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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.

What's for Breakfast: Blueberry Crepes

What's for Breakfast: Blueberry Crepes

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!...

A Simple Way to Serve Up Ice Cream

A Simple Way to Serve Up Ice Cream

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!...

5 Best "Superfoods"

5 Best "Superfoods"

“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...

Hot Dog Topper: Cookout Relish

Hot Dog Topper: Cookout Relish

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 unique topper....

Back-to-School Lunch: Tuna Checkerboard Sandwich

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!...

Back-to-School Photo Ideas

Back-to-School Photo Ideas

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...

Summer Drink: Cucumber and Mint Cooler

Summer Drink: Cucumber and Mint Cooler

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...

Lunch Fortunes and Inspiration

Lunch Fortunes and Inspiration

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...

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...

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