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Clear your Mind with Shining the Sink Methodology Get Organized / Home & Style / Household / Organizing


Clear your Mind with Shining the Sink Methodology
Clear Your Mind with Shining the Sink methodology!!

Living with 4 boys and a husband has its rewards and challenges. While I do not have to deal with the up and down emotions of a daughter, I do have to deal with the continuous reminders of cleaning their rooms, throwing their clothes down to be washed, cleaning the toilet after they use it, etc.

My 24 Hour Kitchen Cycle picture is my biggest pet peeve! My sink never stays clean. It absolutely drives me crazy….gets under my skin….puts a scoul on my face. If my kitchen sink and my counters and table are clean from dishes, food and crumbs… I am  happy camper. I can deal with some paper clutter as I am always shuffling things, but food and dishes are a no– no!!

Who else can relate?

I was never like this but over the years juggling work, kids, household items and just plain life, I have learned that the “Shining Your Sink” methodology really does clear your head and mind and encourages MOTIVATION to be able to move forward toward your priorities.

NOW how do I get the rest of my family there??? LOL– I have been known to put up signs:

Clear your Mind with Shining the Sink Methodology


I learned the Shining Your sink methodology through various classes and reading. If you are looking to get yourself into a more organized life and clear mindset, you may want to look into some of the classes and books I have read that have really helped me surge ahead in my life!! And its not just about having a clean sink but how to allow your mind to get to where you want to be in a much faster, less distracted path!

Make Today Matter Mini courses by Brook Noel

Make Today Matter Mini Classes

Make Today Matter Full Membership by Brook Noel

Make Today Matter Full Membership


Make over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine

Make Over Your Mornings


Make over Your Evenings by Crystal Paine Make Over Your Evenings

Sink Reflections book by the Fly Lady

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Dorm Room Checklist and Essentials: What to send with your College Freshman Best Back to School / Deals / Get Organized / Household / Topics

dorm room checklist

Share this Dorm Room CheckList with those heading off to college this year!

I put together this Dorm Room Checklist last year to make sure we were remembering everything when my son went off to college. I added items for girls also so that any College Student can use this as a guideline as they are packing up to head off to the next step in their lives!

Many students realize they need some of these items once they get there so even if you think you are done shopping, take a look at the list!

Good Luck to all the College Freshman!

Check out our Dorm Room Catalog here and get many of these items on sale and shop from home!


College Dorm School Supplies

desk lamp
ethernet cord
extension cord
memory stick
pencil holder
plain envelopes
power strip
white out
extra printer ink
hole punch
pencil sharpener
printer paper

Back to School Electronics

Dorm Room Organization

bed lifts (for creating storage or desk space under your bed)
bulletin board with push pins for hanging flyers, contact numbers, schedules, etc.
storage bins
under-bed boxes
over the door hooks
Tools and Emergency Supplies


Miscellaneous Necessities

duct tape
basic toolkit with hammer and screwdriver
sewing kit
ace bandage
cold medicine
cotton balls
cough drops
hydrogen peroxide
nail clippers
nail file
pain reliever
Pepto Bismol
vitamin c

dorm room essentials

Personal Items Dorm Checklist

bath towels
hand towels
wash cloths
shower flip flops
traveling soap container
shower caddy/basket
curling iron/straightener
hair care products
hair dryer
shower gel/soap
shaving cream
face soap
facial moisturizer
dental floss
trash bags
trash can
laundry bag/basket
laundry detergent
all purpose cleaner
2 pillows
2 sets of sheets
alarm clock
bedside lamp

Dorm Life Entertainment

dvd player
iPod dock
mp3 player
mini fridge
water bottle
coffee maker

Forget some Dorm Room Checklist Items?

Shop and ship your items right to your student at:

Shop Your Way Dorm Items
Amazon Dorm Room Items
Bed Bath & Beyond


Topic: Dorm Room Checklist




Enter to Win / Household / Topics

Who doesn’t need Stain Tips?


I can always use more tips for stains and Resolve is offering Stain Tips and a chance to win a Prize!

All you need to do is share a Stain Tip and you will be entered into the Sweepstakes.

Winners will be announced on the Resolve Facebook page.

Enter below before 8/5:


Make sure to enter now–the Sweepstakes ends on 8/5/13!

You can win Mountain Bikes, a Minden Grill 30,000 BTU Master Grill, Nikon digital Camera,or Farrino Chaos 3 person tent!


Topic: Stain Tips

DIY Projects, Household Tips and Recipe Roundup: Spring Cleaning, DIY Laundry Soap & more Cooking / Deals / Do It Yourself / Enter to Win / Homemade Items / Household / Recipes / Resources / Topics

DIY Projects

 Check out these great DIY Projects, Household Tips and Recipe Roundup of posts from my fellow Bloggers!!

We have a great group of bloggers that share information. One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting new people and exploring new blogs.  This week I got to work with 4 other great ladies and visit their blogs from the Mission Giveaway Group. I cant possibly put as much content on Coupons For Your Family as I would like to so it’s fun to see what everyone else is up to and I wanted to share some of that with you!




You have to try this amazing no bake oreo cheesecake cookie recipe.

My blogger friend Layne has a great description of this recipe I posted :

“Oreos. Cream Cheese. Chocolate. Oh. My. Word. Let’s please all take a moment of silence while we listen to my thighs jiggle! So while this will be a treat in moderation {.. or attempted moderation} I love that the entire batch cost her less than $3 to make and was quick to do! Some days, I need a treat for company coming over and don’t have much free time to get in the kitchen. These would be the perfect thing to serve!”

Thanks Layne–they are really good and highly addictive!!



pork chops

Stephanie from Two Girls and Some Coupon$ has a really easy and tasty recipe posted for un-stuffed pork chops. I love her creativity and how easy this recipe looks. I’m all about quick and simple without skimping on flavor! This is sure to become a family favorite!

DIY Projects & Household Tips



Julia at Couponing to be Debt Free has a free spring cleaning checklist to print! The sunshine and warmer air we’ve been experiencing this last week has made me stir crazy to say the least. I’ve also noticed a lot of smudges and spots that we couldn’t see in the winter darkness. So I’m taking advantage of the next few nap times and tackling this list little by little!



Jenni over at Sweet Pennies from Heaven has her super simple, three ingredient homemade laundry soap recipe available! I use this personally and it is GREAT! It cleans well and isn’t packed with harsh chemicals. I also love that one batch will last for awhile, so it’s very convenient to use.


all natural tub scrub

Layne at My Best Laid Plans has her all natural tub scrub recipe posted. It’s easy to make with only four ingredients and it cleans incredibly well. Since it’s all natural, it’s safe to use around kids and pets without being worried about harsh fumes or chemicals. If you have a dirty tub or sink on your spring cleaning list, make sure to check it out!




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Thanks for hopping around with us today.  Have a great weekend!

If you have a blog and have a Recipe Deal and Giveaway to share, please attach a link in the linky provided!

Make sure to leave a comment also!!


Topic: Recipe Deal and Giveaway Roundup

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PartyLite is the world’s #1 direct seller of premium candles and home-fragrance products. How many of you have been at a Party Lite Candle party recently? I love their candle sand have gotten some great hostess gifts for having a house party! I like to be able to get together with girlfriends and have a snack and glass of wine all while seeing new products! Even if I cannot attend a friends party I usually submit an order to help the hostess and because of the great smelling candles. They also burn more evenly and last longer than standard candles purchased at the store

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Make sure to sign up for their PartyLite Simple Pleasures Holiday Sweepstakes and check their new Winter/Spring 2012 Catalog that has just been released so make sure to check out the great new candle scents and home accents!

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Why is Manilla necessary? Most people have more than 20 different household accounts, including three to four credit cards, several travel and hotel rewards accounts, multiple magazine and newspaper subscriptions, plus cable, phone, and other assorted utility bills. In order to stay on top of all this, people have to manage daily incoming paper mail, an array of online usernames and passwords, and websites in order to access important account information and take action. Manilla seamlessly retrieves all your account information – current balances, previous payments, upcoming bills due – and stores it for you in one secure place. Most importantly, you need only one password to view, manage and organize it all.

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There are so many reports of bed bugs on the news lately that I thought that this may come in handy!! I haven’t scheduled one myself yet, but I am seriously thinking about it because I have a bug fetish.  Just thinking about bed bugs makes me itchy!!! I watched a show the other night on the Tru channel and was so grossed out at the segment that was on. This little boys bed was covered at night with bed bugs and completely gone during the day… the mom had no clue until it was a serious issue!!

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