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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.

7 Essentials for a Home Office

7 Essentials for a Home Office

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...

Mango Protein Smoothie

Mango Protein Smoothie

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...

7 Tips to Be More Productive When Working From Home

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...

4 Festive Party Garland Ideas

4 Festive Party Garland Ideas

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!...

Fun and Easy Egg Crafts

Fun and Easy Egg Crafts

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...

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

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...

Spring Cleaning Is More than Just Cleaning

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 car...

A Creative Gift Wrap Idea

A Creative Gift Wrap Idea

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...

Spring Beverage Love

Spring Beverage Love

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...

4 Simple Tips to Entertain Like a Pro

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...

Creative Date Night Ideas

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...

Raspberry and Chocolate Turnovers

Raspberry and Chocolate Turnovers

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...

5 Simple Ways to Make You Time

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...

Non-Fabric Sewing Fun

Non-Fabric Sewing Fun

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...

Breakfast Wraps

Breakfast Wraps

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...

St. Patrick's Day Craft Idea

St. Patrick's Day Craft Idea

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 more special!...

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