Too Cute Tulle Wreath

 

Too Cute Tulle Wreath

Each month, I am blessed to teach a craft class at a local assisted living facility. These phenomenal seniors range in ages from 82 years old to 104 years old. We have a great time talking, laughing, and making crafts.

I am always on the lookout for inexpensive, easy crafts that our craft class can make in a couple of hours. This tulle wreath fits that description perfectly. It costs around $10.00 and if you use Tulle ribbon, takes about two hours to complete. It is a craft that even younger children can do, providing they can tie a knot.

 

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Smart Tips for Garage Sale Success

 

 HOW TO HAVE A PROFITABLE GARAGE SALE!

Garage sales can be so much work that you wonder whether it’s worth the effort. It is! Just try these smart tips to make your next garage sale easy and profitable.

PLAN AHEAD

Getting ready for a garage sale begins long before I am going to have a sale. It begins while decluttering. In the past, as I found something I no longer needed, I threw it in a pile or in a box. When it was time for the sale, I spent hours unloading boxes, cleaning items, and pricing them. Now whenever I find an item, I dust or clean it and then put a price sticker on it. Now it’s ready to be sold and I don’t have to see the item again until the day of the sale.

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Catch a Leprechaun Activity for Kids!

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Start a New Family Tradition With This Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activity!

 I never really celebrated St. Patricks Day.

 That is, until I had kids.  
 
That’s when the holiday became fun baking shamrock cookies, making crafts, and doing other activities.
 
But the best part of that day for our family is a simple and fun activity we call trying to Catch a Leprechaun!
 
My son was about three years old when a friend introduced us to this activity. He loved it! The next year he asked if we were going try to catch the leprechaun again and a new family tradition began. 
 
Give it a try.Your kids will love it and you’ll have a new family St. Patrick’s Day tradition too!

 

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The Secret to Perfect Boiled Eggs Every Time!

Perfect Boiled Eggs Every Time!

 

What’s the Secret to Perfect Boiled Eggs?

I was taught that the way to boil eggs is to set them in a pot and boil them.  

Nope, wrong way!

The secret to perfect boiled eggs is you don’t boil them. You simmer your eggs instead.

I know we call them boiled eggs, but they should never be boiled.

Boiling toughens the egg. It makes the egg white rubbery and can cause green discoloration around the yolk. Yuck!

Eggs that are cooked on low heat though, are uniformly cooked through and gold colored.

And the best thing about using the low heat method is that it is so much easier than boiling.

There’s no more worrying about your pot boiling over, or wondering if your eggs have cooked long enough. You just set it on the stove, set your timer, and walk away. It doesn’t get much easier or worry-free than that! Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Vacation

Travel Prep Guide
One of my favorite parts of a vacation is planning the trip. It’s exciting! Choosing the destination, deciding what we will do, and anticipating all we will get to see is almost as fun as the trip itself.

Preparing for the vacation though, is another thing. It’s stressful!

It wasn’t always this way. When I was single, and when it was just me and my husband, preparing for a trip was easy. We simply grabbed our clothes and took off for some fun and sun!

But once we had a house, children, pets, and responsibilities, those carefree days were gone.

These days, there are so many things to do before we can go on vacation. The only way to stay sane is to keep a detailed schedule and checklist of everything we need to do before we travel. It keeps us organized and stress-free! Continue reading

From Chaos to Clean in One Afternoon!

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How To Quickly Clean Your Home Before Your Guests Arrive!

It never fails, when your house is at its worst, that’s when friends and family want to visit. You get that call from out of town friends who are in the area and want to drop by. Or, your mother-in-law calls and says she’s coming to visit this weekend.

What do you do? Panic? Agonize over how much time it will take to clean the house and how little time you actually have to do it? Don’t despair! There is an easy way to quickly clean your home and get it company ready in no time.

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Nacho Cheese Potato Soup

Nacho Cheese Potato soup is a delicious, cheesy, hearty soup that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare!

The first time I made Nacho Cheese Potato Soup was when I was a newlywed. I remember it vividly because my husband loved it! I wasn’t much of a cook back then so you can imagine how thrilled I was when he raved about how good the meal was. And as you might expect, I made that soup often!

Somewhere along the way though, I lost the recipe. I couldn’t find it anywhere. Of course I decided to recreate it and after a few less than successful tries, I finally came up with this version. My husband swears it’s even better than the original recipe! It has once again become a family favorite that we enjoy often, especially on those cold winter nights when all you want is a warm, comforting soup.

What I like most about Nacho Cheese Potato Soup (besides it being absolutely delicious) is that it is quick, easy, and budget friendly. From start to finish it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. And since you only use one pot, your cleanup is easy too! Continue reading

25 Stuffed Baked Potato Recipes!

25 Ways to Make Stuffed Baked Potatoes!

Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a quick and easy meal option for when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. They are also a creative way to use up leftovers from the previous night.

Baking Potatoes the traditional way, in the oven, can take as long as 90 minutes to bake. Speed up the process by either microwaving them or placing them in your slow cooker in the morning and letting them “bake” until dinner.

Prepare a few extras and you will have quick lunches for the next few days. Just refrigerate the leftover potatoes and reheat when ready to eat.

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Escape the Morning Mayhem!

Stress-Free Tips to Get You Out The Door On Time!

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My husband is a morning person. He never needs an alarm clock. He simply wakes up at the right time, bright-eyed and smiling, ready to greet the day. He flows through the process of getting ready in the morning and leaves the house on time. It’s really quite disgusting! 😉

I, on the other hand, am a night person. My brain barely functions before noon! Because of this, getting ready in the morning can be quite a challenge.

Can you relate? Do you spend every morning rushing to leave the house on time?

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Back to School Organizing Tips!

back-to-school-tipsTen Tips to Get Your Family Organized and Ready for Back to School!

Didn’t summer just begin? It seems that way, doesn’t it? Summer has just flown by and now it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school.

It’s a chore, isn’t it? So much to buy and so many things to do to prepare for that first day of school. There’s yearly checkups to schedule, new clothes and school supplies to buy, papers to be completed, school orientations to attend, carpools to arrange, the list just goes on and on.

It’s easy to get so bogged down in preparing for the coming school year that you miss the enjoyment of these last few remaining days of summer. You don’t have to. With proper planning and a bit of organization, you can get your kids ready for school and still have plenty of time to play in the sun Continue reading

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