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.
Memories that last a lifetime are often made in the kitchen. As
a kid, many moments with my mom and grandma burned the happy memories
into my mind – the time investment, the teaching, the mess, the bowl
licking or watching cookies transform from dough to baked...
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I love reading books. The problem with this is that my family of
seven all have the same affection for books. We love to read, and we
love to continually build our growing library of books... So where do we purchase books without breaking the bank?...
When you’re running low on ideas, money and time, you can count on these 10 simple last minute gift-making ideas!
...In my opinion, the best and most practical gifts are those that can
be eaten. So stop stressing about all the gifts you have to get this
holiday season and start mixing! Baking mixes gifted in mason jars are always well received...
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
...No matter what stage of life your children are in, their items can clutter and overtake their rooms and your home. To
de-clutter it all and keep it under control you have to begin with a
Monday, November 28, 2011
I recently designed a craft to teach at a conference that held several
tiny collages using simple wire holder forms. This is similar to those
found attached to various decorative bases in the frame section at most
stores. They are very simple to make...
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Cyber Monday is the Monday immediately following Black Friday. It’s the
biggest online shopping day of the year where you can really find some
fantastic bargains if you know when and where to look...
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With the upcoming holiday season upon us, my family will soon acquire
a few new items that will arrive with instruction manuals, receipts and
warranties. Every year after the holiday cleanup, I find them piled on
my desk and waiting for me to find a safe place to keep them...
Monday, November 21, 2011
It’s amazing how something as simple as a throw pillow can change the
entire look of a room, especially the living room... The beauty of it all is that once you have the basic pillow
forms, all you have to change are the covers occasionally...
Friday, November 18, 2011
Instead of sharing a great recipe for you to try out this week, I’d like
to share some food for the soul for you to think about as we approach
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
...This school year, I found several stores and dinning places that
reward children with freebies for their good grades. Let’s see how
motivated my children get throughout the year with this list of free
Monday, November 14, 2011
...There are a lot of ways to store string, but I have found that storing
spools in jars works best for me. The string stays clean and I can
easily access it through a hole in the top of the jar, pulling off and
cutting it just the right amount with one hand...
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...