Category: Tips and advice

10 tips for a smoother weekday routine

The following is a sponsored conversation with CLIF Kid Zbar Filled. As always, all opinions and weird routines are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Heather’s Handmade Life. *** Attention please! School starts ONE WEEK FROM TODAAAAAAY!!! *parents cheer* *my teacher…

Tips for packing carry-on luggage

Tips for packing carry-on luggage {Heather's Handmade Life}

My dad’s been a pilot since before I was born, so I grew up traveling as an “airline kid.” When I got married, I smoothly transitioned into being an “airline spouse,” since my husband is a baggage assembly lead. This means I’m very comfortable…

LED bulbs versus an LED fixture

Our finished basement had the world’s worst light fixtures. They were curvy metal track lights with halogen bulbs that were constantly burning out, leaving the basement darker and dingier than it already was. While I was converting our basement playroom into my new home…

Creative repurposing, reusing, and recycling in our home

Creative repurposing, reusing, and recycling in our home {Heather's Handmade Life}

*Disclosure: I have partnered with Clean Foundation for #GivingTuesday and have received compensation for this post. All opinions and creative repurposing projects are my own. Be sure to read to the end of the post to find out how your kids can be “famous”…

iPhone hacks for parents

iPhone hacks for parents {Heather's Handmade Life}

I have a separate Google calendar that lists all of the dates local restaurants have a “kids eat free” promo. It only took a minute to set up — “Kids eat free at the Big Stop” repeats every Tuesday, for example — and it’s handy to have.

Early Christmas shopping hacks for parents

From organizing your list and getting “Santa confirmation” to joining Facebook co-op groups, here are five ways to make early Christmas shopping easier.

Throwing a baby shower for your bestie

Throwing a baby shower can’t possibly be more than sitting everyone in a circle and cooing over ducky onesies and impossibly tiny sneakers, right? Well, there’s a bit more to it — like the guest list, food, games, gifts and general hosting duties. Not…

Five tips for meal planning + free printable meal planner and shopping list

It was something I hated, and it turned out I wasn’t the only one. I’m talking, of course, about the dreaded act of sitting down with a pad of paper and a pen and figuring out what the H-E-double hockey sticks you’re supposed to…

My famous potty-training advice? Nudity, television, and candy.

Right after Christmas, I shared how Little Miss C — who had just turned 20 months at the time — immediately decided she wanted to be potty-trained. Longtime readers will remember that this was very … uh, very! very! very! … different from how…

How to make your own art gallery wall for $25

I admit it — I don’t like the look of a bunch of kiddie artwork or photos stuck to the refrigerator door. To me, a kitchen instantly feels cleaner and less cluttered when you have bare appliances. Of course, I cover just about every…