How to Have a Successful Garage Sale

Yard sale, signs, garage sale, how to make money

Summer is in full swing! That means no school, camping, swimming, fire pits, and garage sales!! Growing up I remember having an annual garage sale. My grandparents would come over and bring their unwanted items to combine with ours. My parents would get up early to set things up and by the time I woke up things were pretty much ready to go. I would go with my dad to help set up the signs on the street corners, and my grandpa would go make a donut run for breakfast. My little brother and I would set up a lemonade stand and sit at the end of the driveway. It all seemed so easy!! I will be the first to tell you… it is easy! It does however, take a lot of time and effort. I’ve never had a garage sale for myself before, but I figured we would have enough crap to get rid of since my husband and I have lived in our house now for almost 2 years. I wanted to see how successful I could be at having a garage sale.

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Recirculating Fountain

DIY water feature, recirculating fountain, landscaping, waterfall

Recently I was walking through our local hardware store and came across some fountains. I think fountains are so cool!… But not the ones you can buy at a store. Most fountains you find at the store are just so stinkin cheesey looking… And not to mention the giant price tag on them! I just knew I could figure out a way to make a much cooler recirculating fountain without the price tag. But I really didn’t know where to begin.

I spent a good couple hours walking around our local Menards coming up with ideas. I would pick things up and set them back down and walk around some more. (The employees at Menards thought I was crazy). The same employees kept coming up to me and asking if I needed help. They’re like, “are you suuurrrrre you don’t need help?” I kept saying, “No, I don’t know what I’m looking for!” And I had items in my cart from sections all over the store. I just looked like a crazy lady. Anyway, after a couple hours of walking around and thinking (and a couple more trips back later) I finally figured it out!


-Storage container

-Flower pot


-Chicken wire/screen

-Submersible pump

-Fountain tubing

-PVC pipe

-Black Spray Paint

-5 gallon bucket

-Fountain Head (optional)

-Decorative rock


The first step is getting your flower pot

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Pantry Organization

Pantry, organization, spring cleaning

I think anyone that has been to my house would say that I keep a pretty clean house. I keep my bathrooms clean, counters wiped, floors vacuumed, all that good stuff. But there is one place in my house that I cannot seem to keep clean… The pantry. Granted, I really have never tried to keep this clean. There are general areas to the pantry. All the cans are together, the bread is together, baking stuff together, etc. But it’s all just thrown in there in piles. I’m really the only one who every goes in the pantry, so it’s not like it’s hurting anyone. My husband has peeked in the pantry a couple of times, and maybe my mom a time or two, but other than that I’m the only one who cooks at my house so I’m the only one in the pantry on a daily basis. I’m also the only one who grocery shops, so I’m the only one who puts groceries away. So when I finally got frustrated enough to do something about the pantry mess my husband did not understand. Nonetheless, I had to get on this pantry organization immediately.

First, you need to see the before picture of this epic disaster. Yes, this is the messiest place in my house and for some reason I’m posting it on the internet…

pantry, organizing, home cleaning, spring cleaning, kitchen organization

I decided to start by getting a can holder to hold most of my cans. It works much like a beverage dispenser that you can put in your refrigerator, it has a slight tilt so the next can rolls down when you take one out. This worked perfectly! And it also freed up a whole corner of the pantry! Not to mention it just looks way cleaner.

The next step was to organize all the snacky foods;

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Magic Kingdom

magic kingdom, disney world, cinderella castle, fireworks

I have gone over everything you need to know before going to Disney World, where to stay in Disney World, and how to get around Disney, and taking advantage of things like FastPass and the Photographers. If you didn’t see those tips, head over to my other Disney posts! Now I’ll let you in on the inside scoop of everything you need to know about my favorite part… the Magic Kingdom! My husband thought I was absolutely crazy when I said I wanted to spend 4 whole days in the Magic Kingdom on our trip to Disney. He told me we would be so bored and we would have to leave and buy tickets to other parks. I assured him we would have fun each day in the Magic Kingdom. I am not kidding there is so much to do here that after 4 days of just the Magic Kingdom there were things we had not even done in there yet!

magic kingdom, disney world

Magic Kingdom is much like Disneyland where it’s sectioned off, except Magic Kingdom is much bigger. You start in Main Street, USA which is perfectly positioned by

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Budget Binder

Budget, finances, saving money tips

No one likes to discuss finances, and no one manages theirs the same. But let’s be honest, we could all do a better job when it comes to managing our finances. I have some friends that keep their finances separate from their husbands and they split bills. I have some friends that don’t know anything about their finances because their husband takes complete care of that department. I feel like the majority of people land somewhere in the middle.

Before my husband and I were married, we decided a very easy way to keep our finances in a good place was to live off of his income. Whether I was working or not we would only use his income to live off of. We did this for a couple of reasons. First, we know that the number one reason for problems in marriages is because of money. We also had decided that when we have kids I will be staying at home with them and we would be living off one income anyway, so why not start now, that way we’ll already be used to it? All the money I make at my job goes straight into savings, plus I make an extra car payment every month with it. Because of this decision,

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