Favorite Mom Hacks

How To Get Mud Out Of Clothes

If you're a parent, you'll need to know how to get mud out of clothes at some point. I recently had a chance to put several mud-removal options to the test.

Let’s face it: Kids like playing in the dirt. Toddlers are fascinated by making mud puddles. Preschoolers and school-age kids like to make them, then play in them. And older school-age kids take this love of mud to a new level: they play soccer, baseball, softball, or football. Which means that at some point in …

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How to Reach Your Goals This Year (Free Printable!)

Want to FINALLY reach your goals? This step-by-step guide on how to reach your goals (plus free printable!) will make this the year you slay your goals!

(UPDATED FOR 2022) As I’ve written elsewhere, once upon a time I was the Queen of Getting Things Done. Then I had kids, and my productivity mojo vanished. It’s taken a long time for me to reclaim it. But now that I have, I can’t wait to share with you the secret of how to …

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7 Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Time (And Money!)

Need some tried-and-true supermarket shopping hacks? These grocery shopping tips help busy parents save both time AND money on every shopping trip!

My Seven Favorite Ways to Save Money on Groceries: I love a morning of leisurely shopping as much as anyone. But ever since I became a parent, running errands has become more like a tactical strike operation. While single me would spend an hour of Sunday afternoon browsing store ads for the best deals, parent …

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The EASIEST Way To Cook Dried Beans (Foolproof and No-Fuss!)

Looking for easy healthy meals? Knowing how to cook dried beans in a slow cooker, the EASY way, is the ultimate in easy meal prep slow cooker recipes.

How To Cook Dried Beans In A Slow Cooker: Even if you didn’t cook at home much before, I’m betting that recent global events have you spending more time than ever in your kitchen: Restaurants are closed except for takeout and/or delivery. Store shelves are often out of half of what you want. And if …

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Gift Ideas To Help Mom Be More Productive

What mama couldn't use a few extra hours in the day? These gift ideas are among my fave hacks to help mom be more productive every day.

My Fave Mom Hacks for Getting Stuff Done: If you’re a parent, I am betting there are never enough hours in the day. Ever wish you could clone yourself, or have that magic tool Hermione used in Harry Potter to get twice as much done at once? If so, Mamas, you should seriously consider putting …

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How to Stress-Proof Your Holiday Dinner Party

A holiday dinner party can be fun - or enough to reduce you to a bundle of frayed nerves. These tips will help you stress-proof your next holiday dinner party.

Do you like to entertain around the holidays? Even if you’re not much for entertaining the rest of the year, the holidays are often a time to host friends as well as family for get-togethers over dinner. Hosting a holiday dinner party can be hugely stressful, though. Unless you make a stress-proof plan ahead of …

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11 Hacks to Slash Your Home Energy Bills

Want to save more on energy bills at home? From simple hacks to more involved investments, these tips will get you started.

Could You Save Money On Your Energy Bills? How much do you spend each month on your basic utilities – your electricity, water, and natural gas or other heating fuel? I’ve met few people who wouldn’t like to lower these bills. Whether your goal is to save the planet or just to save money, there …

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Easy Ways to Save on Everyday Purchases

Who doesn't like to save money, especially on those things we have to buy anyway? These quick tips will help you save on everyday purchases.

No matter where your family stands financially, who doesn’t like to save some money when they can? I love a good bargain, and I especially love finding ways to save on everyday purchases – those things, like groceries, that are hard to avoid buying. Saving money has gone so far beyond just clipping coupons out …

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Why The 25 Percent Rule For Housing Matters

Do you know what the 25 percent rule for housing is, and why it matters? Not knowing this rule can get you, your family, and your budget into real trouble.

Why The 25 Percent Rule For Housing Is Your Family’s Best Friend: How much do you spend each month on your housing expenses? If you’re following a family budget, chances are good you’ve done the math. But if you’re like many families in today’s economy, you’re probably still spending way too much on housing: Housing …

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Buying Furniture Online: Tips and Tricks to Save Time and Money

Have you ever tried buying furniture online? With the right tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can really save a bundle on quality pieces. Here's how.

How to Find High-Quality Affordable Furnishings Online: Have you ever bought furniture online? It’s a catch-22 that so many of us in the U.S., who used to rely on things like upscale national-chain department stores for furniture buys, now HAVE to resort to online buying because our local upscale department stores have either gone bankrupt, …

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Quick Tips for Healthy Family Eating

Do you have a hard time ensuring your family eats healthily? These easy, quick tips for healthy family eating are surefire ways to get there, fast.

We know, we know – eating healthily sounds like a great idea in theory, but actually DOING it seems darn near impossible. You’re a busy family; grownups work, kids have practices and sports and activities. You keep saying you’re going to make better food choices, to do family workouts together (or even these 9 quick …

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Three Easy Tips To Save on Cell Phone Bills

Want to save on cell phone bills? Follow these three easy tips, and see how much you'll slash from your current cell phone budget!

How To Cut Your Cell Phone Bill and Avoid Monthly Over-Limit Charges: Most adults have at least one smart device with a data plan these days. Add in other family members, and you’ve got even more devices. And as the number of devices multiplies, your monthly cell phone bill can quickly skyrocket out of control. …

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Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill (Starting Today!)

Whether you've got saving the planet on your mind, or just a recent case of sticker shock, this post has plenty of easy ways to lower your electric bill.

Cut Your Energy Bill with Ease: Earth Day (April 22) is just around the corner. And whether you’re most conscious of conserving energy every April, you’ve had a recent sticker shock, or conserving natural resources is always a priority, we all can do little things to cut back on energy usage. Bonus? When you lower …

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Side Hustles That Actually Make Money

It can be hard for full-time parents to juggle child care with reentering the workforce. Side hustles that actually make money are a great place to start.

Perfect Jobs for Parents With Some Spare Time So you’re a busy full-time parent, but you want to help grow the “income” side of your family budget. Or you’re gearing up for your youngest to enter kindergarten. Or your pre-parenthood job is no longer viable, and you’re on the hunt for a new career. Whatever …

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How To Get Paint Out Of Clothing

One of the toughest mama laundry dilemmas I've found is how to get paint out of clothing. Read on to learn how I've solved this art-project challenge.

Need To Get Paint Off Of Clothes? Here’s How: It’s spring consignment-sale season, which means I’m back putting in long days at my local children’s resale event (and loving every minute!). Thanks in part to my posts on topics like how to get mud out of clothing and how to get grease stains out of …

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Your Getting-Ready-To-Move Checklist

Getting ready to move soon? This checklist will get you started on all the things you need to remember, with tips on easy ways to cross them off fast.

Getting ready to move is both exciting and stressful. This is especially true when you’re moving not just one or two adults, but a whole family. Hence this post – it’s full of tips and resources to help guide you through the process, one step at a time. With this getting-ready-to-move checklist, you’ll be in …

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