Yesterday was my 17th wedding anniversary. This got me thinking about all the things we registered for… and how many we still do and don’t have. My husband and I took a trip down memory lane, remembering what items we received and which ones are still useful all these years later. Here are 6 items you shouldn’t register for… and 6 you should.
Is the heat getting to you? One sure-fire way to cool down is with a frozen treat. High-end ice creams and sorbets can be a little pricey, not to mention sugary and fattening. So we’ve put together a list of easy, affordable DIY ice cream recipes featuring healthy, low-cal ingredients like real fruit and coconut milk. Good for you and good for the kids. And
Who doesn’t love a nice refreshing swim!? Having a backyard pool can make you feel like you’re on vacation all summer long. That’s why my Dad likes to get the pool open as soon as possible every year. He opened the pool in May this year which surprised our neighbors because of the high cost of heating the pool. We have a gas heater so
Moving is expensive, that’s no surprise. The surprise is just how many people move and how deeply it cuts into our finances. A recent survey of 306 people who recently moved, commissioned by Our Town America, a mover marketing franchise, revealed scary statistics. Just how many of us are moving? Of 300 million people living in the United Stats, more than 40 million of them are moving
Pet food bills can really add up, especially if you have more than one four-legged friend living in your home. You don’t want to skimp on quality, since more expensive pet food is cheaper in the long run if you factor in how the lower quality (and less costly) brands are often bulked up with fillers. Also, it’s been my experience that better quality food may
As tax day draws near, if you are like most people, you’re looking for any possible way to lower your bill and keep more money in your pocket. Because the tax code is so complex — literally thousands of pages full of thousands of rules, regulations, and procedures —many individuals just throw up their hands in frustration and take the standard deductions on the easiest
Maintaining hair color is expensive and time-consuming. That is why, with the exception of a three-month mistake of box red in college, I have not dyed my hair. Salon color treatments can range anywhere from $100-$350 and no, I am not kidding. So when I started to see some grays and decided to pull the trigger, I knew I had to make my dollars stretch as
As you know from my 21 Reuses for Freezer Bags and 21 Uses for Coffee Grounds (apparently I love the number 21) posts, I don’t like to waste things. I take pride every week in how small the garbage sack is at the bottom of my driveway. It means I am reusing, reducing and recycling! That being said, every time I stared at that
Jewelry stores at the mall sell engagement rings that look like what everyone else has. But you want something one-of-a-kind. Or something vintage. Maybe something a little different, just like you. But you’re on a budget and want to look at inexpensive jewelry in your price range. It’s confusing – what’s all this business about cut, color, clarity, and carat? Are prices and styles for platinum, gold,
When I was growing up my parents paid close attention to how much they spent on each of their children. Every Christmas, birthday, and holiday, my mom was careful to spend not a penny more on one of us. That all changed this past year. My dad has begun to help one child a lot more than others. It seems like he favors one child over another
I recently discovered an amazing website for homeowners and commercial real estate owners who want to lower their energy bills. It’s called DSIREusa.org (Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency). What a mouthful! The site shows a state by state list of what tax credits, rebates, and incentives your state is currently offering to offset the cost of energy improvements, including but not limited to:
Witch Hazel (aka toner) is more than just an odd-smelling, funny-named bottle of clear liquid your grandmother kept in her medicine cabinet. It’s produced from the leaves and bark of a shrub and has been used for years for medicinal purposes. The bottled witch hazel consists of oil from the shrub and which has been distilled and combined with alcohol. Why use harsh chemicals when
A few years ago, I was having sinus infection after sinus infection. I went through 8 rounds of antibiotics in less than one year. I even had an MRI. The doctor said the next step was surgery. Then a mom from my daughter’s kindergarten class told me about an anti-inflammatory shake she drinks every day and how they improved her health. An anti-inflammatory diet can help with a variety
I hate sponges – they suck up as much money as they do water! They barely last a month and cost a pretty penny, even when I buy them using a subscription discount. Sometimes it seems as if they are made specifically to break down after just a few washes. And don’t get me started on that disgusting smell that clings to my fingers after I’ve
Baking soda is cheap, versatile, and natural. What more could you ask for? We all know that if you stick a box in your fridge, that it can eliminate odors. That it can be used in cat boxes. Or to soothe an acidic stomach. But what about the ways you’ve never used baking soda? Baking soda: What is it good for?