Category Archives: Tiny Tip on Thursday

Candy Overload: A Simple Cure

Candy overload happens a lot at this time of year.  It happened here this morning.

An overflowing candy bowl and a shortage of trick-or-treaters on Halloween will do that to a family.  My husband hid the candy bowl from the kids today.

Wish I could say the kids didn’t inherit their love of all things sweet and inability to stop eating them from me.  However, they did.

When  I was living on my own in my 20s, I remember waking up feeling sick after a holiday.  I think it was Christmas.  In a short telephone call, my dad shared his cure for candy overload with me.

The cure is pretty simple.

The simple cure for candy overload is my favorite breakfast: candy overload

Bacon, eggs, and toast.  If you don’t fry your egg in the bacon grease, I’m not even sure we can remain friends.  My dad told me bacon and eggs would cure that sick feeling from eating too much sweet stuff.  Do you ever feel like dessert after a breakfast like that? Not me.

Eating scrambled eggs works as well although the breakfast pictured above is my personal favorite, probably partially based on the fact it is the breakfast my dad cooked almost every morning.  Some day perhaps I’ll be able to fry an egg as perfectly as he could do it.

Of course, the only one in my family who will eat the above breakfast is me.  My husband doesn’t eat eggs period.  The kids will mostly only eat scrambled eggs (J did go through a sunny side up egg phase).

Now that I’m older although I’m not sure how much wiser, I know the key to candy overload is actually all about balancing it out with the protein.  There is something to the egg theory, I think. Seems like when I have eggs, I do crave sweets less than if I use something like peanut butter or cheese for my protein source.

What remedy do you have for days of overindulging in the sweets?

Throw Pillow Placement

You’re really going to write an entire post on throw pillow placement?  My inner voice questioned along with the eye-roll.  Writer’s block setting in much on this 31 days series thing?  Yes, perhaps.

When getting out my fall decorations, I always pull out my little seasonal throw pillows.  They do make me happy.  Before I talk about where I place them, I thought it would be fun to share close-ups.

The first one, I think I may or may not have “borrowed” from one of the boys when they were little.  It’s a good decoration now.  It’s more of a Halloween thing than fall but I like it. throw pillow The next pillow I bought at Target over the summer.  It just matches the couch well. throw pillow My candy corn pillow was a garage sale find! throw pillow My late mother in law made me the last pillow.  It is something I cherish. throw pillow The boys used to always want to play with this pillow and always had to hear how special it was to me. It stays out until Christmas decorations take over.  Each panel shows a different scene.  I turn it to show the pumpkins prior to Halloween. throw pillow And then, turn it to the other scene for the time leading up to Thanksgiving. throw pillow

To keep this post in line with my usual Tiny Tip on A Thursday, here are my thoughts on where I put my pillows.

Throw Pillow Placement:

While I wish I had the magic touch and our home looked magazine ready rather than messy, I don’t.  Our couch is more of a large corral for stuff than any place people actually sit.  No photos of our typically covered couch, not today anyway.

It seemed silly to add throw pillows to an already cluttered couch.  I wanted them out and on display though.  My solution?  Put them on top of the couch (the couch does need to be against a wall for this to work).  throw pillow The above photo of a cleared off couch is rare and was only possible because everyone left with their stuff and I cleared it.  In a few hours, it will find itself once again covered in backpacks and jackets (and yes, I’m just as guilty as the kids in that habit).

How many throw pillows are on your couch?

Fall Cleaning Tip: Getting The Most Out Of The Clorox Wipes

Since it’s Thursday, I’m just going to share a tiny fall cleaning tip. This tip could probably apply to any time of year.

Part of trying to embrace fall for me means getting the house ready for the upcoming holiday season.  So, I’m cleaning the many neglected parts.  It pretty much translates to cleaning the entire house.

Yesterday, following Mark Twain’s advice, I started in the kitchen.  I faced down my old nemesis, the kitchen table.  I plan to add a bit more fall decor to it at some point but right now, it’s simply nice to see the top clear aside from a bowl of apples and a lonely banana. fall cleaning tip

The long view: fall cleaning tip While the bowl of apples and clear kitchen table is lovely now, it did not start that way.

There were so many piles! And did somebody spill water?  A bad apple in the bag was trying to turn the others against us.  Thankfully, I caught it time before we lost too many apples to the mush. I used Clorox wipes to quickly blot up the rotting fruit juice.

Are you a fan of Clorox wipes?  fall cleaning tip I feel lost if we don’t have them in the house.  I blogged about some things I use them to clean in this post.

One aggravation I have with them is how I always run out of wipes before the container runs out of solution.  This is one of those simple everyone may know this already but me tips I’ll be sharing.

Fall Cleaning Tip: A Trick For Getting The Most Out Of The Clorox Wipes:

When you’ve used the last wipe, take some paper towels (I like the half-sheet ones) and put about 4-5 in the container.  fall cleaning tip Next, turn the container upside down.  I guess you could also shake it.  fall cleaning tip

The towels will soak up the extra solution and you can use them just like the original wipes.  fall cleaning tip

My fall cleaning in the kitchen will include: wiping down all the cabinets, clearing off and wiping off the fridge, clearing out and organizing the cabinets with special focus on the baking cabinet, maybe organizing the art supply cabinet. Yesterday, I also wiped down the kitchen walls and steam mopped the floors.

What does your fall kitchen cleaning include?

*This post is part of my 31 days of embracing the fall season series.

*Note: I didn’t get any compensation from Clorox for this post, I just like to use them.  The tip could also apply to the Lysol wipes, Sam’s Club or even the Dollar Tree brands which I’ve also used in the past.

Giving On A Budget

For today’s Tiny Tip on A Thursday, I thought I’d share some of the ways I’ve found for giving on a budget.  

Sometimes the extra money to donate is just not there.  A quick and easy way I’ve found to give back in this situation is to use my reward program points.

I tend to be one of those people who simply let my points in these programs pile up and once in a while, check in to see if I’ve qualified for anything worth the effort.  Many of these programs used to offer charitable donations as a reward option.

Unfortunately, the My Points program no longer offers charitable donations as a reward option.  However, following an idea suggested on their Facebook page, I cashed my points in for an Amazon gift code and then used that code to send items to the charity’s wish list.

If you would like to specifically donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, both Hip2Save and Money Saving Mom offer great suggestions!

The Swag bucks page has a “Do Good” option under their reward options where you can donate 5 plus Swag Bucks to the charities listed.

We really don’t travel much but many hotels also offer the option to donate their reward points to charity.

Note: When giving to any charity, I highly recommend first doing your research about it.  A favorite site of mine for this purpose is Charity Navigator.

They give charities 1-4 star ratings and you can see at a glance how the charity applies their funds between programs, fundraising, and administration costs.  It’s always ideal to look for a charity with the biggest piece of the pie going to actual programs.

Other Ideas for giving on a budget:

  • Have a garage sale and donate the profits to a charitable organization
  • Our local grocery stores offer cash donation options at the register, forgo an item or two on your grocery list and use the money saved to donate
  • Check for places matching donations, maybe your $5 donation could be worth $10
  • Share posts about places taking donations, it might help get it to someone with extra dollars to give

What ways have you found to give back while on a tight budget?



Display, Store, Or Give Away

For today’s Tiny Tip On A Thursday, I thought I’d share a true tale about helping J clean his room.

Last week I helped J clean up a corner of his room.

He started out on his own. His bed became a catchall.

The living room couch became his sleeping quarters for two nights while we waited for him to finish the job.

We gave him yet another nudge. The words of frustration spilled from his lips:

“I don’t know where to put any of that crap.”

The nicest words? No. Do you use the nicest of words when you are frustrated? Yeah, me either.

Sadly, I heard an echo of familiarity in the words.  And a call for help.  So I told him we would work together on the floor and the bed.

We started with a trash bag. A lot of last year’s schoolwork went into it (sorry, teachers) as did a broken binder.

I realized he needed a desk organizer (or in J’s case, a table organizer as he’s currently using his dad’s camping table as a desk. One problem at a time.). And, of course, more space.

He agreed, in a bittersweet moment for me, we could store all the loose Lego’s  in the basement.  We could also put his Lego table and chairs down there to make room for a place to store and practice his baritone (bonus tip: always try to talk your kids into the flute if space is an issue ;)).

The already put together Lego’s displayed all over his room?  Those are staying put for now. We have a long way to go but we did make progress.   Display, store, or give away

A lot of progress came from my asking him a simple question about various items: Do you want display, store, or give away?  Thankfully, my youngest son is easy about trash being trash.

This is my twist on the 3 box strategy of organizing and purging you see on a lot of sites.  Most will advise you to get three boxes or bags and label them with keep, give-away, and throw-away.

The idea of course is that you have a use in mind for everything you plan to keep. A great strategy but 12 is a tough age.  Let’s all cringe together when I say it’s “in be Tween.”  Not quite a child but not quite ready to let go of all their toys either.

Somehow, asking display, store, or give away softens the blow.

In the interest of full disclosure, we’re still slowly working on his room but we’re making progress!

We bought 3 storage tubs and a new trash can for his room yesterday. Hopefully, I’ll have more to share about this current organizing project soon.

What tips do you have for helping kids to clean their rooms?





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