Staying Hydrated: My Favorite Infused Water Recipes

When it comes to staying hydrated, plain water can sometimes feel like a chore. That’s where infused water comes to the rescue! As someone who’s a bit of an infused water fanatic (seriously, my fridge looks like a mini fruit farm). Here are my go-to recipes, each perfect for different scenarios and needs. 1. Lemon … Read more

Indoor Plant Care: How to Keep Your Greenery Thriving

Indoor plants can brighten any space and improve air quality. But how can you ensure your indoor jungle stays lush and healthy? 1. Know Your Plants’ Needs Different plants have different requirements. Research the specific needs of each plant in your collection. 2. Water Wisely Overwatering is a common mistake. Ensure your pots have drainage … Read more

DIY Home Decor Ideas to Refresh Your Space on a Budget

Ever look around your home and wish you could spruce it up without spending a fortune? It’s easier than you think to inject some fresh style into your space with these budget-friendly DIY ideas. 1. Statement Wall Art Create your own statement piece with canvas and some bold paint colors. It’s an affordable way to … Read more

Must-Have Smart Home Devices for 2024

Want to make your home smarter and your life easier? What are the essential smart home devices you need to look out for in 2024? 1. Advanced Smart Thermostats Upgrade to a smart thermostat that learns your schedule and adjusts the temperature accordingly, saving energy and money. 2. High-Resolution Smart Security Cameras Invest in smart … Read more

Urban Gardening Tips for Small Spaces

Urban gardening can transform even the tiniest space into a green oasis. How can you maximize your small space to grow a lush, productive garden? 1. Choose Compact Plants Opt for dwarf or compact plant varieties. These are bred specifically for small spaces and will thrive in limited areas. 2. Utilize Vertical Space Use trellises, … Read more

19 Reasons Less Is More When It Comes to Home Design

Ready to simplify your life and find more meaning in your surroundings? Minimalism offers more than just decluttering—it’s about intentional living. By embracing minimalism in home design, you can create a space that truly reflects what matters most to you. Let’s explore how minimalism can transform your home and your perspective on life. 1. Amplifies … Read more

Financial Freedom: 17 Steps to Financial Independence

So, you’re looking to kickstart your journey towards financial freedom. Well, you’re in luck because we’ve got just the guide for you. Achieving financial independence might seem like a lofty goal, but with the right steps and mindset, it’s totally doable. Let’s dive into these 17 steps that can help pave your way to financial … Read more

Smart Money Moves: 14 Habits for Building Wealth

Building wealth requires smart financial habits and strategic planning. These 14 actionable tips offer insights to help you navigate your journey to financial independence effectively. Leverage Tax-Advantaged Accounts Take full advantage of tax-advantaged accounts like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), and 529 college savings plans. These accounts offer tax benefits that can … Read more

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

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

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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

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

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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Evie’s Out to Sea Nursery Giveaway


You will be amazed at how amazing this crafty mama is with her DIY. She has remarkable people to help her build and make things when she asks them to. Although she has a small budget for the nursery, she still manages to make a beautiful nursery. You will love the colors and the details! … Read more

Best Spooky Bedtime Books for Kids Who Love Scary Stories


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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The Most Delectable Mother’s Day Brunch Idea Ever

Mama Say What?! is the new name for Thrifty Guardian. Mother’s Day brunch is one of my favorite times of the year, especially with delicious food! As I covered in my Valentine’s Day post, I think holidays like this should serve as an opportunity to do nothing but enjoy the day as a family. That’s … Read more

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

20 Scary Stories For Kids To Entertain and Spook Them

Reading scary stories for kids aloud can be great for a Halloween story or any time of the year! It’s fun to watch kids getting wrapped up in the suspense of an eerie story with all the twists and turns thrilling tales have to offer. The following is a list of scary stories to tell … 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

91 Outdoor Activities for Kids They’ll Love

Winter is here, but there is still a heap of activities for you and your family to enjoy at this time of year. Plan for now and the coming seasons with this fun list of outdoor activities for kids of all ages! It’s hard to get kids out and away from their devices, but if … 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

Inflation Has Made Food Prices High and Grocery Shopping Challenging

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High inflation means higher food prices and making choices about which items are ‘must haves’ verses ‘nice to have’. This article from Wealth of Geeks goes into more detail. We are permitted to republish it here. Trips to the grocery store are making a challenging impact on families across the United States. Even just a … Read more

5 Great Attractions in Pennsylvania to Visit With Kids

Attractions in Pennsylvania

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