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.
Outdoor events are often a beautiful way to host a party or celebration.
From natural light to a night time glow, to the fresh air and gorgeous
scenery, outdoor entertaining can have many perks. Although there are
many benefits to hosting events outdoors, there are also many details
that need to be taken under consideration when planning an event...
I have more fun playing with shrink plastic as an adult than I ever did
as a kid. There are several types now available on the market that can
be found in craft stores and online, including inkjet printable shrink
plastic sheets to simple shrink plastic sheets that are transparent with
a frosted side for tracing images, letters, and other designs...
When the term “milkshake” was first used in 1885, it was actually
referring to an alcoholic whiskey drink described as a healthy eggnog
made of eggs and whiskey. Since then, the term has been updated and is
used to define any drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla
syrups and of course, ice cream!...
As some of you may know, I have an obsession with all things Ziploc®. I
think I got into this habit from my mom, as she swore by Ziploc® Brand
items. She used baggies and containers for just about everything and
anything you could ever think of...
With most schools out for the summer, many of us are already getting
into vacation mode and planning the next family getaway. Whether you’re
planning to arrive at your destination by plane or car, you're sure to
have a wonderful time with your family – that is, so long as you can
keep your children entertained long enough to get there!...
During the summertime, I like to incorporate as many fresh and bold
flavors into my baked goods as possible. One of my favorites is this
refreshing Lemonade and Lime Cake recipe. This tasty treat is simple
enough for even the most novice baker to make...
Father’s day is the ideal time to head outside and put that under used
grill to work. Start the grilling season off right with this recipe for
Sriracha Glazed Chicken Wings. Sriracha is known as a spicy sauce, made
from red chilies and garlic, and is typically served with Vietnamese or
Father’s Day is right around the corner and I’ve been looking around for
something creative to help my girls make for their dad this year.
Inspired by the fact that he likes all things “food” (from cooking to
enjoying yummy desserts), we decided that making him something
food-related would be a great idea...
Quick and easy desserts are a staple on my menu when entertaining – make
it a no-bake recipe and I start to get real excited! I also love to
serve-up desserts in individual portions as it makes serving guests much
easier because they can grab-and-go when their sweet tooth strikes...
School graduations are just around the corner which can only mean one
thing: graduation parties. While this is an exciting time for both
children and parents alike, hosting a party can be quite stressful. From
past experience, I’ve found that simplicity is the key to success...
The end of the school year is fast approaching and it’s during this time
that I like to think about a few thoughtful things I can do for my
children to help them get excited about summer...
With summer at our fingertips, my children have already started reaching
for frozen treats like ice cream bars and milkshakes. Since
strawberries have so many nutritional health benefits, including being
packed with vitamins and fiber, I wanted to find a fun and healthy way
to incorporate this in-season fruit into a tasty, but healthy...
With summer break less than a month away, many parents are gearing up to
start their summer travels in the coming weeks. With these preparations
often comes heightened stress levels as parents anxiously run through
their list of “to-dos” before leaving town...
Setting up for a nice buffet might sound simple enough, though your
efforts could very easily result in a display that looks more chaotic
than clever. Avoid confusion and traffic jams in your buffet line by
A day out with your toddler can be a lot of fun, but it's important to
keep your little one hydrated, entertained and properly fed. Any parent
of a toddler knows it only takes a split second for your child to go
from happy to full-on tantrum mode, and being prepared is one of the
If family gatherings are few and far in between for you, you may want to
consider planning a family reunion. Family reunions can be a great way
to get extended family together when they otherwise would not likely be
in the same place...