About Samantha

Samantha is the newest member of the team here, and when she is not wrapped up in writing she is a full time mom of 2.5 children (two toddlers of her own and sometimes her lovely step-daughter as well). This mom loves to cook and craft and stay as organized as possible while living in this chaos. Beyond this useful blog she also runs a personal blog, www.SkinnyMommyTruths.com

Two Hour Drill: Organizing Junk Drawers

Junk Drawer Organizing

If you are like me, and I like to think I’m not alone here, things begin to pile up around the house.  Those strange odds and ends that do not seem to have good homes and end up cluttering the kitchen table until they bother you enough that you shove them into a drawer where they might never see the light of day again. Continue reading

Everything you’ll ever need to know about storage trunks

Later this week my husband is going to head out of town for a few days for an interview (send us some good thoughts if you have a moment), and part of preparing for this trip is packing up his suitcase.  We got our luggage set at an estate sale a few years ago.  It’s black, soft sided, with wheels and handles, and lots of little storage compartments (that we never seem to use).  Basically it’s your typical modern luggage.  As the history buff that I am, though, I cannot help to wonder how different this trip would be if he was making it 100 years ago.  There would be lots of differences of course, to start with he could not have gotten on a plane and been at his destination in a few short hours, which would mean he wouldn’t have been back in just a few days either.  Then there is cost, attire, tools (as an electrician, his field looked very different), and how he would have communicated with us during his trip.  The topic I would like to go over today, though, is his luggage, as that is what helped to inspire this post in the first place.  He would not be carrying a lightweight suitcase.  Instead I would be packing up his steamer trunk.

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The 4 Must-Do Daily Chores

Chore Collage

After three and a half years of being a stay at home mom I found I was still struggling with maintaining a cleaning schedule that kept the house presentable most of the time. I have tried a few different chore rotation schedules and even tasked myself with getting a few regular chores done each day, but for some reason nothing I tried seemed to work. Dishes piled up, laundry sat in hampers, dust collected, and floors got sticky. Continue reading

DIY: A Step-by-Step Guide to Rehabbing a Girl’s Dresser

An old dresser, just awaiting some fresh paint and a little love

New Dresser! All pretty now!

I have seen these long low dressers with seating on the top for little readers on Pinterest a lot lately, and decided to try and create one myself. Considering this is only my second real attempt at rehabbing furniture I think it turned out well.

I completed this project in about ten days, but with more diligence this could easily be a great weekend warrior project. Continue reading

Packing with Small Children: A Parents’ Guide to Sanity



In an ideal world, when the time comes to move our households we will snap our fingers and a friendly, and why not attractive, team of professional movers will ascend upon our old dwelling, pack up all of our belongings and stash them in neat, safe, labeled piles in a moving truck.  Once at our new home, the same process will work in reverse.  It will take a matter of three days, at most, and our lives will pick back up where we left off just in a new, better, home.

Unfortunately, this is very rarely the case.  Continue reading

Home Rentals: Get All the Information


Just over a month ago my husband and I sat down in a tiny office, signed some paperwork, wrote a big check, and were handed two shiny little golden keys for our efforts.  Keys to our new home.  It was also our first experience renting a home.  We bought our last home eight years ago and had been living there until a new job opportunity sent us trekking several states north.  Since we are not sure how long we are going to be here we decided to rent for awhile. Continue reading