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.
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...
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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...
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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!...
Thursday, September 19, 2013
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!...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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!...
Thursday, September 12, 2013
“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...
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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
Friday, September 6, 2013
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!...
Thursday, September 5, 2013
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...
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
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...
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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...
Thursday, August 29, 2013
...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....
... 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...