Go, Go Gadgets!

My go-to favorites for my kiddos and me. With the holiday season approaching, my tiny kitchen is shaking in its boots. Three teenagers—who are all addicted to Pinterest—will be giving my stovetop, oven, mixers, utensils and measuring cups quite a workout over the next few months, trying out new recipes and whipping up delicious new goodies. And I will likely be close behind, cleaning up the Read more ...

Better Ways to Save: DIY Halloween

We can’t get enough of Halloween DIY décor. It seems the possibilities are endless! So, coupons.com asked bloggers to use Target coupon codes and create Halloween crafts that could be repurposed in their home afterwards. Our household savings expert, Jeanette Pavini, went on the Better Show this week to highlight some of the projects.   Candy Table Chalkboard Labels. This idea came Read more ...

Fly the Kid-Friendly Skies

Any parent who has ever been on an airplane is familiar with the dirty looks reserved for those traveling with small children. Flying with your little ones does not need to deteriorate into a seat-kicking, crying scene straight out of a sitcom. When you are prepared to comfort and entertain your kids, your fellow travelers will thank you and your kids will enjoy a stress-free flight. Practice Read more ...

Heading on Vacation? Here’s How to Prep Your Home

Whether you are jetting off to a foreign country or taking a weekend road trip, worrying about the state of your home can put a damper on your fun. Don’t leave home without taking a few measures that will give you peace of mind while you enjoy your vacay. Light timers can keep energy costs down but still make your home appear lived in. Set timers in visible rooms to go on at dusk and off when Read more ...

Refrigerator Basics: How to Make Your Food Last Longer

An organized fridge not only gives you peace of mind, but it can actually extend shelf life and prevent foodborne illness. Like, did you know that apples and oranges require different conditions than your lettuce and broccoli? Or that certain areas of your fridge are colder than others? Read on—the next time you come home with a bag of groceries, you’ll know the right place for everything. With Read more ...

How to Repurpose Common Household Items

When you’re spring cleaning this season, here’s something new to try: Every time you come across something you want to pitch or give away, ask yourself if that item can be used in a different way. Here are some examples of how you can repurpose common household objects, granting them a second life. Ice cube trays. If you have an icemaker, these may seem obsolete. But an ice cube tray can Read more ...

A Ten-Minute Tidy

A quick lesson in speed cleaning. Spring is coming—can you tell by the scent of cleaning products wafting through your neighborhood? There may still snow on the ground where you live, but the season for deep cleaning is right around the corner. However, with busy work schedules and a constant stream of kids running through the house, many families would be happy to just de-clutter the surface. Read more ...

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Garage

“Only in America do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.” –Anonymous. First step (and this is for the ambitious), put all your junk in the driveway and promise to put nothing back in unless it’s of use and has a designated spot. Give your garage a good scrubbing. Cover oil spills with cat litter overnight to absorb oil. Sweep Read more ...