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Save money, spend time

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.

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...

 Summer Treat: Better-for-You Blueberry Muffins

Muffins are a perfect summertime treat. Not only does this recipe for blueberry muffins make a great snack or breakfast item, it can also be a fun activity to make with your kids on a rainy day. This recipe uses non-fat, Greek yogurt, which helps add moisture and gives them a fluffy texture and adds some protein to each bite...

Taking Care of the Home: A Team Effort

From the time my oldest daughter was a toddler, we always encouraged her to pick up her toys. Luckily, this everyday request taught her to enjoy cleaning. Although having her help usually means that tasks can take twice as long, we have always allowed her to...

The Benefits of a List

Creating to-do lists has been a habit of mine since I was a little girl. My mother always said I would make a list for anything and everything. To this day, my passion for lists continues to help me stay organized and keep me on track when days get hectic...

Tips to Less Laundry

In my home, it’s a challenge to get through the heaps and piles of laundry collected from the week. Sound familiar? Below are a few tips that have helped me to reduce my laundry load and also my family’s water usage at the same time...

Small and Simple DIY Pet Beds

Small and Simple DIY Pet Beds

Earlier this year my family adopted a rescue puppy named Charlotte. We expected, based on her apparent breed, she would grow to the size of our current, full-gown Labrador Retriever. As it turns out, she is a much smaller breed...

What to Purchase at a Yard Sale

What to Purchase at a Yard Sale

Spring and summer are my favorite time of year because you can open the windows and smell the savings—it’s yard sale and consignment season! I purchase most of my kid’s toys used and have realized there are many other categories that are solid buys...

If you are in need of additional storage space in your home, it’s time to look beyond the closets and cupboards and focus on all the available storage space—namely, on the doors of your home. Next time you’re reorganizing, try one of my suggestions below!...

After 13 years of living in our home, my husband and I finally got a chance to clean out our garage a few weeks ago. With five, very active kids, you can imagine the stockpile of outdoor toys and sports equipment we have accumulated over the years!...

Chocolate Spring Cupcake Toppers

Chocolate Spring Cupcake Toppers

With warm weather around the corner, you will likely find yourself attending more outdoor gatherings, family dinners and potlucks. The next time you’re asked to bring a dessert, make this recipe for Spring Cupcake Toppers. They’re easy to make and are sure to impress the crowd!...

Silly Party Photo Frame Prop

Silly Party Photo Frame Prop

...Here’s a quick, inexpensive way to help create a whimsical frame prop for your next gathering. This lightweight, oversized frame can be used both vertically and horizontally and is a freestyle craft, so no need to try for perfection. The hand-hewn style adds to the whimsy of the photos...

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