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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.

4 Creative Ways to Wrap a Gift Card

4 Creative Ways to Wrap a Gift Card

Gifting gift cards doesn’t have to be boring. There are several ways you can get creative with your gift wrapping this season. Gift cards are small which means you have several options on how to present them...

Tips for Setting a Dessert Table

Tips for Setting a Dessert Table

With the holidays around the corner, there is one item that we can expect to be on everyone’s menu this holiday season – dessert. Whether it’s cookies, a pie, cupcakes or cinnamon rolls, setting up a dedicated table for treats...

Mini Holiday Trees

Mini Holiday Trees

The holidays are upon us and my kids are ecstatic. We love the holidays because we get to bake, decorate our three trees and craft ornaments. When it comes to crafting, I love to involve my daughter as much as I can...

Holiday Dessert: Cinnamon Apple Sugar Dumplings

Do you want to create an impressive autumn dessert that only takes 20 minutes to prepare? These cinnamon apple sugar dumplings are so simple and have only five ingredients. The most difficult part of the entire recipe is deciding what type of apples to purchase and then coring them!...

Tips for Taking Family Photos

Tips for Taking Family Photos

This time of year many of us find ourselves scrambling (and perhaps stressing a bit) trying to get the perfect family photo. Holiday cards seem to put the pressure on us to capture our family in way that looks...

Make a Gift Wrapping Kit

Make a Gift Wrapping Kit

Get out the ribbon and tissue paper because ‘tis the season for wrapping gifts! Recently, I was thinking about a nice gift I could give guests at a small holiday party and the idea of a gift wrapping kit came to mind. I like to give favors that are either practical or edible…

10 Holiday Decorating Tips

10 Holiday Decorating Tips

During the holiday season, my family loves displaying all of our different holiday decorations and our favorite is the tree. Putting up a Christmas tree can be easier than you think....

Healthy Holiday Side: Kale Broccoli Slaw

Healthy Holiday Side: Kale Broccoli Slaw

Since my kids actually like kale and broccoli, I combined the two to make this Kale Broccoli Slaw, perfect for a healthy side dish. This healthy side dish is fabulous with dried cranberries, almonds and the tangy and sweet Greek yogurt dressing...

Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

Creating your own unique customized wall art can be both fun and rewarding no matter what your level of craft or art skills. Using nine panels of small stretched canvases from the craft store, here is a project that can be modified in so many creative ways...

Easy Holiday Gift: Peppermint Fudge

Easy Holiday Gift: Peppermint Fudge

Fifteen minute fudge? Yes, it is possible! If you are super busy this holiday season and worried about finding time to shop for holiday gifts, this fifteen minute fudge recipe is for you. It’s so easy and perfect for the holidays!...

Easy Fall Place Setting Idea

Easy Fall Place Setting Idea

The fall season brings many opportunities to entertain guests in your home and set a nice dinner table. While I often enjoy a traditionally set table, I also like to change things up a bit by creating place settings that are creative and unique...

DIY Fall Chalkboard Sign

DIY Fall Chalkboard Sign

Looking for an easy fall project? Make this rustic chalkboard sign for a fun fall greeting. Chalkboard paint can reinvent almost any surface and create a fun, writable space for adults and children alike...

How to Make a Tree Swing

How to Make a Tree Swing

If you’re looking for a fun family project this weekend– this is it!  Recently, my seven-year-old daughter had been wishing for a tree swing. After a little research, we discovered a simple way to grant her wish with a DIY project!...

Tips for Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

Tips for Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

I always spend so much time on my Thanksgiving menu that I can’t wait to not have to cook for the next few days and be able to enjoy the leftovers all weekend long...

Neapolitan Mini Cakes

Neapolitan Mini Cakes

Neapolitan is one of my favorite ice cream flavors. There is something wonderful about not having to choose just one flavor ― you get a little vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ― which feels like a real treat. Recently, I wanted to have the same experience...

Easy Shower Curtain Re-Styling

Easy Shower Curtain Re-Styling

For the last fifteen years, I’ve hung a basic white shower liner paired with a decorative fabric shower curtain, changing both through the years, but always with the same basic look. Our main bathroom also serves as...

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