7 Frugal Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

  Of the many things that Dad taught you, hopefully thriftiness was one of them. Show Dad that his lessons stuck when you celebrate him with these 7 fun and frugal ideas this Father's Day. Below you will find 7 frugal ways to celebrate Father's Day and show Dad that he is … [Read more...]

Easy No Fail Strawberry Butter Spread Recipe

I LOVE a bagel with a strawberry spread for lunch, but I hate paying crazy money for strawberry spreads that are full of preservatives and who knows what else at the store. There's no reason for me to now that I have this AWESOME Strawberry Butter Spread Recipe! It's great for … [Read more...]

Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

One of my favorite things from my childhood is cooking out with my family at the local state parks. My Dad would always grill hot dogs and hamburgers and Mom would always fix cole slaw and this banana pudding for dessert then after we ate, we'd all head out for a swim (after the … [Read more...]

HUGE List of Places to Find Free Homeschool Curriculum

We recently pulled Emma out of public school (again) to homeschool her. She's entering her 3rd full week out of school and doing great. Because it's the end of the year (well, almost) and because she has a lot of catching up to do for the curriculum we'll be using next year, I'm … [Read more...]

How to Grow Celery from Scraps

  First things first. I really don't have a green thumb. Seriously. I've never actually gardened in my life until this year. Luckily for me (and you too maybe?) this is crazy, super simple easy to do. So crazy, super simple easy that the kids could even do it as a school … [Read more...]

20 Common Expenses You Should Stop Spending Money On

When your personal budget is really tight, it can be really disheartening to try and cut your expenses but not be able to cut them back far enough. What most of us don't realize though is that the chances are good that we have more money than we think to spend.  Money that we're … [Read more...]

5 Things a Once Homeless Mom Wants You To Know

  Last week, I wrote a post about how I'm grateful for the time that I spent homeless and while most of the responses I received were supportive and loving,  some of you had said that you never really give the homeless a second thought, that you thought assumed they're … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Sausage, Green Beans & Potato Dinner

I don't know about you, but there are just some days where I just don't feel the need to spend hours on dinner. Those days? I would love to just throw sandwich meat and bread at my family with a grin and a big ol' "Here ya go" but unfortunately for me, my head and heart just … [Read more...]

Cloth Pads?? Why I Started Using Cloth Pads (and Why You Should Give Up Disposables Too!)

Okay ladies, let's talk. Yes, we're going to talk about *that* subject. No! Not THAT one...the OTHER one. Get your mind outta the gutters! Recently, I made the switch from disposable to cloth pads. I know. That was more TMI about me than you ever needed to know, but this year … [Read more...]

How to Cook Over an Open Fire

Yes, I know that for some people reading this, knowing how to cook over an open fire might sound crazy. Remember though,  it was done for centuries before modern day stoves were invented and thousands of campers do it each year.  While you may never need this particular skill, … [Read more...]

Whaattt? You’re Grateful for Being Homeless?

If you've read my bio, you're probably aware that my Emma and I spent a large portion of 2010 homeless, living in a shelter in Northern Iowa. The reasons behind how we ended up in that shelter are not really important and truthfully are pretty boring, but for the sake of putting … [Read more...]

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 … [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...]

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...]