October 28, 2016

One Month of Reality Cooking – real time, real budgets, real life


Welcome! Come join us as we find beauty amidst the bedlam of everyday life. Inspiration and encouragement for meal time, finances, home life, DIY and more. If you’re new, you may like to subscribe for free updates. Subscribe via email […]

Tips for Using Swagbucks


Last month, I shared details about earning free gifts with Swagbucks, and if you missed that post, check out the details. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am loving this program. I have earned enough SBs […]

Host a Teenage Birthday Party…on a budget!


As the time came for our oldest son to turn sixteen,  I wanted to plan something special, sentimental, and yet still be deemed successful in his teenage eyes. As the time came closer for this birthday party, he assured me, […]

What Was Your Dinner Conversation Tonight?


It’s no secret that connecting around the table for regular family dinners is something I highly value. But no worries, I am going to save my “soap box” speech for another time. 🙂 Instead, I’m going to point out my […]

How Do I Get Odors Out of Clothing and Linens?


If you remember my post about “How to navigate a thrift store,” you know that I am intimately acquainted with the Goodwill/thrift store smell. To me, it represents not just potential, but “choice” and I embrace it. Yet, I know […]

Ben and Jerry’s Free Ice Cream Day


More than three decades ago, a mom and pop ice cream stand started in Vermont. Now, in order to say thanks, Ben & Jerry’s is having their free cone day 3/23 from 12-8pm.

Starbucks Free Pastry Day


Get a free pastry on the morning of March 23 with the purchase of a handcrafted beverage. Come to participating Starbucks on Free Pastry Day, March 23. Choose a delicious pastry to pair with your beverage and that tasty item […]

Steals and Deals


There are lots of wonderful steals and deals around the web this week.  Here are just a few that I have to highlight. If you see some more, leave a comment and I’ll add to the list as I have […]

Business Casual – Dress for Less


Frugal Fashionista (No camera lenses were shattered in the taking of these photographs. If it appears blurry, it’s not your eyes. It’s called forgetting to take pictures of my outfits before midnight and then relying on hotel room lighting.) When […]

Free Pancakes at IHop -National Pancake Day


My family has never taken part in IHOP’s National Pancake Day. But we sure can eat a lot of pancakes, and the thought of starting a new family tradition that doesn’t include me standing over the griddle sounds fabulous. Since […]