Archives for December 2013

Lessons Learned in 2013

Last year presented many opportunities to learn and grow. As I complete my goal setting and prepare for 2014, several of the lessons I’ve learned stand out. The perfect is the enemy of the good I’ve become familiar with the veracity of this aphorism courtesy of my tendency to be a perfectionist. … [Read more...]

Rampant Reusing: Greeting Cards

Do you love getting cards in the mail from loved ones? I certainly do. Though I loathe throwing the cards away, I don’t see any sense in stashing them away in a drawer where they contribute to clutter. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a number of awesome ways to reuse them. Ways to Reuse … [Read more...]

The Birth of Hope

Are you in a situation where you need hope? I won’t even speculate if your answer is affirmative because we’re all facing situations where we need it. Take heart! We’re about to celebrate the birth of hope personified. Hope is defined as “someone or something that may be able to provide help.” … [Read more...]

It’s the Little Things About Winter

Winter 2013 officially begins this weekend! It’s the little things about winter that gladden my heart and put a smile on my face. Christmas. An opportunity to celebrate the birth of our Savior is reason enough to get excited. However, I can hardly contain my excitement when time with family, … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Macaroni

This recipe for cheeseburger macaroni is the result of my efforts to make a healthier, homemade equivalent to the Hamburger Helper® variety that bears the same name (this was one of my husband’s favorite meals back before we got married). This homemade version is simple and calls for affordable … [Read more...]

Convenient Freezer Labels

Have you ever pulled a dish or baggie from the freezer and been unable to determine what is frozen in it? You can eliminate this problem by diligently labeling foods before freezing them. This sounds straightforward, but I know I sometimes omit this step when I’m in a hurry. Hopefully these … [Read more...]

Essential Recipes: Cheese Sauce and Cream of Mushroom Soup

As I’ve adopted the habit of menu planning, I’ve realized that there are a number of basic recipes that are essential to preparing the meals on my menus. Paramount among these are cheese sauce and cream of mushroom soup. If I wanted to save a little time and effort, I could use a processed … [Read more...]

Secure Your Home While You Travel

When you plan a travel itinerary and begin packing, do you also take steps to keep your home safe? There are some common sense things we always do before leaving on a trip. I took a closer look before my husband and I traveled to visit family for Thanksgiving to make sure our approach is … [Read more...]

Frugal, Practical Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Last week we looked at ideas for low-cost, useful stocking stuffers for adults. Now let’s look at some for the kiddos on our lists! Though I have identified a couple of toy items, I tried to minimize my focus on these because most little ones already have plenty. Stocking stuffer ideas for … [Read more...]

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

I absolutely love wrapping gifts! There’s something about lovely wrapping paper and shiny bows that sparks creativity in me. I’ve become increasingly aware that wrapping gifts in traditional gift wrap and using disposable bows isn’t particularly beneficial to the environment. Fortunately, … [Read more...]