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Ashley Marcin

Ashley is a work-at-home mom to daughter Ada and creator of lifestyle blogs {never}homemaker and Writing Chapter Three.

Latest articles by Ashley Marcin

10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time

Nothing beats homemade cakes and breads, but who has the time? Pre-mix your dry ingredients, store, and bake later in a jiffy.

10 Cool Uses for a Slow Cooker

A crock pot is handy to have around, and not just for delicious stews. Find out what else you can do with your slow cooker besides cook dinner.

12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

From dressing your salad to softening your callouses, you'll find a use for apple cider vinegar in every room of your home.

10 Incredible Microwave Baked Desserts

A microwave bakes better than an oven two ways: it's faster and it makes single serving treats. Start nuking dessert with these easy recipes.

10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money

Make your bathroom brighter, tidier, and more efficient with some cheap products and simple hacks that won't smudge your budget.

15 Delicious Foods to Try in Your Waffle Maker

Make your waffle iron do more than take up space in your appliance drawer with this collection of tasty waffle iron meals and treats.

5 Awesome, Cheap Alternatives to Luxury Services

Did the Great Recession force a cutback in household staff? Replace Jeeves with DIY solutions that deliver white glove service for way less.

15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your muffin tin is good for more than muffins and cupcakes. Put yours to work around the clock with these easy, delicious savory muffin recipes.

12 Amazing Home Buys Under $5

You wouldn't think $5 would buy much for the home these days, but these 12 useful things will solve hundreds of problems, inside and out.

10 Money-Saving New Year's Goals That You Can Actually Keep

This year, resolve to spend less and save more. Go for one or more of these easy-to-reach goals!

The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry

If you keep these 10 heavy lifters in your pantry, you'll have just what you need for dozens of quick, nutritious, and delicious meals.

14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray

From candles to coffee cubes, your ice cube tray can do a lot more for you besides conveniently make ice.

5 Signs You Were Raised by Parents With Bad Social Skills

Our parents teach us so much about how to live — for better or worse. If crowds aren't your thing, identify the signs and overcome your upbringing.

50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products

Homemade gifts are always appreciated, but your recipient may not always want your famous pecan-sugar bars. Mix it up with these DIY beauty gifts.

Learn All the Frugal Skills You Need With These 9 Great Video Tutorials

The one with the most skills at the end wins. Add to your repertoire with this collection of essential frugal life skills.

6 Ways to Ask Your Boss for Better Work-Life Balance

Unless you're self-employed, the only way to improve your work-life balance is to ask. Get your boss to say yes with this clear plan.

15 Genius Kitchen Storage Solutions

You don't need a renovation to get more storage space in your kitchen — you only need inspiration. Get some with these clever kitchen storage ideas.

10 Mindless Ways You're Spending Money

Where does it all go? Who knows!? Watch out for these mindless spends and keep control of your money.

10 Ways to Save Ruined Recipes

Even the best home cooks sometimes make mistakes. Save dinner with these easy fixes for 10 common kitchen mistakes.

8 Free Apps to Boost Your Online Productivity

From image manipulation to social media blockers, this collection of useful apps will help you and your PC get more done.