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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.

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....

Wall Cubbies

Wall Cubbies

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...

Keeping Your Car "Precious Cargo" Safe

Keeping Your Car "Precious Cargo" Safe

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...

10 Best Moving Tips

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!...

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...

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