Movable Cool Closet Organization System

I may be just a little bit jealous of my teen daughter because she got a closet makeover and now I want one!  When she asked for a new closet for her birthday, we liked that idea because she works hard in school and aims to be organized.  Since she is on the right track and is being a pretty good teen for us so far (crossing my fingers this continues) we decided to incur the cost and purchase one of the elfa sets from The Container Store.  We also decided this because the organized closet set can move with us when we move out someday. I had been under the impression that the big get organized closet makeovers were permanent pieces, so this is good option.

At a little over a whopping $1,000, was this new closet system worth it?  That is an awful lot to spend on my girl’s closet, but again, we can take it with us when we move in the future.

My answer is yes.

For us, it is worth it.

I will tell you that money can be saved by ordering a similar online kit and doing the measuring and installing yourself.  With our busy schedule, it was worth it for us to have it professionally done by The Container Store.  Units sold by this reputable store are good quality and the design team, personal consultant and installation person were all professional and good to work with from start to finish.  So, I do recommend it, if you can stomach the cost.

The Container Store elfa set we selected gives her five shelves, eight drawers, a hanging area and four racks for shoes that hold 16 pairs.  Her reach-in closet is not that big, as you can see from the before picture below…














With the new elfa system, she can hold a lot more clothing and shoes than she could store before in this closet.  Plus, she doesn’t have a dresser and didn’t want one, so that she would have more space in her room.  This system works very well for her.  I am especially fond of the racks that pull out and hold so many shoes.  My girl added a few hooks to hang her caps on as well. 

Deep drawers are nice for her bulky sweaters and sweatshirts. And the thinner compartments are perfect for socks, lightweight workout pieces and more.  All of these drawers nicely pull out for quick and easy access.  

Since the closet space is tall, Jen, our wonderful Container Store organization consultant, fit in high shelving for additional storage.  Perfect!

This closet is terrific.  My teenager has stayed organized and clutter-free since we had this system installed.  That makes me happy as she works hard to balance her honors classes with her intense community theatre rehearsal schedule, her high school dance team, her involvement with National Charity League which involves community volunteer hours and cherished time with her gal pals.

With her room organized and peaceful, she finds calm there to study, rehearse and rest.  Since she is a hard working and good kid for us, my job is to support her and get out of her way at times. This room gives her that space.  Teens definitely need our steady guidance, but that is also balanced with giving them space.  This bittersweet and amazing time is when a teenager employs the roots we provide, but really start to spread their wings at the same time.  This can be a confusing time for all.  Having just done this not long ago with my college son, it is hard to believe how fast we are back here in this stage.

For my daughter, this closet gift gave her control to streamline her stuff, get organized and dive into her high school years ready to rock and roll.  It is truly amazing how being organized and clearing out clutter can make one feel more relaxed and on top of things.

Yeah, I thought this purchase through.  It was a big purchase.  It was her one big 15th birthday gift and she cherishes it and appreciates it.  So together, we give the Container Store elfa unit a thumbs up.  We could have gone fancier with wood paneling, etc…but we didn’t want to add to the budget.  This simple, clean and efficient system was the perfect choice for my girl’s reach-in closet.  
Her busy arms reach in there multiple times a day to keep up with her different wardrobe needs for her many activities.  Being organized like this saves time since items are always easily found now and keeps her less stressed.And that keeps this teen Mama less stressed, too!

Helpful Home Decor Idea: Dress Up Cabinets

Just when we think we are done with home improvements, we think of another project that was small, but definitely made a significant difference.  In fact, this is something that I had wanted to do before, but simply forgot about through the years. We have lived in our home for 12 years and once the kids grew into teens, we decided to spruce things up a bit.  Who would have thought that adding simple handles can make such a difference.  It did and we love them!  This is so simple, but I think this job makes such a difference that I decided to share it with my readers for fun and inspiration.  It is nice to fix things up a bit with a new year now in full swing.  Take a look at the minor facelift our kitchen cabinets were just treated to a few days ago that makes a difference…

Cabinets before with no handles.

After with handles added.






























Such an easy thing to add and what a difference they make!  We just love the Liberty 3 inch Venetian Bronze with Copper Highlights half-round foot cabinet pulls that we bought from Home Depot.  And the price wasn’t bad at $21.98 for a 10-pack.  My daughter told me that she is in love with the new handles.  It was always so annoying to have to tug and pull at the corners of the cabinets to open them before we added the handles.  Plus body oils and fingerprints are left behind through the years of pulling as well.  I definitely recommend these handles or any pulls or knobs to dress up cabinets and to make them more functional, too. We had looked at much more expensive pulls, too….some as high as $10 each.  I am so glad that we decided to shop wisely and go for the less expensive ones because I think they look terrific.  We love these so much that we are going to place the matching knobs around the rest of the house next month.  Pictures coming soon.  What new year home improvements are you working on? Share in the comments section as we love to exchange home decor ideas here at!

My Thanksgiving Table Decor Deals & Ideas

Warm and inviting Thanksgiving table decor can set the mood and get the festivities going.  After I posted a quick picture of my Thanksgiving table on Facebook, I had a lot of compliments and some questions about where I found my festive items.  Love that and love my holiday table! table-3So I decided to share in today’s blog post.  Some of these ideas and items may work for both your Thanksgiving and Christmas table, so take a look.

I am excited and thrilled that our college freshman son asked if we could host a few of his friends who are unable to fly all the way home for Thanksgiving. asu-parentsWe wholeheartedly replied yes and my heart is full that his heart is thoughtful about his newfound friends being far away from home on Thanksgiving.

So with that excitement (and of course my joy that our boy will be home with us) I went to work to put together a complete Turkey Day table.  I asked my husband for my Christmas gift early, as I had been wanting a new dining room table for the last couple of years.  He agreed and I got busy comparing prices at furniture stores, warehouse outlets, online retailers and more.

Here is the result of my complete finished holiday table, step by step and purchase by purchase.  And very cool…one set of items came from a dollar store.  You gotta love that.  Take a look.  I will note that some of the items I show may be sold out, but similar styles can be found.  Moreover, for Christmas table stuff, there is still plenty out there.  But let’s talk about Thanksgiving decor.

Finding My New Table

I wanted simple, but elegant.  And sturdy, since I expect this table to last me a very long time.  Options and competitive prices were available at warehouse stores like Costco, but the shipping wait was over six weeks.  Thanksgiving was coming right up.  Big fancy furniture stores were asking around $4,000 and up for tables that seat 8 or more, which is the size that I wanted.  However, that is way over my budget, especially since we now pay college tuition!  (Future blog post about the shock of that coming soon!)

I also checked Wayfair and Overstocked, but I just couldn’t find the exact one I wanted.  Plus, I like to see and feel the object I am buying, especially when it is a big ticket item.

Then I remembered a relatively new warehouse/furniture store that had come to town recently.  So off we went to take a look.  This place was definitely different.  Very nice and large, but without salesperson pressure. Fancier than a warehouse box store, but with warehouse prices.  Bingo!  My cutie pie son’s girlfriend, Hannah went with me and she quickly spotted this…living-spacesAnd with that, this went from the showroom to my dining room! What do you think?  Do you like it?  I think it fits perfectly, as shown below in my home.  Just in time for Thanksgiving, too!

Yep, it looks terrific in my home!table-1

I love Living Spaces!  We got the set for $2,000, which included adding two nice over-sized accent captain chairs that we personally selected from the warehouse shelves.  We could have reduced the price by $100 if we had picked up the set ourselves, but I needed delivery, so that fee was included in the price.  It is a beautiful sturdy table with quality chairs that have attractive decorative studs. Plus, it seats eight people, which is exactly what I wanted.  Christmas came early for me and I found a quality set at a competitive price.  This table and these chairs will hold many precious memories ahead.  I will cherish each and every one of them.  Now that my oldest is away at college, I know firsthand how precious those times are and how time flies.

Next Step:  Setting the Thanksgiving Table

Now, let’s set the table! And check it out because I saved money by shopping at a dollar store, saving coupons, mix and matching items I had on hand and more.  Let’s set the table and I will share my secrets and tips…

plate-with-wordsGotta love Kohl’s and since I am a Kohl’s Rewards Member, I waited to receive my $5 rewards gift certificate via email.  I then combined that with my 20% off Kohl’s mailer coupon and used Kohl’s cash that I had saved. This reduced my total cost by 40%!  So with those savings, I purchased the place mats, serving platters and full dish set place settings, all from Kohl’s!  Love that! plate-with-kohls

I also really like the place mats I found at Kohl’s because they look festive, but work year-round as well.  Many stores have fun Thanksgiving Day decor themed place mats, but I wanted a smart purchase that is versatile.  Found it!  The dish set is also decorative and fancy for a holiday meal, but also versatile enough to be used for all kinds of other occasions, too.  Again that is smart shopping.

And check out the pretty green water glasses.  I needed a set of 8 and I didn’t want to spend a lot.  I thought about how to accomplish this for a few days.  Unrelated to this goal, I visited an unlikely store looking for something else.  But look what happened instead…glass-waterI really would have never thought of a dollar store for a matching set of glassware. The Dollar Tree had pretty Christmas glasses displayed in the storefront, so I decided to venture over to the dish section.  To my surprise, the selection and variety was large and most styles had at least six matching items. And all for one dollar each.  Brilliant!  Finding this set at Dollar Tree was an added plus!

Speaking of FOUND…I found a fabulous local boutique called FOUND by Domestic Bliss that offered napkins that touched my heart. I had to have this shabby chic design with a touching message…

table-set-napkinI absolutely love the give thanks sentiment.  I showed these napkins in my recent morning show segment.  I discussed how I saved money by using mismatched napkin rings that I already had on hand.  It works!  Here is the picture from my TV segment…show-setNotice also the pretty and festive table runner can be seen in the photo above, that also came from the FOUND store.  Christmas table runners are offered as well and I like that they are made of paper for easy roll out, storage, reuse or recycling afterwards. I adore earth friendly items!

For the Arizona locals reading this, FOUND by Domestic Bliss is located in Chandler in the Casa Paloma shopping center at Ray Rd., right off the I10.  Unique boutiques owned by local gals are my thing, so be sure to check it out.  She has all kinds of home decor items, clothing, jewelry, clever knick knacks, one-of-a-kind gifts and more.  And the owner, Kristin Wilson Alber, has done interior design decor for celebs and magazine spreads, too.  Definitely check out her shop!

So my table is set.  The college kids are coming. My husband will help cook.  My high school daughter thinks it is cool that big brother is coming with friends.  May your table be full and full of warm memories, too.

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful to all of you for following my humble little mama blog.  Thank you!  And on this Thanksgiving, I couldn’t be more thankful for the three peeps that surround me in this picture.  My joy just can’t be hid and was captured in this photograph.  This would also be a picture of my heart.  Happy Thanksgiving 🙂 thxful

5 Tips To Successfully Sell/Rent Home Plus $100 Fox Restaurant Gift Card Drawing, Too!

A lot of my friends are either trying to sell, rent or are considering making a move so when husband and wife realtor team, The Kay-Grant Group shared with me their top five tips for moving a home in the market, I was intrigued to share with my blog readers.  AND when they told me that are also holding a drawing for a $100 gift card to the delicious Fox Restaurant Group, I knew that you all would want to know about that, too.  gift card foxFox has the most incredible restaurants like True Food, The Arrogant Butcher, Zinburger, Flower Child and more!  So read on for some expert ideas on how to get your home sold or rented and be sure to check out how to enter the drawing at the end of this article.

The Kay-Grant Group says:

5 Tips for Selling or Renting Your Home

With real estate prices on the rise and rental rates increasing, many homeowners around Phoenix, Scottsdale and the rest of The Valley are interested in either selling their home to purchase a new one, or continuing to build equity while renting their home to a tenant.

Purchasing a home as a primary residence and living in the home for a year or two is a great way to acquire a real estate portfolio.  Primary residences are afforded lower interest rates, lower down payments, and are easier to qualify for than mortgages originated for investment properties.  Primary residences can generally be acquired with just 5% down.

Whether you’re planning on selling your home, or renting it, here are a few tips for getting the maximum return on your real estate investment:

  1. Get out! – Have you ever toured homes with a real estate agent and walked into a home where the owner was eagerly there ready to tell you about all the great perks of owning this home? This experience is uncomfortable for the prospective buyer or renter.  As real estate agents, we see this happen much more frequently than we would like to.  The result is almost always the same: they hate the home.  Why might this be? Since the prospective buyers or renters feel uncomfortable openly discussing what they like and don’t like about the home they feel uncomfortable in the home.  Nobody wants to buy or rent a home they associate with feelings of being uncomfortable.

If you’re listing the home for sale the answer is simple, your agent should have the home on a lockbox and the home owner should never be present at a showing.  If your plan is to rent the home, you should highly consider hiring a real estate agent that will list the home as a rental.  This allows the home to be on a lockbox just as if you were selling it.  The fee for this in the Phoenix / Scottsdale metro area is generally nominal considering the benefits of having professionals show the home and the exposure your rental property will receive on MLS.

  1. A little paint goes a long way – Having dingy looking paint makes a home feel dirty.  Whether you’re wanting to rent or sell, you don’t want people thinking of the place as dirty.  If your walls have flat paint and you have some extra paint hiding somewhere, a painter can often touch up specific areas, if the paint isn’t flat they’ll likely need to paint the whole wall.  Regardless, the return on investment to have someone paint is likely there.....and this $9 paint kit which is truly designing on a dime! 3.  Get clean – While you’re likely great at cleaning, cleaning professionals just get things cleaner. Hire a cleaning professional to come and clean the home prior to having photos taken or showings scheduled.SSUCv3H4sIAAAAAAAEAJ2QywqDMBBF94X+Q8jahaK1tr8iXYzJIKHRQB6WIv578zCQdXeZc+dO5s5+vRBCJzCC0SfZQ+VrIaUzVoMVavW4rk6OXFilBcgAAzuiQo0F6wyaMOJEDCzOvjfB05//GVNNshBF7/ASpVXBjJsiy+io/namxytHgRlX9o0LF0E0SoQUZEyt9P2xqJcy2iY4qqIGx4UqUm6KgQyGtpjM/EHVUri4P1DYsGnr4TE8unbob929a5re73z8AF3ax6WYAQAA
  1. Make it their home, not yours – Remove photos and knick knacks.
    People want to feel like this would be their home, not yours.  Having photos laying around makes it feel like they’re intruding.
  1. Remove the clutter – The less stuff you have, the larger the home will feel and the more clean it will be portrayed as.  after hallwayClean out the closets, get rid of the extra figurines on the end tables, and pay extra attention to the kitchen counter.  The less items you have on the kitchen counter the larger the kitchen will feel.

If you’re interested in selling or renting your home, The Kay-Grant Group can certainly assist in all ways imaginable.  We have a pool of resources to help you with all of the above items such as painters, contractors, professional cleaners, etc.  The Kay-Grant Group website has direct access to the MLS so you can search for all homes for sale in Arizona.

How to enter the contest for a chance to win the $100 restaurant gift card….

The Kay-Grant Group is also currently running a “Spring Into Summer” contest where they’re giving away a $100 Fox Restaurant Concepts gift card which can be used at any of the Fox Restaurants.  Enter at The Kay-Grant Group Spring Into Summer Contest


About our guest writers:

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Geoff Lilienfeld and his wife, Andrea, are local real estate agents and the managing partners of The Kay-Grant Group; specializing in the Scottsdale and Phoenix metropolitan areas.  Geoff and Andrea are also real estate investors and eager to share strategy on profitable real estate investing.  
***The drawing for the Fox Restaurant $100 gift card is not done through  It is done through the Kay-Grant group.  The drawing contest rules and explanation is located at the The Kay-Grant Group Spring Into Summer Contest.***

New Hardwood Floors Makes Our Home Feel New Again!

Manic:  Trying to keep our 11-year-old carpets clean and looking nice in a busy home that houses two teenagers and four cats!

Managed:  Decided to have 99% of the carpet removed so that real hardwood floors could be installed. The result?  Wow!  What a difference new flooring makes.  The house looks and feels like a new build again! Check out our beautiful before and after pictures!  And a big thank you to the very talented, very professional and hardworking Excalibur Hardwood Floors Company!  These guys rock!  We hired Excalibur and they were top notch to work with from start to finish.

Several days before the home flooring makeover job, the company delivered the flooring to be stored inside our home.  This is because real hardwood must sit at room temperature for a few days to become acclimated to the climate.  Receiving the shipment was the very exciting first step to our new flooring. stack of wood shotWe selected and purchased the Garrison II Hickory Chateau flooring because we love the shade and this particular color hides dirt very well.  Our floors have been in for over a month now and that has been very true.

We were pretty excited the following week when Excalibur arrived, set up their professional work trailer and began the work of tearing out that old worn carpet that was also contributing to our trailer

As the carpet was pulled out, I could see just how beaten down it had become and I was anxious to say good riddens to the stuff!  A busy family puts a lot of wear and tear on carpeting.  That is for sure!ripped carpet shot

Even though the stairs still looked nice and the carpet wasn’t a total eyesore, I just couldn’t believe the difference the new hardwood made, especially when I looked at this before and after picture….stairs before and after

Wowza!  I truly can’t believe the amazing change!  And check out our master bedroom before and after pictures!  I really did love the Berber carpet before but what you aren’t seeing is how the entrance points to the room were frayed.  And it never failed, just weeks after professional carpet cleaning was done, a new stain would appear.  No more stains with these gorgeous wood floors!  The room feels bigger, clean and newer, too!  I don’t miss the Berber at all even though I am still a fan.  I love the wood so much more.bedroom resultsWe also did the hallway.  As the Excalibur professionals did the work and began laying the new floors, I was already impressed with how good it was looking even before completion!  If you decide to have hardwood floors installed, know that the baseboards have to come off.  We decided to go ahead and repaint the boards and do touch up paint on all the walls since we were moving stuff all around anyway. It feels and looks great! guys workingAnd check out the hallway before and after photos.  Here it is before….b4 hallwayAnd here it is afterwards.  So warm and inviting I think.after hallwaySo pretty and updated.  I just love this and I think it looks bigger.  We are still in the process of putting things back as is evident with all of the stuff that is sitting in the very front room of the house. We are getting there.  And having to move everything out and around has been totally worth it!

I have to mention that the Excalibur guys were terrific.  They worked hard and kept their projected timeline of completing the job within two weeks.

I will let you know that the odor of paint thinner and glue can be a bit overwhelming so be sure to open all of the windows and maybe even wear a mask if you plan to be there during the hardwood installation job.

The Excalibur team was so impressive that I asked them to pose for a picture towards the end of the job.excalibur guysAnd the thumbs up they gave me is exactly right because this job went perfectly!

I also really love how great the downstairs looks from the upstairs.  The new hardwood compliments our existing tile perfectly!  I am very happy with how it looks together.  It flows beautifully! living room front doneBut my favorite room now has to be the room that I use as my office that sits right off the master bedroom.  The french doors were nice before, but the lovely hardwood really gives this area a designer look! french doors shotI am thrilled with this room now and find myself working in there more than I did before.  The new floors make me feel productive and relaxed at the same time.

We also had hardwood laid in several other rooms but those rooms belong to my teenagers and are a bit too messy to photograph at this point.  My daughter is remodeling her room this summer so I will save those pictures for that home decor redo article, so stay tuned for that!  Home improvement projects are such fun to blog about as we have waited over 10 years to finally do some updating.  It has been worth the wait!

Probably the best thing about our stunning new floors is that our allergies have all but disappeared.  So I am very happy to report that it is not our beloved cats who made us sneeze.  It was the carpets that trapped not only pet dander, but dust and other allergens as well!  The felines seem to like the new flooring, too!  And cleaning up their cat fur is much easier than when we had the carpeting to keep tidy and nice.  A quick run of a Swifter takes care of the job.  These three cute cats approve I think….
cats on stairsNow I am going to return to putting our home back together and treat my feet to these news floors as we put the mirror doors back on the closets and continue the process of putting all of our stuff back.  That part takes time but is worth it. feet on floor shotTaking these steps to put in brand new hardwood floors has put us on the path of an allergy free beautiful home that feels brand new again!  Meet my happy feet and our perfect new flooring!  I highly recommend Excalibur Hardwood Floors.  It was worth every penny that we saved to put in these new floors.  Love love love!

Our Small Yard Big Makeover!

Manic:  Having a small backyard that, for the last 10 years, would flood every time it rained  Lucky for us, it doesn’t rain much here in Phoenix, but a year ago September, when we had record rain, we had to sandbag our home and the water came right up to the sandbags!

Hubs loading sandbags and a few days later....we had to use them!

Hubs loading sandbags and a few days later….we had to use them!

Managed:  Finally, after waiting 10 years and saving up our pennies, we put in the backyard of our dreams and I am happy to report that it has been worth every cent.  I took this cool panorama shot of our new yard with my iPhone camera….pan of new yardHere is one before and after perspective and look just how much bigger our yard appears with the new features….b4 afterHere is another before shot from another angle….b4 yard from sideyard where pool is nowAnd another after shot…..after shot from back wall cornerAnd one of my favorite after shots….fire and water shotIsn’t it just amazing how much bigger our yard looks now?!  I have more cool pics to show you!  A lot of you have asked us about our big backyard makeover so I decided to wait one full year after starting the process of a complete backyard redo to report back to you.  One year later, it has been mostly smooth sailing and when we have had issues, the company we hired (who do it all including the landscaping, pool installation, fire pit construction and more) have responded quickly and thoroughly. [Read more…]

Great Grill Gadgets & Fun In Sun Stuff That Gives Back, Too!

Just in time for your 4th of July celebration and your camping and outdoor grilling and pool stuff, check this out because I found some great grill gadgets.  I also found some functional and fun in the sun stuff and two of these items give back to some very important causes.  Check this out and happy summer!

And to see the entire column with links on where to buy this stuff, check out my KTVK column.

Need A Recipe? Check Out Our Handy Recipe Index!

letseatManic:  The recipes on my blog!  We have quite a few good ones, but the dinner ideas, cocktails, lunch recipes and more were all scattered about my website with no placement order.

Managed:  My awesome webmaster, Mattbob with Greenish Orange, organized my recipes into handy categories that include breakfast, dinner, snacks, desserts and more.  So the next time you are at the store in need of tonight’s dinner recipe or creative lunchbox ideas, simply visit my food page on your smart phone or tablet and click the category that you want to browse.   If you are checking from home, you can also print each recipe as the print icon is located right under the date.  See in this enchilada recipe example….

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Stuffed With Avocado

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So be sure to visit my food page and look at the different recipe groups that are located at the top of the page. They are listed in categories that include:  breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks, family drinks and alcoholic beverages. Simply click on the category that you want to browse for your next recipe plan.  It looks like this….


And here are just a few examples of the many recipes that you will find on my blog’s new recipe index, so check it out and let my blog food section be your handy grocery store/meal planning assistant!  These are just a few of the many recipes that are ready and available for you on my Food page section….

You will find a recipe (from my friend Sherry Kline) for a yummy Potato Leek Frittata….frittata in panOr my sis-in-law’s scrumptious family recipe for my favorite holiday dessert, Pumpkin Supreme that I made in mason jars…

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And here is a super healthy makeover recipe for Very Good Veggie Lasagna that the amazing folks at Pomegranate Cafe created for my blog…

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And how about a cocktail to go with that meal like a recipe for the frosty and tasty Beer Rita that my good friend, Lisa with gave me to share with all of you…

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Or how about Gwyneth Paltrow’s mouth-watering mac and cheese that her peeps gave me permission to publish!  So many great recipes, so check out our food section and happy cooking!

This is Gwyneth's mac and cheese!  Photo courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

This is Gwyneth’s mac and cheese! Photo courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

Mom Knows Best All Natural Home & Food Tips

When my morning show producer told me that our next show was Mother’s Day themed and that the hosts were bringing their Moms to help co-host, I knew I couldn’t have my mother join us on camera since she lives 2,000 miles away, so I did the next best thing — I showed her picture and some of her best all natural and organic tips when it comes to good clean living and eating.  So take a look to see an all natural way to repel indoor insects, her power toast recipe that my teenager likes that will satisfy your craving for sugar and bread, but with all whole and healthy ingredients instead and much more. Mom also taught me a cool citrus trick to get a good amount of fresh squeezed lime in your homemade margaritas and more.  And wait until you see her unique and very thoughtful pet tip that gives back to nature.  Take a look as I proudly show off some of my mom’s best healthy home tips.  Thanks Mom!  Happy Mother’s Day this weekend.  You are very loved 🙂

All Natural Kitchen Cleaning & Food Tips From the Manic Managed Mom’s Mom

On a recent trip to see my mother, I sat in the kitchen and watched her show me tip after tip about all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning and more when it comes to a healthy kitchen.  No wonder I make a living showing tips in my weekly morning show segments.  I get it from my mama!  The older I get the more I appreciate her, let me tell you!

So this time around I took notes, took her tips home and decided to share her wealth of knowledge with you because my mom was hip to doing things the all natural and organic way before it became the thing to do. Way before the Dr. Oz show and multiple magazine articles were aplenty touting the benefits of good clean living and cooking, Mother was busy sharing her ideas with me since I was a little tot.  I didn’t appreciate it then, but boy do I now, especially since I’m a manic managed mom (mostly manic, but I strive daily to be more managed).  Her tips have definitely helped me with that.  Take a look to see how to naturally sterilize a cutting board, get more juice out of a lemon, keep a sponge super clean and even how to make a sugar free yummy Sesame Asian salad dressing.  Thanks Mom for these healthy and helpful tips…