We live in New Hampshire and Maine. Winter means snow, ice, and cold temperatures. BRRRR! As the mercury drops, we spend a lot of time and energy figuring out how to keep the heat in our homes and stay warm efficiently. Preventing drafts is key to this process. And believe it or not, doors are huge culprits. Here are some great ideas for DIY Door Draft Stoppers to keep your family toasty this winter. Whether they lead to the outside or to a closet, doors allow a lot of cold air to seep into the house. Door draft stoppers are the answer! Of course, you can buy these, but we never say no to a DIY project. If you’d like to make your own DIY door draft stopper, we’ve got several methods for you to try.
New Year’s Eve parties aren’t just for adults anymore. Kids want to have their own fun, even if they’re asleep well before the ball drops at midnight. For as long as they stay awake, there are great food, drinks, and games to keep things fun and make them feel like they’re a part of the New Year’s celebration. [Read more…]
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we all know that Christmas will be here in a flash. During this time of year, it can be difficult to keep your normal day-to-day under control in the midst of all the seasonal events and tasks. Is your holiday shopping done? Are your halls decked? Are Christmas gatherings scheduled? If you answered no to these questions, it is time for you to get organized. Here are a few tips that are going to help you keep the holidays on track, and to be better prepared for years to come!
Start decorating for Christmas as soon as you can! Once your home is fully decked with the necessary holiday decor, there will be an inevitable feeling of warmth and cheer. After all, this is one of the lasting traditions that some people look forward to every year. Crank up the Christmas music and go to town on decorating. This is an important step in getting prepared for the holidays and can be time-consuming to achieve. The earlier you get started on your decorating, the sooner you’ll check it off your to-do list and can move on to other holiday projects.
Taking time to declutter before the holidays is a great way to reflect on the items you currently own, while also deciding what you want to keep and get rid of. You might be receiving gifts from loved ones that you should make room for. Like Marie Kondo, organizing expert says this is a way to cherish the items that bring you joy, and let go of the rest with gratitude. It’s a good way to get your home organized and realize everything you have. Also, if someone asks you for gift ideas, you will be able to make better judgments about something you actually need versus simply wanting. A solution for items you wish to discard is to donate them. Something that is no longer valuable to you might be considered as a new treasure for someone else.
If you are hosting for the holidays, cleaning the house should be a necessary task on your list. Having a clean home is crucial in making guests feel welcome. This is a great step to take after decluttering because you may uncover spots that might have been hidden from clutter. Start by bringing your attention to high-traffic areas, such as primary entrances, and where you will gather the most. For example, guest bedrooms, the kitchen and living room. It’s also a good idea to clean after your Christmas decor is up, this way you can freshen up spaces that have accumulated excessive amounts of glitter and/or pine needles.
4. Gift Wrapping Station
By creating a gift wrapping station, you can keep all items associated with this task in one place to control gift wrapping clutter. While organizing gift wrapping supplies, you can also take a quick inventory of things you need. This could be anything such as tape, gift tags, tissue paper, etc. As you purchase gifts, wrap them! There is no sense in waiting, the earlier you wrap gifts the better. It is a lingering task that can be easily pushed off until the last minute. After the holidays are over, you’ll be able to easily access your leftover wrapping paper supplies in one place to store for next year. Also, there are several leftover wrapping paper craft ideas that you can do to be more sustainable and waste nothing, while being creative, too!
Take control of your holidays this year. It’s easy to get caught up in the spiral of seasonal activities. If you get a grasp on finishing decluttering and cleaning early, you can focus on the other hefty holiday tasks that need your undivided attention. Chip away on things as early as you can to be able to fully enjoy Christmas once it is here. Although you may want things to be a certain way, it’s important to cherish being around family and friends during this festive time of year.
Shopping on Amazon has become one of the best ways to save money online! And you’ll find what you want at a great price. But what if you could get even better deals on Amazon? There are nine great ways that you can save on Amazon, and other shopping venues, that will enhance every shopping experience. [Read more…]
Travel Binders – a solution you need for traveling with little ones! iPads and movies don’t allow interaction. Sisters Know Best is ALL about interaction! The more the merrier. Varied ages make things even better! Get back to the basics with some classic travel-themed printables to keep your kids busy in the backseat.
Every year, after Christmas, we hit the stores for the big SAVINGS. 50% off wrapping paper (or more!!) and other Christmas decorations is hard to pass up. Plus, we save all our scraps. We’re thinking we will have a use for them but never do… It’s the reason we have SO MUCH WRAPPING PAPER. But not this year!! Here are some fun DIY crafts for decorations using Christmas wrapping paper. If you are in search of Christmas Wrapping Paper Craft Ideas, you will love the ones we’ve come up with! [Read more…]
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year and everyone gets in the holiday spirit. We head to the Internet for DIY Christmas decorations. Pinterest friends have started to share and scour their boards for fresh ideas. Chris is a fan of ALL toilet paper roll craft ideas. So when we saw this toilet paper roll craft for Christmas, we knew our readers would love it also! And the best part is that you can do this DIY Christmas decoration yourself or with your kids! [Read more…]
I found this recipe on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to try it! Pinch of Yum has this amazing vegetable alfredo sauce that MAKES this meal and makes it HEALTHY. Yes. Healthy. The secret? Cauliflower! Cauliflower Alfredo sauce is creamy and delicious. The best part is you don’t know you’re missing the calories!
Vegetable Lasagna Ingredients:
For the cauliflower Alfredo sauce
5 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons butter
5 cups cauliflower florets
6-7 cups vegetable broth or water
1 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
½ teaspoon pepper (more to taste)
½ cup milk (more to taste)
Parmesan cheese to taste
For the lasagna
10 lasagna noodles
4 cups cauliflower Alfredo sauce
5 cups veggies (I used chopped fresh greens, grated carrots, fresh and canned tomatoes)
3 cups mixed shredded cheese like Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, etc.
salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable Lasagna Instructions:
For the cauliflower sauce:
Saute the garlic with butter in a large nonstick skillet over low heat until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
Bring the cauliflower in the water or broth for 7-10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender.
Do not drain.
Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower pieces to a blender or food processor.
Add 1 cup vegetable broth or cooking liquid, sauteed garlic/butter, salt, pepper, and milk.
Blend or puree for several minutes or until very smooth.
For the lasagna:
Preheat oven to 375°.
Boil the lasagna noodles for a few minutes until they are just starting to soften but still stiff and cool enough to handle.
Spread a spoonful of cauliflower sauce on the bottom of a 9-inch square glass baking dish with a drizzle of olive oil to prevent sticking.
Layer lasagna noodles, ½ cup sauce, one-fourth of the veggies, a good sprinkle of salt, ½ cup cheese, and ¼ cup sauce (I put the sauce in each layer twice – once under the veggies and once on top).
Repeat layers 4 times, ending with noodles.
Cover the top noodle layer with ½ cup sauce and the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
Cover with greased foil and bake for 25 minutes.
The liquid should be bubbling along the sides of the dish.
Remove the foil and bake uncovered for another 10-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown to your liking.
Cool for a few minutes before cutting and serving.
I used a combination of fresh diced tomatoes and canned diced tomatoes. If you do use tomatoes, be sure to drain the excess liquid out before adding them to the lasagna, otherwise, it will be too watery. I also found that sprinkling salt over each of the veggie layers helped it to be more flavorful, especially as leftovers.
Easy breakfast casseroles means you DON’T need to get up early. Plus you get more time for coffee! Getting breakfast to-go is okay sometimes, but it’s not an ideal daily solution. Instead, you can have nutritious breakfast at home. And it doesn’t cost much! You’ll get some extra sleep and a healthy breakfast. Gotta love that win-win! We make two different types of breakfast casseroles – sweet and savory. Check out some of our favorite ideas and then make your own. Your tummy, and your alarm clock, will thank you. [Read more…]
As kids, we loved the parades and fireworks. But it was also tough to wait through adult activities like concerts and decorating the parade floats. As adults, we’ve noticed the same fidgets and hyper, excited emotions in kids and their friends. Rather than watch them spin out of control waiting for the big moment, we came up with some ways to keep them entertained. If that sounds like something your kids need, check out these 4th of July activities for kids. [Read more…]