Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a time of great celebration where people throw parades and parties. Want to celebrate in style without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered. Tips for a budget-friendly Mardi Gras party. Hit your local dollar store. At my local Dollar Tree (pictured), I found assorted Mardi Gras masks, beads, crowns, feather boas, colorful hairspray and other items for only a dollar apiece –
Candy conversation hearts are cute, fun, colorful… and everywhere this time of year. These sweet craft ideas and recipes won’t cost you much, but are sure to be conversation starters. 6 Clever Ways to Use Conversation Hearts 1. Strawberries and Cream Cake. We “heart” this delicious dessert idea from Gimme Some Oven. You can make the cake from scratch, or just use their decorating idea. Either
If you think flowers and candy are just too generic and predictable for Valentine’s Day, we found some fun ways to show your loved one you care. 6 Funny Valentine’s Day Ideas 1. Cute and quirky Valentine’s Day cards. Forget that airbrushed couple walking on the beach – you want something cute and clever. Tiny Bee Cards on Etsy makes some of the silliest, wittiest cards you can find. This
I am every bit as enthusiastic about my Instant Pot as I was when I first bought it about 18 months ago. It is rare that I go more than a day or two without using it and there are days when it is used two or three times for one thing or another. To be honest, I am seriously considering buying a second Instant
This February 14th, show your family members you love them by serving healthy festive treats. The kids will be getting enough sugar and Red Dye #2 at their school parties – why not offer a better alternative? And how about serving your Sweetie a natural Valentine’s Day treat made with fruit, cheese or other alternatives to chocolate? 14 fun and frugal ways to celebrate Valentine’s
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.
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
The holidays are a time of great indulgence. Eggnog, sweets, rich foods, sweets, second helpings, more sweets. It’s okay to snack a little, but why not include healthy recipes for Christmas and Chanukah, too? After all, you don’t want to wind up with Santa’s waistline and the kids are already bouncing off the wall from all that sugar. (The average person gains five pounds during the holidays.)
‘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 turkey, your waistband, the mound of mashed potatoes. These are the things that should be big at Thanksgiving, not the grocery receipt. The holidays can be stressful enough, without worrying how to serve dinner on a budget. Whether you are hosting or heading to your parent’s house, here’s how to save money on Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make your own spices: Spices can be really
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
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,
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
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.