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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.

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

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...

10 Things to be Thankful For

10 Things to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is a very special holiday. Embrace those around you and your ability to give thanks to those you love. Here are my top 10 things I am thankful for this year, and some thought provoking sayings to accompany each of them....

Thanksgiving Budget Ideas

Thanksgiving Budget Ideas

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and sometimes the financial part of hosting, is the most stressful part. I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house for the past 10 years and have picked up a few tips....

Enduring the Unexpected

Enduring the Unexpected

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...

Tips for Keeping Children Happy at the Thanksgiving Table

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...

Classic Southern Cornbread Dressing

Classic Southern Cornbread Dressing

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...

Gift and Product Labels: Working Free Downloads

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...

Fall Dessert: Pumpkin Parfait

Fall Dessert: Pumpkin Parfait

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...

Serving Idea: Individual Portioned Appetizers

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 favorites...

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips

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...

Fall Appetizer: Apple and Brie Crostini

Fall Appetizer: Apple and Brie Crostini

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...

5 Tricks to Get your Picky Eaters to Eat

5 Tricks to Get your Picky Eaters to Eat

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...

Serve It Up: Individual Cheese Plates

Serve It Up: Individual Cheese Plates

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...

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