105 Tips for a Successful Relocation

105 Relocation Tips - Organized 31

With over 20 moves under our belt, I thought I’ve collected quite a few moving tips.  I’m happy to be able to share my relocation tips on Areavibes and learn quite a few more tips from other contributors.  In fact, you can find 105 tips for a successful relocation there. Areavibes is a great resource […]

Crunchy Ice Cream Topping

Crunchy Ice Cream Topping - Organized 31 #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp #spon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Quaker. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #LoveMyCereal #QuakerUp I’m a planner by nature, not at all spontaneous.  I would like to be spontaneous, but it’s just not in my DNA.  My family really enjoys entertaining guests.  I want to be able to be spontaneous and host friends […]

Upcycled Christmas Card Holder

Upcycled Christmas Card Holder - Organized 31

I’m always looking for a new way to display Christmas cards this time of year.  As long as I’ve known my mother-in-law she’s used this simple card holder to display her Christmas cards every year.  I love it because it’s an upcycled Christmas Card holder and it’s perfectly functional.   It’s simply made from a heavy cardboard […]

Inspire Us Thursday Link Party #79

my+link+party+600.jpg

Next week is Christmas so I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas filled with peace and goodwill to all.  I’ll see you back here in 2 weeks for the next link party on January 8th. As always, I just love seeing all the great projects that were linked up at the last Inspire Us […]

Christmas Decor from Repurposed Game Blocks

Christmas Decor from Repurposed Game Blocks - Organized 31

You may remember my recent obsession with repurposed games blocks.  It all started because I love the look of wood blocks used for holiday décor but I’m terrified of a spinning cutting blade (also known as a saw).  I found my solution by making Christmas décor from repurposed game blocks. I’ve had lots of luck […]

Family Time at Busch Gardens Christmas Town

Family Time at Busch Gardens Christmas Town - Organized 31 #BuschGardens #sponsored

This is such a magical memory making time of year.  As a military family, we don’t have the family Christmas traditions that span time, like going every single year for lunch with Santa at the same place and then to cut down a tree at the same tree farm.  Sometimes we only spend one Christmas in […]

DIY Santa Sack for Christmas Toy Donations

DIY Santa Sack - Organized 31 #NorthPoleFun #Ad

My teen daughter came home from school last week and told me that she had volunteered to purchase a Christmas gift to donate to a child.  She had specifically chosen an older boy because she knows that younger children are usually chosen first.  She’s going tomorrow to purchase Christmas toys to donate to this wonderful […]

DIY Snowflake Votive

DIY Snowflake Votive - Organized 31 Gifts Diy & Crafts

I enjoy giving homemade gifts to friends.  For me it’s a way to show my friends that I care about them.  There are times that I want to make a small gift for a friend, often as part a larger gift.  A DIY Snowflake Votive is a gift that you can quickly make for your friends.  The votives […]

Easy Tips to Prepare for Holiday Guests

Easy Tips to Prepare for Holiday Guests – Organized 31 #TweetfromtheSeat #IC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. A big reason the holidays are such a special time for me is that we host friends and family at our home from November through January.  Some stay […]

Act of Kindness Homeless Gift Bag

Act of Kindness Homeless Gift Bag - Organized 31

I’ve shared with you in the past how my family has a tradition of creating care packages for our community on Thanksgiving.  It’s a tradition that has become a cherished part of our family’s Thanksgiving day activities.  Many years we create care packages for the homeless just like this homeless gift bag. Creating these gift bags […]

Inspire Us Thursday Link Party #78

my+link+party+600.jpg

As always, I just love seeing all the great projects that were linked up at the last Inspire Us Thursday Link Party. You have inspired me with so many wonderful ideas for projects and recipes. And I always appreciate that you’ve taken the time to join me at my link party. And now onto the […]

Hanukkah Candy Treats

Hanukkah Candy Treats - Organized 31

This time of year I’m always busy making homemade Christmas treats for family and friends.  My friend, K., and her children celebrate Hanukkah, so I’m blessed to be able to make something a bit different from the rest of my holiday crafts for her. I shared the Hanukkah Treat Bags I made for my friend, K., […]

College Finals Care Package

Make a college finals care package - Organized 31 #LoveV8Protein #Ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveV8Protein #CollectiveBias For much of the country and world it’s the Christmas and holiday season, but for college students it’s a different time entirely.  It’s college finals time.  Since this is my oldest “baby’s” first experience with college […]

DIY Rice Heat Packs

DIY Rice Heat Packs - Organized 31

If we’ve ever been in the same room together in the winter, you’ve heard me complain about being cold.  I’m always cold in the winter and I. don’t. like. it.  I really, really don’t like going to bed at night in the winter and sliding my feet down to the bottom of the freezing cold bed.  […]

DIY Rocket Racoon Gift Bag & Organizing Bin

DIY Rocket Racoon Gift Bag & Organizing Bin - Organized 31 #OwntheGalaxy #Ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias I’ve shared with you quite a few times that my family is into comic books and superheroes.  While I’ve been aware of this fact for many years, it was really driven home this week when I discovered a […]

Easy Envelope Gift Bag

Easy Envelope Gift Bag - Organized 31

 I enjoy giving small gifts to friends to let them know I’m thinking of them.  For those small gifts I often need a small gift bag. I’ve found making these easy envelope gifts bags the perfect answer and making them is embarrassingly easy.    Supplies Envelope Rubber Stamps & Ink Stickers Hole punch Ribbon Simply decorate […]

Education Transforms Lives with IKEA Soft Toys for Education

Education Transforms Lives - Organized 31 #IKEASoftToysEdu #CleverGirls #sponsored

Education, education, education.  It’s the thread that ties generations of my family together.  My great-grandmother stressed the importance of education to her children and that commitment has been passed down 4 generations to my children.  My great-grandmother was only able to achieve an 8th grade education.  Through much sacrifice on her part, she made sure that […]

Inspire Us Thursday Link Party # 77

my+link+party+600.jpg

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week.  My “baby” was home for the first time from her first semester of college, so my Thanksgiving was absolutely wonderful! As always, I just love seeing all the great projects that were linked up at the last Inspire Us Thursday Link Party. You have inspired me with […]

Hanukkah Treat Bags

Hanukkah Treat Bags - Organized 31

Hanukkah is just around the corner.  My dear friend, K., and her children celebrate Hanukkah.  She doesn’t have family near by to celebrate with her so I try to make a small gift for them each year.  Because life seems to be getting in the way of the things I want to do this year, I chose […]

The Great American Milk Drive – A New Milk-for-Santa Tradition

The Great American Milk Drive - A New Milk-for-Santa Tradition - Organized 31 #MilkDrive #CG #sponsored

Our family has treasured the milk-and-cookies-for-Santa tradition over the years.  I left milk and cookies for Santa when I was a kid and all three of my children have done the same. My kids have left personal notes for Santa.  They’ve thought to leave cookies for Mrs. Claus and to leave carrots for the reindeer.  […]

Holiday Decorating Care Package

Holiday Decorating Care Package - Organized 31

My oldest “baby” is in her first year of college.  A couple of weeks ago she asked if I could help her (Hello? Have you met your mother?!  Of course I’ll help almost every time you ask).  An unofficial Halloween decorating contest had developed in her dorm.  Her hall did not win.  They want to […]

Military Family Appreciation Month with MetLife TRICARE Dental Program

MetLife TRICARE Dental Program - Organized 31 #MetLifeTDP # sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MetLifeTDP Since November is National Military Family Appreciation Month, it’s the perfect time to share information with my fellow military families about the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program.  […]

Christmas Pillow Slipcover

Christmas Pillow Slipcover - Organized 31

My daughter is one smart cookie.  She knew that she could rope me in when she asked me to help her decorate her dorm room and (I quote), “You could put it on your blog.” (said with big innocent eyes).  Of course, between the big eyes and the blog angle, I was all in on the idea.  […]