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Food Storage Friday: Easy Home Canned Applesauce

by heather
Awhile ago when looking at the Bountiful Basket (the local produce co-op) options, I saw that they had a 32 lb case of Granny Smith apples for $25. I couldn't pass that up. I made 12 quarts of pie filling and applesauce, oh baby. Then I realized that I have yet to blog about making applesauce. I do apologize for this, I'm not sure how I missed it, because it is Thing 1's favourite thing that I can. And it's pretty easy. I make my crock pot do most of the work, resulting in my house smelling AWESOME Read more [...]

Book Review: Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips & Facts To Save Time and Money

by heather
Queen of Common Cents: Over 1001 Tips and Facts to Save Time and Money by Michelle Snow RN, MSPH, MSHR, PhD When I saw this book I noticed that the author is a registered nurse and has a Master's degree in Public Health, plus several other letters after her name and thought 'She's a nurse, she's probably really know what she is talking about." I felt like I identified with her. We're both LDS moms, we're both nurses and we're both trying to help people save time and money. So I bought it. As Read more [...]

Awesome Pumpkin Carving Tip!

by heather
Yesterday I found this tip from Make Magazine (one of my husband's favorites) for pumpkin carving and I had to try it. Instead of carving out a circle around the stem, you carve a bent keyhole shape. It makes candle-lighting, and most importantly, cleaning out the pumpkin so much easier. Here's their pic, which is a little easier to see. Here's our pics from last night. Read more [...]

Trick for Hanging a Photo Collage

by heather
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about what was going on in my house (redecorating the living room), and she gave me a fantastic tip for hanging a photo collage and making sure that what you picture in your head is what you see on the wall (Without measuring and leveling and putting a ton of holes in your wall). 1. Arrange your photo frames on the floor in your desired configuration. 2. Flip all frames directly over.3. Next spread long strips of wax paper over the frames, making Read more [...]

A Visit from the Cleaning Wizard

by heather
So as I have mentioned before, there has been a fair amount of havoc around here. I'm a mom of three kids, I'm not getting enough sleep and as those who know me well can testify, I am a chaos magnet. A side effect of all of this is that I have been losing the constant battle of me versus the mess. A few months ago I made a new friend at play group, we'll call her Sarah. :) She has three very active boys and newborn baby and still manages to keep the chaos to a minimum. For awhile whenever Read more [...]

Book Review: How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family

by heather
To give me some ideas to make it through my pantry challenge, I read How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family: So Many Innovative Strategies You Won't Have to Cut Coupons by Steve and Annette Economides. I enjoyed reading it. It has lots of great suggestions, even if sometimes it's a little on the cheesy side. I love that the authors emphasize that your time is at least as valuable as your money. They spend $350 each month feeding their large family, and they don't do it Read more [...]

Reducing Stress at Thanksgiving

by heather
First of all I have to say thank you to all of my readers who have stuck with me despite the fact that my posts have been very sporadic. Life has been crazy. Having three kids has thrown me for a loop and of course life had several curve balls on top of it. Blogging was pushed to the back burner, but I'm finally feeling a little more on top of things. This week I went to a RS meeting on getting organized and I thought I would share some of the things that I learned. (And then I can have all the info Read more [...]

Maintaining a Clean House

by heather
Maintaining a clean house is just about that, maintaining. You've got to keep the mess at a certain level. If you aren't constantly taking small steps to keep it under control, things get out of hand and quickly. How you run your house depends on your household, needs, circumstances, etc. Here is the dynamic that we have going on our house: My handsome husband- really great about playing with and teaching our kids when he's not at work full-time. He has recently become a vegetarian (with lots Read more [...]

Awesome Deal on Skippy Peanut Butter from Amazon

by heather
Now normally my blog is not the place to come when you're looking for the hottest deals. There are many other bloggers out there who just do a better job. But if that hot deal is super convenient and involves food storage, I promise that I will let you know about it.1. Select one case of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter-Super Chunk from Amazon.com. (The price is listed as $13.23) Also available in the Creamy variety2. Select Subscribe and Save. This should bring the price down to $11.25. (You can have Read more [...]

Tips for Cleaning- Spring and Otherwise

by heather
Some people would consider me a somewhat of a clean freak. My best friend (and former roommate) has said that she would feel comfortable eating off my kitchen floor at any time. Perhaps I have developed this reputation because when I am stressed about something I cope by cleaning. It's my productive outlet. There are other parts of my house that leave something to be desired. People who know me in real life know that unless I'm really stressed about something I don't have the energy to keep my entire Read more [...]

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