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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.

Fresh Shrimp Salad

Fresh Shrimp Salad

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...

Brie-Mushroom Burger

Brie-Mushroom Burger

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...

Tea Bag Packets: Free Printable

Tea Bag Packets: Free Printable

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...

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

10 Tips for Traveling with Kids

...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...

Build an Emergency Fund

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...

Spring Appetizer

Spring Appetizer

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....

7 Ways to Play More and Clean Less

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...

Craft Paint and Kraft Paper: Fun Gift Wrapping

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...

Four Uncommon Uses for Toothpaste

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 listed...

Zucchini-Wrapped Scallops

Zucchini-Wrapped Scallops

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...

Sweet Endings: Cookie Dough Truffles

Sweet Endings: Cookie Dough Truffles

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!...

How to Create a Family Cleaning Schedule

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!...

Wintertime Clean-up Tips

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...

Keeping Track of Gift Cards

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!...

Crafting with Decorative File Folders

Crafting with Decorative File Folders

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...

Warm Up a Loved One: Strawberry Cobbler

Warm Up a Loved One: Strawberry Cobbler

Having grown up in the south, I fell in love with fruit cobbler at a young age. Peach cobbler was a staple summertime dessert and apple cobbler was plentiful at our house during the fall. For Valentine’s Day, I decided to create a Strawberry Cobbler and it turned out spectacular!...

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