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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.

No-Bake Nutella Cookies

No-Bake Nutella Cookies

I absolutely love making no-bake desserts and when I find a no-bake cookie recipe, I cannot wait to try it. I created this healthier version of No-Bake Nutella Cookies, which just so happens to be filled with all of my (and my kids’) favorite ingredients: almond milk, dark chocolate, almond butter, oats and Nutella...

Creative Ways to Use Office Labels Outside of Your Office

Have you ever repurposed something ordinary into something completely new? When you take a moment to think of new uses for old things, you begin to think creatively and come up with ideas like turning used tin cans into new office accessories...

Healthy Snap Pea and Barley Salad

Healthy Snap Pea and Barley Salad

If you don’t cook with barley very often, you are missing out. This grain is versatile, going beyond the beef and barley soup and full of health benefits, being called a “super food”. If you’re like me and trying to start off the New Year right, add barley to your cooking repertoire...

Healthy Salad: Salmon Tabbouleh

Healthy Salad: Salmon Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh, a long time salad favorite of mine, is traditionally made with fresh parsley, mint, tomatoes and onion, bulgur and seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Luckily, my three children really like this Middle Eastern favorite, which is a healthy green herbal salad with a hint of grain...

3 Tips for Entertaining in a Small Space

Most often, hosting a party in your own home (versus renting a location) is the most practical and affordable option. However, if you’re like me, you might not have a large living space to entertain in. Personally, one of the biggest challenges in hosting a party in my home is lack of space. When I’m planning a party...

Holiday Ponche Two Ways

Holiday Ponche Two Ways

For my family, the holidays mean making a lot of Mexican food like tamales, pozole, buñelos (Mexican fritters) and lots of yummy drinks. Now that I have my own little family to create memories with, we always love to add...

Healthy Weeknight Dinner: Penne with Turkey Marinara

With the holiday season upon us, it can be difficult to stick to your dinner routine. If you’re looking for a quick healthy weeknight dinner, enjoy this lighter pasta entrée made with ground turkey...

4 Creative Ways to Wrap a Gift Card

4 Creative Ways to Wrap a Gift Card

Gifting gift cards doesn’t have to be boring. There are several ways you can get creative with your gift wrapping this season. Gift cards are small which means you have several options on how to present them...

Tips for Setting a Dessert Table

Tips for Setting a Dessert Table

With the holidays around the corner, there is one item that we can expect to be on everyone’s menu this holiday season – dessert. Whether it’s cookies, a pie, cupcakes or cinnamon rolls, setting up a dedicated table for treats...

Mini Holiday Trees

Mini Holiday Trees

The holidays are upon us and my kids are ecstatic. We love the holidays because we get to bake, decorate our three trees and craft ornaments. When it comes to crafting, I love to involve my daughter as much as I can...

Holiday Dessert: Cinnamon Apple Sugar Dumplings

Do you want to create an impressive autumn dessert that only takes 20 minutes to prepare? These cinnamon apple sugar dumplings are so simple and have only five ingredients. The most difficult part of the entire recipe is deciding what type of apples to purchase and then coring them!...

Tips for Taking Family Photos

Tips for Taking Family Photos

This time of year many of us find ourselves scrambling (and perhaps stressing a bit) trying to get the perfect family photo. Holiday cards seem to put the pressure on us to capture our family in way that looks...

Make a Gift Wrapping Kit

Make a Gift Wrapping Kit

Get out the ribbon and tissue paper because ‘tis the season for wrapping gifts! Recently, I was thinking about a nice gift I could give guests at a small holiday party and the idea of a gift wrapping kit came to mind. I like to give favors that are either practical or edible…

10 Holiday Decorating Tips

10 Holiday Decorating Tips

During the holiday season, my family loves displaying all of our different holiday decorations and our favorite is the tree. Putting up a Christmas tree can be easier than you think....

Healthy Holiday Side: Kale Broccoli Slaw

Healthy Holiday Side: Kale Broccoli Slaw

Since my kids actually like kale and broccoli, I combined the two to make this Kale Broccoli Slaw, perfect for a healthy side dish. This healthy side dish is fabulous with dried cranberries, almonds and the tangy and sweet Greek yogurt dressing...

Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Creating your own unique customized wall art can be both fun and rewarding no matter what your level of craft or art skills. Using nine panels of small stretched canvases from the craft store, here is a project that can be modified in so many creative ways...

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