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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.

Easy Fall Place Setting Idea

Easy Fall Place Setting Idea

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...

DIY Fall Chalkboard Sign

DIY Fall Chalkboard Sign

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...

How to Make a Tree Swing

How to Make a Tree Swing

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!...

Tips for Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

Tips for Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

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...

Neapolitan Mini Cakes

Neapolitan Mini Cakes

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...

Easy Shower Curtain Re-Styling

Easy Shower Curtain Re-Styling

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...

Holiday Side Dish Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

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...

Thanksgiving Countdown List

Thanksgiving Countdown List

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....

Thanksgiving Dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie

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 few months...

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

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...

Bat's Brew Mocktail

Bat's Brew Mocktail

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 “jack-o-cooler"...

DIY Halloween Balloons

DIY Halloween Balloons

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....

Mini Pumpkin Milkshakes

Mini Pumpkin Milkshakes

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...

Ziploc® Brand Container Round Label Printables and Ideas

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... 

Easy Football Cupcakes

Easy Football Cupcakes

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...

After-School Snack: Halloween Pizza Bagels

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...

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