Our Favorites in FEATURED on Blissfully Domestic for 2014

2014 has blown by in what seems to be a blink of an eye. Wasn't it Valentine's Day just last week? Am I right, this year has just gone by so quickly?! Over the last 12 months, Blissfully Domestic has featured some pretty great writers with unique ideas, creative crafts, tasty recipes and so much more. We thought it would be fun to share with you our top 10 favorites from the Featured section of Blissfully Domestic!Without further ado, in no particular order, here are our Top 10 Featured Favorites:11 Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids - With Valentine's Day being just around the corner, this one is a great one to check out sooner than later!9 Father's Day Gift Ideas - Great news! Gifts for Dad never go out of style. Give him something he'll love all year … [Read more...]

Tips to Help you Plan for Multigenerational Travel

Many people will be planning for multigenerational travel this summer. While traveling with extended family has its perks, it can also produce a few stressors. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin to plan your getaway. Preparing for a Multigenerational Trip Plan a family meeting and discuss important things like where to go, what to do, who’s watching the kids, physical limitations and the biggie- MONEY. Discuss up front how much it will cost and who is paying for what. Money is a touchy subject and once you’ve had “the talk” everyone should be able to relax and enjoy their vacation.Plan things Together Planning any vacation is a lot of work and it shouldn’t fall on one person’s shoulders. While you can designate one person to reserve a vacation home, make flight … [Read more...]

Chores at Any Age – A Guide for Parents

Giving your children responsibility around the house will teach them important life skills and help them grow up to be responsible adults.  As soon as a child is able to follow a simple command, he can start helping with household chores.Though the younger ones may not really be doing anything too helpful, involving your children in the household duties at a young age will develop great habits. Here's a guide for parents to help know what kids can do at which ages.Chores Toddlers Can DoPick up their own toys Help put away laundry Help you dust or wipe down a cabinet*Chores Preschoolers Can DoHelp set the table Help you water the lawn or garden Make their bedChores That Grade-Schoolers Can Dovacuum feed the family pet fold laundry*A … [Read more...]

12 Simple DIY Solutions to Organize Your Home

The New Year is the perfect time to start fresh and anew. It's the best time to purge and get organized!If you're like me, you have little piles of "stuff" lingering in different corners of the house. There's a tabletop or surface that becomes the "catch all" as you walk through the door. When you desperately need a pen, there's not a pen to be found...I have some DIY organization solutions for you today!/1/ Distressed Mason Jars - These beautiful mason jars are perfect for the craft room to organize paint brushes and markers or the office space to organize pens and pencils./2/ Folding Chair Command Center - I love using common items for not-so-common purposes! This folding chair command center is perfect for unusual art and is still great for extra seating./3/ Sofa … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Teacher’s Gifts for Every Budget

How do you make sure, from day one, that your child is Teacher's Pet?  You send a teacher's gift on the first day, of course! We're all on a budget these days. Don't let the idea of a teacher's gift make you put a Master Lock on your wallet.  You can give an impressive "thanks for teaching my student" token of appreciation for as little as a couple of dollars.  Really.  Keep reading./1/ A Succulent Garden - This succulent garden will be special on day one of the school year and beyond./2/ Let's Kick Off this Year with a Splash! - Fill a child's {new} rain boot with a few of teacher's essentials and maybe even a gift card to offset her expenses. This gift she'll surely get a kick out of!/3/ Teacher Subway Art - Here's a super simple gift idea that will cost you very … [Read more...]

7 DIY Back-to-School Supplies That Are A+

Back-to-School is right around the corner.  The sales flyers and store front windows are proof in themselves that it's almost time to send our kids back into the classroom.  Do you have what it takes to save a little money and make a few of their supplies on your own?  Or, would you like to simply add a little DIY to your school supply organization? Keep reading.  I've got a few DIY tutorials to get you started!/1/Pencil Pouch - Sure the pencil pouches at the big box stores are cheap, but are they this cute? With even a little sewing knowledge YOU can make this super cute pouch for all of your pencils and pens./2/Toddler Backpack - Almost always, our older children have a strong opinion on what color and style backpack they want to carry. Our preschoolers, on the other hand, … [Read more...]