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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.

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...

Healthy Halloween Tips

Healthy Halloween Tips

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...

Easy Halloween Snack Mix

Easy Halloween Snack Mix

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!...

4 Tips for a Consistently Clean Kitchen

4 Tips for a Consistently Clean Kitchen

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...

Recipe:  Frozen Banana, Peanut Butter & Coffee Smoothie

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...

Top 10 Homework Tips

...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...

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh

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...

Fall Favorite: Pumpkin Muffins

Fall Favorite: Pumpkin Muffins

Who doesn’t love a great muffin? These baked treats are all relatively low-in-fat and calories, and most are packed with fresh fruit, fiber and “good-for-you” fats. With fall around the corner, we start to eat a ton of pumpkin at my house...

...The key to hosting the perfect event is to find the balance of a super-star hostess and laid back entertainer. Seem like too much to figure out? Accomplishing the perfect hosting style is much simpler than you think. The one trick that will help you pull it all off is to delegate...

Getting Your Home Ready for Fall

...Upon returning home from this epic adventure, I was greeted with an epic mess. My son’s room looked like it had been raided by wolves. Our basement looked like the staging area of a postal company. My daughter had slipped under the radar during all of this and hadn’t cleaned her room in at least three weeks...

Choosing Your Child's Birthday Party Theme

Your child’s birthday happens only once a year, yet often party planning tasks can seem tedious and drawn out. From deciding on where to have the party to which guests to invite − the decisions can add up. One of the most important choices you (and your birthday child) will have to decide on will be the party theme....

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