Category: For The Home

Donate Books to Soldiers and Their Families

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by No Comments

I have a serious book addiction. Even though I’ve been trying to stick to ebooks to cut down on the amount of clutter in my home, I tend to go a little crazy every time I get near a Barnes & Noble. Plus, I’m a sucker for ordering children’s books through the Scholastic Book Club fliers my son keeps bringing home.

When I was weeding through my book collection to try to make space for all the titles new titles we purchased, I came across the Operation Paperback website. This great charity sends books to soldiers stationed overseas, those who are in military hospitals, and military families with a deployed loved one.

They will accept both adult books and children’s books, as long as your books are in good condition. They won’t take books with missing covers; loose, brittle, or missing pages; stains; or water damage. Books that are considered pornographic or racist are not allowed and religious materials are only acceptable if the solider has specifically requested them.

The website mentions mysteries and westerns as being in high demand. The children’s books go directly to the families of the soldiers or are sent to the soldiers so they can read to their kid via webcam or DVD.

To donate books, you log onto the Operation Paperback website and list the titles you have. The books are then matched with addresses of soldiers who have requested either the specific book or something from that genre. Choose someone to mail your books to, then package them up and drop them off at the post office.

If you don’t have any books to mail out, but still want to help support the cause, Operation Paperback accepts cash donations. A $5 donation will ship one medium-sized box of books to any overseas military location. A $20 donation will help pay for the purchase and shipment of one box of high-demand special request books.

Photo credit: Operation Paperback

Link Round-up: Paid to DIY, Recipes, a Numbers Game, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s round-up shares a way to get paid to DIY around the house, a few delicious recipes, a game, and more.

Amanda’s Cookin’ shared a vintage recipe for a Lazy Daisy Cake.

Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to get paid to DIY.

Sand in My Toes showed us how to make a number hunt game.

The Crafty Blog Stalker shared a recipe for cabbage and pineapple slaw burgers.

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Kenarry shared a tutorial for a summer burlap wreath.

DIY Beautify taught us how to make a bird feeder using thrifted plates.

The Casual Craftlete shared a recipe for lemon blueberry chia jam.

Photo credit: Amanda’s Cookin’ and Kenarry

Link Round-up: Birthday Badge, Puree, Summer Reading, DIY Sunscreen, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s round-up has a first birthday badge, puree, a summer reading list, non-toxic sunscreen, and more.

It Happens in a Blink shared a tutorial for a first birthday badge.

It’s Always Ruetten shared her summer reading list.

Army Wife to Suburban Life gave us 15 ideas of things to do when you’re alone.

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It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for carrot apple mango puree.

Sand in My Toes taught us how to make a parking deck out of a cereal box and other items you have around the house.

A Mom’s Take shared her recipe for a moisturizing non-toxic sunscreen.

Carolyn’s Homework shared a guest post and taught us how to make peanut butter and jelly cookies.

Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and It Bakes Me Happy

Link Roundup: Recipes, Wire Word Art, Summer Recipes, and More

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has recipes, wire word art, fun summer recipes, and more.

Kalyn’s Kitchen shared a recipe for raw zucchini carpaccio.

The Neighborhood Moms talked about three baby gadgets that may be bad for children’s development.

View Along the Way showed us how to make easy wire word art.

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Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed us a nail-pampering DIY.

A Mom’s Take shared some ideas for a baby essentials kit.

Gingerly Made taught us how to make watermelon Rice Krispie treats.

This Silly Girl’s Life showed us how to make mini mint s’mores.

Photo credit: Kalyn’s Kitchen and Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Link Round-up: Helping Children with Learning Disabilities, First Home Purchase, Recipes, and More

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for helping children with learning disabilities, a slaw recipe, tips for buying your first home, protection for your pets, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a recipe for carrot and bok choy slaw.

The Neighborhood Moms have five tips to help children with learning disabilities.

View Along the Way gave tips for first time home buyers.

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This Silly Girl’s Life showed us how to make an embroidery hoop memo board.

A Mom’s Take shared tips for keeping pets protected from pests.

Sweet and Spicy Monkey showed us how to make homemade banana coconut ice cream with homemade chocolate syrup.

Gingerly Made showed us how to make Kool Aid lip gloss.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and This Silly Girl’s Life

Link Round-up: Collecting, Recharging, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has collecting tips, ideas for summer toys, ways to recharge, and more.

Homemade Interest showed us how to make a personalized family handprint plank.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a patterned floor with linoleum tile.

Mind Body Green gave us 27 ways to recharge your batteries.

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Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make chocolate covered cherries.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom gave us the rundown on fun summer toys for fine motor skills and creativity.

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Hobbies on a Budget shared a great tip: collect e-pennies instead of expensive souvenirs.

Suzy Sitcom shared a clothespin doll tutorial.

Photo credit: Homemade Interest, Chocolate Covered Katie, and Hobbies on a Budget

Link Round-up: Raw Cheesecake, a Summer Wreath, Coconut Oil Lotion, and More

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up showed us how to make a summer wreath, coconut oil lotion, patriotic snow cones, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make raw cheesecake.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for eggplant Parmesan subs.

Thrifty Jinxy taught us how to make patriotic snow cones inexpensively.

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Homemade Interest showed us how to make a butterfly summer wreath.

Suzy Sitcom shared a Parmesan crusted chicken recipe with wine.

Crafts by Amanda showed us a cute craft to do with the kids—make a kite from a paper plate and a few other supplies.

The Crafty Blog Stalker taught us how to make coconut oil lotion.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Homemade Interest

How to Have a Garage Sale without Stressing Yourself Out

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by 1 Comment

A garage sale can be a great way to declutter your home and earn a little extra cash in the process, but planning a successful garage sale can be tricky.

Timing is everything when it comes to garage sales. I highly recommend trying to have your sale when several other people will also be hosting their own garage sale.

In my town, there is a community wide garage sale event twice per year. People come from a three or four county radius to attend the sales, so we’re guaranteed a huge traffic boost if we plan our sale for that day. There is a neighboring community that does a large indoor group sale at the fairgrounds a couple of times per year, which seems like a good plan if you have a way to easily transport your stuff to the needed location.

Attractive looking signs are a huge plus when it comes to getting people to stop at your garage sale. Don’t just scrawl a few words on a scrap of cardboard! Make signs with bold, colorful, and easy to read letters. Consider adding a few balloons to the signs in your driveway to draw even more attention to them.

Instead of marking all my items individually, I usually save time by creating a few different price categories. For example, I’ll sell all my books for $1 each or all the DVDs for $2 each. I might make more if I took the time to mark them individually, but not having to haul away stuff that didn’t sell is worth the sacrifice for me.

For clothing, we’ve had great success with the bag approach. I sort out clothes from my husband, myself, and my son, then stick a box with plastic grocery bags at the end of the table and make a huge sign saying the clothes are $5 per bag. The last time I did this, we sold out of clothes in about an hour.

For me, a garage sale is more about decluttering and less about getting rich. If we have high value items, I normally try to sell them through other means first.

When it comes to setting up, I think it pays to make your garage sale items as neat and organized as possible. Group like items together so they are easy to find. Place big items like furniture or oversized toys near the road so people can see them as they pass by. Remember to allow plenty of room for people to walk between your tables, since nobody likes to feel crowded when they are shopping.

Photo credit: Eastlake Times

Link Roundup: Ice Cream, Peach Sparklers, Burgers, July 4th, and More

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has ice cream sliders, a peach sparkler recipe, bacon and smoked gouda stuffed jalapeno burger, and more.

The Thrifty Couple shared a DIY cold, cough, and throat healing oil blend.

Homemade Interest taught us how to make a red, white, and blue tie-dye tablecloth.

Carissa Shaw shared a recipe for double chocolate strawberry pizza.

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A Virtuous Woman motivated us to get the front (and back) porch clean and pretty.

A Dash of Sanity showed us how to make Tagalong ice cream sliders.

Mommy Kat and Kids showed us how to make Minute Maid peach sparklers.

Sincerely Mindy shared a recipe for bacon and smoked gouda stuffed jalepeno burger.

Photo credit: The Thrifty Couple and A Virtuous Woman

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