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.
Mother’s Day is on May 11th, and I have always enjoyed starting this
special day with a breakfast celebration. This year, my daughter, Leigh,
suggested we make crepes for the first time. Thinking ahead, she
decided to research the many variations that crepes come in and test out
a few recipes to see which I liked best...
Spring is here and everything green is in bloom, coming to life once
more after a long, cold winter. If you suffer from allergies the way my
daughter and I do, you anticipate the pollen season with a sense of
dread. My wife, who is typically impervious to all ailments, is also
impacted by the increasingly heavy volume of pollen in the air...
As the weather starts to warm up, you’ll want this refreshing drink in
your arsenal. Made with real fruit juice, this beverage is healthy and
delicious – a winner in my book! I recently served this recipe at a
family dinner party and it was a hit with both the adults and children...
In my opinion, springtime entertaining calls for a relaxed menu filled
with various tastes of the season. Whether you’re having a small Sunday
dinner or a large backyard gathering – serving guests with a fresh
crudités platter is always a good idea...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Have you been hard at work in your backyard and garden, planting those
brilliant blooms and wonderful herbs? Why not show off your hard work
and beautiful landscape by hosting a garden-themed party. Spring is the
perfect time to host a garden party regardless of...
I have been working from home for the past 12 years, and it has been a
wonderful experience that I wouldn’t dream of changing. However, working
from home can be an adjustment. It requires a lot of self-control, as
you have the ability to make your own working hours...
Smoothies are one of my all-time favorite snacks. Quick and easy to
make, they are a nutritious breakfast treat or delicious after-school
snack. Stock your freezer with store-bought, frozen fruits for a
convenient hunger solution when crunched for time...
While some people are lucky enough to have their office in the comfort
of their own home, it can become fairly easy to take advantage of that
luck and get a little too comfortable. When working from home it’s easy
to forget that...
Creating a fun and festive garland is a great way to easily add some
flair to your next party. String it up on a backyard fence, attach them
to a plain white wall in your home, or style them down a staircase –
Voila, you have instant décor!...
Looking for something fun for the kids to do this spring? Well as you
know from my previous post, my family and I are major egg-lovers. While
we certainly enjoy being creative with how we incorporate eggs into our
meals, we also like to have some fun by turning the eggs into crafts...
My children and I are big fans of eggs – scrambled, boiled or in a wrap –
however you make it, we’ll take it! I can honestly say we eat them
almost every day (for breakfast and sometimes even dinner!) because they
are the easiest, healthiest and quickest stable food option on a hectic
day. With only 70 calories each, eggs are rich in many nutrients...
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...