Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The fall season brings many opportunities to entertain guests in your
home and set a nice dinner table. While I often enjoy a traditionally
set table, I also like to change things up a bit by creating place
settings that are creative and unique...
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Looking for an easy fall project? Make this rustic chalkboard sign for a
fun fall greeting. Chalkboard paint can reinvent almost any surface and
create a fun, writable space for adults and children alike...
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
If you’re looking for a fun family project this weekend– this is it!
Recently, my seven-year-old daughter had been wishing for a tree swing.
After a little research, we discovered a simple way to grant her wish
with a DIY project!...
Monday, November 17, 2014
I always spend so much time on my Thanksgiving menu that I can’t wait to
not have to cook for the next few days and be able to enjoy the
leftovers all weekend long...
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Neapolitan is one of my favorite ice cream flavors. There is something
wonderful about not having to choose just one flavor ― you get a little
vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ― which feels like a real treat.
Recently, I wanted to have the same experience...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
For the last fifteen years, I’ve hung a basic white shower liner
paired with a decorative fabric shower curtain, changing both through
the years, but always with the same basic look. Our main bathroom also serves as...
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
My children and I love making Brussels sprouts during this time of year,
especially around the Thanksgiving holiday. I know what some of you
must be thinking – I am so lucky that my children love Brussels sprouts!
If your children are on the edge about eating Brussels sprouts or if
you’re thinking about serving it to them...
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Do you find yourself stressed out about having Thanksgiving at your
house? Taper your stress by planning ahead! If you’re unsure of where to
start, follow the below outline I’ve created, which includes....
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I wanted to share my new, favorite dessert – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Pecan Pie – perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This pie is
not only delicious, but requires only 15 minutes of my “hands-on” time! A
dream come true for those of us that will be playing chef for the next
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Halloween is just around the corner and as parents, the first thing that
comes to mind is our children’s safety. Having attended my fair share
of trick-or-treating, I wanted to share the below tips I’ve gathered
over time to ensure you and your child’s safety this season...
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
This mocktail recipe is the perfect addition to your children’s
Halloween party menu. My three kids and I tested this concoction a few
days ago and decided to name it “Bat’s Brew.” For a unique serving idea,
hollow out a pumpkin and fill it with ice to make a fun
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Looking to create some simple Halloween decorations? The best projects
(in my opinion) are the ones that don’t require a ton of supplies and
aren’t overly complicated. This DIY idea is neither of these things....
Every fall I find myself with a sudden urge to see how many things I can
cook, bake, or whip up using canned pumpkin. Desserts seem like the
‘food group’ I gravitate towards when dreaming up new pumpkin-y recipes
like these mini pumpkin milkshakes...
If you make homemade gifts for the holidays that need packaging,
consider red or blue lid Ziploc® Brand Twist ’n Loc® Containers for
sharing your goodies. The small ones hold up to 16 ounces, or two cups
of ingredients (or items) and are leak resistant...
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
It’s that time of year again—football season! Chances are you’ll find
yourself either feeding a hungry sports crowd or being invited to a
football viewing party at some point this season. When that happens,
have this easy football cupcake idea handy...
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to make something
fun with the kids, these Halloween pizza bagels are a quick and easy
holiday snack. Use the mini bagels as a base and make spiders using thin
strips of bell peppers for the legs and olives for the eyes...