to spend hours in [...]

12 Smart Ways to Save on Home Insurance

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Few of us would consider the possibility of not having homeowner’s insurance.  Like paying for health insurance or utilities, it is just one of those annoying-but-necessary expenses we simply have to put up with, whether we want to or not, or whether we ever actually use it or not. But have you ever stopped to [...]

Basic Freezer Bread

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Is there anything better than the smell of fresh baked bread wafting from the oven?  I swear my family loves me just a little more on those days!  Even so, if I am going to go through all the effort of mixing and kneading and rising that yeast bread requires, I am going to make [...]

Container Gardening 101

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This is a guest post from Melissa of MelissaKNorris.com Have you ever driven by a house with charming pots of plants leading up to its front door? Have you ever thought about creating the same look for your own house, but then felt completely overwhelmed while visiting your local nursery? With literally hundreds of plants [...]

Part 8: Home Maintenance & Seasonal Cleaning

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This is Part Eight of an 8-Part Beginner's Guide to Cleaning Series.  See the overview here. *   *   *  Welcome to the final week of the Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning, and congratulations—you made it!  At this point, if you’ve kept up on your assignments, your house is probably now cleaner than it has [...]

7 Smart Things to Teach Kids About Money

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Growing up in my family, the first rule of money was this:  We don’t talk about money.  All I ever knew is that we had more than enough.  While my parents did encourage me to work both around the house and at part-time jobs, there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance when it came to [...]