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.
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...
I’m a huge fan of eating salads for lunch and dinner, especially around
this time of year when most vegetables are in season. This recipe for
Arugula and Black-eyed Pea Salad starts with a simple lime and chipotle
vinaigrette, combined with a black-eyed pea and black bean mixture...
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The aroma of these honey-pumpkin baked apples is reason enough to give
your baking skills a try! This delicious fall recipe will fill your home
with the cozy smell of the fall season. Growing up I had baked apple
treats for dessert a few times a week and now I love serving them to my
kids as an afternoon snack...
Sunday, September 28, 2014
It’s back to school season, which means it’s the perfect time to make
your children something healthy and filling for breakfast. This recipe
for Mini Vegetable Omelets is not only easy-to-make, but also super
nutritious, as it contains fresh vegetables and eggs...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Tailgating is one of the best parts of football season, especially in
the south. Whether you are starting early for breakfast or holding off
till mid-day, score big with crowd-pleasing foods like dips, sandwiches
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
With the new school year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to refresh
your routine and get your children on track to a healthier lifestyle.
If you start educating your children on good eating habits while they
are young, there is a greater chance of it sticking with them throughout
Monday, September 15, 2014
Chicken wings have become a staple game day appetizer for adults and
children alike. Although there are many variations of sauces that wings
are made in, this recipe for Honey Glazed Chicken Wings is one of my
Next time you’re at the grocery store scouring the chip and dip aisle,
forget the dip and just grab the chips. Instead of buying canned salsa,
try making your own! Follow this salsa recipe and you’ll have a tasty,
fresh salsa dip ready in just 20 minutes...
When my son left for him first semester of college last year his absence
was so noticeable, the days couldn’t pass fast enough. Now, looking
back, the past ten months passed in what can only be described as a
blur. During the time that led up to his departure one of our family
rituals – eating dinner together – came to a halt...
Entertaining during the summertime can be a lot of fun. I personally use
summer as an excuse to play with bright colors and add a little touch
of whimsy to my dinner table or party space. I was dreaming up some
playful centerpiece ideas recently and decided that a pineapple would
make a great flower vase!...