How to Freeze Blueberries the Easy Way

We are incredibly blessed that one of our neighbors has an organic blueberry farm in their backyard! They open up in June and July for people to pick your own. We went the other week and picked an entire gallon. In our family, only a few of us enjoy blueberries and so I decided to freeze most of them so I can use them later for muffins and pancakes.

I thought I would share with you how I freeze blueberries. It is so much easier than you may think!


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Dollars and Sense, Tip #2: Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


For my Dollars & Sense Tip #2, I thought I would focus on Valentine’s Day, since the holiday is coming up soon. Everyone associates this day with lots of flowers, candy, etc. and those things can be very expensive. Jason and I have never spent a lot of money on Valentine’s Day gifts, but we always enjoy celebrating in our own way.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank:

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #1: Easy Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store


Hi everyone! I’m excited to bring to you a brand new series to the blog called “Dollars & Sense”. I’m going to be sharing tips and ideas for helping you to save your family money. I’m not a money expert, but I do have 4 children who I homeschool and we’ve lived for more than 13 years now on one income. Over the years, I’ve learned a little about saving money and living a frugal (yet very happy!) lifestyle. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the things I’ve learned and I hope that you will in turn share with me any tips or ideas that you have learned, as I’m always eager to hear new ideas about saving money!

So here is Tip #1: Easy ways to save money at the grocery store.

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How to Paint Dark Wood Paneling

One thing we did in addition to the bath remodel at our rental house was to paint the dark wood paneling in the kitchen. We lived in this house for almost 10 years and I always said that it was way too dark in the kitchen. The cabinets are a dark brown color and the walls were dark green paneling.

So when we were working on fixing the place up for new renters, we decided to go ahead and paint the paneling to brighten up the kitchen. It really wasn’t as hard as I always thought it would be and it turned out really nice! It literally made it look like an entirely different room. (Please don’t mind the mess in a few of the pictures!)

Here is a picture from before we started:                                                                                          


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Think you’re cut out for doing a bath remodel? Neither did we, but we did it anyway!!! (And we survived!!)

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’d been extremely busy with our old house, remodeling the bathroom. I wanted to tell you all a little about how that went. We got the news that my sister was moving out of the house near the end of October. We already knew that the bathroom floor was spongy near the tub and needed some work done. But we had no idea what we were in for….


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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #16: Candy Corn



I decided to include Candy Corn as Day #16 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series. I know that Candy Corn is usually associated with Halloween, but it is such a fun fall treat that I thought it would be a good one to have with this series. There are so many fun crafts and snacks that go with candy corn, although there really aren’t any children’s books that focus just on candy corn.

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #15: Table Décor



Day #15 in the 25 Days of Thanksgiving is Table Décor. Decorating the table for Thanksgiving Dinner can be so much fun! It’s always neat to get the kids involved. Whatever Thanksgiving crafts they are making for school can be used as a centerpiece. Or it can be fun to just give them all the Fall decorations and let them be creative and see what they come up with!

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25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #14: Cornucopia



We always see Cornucopias with Thanksgiving decorations, so Day #14 of the 25 Days of Thanksgiving Series we’re going to learn about them. I was honestly not sure of the history of cornucopias, so this was fun for me.

Here are some webpages that you can use to read about what cornucopias are and the history of them.

Bountiful Beginnings: What is a Cornucopia? at Bright Hub Education

Cornucopia History at Thanksgiving


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