5 Insanely Cheap Photography Backdrops for Bloggers on a Budget


Ever since I bought my fancy DSLR camera, I’ve been trying to learn to take better pictures. The camera can only do so much, right? The rest is up to me. I’ve been on the hunt for pretty yet cheap photography backdrops for months now. I’ve read blogs, scoured groups and tried to find all the great ideas everyone else has mentioned. Bead boards and stained wood were my favorite ideas. Alas, when I looked for bead board at Home Depot, the stuff they had on hand was really expensive. Then I almost had a meltdown when Sal explained to […] Read more »

Easy $4 DIY Halloween Wreath Project

Easy DIY Halloween Wreath

I’m excited to share with you an easy, DIY Halloween Wreath project that I made all by myself. That should impress you, as I’m not usually the craftiest person around. The cool thing is, this wreath cost about $4 to make! Remember, folks, I made this, which means you can too! Let’s check it out, shall we? Easy DIY Halloween Wreath Tutorial What you’ll need: A pool noodle. If you don’t have any and your dollar store is all out, I suppose you’ll need a wreath form, but that jacks the cost up. Shiny black tape (I used some sort […] Read more »

Ridiculously Simple Things You Can Do to Go Green and Save Money at Home

Go Green

It’s easy to think that “going green” involves huge and often expensive changes to our homes and lifestyles. But what if it didn’t have to? Sure, it would be nice if you could afford to switch out all of your appliances for environmentally friendlier options and install home monitoring systems that shut off power to most of the house when you aren’t home. It’d be great to be able to afford to install solar panels on the roof and put in all new windows. Most of us, unfortunately, can only dream of doing those things. That doesn’t mean, though, that […] Read more »

Creative Ways to Tame Your Junk Drawer

Organize Your Junk Drawer

  We all have at least one junk drawer that serves as a catch-all for things that really don’t belong anywhere else. Sooner or later, however, items get so mixed up and messy that we can never find what we’re looking for. Don’t just accept the disorganization. Take the junk out of the junk drawer with these easy, affordable and creative storage ideas! Teacups and Saucers   Teacups and saucers aren’t just for afternoon tea – they’re perfect storage solutions. Not only do they fit inside your drawers, they’re the right size for small items and they look pretty to […] Read more »

5 Ways to Systemize Your Personal Finances Without an Accountant

Personal Finances

Being an entrepreneur myself, I know the frustration that is sometimes brought about by having a diversified income stream. My investment portfolio, credit cards, home, car, and any number of other tangible or intangible assets or liabilities make for a hectic job when it comes tax time. In the past, the solution was always “hire a good accountant” and while that’s still solid advice, it’s not the only way to do things. I manage my finances personally, and while I could save some time and money with an accountant, I like to know where everything is, and where it’s going. […] Read more »

Easy DIY Back to School Duct Tape Decorative Storage Container Project

Duct Tape Container

I recently discovered a love for duct tape decorating! Considering my lack of crafting skills, I was super stoked to find what I consider to be the easiest method of crafting on the planet! When Scotch sent me some of their coolest fun duct tape colors and patterns to try out,  I couldn’t wait to try it out on something. I started covering old prescription bottles (I had surgery recently, remember? Lots of prescriptions for that!), but needed a bigger project. Then I remembered that we still had ice-cream containers from when I did the Blue Bunny review over at […] Read more »

Go on a Scavenger Hunt for a New Job Tips with BMO Harris Bank


This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. Looking for a new job can be a stressful experience, especially if you don’t already have a job. I remember those days all too well. When my son was three, I split up with his dad. I had no job, no income coming in at all and a child to care for on my own. I spent every waking moment trying to find a job, finally landing one that didn’t even pay enough to cover daycare expenses. After six months of filling out […] Read more »

Catching Gold with DIY Olympic Suncatchers


written by special guest, Rheney Williams If you put your ears up against your windows and listen closely, you might even be able to hear the distant notes of the Olympic anthem as the orchestra rehearses for the Opening Ceremony in Sochi. Ok, so not really, but there’s no denying that the anticipation is rapidly building for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games! And while we’re waiting for the big event, why not take advantage of some of this down time and gear up for the Gold by hosting your own ‘Craft Olympics’ with your kids? With a few basic materials […] Read more »

Safety Tips for Planning a Frightfully Fun Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Halloween has always been one of the more popular holidays that both kids and adults can enjoy. Whether it will be a kids’, teen or adult party, the most important thing to remember to host a successful and fun Halloween event is safety. Below are some tips on how to accomplish this goal.   Invitations Make invitations as appealing as possible. Chance are, guest may have alternatives to choose from. Therefore, increase the chances that more people will choose your party by using intriguing designs. Describe what will be at the party and what age groups it is appropriate for […] Read more »

15 Tips to Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Nicole’s Note: For all those like me who say they can’t cook, Shannon is here to tell us why we’re wrong and give us tips on boosting our kitchen confidence. Enjoy! I love to cook. It actually pains me when people say they can’t cook. My response to that is, “Of course you can! You just have to know what kind of cooking you are good at!” Normally when people have major cooking mishaps, it’s for one of three reasons. They don’t have the proper equipment/ingredients They are attempting an overly complicated (or just plain BAD) recipe They are distracted, […] Read more »