February 12th, 2010

Idea Queen is big on bargain shopping. Why pay full price for the “latest and greatest” when “tried and true” is just as cheap? Sure you could visit your local dollar store for quite a few of your crafting supplies, but if you want to get serious, you may have to do some digging online. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite places to shop for cheap craft supplies online. Each of these stores have excellent ratings, are trusted, and listed for both their prices and selection. Do feel free to comment and add your own to this list! CreateForLess Probably one of the largest craft supply stores online we’ve ever seen. Doesn’t matter what kind of crafts your in search of, chances are they’ll have it. Everything from scrapbooking to sewing, to casual crafting. There’s some pretty good deals... 

February 11th, 2010

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, it was time to add some easy dinner ideas for two. We figured some of you lucky people might be getting the chance to spend a romantic evening at home without the kids (oh how I envy you, but that is a completely different post). Don’t worry, I do remember how to cook for just two. I think…. Let’s find out! 1. Angel hair pasta Pretty simple. If you can boil water, I think you’ll do just fine. If not, well, not sure you should be attempting a romantic meal for two in the first place. Just add butter and garlic, it doesn’t need to be fancy. Frozen breadsticks tossed in the oven work with this dish too, unless you own a bread machine and feel ambitious. 2. Steak and Potatoes Steak isn’t as complicated as you may think, and you don’t even need a grill. It can... 

February 10th, 2010

When the snow starts coming down and the kids are cheering “Snow day! Yay!”, most the time us parents are wondering how we’re going to survive yet another day trapped inside. The kid may not be crazy about all these snow day ideas, but they can be sanity savers for moms. Plus it makes use of “lost day” so to speak. 1. Bring out the Games Have a Wii? Special computer games? Other game systems? Or maybe (*gasp!*) actual board games? Bring em out and get to playing! Have competitions, see who can beat who in how much time. Just spend some times together! (I recommend the Wii the most, of course, since it will keep you all active AND playing together. Snow day doesn’t have to mean “sitting on your rear” day!) 2. Clean the House Take a look around, are there projects you have put aside for “one... 

February 9th, 2010

Products on the market today are filled with harmful chemicals and preservatives. With a good natural toothpaste recipe, you can feel safe in knowing you and your children will be taking care of their teeth without harmful chemicals. Each toothpaste recipe listed below are from our collection, and haven’t been tested out by us personally. They also do not have an author, so we weren’t able to give them proper credit. We’ll be testing out these recipes soon, so be sure to be watching for reviews and stories! All Natural Toothpaste 1/4 tsp peppermint oil 1/4 tsp spearmint 1/4 cup arrowroot 1/4 cup powdered orris root 1/4 cup water 1 tsp ground sage Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add water until the paste is desired the consistency. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered jar. You can also substitute 1/2 tsp... 

February 8th, 2010

Last week we decided to make tacos for supper. This is a favorite around here. My high school job in a taco joint really paid off in adult years that’s for sure, since “mom makes awesome tacos” (not like it’s that hard really). But the other night as went to start the meat I realized we had ZERO taco seasoning packets. Uh oh. I probably could have dug around online to find seasoning ingredients, but decided to just wing it. I’m always loaded with spices, I figured I could come up with something. What we ended up using was a can of Italian diced tomatoes, the chipotle seasoning from the chicken the other night, and a little bit of onion and garlic powder. Was it exact? Not really. Was it good? Oh yeah. Usually I add water and the seasoning mix, but since we used the can of tomatoes I didn’t bother. It cooked... 

February 5th, 2010

Average Score: 4.86 out of 5 (Read more about our scoring system) If you could only have one Wii game, this would probably be it. It’s our favorite game without a doubt, and scores high in all the categories we’ve set up for our Nintendo Wii game reviews. The review you see below covers seven different areas of what we feel is important in an active family game. It is mostly for families looking for great games to play with elementary-aged children, and was tested by a mom, an eight year old boy, and a six year old girl. Buy Wii Sports at Amazon Detailed Review of Wii Sports Fun Factor – 4 out of 5 This has quickly become a daily family activity since bringing home the Wii. My eight year old son loves the golf of all things, and to play against people. My six year old daughter loves the boxing the most (go figure!) and gets... 

February 4th, 2010

As promised, bringing some recipes to you just for those who own a George Foreman grill to the blog. This one was invented by my daughter and I on an experiment night when we made up 3 different types of marinades for chicken strips. The slightly spicy marinade won hands down, and is by far the best grilled chicken I’ve ever tasted. What you’ll need for the marinade: Chili infused olive oil (or olive oil with chili powder, but we used the “fancy” olive oil) Chipotle seasoning Sun-dried tomatoes Fresh pepper (we used those spiffy grinders) Depending on how much chicken you have will depend on the amount of ingredients you use. Obviously you want to make sure you use enough olive oil to coat everything, and then add the rest to your liking. Any other spicy seasoning can be used too, or even hot sauce. We let the chicken... 

February 3rd, 2010

To the few hundred of you following by email subscription, I’ve finally worked out the kinks…I hope. You’ll now see ONE email go out on Fridays with that week’s blog posts. Now I did pick Friday just to “wrap up” the week, but I’m open to suggestions for better days that work for you. When do you spend the most time flipping through email and surfing the web? Would the weekend be better even? Oh and if you haven’t done so already, you can subscribe by entering your name and email under the “subscribe” box. (“Thank you captain obvious?” Well, just saying…) Would love to hear your thoughts!  Read More →

February 2nd, 2010

I was wandering around some blogs and forums a little lost today, and stumbled on a blog post on Eccentric WAHM Bloggers all about Fitness in Your Day to Day. There’s three really awesome ideas here, and it got me thinking. With it being winter and reaaaaaally cold outside, going for a bike ride or a quick trip to the park is just out of the question. And now that I have one kid at home, finding some indoor activities is going to be pretty important. So let me add some fun (and productive) activities to do: 1. Wii! Eh, I know we don’t all have a Wii. But I really, really do think this is an important addition to any household. It’s not “just another game system”, but is just AWESOME for physical fitness. I think this is an absolute must for homeschoolers. (On a side note – we went to the “real bowling... 

February 1st, 2010

Since things took a major turn for the worst at school and with the support of an independent councilor, we’re jumping into the unknown world of homeschooling. Like, immediately. I’ve had about a week to really get ready for this and the start date is coming up WAY fast. Honestly, I’m terrified. As I’m filling out paper work, I get down to the “Course of Study” section where they want me to detail what exactly I’ll be teaching the kid, and from what sources. Oh. Crap. I’ve had some idea sketched down and in my head, plus I’ve done some digging before. But on paper, in their little form, it doesn’t look that great. At least not to me. We have no books, no supplies outside of computer. “Random resources online” isn’t good enough for me or my kid, so I had to come...