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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.

Turn Your Drawer Nightmare into a Dream

Turn Your Drawer Nightmare into a Dream

...When my family first moved into to our new home, this one drawer quickly became a repository for everything medicinal and for all of the grooming-related products I own. Unfortunately, this turned into an instant mess and eventually was so bad I could barely open the drawer....

DIY: Summer Grab Bag

DIY: Summer Grab Bag

... If your plans involve children, you might want to create a little extra “something” to keep them entertained; whether it be in the car on your road trip, or at the table while you dine out. Planning on visiting young family members? Surprise the children you’ll visit with a special summer gift!...

Summer Appetizer: Easy Marinated Shrimp

Summer Appetizer: Easy Marinated Shrimp

I get so excited whenever I find a recipe that can be served in more than one way. Growing up, my family made it a tradition to serve marinated shrimp as the main dish during the holiday season, but overtime I realized that it would make the perfect summertime appetizer as well!...

Gearing Up for Back-to-School: Tips for Getting Your Kids' Closet Ready

Since kids grow out of their clothes fairly quickly, I find I'm often cleaning out their closets to get rid of clothes that no longer fit or are too worn. With back-to-school shopping around the corner, now is the perfect time to purge your children's closets and make room for new school clothes...

Serve it Up! Sandwiches with Style

Serve it Up! Sandwiches with Style

Serving sandwiches is a great way to take the stress out of entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a play date or a luncheon, consider making a plate of sandwiches for your guests. You’ll want to create a variety (three types of sandwiches is always a good rule of thumb) and...

Tips to Teach Kids How to Save Money

I know from experience that teaching children how to save money is not an easy task. My kids usually want to spend their allowance immediately upon receiving it – I can almost see the money burning a hole in their pockets! I have learned that regardless of your children’s age, the best way to teach them the importance of budgeting is to start small and keep it simple...

A Recipe for Family Fun: The Picnic

A Recipe for Family Fun: The Picnic

Summertime is known as “family-fun time” in my household. From the most frugal of city-planned events to the highest-priced excursions, you’ll rarely come across a weekend where there is nothing to do. Sometimes, however, the easiest way to spend intimate, memorable and quality time as a family is the age-old tradition of a family picnic...

What’s for Lunch: Layered Cobb Salad

What’s for Lunch: Layered Cobb Salad

August is the warmest month in the deep South and I’m always looking for dinner options that are light, but still hearty enough to satisfy my three growing kids. I developed this recipe for Layered Cobb Salad and it is the perfect fit! Made with a few mouth-watering ingredients...

Summer Treat: Easy Yogurt Pops

Summer Treat: Easy Yogurt Pops

Nothing screams summer like a sweet, cold treat. When planning your next summer dessert, put aside the carton of ice cream and ordinary pops and consider making these easy yogurt pops. Not only is yogurt good for you, but you can combine it with your favorite “mix-ins” to create a delicious summer treat...

Naturally Flavored Water

Naturally Flavored Water

When the temperature rises and you get thirsty, don’t reach for sugary soda or juices. Instead, consider going back to the basics and enjoying a nice, cool glass of water. Water might sound boring, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to flavor your water...

Summer Breakfast: Greek Yogurt Parfait

Summer Breakfast: Greek Yogurt Parfait

If you’re in search of a simple, high protein and gluten-free breakfast, I’ve got the perfect treat for you! This recipe for Greek Yogurt Parfait is nutritious, light and will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. With only three ingredients, it’s quick to prepare in the morning or perfect for an afternoon snack...

Summer Dessert: Blueberry Crisp

Summer Dessert: Blueberry Crisp

One of my favorite summer traditions is picking blueberries with my children. Collecting them off the vines is fun, but being able to incorporate fresh, in-season fruits into day-to-day meals is what makes the whole trip worth it. This recipe for Blueberry Crisp...

Storing Produce

Storing Produce

With summer produce at its peak, it’s wise to practice storage techniques that will help prolong the fresh taste of this season’s fruits, vegetables and herbs. From berries to greens, here are a few tips that will help preserve your produce life, while preventing food waste...

Fun for Kids: Iced Berry Refresher

Fun for Kids: Iced Berry Refresher

Almost everyone loves a tasty, colorful beverage, especially when there’s berries involved! This recipe for an Iced Berry Refresher is a cool, afternoon summer treat. Whether served with dinner or on its own, it’s sure to bring some smiles to your children’s face...

Summer Appetizer: Black Bean Salsa

Summer Appetizer: Black Bean Salsa

Perfect for summer holidays, this recipe for Black Bean Salsa is a quick and easy fix sure to please your family and friends. Serve this salsa as a healthy appetizer, or as garnish alongside grilled chicken, pork, shrimp or salmon...

Summer Side Dish

Summer Side Dish

Summer has finally arrived which means picnics, outdoor dinners and lakeside lunches. My three kids and I are so excited for summer activities, relaxation and light, refreshing food. This recipe for Dill Potato Salad is one of my children’s favorites...

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