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A plate of cookies and milk for Santa

How We Keep the Santa Magic AliveOur daughters are now 13 and 20, but neither one has ever asked us if we are Santa Claus. From the time they were very young we tried to do magical things to keep the spirit of St. Nick alive.


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Get Ready for Next Year's TaxesWith the tax season already behind us (almost!), here are a few suggestions I have to make next year's preparations a bit easier.


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Meal Planning Notebook and Filing SystemAs a working mom, I enjoy cooking but was getting a bit bored with what felt like limited menu choices. Our busy schedule had caused us to fall into a rut, eating the same items over and over again.


A roadway with storm clouds and lightning in the distance

Preparing for Thunderstorm and...Spring storm season is upon us and storms with straight line winds, hail and lightening can be extremely dangerous and damaging. Here are a few tips to make this time of year a little safer.



American Idol Birthday PartySince her older sister auditioned for American Idol this summer, our younger daughter embraced the American Idol idea for her 11th birthday party.


ribbon holder

Create Your Own Ribbon HolderCreate your own ribbon holder for less than $2 using leftover materials: use an old wire basket (it is OK if some of the slats are broken) and several 12 inch long dowel rods (or pant hanger cardboard) cut to length.


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Life Lessons Graduation Gift IdeaUpdated: Our 17 year old daughter, Kara, is graduating from high school in a few months. I wanted to present her with a gift that will have meaning long after she moves into the dorm.


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Take Your Forgotten Coupons to Customer ServiceHere is an additional way to use your coupons: Have you ever not purchased an item you needed because you had left the coupon at home, necessitating a trip back to the store at a later date? OR worse yet, paid full price, grumbling all the while?


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Dorm Room NecessitiesSending our oldest away to college was going to be difficult enough as she selected a college 4.5 hours away. In order to provide some basic DORM ROOM necessities, I began collecting items last September to present to her upon graduation from High school.


Devastation caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008

Advice from Surviving Hurricane IkeHurricane Ike devastated Texas, Kentucky National Guard were deployed to assist. The Louisville, Kentucky area was hit by Hurricane force winds, leaving a trail of downed trees, wrecked homes, power outages and devastation.


Pretty double sided paper pinwheel card.

Pinwheel CardA card suitable for most occasions.


organized garage

My Organized LifeA place for everything and everything in it's place helps my busy life run much smoother and it saves money too!


Spooky Candy Storage

Spooky Candy Storage SystemUsing assorted empty jars, create a spooky candy storage system. Spray paint jars layering paints to create a spooky effect (dripping blood, candy corn, pumpkin orange, cloudy night, etc). Use your computer and the "chiller" font to print labels on plain white paper.


Travel pack with documents.

Money Travel TipsNotify your bank when you will be traveling (where and dates) if you intend to use a credit card to avoid a fraud alert being placed on your card and having your legitimate charges denied.


Stolking Gift Card Box

Altoid Tin Gift Card BoxesDecorate Altoids containers and use them as gift card holders.


Children out trick or treating

Keeping Halloween SafeDid you know that 4 times as many children ages 4-15 are killed on Halloween evening as compared to other evenings of the year? Falls are another leading cause of injury on Halloween. Follow these safety precautions and keep safe on this SCARY night.


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