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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I got an unexpected and terrific scare
when our youngest daughter was hospitalized. She suffered a severe
asthma attack brought on by a terrible reaction to the fall hay fever
season. What began as an emergency room visit, evolved into her being
admitted into the intensive care unit...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
It can be tough for a kid to sit still during a long meal like
Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of stressing about their fidgety behavior,
consider making table time a little more enjoyable. Whether you set up a
separate kid-friendly table or just create a special place setting at
your main table...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Every year, I make cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving. Last year, I
decide to change it up by trying a combination of cornbread and biscuits
(so Southern, right?) This creation turned out fabulous, and it’s now
my classic cornbread dressing recipe...
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Before becoming a craft blogger, I was a graphic designer, specializing
in branding and package design. So, it comes quite naturally to design
and use labels, stickers and...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This time of year it seems we all have that fall craving for pumpkin
treats. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – it’s great in
everything from muffins,
to soup, to the time-treasured pumpkin pie. I have recently discovered a
new way to serve pumpkin that can double as both a snack and dessert...
Friday, November 08, 2013
The next time you’re deciding on what appetizer to serve your guests or
which dish to bring to your next potluck, take a minute to rethink how
you will serve it. I love the idea of ditching the go-to pasta bowl or
veggie platter and opting for a more unique way to serve up crowd
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Chips have always been a popular snack, but lately its sweet potato,
kale and even apple chips that are getting all the buzz. This recipe for
Cinnamon Apple Chips really gives them the perfect crunch and flavor
that keep you wanting more...
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Fall is well underway and the season always tends to bring a bounty of
apples. If you’re looking for new ways to serve these delicious fall
fruits, consider incorporating them into your next appetizer...
Thursday, October 31, 2013
My oldest child is the pickiest of eaters, something I never imagined
I'd have to deal with since neither my husband nor I are picky eaters.
We learned that encouraging her to eat a diverse selection of food and
expand her palate is...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The idea of creating a cheese platter for guests can be a bit
overwhelming. Deciding between the many unique cheeses and trying to
come up with the correct flavor, texture combinations and serving sizes
can get to be difficult...
Halloween is such a fun time of the year and a highlight for many
children and parents. With obesity rates and cavities on the rise
parents, like myself, are always looking for some healthy tips around
this time of the year...
One of my favorite snacks to make ahead is a yummy snack mix. There is
something so tasty about the combination of salty and sweet that appeals
to almost everyone. Make a snack mix this Halloween to enjoy yourself,
give as gifts, or both!...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The kitchen is an area of my house I feel in control of and know I can
easily maintain. Since I'm preparing meals daily, it’s important that I
keep it clean and organized. I've found there are little things I can do
throughout the day...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Smoothies are a great way to enjoy something delicious without all the
guilt of drinking a milkshake or indulging in a rich desert. This
smoothie is made with frozen bananas which gives it a very creamy body
that is super satisfying...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
...Over the years I’ve learned that homework does not mean hovering over
your child and asking them questions every minute. For parents, homework
means offering your little ones support and encouraging them to do
their best. Below are my favorite homework tips that have truly been
lifesavers throughout the years...
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Your home is your personal oasis and though it may not always feel like
the most relaxed environment, it is a space to unwind and enjoy your
family. Having a clean and organized home definitely plays a factor in
my mood. I've noticed when clutter builds up and I fall behind on
cleaning, I feel more stressed...