10 Clever Ways to Fix a Sagging Curtain Rod

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Elevating the aesthetics of your home is no small feat, and finding the perfect curtain plays a significant role in the process. This is especially true when your home receives a steady flow of guests. However, there’s a catch – a sagging curtain rod can undermine all your efforts to create a beautiful living space … Read more

How to Fix Maytag Washer Error Code E01 F09

Fix Maytag Washer Error Code E01 F09

In recent times, electronic appliances like washing machines have been designed with features that enable them to send signals when encountering various issues. For instance, Maytag washers are equipped with the ability to display error codes when faced with different problems. One common error code is E01 F09. So, what does this code mean and … Read more

Best Spooky Bedtime Books for Kids Who Love Scary Stories

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My kids love scary stories, even at bedtime! They’re in first and second grade, so while we’re still very mindful about what’s read to them before bed, they love spooky books. Both my husband and I grew up with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. If you’ve been on my site, you’ll quickly realize we love Halloween just a bit. While our kids love spooky books, we didn’t want to traumatize them with the Scary Stories series, as it’s for far older kids.

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Mother Daughter Date Ideas for the Winter

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Are you looking for free mommy/daughter date ideas? You’ve come to the right place! Fortunately, many of these ideas will also work for Father/Daughter dates, Mommy/Son dates, or whole family fun!

As another year draws to a close and winter fully sets in, it can be hard to want to get up and go. Trust me, I get that — it’s due to be -16 °F as I write this!! Rather than setting your kids in front of the TV while you hide under blankets and cry over your holiday budget gone awry, why not use this quieter time of year and plan out a few Mommy/Daughter dates?

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Investing in a Chest Freezer: A Cool Way to Save

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If you’re like me, your grandparents had at least one chest or deep freezer or a spare fridge/freezer combo in their basement. My grandparents had both – a 30-year-old fridge/freezer and a newer chest freezer, and they were both stocked ALL the time. I believe it’s a byproduct of growing up in the Depression and not knowing if you’d have food at a later date. However, in any case, it was good economy to keep these simple appliances on hand.

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The Best Non-fiction Dinosaur Books for Kids

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If your kid loves dinosaurs and reading about them as much as mine, you will want to pick up a few of these books! While we love picture and story books, especially when they were younger, we also appreciate non-fiction dinosaur books. It’s important to us as parents that our children love reading fiction and non-fiction; reading about dinosaurs is a great place to start!

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15 Alternatives to Candy for Goodie Bags

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Putting together a child’s birthday party is a lot of work. Even if you’re not being super extra with the decorations, you still have an exhaustive list of stuff to plan. One of the things I dread most is goodie bags, and maybe not for the reason you’d think.

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Chuck E Cheese Birthday Party Review

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I’m so excited to share my experience hosting our first Chuck E Cheese birthday party! I’m a bit of a control freak, so I can’t say I wasn’t worried about how this party would go down, but it was even better than I could have expected.

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How To Make Money as a Kid: 25 Ways

Making money can be a fun and rewarding experience for children. There are many different ways they can do it too. This list is packed with novel ideas to encourage your child’s entrepreneurial development. If nothing else, these activities may kids inspiration to pursue new hobbies and discover their hidden talents! How To Make Money … Read more

12 Fun and Simple Christmas Activities for Kids

Time with your kids is always well spent, but that is especially true during the holidays. Do-it-yourself projects can be overwhelming, but these Christmas activities for kids are simple and fun for the whole family. Most of the materials and items needed in these activities you will have in your home already, but if not, … Read more

11 Outdoor Activities With Kids For Nature Lovers

With all the technological advances of our time, the outdoors is starting to feel like a foreign environment. It’s not uncommon for kids to spend lots of time indoors on electronic devices. They are either playing video games, watching TV, or using the computer. The stats are staggering! As a parent, you understand the importance … Read more

52 Creative and Simple Spring Cleaning Tips

It’s time to start thinking about giving your home the deep spring cleaning it deserves. When summer comes around, you will want to enjoy the weather, so get a head start and think about what your home needs this season. Make time in your regular cleaning schedule or add additional time for tasks that will … Read more

19 Fun Springtime Toddler Activities

Spring is here, and it’s time to get your toddler outside to explore the world around them. To help you out, we have put together a list of 19 fun toddler activities to keep your toddler entertained while helping them learn something new. From outdoor nature scavenger hunts to indoor art projects, these activities will … Read more

LEGO Duplo: The Best Building Blocks for Toddlers

LEGO Duplo is a popular line of Lego sets designed for toddlers and young children. The Duplo bricks are larger in size than traditional LEGO bricks, making them easier for small hands to grasp and manipulate. In addition, their bright colors and simple designs are perfect for encouraging imaginative play and creativity in young children. … Read more

Unlocking Secrets of Charlotte Mason’s Educational Methods

While there are a handful of dedicated Charlotte Mason schools around the world, Mason’s name is most prominent in the homeschooling community. As parents choose from an array of teaching styles, looking for the one that best suits their values as well as their learners’ needs, some find that Charlotte Mason hits the mark. Is … Read more

How to be Frugal Without Being a Cheapskate

Have you ever thought about living a more frugal lifestyle but feared it would mean becoming a cheapskate? The truth is, there are many ways to save money and still maintain your sense of style and personal values.  From learning what to do with discounts when they arise, finding creative cost-cutting solutions for home decorations, … Read more

Quit Stalling With These 17 New Year Hobbies for Better Health

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Research supports that regular leisure activities can reduce blood pressure, cortisol, or stress levels and even decrease your BMI. Leisure activities can include different hobbies that challenge you, excite you, and may even make you sweat a little. In addition, hobbies can help you make money, increase your home value, allow you to serve others, … Read more

10 Apps That Will Teach Your Kid to Read

Love it or hate it, technology is here to stay, so why not take advantage of it? Teaching your child to read is one of the many wonderful things technology can help with. While much of a child’s reading skills are taught in school, if you want to help them get ahead, there are some … Read more

5 Great Attractions in Pennsylvania to Visit With Kids

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Wealth of Geeks originally published this interesting article on the best family attractions in Pennsylvania. We were given permission to republish the post here. Pennsylvania produces over 400 million pounds of mushrooms annually and is a timeless industrial hotspot for coal and railroads. But, if you find yourself traveling to Pennsylvania for a family excursion … Read more

Are Family Outings No Longer Affordable?

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This article on family outings was originally published on Wealth of Geeks, we were given permission to republish it here. Having fun has never been more expensive. A new study revealed that classic family outings – baseball games, movies, and theme parks – have become insurmountable costs. These pastimes passed on from generation to generation … Read more

40 Brilliant Sleepover Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Tweens

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Wealth of Geeks originally published this post on fun sleepover ideas. They gave us permission to republish the article here. Are you looking for fun sleepover ideas to entertain your kids and their friends? If so, you’ve come to the right place. This article will discuss a variety of activities that your kids can do … Read more

4 Grandparents’ Lessons for Today’s Cost of Living Crisis

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Wealth of Geeks has permitted us to republish this article on some important financial lessons our grandparents can teach us. My grandmother is flying out to visit us for the holidays. Not every grandparent can afford to travel because they didn’t manage their money well in their younger years. Today’s cost of living crisis has … Read more

9 Modern Living Room Ideas for a Contemporary Home

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If you’re looking to give your living room a modern make-over this article from Hello Sensible might be a helpful read. We’re republishing it with permission here. A living room is a central space in any home. It’s where we spend time relaxing with family and friends, watching television, and entertaining guests. For many of … Read more

My Upcycled Nursery Dresser

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You know old furniture can be turned into something more beautiful. When you DIY them, they’ll look more beautiful than ever. Just like turning Cinderella’s old rag into a beautiful gown, you can transform a piece of old furniture into modern or new furniture. On Craigslist, an old dresser was found, and we had to … Read more

Meal Prep Tips and Ideas for a Busy Working Mom and Dad

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This excellent post on affordable family gift ideas was originally published on Hello Sensible. They gave us permission to republish the article here. Sports practices, music lessons, and other kids’ activities can throw a wrench in your meal plans. Fast food and takeout are so tempting when you have a busy night and don’t have … Read more

20 Affordable Holiday Family Time Ideas to Have Ready for the Season

This excellent article on affordable holiday family time shares the best ideas on how to spend this holiday season with your family. It was originally published by Wealth of Geeks, and we received their permission to republish it here. The holidays are about spending time with family, celebrating the season, giving gifts, and indulging in … Read more