6 People You Forget to Thank All Year and Gifts They’ll Appreciate

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Great appreciation gift ideas to say thank you to various service industry providers like the mailman, stylist, teacher, military personnel, etc.

Once again, the Christmas holiday is upon us and I’m looking around wondering where the year went!  The older I get, the faster it seems to go.  Part of getting older means hopefully getting wiser too, right? As I get “wiser” I try to focus more and more on gratitude – all of the things in my life that I take for granted and how much they bless me: my car, my “day” job, this blogging opportunity, comfortable shoes, macaroni-and-cheese…okay, okay, I digress, but it’s all true! I also like to use this time of year to remember all of those people who give to me all year long and bless my life as well, and that’s really the focus ...

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The Downside of Buying in Bulk {Giveaway}

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Buying in bulk often means lower cost per unit, but there are other hidden downsides of buying in bulk from club warehouse stores like Sam's Club and Costco.

I never shopped at a big club warehouse before I went to Utah for school and I shopped at a Costco for the first time. I thought it was both awesome - "Oooh! It's a better price per unit! And look at this jumbo package of toilet paper! We'll never run out!" - and crazy - "You have to spend money before you can spend money here?" I mean, what? You need to pay for a yearly membership in order to reap the discounted prices? Totally didn't seem like a win. At least not to my single college student self. Sometimes warehouse club memberships are not worth it for a variety of reasons. (But, there are many reasons they are totally ...

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How to Fix Mini Blinds that Your Kids Destroyed

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Great DIY tutorial on how to fix mini blinds that are broken! My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!

You need to know how to fix mini blinds if you have kids or a naughty pet that repeatedly love to break and damage them. It's actually way easier, and cheaper than I thought to do your own mini blind repair!We live in an apartment, like a bajillion other people, so every window comes pre-installed with white mini-blinds. The apartment contract and rules state that the mini-blinds need to be free from damages in order to help keep up appearances. Broken mini blinds apparently equal ghetto apartment complex. To keep future residents interested in renting, via the pristine mini-blinds, they periodically replace any broken ones for ...

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If You Hate Cleaning, But Love a Clean Home, Ask This Before Buying Almost Anything

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This is fun cleaning tip! If you want a clean home, but really hate cleaning or at least don't want to do it often, this is a smart question to ask before buying anything!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Endust for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When I was a child I sometimes got these bursts of cleaning and fix-it bugs. I would decide that it was time to take a screw driver and tighten every single screw on every single thing in our house, from hinges and doorknobs, to electronics and toys. Other times I would scrub our kitchen floor with a washcloth so hard my fingers ached, hoping to finally remove those little dirt collections in the small indents in our linoleum. Between these bursts of cleaning and fix-it energy, I didn't think much about the messes I frequently made, ...

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How to Recycle When You Live in an Apartment

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Boy recycling in an apartment complex

When our twins were babies, WIC gave us a crazy amount of baby food in glass jars, and it felt wrong to chuck all that glass into the regular trash, especially when glass is 100% recyclable. But, we lived in an apartment without recycling bins, and I had no idea how to recycle in an apartment. But, my inner Green child was bound and determined to do it. We discovered that Target had recycling bins at the front of their store for things like plastics, cardboard, and glass. I began putting the empty and rinsed glass baby jars into an empty box in our kitchen. When it got full, we'd put it in the back of our car, and take a Target ...

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23 Places to Stockpile in an Apartment

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Great storage ideas for creating a stockpile in a small apartment home without a lot of storage space. Plus some good tips on saving money in the process!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex® & Cottonelle®. All opinions are 100% mine. When you live with a husband and four small children in an apartment, the last thing you think you can do is stockpile in an apartment.  When closet space is limited, and garages, basements, pantries, and storage sheds are nonexistent, you look around your small home and think there is no way you could store months' worth of food or toiletries here. But, if there's a will there is a way. If you are like us, apartment living still, the budget is tight, and you and your family would benefit from stockpiling, allowing you ...

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Why I invite people over to my small apartment anyway

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Sometimes I am really self conscious about living in a small apartment, so I love this post about why you should just do it anyway!

Life as a family of five in a 1200 sq. foot apartment townhome can get kind of crowded. One of our three bedrooms is a split baby room and storage room. Really, it's a storage room with a crib, changing table, and glider. Everything else in there is storage because we lack a garage and shed. Our kids' bedrooms are less than 100 sq. feet each. With closets and a bunk bed, their room feels cramped to say the least. There isn't a designated "play room" or area in our house.  Our kids have to play in our twin's bedroom or downstairs in our living/dining area. But, with a large sectional couch, TV stand, large computer desk and chair, ...

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Moving Tips and Tricks to Make It Your Best Move Yet

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I need these helpful moving tips and tricks.

I am moving soon. And honestly, I wanted some awesome packing and moving tips and moving tips for myself, so I thought I would share some in case you are moving soon too! I asked some blogging friends for some of their tips! Please click through to see their posts and advice and pin or save this for future reference. Moving Tips & Tricks Apartment Hunting Checklist - How to Find the Perfect New Apartment - What's up Fagans? 17 Places to Score FREE Moving Boxes - What's up Fagans? 5 Ways to Save Money on Moving Expenses from What's up Fagans? The Dating Diva's Moving Organization Kit will help you move without ...

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Office in a Basket

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Hi! I’m Julie from Confessions of a Cooking Diva and I’m so excited that Katelyn has invited me to share my Office in a Basket with you. You are probably wondering why someone with a blog named Confessions of a Cooking Diva is sharing an organizational project that’s because I love to organize. Foodie by day, organizer by night. There is something so therapeutic about getting rid of clutter and putting things in order. Office in a Basket About 7 months ago I quit my regular job to work from home. After a couple of months I realized that I really needed something to organize my many office essentials. I do have an office, but ...

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Make-Shift Couches

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When you look around our apartment you will find that most of the furniture you see was not purchased by us.  Most of it was gifted to us from friends and family over the course of our 3-year marriage.  When we got married the only piece of furniture we actually bought was a new Queen-sized mattress.  Josh's parents shipped out all of his old furniture, via my father's semi-truck, to our small 450 sq. ft apartment.  For the first few weeks we laid out sleeping bags on the floor when we wanted to get comfortable and watch TV.  The reality was that it wasn't comfortable.Our home teacher/friends had an extra love seat couch they gave ...

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