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.
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...
Thursday, February 14, 2013
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!...
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
With a large family on a tight budget, I’m always looking for ways to
save money and time when possible. One way I save money is by doing most
of my major grocery shopping once a month. I use this trip to stock up
on snacks, breakfast items, frozen foods and other necessities...
Thursday, February 07, 2013
My son Zachary has a Valentine’s Day party at his elementary school
every year. The parents usually get together and try to come up with
something somewhat healthy to serve our children to offset the
chocolates and sweets. Last year I made this Valentine Trail Mix and it
turned out to be a huge success...
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Love is in the air - and in my husband’s shoe. This
Valentine’s Day, place surprise love notes in secret, hidden spots
around your home and in loved one’s personal effects. Whether it’s your
spouse or your children, all will be warmly surprised to find notes of
affection, appreciation and even silliness...
Thursday, January 31, 2013
When planning weekly menus during the winter, my brain always goes
directly to soups. This recipe for Seafood Gumbo, lightened up to cut
down on calories, is one of my favorite dishes to make in January. Serve
this dish with some crusty French bread and a green salad at your next
football get-together or Sunday night dinner...
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
...I learned long ago that permanent markers are one of the best organizing
tools out there. From color coding my family’s belongings to keeping
track of storage boxes, owning a variety of permanent markers has been
essential to keeping my home neat and organized....
I am quite attracted to using contrasting textures, styles and surfaces
when it comes to home furnishings, décor and accessorizing... So when
it came to organizing pens, rulers and other items in my kitchen, the
industrial stainless steel door of our refrigerator was the perfect
canvas for a few grungy metal containers from my vintage tin collection....
Thursday, January 24, 2013
the years as my children have grown, so has our collection of games and
puzzles. With the ages of my kids ranging from one to twelve, the games
and boxes that hold them have become a bit worn, making it a challenge
to keep the pieces together and organized. Below are a few tips I’ve
used throughout the years...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I always love to try out some fun, new recipes for gourmet pizzas like
this one for Asparagus Walnut Pizza! This recipe is great for mealtime
and also makes an excellent hors d'oeuvres...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Every January the most popular question we all hear is, “What is your
New Year’s resolution?” The most common answers are to get in shape,
stop smoking, get out of debt and stress less. While these are all
important goals, they are also some of the most commonly broken New
Year’s resolutions too...
It’s incredibly simple to turn almost any large, round tray, tin or
platter, into a very useful lazy susan. Recently I found a colorful,
vintage, metal serving tray on a website and couldn’t wait to put it to
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The dreaded cold and flu season has arrived. Though I’m not wishing it
upon any family, I want to inspire you to prepare for its arrival with
this DIY Get Well Caddy. You never know when a cold or flu might show up
in your home this winter...
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
... With simple ingredients including kale, pineapple, frozen mango andalmond milk, you can create a great tasting and healthy smoothie evenyour kids will enjoy! With so many wonderful health benefits, kale isoften called a “nutritional powerhouse"....
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Many of us start the New Year with great intentions of getting or
staying organized. We all do well at first, only to lose sight of our
goals after a few weeks, but this doesn’t have to be the case! Start the
year off fresh with these inspirational tips on how to get and stay
organized all year long!...
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Serving black-eyed peas is a southern tradition that is thought to bring
good luck and prosperity in the New Year....I love using black-eyed peas in this warm appetizer recipe
for Hot Artichoke Dip. It’s a twist on the traditional artichoke dip
with a touch of Greek yogurt making it extra creamy and healthy...