April 15th, 2008

So I cheated. Normally I make my own buns for various sandwiches, but the other day at the store I decided to just buy the package of buns and be done with it. It’s always puzzled me why they come in packages of 8 though. Sure it’s great for when you’ve got company and your grilling (although who only buys ONE package when you’ve got company?). But what if you are just feeding a family of three? Why can’t buns come in different number of packages? Or dare I say INDIVIDUAL packages? Luckily it’s going to work out this time, and we may just be able to eat them all before they go bad. But this will be a first I haven’t had leftovers or not enough. The only reason it’s going to work out is because I’ll be using 2 tonight, then 3 and 3 the rest of the week. That’s ONLY because my son... 

April 14th, 2008

It’s Monday again, and time to pick another area of the house to clean up and organize for the week! Last week we focused on the bathroom getting areas we all dread. I’m happy to report that I DID get down on my hands and knees scrubbing even though I seriously dreaded it. I didn’t get the entire bathroom cleaned, but I did do one important area – the litter box. YUCK! But boy did I feel better once it was done. This week it’s time to focus on a much less yucky area (we hope anyway). The kitchen could use some organizing and cleaning, so I believe this is a good area to focus on this week. Organizing this room would include going through cabinets, cleaning out your fridge, giving the stove a much needed cleaning, or organizing your recycling if you keep it there. Don’t worry about not getting it all finished... 

April 11th, 2008

If you are like me, you tend to spend quite a bit of money on fabric for various projects. Although I hardly ever pay more than $5 a yard for fabric. And really there’s no reason to unless you absolutely need something specific. Instead of paying full price for fabric, I always watch the discounts on stores like Fabric.com. Right now they’ve got an anniversary special running until April 30th. To celebrate their 9 year anniversary, you can take 15% off your entire order (no minimum required) by using the code Anniversary15. Just click on the banner above to see all the items they’ve got in stock right now (I just love that site). Remember to make it worth your shipping cost! I always make sure to buy at least 5 or 6 yards at a time when ordering online.  Read More →

April 10th, 2008

Need something to do with the kids online? How about a few Lego game downloads? These come from BigFish games, which is a safe download site. They are each free downloads and you have one hour to play before you decide to buy. Several options are available for buying the full games, so be sure to check them all out. Lego Chic Boutique Isn’t this one cute? A Lego game download for the girls! It’s a match 3 type game, which means you have to match three of the same color to clear them. Several fun additions to this basic type of game make it very fun to play. LEGO Builder Bots Build your own creations with falling LEGOs in this awesome game. Two different settings for play, with lots of cool features. Free play for one hour. LEGO Fever Turn a boring gray world back to a world full of color in this awesome adventure game! Solve... 

April 9th, 2008

Who hasn’t made a sand castle at come point in their lives? Well these people have taken this idea to a whole new level… I was passed this link today, and it was just too good not to share. The sand sculptures were of course from a competition, and just absolutely AMAZING! Check it out here: http://www.rense.com/general76/sandcastles.htm  Read More →

April 8th, 2008

This idea came from another recipe I found for chicken breasts, because I’m always on the lookout for good chicken breast recipes. While the original recipe called for chicken breasts, we decided to cut them into strips. Mostly because the chicken was still slightly frozen. Oops! It still came out pretty good. Basically all you do is roll the chicken in ranch dressing, then roll it in bread crumbs. Then you fry it in oil in the skillet on medium heat. Yup, that’s it! The kids loved it despite the fact I let it fry a little too long (my fault for getting distracted and not watching it like I should have). We’ll have to add this to the list of ideas for fried chicken recipes since it was pretty tasty!  I’m sure you could easily turn it into a baked chicken recipe too if you wanted to cut the fat.  Read More →

April 7th, 2008

How long has it been since you’ve really scrubbed your bathroom? I know, it’s one of those jobs we tend to put off. It’s my most hated of all household chores, and I tend to avoid at all cost. Regardless, it needs to be cleaned. It spreads germs when not clean. We HAVE to do it. So the challenge for the week is to get the bathroom sparkling. Clean the bathtub, sink, and toilet. Grab your best germ fighting cleaning products (or possibly some bleach), and dive in. Don’t stop there! If you have closets, shelves, medicine cabinets, etc…..organize those too. This is something I did not long ago, so I get to skip this one. But the scrubbing, well that I NEED to do again. Ick.  Read More →

April 4th, 2008

With the gas prices on the rise, it’s time to brainstorm some ways we can all save money on gas. 1. Car Pool If you drive to work like millions do, try to car pool to cut down on the amount of gas you would all use separately. Often times finding someone in the same town as you to drive to the city can make a huge difference. Even friends that work close by can ride in together. 2. Take Turns for School How many trips a day do you make taking the kids to school and picking them up? You’d be surprised how fast those miles add up even if you only live a short distance from the school. We don’t even live a mile away, and we drive about 30-40 miles a week (sometimes more, depending on the day and who needs picked up at what time). Even in a car that gets at least 20 MPG, that’s still $5-6 spent a week on gas. That’s... 

April 3rd, 2008

This can be a tricky one. Kids can destroy a room faster than you can pick it up, so you’ll really want to get blinds or curtains of some sort that are going to hold up. That really goes for any room for that matter – I can’t tell you how many different sets of blinds we’ve had all over the house. The only ones that have survived were in areas they never go. Blinds in general should be avoided if you have small children. The strings are too tempting to pull, they get caught in them, and they are just way too easy to break. You are better off sticking with some type of curtain that’s safe, such as this Butterfly Bamboo Curtain from YourKidsDirect. I love this particular curtain because it’s a lot harder for them to tear down and it looks really nice in any room. Now if the kids are older, your blinds should... 

April 2nd, 2008

This particular craft is something we do every year with our Easter eggs. I mean you spend that time decorating them, you want to KEEP them, right? Well this idea is perfect if you want to transform them into something that won’t go bad in your fridge a week later…. Basically all we do is save all the shells from the eggs. Yes they crack and we have several pieces, but that just makes it more fun. We take the shells and arrange them on a black sheet of construction paper. Then we take clear packing tape and place it over the shells to keep them in place (We’ve tried glue in previous years, and that didn’t turn out so well). If you want it without the lines, you can laminate it if you want. We don’t have the supplies for that though, so we use clear packing tape. Here’s a snapshot of the pictures we’ve...