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.
Friday, November 11, 2011
There’s something about pureed soups filled with the flavors of fall that warms my tummy and soul... You may think a pureed soup requires a lot of work, but it doesn’t.
Trust me, after you make your first homemade butternut squash soup, you
won’t turn back...
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Not only has the Internet given us the ability to search for information
in seconds, it has also given us the convenience to pay bills and shop
through many online services. Here is a list of how I have begun saving
time and money using online services...
As long as I have been a contributing blogger for SC Johnson, it has
never been requested of me to write about any of their products... However, there is one product I use so often for so many different things, it’s a bit hard NOT to write about it -- Ziploc® Brand Bags....
Chili can be made in a thousand different ways. You can use meat, beans
or strange ingredients like pumpkin and cinnamon. It can also be made
spicy or mild. No matter what you prefer, you can always make a great
chili based on the ingredients you love...
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The planning has begun for the upcoming holidays! With so many things to
accomplish this season, I have found it easier to break everything into
categories and schedule one thing at a time to be completed on my daily
calendar. This approach will help me experience holiday joy instead of
the holiday stress!...
If your family has game night and plays cards or board and dice
games, change it up now and then with a memory game using little things
you find around your house. Each person can gather a dozen or more small objects from around the home...
Do you keep seeing bread machine recipes everywhere you look on the
Internet and want to test them out? Are your ready to upgrade your
current blender...? Whatever reason you may have for updating your kitchen appliances, please do not pay full price for your next purchase!...
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
From what to wear and eat, to requests regarding where to go and what to
do, moms are bombarded with tons of questions while trying to get their
children out the door... How do we eliminate the stress and get our children off to school
...You can create your own mini-canvases using your computer and desktop
printer to print either purchased printable fabric or fabric adhered by
heat from your iron to freezer paper and fed through your printer. You
can find a lot of tutorials online for making your own printable fabric...
Besides the basic kitchen tools, like can openers, slotted spoons,
whisks and wooden spoons, there are a number of kitchen tools and
gadgets that I believe every mom should have at her disposal. They
simplify many of the tasks necessary in the kitchen...
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
My husband and I are strong believers in the importance of having
date nights. However, with five children, long to-do lists and an often
empty wallet, we have to get creative and create date nights on a
budget.... To help keep
your marriage on the front burner and adventurous, begin a weekly or
monthly date night with these date night tips...
Planning ahead in October for December holidays can help you not only
save money, but alleviate a lot of stress as well. Here’s how I plan
ahead for holiday card giving before the holiday madness arrives...
Over the past few years, I’ve taken a number of steps toward healthier
eating on a budget. In addition to making my own salad dressings, I’ve
also discovered that my homemade seasoning mixes are much tastier than
the varieties I used to purchase at the store...
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Do you often feel your home has become out of control or overwhelmed
with clutter and mess? I did until I discovered how to stay on top of
our family’s daily clutter and cleaning with a few easy steps. Make
these steps a part of your daily habit...
Aluminum identification markers can be used to label many things, but
are primarily known for marking plants in the garden. The markers I like
best are 1-by-3 inch tags made from a strip of cardboard wrapped with a
heavy aluminum sheet, making them easy to emboss with a pen or pencil...
...If you are a lover of the peanut butter and chocolate flavor
combination, then I highly recommend conducting an experiment of your
own to see if this theory stands true for you. Test it out with this
double peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe...