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.
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...
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!...
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!...
...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
...I’m excited to share a few ideas with you! My goal is to inspire your
inner hostess, whether you’re preparing for a fancy event, a family
dinner or just looking for some lifestyle ideas and tips. I hope I can
help you find the inspiration you need...
Frozen Chocolate-Covered Bananas will easily satisfy dessert cravings at
any age! This is a great dessert to bring to a birthday party or have
as a refreshing afternoon snack. Feel free to dip these into your
favorite toppings, such as finely chopped nuts, colored or chocolate
sprinkles or granola cereal...
Don’t you just adore those cute, little scrapbook embellishments filling
the aisles of craft stores and some department stores? There are so
many small decorations and creative temptations for scrapbooking and
many other crafts...
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!...