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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.

An Easy and Thoughtful Housewarming Gift

An Easy and Thoughtful Housewarming Gift

Recently, we’ve had a few new families move into our neighborhood and I’ve been searching for a thoughtful, yet simple, gift to deliver to our new friends. After thinking it through, I had the idea to put some of my family’s favorite “must have” kitchen items into a jar...

Bacon French Fries

Bacon French Fries

There is something so irresistible about bacon. I’m not quite sure what it is, but bacon seems like the perfect addition to so many foods. I recently had the idea to combine French fries and bacon and wow, I am sure glad I did...

Storage Solution Idea: Organizing Play Puzzles

If your children are anything like mine, they have probably accumulated many puzzles over the years. Puzzles are great for learning and playing, but they are awkward to store! Nowadays, there are a lot of puzzles your children can choose from and they all come in a variety of shapes...

Craft Idea: Button Bracelet

Craft Idea: Button Bracelet

Looking for a fun craft to do with children? This button bracelet is easy enough for little ones to make and just as fun for older kids as well. Button bracelets can be made with almost any type of button and string. Getting creative is key – make them your own!...

Confetti Straws

Confetti Straws

Add a festive and fun element to your next party or celebration with these DIY confetti straws! I always seem to have a bunch of left-over striped, paper straws lying around after parties. I was looking for a way to repurpose them...

Free Valentine Ideas

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many people find themselves scrambling for gifts or new and unique ways to impress their loved ones. Below are a few free ideas that will help you spread the love of the holiday regardless of who your Valentine is!... 

Tips for Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

Tips for Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

This past holiday season had to be one of my more enjoyable ones. Compared to previous years, there was minimal stress, we stayed within our budget and we had a family vacation to look forward to at the beginning of the New Year. However, on Christmas Eve, the unexpected happened...

Valentine Breakfast

Valentine Breakfast

Whether you’re looking to serve breakfast in bed for your significant other, or just wanting to make something easy and delicious for the kids, this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pancakes is the key to anyone’s heart. These pancakes are easy to make and only take about 25 minutes to whip up...

Valentine Dessert

Valentine Dessert

“Fondue,” a well-known European dish that is generally made with cheese, became more generalized as “Chocolate Fondue” in the 1950’s as it rose in popularity. Nowadays, you can find chocolate fondue served at most restaurants, but what people might not know...

Sprinkle-Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Sprinkle-Dipped Ice Cream Cones

Ice cream is a favorite treat for most, but scoop it into a cone dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles and you’ve taken your cone to an entirely different (and delicious) level. My pantry always seems to have an excessive amount of both chocolate and sprinkles left over from holiday baking...

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

January is the perfect time to wipe your slate clean and create New Year’s goals, especially in the kitchen. During the busy weeknights, eating healthy and clean often falls off our radar as we’re too busy playing chauffeur with our kids and making sure our homes are in tip-top shape...

3 Simple Tips for Entertaining at Home

3 Simple Tips for Entertaining at Home

Entertaining at home is always fun, but for many it can also be stressful. There's a lot that needs to happen in order to host and execute an event, so it's not surprising that it can be overwhelming for a lot of people. That said, with the right mindset and adequate planning, you, too, can...

Healthy Side Dish: Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Looking for a healthy, yet flavorful, side dish? There is something so satisfying about this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The combination of the two main ingredients develops a nice roasted earthiness that pairs well with most proteins and is hearty enough to eat on its own...

Is it just me, or is it relatively easy to go overboard when planning a child’s party? Whether it’s spending money on extravagant party décor or setting up an impressive dessert table, our “big ideas” can often add up to a costly celebration...

Repurposed: Turn Cans into Trendy Office Decor

I was recently looking for the perfect canister to use on my office desk. I began searching around my house to see what I could repurpose, when I had the idea to transform discarded soup cans into new chic decor. I started by gathering a set of three cans in a variety of sizes...

Home Decor: Upcycled Vintage Plates and Platters

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...

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