1-Hour Fall Crafts

1-Hour Fall Crafts

Are you longing to add some Autumn & Thanksgiving decorations to your home but you just don’t have enough time to create anything? Or perhaps you are craft challenged, wanting to make your own decorations but all thumbs when it comes to the actual projects. BHG to the rescue with these easy & quick Autumn crafts for your home. You may find just what you want & impress yourself with your ability! Enjoy!

1-Hour Fall Crafts

30 Ideas for School Lunches

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Kids no sooner go back to school than they are already complaining about being bored with the lunches you pack. You go to the grocery store & your kids are begging you to buy those expensive prepared lunch kits. Sigh! Help is at hand! Good Housekeeping has put together 30 ideas for school lunches. That’s enough lunches for over a month, in case you are too tired to do the math! Get ready to pack & amaze!

30 Ideas for School Lunches

Get the Best Deals During Back to School Shopping

Get the Best Deals During Back to School Shopping

The Child has been out of school for a number of years now however, I still remember the pain I would get in my wallet every year at this time as I shopped for Back-to-School! We only had one student to send back into the classroom. I don’t know how parents with multiple children handle it without taking out a second mortgage! Plus, trying to budget for BTS can cause extreme Mommy Guilt! You always feel you should be doing more & this often causes us to spend $ we don’t have. Let’s break that cycle this year!

You don’t have to break the bank to prepare your kids to go back to school. Good Housekeeping has tips to help you get the best deals on all your BTS needs! Whew! That’s a simple joy!

Get the Best Deals During Back to School Shopping

15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

A few weeks ago, I was asking the women in my bible study what sort of classes they would like to take. I explained they didn’t have to be religious or church-oriented. I wanted to know the things they were interested in learning. The answers surprised me. Computer classes, how to use a smart phone, knitting & crocheting & canning, among other things. I am now working to schedule various classes here at our Simple Joy Cottage to meet their needs. Even the canning!

Country Living has provided me with a list of easy pickling recipes for summer, including asparagus, which was specifically mentioned. I really wanted to find a way to help women pickle food without making the process too complicated. If you are a beginner, canning can be intimidating. Plus, many people go overboard, buying dozens of jars & ingredients only to become hot & frustrated after their first attempt. I believe Country Living has taken the stress & fuss out of the process. So, it appears I will be in a pickle this summer… in the best of all possible ways! Enjoy!

Summer Pickles 

Bringing Books to Life: 10 Tips to Get Kids Reading

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It makes me sad to hear a kid of any age say they don’t like to read. I believe the problem is either they have trouble reading (practice helps with this) and/or they haven’t yet found books they like. There are so many books available for kids today on a variety of subjects. I believe it is ALWAYS possible to find books any child will enjoy. To help you with your non-reader. Redbook has put together 10 tips to get the young reader in your life going!

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