Recently I noticed how often I was refilling the napkin holder in the center of our dining room table. It seemed like we were going through the package pretty quickly, and then I thought about cloth napkins. Since each one is just a square of fabric, they’re super simple to make.
I grew up helping in the family garden. I remember eating the peas before my mother could get them in the house, and a good percentage of the cherry tomatoes were sampled to make sure they were good. As an adult, it wasn’t until about five or six years ago that I started gardening for […]
I can’t believe I squeezed extra creative hours out of my regularly hectic week. I didn’t think it was possible. When you get up at 5 a.m. and can barely stay awake until 10:00, it seems crazy. When you can barely go to the bathroom without a child bursting in the door or yelling for […]
I’m on a constant journey to get more organized. I can plead a full time job, 60-90 minutes twice a day for commuting, kids’ activities, and a ton of papers that come home from school, but at the end of the day, the buck stops here. The reason we’re disorganized and have clutter around the […]
I’m a recovering user of store-bought kitchen scrubby sponges. They were great, if you bought the right one. With the right sponge, you can clean more delicate dishes and glassware while still having the ability to scrub stuck-on or baked-on food off your other dishes. But they have their drawbacks. For one, they get stinky […]
If you think residing your house means you have to take out a loan or pony up as much cash as it would take to buy a car in order to pay for it, you’re wrong! We just finished replacing the siding on one side of our house and we’ve saved THOUSANDS so far. Yes, […]
I love my kids. I don’t love the sickness they bring home. I especially don’t love it when I catch with what they brought home. Aside from feeling generally terrible, when you’re sick you still have to referee arguments and feed your little germ carriers – I mean kids. I’m not above a movie day to […]
What do you get the dad that has everything? Equally important, how do you get great gifts for the dads in your life while staying on budget? Have no fear, here are ten dad-approved ideas for you, all for about twenty bucks or less.
If you want to stretch your family food budget, one way is the “rubber chicken” method. I’ve been able to stretch one rotisserie chicken into 3+ meals for my family of four. Here’s how we’re doing it this week, using a $5 chicken.
I am buzzing with new ideas! Last weekend was the annual Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. Every year for the past nine years, my mother and I have ventured south to learn new techniques and to see what new fabrics and tools we can’t live without. With a $12 a day entry fee, […]