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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.

6 Tips for Entertaining Outdoors

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...

Shrink Plastic Refrigerator Magnet Frames

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...

Summer Refresher: Coffee Milkshake

Summer Refresher: Coffee Milkshake

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!...

10 Ways to Use Ziploc Brand Bags

10 Ways to Use Ziploc Brand Bags

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...

12 Kid-Approved Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy On a Road Trip

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!...

Simple Lemonade and Lime Cake

Simple Lemonade and Lime Cake

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 Sriracha Chicken Wings

Father's Day Sriracha Chicken Wings

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 Thai cuisine....

3 Fun Food Gifts for Dad

3 Fun Food Gifts for Dad

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...

Individual Raspberry Cheesecakes

Individual Raspberry Cheesecakes

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...

Graduation Snack: Nuts and Bolts Mix

Graduation Snack: Nuts and Bolts Mix

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...

Gift Idea: Fun in a Jar

Gift Idea: Fun in a Jar

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...

Chilled Treat: Strawberry Milkshake

Chilled Treat: Strawberry Milkshake

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...

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...

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