Five Tips to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

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Being eco friendly in your home means a lot more than just being good to the environment, it also means saving money. Have some smart plans in place in your home to be more energy efficient can end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year. To get started, it’s pretty easy, let’s take a look at some easy ways to make your home more eco friendly. Fireplace Everyone loves a good fireplace in the home. And if you have a wood burning stove, it’s a fantastic way to heat your home without having to pay to turn up that expensive oil, gas or electric heat. An even … [More]

15 Totally Ingenious Uses for Everyday Things

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All over your home lie scads of useful and under-appreciated items. Many things you assume have only one purpose are actually perfect for other tasks. Here are 15 ideas to give your junk drawer a whole new life. Use a staple remover to add keys to your key ring.  Use a rubber band to scrape the excess paint off your brush.  Use a dustpan to fill large containers with water. Use a hanging shoe rack to organize your cleaning supplies. Use a pool noodle to keep your kid from falling out of bed. Use a toilet paper roll as a cuff to keep wrapping paper straight. Use a … [More]

What To Buy (and Not Buy) at Thrift Stores

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  We all love to save a buck, and thrift stores can be real treasure troves if you know what to look for. But they are also full of used items you shouldn’t bother spending even two cents on. Here are some ideas regarding what to buy—and not buy—at your favorite local Goodwill. Buy Wool sweaters. Unless they’re pilly or worn thin, sweaters usually have a lot of life left in them. Buying them used can save you a bundle. Wash them in Woolite and dry them with Dryel before you wear them. Coffee mugs. Mugs are a dime a dozen, almost literally, so don’t bother paying top … [More]

Thrift: Creative Uses for Tupperware

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  Tupperware and plastic storage containers of other brands are ubiquitous in today’s American kitchen. Of course they’re designed to hold things, and this can extend well beyond food to hair accessories, jewelry, cufflinks, safety pins, matches, you name it. But what about other creative uses for Tupperware containers of all sizes? Here are a few that will help you repurpose those old plastic containers that have fallen out of use. Make a surprisingly attractive iPod boombox out of a large disposable container by cutting holes in the lid and wedging in Styrofoam to keep the player and speakers in place. Use a medium sized container to make … [More]

Don’t Let Winter Decorating Eat Up Your Savings: 3 Tips to Lower Costs

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For many parts of the country, winter means more than just ski season is back, it means the holiday season is fast approaching! And while it’s great to experience a change of seasons, it can be a struggle in already tough economic times to try to scrape together those extra dollars to make sure you can still enjoy winter decorating. This is especially true if you are planning a bit show for winter lights around your house But, you do have some options. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get your home and family prepared for winter in a way that will help both cut your costs … [More]

Fall Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

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One of the enduring symbols of fall has to be the pumpkin. More than just a fun activity for kids to join in and decorate for Halloween, pumpkins can be used all throughout the Fall as a perfect decorating tool for both in the yard and around the house. Pumpkins and gourds, both large and small make great bases to start decorating, and they can be bought relatively inexpensively. Meaning you can use an abundance of them all over your home to make a perfect fall impression. Let’s take a look at a couple quick and easy ideas you can use to get your Fall pumpkin decorations going. … [More]

Fall Holiday Decorating Ideas

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Fall is officially upon us! And that means for those who love to decorate for each season it is time to start taking down those summer items and replacing them with some new projects and crafts. One of the best ways to decorate for the seasons is get creative. It’s a lot more fun to spend time by yourself, or even better, with the kids making decorations that you can proudly show off around the house. Color Themes What makes Fall for most people are all the different colors the season brings, from the rich hues of cranberries, to the bright fallen leaves to the deep orange of … [More]

How To: Plan a Week’s Menu

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The hardest thing about nailing down a week’s menu is the need to plan ahead. Not a lot of us are great at it, especially planning seven days at once. I find it can feel overwhelming, particularly because it has to be done week in, week out. But to be most efficient—and therefore become less overwhelmed—planning is the key. Here are a few tips I’ve discovered to help make you into a meal-planning whiz.   Sit down to plan at the same time every week. Most people probably do this on Sunday morning or some other time over the weekend, but it can be done any time. Just … [More]

Bring Fall to you With a DIY Fall Festival

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  It’s fall, my favorite season! Nothing puts me in a good mood like the first snap of cool air or the sight of orange edging the leaves on the trees. The advent of fall seems like a reason to celebrate, and of course it has traditionally been a great time for many harvest festivals. Why not make up your own rite of autumn this year by putting together a festival of your own making? Here are some creative ideas for making the most of the lovely weather, including ways to savor the tastes of fall and ideas for decorating to highlight the colors and textures of the … [More]

DIY: No-sew Curtains and Shades

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I don’t know about you, but the words “window treatment” strike fear into my non-crafty heart. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been left pulling my hair out as I try to properly measure, purchase, and install curtains, shades, and their infuriating hardware. Unfortunately, short of nailing a random square of fabric over your window, there’s no way around measuring and putting up a rod if you want to hang curtains. But you can make the process of procuring window treatments much more enjoyable by doing some of the creative work yourself. Thankfully, you don’t need to know how to sew to make some pretty cute … [More]