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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.

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...

 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...

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