The holidays are a time of great indulgence. Eggnog, sweets, rich foods, sweets, second helpings, more sweets. It’s okay to snack a little, but why not include healthy recipes for Christmas and Chanukah, too? After all, you don’t want to wind up with Santa’s waistline and the kids are already bouncing off the wall from all that sugar. (The average person gains five pounds during the holidays.)
‘Tis the Season to be crafty! Especially if you’ve got bored kids on your hands and are looking for a creative way to pry them away from their computers or phones. We found DIY crafts that are fun to make, easy and best of all – cheap! Get your Christmas Crafty on! 1. Tea light snowman ornaments. My friend Dana made this with her daughter,
Just when you’ve gotten the taste of pumpkin spice out of your mouth, here comes eggnog. The pumpkin spice latte is now a thing of the past, with the eggnog latte happily stepping up to take its place. Pumpkin spice madness clearly got out of hand this year. But what about eggnog? Is it next? Eggnog is everywhere. Eggnog slime. It’s not just a flavor, it’s
The other day I stopped into Z Gallerie and was immediately drawn to an absolutely gorgeous wreath. It was so elegant, so stunning, I had to have it… until I saw the price tag of $75. This led me to thinking, “I bet I could make an equally beautiful wreath for a fraction of the cost.” Make your own wreath and save some holiday cash. 1. Snowball
Yikes! Why does the first half of November speed past so ridiculously quickly? Now it’s practically Thanksgiving and I still have purchased NO gifts! Time to get serious and start “adding to cart”, but this year I have a slightly different mindset: can the gift be less about stuff and more about meaning? Now that the kids are covered with some well thought out gifts that
The holiday season is upon us, ya’ll, and this may be the first year ever that I’ve made it all the way to November without purchasing a single solitary gift! I’m still a very new minimalist and I am certainly not hardcore about it (I’m not downsizing to a micro-home, paring down my possessions to only 100 or vowing to live out of a backpack).
A friend of mine recently posted: “When I was in Costco, a woman in line shared with me, as she threw a mess of potato and tortilla chips onto the conveyor, that she was emotionally eating because of the election. Then when I popped into Whole Foods, a woman impulsively grabbed two bags of cookies near the checkout and said to her husband, “So I can
My nephew just turned five this year so he’s still completely in love with the holidays and making crafts. I wanted to create a fun craft table for him and am sharing my favorite Thanksgiving crafts for kids with you. I included crafts for various skill levels and ages – something for every age! Even better, they should all cost you $5 or less! Don’t waste money
We all want to give our children a special celebration for their birthday. After all, a birthday isn’t just about the child. It’s a glass raised to you for surviving all the parenting challenges they’ve thrown at you! It’s a celebration of everything you have gone through over the last year, all the homework help, carpools, bedtime stories, violin practice, board games and stomach
The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos honors those we have lost with festivals and parties. It is a chance to celebrate the lives of the deceased who are believed to awaken from their eternal sleep to celebrate with their loved ones. How to throw a Dia de los Muertos party fun enough to wake the dead. For this post, I consulted my friend Crystal,
You’ve heard of gingerbread houses, but what about gingerbread Haunted Houses? We make them every year. They’re fun for kids of all ages – and adults, too – and there are all levels of difficulty (or lack thereof). Your guide to DIY Gingerbread Haunted Houses. Choice #1: Start with a kit. I found various Haunted House kits, including this one from Target for $8.99. I saw similar
Spending the extra money when it really counts is a lesson I am finally starting to learn after years of doing the opposite! I have always been a frugal shopper, so I often hesitated to choose the higher-ticket item when given the opportunity. However, as I find myself replacing certain items and shopping with a goal of simplicity in mind, I have started to bite
Every autumn, I look forward to stepping into Starbuck’s for a pumpkin spice latte and a pumpkin scone. I love it when the house smells of pumpkin bread cooking in the oven. And every year, I splurge on my favorite pumpkin spiced soap. But there is such a thing as overkill. Here are some pumpkin spice scented products that have just gone too far. Pumpkin Febreze.
It’s finally fall! One of the reasons I love October and beyond is that I can finally start ladling out steaming bowls of delicious soup for dinners! Hooray! There is nothing more gratifying than a hearty bowl of soup on a cool fall evening….and by gratifying I mean: easy, healthy, and cheap (the mom’s recipe trifecta)! Although I love the classic bowl of chicken noodle or chili,