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.
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...
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
...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...
Thursday, October 3, 2013
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....
I have a few vintage, pigeon-hole units that once held mail, hotel
messages or keys in their first life. I find cubby units at flea
markets, antique fairs and through online auctions. Here is my favorite
one, filled to the brim with funky finds and various collections...
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Every morning I think about the great responsibility I have when
transporting my daughter, or what I like to call my “precious cargo,” to
school safely. For me, it’s not just about safe driving, but also
making sure my car is working optimally at all times. Below are just a
few basic tips...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
From experience, I know moving can be a stressful and dreaded task. My
family and I are currently in the process of moving for the second time
this year. Instead of cringing with anxiety, I like to think of it as
another chance to clean out, get organized and make donations!...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
My family’s favorite fruit over the summer has been blueberries. Healthy
and versatile, the seasonal goodie made its way into almost every
breakfast dish this season – and with summer coming to an end, we’re
trying to get our fix while we can!...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Entertaining a large crowd can be stressful, especially when the crowd
is a group of excited children! One of the most hectic parts of a
children’s party is when it’s time for dessert – cake and ice cream can
really pump up a crowd!...
Thursday, September 12, 2013
“Superfoods” are used to describe foods that contain high amounts of
nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals. They are
typically plant-based (but also fish and dairy) and nutritionally dense,
making them great for your health and body...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The smell of hot dogs on the grill triggers memories of cookouts and
family gatherings for most of us. Hot dogs are definitely a crowd
pleaser and a simple choice to serve when you’re entertaining a crowd.
Although traditional condiments are always expected, consider adding a
Friday, September 6, 2013
Summer flew by this year and with the end of summer, comes the beginning
of a new school year. As my kids head back to the classroom, I’m
making an effort to get more creative when packing school lunches and
this recipe for a Tuna Checkerboard Sandwich is the perfect start!...
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Summer is quickly winding down and my kids are gearing up for school
this week. It’s hard to believe that a new school year is already
approaching! For many parents and kids alike, the first day of school is
filled with excitement and great memories...
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
There is something so satisfying about mixing up a refreshing drink on a
warm summer day. Experimenting with seasonal flavors is a fun way to
create your own summer beverage. If you’re growing herbs or fruits,
consider experimenting with flavors by combining them to create your own
unique summer beverage...
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
I always enjoy cracking open fortune cookies and reading the various
messages inside each. For many years, I enjoyed tucking fun messages and
doodles into my kid’s school lunches. So I thought it would be fun to
combine the two and create fortunes to put into lunch sacks...