Biodegradable Paper Plates and a Giveaway

Confession: I use paper plates for lunch. I have been doing this for several years to help streamline our homeschool day. It also allows us to only run the dishwasher once a day instead of twice.

I have often felt guilty about using paper plates every day, because I know it isn’t the “greenest” thing to do. But it is such a big timesaver for me, I live with the guilt. I recently received some Hefty Basics to try. I was interested in trying these plates because they are biodegradable for in-home composting and free of inks, dyes or coatings.  I was worried that the “green” features of these plates would make them wimpy, but I was completely wrong. These plates were sturdy and held up to a full plate of food, including baked beans.

Hefty® Basics™ has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation™ on a quest to plant 10,000 trees, one for every ten new “Like”s on Facebook.

I have some coupons for Hefty® Basics™ to giveaway to one of my readers. If you are a closet paper plate user (like I was) these plates might help you sleep better at night. 😉 Or, if nothing else, you can throw them in your compost bin instead of the garbage and feel a little better about helping the environment. To win some plates please leave a comment. Giveaway ends January 11, 2011.

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Motivated Mom’s Planner Coupon Code

The winner of the Motivated Mom’s Planner is Molly!

Check your email for all the details.

If you didn’t win you can purchase any of the Motivated Mom’s planner’s for only $8! Seriously, this is probably the best home management investment you will make in 2011! But, since I know you all love a good deal, I have a coupon code for $1 off your 2011 planner purchase. Use the code HAPPY and receive $1 off your purchase of the Motivated Mom’s planner. The coupon is only good for the downloadable version, not the app.

Here’s to an organized home in 2011!

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Motivated Mom’s Planner Giveaway and Coupon Code!

I am often asked, “How do you do it all?” The answer is simple, I don’t. But I am able get a lot done thanks to the Motivated Mom’s Planner. This is my fourth year using this planner, and I can honestly say,

When I use the Motivated Mom’s planner my house is cleaner, my kids are more diligent, I’m focused, and I get more done.
When I don’t use the planner the little things start to slide and before you know it, my house is a disaster, my kids start slacking off, and I do less and waste more time.

While the Motivated Mom’s planner will not do your chores for you, it will help you stay organized and following the planner does keep your housework managable. There are no big cleaning projects because you do a little bit every day. I hang my planner on the fridge and assign the kids chores from the planner too. It is easy for everyone to see what is expected of them, and they can check off the job when they are finished.

New for 2011, Motivated Moms is on iTunes!

For those of you who love all things digital, you can now download the Motivated Mom’s planner to your smart phone from iTunes. If you aren’t sure if the digital version would work for you, you can download the 2010 planner for free to check out the formatting and usability. Just sign in to your iTunes account and search for Motivated Moms, both the free and paid version will appear in the results.

Coupon code for the 2011 Motivated Moms Planner!

For those of you who still love the good old fashioned pen and paper approach, you can purchase any of the Motivated Mom’s planner’s for only $8! Seriously, this is probably the best home management investment you will make in 2011! But, since I know you all love a good deal, I have a coupon code for $1 off your 2011 planner purchase. Use the code HAPPY and receive $1 off your purchase of the Motivated Mom’s planner. The coupon is only good for the downloadable version, not the app.

One to Give Away!

I have one 2011 Motivated Mom’s planner to give away! Visit the Motivated Mom’s website and tell me which planner would work best for you in the comment section. Enter today because this giveaway ends January 5, 2011.

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Storing Christmas Lights

I’m so sad I didn’t learn about this easy way to store Christmas lights years ago. For a long time I just threw out our Christmas lights at the end of December. I never liked trying to untangle the massive ball of knots every Thanksgiving weekend, and figured buying them on clearance after Christmas to use the next year saved my sanity.

Last year my sister showed me a very simple way to store Christmas lights. I waited an entire year to post it because I wanted to know if it actually worked! I am happy to report that this Christmas I was able to reuse the three strands of Christmas lights we used last year. There were no knots to untangle, no broken lights, and it was easy to string them around the tree.

Cut a piece of sturdy cardboard into the shape of an anvil.

Then wrap the lights around the cardboard.

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It works better if you have a thick piece of cardboard. Mine was thinner and it started to bend a little because my light strand was long.

This storage method works with outside Christmas lights as well as inside lights, but probably won’t work with those icicle Christmas lights.

Store with your other Christmas decorations until next Christmas and then enjoy a peaceful unraveling of lights to put up next year!

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