a simplified week

As part of Start Here. I post a weekly recap with a couple ideas (mostly simple and easy to implement) for the week’s focus and a few ideas from the web that I’ve enjoyed over the week. I hope you like this feature as much as I do. Happy Weekending!


  • Towels 101: Whether you are in the market for new towels or curious as to how to extend the life of your current ones, this ought to help! Via Clean Mama
  • Did you know that most dryer sheets coat your towels and laundry with a layer of waxy chemicals that can make them dingy and less absorbent? Try switching to a more natural route of making your own with this simple DIY from Live Renewed.
  • Solve the stinky towel issue once and for all with a couple of simple household ingredients. No more mildew smell! Via A Sweet Fragrance
  • I am a big fan of rolling towels for storing over folding them. Needless to say, I am loving this repurpoed wine rack in to a towel rack – all the towels are rolled for more storage and uniformity. Love it! Via BHG

Something to Eat:

  • Some days are harder than others to make a complete, nutritious dinner for the family. Enter the almighty slow cooker. Pop in a whole chicken, some herbs and butter and have a yummy dinner on the table with ease. Even makes some chicken stock to freeze or use. How’s that for double duty? Via Wellness Mama

Something to Make:

  • I totally fell in love with this adorable sock monkey tutorial the instant I saw it. One pair of socks, embroidery thread and some felt for the eyes is all that’s needed. Seriously cute gift or something fun to make as a project with your little one. Via Craft Passion

Something for the Kids:

  • I can legitimately claim some Irish blood in my veins, so I feel the need (and enjoy) celebrating the holiday with our kids. Thanks to three supplies – paper, tape and scissors – we will be making a field full of these adorable paper shamrocks to adorn our windows. Via How About Orange


  • I really love a rotisserie chicken for it’s versatility. Check out this great idea of how you can use 3 rotisserie chicken to make 5 to 6 meals. Includes 13 different recipes to please every palate. Great to freeze or double batch to make life simpler on those crazy days. Via Eat at Home Cooks