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.
... 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
Thursday, August 22, 2013
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
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
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
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...
Thursday, August 15, 2013
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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 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...
There are many traditions in the South, from serving Spiced Sugary
Pecans during the holidays to displaying wind chimes on front porches in
the summer. I recently decided to join in on the southern wind chime
tradition by creating my own using bamboo and seashells that I found at a