Mealtime is never not a challenge when it comes to cooking for a busy family. Being ultimately responsible for three meals a day 365 days a year gets old really fast. So, when I feel like I’ve served spaghetti one too many times or when even the old favorites don’t impress the kids any longer, I like to shake things up with something new. January is a great time
There is a lot of friction in the world right now, along with a lot of stress and worry. That’s why it’s important to learn to be kind to yourself in what may feel like an unkind world. Here’s how you can treat yourself better. 1. No internet an hour before bed. Social media increases stress. Instead of scanning Facebook before bed, allow yourself the time to
Given my recent exploits into minimalism, this New Year’s Eve I put away my holiday decorations with nothing short of sheer glee. I couldn’t wait to clean up and clear out the clutter and make room for a fresh start. Despite my love of January’s clean bare slate, I can’t help but miss the warmth and candlelight of December. In fact, there are parts of
A few months ago, after a regular check-up, my doctor called to tell me that I had high cholesterol, something that I know runs in my family. He immediately wanted to put me on meds, but I was hesitant, having heard about myriad side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs. I asked my doctor if I could have 6 months to try to lower my cholesterol naturally.
Are you the one who can’t wait to clean up the holiday décor on December 26th ……or do you savor those last bits of Christmas until the final days of January? Sometimes it takes forever to sweep up those last scraps of tinsel, pine needles and snippets of wrapping paper. If you are like me, you might continually be finding ornament hooks around the house for weeks to
Are you looking to celebrate the New Year without breaking the bank? If you’re okay with staying in there are TONS of ways you can save money when hosting your own frugal New Year’s Eve party. Here are a few of our favorite tips. 10 Ways to Throw a Frugal New Year’s Eve Party 1. Reuse Christmas Ornaments One easy way to save on decorations
Maybe you’re planning a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. Or maybe you’re just looking to serve some holiday drinks for the adults after the merriment of Christmas day has wound down. So grab a Christmas cookie or two and drink in these delicious cocktail recipes that you and your guests will love. Holiday Cocktails: Beyond Eggnog 1. Melted Snowman Martini (above). This Cocktail, from A Cozy
When it comes to Ugly Christmas Sweaters, the tackier the better. And if you’re thinking of throwing an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, you’ve got to go all-out gagworthy (in a good way). Here are some ways to assure your Ugly Sweater Party is delightfully hideous. Think beyond the sweater. If you’re a woman, you can add to your festive look with a skirt of bows, like
Whether you use a little calming lavender to help you sleep or a dab of tea tree oil for natural cleaner, the uses for essential oils are practically endless. The reality is that oils can be practical, therapeutic and also indulgently luxurious at the same time! Remember, each one is unique and should be used with knowledge and care, so I recommend checking Rocky Mountain Oils for
‘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
In the days before Pinterest, people put some branches in a vase or hung up a wreath for Thanksgiving decor and called it good. But now we want more. And we don’t want to spend a lot for it. If you’re lacking in DIY skills like me, you also need it to be easy. Thank goodness for the Dollar Tree and some very clever bloggers. Here are
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