25 Days of Homemaking Hints Day 24: 4 Daily Routines

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Feel overwhelmed by your home some days? This may help!



Go HERE to see four daily routines to keep your house clean enough from The Inspired Room. I love these basic tips and think staying on top of your home can make it so manageable each day!


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Save 80% On HSI Flat Iron At Amazon

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The price has dropped back down on this HSI Flat Iron! Get the HSI The Styler Ceramic Tourmaline Ionic Flat Iron Hair Straightener, 1 inch on sale for just $39.99, regularly $100+.  It also includes a free Hair Straightener Glove, Pouch, and travel size Argan Oil Leave In Hair Treatment.


This product has fantastic reviews, so if you’ve been in the market for a flat iron it’s worth checking out! Here are the details:

  • Straighten, flip and curl your hair
  • Adjustable temperature from 240F to 410F (120C – 200C) to suit all hair types
  • Ceramic/tourmaline ion plates create a shinier, silkier finish in lesser time
  • 1 inch plate width, wide enough for any hair length and hair types, yet narrow enough for bangs
  • Transform frizzy, dull hair into gorgeous straight, sleek locks


Head on over HERE to learn more . . . a few people mentioned on the PPP Facebook page that they have one and love it, so if you’ve been in the market for one this looks like a great price.



Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.


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17 Things You Need to Know Before Shopping at Home Goods



If you’ve been reading PPP long at all you know I absolutely love pretty things for my home, but so hate paying full price! Home Goods is usually my second stop when decorating a space in our home, and I could spend hours meandering their aisles.


If you’re looking to shop Home Goods there are a few things to look for while you’re there ~ here’s what you’ll want to watch for . . .



1.Before shopping Home Goods for many items, check out your local thrift store or Goodwill first.

While I’ve found a ton of deals at Home Goods, I always like to check Goodwill and local thrift stores for basic furnishings (chairs, tables, glassware, etc.) before shopping Home Goods, because you can really save a bundle if you can find the right piece. When you’re looking, watch for the size and shape of an item (especially on tables and chairs), and think about whether you can save something extra by just slapping on some paint.


2. Do not step foot into Home Goods without a planned budget in place.

Guys, I love Home Goods. Love. it. But you can so easily fall in love with every single item in the store (and so much of it is priced incredibly reasonably!), so you’ve got to go in with a budget in place. Know what pieces you’re looking for, and before making a purchase be sure you absolutely love it so you don’t overspend on things you don’t need.

Note: Home Goods return policy is full return within 30 days with a receipt after 30 days you’ll get a store credit even if you still have your receipt. 

3. Beware the Home Goods/TJMaxx credit card.

Honestly guys, we’ve made it a policy in our home that we just don’t do store credit cards. We do have a credit card that we use to earn air miles which gets paid off every month, but that’s because in twenty years we’ve never ever (never) carried a balance.


When you get to the checkout lane, it is oh-so-tempting to enjoy that extra 10% off by opening a store credit card. However, if you don’t have money to pay for what’s in your buggy, go put everything back (I promise you’ll thank me one day!) 😉

Okay, now to the fun stuff :) 


4. Watch Home Goods for awesome seasonal decor.

Home Goods has such cute seasonal decor, and if you can wait until the end of the season you’ll save even more! 

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I found this wreath that I’d been eyeing for ages for $29 at Home Goods. The same wreath was priced at $89 (eek!) at a local boutique store, so I was thrilled with my little deal!



5. Home Goods has amazing prices on glassware.

If you’re looking for inexpensive way to decorate, you can’t beat prices on glassware. Check your local thrift store first (and even the Dollar Tree for smaller items), but if you’re looking for a piece to make a big statement on a penny pinched budget, the glassware section at  Home Goods is a great place to start. (Just make sure you don’t have small kids nearby ~ eek!)



6. Check out small end tables at Home Goods.


Home Goods has great funky end tables priced for way under $100 ~ there’s no reason to pay more for these at a high end furniture store!



7. Don’t miss the furniture section at Home Goods, and check back often.

Home Goods has amazing furniture priced for a fraction of what a high end furniture store would cost. However, their selection rotates fast, so what you see today won’t likely be there tomorrow.


A friend of mine recommended a chaise for my office when I was re-doing it, and found the one pictured above for $900 at a local design store.

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She then suggested watching Home Goods for one before paying that much. Sure enough I walked into Home Goods several times and didn’t see anything for several weeks, until I walked in one more time on a whim and found the chaise above.


It was $399 (half the cost of the design store brand), and I absolutely fell in love with it – in fact I like it even more than the higher end brand. (The desk and lamp are from Home Goods as well ~ see closeup pictures of my office makeover over HERE.)


8. You can instantly change a worn out couch by checking out the Home Goods pillow aisle.

While my first option for updating pillows is definitely the pillow covers at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods has a huge selection of pillows that you don’t want to miss. I like to look at the ones grouped together in twos first to get the most bang for my buck.




9. If you need a basket, Home Goods is the place to be.

I absolutely love the selection of baskets at Home Goods! While TJMaxx and Marshall’s carry some as well, the selection at Home Goods is just so much larger and worth a trip if you have one nearby.




10. Watch Home Goods for a huge selection of dishes.

If you’re looking for unique dishes (or just less expensive dishes), check out Home Goods. We have a basic set of plain white dishes from Target for our every day meals, and since they’re white it’s easy to find an extra piece or two to coordinate from Home Goods for just a few dollars.





11. Home Goods has very reasonable prices on high end bedding.


If you’re looking for quality bedding sets, make sure to see what Home Goods has in stock. These change all the time, so if you don’t see one that’s right on the first trip, be patient and wait a few weeks for them to re-stock.


guest bedroom makeover on a penny pinched budget ~ the bedding is from Home Goods, everything else is from Goodwill, yard sales, or re-purposed decor we already had in our basement


I usually stick to bedding at Home Goods, so I can fluff it up by changing out the pillows. Home Goods usually has a large selection of white bedding, and you can easily shop their pillow aisle to turn it into the look you want.




12. Home Goods has a huge selection of rugs, but you may have to muddle through them when you’re there.

If you’re looking for a new rug (either a small floor rug or large area rug), you can find a huge selection at Home Goods. You may have to dig a bit to find one that works for you, but the prices are so much less than designer stores and are usually quality rugs!

13. Also swing by Home Goods for shower curtains and wall decor. :)



14. Don’t miss the clearance section at Home Goods.

You never know what may show up in the clearance section at Home Goods, so be sure to take a peek when you’re there.


15. If you notice an item at Home Goods is slightly damaged but you still would like it, ask for a discount. They may be able to discount your price, and it never hurts to nicely ask!

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16. Follow #homegoodshappy and #homegoods on Instagram to see what other folks are finding at Home Goods. (I’d sure love for you to follow PPP too while you’re there!)
17. Home Goods selection varies a lot by store.

There are some great Home Goods stores and some not-so-great stores. I haven’t figured out any rhyme or reason to it, but if you don’t find something you’re looking for at your regular store and have another one in your town it may be worth making a trip to check it out.

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All stores items vary so much every week as they get new trucks in, so don’t give up if you don’t find the thing you’re looking for on your first trip. I’d love to hear what your favorite Home Goods find has been ~ leave a comment to share! Ummm, I might just be on my way to Home Goods right this minute . . . :)




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IKEA Crib Mattress Recall

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Attention if you own an IKEA crib mattress! There has been a recall of IKEA VYSSA SPELEVINK Crib Mattresses because of a failure to meet the federal open flame standard for mattresses and pose a fire hazard.

The recall is for mattresses 52″ long and 27 1/2″ wide (white with a blue piping around the edge). They have an identification label on the cover with the date of manufacture and the VYSSA SPELEVINK model name. Mattresses made after 7/2007 also have a federal tag at the foot of the mattress. The affected mattresses were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online from 10/2000 – 5/2014 for about $100.

If you have one, you should immediately stop using it and return to any IKEA store for a full refund. (And mattresses given in an exchange to consumers for their VYSSA SPELEVINK mattresses in the two previous recalls are included in this recall program). Contact IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime or online.

Thanks for the information, Deal Seeking Mom!

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25 Days of Homemaking Hints Day 22: Make our Own Laundry Detergent

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Have you ever tried making your own laundry detergent? I’ve heard so many people share that it’s worked so well for them, but still haven’t tried it out myself. I’m determined to try this one out soon and will let you know how it goes!



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Head on over HERE to Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring and learn how to make Homemade DIY Laundry SoapI do think it would save a bundle, and love the idea of making it yourself!


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Target Furniture, Purses and Home Items 30% – 50% Clearance



Here are some clearance items I saw while running into Target! They had a ton of clearance everywhere, so be sure to watch those endcaps if you shop Target this week.


Purses, Leggings, Hats and Hooded Towels were 30%-50% OFF


Home Items were 30% OFF and Furniture Items were 50% OFF  

See all the top deals at Target this week, and create your Target shopping list before you shop.

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Recall on Fresh Cucumbers (27 States Affected)

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If you’ve purchased any cucumbers recently, please read! There has been a large recall on “slicer” or “American” cumbers supplied by Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (grown in Baja, Mexico) due to salmonella. There have been cases reported from 27 states so far. Go HERE for all the information and list of states included. (This pertains to cucumbers sold from 8/1 – 9/3).


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*HOT* Canon DSLR Combo Pack With $350 Mail In Rebate (Lowest Price!)

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So excited about this!  Right now you can score an incredible deal on a Canon DSLR if you’ve been considering one. I have this camera and love it (LOVE IT), and this is a fantastic price . . . . much cheaper than I paid for it years ago! Here’s how to get the deal:

  • Go HERE and place EOS T5i DSLR Camera 18-55mm Lens, 32GB, Printer Bundle in your cart (includes camera, memory card, carrying case, printer, and photo paper)
  • Pay $749, submit for $350 mail in rebates from Canon (rebates will be included in packaging when you receive it – I’ve heard great reviews on Canon rebates and that they ship quickly)
  • Pay $399 after rebate, compare to $649 for the camera alone on Amazon. Crazy good deal!

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Go HERE to check it out!


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25 Days of Homemaking Hints Day 18: Vintage Cookery Tips & Tricks

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You. guys.


I loved (loved) this post!

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Head on over HERE to read a bunch of fun cooking tips and tricks from the 1940s and 1950s that are just plain old great advice. I loved the lemon juice trick, and I think it just inspired me to make a meringue pie this weekend! 😉


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25 Days of Homemaking Hints Day 17: Get More Done Every Single Day

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Do you feel overwhelmed with all you have to do each day? Goodness, you’re not alone! But, these tips (especially tip #5, at least for me), will help you get more done every. single. day. 

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Visit Ruth at Living Well Spending Less to read 10 tips for getting more done every single day. I use Google Keep to create my to-do list each day, and love all of the suggestions she includes HERE!


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