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
How to Throw a Day of the Dead Party That Won’t Kill Your Budget
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,
Halloween Haunted Gingerbread Houses and How to Make Them
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
Worth Every Penny: Bosch Dishwasher
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
Quick Tip: The Right Way to Find the Best Price on Pet Food
If you’ve read my post about pet insurance (yes, you need it!), you know that my dog has multiple food allergies. That means the options for commercial dog foods are very limited. Commercial dog foods at a reasonable price are even more limited. At one point I resorted to making his food, but boy does that get old fast. Plus, the proteins he can eat are so limited
Pumpkin Spice Madness: Make it Stop!
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.
6 Frightfully Fun Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas
Why go for the same old carved jack-o-lantern when you can do something really creative? Whether you choose to paint your pumpkins or carve them, it’s always fun to do something different. Here are 6 DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas. 1. BB-8 pumpkin. Do you have a Star Wars fan in your household? You won’t have to “Force” them to love this adorable BB-8 pumpkin. What
How I Got Hooked on Essential Oils + My New Favorite Blends!
Nothing snaps a mother to attention faster than a doctor saying there’s something wrong with her baby. “He’s wheezing,” the pediatrician said, after listening to my three month old son’s lungs for what felt like an eternity. We’d gone in for what I thought was a simple cold, but we left with the prospect of a lifelong chronic condition. It was a couple more years
6 Halloween Pet Costumes that Will Make You LOL
It’s that time of year again – when we get to humiliate… uh, dress our pets up in ridiculous… uh, adorable costumes. We’ve found some of the silliest, cleverest, most amusing Halloween costumes for your dog or cat. 6 Spooktacular Pet Costumes 1. Bear Costume. You’ve seen the viral videos, now get ready to make your own teddy bear costume for your dog or cat. We
7 Smart Laundry Hacks That Will Lighten Your Load!
Laundry has always been one of my most bitter household battles. From the moment I brought my sweet reflux-y twin girls home from the hospital, I realized that washing our clothes and linens was about to become one of my primary occupations. From pre-treating, to washing, drying, folding and putting away, the process has become far too familiar over the last decade. Fortunately, we’ve left
Happy National Coffee Day!
It’s the most caffeinated day of the year! To help you celebrate, I’ve rounded up the best coffee posts from Bargain Babe. 5 Frugal Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipes Save Money on Starbucks Fall Menu: 3 Copycat Recipes How Much Do You Spend on Coffee Beans? Guess How Much Cheaper Homemade Coffee Is? 21 Uses for Coffee Grounds Don’t want to make your own coffee? Here’s
9 Ideas for Unique Holiday Gifts They Will Actually Use
Now that fall is here many of us start thinking about the season of gifts! Everyone wants their presents to be appreciated, but in this age of consumerism it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect fit. Personally, I find myself struggling between an inclination to to give gifts that will be enjoyed and a desire to break the cycle of stuff and clutter in our culture. (Remember how I’ve been
6 Unusual Pumpkin Treats to Get Your Mouth Watering
You’ve eaten your share of healthy pumpkin foods made with this incredibly versatile vegetable (which is technically a fruit), but now it’s time for dessert. We’ve compiled a list of unusual pumpkin treats that go beyond your typical pumpkin pie. 6 Unusual Pumpkin Treats 1. Pumpkin Cannoli. Mama Mia! Filled with a lightly spiced sweet pumpkin ricotta filling, the classic Italian dessert gets a fall-themed twist
6 Healthy Halloween Treats for Your Little Ghosts and Goblins
When you think of Halloween, candy probably comes to mind. Candy corn, fun size bags of chocolates, and enough Smarties and Laffy Taffy to make your teeth rot. We’re here to help counteract all that sugar with some healthy Halloween recipes that are easy to make and economical, too. Here are some fun treats to scare up. 1. Cauliflower Skull Veggie Platter. We love this idea from
The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Capsule Wardrobe
Week by week, carload by carload, I’m donating my way to a more simple lifestyle. It all began when I started to investigate responsible consumerism. Soon I came across the trending concept of a “capsule wardrobe.” Although definitions vary, a capsule wardrobe will be small, simple and functional with only items that are used and enjoyed. Some wealthy and influential people utilize a “uniform” or repeat a combination
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