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.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Over the years, I’ve discovered the more prepared and organized I am
occupying my children while they wait for their meals, the more
successful our dining out experience has been. This inspired me to
create a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) restaurant kit...
Monday, September 12, 2011
There’s lots of fun ways to doll up a plain paper lunch bag, whether
for actual lunches or as gifts or party bags. It’s fun and adds such a
special touch to an everyday item. Here are some of my ideas for lunch bag art...
Friday, September 9, 2011
...One of my favorites is the harvest chili because the recipe is so
timely. Each of the vegetables found in the chili are at peak season for
early fall and can be found in farmer’s markets for reasonable and
inexpensive prices. Or better yet, they can be grown from the garden in
your own backyard...
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
...I’m always looking for ways to save time in my day. Since most of my day
is spent in the kitchen preparing meals and organizing schedules, I
developed these 10 time-saving kitchen tips to help my day run a lot
Monday, September 5, 2011
Creating the designs on my sewing machine was fun and allowed me to
really get creative. If you’d like to try it and are in need of a sewing
machine, check your local retail stores and online shopping centers for
great deals and reasonable prices. Here’s how I created my embellished paper borders...
Friday, September 2, 2011
I have found several free alternatives to pricey items over the years.
I’ll admit, for some of these items I have chosen to actually pay more
money due to upgrades, but many of them were just plain free -- with no
strings attached either! Here are a few of hidden gems I use...
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
During one of my de-clutter sessions, I came across
several mesh wash bags... Being the penny-pinching mom that I am, I came up with several new uses
for these soft and washable bags...
I began to collect embroidered patches when my son was around 5 years
old. It began with a few he’d acquire in scouting clubs or picked up
while on vacation in gift shops. Others were from fire department
uniform patches from his dad...
School lunches can be a joy to your child, your child’s teacher and to
you. However, when you forget to pack one the night before or forget to
pre-package all the goodies for the week, they sure can be a pain!...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
...Here are a few ways to keep your locks luxurious. Whether you spend
money on treating your hair or not, there are some general rules I live
by to keep my hair healthier, without spending a fortune...
...Today, although many men still lather up using shaving brushes, they are
not as common as they used to be. A friend gave me her collection of
shaving brushes that she used to display with other vintage toiletry
items in her guest bathroom. I’ve added one or two of my own from flea
Have you ever found time in your busy schedule to clean your home and
begun gathering up all of your needed supplies only to discover many of
your items are nearly empty? Fear no longer! I have a few tips that you
can use to help...
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I’m in love with homemade pancakes -- there’s just something about them! We
have a weekly tradition in our home...every Sunday morning we
make pancakes -- homemade pancakes from scratch...
...I find information within the pages of these vintage etiquette books so fascinating! I
wanted to share some traditions and standards of the past I found most
intriguing throughout each of them...
I always fall in love with new beauty products and gadgets. However,
many of these products can be quite pricey. Luckily, I've found several
ways to get my beauty product fix without breaking the bank. Check out a few of my tricks and tips...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Between purchasing school items and getting the children back into
the school routine, gearing up for back-to-school can be a very busy and
stressful time... Here are 10 tips I’ve found to be helpful for my family...