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, November 1, 2012
...Since sweet potato casserole is the kids’ favorite holiday side dish, I decided to try and make it a bit healthier and see if they could tell the difference. I reduced the sugar, replaced the eggs with egg whites,used low-fat sweetened condensed milk and whole wheat flour instead of regular and reduced the amount of butter...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
...I create various totes stocked with useful supplies to help organize my
life at home and on-the-go. Below are a few easy tips that will keep you
organized and prepared for any situation that comes your way, no matter
where you might be...
This simple dish is a Holden family favorite, served with a side of
roasted red potatoes and slightly sweet iced tea. This recipe serves our
family of five for dinner on a cool, fall evening...
Thursday, October 25, 2012
...My Halloween Caramel Popcorn creation has become our favorite Halloween
season snack. It’s so quick and easy, with very few ingredients. Feel
free to omit the nuts or candy if you wish, or add some of your favorite
“stir-ins,” such as pecans, pistachios and even yogurt or
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
...From cell phones and
laptops to digital cameras and tablets, each and every one seems to
arrive with more cords and chargers to keep track of. We all need a
system that will help us detangle the mess that cords and chargers can
bring. Here are four ideas that can help you organize your cords and chargers with ease...
Thursday, October 18, 2012
...Tailgating is an integral part of the fall weekend routine in the south
and it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors. The
drawback is that it can get expensive. Try some of my favorite
money-saving tailgating tips for a party that costs less but is still
full of fun for everyone...
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Getting our children up and out the door for school each morning is no
small task, not to mention the time it takes preparing their lunches. To
help simplify my morning routine, I created a station to pack lunches
in our home.
If you plan road-travel adventures, it is very important to pack an
emergency survival kit in your vehicle. Such kits can be purchased
pre-assembled or you can make your own with a little help from the
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Although fall is my favorite time of year, it seems so busy with my
kids’ many activities (football, soccer and dance). Dinnertime can be
quite a challenge, but not when I have recipes that take only 30 minutes
to prepare from start to finish. This recipe for Beef and Broccoli is
one of my favorite quick and easy main dishes...
As the leaves begin to change and the crisp, fall air arrives, it’s time
to say goodbye to summer and welcome the autumn weather! Try one of my
inexpensive fall fun ideas and celebrate the changing of the season with
your family or friends...
Thursday, October 4, 2012
...My three kids and I have been craving pumpkin bread this fall and this
recipe for Mini-Pumpkin Bread with Greek Yogurt has been a staple. These
mini loaves are so good, incredibly simple and they also make the
perfect fall or holiday gift...
When you set out to create a new color scheme...you no longer have to rely on swatches and color
palettes created by other designers. With online color generators, you
can now create your own custom, color swatches from images found on the
internet, or sourced from your own digital photographs....
Friday, September 28, 2012
Depending on many factors in your life, including your budget and
schedule, meal planning can be a good or bad thing. To this end, I
wanted to share a few resources to help make meal planning a little
easier. All of the tools and ideas provided are FREE so you can try them
and see which works best for you and your family...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
It is rumored that there are nearly 14,000 alternate uses for everyday
table salt, including skincare and health remedies. Below are my
favorite, top ten uses for salt...
Monday, September 24, 2012
The concept of “paying it forward” is nothing new, but in recent years
it has become even more popular. The notion behind “paying it forward”
is that a good deed not be reciprocated to the originator, but instead
repaid in good faith to another unsuspecting person....
Friday, September 21, 2012
There comes a point in everyone’s week when they just want to go out
to dinner instead of preparing one... So
now the trick is finding a restaurant to feed your family without
spending a fortune. Below are a few mobile restaurant apps that will
help you feed your family without breaking the bank...