DIY Reusable Fabric Softener Sheets

One of my goals for the new year was not only to cut our household expenses as much as possible, but to really get rid of a lot of the chemicals that we have in the house. I've always used vinegar in the rinse cycle, but until now, I'd never considered making my own dryer sheets. … [Read more...]

Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

There is NOTHING more comforting to me than Chicken Noodle Soup on a cold day or when I'm not feeling well. That's why I adore this one. It's so SO good and SO easy to make and it frequently finds its way into our menu plan at least a couple times a month. This one here is an … [Read more...]

White Chicken Chili Recipe – Easy & Cheap Meal Ideas

Baby, it's cold outside! Okay, for most of the country it is. Here in Texas, it is still a balmy 80° F or better. For me, fall is the time of year to pull out my favorite soup recipes and my favorite stew recipes no matter what the temperature is outside. There is just something … [Read more...]

The Brutal Truth Behind the Real Life 50 Shades of Grey

    Dear You Who Fantasize about Christian Grey, What I am about to write isn't easy for me. Actually, it's a topic that I feel is better left in my past and until now I've been okay with doing just that. I purposely don't reveal too much about my past on this … [Read more...]

How to Preserve Eggs for Longterm Storage

  Last week or so, I happened upon a local woman selling fresh, organic eggs for a great price. $2.00/dozen and since I pay $1.79/dzn normally? I jumped on it and brought home a few dozen. Once I got home, I was thrilled! They're big, beautiful, brown eggs! These eggs are … [Read more...]

Why Bother to Prepare for an Emergency

I know what some of you are thinking, “It Can't Happen To Me.” and you may be right. Then again I'm pretty sure some of the residents of New Orleans said that in 2005,  resident's of Southern Florida probably said that in 1992, I know for a fact that some resident's of Bastrop, … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Chicken Salad Wraps

Yum! Chicken Salad is great for lunch but sometimes? I get bored with the same old humdrum of a chicken salad sandwich and look for new ways to keep my favorites in my menu. This recipe combines a recipe for chicken salad with tortilla wraps to serve this delicious sandwich in a … [Read more...]

8 Thrift Store Shopping Do’s and Don’ts

  I love thrift store shopping. Really! I do! In my neighborhood, I have a ton of thrift stores and over the 2 years that we have lived here, I have nailed down which ones are the best for what type of deals and when we go shopping, we make the rounds based on what we're … [Read more...]

42 Homemade Items You’ll Never Buy Again!

      When I'm looking to cut expenses, one of the things that I love to do is to take a look at what I can stop buying and make myself. It's actually dual purpose since homemade products typically taste better or work better than most of the commercial products … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to My Daughter on her 10th Birthday

  Oh little girl...I remember the first time I saw you. After a pregnancy filled with more stress than I needed and a couple of scares as well, you came into this world screaming your tiny little head off, tied to a cord with a pretzel knot in it. A knot that by all rights, … [Read more...]

How To Dehydrate & Preserve Fresh Mushrooms

  So the other day when I did my January grocery trip, I managed to find a really decent deal on fresh button mushrooms. They were marked down to just .99¢ each which in my experience, is a fairly decent deal. Enough of a deal for me to grab them.     As you … [Read more...]

Baby Freebies!! 9 MUST HAVE Baby Freebies For Baby & New Moms! Great for Yourself or as Gifts!

  Having a baby? Just had a baby? Heading to a baby shower? Check out these 7 must have baby freebies!! You just pay shipping! You can get all 7 shipped for less then the price of a diaper cake and gift basket! These would also be FANTASTIC Christmas gifts for the new … [Read more...]

10 Things Thrifty People Never Buy New

  We often talk about saving money, but a lot of the time it can really come down to how we're feeling that day. We head out to the store and we're just not feeling well so we just grab whatever happens to be on the shelf. Unfortunately, thoughtless shopping is a great … [Read more...]

10 Things Thrifty People Reuse To Save Money

The other day, I'm in the kitchen and I happened to be rinsing out a peanut butter jar. Que the 9 year old who already thinks that Mom has lost most of her mind (yes child, YOU are the reason for that...lol). When she walked in, I swear, the look she gave me could not have been … [Read more...]

2 Ingredient Heavy Cream Substitute Recipe

  Picture this. I'm standing in my kitchen, about to make my Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Alfredo for dinner. I reach into my fridge to grab the heavy cream needed and much to my un-surprise I find that I'm out of heavy cream. That shouldn't surprise me though since I rarely … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies Recipe

Growing up where I did, we all learned early on to love anything that was pumpkin related. From pumpkin burgers to pumpkin chili and of course, the annual festival known as The Circleville Pumpkin Show. Needless to say, we all LOVE just about anything pumpkin flavored. My … [Read more...]