Creating the Best Basement on the Block

If you have a basement in your home, you may not be maintaining it as well as you can and you may not be utilizing that space to its fullest potential. The last thing you want is wasted space in your house! A great basement can make your home feel larger and can become the best room in the house for fun and for storage. Whether you have a finished basement or not, you can have the best basement on the block with the right tools and set up in this downstairs room that is often forgotten. 

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Becoming a WAHM: Using your talents to make money

It’s probably one of the most searched subjects in Pinterest, and that’s merely a guess based on the incredibly high number of posts advertising easy money from home. Bringing home the bacon while being able to also stay home with your children is a win-win in everyone’s eyes. Whether you took an income loss by leaving your full time job to stay home or your family could use a little extra income to play with, bringing in some money can add to your overall feeling of security when your current job is raising your children — which we all know is the hardest job, boasting no pay, but high rewards. But, what if you could spend your time at home with your kids doing something you love anyway, with the added bonus of making some money from it? There are so many sites and opportunities to showcase your hidden talents, your inherited skills, and your passionate hobbies that can make bringing in some money from home worth it from all aspects. 

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A Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading

Times seem to be changing drastically all around us. Millennials are proudly sporting beards and using words like “Lumbersexual” to describe a whole different genre branch-off of hipsters. Across the U.S., people are selling their downtown loft apartments and yearning to take a step backward in time, and kick it old-school style by taking up a lifestyle probably similar to that of their grandparents. We’re talking about homesteading, and whether you live on a half-acre suburban plot, or out in the boonies on 20 acres, it’s possible to achieve that lifestyle, and become thriving, self-sufficient homesteaders.

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4 Critters You Should Stop Killing NOW!

Summer has finally arrived, and many of us have been anxiously awaiting the warmer weather that accompanies it. As you spend more time outside, your odds of crossing paths with a creepy-crawly are exponentially increased. The general knee-jerk reaction of most people is to squash first, and ask questions later. Or run screaming. Or scream wildly while you psychotically hack away at the nasty thing with whatever tool is readily available to you, be that a book, your shoe, or your child’s toy. When confronted with even a photo of a spider or snake, most people cringe and comment, “The only good snake/spider is a dead one!” But what many people don’t realize is how beneficial many of these so-called vermin actually are for our ecosystem. Here at Daily Mom, we’d like to encourage you to think twice before you go all Chuck Norris on any of the following critters.

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The #1 Disaster In The Home

Despite the most common preventive measures, house fires are still the #1 disaster in the family home out of the 66,000 disasters that occur each year. Gail McGovern shares her insight as the CEO and president of the American Red Cross since 2008 that has helped save lives across the country. One hero was just 5 years old because she remembered the teachings of the Red Cross. 

Hear her insight and what you can do to make sure you and your little ones get to safety in under 2 minutes. 

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The Best Eco-Friendly Additions You Can Add to Your Home

You’re a responsible homeowner who has done all of your homework to make your home energy efficient. Not only have you installed energy efficient windows and roofs around the house, but you’ve also enlisted the help of an energy auditor to further boost the “greenness” of your home. Now that you have the main structures under control, you want to tackle some eco-friendly upgrades without spending too much money.

With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to some affordable eco-friendly additions to your home. You may be surprised by how a few small changes can incur a huge difference.

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5 Tips for Landscaping on the Cheap

Anyone who’s ever been to a botanical garden or driven through a swanky neighborhood with professionally landscaped flower beds has likely had serious plant envy. Nothing creates curb appeal quite like a lush garden full of colorful blooms. Flowers soften up the hardscapes of concrete and brick, and brighten any yard. Like most things nowadays, though, a bountiful landscape comes with a big price tag. If cost has been keeping you from planting the garden of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place! The following tips can help you fill up your flower beds without emptying your wallet.

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How To Reap The Benefits Of Yard Sale Season

“Yard Sales, Rummage Sales, Church Sales, Garage Sales, Tag Sales”

No matter what you call them, the season of thrifting has begun! If you’re a thrifty mama, love finding a great deal or just enjoy discovering treasures in the midst of someone else’s clutter, we know how much you look forward to this time of year!

Whether you’re a seasoned sale hopper, or you’ve never gone on the hunt on a Saturday morning for those bright yellow homemade yard sale signs, we’ve got the 411 on all things “yard sale” for you, including why you should be hitting them up this summer and how to reap the benefits of thrifting. 

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Not Your Grandma’s Squares – How to Teach Yourself Crochet

Thanks largely to Pinterest, the crafting renaissance of the last few years has begun to take on a life of its own. Handicrafts like knitting and crochet are considered social art forms, and were once passed down from one generation to the next by women who met in groups to work and chat. Your mother or grandmother may have tried to teach you one of these skills as a child, but at the time the interest didn’t sink in or the desire wasn’t strong enough to retain the information.

You may be familiar with the Granny Square Blanket. Most likely someone in your family had one when you were growing up, and if not, you definitely saw one across the Barr family couch on Roseanne. This iconic crochet pattern often included mismatched or 70’s era colors, low-cost scratchy yarn, and was just ugly.

Today’s crochet combines the spirit of the women who created the art (1700 lace makers) and the ingenuity of the 1970’s without any of the ugly out-of-date patterns and colors. Now that you are finally ready to learn, this quick guide will help you start the process of learning how to crochet with tools and resources available on the Internet.

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A Twist on a Family Recipe to Fuel Your Fancy

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of Friendship Dairies for IZEA. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

Do you have favorite recipes from your childhood that you haven’t been able to recreate on your own? We all have meals and treats that we loved as a child that we crave every now and then. Growing up in Russia, my mom and my grandmother made me fresh cheese pancakes. Cheese pancakes are a Russian recipe, and they are so delicious. I have wanted to make them for my daughter for a long time, but the main ingredient, a fresh white cheese called quark, is so hard to find. I haven’t found it in stores near us, so I haven’t been able to make these pancakes. 

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Smokin’ The New Season of Grilling

If you think grilling is the “thing” to do this summer, think again! John McLemore, a southerner through-and-through, was born an entrepreneur and accidentally became a cook. While testing cooking products designed by Masterbuilt, his family business, John and his brother Don, realized they had created a simple style of cooking recipes that are normally considered difficult.

He is the author of “Dadgum That’s Good!” and he’s about to show you the fool-proof way of smoking that will have your grilling days long gone no matter what season it is! 

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10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon has a constant place in our households and on our tables. It is used in household cleaners for that fresh, clean smell and its cleaning power. It’s found in our water glasses at restaurants. It’s found in recipes for food and drink. Lemon is an all purpose great fruit to have around, but we are learning the extra punch that Lemon Essential Oil can provide!

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Best Snacks for Your Summer Fun

Summer means you are on the go. You might be splashing in the pool with your crazy kiddos or on vacation at a theme park. Wherever these sunny days lead you, you want to stay full and healthy. We’ve rounded up the absolute best in snacks for this season. Parents and kids will feel great snacking all summer long, and the best part is, all the choices here are designed to be eaten while you are out and about with zero to minimal preparation. Get moving this summer but snack healthy while you are doing so!

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How to Make a Birthday Balloon Wreath

What’s the first thing party guests see when attending the big bash? Your front door. Instead of having a boring entrance, create an affordable, fun, and easy-to-make showstopper worthy of oos and ahhs to help celebrate each of your family members’ birthdays all year round.

This birthday balloon wreath is easy even for the crafty-challenged. Just set up shop in front of your favorite television show and start tying. Read on for simple instructions on how to make this birthday wreath.

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