Fun Ways to Stay Cool When It’s Hot

  With most of the United States dealing with temperatures well over 100 degrees for the past few weeks, many of us are looking for ways to stay cool. Here are a few fun ways to stay cool during this unbelievably hot weather. 1. Running Through the Sprinkler As an adult you may see a […]

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Fun Easter Activities for Kids

Need Something Fun to Keep Kids Occupied as Easter Nears? When it comes to Easter, there are plenty of fun and cheap ideas that you can do with your kids besides the simple tradition of coloring eggs. Here are a few cheap, easy and fun crafts that you can create with your children for Easter. […]

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Summer Family Fun: Sprinklers and Tea Parties

My three year old daughter and I have been enjoying our summer evenings together this season. This is my first summer as a mother, and it is even more fun that I had imagined. Our little girl loves summer, and that helps me through the really hot days. She loves nothing more than to throw […]

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Menu-Making as a Lifestyle

It took me years to take the plunge; I’d been talking about it forever: “Someday I’m going to plan out our meals ahead of time — I’m going to make menus!” The barriers to menu-making are many:  It takes a time commitment up front; it takes organizational skill and a focused mind; it helps to […]

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The Thrifty Kitchen: Garbanzo Tabouli

I was running behind—imagine that! I had more work to do than time to do it, yet I was starving! What’s a thrifty working mom to do? I invented Garbanzo Tabouli. This is a tangy, vegetarian dish. If you cook the grains ahead of time, you can make it and begin enjoying it in five […]

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Summer-Proof Your House

I love it when living green and thrifty living intersect. What is best for the earth often turns out to be best for our pocket books, too. Enjoy a thrifty summer this year as you learn to “summer-proof” your house. Last week temperatures in my part of the country soared above 100 degrees. We couldn’t […]

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Putting Yourself in Debt, Just to Get Your Child Gifts?

Have you ever caught yourself spending more cash than you can really afford, just to make your child happy? This spending can put you in a financial bind that can take months or longer to pull out of.

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Preparing Your Child for Preschool

If your child is going off to preschool after the summer, use the time between now and then to prepare them for the big day.  Prepping a child for school means that when the big day arrives they are confident about entering their new daytime environment.

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Traveling with Children: Ideas for a Frustration-Free Vacation

A family vacation should be a fun time.  The prospect of traveling with children, however, can send chills of fear and nervous anxiety through even the most experienced of parents.  The thought of hours sitting in  car, plane or train with bored children constantly asking “are we there yet” isn’t something to look forward to, […]

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Thrifty Waffle Mixes and More

I love using money saving mixes. Not only are they cheaper but they taste better than store bought mixes. These recipes are easy to make and so delicious. Try one today! Pancake Mix – This is such an easy recipe. I keep this in a freezer bag in my fridge. Anytime the kids want pancakes […]

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