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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.

Home Decor: Upcycled Vintage Plates and Platters

When I’m shopping at thrift stores or antiques shops, I often stumble upon sweet vintage plates and platters that are inexpensive due to their less-than-desirable condition. Hairline cracks and surface crazing can put an otherwise pretty plate right into the bargain bin...

New Year Good Luck Recipe

New Year Good Luck Recipe

Serving greens and black-eyed peas during the New Year is a southern tradition that is thought to bring good luck and prosperity. This recipe for Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens is a wonderful side dish that is deliciously drizzled with balsamic and toasted pecans...

Colorful DIY Party Elements

Colorful DIY Party Elements

There are many outlets you can go to for inspiration when you are throwing a party; however, planning one can get overwhelming – and expensive. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can easily add some flair to your next get-together while avoiding spending a fortune at party and craft stores...

Start the New Year on the Right Foot

Start the New Year on the Right Foot

In the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, why not start the year off right with a healthy recipe like this Pineapple Spinach Smoothie. With just four simple ingredients you can create a tasty green smoothie that even your kids will enjoy...

6 Dos and Don'ts of Holiday Travel with Family

This year my family and I will be experiencing a first together: holiday travel. Sure, there have been plenty of trips to the Caribbean and Disney World, but never a vacation during a holiday. After a great year of financial wins and blessings, I am thankful to be able to indulge...

New Year's Resolutions for Kids

New Year's Resolutions for Kids

As we welcome 2014 most of us are focused on our New Year’s resolutions and debating on our goals for the New Year − but what about our kids? This year, I decided to do something different, and I asked my children and their friends to make a list of resolutions of their own...

An Early Lesson in Personal Finance

An Early Lesson in Personal Finance

I’m pretty good with money. Not because I make lots of it or spend a lot of time studying or playing the markets. I simply understand the woes of debt, am not tempted by credit and live by a 10/10/20 principle: I donate 10 percent of my income; I save 10 percent of my income; and I play with 20 percent of my income...

Holiday Side Dish

Holiday Side Dish

It’s the time of year when Brussels sprouts are at their peak, making them the perfect side dish for the holidays. This recipe for Brussels sprouts with bacon is my children’s favorite vegetable side dish (the bacon helps!). Brussels sprouts only have 28 calories per every half cup and are filled with health benefits...

Beyond the Box: Clever Ways to Use Holiday Gift Wrap

During the holiday season there is one accessory we all have lying around the house – gift wrap. One of my favorite ways to decorate during the holiday season is to use wrapping paper in unexpected ways...

Sharing Cultural Heritage through Holiday Traditions

For my husband and I, it's very important to share our cultural heritage with our children. We both come from the Caribbean Islands and grew up eating traditional food from our respective cultures, listening to music from the islands, and in my case, speaking a second language...

Stir Things Up with Hot Chocolate Spoons

Stir Things Up with Hot Chocolate Spoons

What’s better than a warm cup of milk before bed? How about a warm cup of milk with decadent chocolate spoons to stirs things up? These easy treats are a perfect way to enjoy an after-dinner treat. Simply stir in a warm cup of milk and enjoy!...

Homemade Holiday Gift

Homemade Holiday Gift

With the holiday’s right around the corner and gifts at top of mind, I decided to create my own version of a hot chocolate mix for gifting this season. This DIY hot chocolate mix is an easy and inexpensive gift that is perfect for neighbors, friends and co-workers...

3 Tips for Hosting a Children's Holiday Party

Planning a party for your children is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and also an opportunity for parents to catch up with other parents during the bustling holiday season. The best part of hosting a kid-focused soiree is that you can keep plans simple...

Stocking a Healthy Pantry

Having a well-stocked pantry in your home can lead to some very delicious and spontaneous meals. Healthy eating starts at home and having the right ingredients on hand is sure to keep you on track to a healthy lifestyle – especially during the holiday season!...

Holiday Gift Idea: Peppermint Coffee Creamer

Holiday Gift Idea: Peppermint Coffee Creamer

The holiday season brings many chilly mornings and even more opportunities to cozy up with a hot cup of coffee. One of my favorite additions to a freshly brewed coffee is a great creamer. What better way to enjoy the season than with a mug full of holiday flavor?...

Kale Accompaniment

Kale Accompaniment

Unlike pesto that is typically made with basil and pine nuts, this pesto recipe is made with kale and almonds and is a true delight. Known as the “superfood” vegetable of 2013, kale is packed with nutrients and vitamins and known for its numerous health benefits. Not only is it inexpensive, but it can also be bought in bulk...

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