The kids are out of school for the summer and already that familiar chant is starting: “Mommy, I’m bored.” Put together a craft kit and get the kids busy with these fun and inexpensive craft and activity ideas. Here are 10 crafts to beat the boredom blues.
Love them or loathe them, Peeps are everywhere this time of year. Gritty to the taste, they are more than just “food.” They are perfect for crafts and decorating your table as well as your desserts. And best of all, they are cheap! (Or should I say, “cheep!”) Some of these suggestions are 100% legit, others are just for fun. Can you tell the difference? Does it matter?
Laura Taylor is a tomato specialist who grows over 100 varieties of tomatoes and personally teaches over 30 classes each year. She has been featured in various newspapers and radio shows and is a repeat guest teacher at Los Angeles area cooking schools. I went to her for advice about growing your own tomatoes – can you really save money in the long run, or is it
When I first started cooking for my son’s doctor-recommended gluten free diet, it was a challenge. There was no nearby Whole Foods – or any health food store – and I bought most of my ingredients online. I had a pantry full of sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xantham gum, guar gum, garfava bean flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, potato flour…and other ingredients that
Are you obsessed with potato chips? Have a little bit of a sweet tooth? If you answered yes to either of these questions (or both like me!) you’ll see why you NEED a food dehydrator. Food dehydrators are great because they allow you to make healthy treats that are just as delicious, if not more, than store bought snacks. The dehydrator recipes below are quick
Conventional ovens have their advantages, but there are also several drawbacks. They’re a waste of energy when you’re cooking small portions, and they add lots of heat in the kitchen, which can send your cooling bills through the roof. Modern toaster ovens have come a long way from the traditional countertop toasters. They serve as fully functional miniature ovens and can easily execute the everyday
Falling temps, changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes… some things just ring in the coming of fall as surely as the dawn. And even when the weather and leaves aren’t cooperating (SoCal, anyone?), I can still count on the Starbucks fall menu to remind me of the season. But I’d like to enjoy their treats more often than the $4-6 price tag allows! Indulge in your
Fall is in the air and Oktoberfest is not far behind! If the changing of the seasons has you thinking about a nice tall cold one, you’re not alone. Then again, what season doesn’t go with a good beer? But beer can get pricey and eat into your grocery or entertainment budgets fast. My spending dropped fast this year because I got pregnant, but that may
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
Summer is the perfect time to sit outside and sip cocktails…but cocktails can be pretty pricey. If you’re looking to have fun on a budget a cocktail party is a great way to do so. It’s actually cheaper than having everyone over for dinner. Not convinced? Check out our six tips for having a cocktail party on a budget. 6 tips to throwing a frugal
As the mercury creeps up, my taste buds pipe up for refreshing fruity, tart, and sweet cold treats! While there are plenty of cheap options at the grocery store (and some days, an Otter Pop is just what the doctor ordered), it can also be fun to use fresh, healthy ingredients, to just shake things up, or to engage your kids in the kitchen whipping up
I will do just about anything to fight a cold or flu and to avoid the doctor’s office. Not only will I save money by staying healthy, but time and inconvenience as well. In general, I like to avoid traditional medicines and have compiled a list of natural cold remedies with a little help from our Facebook friends. Natural ways to fight cold and
My best friend Garrett’s family owns an apple orchard and has a huge garden. Every year they give us tons of apples and vegetables that I wait for all winter long. His family has a food dehydrator that they use to make everything from deer jerky to dried apples and they’re always delicious. I love these treats and started to think that I should make
It’s crunch time! Holiday parties, holiday potlucks, and the big giant Christmas meal itself. If kitchen-sense eludes you, and you usually find yourself at the door with a bottle of wine in lieu of an appetizer or side dish, you’re not alone. But there’s hope! Especially for the recipe-challenged among us, I’ve dug up some simple, frugal side dishes sure to wow a crowd, and