Get Ready for Spring – 16 Spring Organizing Tips!

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One of my favorite flowers is the daffodil. Why? Because it is the announcement of spring, the promise of warmer weather. The daffodils are in full bloom at our house and after a long, cold winter, they are a welcome sight.

But with Spring, comes the season’s to-do list. Things that need to be done now that the weather is warmer.

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Catch a Leprechaun Activity for Kids!


 

A Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activity to Do With Your Kids!

 I never really celebrated St. Patricks Day.

 
That is, until I had kids.  
 
Then 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 to catch the leprechaun 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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Slow Cooker Sherry Beef

Slow Cooker Creamy Sherried Beef / Holly Homemaker.com   How would you like to be able to create a dish that is elegant enough to serve to guests and yet takes only minutes to prepare? This Slow Cooker Creamy Sherried Beef recipe is just that dish. What’s even better? No pots and pans or mixing bowls are needed. Just stir everything together in the crockpot and turn it on. Cleanup is a breeze! Best of all, this dish is made with only four simple, inexpensive ingredients, making it budget friendly. I know beef can be expensive but by slow cooking it, you can use less expensive cuts of beef. Your beef will be tender and delicious, and your guests will never know. Whenever I find beef tips on sale, I usually stock up and freeze a couple of batches. That way, I always have it on hand when I need it. Continue reading

How We Sold Our House in 3 Days!

Simple steps you can take today that will increase the value of your home and lead to a quick sale. HollyHomemaker.com

 

Simple steps you can take today that will increase the value of your home and lead to a quick sale.

My husband and I have moved several times over the course of our marriage. In fact, we joke that we can only stay in a home five years before it is time to move again.

Over the years, we have sold a total of five houses:  

Two houses sold in less than three months.

One house sold in less than a month.  

Another sold in less than a week.

And our fastest sale? Our house we sold in just three days!

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The Easy Way to Organize Receipts!

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What season is it? If you live in the United States, then you probably know that answer. Tax Season!

Are you scrambling to find those much needed receipts? Are all those little slips of paper scattered everywhere – lying around the house, stashed in drawers, tossed on the floorboard of your car, or in the bottom of your purse?

Perhaps you plan to keep track of them, may even create a system that lasts a few weeks but then your days get busy and the next thing you know, your desk is cluttered with receipts once again.

That was me until a couple of years ago when I finally created a super simple envelope system to store my receipts. It has worked for me and hopefully will work well for you too. Continue reading

Organizing with Hanging Pocket Organizers!

Hanging pocket organizers are perfect for organizing any area of your home. Here are twenty functional and creative uses for these handy organizers from HollyHomemaker.com.

 

 

I absolutely love hanging pocket organizers. You know, the ones with the clear pockets you store your shoes in? I’ve never actually used them for shoe storage but I have used them for just about everything else.

Hanging pocket organizers are perfect for organizing any area of your home. Look for ones with clear pockets. They are durable, easy to clean, and it’s easy to find what you need at a glance.

Hang one on the back of a door or attach to a wall for added storage space. If you cut one in half or quarters, you can attach it to the inside of a cabinet door.

Here are twenty functional and creative ideas I have found for using these handy little organizers.

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Time Management Tips for Busy, Over-Active Families!

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There have been times in our family’s life when we became over-active. Times when we tried to do it all by taking on too many activities at one time: music lessons, karate lessons, church activities, club meetings, etc. It was never a good thing. It added stress to our lives. It made us tired and grumpy. Our home became disorganized. We weren’t eating healthy and the kids became whiny and complaining. (Okay, yes, the parents were whiny and complaining too!)

It’s funny, we never planned to take on so many commitments. It just crept up on us. We would say yes to one thing, then another, and another until before we knew it, we were spending every evening running from one activity to the next. Continue reading

Confetti Creamed Chicken Over Biscuits

 

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This meal began as a “desperation dinner” for our family. You know, when you are low on time and are searching through the pantry, fridge and freezer desperately searching for something quick and easy to prepare for dinner. It was an instant favorite in our household!

We now keep the ingredients on hand for those nights when we really don’t have time to cook. Place your biscuits in the oven and by the time they are baked, the sauce is ready. Less than 15 minutes from start to finish.

 

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The Secret to an Organized Kitchen? Work Stations!

organized-kitchenLet’s face it, when your kitchen isn’t in order, you waste a lot of time and energy in meal preparation.

Years ago I read Confessions of an Organized Homemaker by Deniece Schofield.  Her book changed the way I organize my kitchen.  Deniece proposed that you divide your kitchen space into areas or work stations. A work station is where you place like items together in an area where they are most likely to be used.

It really does make sense.  Doesn’t it? Why not have everything in the nearest space possible to where you will actually use it?

Just think about it.  Work stations can reduce the number of steps you have to take to retrieve the items you need.  It would cut back on the number of cabinets and drawers you have to open, eliminate the frustration of trying to find an item, and decrease the amount of time you spend in the kitchen. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Lentil Soup

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When our own personal family budget gets tight, cutting the cost of groceries is sometimes a necessity. In fact, I keep a list of our favorite low cost recipes in my Family Meal Planner for just those times. Quick and Easy Lentil Soup is at the top of that list.

I have tried other lentil recipes in the past that were not a hit at my house. What I  quickly discovered is that lentils can be a bit bland by themselves, but they are great at absorbing other flavors! Just by adding the right amount of savory vegetables and spices, I found I could turn boring lentils into an appetizing dish that my family loved….. Continue reading

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