Recently, my daughter’s school declared that parents are no longer allowed to bring in the typical birthday party treats: cupcakes, donuts, or birthday cake. This left me with the challenge of finding healthy, yet fun alternatives. I really wanted to come up with something creative – yet easy and affordable – to make her school birthday celebration special. Here are some of the ideas I
My birthday isn’t for another few weeks, but I’ve already started celebrating with the free birthday coupons I’ve been receiving by email. Just last week, I got a free FroYo at Menchies (a $5 value)! Last year, I did a post on birthday freebies but since then have learned of SO many others, so I’m passing on my updated list to you. Here are 203
Whether you find a dusty collection at a yard sale, or buy a new box at your local clearance store, you may be surprised at the many uses of the classic jar. Able to withstand high temperatures and pressure, glass jars are a healthier, more durable choice than their plastic container counterparts (and they could be around a whole lot longer). Not to mention adding
The first time I saw an AeroGarden on an infomercial, I admit I was skeptical. Despite years in high school working at a gorgeous plant nursery, I seem to inevitably kill any plants I take under my care. Undaunted, I always plant a little something every spring and, without exception, all of my gardening experiments have ultimately failed. (My theory is that the children are
Okay, so they cost more. Significantly more. As much as I love cutting corners, there are some things I won’t skimp on. Is it possible to eat organic on a budget? And if we eat fruits and vegetables contaminated with pesticides, what is the real price we are paying? Don’t skimp when it comes to harmful pesticides.
In my ideal world I would buy groceries without any regard for price. I would buy only the highest quality products and I would happily pay for exotic (read: expensive) ingredients. In reality, I’m a lot more careful. A grocery budget can quickly spin out of control, and while coupons and sales are great ways to save money, it also pays to focus on recipes that are inherently frugal.
It’s widely believed that cooking at home is more healthful than eating out at restaurants. However, home cooks can also contribute to unhealthful eating habits by adding a lot of salt and chemically altered fats to their food. Here are some steps you can take to cook more healthfully every day without sacrificing taste. You may never set foot in a high-calorie restaurant ever again. Follow the Dinner Plate Rule
Marshmallow Peeps are ubiquitous this time of year. But they’re not just for filling Easter baskets anymore. You can craft with them, cook with them, or make your own diorama like this one featuring the GOPeep and Democratic parties debating it out (L-R: Anderbun Cooper, Bunny Sanders, Hoppity Clinton, Donald Trumpeep and Egg Cruz). 8 Creative Uses for Marshmallow Peeps.
The best day of the year is fast approaching. Christmas is nice and birthdays can be fun, but really, do any of them compare to National Pi Day? I never need an excuse to eat pie, but it sure is nice to have the habit formally endorsed. We want you to be prepared for this Monday, so here are six delicious recipes to inspire you. Let’s
You know that organic tea that’s been collecting dust at the back of your cupboard? The one or two boxes that you bought at a farmer’s market one weekend, but forgot all about? Believe it or not, tea is actually a versatile ingredient to cook with. It’s not just something you take out when friends or your mother-in-law drop by. Instead of letting that delicious
Sometimes when I look at the price of something I just bought, I think, “What a rip off!” Even the most frugal of us has fallen prey to “in the moment” spending and the excitement over so-called sales that are really no bargain. Here’s how you may be unknowingly throwing your money away. 5 Ways You’re Getting Ripped Off. 1. Concession stand snacks. There are concession stands
Maybe you enjoy traditional Christmas cookies like gingerbread men, frosted sugar cookies, or candy-cane shaped confections. Or maybe you’re the first one to reach for something new and different – like meringues in the shape of Christmas trees. Whatever your sweet tooth desires, we’ve found a recipe for that. Here are 10 Christmas cookie recipes you’ll want to try.
Our oven blew out two weeks ago – nobody was hurt – and so I’ve been relying on my favorite crock pot recipes of late. My little one has been asking to make bread, so I decided on a whim to Google “how to make bread in a crock pot.” I was shocked that A LOT of people do this. Long story short, bread made