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Trash, Sell, or Donate?

Trash, Sell, or Donate?

My friend Angela from The Grocery Shrink, threw out a question at me that made me think “Hey! Maybe other people want to know that too!”

So, Stacy…how do you guys decide what to sell? What to donate? And what to just throw in the garbage?

Excellent question!

I decided to do this one via video – because I enjoy video and I hope you to too. I will tell you, I’m attempting to make my videos a lot shorter. šŸ˜‰ I’m just a big ole blabbermouth sometimes.Ā  (more…)



8 Easy Art Ideas For Kids (For Non-Crafty Moms!)

8 Easy Art Ideas For Kids (For Non-Crafty Moms!)

Guest post from Contributing Author, Jessica Smartt of Smartter Each Day

Kids bouncing off the walls? Are you looking for some wholesome, non-screen activities for your kids to do (that don’t require lots of brain cells and creative energy from Mom?) You are in luck! Today I’m sharing 8 Easy Art Ideas For Kids (For Non-Crafty Moms!).

If you are like me, it’s easy during these long, hot summer days for kids (and their parents…ahem) to get a little grumpy. I have two cures: this never-fail trick, and… art projects!

I love having my kids do projects, but I AM NOT AN ARTISTIC MOM. When I shared this post idea with Stacy, she seemed to express disbelief that I was, in fact, a non-crafty mom. Just to set the record straight, I thought I’d share a little drawing I did for the kids last week. (more…)



How To Turn ANY House Into a Home You Love

How To Turn ANY House Into a Home You Love

When we purchased this home, it was with the intent in my mind to live in it for a while, fix it up, and then sell it to move on to “bigger and better” things. So, with that in my plan, I wasn’t ever really happy – I was always trying to think ahead to the future instead of being happy where God had currently planted me.

I wasn’t happy with my decorations in the house – I felt like nothing actually came together and most of it was crowded. I felt like a wannabe decorator…trying really hard but not succeeding.

What was at the root of my discontent? I’ll tell you – clutter. I felt like I needed something bigger because this space just felt too cramped…this space wasn’t just right for the things I wanted to do. This space wasn’t JUST RIGHT for me.

Dude – that’s stupid. I was being stupid. Like a 5 year old who won’t eat his/her sandwich because it isn’t cut in the right shape. (more…)



Lessons Learned Selling in Online Classifieds

Lessons Learned Selling in Online Classifieds

Post by Barry,Ā the husband, and resident expert on turning just about anything into money

Here’s the deal – unless you have some superhuman powers I’m not aware of, you probably have a bunch of junk laying around your house. You may not classify it as junk, but if you don’t absolutely love it and it isn’t useful to you today or in the near and known future – it might as well be classified to you as junk. The “I might need it one day” syndrome is rampant in American culture…and I could be the poster child for that syndrome! I get it – I grew up in a home where we had plenty of “I might need it one day” items or “that was too good of a deal to pass up” stuff.

With ourĀ latest motivation to declutter and embrace the KonMari approach to get rid of a bunch of stuff we didn’t need, Stacy took on her natural role of organizer and went at the decluttering with a vengeance. Each day we’d chat off and on about what to do with the things we decided we didn’t love and were ready to part with. Everything basically fell into three categories: donate, sell, and trash. (more…)



The Frugal Bacon Lover: Five Meals from One Pack of Bacon

The Frugal Bacon Lover: Five Meals from One Pack of Bacon

Post by Contributing Author, Vanessa of Bible Beer and Babies

I love bacon.

The smell. The deliciousness. Even the sound of sizzling and splattering in the pan. I firmly believe there are two pains in this life worth enduring — childbirth and bacon grease splatter. So, totally worth it.

Bacon? It’s on that will-kill-you list. Not because bacon is bad… shhhh, don’t say that, it will hear you! But, because all those nitratesĀ are such a huge no-no. (Whether they’re actually as bad as the experts claim, I don’t know — and with three kids, a blog, a full-time job, and never-ending sleep deprivation, I don’t have time to do that research.) (more…)