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.
As a busy mom of three, I am always looking for timesaving tips,
especially in my kitchen. Here are some great, timesaving tips to
maximize your freezer space...
With school and sport pictures, as well as our annual holiday and family
portraits, the amount of picture packages my family of seven
accumulates each year is enough to build an encyclopedia! Even after we
distribute copies of the pictures to friends and family, there still
seems to be a supply...
For a twist on the typical Caprese salad, throw in some chicken and make
it a main dish! Chicken Caprese is a simple, fast and delicious
solution to the, “What’s for dinner?” question we all seem to ask
ourselves. Enjoy this dish while fresh basil is at its peak in your
garden and spring tomatoes are entering their season...
For many of us, labeling our children’s possessions is a common
practice. Over the years, I have discovered that using personalized
labels have increasingly more uses. You can order labels inexpensively
online or make your own on the computer or with a permanent marker...
Washi tape, though still fairly new on the market, has really taken off
this year and is made available by lots of craft supply manufacturers.
That’s great news as far as I’m concerned, as it’s one of the most
functional decorative items in my studio!...
As a collector of lots of fun, vintage items, I’ve done my share of
fixing up old pieces such as tables, stools and drawers, and repurposing
them into functional and decorative items. Over the years, I’ve
developed a few tricks and tips to give a period-inspired look...
Over many years of traveling, I have learned a few tricks and tips when
it comes to packing toiletries. With a family of seven, traveling can
get rough, but these tips have helped me stay organized and save money!...
My family stocks up on extra food including everything from canned goods
to boxes of cereal. Recently, we even began stockpiling fresh produce!
Below are a few simple tips I’ve found to help save money when stocking
up on produce...
Whether it’s family or work, life can be stressful no matter what stage
you are in. Between three active children and an aging parent, I have
been searching for various ways to help me relax. Below are a few of my
favorite tips that have helped me to relieve stress!...
Next time you give a gift, sell a craft or label a compartment, consider
adding a unique, handmade hang tag. Hang tags make great additions to
presents and often can be all you need for any unusual shaped gift
package. If you sell your wares at a craft fair, fun tags can add...
Spring is in the air, making it the perfect time for a light and
refreshing snack. In just 30 minutes you can prepare this Fresh Shrimp
Salad to serve over greens, with crackers or on a sandwich. This dish is
a favorite at my house for welcoming spring...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Brie-Mushroom Burger is a simple twist to your classic burger. Plus,
it’s a great way to get your children to try new ingredients and get
outside for some spring grilling. Feel free to substitute the ground
sirloin used in this recipe, with turkey or pork...
If you’re looking for an affordable and lovely teacher’s gift, thank you
present, or something for a friend who’s under the weather, the gift of
tea is always a nice idea. Tea bags come in many different types of
packaging, some with the bags already in a paper packet. I purchase tea
for our family...
...From experience I know that preparing for any trip can be stressful and
traveling with children can be an extra challenge. Since my three
children are now 12, 14 and 15 years old, trips with them have
definitely become much easier. Below are my top ten travel tips that
have continued to help me over the years...
The dishwasher stopped working, the car breaks went out and your child
fell and broke an arm. Maybe all these things don’t happen at one time
in your home, but each of these incidents makes an emergency fund a
smart idea for every family. For a few starter ideas...
Are you looking for a quick and simple appetizer to offer your guests
this spring season? I love to prepare crostinis for my family and this
recipe offers a great combination of spring produce, including tomatoes,
herbs and a hint of feta cheese....