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Words of Affirmation Valentine’s Jars

I read the book The 5 Love Languages. In the book you learn that everyone appreciates being reminded of why they are loved (no matter what love language they have). Some value it more than others but everyone likes knowing why they are loved. So these jars will make just about anyone happy. But is especially a

9 Ways to Update a Hutch Without Repainting it.

You don’t have to painstakingly sand, prime and paint an old hutch in order to update it. My mom has gorgeous very large hutch. We are renovating her dinning room and wanting to update it.  We went back and forth on painting it or not, weighing the pros and cons. Ultimately repainting it was going to

Couponing for Beginners: 11 Tips That Will Save You Thousands

I have been couponing for over a decade. I have saved thousands. I wish I would’ve been meticulous about tracking how much I have saved, but an estimated guess would be that I have easily saved over $25,000.00 in the 10 years I have been couponing. Right now, I save about $200-300 a month, which

8 Ways to Save Money, Lower Calories and Provide a Tastier Lunch for Your Kids

Written by my sister Karen Jensen Bagel hot dog Popcorn chicken and fries Nachos w/ beef French toast sticks with chicken sausage Pizza  These are actual lunches our local grade school is serving this month. As appetizing as they might sound…(or not), they sure don’t seem very healthy. And my kids probably wouldn’t eat much of

3 Ways to Create Happiness Despite Painful Challenges

All of us have challenges. Life really makes us stretch. At times it can become almost more than we can bear. While it is not always possible to remove what is causing us to suffer, we can do a few things to help lessen our pain. When I lived in Germany, I spoke German fluently

Valentine’s Door Decor

You can make this Valentines door hanging by using any frame (no glass or back) and hanging an object in it. It takes 5-10 minutes to put together. I found the frame and heart wreath at a thrift store for $1.50 each. I examined how the wreath was made and took photos of the back

Pedialyte Recipes for Babies and Kids

  Recently my son got the flu. He couldn’t keep anything down until I put him strictly on Pedialyte. I had tried coconut water  multiple times but he wouldn’t drink it plain. Coconut water (not to be mistaken for coconut milk) is a much healthier electrolyte replacement than Pedialyte and safe for babies and kids.

11 Secrets to Have in Your Labor Bag—For Women Only

In my third trimester I was practically bed ridden (read story here) so I was able to do A LOT of research on pregnancy related topics. Yet, even after reading over 15 different hospital packing lists I still didn’t know about these  ’11 secrets to have in your labor bag’. I first found out about these ‘secrets’

How To Make a Mr. Fredricksen Costume from the Movie ‘UP’.

My son, the baby Russell and Mason, the Mr. Frederickson met on Halloween through a family friends’ coworker. We had a blast doing a photo shoot with both of them. I wanted to know how he made his costume so I asked him and he made a description of How To make a Mr. Fredricksen costume

23 Car Care Principles that will Save You Thousands

I have been around vehicles a lot. My father built a multi-million dollar business and has to deliver his products by cars and trucks. I have been driving to different states, hauling stuff for my dad’s company, since I was sixteen years old. With all of my travels, I have learned a lot about vehicles.

Dulce De Leche Pancakes

For a sweet breakfast or as dessert these Dulce de Leche Pancakes are divine. This sauce would also taste great on waffles. Better yet, they only take 10-15 minutes from start to finish. You  will need the following ingredients: Pancake mix and cold water, 1 Cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 Cup butter, 2 Tablespoons

5 Everyday Luxuries that Homemakers Deserve

As homemakers we learn the meaning of 24/7. We are always on call if the kids need us. The house is never done being cleaned, meals never end, and laundry keeps accumulating. Plus, we don’t get sick-leave or weekends off. Homemakers are some of the hardest workers out there. Studies from Forbes.com and Salary.com have shown

How to Discipline and Comfort Your baby

Although my son is just the sweetest and usually happiest little guy, sometimes he does things that he shouldn’t do. He pulls my hair HARD! He will reach and try to grab friends’ glasses. He will pick things up and throw them. Sometimes he will even scream at us and hit us. I’ve heard people

How to Make a Badge for Kids

 This tutorial will work for just about any badge. Birthday’s, Dress-up, Super Hero Logos, Halloween costumes, or any other reason you have to make a badge. They are very EASY, quick, and inexpensive. They stick on really well and also peel right off so you can wash the outfit when needed.  In addition, I was surprised and

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