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.
Next time you give a gift, sell a craft or label a compartment, consider
adding a unique, handmade hang tag. Hang tags make great additions to
presents and often can be all you need for any unusual shaped gift
package. If you sell your wares at a craft fair, fun tags can add...
Spring is in the air, making it the perfect time for a light and
refreshing snack. In just 30 minutes you can prepare this Fresh Shrimp
Salad to serve over greens, with crackers or on a sandwich. This dish is
a favorite at my house for welcoming spring...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Brie-Mushroom Burger is a simple twist to your classic burger. Plus,
it’s a great way to get your children to try new ingredients and get
outside for some spring grilling. Feel free to substitute the ground
sirloin used in this recipe, with turkey or pork...
If you’re looking for an affordable and lovely teacher’s gift, thank you
present, or something for a friend who’s under the weather, the gift of
tea is always a nice idea. Tea bags come in many different types of
packaging, some with the bags already in a paper packet. I purchase tea
for our family...
...From experience I know that preparing for any trip can be stressful and
traveling with children can be an extra challenge. Since my three
children are now 12, 14 and 15 years old, trips with them have
definitely become much easier. Below are my top ten travel tips that
have continued to help me over the years...
The dishwasher stopped working, the car breaks went out and your child
fell and broke an arm. Maybe all these things don’t happen at one time
in your home, but each of these incidents makes an emergency fund a
smart idea for every family. For a few starter ideas...
Are you looking for a quick and simple appetizer to offer your guests
this spring season? I love to prepare crostinis for my family and this
recipe offers a great combination of spring produce, including tomatoes,
herbs and a hint of feta cheese....
Free time. Something we all want more of, but more often than not, our
day-to-day responsibilities get in the way. Whether we’re stuck at work
or find ourselves overwhelmed with cleaning and other chores, all of us
could use an extra few minutes of “me” time throughout the day. It’s
time we take back our time, starting with a few of the tips below...
Giftwrapping can be quite costly, especially when packing an oversized
gift. I’ve come up with an inexpensive gift wrapping option to use when
wrapping your next gift! You’ll find it’s as fun as cake decorating, but
much faster and easier...
Toothpaste isn’t just for brushing those pearly whites anymore; you can
also use it throughout your house! The next time you’re out shopping,
pick up a few extra tubes of toothpaste to help with the uses I’ve
Thursday, February 28, 2013
This recipe for Zucchini-Wrapped Scallops is incredibly simple to
prepare and is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes! Scallops are
filled with nutritional benefits providing a good source of vitamin B12,
omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy dose of protein...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
What could be better than Cookie Dough Truffles? This no-bake, easy to
make dessert, makes an ideal sugary afternoon treat for dessert. I must
caution you, however, that these truffles are extremely addicting. Don’t
say I didn’t warn you!...
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Do you constantly feel overwhelmed with household chores and wish you
could get your family to lend a hand? With a daily, weekly and monthly
cleaning schedule and a few helping hands, you’ll have a blissful, clean
home that you can enjoy in no time!...
Thursday, February 21, 2013
With spring just around the corner, February is the perfect time for a
pre-spring clean-up. Whether you are expecting guests or you just want
clean, orderly bliss, below are 5 simple tips to help you get started...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
We receive, stash and lose them, but do we ever use them? I’m talking
about those valuable plastic cards referred to as “gift cards.”
According to Plastic Jungle, there are approximately $30 billion of unused gift cards lying around our homes. That is an average of $300 per household!...
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
In my various paper-craft ventures, I’ve used everything from
traditional twelve-inch square scrapbook paper to pages torn from old
books. But sometimes I find paper sources for craft projects in unusual
places like the office supply store! Over the past few years many
companies have been producing pleasantly patterned file folders...