Preparing For Hurricanes and Storms

*post by Shannan Powell, mom of 3 boys, RM Media community and project manager, and Resourceful Mommy contributor.  Last night, I cracked on Facebook: “Hurricane Prep  101: Actually prepare for the storm so it will laugh at your wasted time and head out to sea. Get on it, people.” I was only half joking. We…

My Favorite Un-season

*post by Shannan Powell, mom of 3 boys, RM Media community and project manager, and Resourceful Mommy contributor.  We’re just a few days away from the official start of fall. While here in the Mid-Atlantic we’re still reaching 80-plus degrees most days, I’m contemplating taking inventory of the sweaters and winter coats and all the…

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Adhesive Reminder Tags aka I Wish I C...

In 2013 I wrote a book called Raising Digital Families For Dummies, and for a few months I spent countless hours telling reporters, radio DJ’s, and television talk show hosts that parents need to set strict digital limits for their children, creating digital family contracts that legislate everything from screen time allowances to cell phone charging…

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Shutterfly Wall Art and Church Set De...

Over the last year I have devoted most of my hours to the job of worship director at my family’s church home, working on everything from special services to managing the tech crew. One of my roles has been creating set pieces for the chancel area of the sanctuary. I’ve turned the “stage” into a…

My Laundry Room and Garage are Amazing!

(subtitle: EasyClosets Saved Two Rooms of My House) I’m so excited to unveil the results of my EasyClosets Total Home Tour garage and laundry room makeover. But first, a word about the design and installation. My husband and I worked together on both the design and installation process since we both spend an equal amount…

Why I Saved My Sad, Pathetic Laundry ...

(subtitle: EasyClosets Total Home Tour Laundry Room and Garage Makeover) When EasyClosets invited my family to participate in the Total Home Tour, the first step after shouting, “YES, PLEASE!!!” was to select an area of my home to renovate. While my basement needs an obsolete toy cleansing and my office needs a full-on professional intervention,…

My Home was the Before Photo

(subtitled: Why I Said Yes to the EasyClosets Total Home Tour) For a few years now I’ve received Good Housekeeping each month, the result of a gift subscription that I can no longer place, but continue to enjoy. With that said, years of reading this and other lifestyle magazines has done very little to improve my…

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Hellmann’s Super Moist Chocolat...

To celebrate their 100th anniversary this year, Hellmann’s has teamed up with Mario Batali to create delicious summer recipes.  I was challenged by Hellmann’s to create one of Mario’s dishes and see if my family could guess the secret ingredient – Hellmann’s Mayonaise!  I love a challenge that involves food and chose Mario’s Super Moist Chocolate…

Love Your Home All Year Long – ...

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, love is in the air.  EasyClosets wants you to love your home all year long, and with EasyClosets, it’s easy to fall back in love with your space!  Whether you design your space or you let EasyClosets design it for you, it is easy to fall in love…

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How to Tame Backpack Paper Clutter

I have a confession. While I have had the occasional good organization idea (I still love using bins to turn shelves into drawers), I continue to find myself overwhelmed by the papers that come home each day in my children’s backpacks. My kids’ backpacks are very organized with folders that contain a “keep home” and…

How to Remove Onion Smell

I love onions. I love the way they taste when they’re sauteed and mixed with other vegetables. I love spring onions rubbed in salt and eaten raw. And I love onions diced into tiny little rectangles and placed nicely across a well-done cheeseburger. But I hate the way they make my hands smell. When I…

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Best of Resourceful Mommy: How to Mak...

During my time in Tanzania with Compassion International, I will would like to share some of my favorite posts from the past. ~Originally posted 5/1/10~ Next weekend my baby is turning four, and we will be celebrating with a Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman themed birthday party. When my daughter was born I launched a tradition of elaborate (crazy)…

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Best of Resourceful Mommy: Behold, th...

During my time in Tanzania with Compassion International, I will would like to share some of my favorite posts from the past. ~Originally posted 10/29/10~ If you were to take a look at the papers on my desk, you’d find a running theme whether they are work or family related – tons of lists.  A long…

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Spring Cleaning Tips

When I was a kid, my dad used to occasionally put Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in a little cup, wet our toothbrushes, and brush our teeth with the gloppy solution.  My brother and I played along with this periodic routine, and all that we knew was that occasionally our teeth were experiencing a departure…

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Martha Stewart Home Office at Staples...

I cannot believe that it is already week four, but here we are at the final Martha Stewart Home Office at Staples giveaway post.  We’ve learned about the launch of the product line with Avery, desk organization, tax season organization, and today is my absolute favorite, planning binders!  The first item that I put in…

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I’m a Recovering Cake Mom

I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch county, otherwise known as the land of the baked good.  Okay, so I just made that name up, but the truth is that most of my memories of my grandmother involve her standing in the kitchen, handing me little cups with semi-sweet morsels, baking me tiny milk pies with…

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Martha Stewart Home Office Desk Organ...

It’s time for week three of our Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery exclusively at Staples giveaways! Last week’s giveaway focused on paper management in honor of the chaos that is tax season, and today we’re going to take care of the rest of your desk just because we want you to be organized year…

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Martha Stewart at Staples Tax Season ...

It’s that time of year again, the time when my husband occasionally mentions phrases like alternative minimum tax and tax deductible contributions and I shudder in fear.  I’ll admit that as a work-at-home-mom, I loathe tax season.  Every year I vow to do a better job managing the paperwork, and every March my husband and…

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Martha Stewart Home Office Launch Eve...

I have long loved office products. I was that kid who played with a pretend receipt pad just to own my very own carbon paper.  Binder clips in different sizes get my heart racing, and a well-appointed binder has been known to cause me to swoon. As a work-at-home mom, my love for organizational products…

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Best of Resourceful Mommy: Solutions ...

I’m taking some time off this week, but am happy to bring you some of my favorite past posts. If you’re like me and you’ve got a kid in pre-school, you know that back to school time means the return of craft clutter. I’m pretty sure that the teachers at my children’s school held a…

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Organize Your Life

While I haven’t been blogging as much about it lately, in the past I’ve written often about ways to simplify your life.  I’m certainly no organization expert – in fact, organization is a constant battle for me – but I’ve found little resourceful tricks along the way that make life easier.  Some of my favorites…