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.
I found a fun alphabet in one of my vintage clip art books to share
with you. I really like the twisted and intertwined detail of each
letter.... Here are some fun ideas for using large and ornate alphabets...
Several months ago, I accidentally took a dish towel to the table. It was a revolutionary moment in my career as a “mom chef.” Because
I had the towel at the table, I didn’t have to get up again to grab one
when someone spilled their milk, or smeared their peas all over the
table (20 month old!)...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
With three kids in college my book-buying bill throughout the year seems
to increase with each quarter or semester of classes...and has led me to discover six ways to save when purchasing college
Even though little travel sewing kits are rarely expensive, I think it’s
more fun to make and customize your own. In fact, make several while
you’re at it to tuck into your purse, glove box, luggage and to share
...now that I pay closer attention to the pennies I spend at the grocery
store, eating seasonally and making the most of the best priced
vegetables is at the top of my grocery budget priority list. And that
means winter vegetables are a staple in our house these days...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
After I de-clutter and purge my home I am left with piles of items
that I need to clear out, leaving me two choices: sell or donate... Selling will require more time but will give me a little
extra money... If I donate, it’s just a matter of deciding where and when...
End tables are a very purposeful item in a living or family room for
elevating lamps, holding drinks and stacking reading material. But on a
budget, you don’t need to limit yourself to store-bought furniture when
you can get creative...
There’s just something about tortellini...They cost a
little more than other kinds of pasta noodles, but it is well worth the
splurge every now and again. Your overall meal cost won’t be terribly
high when you pair it with inexpensive ingredients. Here’s a soup recipe
with this amazing pasta...
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
When the calendar turns over to January 1 and the New Year begins, our
minds begin to think of new goals, getting organized and a fresh start.
This goes right along with the fact that January has been declared
National Organization Month....
...I now love working
with glitter when crafting. I was thinking it would be a good idea to
design a catch-tray for the extra glitter that falls, but one that
allows easy pouring of remaining glitter back into its designated
bottle. You can purchase paper trays for this use at craft stores, but
it’s very simple to make your own!...
Friday, December 30, 2011
...I’ve come to believe that resolutions lend themselves to failure. You
always hear about people making grand goals for what they’d like to
change: lose 20 pounds, quit drinking coffee or soda, quit “bad” habits.
You start hearing people complain that they are not seeing results by
the end of the second or third week in January...
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
When the nights get longer and the air gets colder I begin to
hibernate and look for simple projects to organize my home over the
weekends when life is not as busy. Are you ready to hibernate indoors and accomplish a few “organized-in-a-weekend” projects?...
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest impact. So, when
decorating a room, consider the many things you can do to dress up a
basic, non-pleated lampshade! Here are a few of my favorites...
Friday, December 23, 2011
...I’ve got an idea that won’t cost a fortune. You most likely have a few
of the supplies at home, and what you don’t have, you can likely find at
the grocery store. That’s one less errand you’ll have to run during
this busy season, and your guests will appreciate the handmade touch...
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
...I think of my mailbox as the junk mail keeper until I have the time to
read, sort and recycle it. Why? Because about 75 percent of the mail I
receive is junk mail, catalogs and solicitations that I’m not interested
Monday, December 19, 2011
The winter months are made cozy with crackling fires in the fireplace and the glow and scent of candles burning about the house. Be sure you practice good candle safety. Here are a few pointers from the Holden house...