26 Baseball Mom Apparel and Accessories Moms Will Love


Are you a Baseball Mom?  Do you love all the Baseball Mom Apparel and Accessories you see other moms wearing at the fields?

If so, I’ve put together some fun apparel and accessories, that I know you’ll and other Baseball Moms will love!

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10 Outdoor Sports Season Must Have Items for the ‘Spoiled Parent’

Baseball season is under way and with our boys being on different teams we are spending a lot of time outdoors. This past weekend had a triple header.  The first game started at 1 pm and the last one didn’t end until about 8:30 pm. Spending that much time outdoors, I want to spoil myself and enjoy some little luxuries that will make my life easier and bit more comfortable.

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5 Graduation Party Places You May Have Overlooked

Finding a place to have a graduation party or even any party really stinks, especially here in the Las Vegas Valley. We don’t have very many luxuries outside of a casino to rent party places that don’t charge you a fortune.

Graduation Party Places

When my daughter graduated high school and being a penny pincher, I really wanted to do the party at home. However, our guest list was quite big and we just couldn’t hold 50 people in our home.

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How to Declutter Your Home

How to Declutter Your Home is something that I constantly thought about every time I walked into my closet. Bins and bins of toys, garbage bags full of clothes and shoes and it didn’t stop there.  I would head into the loft and see more toys and I longed for the days where my kids no longer played with toys.  I get angry and upset because there is so much we need to get rid of but the thought of it just overwhelmed me.

How to Declutter Your Home

 

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5 Tips on How to Stay on Top of Laundry

How to stay on top of laundry is possible.  In my house it seemed as if our washer and dryer was running non stop.  If we didn’t do laundry often, we’d find ourselves piled up to our ears in laundry.  I was tired of feeling overwhelmed with laundry and realized that I had to find how to stay on top of laundry that worked for my family of 6. How to Stay on Top of Laundry

You don’t have to dread doing laundry.  Just follow these 5 tips on how to stay on top of laundry and you’ll find your not as overwhelmed.

1.  Get a  Laundry Sorter basket.

This laundry sorter is perfect because once the basket is full, I know it’s the perfect load for my large capacity washer.   I sort laundry the following way — Whites, Colors and Towels.  If my color load is too big, I’ll throw our jeans in with the towels. I’ve found that the lint from towels don’t really hang on to the blue jean material so this works out pretty well.    If you’ve got new clothes, wash them by themselves for the first few washes just in case they bleed.  After a few washes it’ll be fine to place in with your regular colored load.

2.  Don’t overfill your washer.

Your clothes don’t clean as well, plus your dryer gets overloaded and you’ll find that your clothes come out wrinkled and you’re not really saving anytime.  Your actually spending more time since you’ll be ironing your wrinkled clothes.

3.  Get on a routine.

I could do  a load of laundry every day, but I find that I need a break from it.  I do laundry on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we do two loads a day.  I do sheets and linens every other week on the off days.  The first thing I do in the morning before I do anything else is throw a load of laundry in the washer.  I know it takes about 45 minutes for my washer to go through it’s cycle.  By the time I’ve gotten the kids breakfast and lunch made for the day, it’s time to throw the load into the dryer.  I’ll throw the second load into the washer and drive the kids to school.  By the time I get home my load of laundry is almost dried with the second load being ready to go into the dryer.  I’ll fold the clothes and let them sit until the last load is dry and folded.   On the days that I can’t fold them right away, I’ll take the clothes out of the basket, separate the clothes and lay them flat on the bed so they don’t wrinkle.  Then when the kids get home from school we all work together to fold and put the clothes away.

45 minutes seems to be the magic number for my washer and dryer.  I can start laundry before dinner, my favorite show, before I shower and get ready for the day etc.  Find your magic number and make laundry your first task.

4.  Invest in a  Flip and Fold.

Folding shirts are a pain but with this flip and fold I can have the kids help and know that their shirts are getting folded right. Plus the flip and fold, keeps the shirts nice and tight and I don’t have to worry about ironing them.

5.  Limit your kids to the amount of clothes they wear and the towels they use.  

My kids wear uniforms to school and when they come home they want to change into their play clothes, but they don’t play in them.  They’ll just sit around the house for a few hours before bed.  If that’s the case, I’ll make sure they fold their play clothes and wear them the next day.

These 5 tips on how to say on top of laundry are just a few ways that make our life easier.  Also I want to remind you that you should also clean your washer from time to time, if your washer is dirty, your clothes will smell dirty.

I’d love to hear your tips.  Comment below and tell me your tips on how to stay on top of laundry.

 

 

 

35 Tips on How to Have a Successful Yard Sale

How to have a successful yard sale.  This may be something your are thinking of in order to pay off some of that holiday debt. Having a yard sale is a great way to make some extra money, so I put together 35 tips on how to have a successful yard sale.

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I asked the savviest people I know their ideas on how to have a successful yard sale and here are the 35 tips we came up with.

  1. Advertise in your local newspaper and on Craigslist.  
  2. Get Group Yard Sales together, especially with your neighbors.  This will help attract more people and help save you the cut the cost with advertising.
  3. Takes some pictures of the items you are selling and provide a link in the ad of photos.  You can use sharing sites like Photobucket, Flickr and so on.
  4. Make Lots of Signs.  List Big Items on your signs, such as:  Tools, Baby, Furniture etc..
  5. For your signs, use a bright background color and keep the colors consistent.
  6. Make Letter BIG!  Stand across the room and make sure you can read it.  Letters on your sign, should contain Big, Bold and Black lettering.
  7. Make a big sign that says You are Here!
  8. Have your yard sale around the 1st of the month.
  9. Consider the weather.
  10. Make your displays attractive as possible
  11. Try to get everything up off the ground.
  12. Group Like items together
  13. Hang up your clothes and make sure they are clean.
  14. Don’t have enough tables?  Use totes and boxes as tables instead.
  15. Keep it simple, people don’t want to dig through a bunch of stuff.
  16. Place large items near the curb
  17. Color Code your pricing – Use plain dot stickers
  18. Don’t ask for a lot, people want deals, not somewhat reduced retail prices.
  19. Keep prices under 50% of retail.
  20. Create a price layout plan, so everyone helping out knows the prices.
  21. Have a least 2 people working at all times.
  22. Keep your money with you at all times.
  23. Don’t use a cash box.
  24. Run larger bills inside and place it in a safe place.
  25. Get lots of small bills and change.
  26. Don’t accept large bills such as $50’s and $100’s.
  27. Go with your gut feeling if a bill seems fishy.
  28. Don’t let people inside to use your bathroom.
  29. Save all of your grocery bags to use for the items you sell.
  30. Offer something free with purchase, such as balloons for the kids.  You don’t need helium, just blow them up, the kids will love it.
  31. Have a free box to pick out items from.  Spend $5 get 1 free item, Spend $10 and get 2 free items and so on.
  32. Offer fill a bag items.  $5 to fill a bag.  This will help you quickly sell off books, nick knacks, etc..
  33. Make Signs that say the following:  All Sales Final, No Returns, Items sold As-Is, Cash Only – No Checks, No Bathroom.
  34. Wait until the last day to discount items.  Start discounting them 2 hours before you shut down.
  35. Pack up all remaining items and donate them.

 

You may want to check out my other post:  5 Tips on How Can I Get Money and Payoff that Holiday Debt.

Do you have anything you’d like to add to the list on how to have a successful yard sale?

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