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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.

Naturally Flavored Water

Naturally Flavored Water

When the temperature rises and you get thirsty, don’t reach for sugary soda or juices. Instead, consider going back to the basics and enjoying a nice, cool glass of water. Water might sound boring, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many ways to flavor your water...

Summer Breakfast: Greek Yogurt Parfait

Summer Breakfast: Greek Yogurt Parfait

If you’re in search of a simple, high protein and gluten-free breakfast, I’ve got the perfect treat for you! This recipe for Greek Yogurt Parfait is nutritious, light and will keep you feeling satisfied for hours. With only three ingredients, it’s quick to prepare in the morning or perfect for an afternoon snack...

Summer Dessert: Blueberry Crisp

Summer Dessert: Blueberry Crisp

One of my favorite summer traditions is picking blueberries with my children. Collecting them off the vines is fun, but being able to incorporate fresh, in-season fruits into day-to-day meals is what makes the whole trip worth it. This recipe for Blueberry Crisp...

Storing Produce

Storing Produce

With summer produce at its peak, it’s wise to practice storage techniques that will help prolong the fresh taste of this season’s fruits, vegetables and herbs. From berries to greens, here are a few tips that will help preserve your produce life, while preventing food waste...

Fun for Kids: Iced Berry Refresher

Fun for Kids: Iced Berry Refresher

Almost everyone loves a tasty, colorful beverage, especially when there’s berries involved! This recipe for an Iced Berry Refresher is a cool, afternoon summer treat. Whether served with dinner or on its own, it’s sure to bring some smiles to your children’s face...

Summer Appetizer: Black Bean Salsa

Summer Appetizer: Black Bean Salsa

Perfect for summer holidays, this recipe for Black Bean Salsa is a quick and easy fix sure to please your family and friends. Serve this salsa as a healthy appetizer, or as garnish alongside grilled chicken, pork, shrimp or salmon...

Summer Side Dish

Summer Side Dish

Summer has finally arrived which means picnics, outdoor dinners and lakeside lunches. My three kids and I are so excited for summer activities, relaxation and light, refreshing food. This recipe for Dill Potato Salad is one of my children’s favorites...

DIY: Seashell Wind Chime

DIY: Seashell Wind Chime

There are many traditions in the South, from serving Spiced Sugary Pecans during the holidays to displaying wind chimes on front porches in the summer. I recently decided to join in on the southern wind chime tradition by creating my own using bamboo and seashells that I found at a local beach....

Refreshing S'mores Dessert

Refreshing S'mores Dessert

S’mores are a classic summertime cooking activity and the perfect late night snack, especially if you’re camping. It is said the name “s’mores” was actually derived from “some” and “more" because of the constant requests for more, which I can completely understand...

Preparing Your Home for Summer

We worked to spruce up our home and clear it of clutter during the spring season and now it’s time to organize and prepare our homes for the fun summer months ahead! Follow my simple tips below for an organized and relaxing summer season...

Easy Mouse Pad Revamp

Easy Mouse Pad Revamp

Occasionally, when inexpensive items wear out, we simply replace them. When possible it’s better to revamp or upgrade those items ourselves, turning them into something nicer than what can be purchased....

Getting Past Fears to Enjoy New Family Adventures

Growing up, my family never went camping. The thought of sleeping so close to nature scared me. I'm just not what you'd call, “an outdoor kind-of-girl.” My husband never went camping as a child either, so we were a little surprised when our daughter started talking about camping...

10 Free Summer Activities for Kids

10 Free Summer Activities for Kids

Summertime can get expensive with camps and activities, eating out and vacations. As a mom of three children, I am always looking for ways to save money, especially around this time of year. As my kids grow older, these budget-friendly, summer activities have stayed on the top of our list throughout the years...

DIY: Stained Glass Privacy Window

DIY: Stained Glass Privacy Window

...Although the closet had a full-sized window, which brought in plenty of light, the window had a paper shade taped to its frame providing little privacy. I wanted to do something different to set my space apart from the rest of the townhouses on our block...

The Importance of Buying Handmade Items

During the summer months when craft fairs, street festivals and outdoor markets take place, consider the importance of purchasing handmade items to help support the local artist and handmade community.  You never know the treats you might find for yourself or loved ones...

DIY: Chalkboard Door

DIY: Chalkboard Door

Last summer my wife tasked me with turning our pantry door into a chalkboard door. She insisted it would help her to keep track of our family’s grocery needs and to-do lists. Aiming to save money on this project, I remembered our local Habitat for Humanity had a home goods store that is outfitted with...

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