WFMW: Free Ebook For You {Including 800+ Tips}

For more than seven years, the blog carnival, Works For Me Wednesday has been a hub of helpful tips for every area of a busy woman’s life. Hundreds of bloggers link up every week and thousands of tips have been shared over the past years.

Nearly two years ago, we compiled more than 800 of the best tips into 24 popular categories in e-book form.


This e-book offers a categorized, organized place for more than 800 practical, “aha!” tips to make your life run smoother. That Works For Me! is a celebration of the WFMW community, with tips from hundreds of different blogs. It won’t organize your linen closets or remove stains, but this e-book will offer you a good place to start. We’ve searched and compiled and created an organized e-book with 24 popular categories, featuring the best of tips in each group.

Here’s a sample page:


And guess what? It is now absolutely FREE to everyone who subscribes to my blog! Fill in your email address below and you’ll get a confirmation email with a link to download it absolutely free.

*And for those who are already email subscribers, watch for an email for your free download link…coming soon. RSS subscribers…check your feed.

I hope that works for you!


WFMW: 3 Things Stitch Fix has Taught Me About Fashion


I’ve written before about Stitch Fix, the personal styling company that delivers cute clothes right to your door. I’m still a big fan and I think it’s taught me a few things:

1. I don’t have to match

Gasp. I know. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have been caught dead adding a turquoise sweater over a black and white polka dotted top. I’ve always worn very conservative clothes and mostly solid colors, with black being my favorite. I think one of the best things about Stitch Fix is it gives me courage to wear things together I wouldn’t have dared on my own. The other day I put a blue shirt and a black and white maxi skirt from Stitch Fix. It’s scandalous, I tell you.

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2. I have my own style

On a recent retreat, I mostly wore mixed and matched Stitch Fix pieces with things I already had. Several times, friends said, “I really like your style.” Something I’ve never really heard before in response to my clothing choices. Stitch Fix (with their fantastic style guide) has taught me to be stylish and I love that.


3. I need to accessorize

I’m seriously a simple girl. I wear a watch and a wedding ring and I’ve had the same earrings on since college. What? They still fit. But I’ve learned that a bold statement necklaces (non-matchy matchy, a bonus) adds so much to an outfit. I’m wearing a new necklace from my favorite fair trade shop. Accessories really can make the outfit and even better, change what you already own into something a little different.


Stitch Fix still works for me! [My referral link is included]

WFMW: Last Minute Tween/Teen Halloween Costumes

Just when you think your older kids are done with dressing up….

You realize they are still just kids.

My daughter was invited to a friend’s all-girl costume get-together. We opted for practical t-shirt “costumes” for both our big kids so they could wear the cute tees again:

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My son is going to be Captain America:


They made the cuffs, headband and shield out of craft foam.

It works for us!

WFMW: What You Can Do With One Gallon of Paint


If you follow me on Instagram, you know what’s coming.

I’ve been itching to paint and distress my boring brown kitchen cabinets since we moved in last August. And by itching to paint, I really mean, paying someone else to do it. I’m still recovering from post-kitchen-cabinet-painting from nearly 10 years ago. It’s a real thing. After several too-high estimates, I finally found a recommended painter in-between jobs to do it for a fourth of the price if I would supply the paint.

Here’s how he did it:

  1. Lightly sand the cabinets, wipe them down.
  2. Prime them. The painter had me buy Cover Stain Primer from Home Depot. $18 This is oil-based, so you’ll need to open the windows.
  3. Paint two coats of Sherwin Williams All Surface Oil Based Enamel (it comes in white and black). Also, stinky stuff.

Before (lighting is from two different times in the day):



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I don’t even know if black cabinets are still “in.” But that’s OK, I really don’t care! I love the warmth they bring to my builder beige walls and tile. We are still hoping to distress them with sandpaper.

I noticed how much of the black paint was left and I asked the painter if he would mind painting my boring white mantle black. He said yes (for $25 bucks!) and lightly sanded it and applied two coats of paint.




[I flipped our family missions statement pallet around and rearranged my Give Thanks Sign Set from Dayspring I had elsewhere for a fall mantel]


It’s amazing what one gallon will do. I still have 1/4 can left. My house better watch out.

It works for me!

WFMW: Let’s Pleygo


My son has always loved Legos. Even at 11, he’s still creating. He loves sitting down with his little sister and teaching her building tricks. She is a big fan now.

Have you heard about Pleygo? It’s an ingenious idea! It’s like Netflix for legos. Lego kits are expensive and honestly, once my kids build them, they take them apart and come up with their own creations. My sister told me about Pleygo after she signed up for a free month. A few days later, my niece was building pink Legos at her kitchen table. Here’s how it works:




It’s an easy-to-use Lego rental system that delivers (free shipping) one kit at a time to your door. Your kids can play, return it and another one is sent. I’m also trying out there brand new affiliate program to earn Lego credit myself..

There are 3 levels of pricing:

1. Get small/medium sets          2. Get small/medium/large sets    3. Get small-large/ huge sets
$15/month, free shipping           $25/month, free shipping                   $39/month, free shipping

Try your free month today.

It works for us!