Dollars and Sense

3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

  Up to 250 million plastic Easter eggs per year were produced in the US at the turn of this century.  I wonder: for those that buy them, what do we do with all those eggs when it's not Easter?  I imagine they sit in a closet or end up in an attic. But what… Continue reading 3 Educational Uses For All Those Plastic Easter Eggs

Abode

Do You Forget To Clean These 10 Things?

  Spring officially starts March 20th! Is spring cleaning on your mind? It has been for me. Beyond the typical vacuuming and dusting, do you forget about these 10 items that need to be cleaned? I know I do sometimes! 1. Overflow sink drains These can get grimy, so don't forget to clean them when… Continue reading Do You Forget To Clean These 10 Things?

Edibles

Sweet Corn Salad

  Once upon a time, I attempted to grow my own vegetables on an apartment balcony. I bought dirt and containers and bell pepper seeds and a watering can, then patiently waited all summer for a bell pepper to appear. One. One pepper grew out of all of those seeds. It was the world's most… Continue reading Sweet Corn Salad

Edibles

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

  These are a tasty way to get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins in one meal. You can combine an endless variety of flavors and textures to suit your tastebuds! I was hungry and this sweet potato bowl looked good, so no pretty photos with this one 🙂 . This is a very versatile… Continue reading Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

Abode

11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

  There's something about the beginning of a new year that always makes me want to get organized. My latest project has been my daughter's room, so I haven't been blogging this year until today. It was difficult to decide on a nursery theme- there's so many cute ones out there! But I found a… Continue reading 11 Low-Cost/DIY Nursery Ideas

Vacations & Traveling

10 Tips For Attending Festivals With Children

We attended The United Tiny House Festival this month (you can check out my post on that here), and it got me thinking about attending festivals with small children. Especially for new parents, the idea of this could be daunting. You have to have lower expectations in general about what you will be able to see… Continue reading 10 Tips For Attending Festivals With Children

Abode, Vacations & Traveling

The 2016 Tiny House Festival

  I was so excited to learn that there is such a thing as a "tiny house festival"! If you're not familiar with tiny homes, they are usually under 500 square feet (with many under 300, especially the mobile ones), and they come in all shapes and types. (Check out my post 10 Reasons To Live In… Continue reading The 2016 Tiny House Festival

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

  "Clothing is valuable. It should be valued. Cheap clothes not only undermine those who sew, sell, and design them, they're the pitiful result of decades of price pressure that has erased the craftsmanship and splendor of what we wear. Incessant deal hunting has also erased our collective knowledge of what clothing and style could… Continue reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion

Beauty + Wellness

Choosing Kindness

"If you find one of the restrooms dirty, let me know, and I'll clean it for you." The attendant stood in an airport bathroom filled with travelers. There wasn't a hint of irritability or resentment in her voice as she went about her job. She talked to every woman who exited the bathroom, saying "have a… Continue reading Choosing Kindness

Abode, Dollars and Sense

Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

  I have always loved clothes. I would try to take almost my entire wardrobe to college each year because I never knew when I might want to wear a certain item. I would pack my four extra-large blue plastic totes to the brim with my most cherished cotton and polyester belongings and my mother… Continue reading Just Say “No” To Plastic Hangers…They’re More Dangerous Than You Think

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

  I love chocolate with pretty much anything- fruit, ice cream, pretzels, nuts, in candy bars, etc. But one time I was reading a chocolate label ("Don't do that," my husband likes to joke) and noticed that the last ingredient was something called "vanillin." After looking at other candy labels, I noticed that it was… Continue reading Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

Beauty + Wellness, Parties, Wedding

Would You Rent Your Wedding Gown?

* Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links. Wedding dresses. They are almost certainly the most expensive dress that you will ever buy in your life. The average cost of a wedding dress was $1357 in 2014, making the cost per wear...$1357. For a bride who only wears… Continue reading Would You Rent Your Wedding Gown?

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

*Please Note: This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.  "Natural" is an imprecise term when used by beauty and food companies. It does not have a regulated definition (like "USDA Organic"), but it does usually mean that a product has fewer "bad" ingredients and more naturally derived ones.  Some products… Continue reading 10 Natural Beauty Items Under $15

Abode, Dollars and Sense

10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

I love watching house hunting shows (even though yes, they are staged- and even the buyers may not be real- whaaat?), especially the ones about "tiny houses." A "tiny house" does not have an exact definition, but it is usually a home under 500 sq. ft. To put that in perspective, the average size of… Continue reading 10 Reasons To Live In A Tiny Home

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

Beauty + Wellness

Do You Have a “Joy List”?

It can be so easy to slip into a routine of only doing the things that have to get done and forgetting about doing the things that bring us joy and renew our spirits. It's easy to forget what those things even are when we are frazzled or overwhelmed. That's where a "joy list" comes… Continue reading Do You Have a “Joy List”?

Abode, Dollars and Sense

10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

  "Generic items are just the same as name brand items, they just don't have the same label." While this is often repeated, it's not always true. Sometimes name brand products are better quality and last longer over time. One reason I love Amazon is that you can read reviews that tell you how long… Continue reading 10 Items To Avoid At Target (And 10 That Are Worth Buying)

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Dollars and Sense

Why Custom Tailoring Is More Frugal Than You Think

Trying to find pants that fit is almost every person's dilemma. For me, the "short" lengths are a little too short, and the "regular" lengths are a few inches too long. So I would usually buy the "regular" length pants and end up tripping on the bottoms when they got stuck under my heels. Too… Continue reading Why Custom Tailoring Is More Frugal Than You Think