Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

She was maybe 10 years old, rocking blue streaks in her pixie haircut, sitting next to me in the waiting room at the eye doctor's office.  "Can she walk? I'll make sure she doesn't fall," the little girl asked while holding out her arms, waiting to steady my wobbly baby standing by my feet.  For the… Continue reading Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense, Edibles, Gifts

Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affilliate links.) Have you ever read through the Oprah Magazine's list of "favorite things"? I used to love looking through it. However, I noticed that many of the items were very expensive and not practical for most of us- if you look up the 2016 list, the… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017


Your Simple Mother’s Day Gift Guide

If you're stumped as to what to get your mom for Mother's Day, check out this simple "A to Z" gift guide. Many of the gifts are consumable or small, so they won't take up much space or become clutter. Several are ideas for gift certificates, so you can choose the amount that works for… Continue reading Your Simple Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Salted Chocolate Apricots

I had a bit of chocolate left over after making chocolate covered Nutter Butters, so I decided to make these salted chocolate apricots. They are delicious! And adding fruit to chocolate makes it healthier, right? All you need is chocolate chips, wax paper, coarse sea salt, and apricots. The directions are similar to the ones… Continue reading Salted Chocolate Apricots

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

  Two of these are from Kilwin's, and two are homemade. Which is which? Ok, I made the ones on the right. But they tasted exactly the same, for less than half the cost. Because the ones on the left were $1.50 each, my husband and I only bought two when we were at Kilwin's recently.… Continue reading Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

Beauty + Wellness, Gifts

Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing

I loved playing with Barbies as a young girl. They had fun clothes, a cool pink convertible, and a killer shoe collection. But even at 8 years old, I had doubts about Barbie. No one looks like that in real life- her waist is so small and her legs are so long, I remember thinking.… Continue reading Why Looking Like Barbie Isn’t A Bad Thing


3 Keys to Giving the Perfect Gift

  As someone who loves to give gifts, here's 3 things I've realized over the years: Don't just buy a gift because it's on sale or a good deal; ask yourself-- is it equally a great deal, a great item quality-wise, and something the recipient would enjoy/use? If it's not all three, keep looking! Think… Continue reading 3 Keys to Giving the Perfect Gift

Beauty + Wellness, Gifts

Review: “Hope Unfolding”

I was originally going to post this in May, but after realizing that Mother's Day is just around the corner, it's posting early! I have enjoyed Becky Thompson's posts on her blog/Facebook page, so I was excited when I learned she was publishing her first book.  There's many books for women out there from a… Continue reading Review: “Hope Unfolding”

Abode, Gifts

Almost-Free Art For Your Home or Gifting

I love decorating my walls, but art and decor prices can add up quickly- most items in typical home stores are very overpriced for what you actually get (watch for the sales!).  While I love home stores, I also enjoy having more unique items that aren't mass produced.  Creating art yourself through photography is an… Continue reading Almost-Free Art For Your Home or Gifting


A Handy Trick for Storing Wrapping Paper

I usually tape my wrapping paper rolls  to keep the paper from unwinding, but it's annoying trying to peel the tape off the next time I need to use the roll. The paper usually comes off with the tape, leaving a tear in the roll. Don't know why I didn't think of this sooner!   If… Continue reading A Handy Trick for Storing Wrapping Paper