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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.

Travel Packing Tips

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 planning ahead...

Toddler's Day Out: 5 On-The-Go Essentials

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 best ways...

Tips for Planning a Family Reunion

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 Breakfast: Blueberry Crepes

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...

6 Tips to Help You Manage Pollen Season

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...

Refreshing Fizzy Fruit Drink

Refreshing Fizzy Fruit Drink

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...

Spring Crudites Platter

Spring Crudites Platter

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...

How to Host a Garden Party

How to Host a Garden Party

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...

7 Essentials for a Home Office

7 Essentials for a Home Office

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...

Mango Protein Smoothie

Mango Protein Smoothie

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...

7 Tips to Be More Productive When Working From Home

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...

4 Festive Party Garland Ideas

4 Festive Party Garland Ideas

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!...

Fun and Easy Egg Crafts

Fun and Easy Egg Crafts

Looking for something fun for the kids to do this spring? Well as you know from my previous post, my family and I are major egg-lovers. While we certainly enjoy being creative with how we incorporate eggs into our meals, we also like to have some fun by turning the eggs into crafts...

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

My children and I are big fans of eggs – scrambled, boiled or in a wrap – however you make it, we’ll take it! I can honestly say we eat them almost every day (for breakfast and sometimes even dinner!) because they are the easiest, healthiest and quickest stable food option on a hectic day. With only 70 calories each, eggs are rich in many nutrients...

Spring Cleaning Is More than Just Cleaning

Over the past few weeks I’ve been knee deep in cleaning out my house − starting from the bottom floor of my house (my garage) all the way to the top (my attic). What sparked this cleaning phase? I got tired of tripping over bicycles and nearly running my sports gear over with my car...

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