Stay Healthy for BTS

Stay Healthy for BTS

In this short program, I offer tips & ideas for you & your kids to help them & YOU stay healthy this school year!

Stay Healthy for BTS

6 Easy Back-to-School Crafts

6 Easy Back-to-School Crafts

Kids love crafts. Making things helps inspire their imaginations. BHG offers your kids 6 crafts to make as they prepare to go back to school. These easy projects allow your kids to create something unique out of their school  supplies without spending lots of money.

6 Easy Back-to-School Crafts

Stocking Up for BTS

Stocking Up for BTS

Back-to-school sales are now  on in all the stores. As you prepare to shop for the new school year, keep your eyes peeled for bargains on items you use throughout the year. Many products are offered at their lowest price this time of year. In this short program, I offer you tips so you don’t miss a single great deal!

Stocking Up for BTS

Get the Best Deals During Back to School Shopping

Get the Best Deals During Back to School Shopping

The Child has been out of school for a number of years now however, I still remember the pain i would get in my wallet every year at this time as I shopped for Back-to-School! We only had one student to send back into the classroom. I don’t know how parents with multiple children handle it without taking out a second mortgage!

You don’t have to break the bank to prepare your kids to go back to school. Good Housekeeping has tips to help you get the best deals on all your BTS needs! Whew! That’s a simple joy!

Get the Best Deals During Back to School Shopping

11 Cleaning Secrets to Steal From Hotel Maids

11 Cleaning Secrets to Steal From Hotel Maids

Cleaning can be such a chore! Sorry I couldn’t resist! I don’t know about you but I never seem to get caught up with things around the house. There is always something left to do & I can’t rest until I take care of it. Now, it helps that Mr. D is so good at doing things around the house. He takes care of the dishes & laundry, including the ironing. And, no, he is NOT available!

Anyway, I admit my shortcomings when it comes to cleaning. That’s why I am always looking for tips & ideas to help me keep my house more efficiently & better. Good Housekeeping, (figures, right?) offers tips for cleaning your house. these ideas are offered by hotels maids! If you have ever watched them work, they get it done quickly & efficiently, moving form one task to another smoothly! I can’t wait to try these tips out! Enjoy!

11 Cleaning Secrets to Steal From Hotel Maids

Fresh Peach Recipes

Fresh Peach Recipes

Southern Living seems to LOVE peaches almost as much as I do! I remember going to the large open air market each summer so my grandmother, The Infamous LenaB. could buy peaches. We had them for breakfast. We enjoyed them for snacks. And Lena B. made fabulous peach preserves & peach fried pies. Oh, dear! I think I need a peach fix! Enjoy!

Fresh Summer Peaches

15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

15 Pickle Recipes That Will Make Everything You Eat This Summer Taste Better

A few weeks ago, I was asking the women in my bible study what sort of classes they would like to take. I explained they didn’t have to be religious or church-oriented. I wanted to know the things they were interested in learning. The answers surprised me. Computer classes, how to use a smart phone, knitting & crocheting & canning, among other things. I am now working to schedule various classes here at our Simple Joy Cottage to meet their needs. Even the canning!

Country Living has provided me with a list of easy pickling recipes for summer, including asparagus, which was specifically mentioned. I really wanted to find a way to help women pickle food without making the process too complicated. If you are a beginner, canning can be intimidating. Plus, many people go overboard, buying dozens of jars & ingredients only to become hot & frustrated after their first attempt. I believe Country Living has taken the stress & fuss out of the process. So, it appears I will be in a pickle this summer… in the best of all possible ways! Enjoy!

Summer Pickles 

Back-to-School Party



I know you think this celebration is is for all the moms waiting anxiously for the day the kids return to school. That party comes later. For now, plan a fun & simple party for the kids to help celebrate the end of summer & the beginning of the new school year. BHG offers tips & ideas to help you plan & host this cute event.

BTS Party

15 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids Before School Starts


The school year begins soon but you can still have plenty of fun with your kids this summer! Especially with these ideas from Good Housekeeping.

Summer Fun

A+ Back-to-School Deals Priced from 1¢ to $1


It’s hot outside & there is still plenty of summer left in the year. However, we have to face it: Back-to-school is just around the corner! Time to plan your strategy for BTS shopping so you send the kids off with everything they need while still keeping some money in the bank! To help you, the good folks at Money magazine have compiled a list of BTS deals guaranteed to move YOU to the head of the class. Simple click the link below to learn more.


BTS Deals


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