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.
When I’m shopping at thrift stores or antiques shops, I often stumble
upon sweet vintage plates and platters that are inexpensive due to their
less-than-desirable condition. Hairline cracks and surface crazing can
put an otherwise pretty plate right into the bargain bin...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Serving greens and black-eyed peas during the New Year is a southern
tradition that is thought to bring good luck and prosperity. This recipe
for Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens is a wonderful side dish that is
deliciously drizzled with balsamic and toasted pecans...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
There are many outlets you can go to for inspiration when you are
throwing a party; however, planning one can get overwhelming – and
expensive. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can easily
add some flair to your next get-together while avoiding spending a
fortune at party and craft stores...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, why not start the year
off right with a healthy recipe like this Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.
With just four simple ingredients you can create a tasty green smoothie
that even your kids will enjoy...
This year my family and I will be experiencing a first together: holiday
travel. Sure, there have been plenty of trips to the Caribbean and
Disney World, but never a vacation during a holiday. After a great year
of financial wins and blessings, I am thankful to be able to indulge...
Thursday, January 09, 2014
As we welcome 2014 most of us are focused on our New Year’s resolutions
and debating on our goals for the New Year − but what about our kids?
This year, I decided to do something different, and I asked my children and their friends to make a list of resolutions of
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I’m pretty good with money. Not because I make lots of it or spend a lot
of time studying or playing the markets. I simply understand the woes
of debt, am not tempted by credit and live by a 10/10/20 principle: I
donate 10 percent of my income; I save 10 percent of my income; and I
play with 20 percent of my income...
Monday, December 23, 2013
It’s the time of year when Brussels sprouts are at their peak, making
them the perfect side dish for the holidays. This recipe for Brussels
sprouts with bacon is my children’s favorite vegetable side dish (the
bacon helps!). Brussels sprouts only have 28 calories per every half cup
and are filled with health benefits...
Thursday, December 19, 2013
During the holiday season there is one accessory we all have lying
around the house – gift wrap. One of my favorite ways to decorate during
the holiday season is to use wrapping paper in unexpected ways...
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
For my husband and I, it's very important to share our cultural heritage
with our children. We both come from the Caribbean Islands and grew up
eating traditional food from our respective cultures, listening to music
from the islands, and in my case, speaking a second language...
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
What’s better than a warm cup of milk before bed? How about a warm cup
of milk with decadent chocolate spoons to stirs things up? These easy
treats are a perfect way to enjoy an after-dinner treat. Simply stir in a
warm cup of milk and enjoy!...
Thursday, December 12, 2013
With the holiday’s right around the corner and gifts at top of mind, I
decided to create my own version of a hot chocolate mix for gifting this
season. This DIY hot chocolate mix is an easy and inexpensive gift that
is perfect for neighbors, friends and co-workers...
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Planning a party for your children is a great way to get into the
holiday spirit and also an opportunity for parents to catch up with
other parents during the bustling holiday season. The best part of
hosting a kid-focused soiree is that you can keep plans simple...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Having a well-stocked pantry in your home can lead to some very
delicious and spontaneous meals. Healthy eating starts at home and
having the right ingredients on hand is sure to keep you on track to a
healthy lifestyle – especially during the holiday season!...
Thursday, December 05, 2013
The holiday season brings many chilly mornings and even more
opportunities to cozy up with a hot cup of coffee. One of my favorite
additions to a freshly brewed coffee is a great creamer. What better way
to enjoy the season than with a mug full of holiday flavor?...
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Unlike pesto that is typically made with basil and pine nuts, this pesto
recipe is made with kale and almonds and is a true delight. Known as
vegetable of 2013, kale is packed with nutrients and vitamins and known
for its numerous health benefits. Not only is it inexpensive, but it
can also be bought in bulk...