• Tips

    How to Christmas Shop with a Budget

    The holidays are upon us. It feels like we were just celebrating Thanksgiving. I like to do my Christmas shopping early but if you haven’t started yet I wanted to share a few how to tips on shopping with a budget. It’s easy to get carried away with buying gifts, especially when you’re in the store and everything is on sale but you don’t have to. Set a total budget amount. No one wants to look at their credit card bill in January and faint. Take 10 minutes to look over your expenses and decide how much money you’re willing and able to spend on gifts. Decide how much money…

  • Entertaining

    Preparing for Out of Town Guests

    With the holidays comes travel, family, friends and trips! I am lucky enough to have visitors on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, I am picking up my Mom and Sister from the airport today for a weekend trip today. :)That’s why I wanted to write a little post about preparing for out of town guests. Sometimes we get wrapped up in cleaning the house and doing laundry that we forget why we’re doing all of these things. Having a cozy home is important but spending time with loved ones is the reason for the trip. Here are a few things to keep in mind for your overnight…

  • Tips

    One Tip to Straighten Up Your Home

    This tip is liquid gold! It’s not mine, I heard it from Marliu Henner and I just had to share. Are you ready? It’s going to CHANGE YOUR LIFE. When you leave one room in your house, take something with you that belongs in the room you are going to. And then put it away. That’s it. Before you know it, your house is straightened up. Try it tonight, if you get everyone in your house to do it you’re in business. Then you will spend your weekends doing something fun instead of straightening up the house. Do you have any sure fire tips to straighten up your home? I’d…

  • Entertaining

    How to Make Lists Work For You

    I love lists. I find them to be an incredibly helpful way to organize my days, months, and life. I think I make lists about lists. There is something so satisfied about crossing off items after they are done. Here are a few thoughts about how to make lists work for you: To Do Lists – List your to dos and organize them by dates you expect them to be competed. I find it easier to make a weekend list and a long term list. On my weekend list I have short term things like: Grocery Shopping, Laundry, Stop at the Bank, etc. On my long term list I write…

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    How To Create a Grocery List

    Last week we discussed making a monthly menu. Today I”d like to share few ideas for using that menu to put together a grocery list. When shopping it’s my objective to get what I need, no more and no less.  I also like to save money while doing it. Personally, I prefer to shopping at different food stores. Doing this allows me to find fresh produce, bulk bins, specialty products, and lower prices. Maybe I’m a little strange, but I enjoy walking through the aisles at the grocery store looking at the different foods and getting inspiration for future recipes. 🙂 I know some of you have busy schedules so…

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