It’s a funny thing that happens once Halloween is over–everything goes immediately from fall to winter even though winter doesn’t begin for nearly two months! Look around, listen to everyone talk…all of a sudden we went from fall and pumpkin flavored everything to holiday shopping and winter seasonal items. And I am not exempt from the chatter.
I started thinking about the holiday party I am hosting—my annual friends gathering. I have probably seen each of these people at some point throughout the year, but this is the one time of year when we are all in the same place at the same time. I have many of my decorations, serving pieces and table sets ready, but as I looked at my dining chairs, I thought they looked very old, drab, stained. I can’t have company over to sit on these dirty chairs! And I definitely don’t have money to have them recovered or to purchase new ones. But these dining chair covers will do the trick! And I always have to use extra chairs to fit everyone around the table. These chairs don’t match my existing chairs, but with these long chair covers
I can mix and match, and no one will be the wiser.
Hooray for DIY easy fixes that won’t cost me a fortune! Best of all, this is a lasting, year-round solution, not just for the holiday season.
Have you ever turned off your phone for no reason? Two nights ago I did. I didn’t want to hear it ring, I didn’t want to have to answer my cell phone if it rang. I just wanted to have a night without the phone attached to my ear catching up with friends or family–which I love but I wanted a night where I wasn’t a slave to the phone.
Normally on nights that I have nothing to do I will call or send a text message to a friend or two to do dinner, dessert, or just come over to hang out. Generally if I am at home doing nothing, I watch bad reality TV and it’s always more fun with a friend. But instead, I turned off my phone. Well, I put it on silent in case there was an emergency, but I left it on the Charge Valet so I wouldn’t be tempted to check it every 5 minutes. It was nice to have a night of pure solitude, cooking, watching TV, and not having any phone distractions.
Now I am ready and charged up for the weekend – phone on and all! What’s your weekend plan?
Over the past year and a half I have been making my new home truly mine. While I still have a ways to go, my kitchen is where I have made the most progress. But, with progress means I need more stuff.
I continue to look for ways to keep things organized without adding to the clutter. I don’t like a lot of things on the counter. So I have been looking for a way to store my spices that will hide them away but keep them at an arm’s reach. I don’t have many solutions for organizing my kitchen, but I have found something that I think will help me immensely: the Spice Clip Set. This will hold as many spices as I need on my cabinet door. So the spices will no longer take up room and space and I will be able to see everything I have.
According to Mother Nature (at least here in Washington, DC) summer is over and fall is officially here. It is rainy, cloudy, and cold! Even the stores seem to be in a hurry to get into fall. I’ve already seen Halloween candy—it is the beginning of September!
I like fall for the scenery and beautiful colors, but I dislike the cold weather. To combat the cold, I make hearty foods like soups and stews, as well as comfort foods like grilled cheese. I also cuddle under blankets and quilts which I am going to get out of storage this weekend. However, I’m tired of blankets being thrown all over the sofa or folded up and stuffed in a closet. I’d like to keep them out on display, but would still like some sense of order. This Iron Blanket Rack is perfect! It will hold my quilts and allow people to see them, but keep them out of the way when not in use.
How are some of the ways you keep warm on the first few cold days of fall?
Everyone has one, but no one wants to admit it; the closet of “stuff”. Mine is my coat closet. Sure, I keep my coats in there, but if you part the coats and look into the back you will see a vacuum, a broom, two different mops, a bucket, a wood floor mop, and a cordless sweeper. If only I could force myself to use all of these tools as often as I should, my house would be spotless!
The problem is that when I want to get one tool, they are all tangled together. They fall over, fall out of the closet, I have to guess which handle belongs to which broom/mop/sweeper. Its far more difficult than it needs to be. But this won’t be a problem anymore with the 5 Slot Tool Holder. Just mount this on the wall and place the handle of any tool on the holder. The “magic” ball technology grips the handle and keeps it in place. I’m going to mount this on the back of the door of my closet door so all of my cleaning tools will be displayed and easy to reach.
It is summer time. And one of the greatest parts of summer is going away on vacation. Take advantage of the warm weather, slow work days, and time off with the kids! Vacation is great!
I am going on my first real vacation in over a year. I am taking a trip way down to Florida to visit my best friend who has lived there for way too many years for me not to have gone to see her there. My trick to making this an affordable vacation? Staying at my best friend’s house! People, vacations are expensive; fights are not cheap, hotel costs are out of control, and meals and incidentals will cost you hundreds!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to getaway. In fact, you don’t actually have to go anywhere to getaway! I appreciate having responsibility at home and needing to stay close. A “staycation” might be just your ticket to relax without any of the vacation planning, costs, and hassle. Check out this link for ways you can enjoy your staycation.
For those of you lucky enough to be going away on a vacation far away from home, might I suggest a streamlined travel bag. This bag is a cross body bag so your arms are free to carry your luggage, children, pets, etc. It will keep your necessary items together and organized and ready for use. It’s a terrific carry-on bag with a place for your ID, passport, a book or magazine, credit cards, cell phone and pretty much anything else you may need for a flight (ear plugs to drown out the crying babies?!).
Whatever you decide to do, have fun and be safe!
Yesterday was the day of good deals. I have recently come to the conclusion that everything costs way too much money. While I am big on saving, I am not so great on keeping perfect track on what I am spending. I mean really, is it that hard to remember to bring coupons to the grocery store? Do I really have to buy that cute shirt if it’s not on sale? I decided I needed to make a change.
In the morning one of my co-workers told me that she went out to a pretty upscale restaurant the other night. She is not the kind of person to go out to dinner on a random Wednesday night and spend $50 just for fun. She told me there is this website called ScoutMob.com. that finds coupons for restaurants in your area…free money! I signed up immediately and snagged up a coupon that doesn’t expire until October! My plan is to go places with coupons as much as possible from here on out – this website kind of leaves me with no excuse not to. All I need to do is print off the coupons and put them in a coupon wallet, and keep it in my purse – it must be simple or I won’t follow through.
Then, I ended my day when I was invited to go to a baseball game with a group of co-workers. I have one co-worker who occasionally tried to get us all to be social outside of work and past happy hours that are sometimes work related, and sometimes actually social. He found a deal (I do not know how…I need to figure out what discount website he looks at) for tickets for an upcoming baseball game for $1. That is not a typo…I really mean go to a baseball game for one dollar. Why not? It’s less than I would pay to go to a movie, go to a bar, go shopping, or go to a yoga class…or anything! Basically, I see this is an almost free night out with friends.
How do you like to save money? Are you on any sites like Groupon or Living Social? If you have any other secrets, please let me know.
I hate grocery shopping. I don’t like to go by myself so I generally just dash in and out for some fruits and veggies to make salads for lunch for the week. On the nights I eat dinner with Peter we always go to the grocery store together to shop for our ingredients. We get what we need only for that meal and usually decide what to make on the fly. With our lack of planning ahead, I never have coupons—not that I look for them anyway. Why do I not like to save money? I do, however, have 3 $10 coupons from the supermarket from shopping there so often. Every time Peter and I go to the store we remind ourselves we have these $10 coupons, and inevitably, 30 seconds after we leave the checkout line we remember the coupons – I even keep them in my purse so I do not forget.
I think I need to start a new system. Planning ahead would be a good start. If Peter and I know what we want to have for dinner that week, we can look up recipes and search for coupons for those ingredients. If I kept a list of other items I needed to get, I can get those while shopping for that night’s dinner and it would probably lead to fewer trips to the store overall! To keep this all neat, organized and in one place, I can use the magnetic coupon holder. If everything is visible, hanging on my refrigerator, it is more likely that I will remember to take and use the coupons and stick to my list.
If I recall correctly, when I was young the checkout clerk would ask, “Do you have any coupons today?” Why don’t they ask anymore? I could use the reminder!
What would you consider a perfect Sunday? How would you spend a day just relaxing? What would you do? What would you need? Let’s say, for instance, that you had a whole day to do nothing, how would you spend it?
There are some days that all I want to do is literally sit on the couch, watch television (good shows, bad shows, movies, reruns, etc.), eat snacks, and veg out. Sometimes having that time to do nothing is important. I was so close to having that kind of day Sunday. I didn’t really have much to do. I went grocery shopping, put laundry in the machine, made lunch while laundry was going, and cleaned the bathroom while laundry was in the dryer. It’s a good feeling to be done before the sun goes down. After the chores, all I had left to do was call my mom and sit on my couch and do exactly what I love…nothing! It’s so nice to have that time every once in a blue moon.
What would have made my “night of nothing” better? Not having to get up for anything. My place is small, but when I’m cozy and comfy on the couch, the last thing I want to do is continuously get up to reach for food, my beverage, a book, the cell phone, or remote control. What I really wanted was everything at my fingertips. I really wished I had the arm rest organizer. It will hold everything you need including food, phone, remote controls, and anything else you need.
Enjoy your resting time!
Laundry day is one of my least favorite days of the week. It’s not actually doing the laundry that’s such a big deal, but it is the putting the clothes away once they are dry that is the worst part for me. Also, since I hate laundry day so much, I am not the girl who does her laundry every week…and to be perfectly honest, I have enough clothing to keep me out of the laundry room for a month (or longer, but I never go more than a month). However, since I wait so long in between I have so much laundry to do. It’s such a vicious circle.
Sunday was laundry day for me, and I certainly had my fair share of 3 weeks worth of clothes to clean. I don’t know about you, but I definitely hang dry the majority of my laundry. Usually it’s not too big of a deal, and I have a pretty large drying rack that holds just about everything I need. However, on Sunday, I found myself in a bit of a dilemma. I had way too many clothes to fit on the one drying rack I have. I also live in a studio apartment, so I do not have much extra space to hang dry my clothes. Let me tell you what I did, and maybe you guys can help me decide what I should do for next time. For the 2 pair of jeans that wouldn’t fit on the dryer, I hung them over my 2 bar stools. For the 4 shirts, I placed them on hangers and hung them on my room dividing screen. And for the 1 dress and 1 cardigan that wouldn’t fit on the dryer, I also put them on hangers and hung them off door knobs. Basically, my apartment had laundry hanging everywhere except in the kitchen.
So, my question is, what do I do? Since we all know I hate doing laundry and I certainly do not hesitate to wait way too long to do it, the chances of me not having enough room on my drying rack again are very high. Do you think I should just wait until this problem happens again and hang laundry all over like I did this weekend? Or, do I be pro-active about this situation and buy a second dryer now so I do not run into this dilemma again?