10 Clever Ways to Fix a Sagging Curtain Rod

fix sagging curtain rod

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

Quit Stalling With These 17 New Year Hobbies for Better Health


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

My Upcycled Nursery Dresser

Nursery Dresser

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

15 Alternatives to Candy for Goodie Bags

Mama Say What?! is the new name for Thrifty Guardian.

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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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Backyard Naturally

Mama Say What?! is the new name for Thrifty Guardian.

Keeping mosquitoes away from your backyard is probably an annual battle, isn’t it? We’re in Central Illinois and looking for mosquito repellent solutions about half the year. If you’re like me, you don’t want your yard sprayed with chemicals that might hurt bees and other pollinators (not to mention the cost!)

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Host a Freakishly Frugal Halloween Party

Mama Say What?! is the new name for Thrifty Guardian.

My son’s birthday falls near Halloween, so we’ve gotten very good at the groove of spooktacular parties, and while throwing Halloween parties (or any parties, for that matter) can be as elaborate as you want it to be, we’ve mastered the cheap-but-awesome Halloween bash.

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15 Best Aquarium Fish for Beginners

Creating an underwater paradise all of your own can be immensely satisfying. Now is the perfect time to start if you’ve been dreaming of diving into the world of aquariums. Unfortunately, deciding which fish to get can overwhelm many beginner aquarists. We compiled this list of the 15 best aquarium fish for beginners to help … Read more

Stop Scrolling and Learn How To Start Crocheting Instead

Developing fun digital detox habits is crucial for breaking free from the lure of screens. While classic crafts have been increasing in popularity since the start of the pandemic, crochet has become a popular choice among people looking to replace their daily doomscroll with practical creativity. Learning to crochet is a satisfying and rewarding hands-on … Read more

Comfy Joey Ring Sling Review and Giveaway!

Ring Sling

I am a huge advocate of babywearing. When my kids were little, I wore both of them just about every single day. Now, my daughter is two-and-a-half and my son is one. I still wear them often, especially when we’re out and about. Hands down, my favorite carrier is a ring sling. My new favorite … Read more

Líllébaby Complete Organic Giveaway


My very first baby carrier from Líllébaby was one of their Complete Organic carriers. I was blown away by how buttery soft the fabric was right out of the package and from there on out, I was hooked. I loved that I could wear my baby when he was still an infant and no separate insert was … Read more

Wink Diaper Review and a Giveaway!

Wink Diaper

I was thrilled to be given the chance to review Wink Diapers for our readers! These are some of my favorite diaper covers, plus they’re affordable and made from organic materials! I originally came across Wink Diapers through a Facebook giveaway a while back, and later I looked at their products in their Etsy shop. I’ve cloth diapered … Read more

Pretty Baby Naturals Review & Giveaway!

Baby Naturals

Like most mamas, during my first pregnancy I spent a lot of time researching baby products. I definitely knew I wanted to use a more natural, possibly organic, line of baby care products. A few weeks after my daughter was born, we traveled back home to New Jersey. My best friend, Lindsey came to visit … Read more

The Coolest Things About Breastfeeding


Let’s face it, breastfeeding is hard! It’s not always fun and sometimes it hurts and it certainly is not always easy. But is it worth it? That answer, of course, will vary from mama to mama. Many mothers cannot breastfeed for a number of reasons, but for a mother who is willing and able to give her child … Read more

Recipe Card Kitchen Towels

Recipe Card Kitchen Towel

Back in the day, recipe cards were pretty much a thing. Now with the internet and Pinterest, you can find and share recipes quickly. No one really hand-wrote recipes for someone anymore. If you are organized like me, you might have put your recipe books somewhere. On my computer, I have a list of recipes … Read more

Comparing Travel Booster Seats: Mifold vs. Bubble Bum

travel booster seat

If you are a family that travels a lot, you know that having a convertible car seat or a high-back booster seat can be a huge pain. The stress of having the luggage and kids’ seats is just beyond words. You don’t know if the seat is going to be damaged or dirty. When you … Read more

The Story About TJ’s DIY Baby Book

DIY Baby Book

A child’s life is full of delightful new experiences, especially during the early years. When I was pregnant with my son, I wanted something to document all these precious memories. After searching around, nothing really spoke to me, even with some very expensive options. We got gifted a baby book from the baby shower. It … Read more

Try Out These Cool DIY Bulldozer Costumes

Bulldozer Costume

You know when your kids start to grow up a little, they start wanting to choose their own costume. My son is finally old enough this Halloween to do so and he loves anything that is construction related. Gues what he wanted to be? A bulldozer! It was no surprise since he was talking construction … Read more

Learn About Sydney’s DIY Pink And Teal Nursery

Pink and teal Nursery

Check out mama Heidi’s amazing nursery for her new baby girl. It is amazing to see the elements of pink, grey, and aqua chevron room were all DIY and purchased on Craiglist. This nursery proves that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a stunning room for your new baby! How … Read more

DIY Outdoor Chalkboard

Outdoor Chalkboard

You probably have seen DIY chalkboards on Pinterest. Everyone loves to draw on chalkboards, especially kids. When you have kids, you want them to have a blast without spending a lot of money, which is why you need to try this DIY outdoor chalkboard with your kids. Making your own outdoor chalkboard for your kids … Read more

Everything but the Candy – Easter Baskets for Little Girls

Easter Basket

You mamas know that holidays are fun with you having the little ones around! They make holidays exciting and memorable. It is something no mom would ever trade for! You know how busy it gets when Easter comes around with your little ones. Everyone wants amazing pictures of their little ones. As a mama, every … Read more

How You Can Make Your Own Photo Magnets

Photo Magnets

There were some great photo magnets on Pinterest, and I thought this would be a fun project. They are not hard to make and don’t take much of your time. You can give them to your family and friends as gifts. Whether it’s for someone’s Christmas or birthday gift, these photo magnets make wonderful gifts … Read more

How Our Friend Made a DIY Chalkboard Table

For another one of our DIY posts, I recently spoke to a good friend of ours, Liz, mama of two sweet little girls. I asked her to talk me through a DIY project of hers – to make a DIY Chalkboard Table. How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Table Step 1. Find an Old Table … Read more

How I Made a DIY Nailhead Trim Headboard

diy headboard

I love our new headboard! Even though he’s quite frugal, my husband isn’t super comfortable doing DIY. Mainly it’s because my projects always take up a lot of space in the garage. Because hubby isn’t one of those handy DIY experts, he fave the ok to purchase a $700 headboard that had caught my eye. … Read more

How to Turn an Old Door into a DIY Headboard

diy headboard

A good friend of mine once found an old wooden door outside an abandoned housing and decided to turn it into a diy headboard. I love to upcycle and make the most of what we already have so thought this was a great idea. How to Create a DIY Headboard The original door was an … Read more

How to Make Your Own DIY Nursing Tank Tops

Nursing Tanks

If you are a breastfeeding mama like me, you know how timely to whip that boob out for your crying baby, even if you are on the move. For me, a nursing tank is one stable piece of clothing I can’t live without. It’s quick and easy to access and provides the most coverage of … Read more

Baby Carrier Review and Comparison: Ergo, Beco & Líllébaby

Baby Carrier

If you have tried babywearing, I know you love it. If you are considering it, you will love it. I have always loved my old Beco carrier, which stood the test for both my husband and me. We used it well into toddlerhood, probably to the max recommendation of 4 years.  Now on my second baby, … Read more

Baby Bullet Review and Giveaway

Baby Bullet

My first time around in the mothering department, I was never interested in making my own baby food. It never even sparked my imagination to try. My son Gavin was strictly Earth’s Best jar food fed, and he LOVED it (maybe only because he never knew anything different). I have nothing against the jarred food and … Read more

Father’s Day Photo Collage

Photo Collage

When my husband’s first Father’s Day came around, my son was about eight months old and I was stumped on what to get for him. I ended up getting him a card and that was it. The following year I wanted to do better. In our mama forum, a few mamas posted photo collage ideas … Read more

My Birth Center Experience

Birth Center Experience

Even before I became pregnant with my second baby, I knew I wanted to go a different route when it came to my prenatal care and birth support team. While my experience with my OB and a hospital in 2009 wasn’t awful, I felt I got very lucky with supportive nurses when it came to … Read more

DIY Galaxy Ice Dyed Onesie

Galaxy Ice Dyed Onesie

I stumbled across the concept of dyeing fabric last year when I was deciding whether to sell my stone gray Lillebaby carrier. It wasn’t getting much love and had a ball point pen mark on the front. On Facebook I saw a gray baby carrier that had been dyed to look like a gorgeous galaxy and … Read more

DIY Chalkboard Sign

DIY Chalkboard Sign

If you’ve spend any time on Pinterest, have little ones, or consider yourself even a little crafty, you might know that chalkboard signs have become all the rage. Chalkboard signs can be used for so many things —wedding décor, decorative signs for your home or ways to display quotes. Quite a few mamas at Mama … Read more

Charlie’s Super Cool Gnome Birthday Party

Birthday Party

When Mama Say What?! mama Rose was deciding what theme to use for her son’s Charlie’s first birthday, she came across a gnome costume and the theme was born. I absolutely love this adorable and unique theme. Rose did an amazing job with this party and I know that Charlie will look back on it when … Read more

Halloween Cootie Catcher – Free Download!

Halloween Cootie Catcher

Just in time for Halloween, we have a fun cootie catcher to share with our readers that coordinates with the Halloween decor we shared earlier this month. Many thanks to Alex Tebow Designs for this design. Download, print, and share this fun activity with your kids. Who remembers making these in elementary school?? Has it been a while since … Read more

E & R’s Rainbow First Birthday

Rainbow First Birthday

This mama wanted to do something fun and awesome for her twin boys’ first birthday. She didn’t really want a theme other than color, and she totally made it all work. She made lots of cookies, baked a beautiful six-layer cake, DId TWO beautiful stats chalkboards, and had lots of fun doing all of it … Read more

Babywearing Made My Life Easier + a Beco Carrier Giveaway!

Beco Carrier Giveaway!

**Scroll to the bottom for the winner.** Babywearing Made My Life Easier + a Beco Carrier Giveaway! I wasn’t very knowledgeable about the benefits of babywearing when I was pregnant. My mama raved about the baby carrier she had in the early 1980s and a close friend of mine recommended her Moby Wrap when she had her son … Read more

Charm Pads Mama Cloth Review and Giveaway!

Charm Pads

When I first contacted Rumpkinz about doing a review for their embroidered cloth diaper, I had never even heard of “mama cloth”. When Jeanette from Rumpkinz asked if I would be interested in trying out one of their cloth pads, known as Charm Pads, I hesitantly agreed. She graciously allowed me to pick my fabric out of … Read more