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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.

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!...

Tips for Organizing Your Bathroom Cupboard

Tips for Organizing Your Bathroom Cupboard

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...

DIY Gumball Necklace

DIY Gumball Necklace

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...

Favorite Healthy Lunch

Favorite Healthy Lunch

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...

An Easy and Thoughtful Housewarming Gift

An Easy and Thoughtful Housewarming Gift

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...

Bacon French Fries

Bacon French Fries

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...

Storage Solution Idea: Organizing Play Puzzles

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...

Craft Idea: Button Bracelet

Craft Idea: Button Bracelet

Looking for a fun craft to do with children? This button bracelet is easy enough for little ones to make and just as fun for older kids as well. Button bracelets can be made with almost any type of button and string. Getting creative is key – make them your own!...

Confetti Straws

Confetti Straws

Add a festive and fun element to your next party or celebration with these DIY confetti straws! I always seem to have a bunch of left-over striped, paper straws lying around after parties. I was looking for a way to repurpose them...

Free Valentine Ideas

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many people find themselves scrambling for gifts or new and unique ways to impress their loved ones. Below are a few free ideas that will help you spread the love of the holiday regardless of who your Valentine is!... 

Tips for Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

Tips for Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

This past holiday season had to be one of my more enjoyable ones. Compared to previous years, there was minimal stress, we stayed within our budget and we had a family vacation to look forward to at the beginning of the New Year. However, on Christmas Eve, the unexpected happened...

Valentine Breakfast

Valentine Breakfast

Whether you’re looking to serve breakfast in bed for your significant other, or just wanting to make something easy and delicious for the kids, this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pancakes is the key to anyone’s heart. These pancakes are easy to make and only take about 25 minutes to whip up...

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