I am a sock genius! (Kids’ Sock-Matching Hack)

I’m an iffy housekeeper.  I try – honestly I do – and sometimes I do it well, and the kids lunches are made the night before, the rooms are all tidy, the dishes washed and the laundry done.  But lots of times the laundry is NOT done – or at least is not folded – and I blame that entirely on the fact that my laundry room is in the basement and the basement has a door I can close.  (Out of sight, out of mind)  :)


So this inevitably leads to a school morning sock free-for-all, where my four boys dig through a MASSIVE pile of similar looking socks, trying to find a pair.  I also have one sock-obsessed 6 year old who will only wear 3 of the 200 pairs we own, because “those 3 don’t get lumpy”.

After they left for school this morning in the usual whirlwind, I sat down guiltily to fold enough socks for the rest of the week.  They all look so similar, but are all different sizes/ankle heights and it took me a good long while to match up 7 or 8 pair.  I even tried to get my 4 year old to help me – by telling him we were playing a matching game (He loves those) That’s when inspiration grabbed me!

I ran to the kitchen to grab some colored sharpies. I drew shapes on the feet-part of matched pairs, so they will be easy to spot in a pile.  My 4 year old yelled out which shapes he wanted me to draw, and I just went at it.  Here are a few:

I think this will help the kids find their matches in the morning – when mom’s dropped the ball (Let’s just be honest, it’s going to happen again).  Not only that – the little ones will think it’s fun to dig out matching pair and hand them to me – like a game!

Heck, I might up the ante and throw some alphabet letters on the next batch – so we can practice our letters!

Do you have any little tips you would like to share that help you in everyday life?  I thought it might be fun to post some practical reader-tips once in awhile, so leave your comment and I might contact you to do a post like the one I just did above!

10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters


10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

This is an older post but I was just using coffee filters for popcorn bowls this weekend for the kids and I thought I’d repost!

Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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FREE Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Picture courtesy of Martha Stewart.com

Most of us haven’t started carving our pumpkins yet – but you might be looking ahead for the perfect pattern!  Here are some sites offering free pumpkin carving stencils/patterns.  Enjoy!


Hershey’s Pumpkin Stencils

Martha Stewart Pumpkin Carving Stencils (Also Pumpkin Carving Tips)

Make your own Pumpkin-Stencils at BH&G


To find a pumpkin patch near you – check out this Pumpkin Patch Finder!

Pumpkin Patch Finder: Locate a pumpkin patch or corn maze near you!

(I updated the link – thanks for the heads up guys!)

Are you hoping to head out to a nearby pumpkin patch this fall with the family?  Here’s a great resource I used to find local pumpkin patches when we moved to this town – it’s called PumpkinPatchFinderandMore.org - and it’s a free service.

For a great deal on pumpkin patch/corn maze admission, make sure to check Groupon and Living Social listings for your city – last year at this time there were several deals offered throughout the Fall!


Scarecrow Crunch Recipe (Festive fall treat!!)


Scarecrow Crunch Recipe

Fall is in the air – and you may want to keep this yummy snack in mind for upcoming parties!

Jamie here!  I had some extra Brach’s Autumn Mellowcreme mix that was left-over from a fall party at youth group.  Since I can’t be trusted around that stuff, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try to make Scare Crow Crunch for the kids! [Read more...]