Category Archives: Home & Garden

DIY Decorative Material Lined Baskets: Made Out of an Empty Cardboard Box!

Organizing with nice sturdy baskets that have fabric liners are my favorite way to keep rooms in my home neat and tidy.  Personally, I prefer them over plastic bins because of their more desirable aesthetics and the ability to coordinate them with … Continue reading

Homemade Laundry Detergent

With rising prices on just about everything.  I have found many ways to cut corners on the cost of everyday items, my favorite new one is homemade laundry detergent.  This seems to be all the rage right now in frugal … Continue reading

How To Make A Pet Bed

My friend Marty was chatting with me on facebook awhile back, and she was very excited to let me know about a craft that she tried.  She stuffed an old duvet cover with used plastic shopping bags, tied it off … Continue reading

LemonsHow to Combat the “Boy Pee” That Lurks Around Your Toilet (I know, gross!)

With four children, three of which being boys (who, for some reason, don’t know how to lift the seat to pee) cleaning products are a must-have staple in our home.  The area that seems to be the most daunting to … Continue reading

DIY Chalkboard Paint Bunting

Hello there! My name is Emily and I am thrilled to be posting here at A Mom Knows today. I have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial with you that I hope you will find helpful as you plan your summer … Continue reading

WaterHow To Spot Clean Carpet

My husband is a fanatic when it comes to keeping the carpets clean. I think it comes from his high school days when he worked as a carpet cleaner. Not to mention he is a little obsessive about a clean … Continue reading

Beautiful Messy Hands10 Tips for Less Frustration and Mess-Free Fun

“Stop, take a deep breath, and think” That’s the lesson from an episode of Blue’s Clues on dealing with frustration. It’s taken me some time to figure out how to not get frustrated with my toddler (or myself) over the … Continue reading

Vomit Preparedness KitHow To Clean Up Vomit Fast and Minimize Odor: The Vomit Preparedness Kit

This may be the grossest topic I’ve ever written about, but a must read if you have a child since it’s inevitable you will have to clean up their vomit a few times before they even get to their 3rd … Continue reading

Menu Planning Made Easy

When we were first married, my husband and I would try to be the first to ask the dreaded question at the end of each day, what’s for dinner? We never had a plan, and it took us forever to … Continue reading

Child & BroomThe Lost Value of Work

Recently at my job, I’ve observed and participated in a few interesting conversations regarding work. There are quite a few fellow employees that think work is standing around at the front desk, talking to each other about the woes of … Continue reading

MoneyReuse and Save $150!

Be organized. Be creative. Be good to our environment. Here are 10 simple money saving ideas worth trying ($150 worth) 1. Pantry Organizer: $3-18 vs. Empty Salad Mix Container: Free It’s never easy to keep the pantry organized with empty … Continue reading

Every Child is an Artist, PicassoBuilding Your Child’s Self-Esteem

I read somewhere once, I think it was in a magazine, about how studies have demonstrated that showing a child pictures of himself raises his self-esteem. If that is true, my kids must have wonderful self-esteem. As a member of … Continue reading

How to Clean Your Washing Machine (DIY)

We all have a washing machine. Or access to one. After time, washing machines build up gunk that doesn’t allow your clothes to be cleaned as well as they should be. And then there can be that funky smell! Not … Continue reading

Fresh BrushMy kids fight to clean the toilet. Honestly!

Saturday in my house…”Connor you need to empty all the trash cans this weekend.”  “Ok Mom, but I still get to clean the toilets, right?” What?? This is NOT a typical Saturday in your house??  Hmmm. Yes, that really did … Continue reading

Pay up, Sweet PeaGood-bye slobs! Teaching kids to clean up after themselves!!

Does having clothes on the floor after bath time, toys dropped randomly in every room, dirty dishes on the counter and wrappers left where they were open sound familiar?  It was a constant at my house.  Now I do not think my kids … Continue reading

Costco Baby WipesBaby Wipes – Did you know they could do that?

If you are a parent of a child who isn’t potty trained, then you have an abundance of baby wipes on hand. We buy the Costco brand, which is sold in a box of 9, giving you 900 baby wipes … Continue reading

Getting your home in order (and KEEPING it that way!)

Organization was never one of my strong suits.  And if I’m being honest, I could say that cleanliness in general was never something that came naturally to me.  Just ask my best friend from high school who was forced to climb over stacks … Continue reading

Broken Tree Branch from Early Winter StormTip to Help Save Your Trees During an Early or Late Winter Storm

October was a warmer than normal month here in Colorado, but during the week before Halloween we got an early winter storm that dumped about a foot of heavy wet snow. The trees were unprepared and had not lost their … Continue reading