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.
...There’s just something about springtime when the windows are all finally
open with the sounds of birds in the air and lovely floral arrangements
about the house. I also pick up simple flowering ground cover plants to
place around my porch in containers to liven up the entry way...
Seven Layer Dip just got a little skinnier and a little cheaper for Cinco de Mayo! As
tradition dictates, parties for Cinco de Mayo happen all over the
country to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. This year at our house,
we’ll be celebrating with “cinco” layers and not seven...
They arrive home with it, they call it art, you love it and no one wants
to part with it. So, what is one mom supposed to do with all of those
precious art pieces her child brings home week after week, year after
...One of my favorite apparel craft projects was embroidering
embellishments onto our apparel. With only a very basic knowledge of a
few simple embroidery stitches and as much colorful embroidery floss as a
week’s allowance could afford, we added sweet little touches...
BLTs. There’s just something about the flavor combination of the famous
BLT: the salty bacon, the juicy tomato and the slight crunch from the
lettuce. Combined with some delicious mayo (or Parmesan Mayo) on toasted bread and you’ve got a real winner of a sandwich. But what about a BLT Quesadilla?...
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Sometimes it’s the simplest idea that causes us to stop and say “that is
so clever.” Here are 12 clever tips that will make you say “Ah ha! I
should have thought of that!”...
My favorite dishes in the house are the melamine-type plates decorated
with our children’s artwork designed in elementary school and Girl
Scout/Boy Scout programs. We have had many of them for nearly ten years
and they are still in great shape and vibrant as ever...
...we have been getting our home ready to sell so
that we can move back to Texas. It has been a lengthy process that I
have thought long and hard about … how in the world am I going to keep our home clean, tidy and “show ready”...
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Have you gone from holding a hardback book in your hands to an eReader
only to discover a new eBook buying habit? Stop spending your coffee
money and discover how you can fill your eReaders with free eBooks by
simply going to one of these eight websites and searching for books that
Whether you’re organizing or crafting, vintage-style labels will not
only come in handy, but add a charming touch to all your projects. I
designed one sheet of labels similar in style to my collection of old
office supply labels. To enjoy a set of your own, simply follow these steps...
One of the best ways to start incorporating more organic, local and
fresh ingredients onto your dinner table is to grow your own garden. It
does take a little investment to get it started, but that investment can
easily be earned back within the first year or two of your gardening
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
With the use of smart phones and tablets, moms are using apps to do
anything from keeping track of their grocery lists to scheduling play
dates in order to simplify their daily lives and organize their
families. Here are a dozen apps to begin simplifying your mom world...
Grocery shopping. Not one of my favorite tasks. When I shopped with
three young children in tow, keeping them orderly was nearly impossible.
So once they were old enough to safely walk around a grocery store on
their own, I devised what I think was a brilliant plan to make shopping
not only more bearable, but fun!...
The smell of fresh bread baking in your own oven. The thought of adding a
dollop of butter to it, watching it melt and soak into the warm bread.
Then biting into it and letting the warm, fresh bread melt in your mouth
and fill your heart and tummy with that cozy comfort that only
hot-out-of-the-oven, baked bread can bring...
Do the words “spring cleaning” overwhelm you? Are you thinking I can barely keep up with the day-to-day chores, let alone think about taking the time to spring clean my entire home? Well, don’t toss in the towel until you have tried my one hour a day spring cleaning options!...
...Here’s a simple and quick craft project that is great for displaying
some of your favorites recipes without damaging them. This project also
works with other paper goods such as vintage post cards, decorative
playing cards, greeting cards and more...