I’ve learned through the years that new things are nice but not always necessary. Why not take something that you already have and turn it into something you love again? I’ve had this tray table hanging around for a long time. It was in storage for a few years so it was either time to get rid of it or update it to fit better with my current decor. I love this Polka Dot Painted Tray Table now!

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There are so many of us who live paycheck to paycheck, but it’s often due to different circumstances; job loss, under paid for position, student loans, medical bills, living beyond our means. Whatever the reason may be, the results can still be the same- not enough money at the end of the month! I’m going to try to change your thinking in this post. No matter how much or how little you make, everyone can save a little money day to day and hopefully have money at the end of the month.

How to Have Money at the End of the Month 50 ways to save money

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Freezer Organization

by leanneja on April 21, 2017 · 10 comments

in Cleaning, General organizing, Kitchen

I wouldn’t say I do a major Spring cleaning because I do several deep cleans throughout the year, but I do love to have my house totally clean and organized before the kids get out of school for Summer. This is the perfect time of year for me to declutter, clean, and organize my whole house because once Summer comes I know it won’t get done. Let’s talk about freezer organization today.

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Tissue Paper Pom Flowers

by leanneja on April 19, 2017 · 29 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, Paper, Parties

I’m sure a lot of you already know how to make these, but whether you need a refresher course or you’ve never made them before I thought I would share how to make these Tissue Paper Pom Flowers. They’re inexpensive and easy to make which makes them the perfect decoration to add a lot of color to any party or celebration. Also very little supplies are needed, which is always a plus.

Tissue Paper Pom Flowers-easy decorating for parties

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Have you ever grown wheat grass? I’ve been wanting to grow it for years and finally did. You might not have time to grow it by Easter this year but it also makes a beautiful Spring display. I added paper flowers to the wheat grass but you could add anything Spring related. Of course, Easter eggs look great in the grass.

Wheat Grass and Bakers Twine Paper Flowers

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Glitter Easter Eggs

by leanneja on April 7, 2017 · 5 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, Easter

I haven’t glittered anything since Valentine’s day so Easter seemed like the perfect time to bring out the glitter again. These Glitter Easter Eggs are easy and very inexpensive to make, but I love the glittery glam they add to the Easter table and other decorations.

Glitter Easter Eggs for a glam Easter

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I believe 100% in being organized, but I also believe in not spending a lot of money. Take a look at how I organize my home, to get ideas on how to organize your home the inexpensive way with baskets, bins, and totes. You can pick up a variety of baskets, bins, and totes almost anywhere. Some of my favorite places are Ross, thrift stores and Home Goods. Look for the best varieties in the late Winter and early Spring. The best thing about organizing with baskets is that you can take them with you when you move and use them again. They are also easy to move from room to room if your needs change.

Organize your Whole Home with Baskets, Bins, and Totes

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By the time Spring comes around I am so ready to give my house a little decorating face lift. What about you? Easter is the perfect time to bring in the fresh colors of Spring along with flowers, bunnies, eggs, nests, and even sheep. I’m sharing 5 Easter Mantel Decorating Ideas to help you with ideas to create a beautiful Easter mantel that represents the holiday and season to you.

5 Beautiful Easter Mantel Decorating Ideas

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In my case this post should actually be titled How to Stay Connected As a Family when your husband lives away from home because of work. I’m sharing 10 ideas that have worked for my family, if you’re in a similar situation I hope these will be helpful to you.  This post was originally written 4 years ago and while some things have changed we are pretty much back to where we were when I first wrote it. A few months after the original post we packed up our house and 3 kids still at home (we have 8 kids total) and moved to where my husband’s job was. It wasn’t an easy move, it took us over a year to sell our house so financially it was a struggle and as you can probably guess it was an emotional struggle as well. We were living together again though so that was good, but that was an adjustment too because I was used to doing things alone.

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Easter Apothecary Jars

by leanneja on March 23, 2017 · 13 comments

in Crafts, Decorating, Easter

I saw some awesome apothecary jars on Martha Stewart and wanted to recreate them for Easter. I actually made these Easter Apothecary Jars several years ago and love displaying them every year.  It’s a simple project but I love the impact it has. You can display Easter candies or even small toys. I might make more this year with little bunnies or lambs in the jars.

Easter Apothecary Jars using items you have around the house

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