household tips

5 Surefire Ways to Get Your Budget Back on Track

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I might have gone a just a little bit nuts with my spending over the holidays.  I'd like to blame the fact that Thanksgiving was late this year, which meant I was pressed for time and then overspent because I was in a hurry, but the [...]

How to Make Homemade Butter

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Okay, so maybe I just tend to get overly excited about butter in general, but I am pretty sure that making homemade butter in my Kitchen-Aid is both the coolest and the most domestic thing I've ever done.   Just when I didn't think it was possible to love an appliance even more....I mean really, [...]

Just Call Me Superwoman {4 Simple Rules for Managing Your Time}

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 I woke up this past Monday ready to start my week with a bang.  I  had spent the weekend getting caught up after last week’s trip, and by 8am I had already finished my work for the day, returned several neglected emails, handed in a writing assignment, tidied my house, put in a load of [...]

Better Christmas Card Photos {8 Tips for Getting Shots You Love}

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The act of sending and receiving Christmas cards might be my favorite of all holiday traditions.   I just love seeing how my friends & family have changed and grown, and reading what they have been up to throughout the year.  It reminds me that even in the midst of all this busyness, even when [...]

Why I Took My Kids’ Toys Away (& Why They Won’t Get Them Back)

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As some of you already know, I've been on a mission this year to simplify my family's life and rid ourselves of excess.  Over the course of the past nine months I have probably given away about 75 percent of my girls' toys, keeping only the items that I felt encouraged their imagination and that [...]

5 Tips for Decorating a Dorm Room (on a Budget)

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My oldest niece Coryn started college last week.  She is attending University of South Carolina on a full soccer scholarship so she had to arrive early to begin training with her new team.  She is an amazing kid, er, young woman, and has worked so unbelievably hard to get where she is, and our whole [...]

5 Tips for Flying with Young Children

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Our long vacation is officially over.  After a very long day of flying yesterday, we are back in Florida and very glad to be warm again.  I will admit that I am more than a little overwhelmed by all the post-vacation stuff I now need to catch up on--unpacking, laundry, paying bills, re-stocking the fridge--but [...]