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.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been knee deep in cleaning out my house −
starting from the bottom floor of my house (my garage) all the way to
the top (my attic). What sparked this cleaning phase? I got tired of
tripping over bicycles and nearly running my sports gear over with my
Gifting your loved ones with money or a gift card can sometimes feel
very impersonal. However, if you put some thought into how you present
your gift, it can make all the difference. Instead of just handing the
recipient a card with some cash, consider taking a few moments to wrap...
My children love a glass of lemonade – especially as the temperatures
start to rise– but after I started adding various flavors to the
traditional drink, they’ve developed a liking to Kiwi lemonade even
more. I couldn’t be happier that they’ve made the switch to this
flavored refresher as kiwi is a great source of vitamins like vitamin C
and E and minerals...
Party planning doesn’t come naturally for everyone. While some people
are very comfortable preparing menus and digging out their linens,
others, break into a sweat just thinking about entertaining a large
crowd. Even if you are not a natural hostess, you can still host an
event that surprises your guests into thinking you’re a party pro...
Whether you’re going on your first date, or you’re stepping out for a
night on the town with your longtime beau, add some adventure with one
of these creative activities. Skip the standard “go-to” dinner and a
movie plan and go for one (or all!) of the below date ideas for a
guaranteed fun-filled date...
This recipe for Raspberry and Chocolate Turnovers is the perfect sweet
treat to have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Filled with a delicious
fruity filling and melted chocolate, they are a bite-sized delicacy that
are quick and easy to make and sure to please the crowd...
The next time you find yourself with free time and on the verge of
clipping coupons, switching the laundry, or checking your emails, stop.
Yes, those things do need to be done at some point, but they can wait −
trust me. Do one (or all!) of these five simple things instead...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Do you own a sewing machine but lack the space at home to have it
readily available for spontaneous sewing and craft projects? Though I
now have a studio where I can keep my machine available all the time, I
used to keep it in a travel bag in my closet and sadly, rarely pulled it
out for small jobs...
The first time I ever had huevos rancheros was in Boulder, Colorado,
when I was in college, and to this day, they are still one of my
favorite breakfast options. (I’ve gotten my kids hooked too!) These
breakfast wraps are easy to make and very filling – making them a great
lunch or dinner meal as well...
Looking for a fun craft idea this St. Patrick’s Day? These rainbow treat
bags are a fun way to get your children crafting – whether at home or
during school. Not only will your kids love making these, once they are
finished, you can fill them up with sweet treats to make their day even
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sometimes the smallest places in your home can become the messiest. You
don't mean for it to happen, but things can quickly get out of hand
simply from accumulating a lot of items and forgetting to organize them.
The cupboard underneath your bathroom sink is one of those places...
Gumball necklaces will put a smile on any child’s face − big or small.
You can make these gumball necklaces in a variety of color combinations,
making them perfect party favors or special holiday treats...
Last week, I used what was left in my refrigerator to make this healthy
Superfoods Salad recipe for lunch, and let me tell you, it turned out so
good that I will definitely be making it again! This salad is filled
with some of my favorites including blackberries and colorful greens
like broccoli sprouts...
Recently, we’ve had a few new families move into our neighborhood and
I’ve been searching for a thoughtful, yet simple, gift to deliver to our
new friends. After thinking it through, I had the idea to put some of
my family’s favorite “must have” kitchen items into a jar...
Thursday, February 27, 2014
There is something so irresistible about bacon. I’m not quite sure what
it is, but bacon seems like the perfect addition to so many foods. I
recently had the idea to combine French fries and bacon and wow, I am
sure glad I did...
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
If your children are anything like mine, they have probably accumulated
many puzzles over the years. Puzzles are great for learning and playing,
but they are awkward to store! Nowadays, there are a lot of puzzles
your children can choose from and they all come in a variety of shapes...