Holiday Shopping: Mindbending Gift Ideas

| November 17, 2012 | 12 Comments

With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably making your list and checking it twice as you attempt to create a balance in the gifts that you buy for your children, nieces, nephews and other young family members and friends. The kids want gifts that are fun, fun, fun, and you want to give them something […]

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Holiday on a Budget: Making Extra Money for Holiday Spending

| November 16, 2012 | 30 Comments

Saving money during the holidays might not pad your bank account, but it very well may keep you from having buyer’s regret later… especially if you’re planning on using credit cards to fund your holiday shopping! One huge way to save money (and stress) is to buy using cash. Not only do we tend to […]

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Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

| November 15, 2012 | 9 Comments

On Thanksgiving morning, it’s traditional in my home for the kids to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television while my husband and I scramble around getting everything ready. This year, though, I think I might involve my pre-teens and teenager in the preparations. Even little kids like to help out in the kitchen, […]

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Keeping Kids’ Clothing in Good Condition

| November 14, 2012 | 8 Comments

You know how quickly kids outgrow their clothing, as well as how expensive it can be. If you have more than one child, particularly if they’re the same sex, it’s nice to hand items down from older to younger. In my circle of friends, we also tend to pass used clothing along to the younger […]

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Sharing in the Spirit of Giving This Holiday Season

| November 13, 2012 | 27 Comments

It’s the time of year when all of us sit back and count our blessings. Most of us also look for ways to share some of our “extra” with others who are not as fortunate as we are. It can be difficult for children to understand this type of giving, however: your kids might not […]

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Lego Fun in 2012

| November 10, 2012 | 9 Comments

Every year, toys get more and more technologically advanced, and less and less like anything we remember playing with as kids. Or do they? Some old school toys have made “retro” comebacks, and at least one never needed to come back, because it never went away in the first place. I’m speaking, of course, of […]

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Food

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French invaders in 1862. Today it is celebrated not only in Mexico but in the US as well. We LOVE mexican food (as a matter of fact tacos are on our weekly family menu) and we can’t wait to have our fiesta tonight! Here are some […]

Turkey Advice: How to cook it, gadgets to buy

Our resident TopChef and cooking advisor has some Turkey tips for you this holiday season…… It’s just my husband and I in our household, so I rarely make turkey. Perhaps a turkey breast now and then, but never a whole turkey.  Besides I never needed to.  Thanksgiving was always celebrated at my uncle’s house with […]

Shopping

What’s on Sale and Things to Buy in June

Wow, June already; we’re almost halfway through the year! June brings Father’s Day, camp outs, the official start of summer, and some great sales on items that you want and need. Just like last month, June is a good time to buy mattresses; stores deeply discount last year’s stock. We were able to buy new […]

Things to Buy on Sale in February

With a special holiday involving flowers, chocolate, and hearts coming up soon, you may have been planning to spend your extra money on Valentine’s Day items over the next couple of weeks. If you’re hoping to save money in February, though, those are definitely not the items that will be on sale… at least not […]

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