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.
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...
Mother’s Day is on May 11th, and I have always enjoyed starting this
special day with a breakfast celebration. This year, my daughter, Leigh,
suggested we make crepes for the first time. Thinking ahead, she
decided to research the many variations that crepes come in and test out
a few recipes to see which I liked best...
Spring is here and everything green is in bloom, coming to life once
more after a long, cold winter. If you suffer from allergies the way my
daughter and I do, you anticipate the pollen season with a sense of
dread. My wife, who is typically impervious to all ailments, is also
impacted by the increasingly heavy volume of pollen in the air...
As the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want this refreshing drink in
your arsenal. Made with real fruit juice, this beverage is healthy and
delicious – a winner in my book! I recently served this recipe at a
family dinner party and it was a hit with both the adults and children...
In my opinion, springtime entertaining calls for a relaxed menu filled
with various tastes of the season. Whether you’re having a small Sunday
dinner or a large backyard gathering – serving guests with a fresh
crudités platter is always a good idea...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Have you been hard at work in your backyard and garden, planting those
brilliant blooms and wonderful herbs? Why not show off your hard work
and beautiful landscape by hosting a garden-themed party. Spring is the
perfect time to host a garden party regardless of...
I have been working from home for the past 12 years, and it has been a
wonderful experience that I wouldn’t dream of changing. However, working
from home can be an adjustment. It requires a lot of self-control, as
you have the ability to make your own working hours...
Smoothies are one of my all-time favorite snacks. Quick and easy to
make, they are a nutritious breakfast treat or delicious after-school
snack. Stock your freezer with store-bought, frozen fruits for a
convenient hunger solution when crunched for time...
While some people are lucky enough to have their office in the comfort
of their own home, it can become fairly easy to take advantage of that
luck and get a little too comfortable. When working from home it’s easy
to forget that...
Creating a fun and festive garland is a great way to easily add some
flair to your next party. String it up on a backyard fence, attach them
to a plain white wall in your home, or style them down a staircase –
Voila, you have instant décor!...