Category: For The Home

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

Link Round-up: Tastes of Summer, Crafts, and More

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has some of the fresh tastes of summer, a craft, and more.

Farm Fresh Feasts taught us how to put together an antipasti pasta salad with kale.

Little House Living showed us how to make a fruit pizza dessert.

Design Life Kids showed us how to make some of the cutest color-blocked popsicles.

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Ribbons and Glue gave us a tutorial for a DIY wood clock.

Tastes of Lizzy T showed us how to make Twizzler firecracker cupcakes.

The Grant Life shared a recipe for sweet basil beer bread.

Five Heart Home posted a recipe for a pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy.

Photo credit: Farm Fresh Feasts and Ribbons and Glue

Old Fashioned Fun for the Fourth of July

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 by No Comments

Back in the old days, Fourth of July was a huge celebration that whole towns turned out for. There were competitions, races, games, and prizes. Why not bring some of that old fashioned fun back into style at your own get together?

Adults and kids can compete together in these games because, other than horseshoes, there really isn’t any special skill involved. In fact, the kids may have the advantage because of all of that extra energy that they seem to have! I can remember doing things like this at summer picnics and it was something that we all looked forward to.

Potato Sack Race

Potato sacks used to be big. If you are near a farm or feed store you might be able to get empty feed bags. Any kind of bag will do (some people use pillow cases) it just has to be big enough to hold the competitor.

Racers stand in their potato sacks at the starting line. On the word “Go!” they have to jump (because walking or running is impossible in a potato sack) down to a predetermined finish line.

Wheel Barrow Race

Each competitor must have a partner. The teams stand at the starting line with the competitor standing and holding the partner’s ankles up like the handles on a wheel barrow. The team must make it to the finish line first with the partner “walking” on his hands and the competitor holding his legs in the air.

Do this on a soft surface. More than one person has fallen forward and face-planted into the ground. You don’t want any chipped teeth.

Seed Spitting

OK, this is kind of gross but all kinds of fun and, best of all, if you are careful where you do it you’ll have a crop of watermelons this time next year. Large slices of watermelon are given to competitors and each tries to spit his seeds further than anyone else.

Pie Eating Contest

Place whole blueberry, apple, and cherry pies randomly in front of competitors. They must eat the entire pie, hands tied behind their backs, before anyone else finishes. It’s guaranteed to bring a lot of laughs but is also very messy!

Horse Shoes

Horse Shoes is a classic game that has been played at summer picnics for centuries. You don’t need a horse, either!

You can buy horseshoe games at most variety stores (like Target or Walmart) and many toy stores. The horse shoes are tossed and each player tries to get as close as possible to the spike that is drive into the ground.

Prizes?

Have small prizes to give out to the winners of each game to make your Fourth of July party memorable. They don’t have to be expensive at all — little things from the Dollar Store will do.

photo credit: ** RCB ** via photopin cc

Link Round-up: Strawberry Salsa, Uses for Aloe Gel, 4th of July Decoration, and More

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has strawberry salsa, uses for aloe gel, overnight oatmeal, 4th of July decoration inspiration, and more.

Farm Fresh Feasts showed us how to make strawberry salsa.

Little House Living shared a few more uses of aloe gel, beyond applying it to sunburns.

The Grant Life showed us how to make espresso magic shell.

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Ribbons and Glue inspired us with a celebrate America memory tray, perfect for setting up for the 4th of July.

Tastes of Lizzy T shared a recipe for cookie dough cheesecake bars.

Five Heart Home showed us how to make easy strawberry cream cheese pastries.

Daily Leisure taught us how to make raspberry vanilla overnight oatmeal.

Photo credit: Farm Fresh Feasts and Ribbons and Glue

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