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Decorating a Middle School Boy’s Bedroom – A Jungle Room Theme

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 19, 2018 | Categories: Home and Garden

  I did my son’s room in a jungle/safari theme some time back. I was and still am very pleased with it. He loves it. At the time all I could find that I liked as far as bedding goes, was solid reversible chocolate brown/khaki comforters. This was okay for awhile, but I really want […]

How to Save Money Gardening This Spring

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 11, 2018 | Categories: Frugal Tips, Home and Garden
saving money gardening

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for spring. This has been a cold, rainy, snowy, winter here in East Tennessee. I’m over it. I’m ready for warmer, sunnier days. And I’m ready to start gardening. There are so many things I love about spring. From the longer days to the warmer […]

Spring Cleaning: Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Involved

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 6, 2018 | Categories: Home and Garden
Spring cleaning

Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to spring clean your home. I have mixed feelings about spring cleaning… I love the idea of it and enjoy having a clean house of course, but at the same time, it’s a lot of work. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Spring Cleaning Made Fun Cleaning […]

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More Efficient and Better Laundry with ENERGY STAR

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 19, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden
ENERGY STAR washers and dryers

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products, and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. […]

Prep Your Holidays with Samsung Appliances from Best Buy

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 11, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden, Uncategorized

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I’m a busy mom, especially around the holidays. It’s my favorite time of year, but it’s also crazy busy. I love doing extra cooking and baking during the holiday season, too, […]

Halloween Pottery Barn Knock-Offs

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 26, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden

I love fall. The cooler weather (although it still feels like summer here), the fall colors, using my slow cooker more, and decorating for the fall holidays – Halloween and Thanksgiving. It can sometimes be expensive to decorate, especially when you want a high-end look, like something from Pottery Barn. I love shopping Pottery Barn, […]

5 Reasons to Retire in Atlanta, Georgia

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 14, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden
5 reasons to retire to Atlanta

Are you planning for your Golden Years when you’ll finally sit back and relax? While Florida might get all of the attention, Atlanta, Georgia is a lesser known locale that presents more to do, better public transportation, and so much more! For those looking for a place to retire, you can’t go wrong with Atlanta. […]

DIY Cleaner, O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop, and Clean Floors, Oh My!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 2, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden
O-Cedar ProMist mop

One of my least favorite household chores is mopping. I know many of my family and friends also dread mopping their floors. That’s why I’m thankful for brands like today’s sponsor, O-Cedar, for making the lives of busy moms like me, easier and giving me cleaner floors with great ease. My downstairs entry from our […]

Knock, Knock, Who’s There? LG Insatview Refrigerator with Knock Twice Feature

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 1, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden
LG InstaView Refrigerator at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I am working on updating my kitchen. I’m just in the planning stages right now, but I’m already excited. One of the areas of my kitchen that is important to me […]

Planning a Decorating Job on a Budget

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 15, 2017 | Categories: Home and Garden
Decoraing your home on a budget

Decorating your home is a way to show off your sense of style, but the costs can add up quickly. You can decorate with style for less money by planning your priorities, and with some do-it-yourself projects. Check out these ideas for staying within your budget when decorating your home. Decorating Within Your Budget Many […]