Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

Now that the pollen has finally been (mostly!) washed away, I am ready to start getting my patio ready for spring.  I spent some time scrubbing the patio furniture and bought a few  new plants to add a pop of color.  Next on my 'to do list' for spring entertaining is to start finding inexpensive ways to spruce up my patio table.  Occasionally, we like to have guests over to enjoy the fire pit and having tableware I am not embarrassed to seen using is always a plus.  Of course, I don't want to spend a fortune on decorating my patio.  I have enough things to spend my hard earned pennies on, right?  However, I found a simple DIY to create terra cotta coasters for less than $10 for a set of 6.  I thought that was a pretty frugal craft to help bring a touch of color to my patio so I decided to … [Read more...]

Creative Ways to Reuse Yogurt Cups

Creative Ways to Reuse Yogurt Cups

My children go through a ridiculous amount of yogurt.  every week at the grocery store I must spend 15 minutes just picking out new flavors and brands for them to try.  Breakfast, lunch, smoothies, and dips are all great ways to include more yogurt in your diet.  The more  yogurt you eat, the more  yogurt cups I have to recycle.  I have tried making my own to eliminate the plastic waste but my kids just don't like it as much.  Homemade yogurt just seems to be less rich, creamy and flavorful than the stuff I buy at the store.  Recycling these old yogurt cups is good...but finding new ways to reuse yogurt cups is even better.  If you have a family full of yogurt fans and need to find creative ways to reuse yogurt cups, here are a few that I have come up with. I have included affiliate links … [Read more...]

Upcycle Candle Jars into a DIY Succulent Garden

Upcycle Candle Jars into a DIY Succulent Garden

On any given day, you can walk into my house and it will smell like something baking.  And usually, I am not actually baking something!  I have an obsession with food scented candles.  Apples and cinnamon, Rosemary and Thyme, Vanilla Mint...if you can eat it, I probably have a candle that smells like it.  While I try to buy reusable candle jars when I can, I inevitably am left with tons of old candle jars that need a new purpose.  I have been looking for ways to upcycle candle jars and found a lot of cute suggestions on Pinterest.  Most of them showed how to upcycle candle jars into new candle holders but I was looking for something different.  I decided to upcycle candle jars into a DIY succulent garden and I think it turned out really cute! If you have never cleaned wax out of … [Read more...]

Almond Butter Protein Bar Recipe with Premier Protein

Almond Butter Protein Bar Recipe with Premier Protein

This Almond Butter Protein Bar Recipe has been sponsored by Premier Protein but all opinions expressed are my own. #MyGoodEnergy #TeamPremier I spend a lot of time in the 'healthy and natural' section of the grocery store.  This is good for my health but not always good for my wallet.  I tend to spend an awful lot of money on groceries when I really need to be making some of these things from scratch.  Protein bars are a great way to boost energy after a workout or fill up a hungry teenager after a busy day at school. Even starting your morning with a protein bar for breakfast is an easy choice to make for better health.  While I have made homemade granola bars several times, I have never experimented with adding additional protein.  I lucked out at the grocery store last week and hit … [Read more...]

Easy Gardening Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

Easy Gardening Tips that Won’t Break the Bank

I have been gardening for many years...ever since my preschooler came home one day with a lima bean plant that he grew in class that he wanted to put in the ground. Well, the boy is now a teenager who asks for Trinidad Scorpion Peppers at the nursery and I am still outside playing in the dirt! Gardening is addictive and a great way to feed your family while reducing your carbon footprint.  Unfortunately, gardening can also be expensive and I am not made of money!  I have learned over the years where to invest my money when it comes to feeding my gardening addiction.  I decided to put together a few easy gardening tips that will help you cut the cost of your own gardening projects this year. Easy Gardening Tips that Won't Break the Bank 1.  Have a plan:  Look at your garden bed and … [Read more...]

White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs ‪#‎LBandMe‬

White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs ‪#‎LBandMe‬

White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs has been sponsored by Luigi Bormioli Italian glassware but all opinions expressed here are my own. Nothing quite says summer like fresh fruit and herbs.  Here in Georgia, the weather is already warm and I spent the weekend planting flowers and veggies and then tacked the patio cleaning.  Needless to say, today I am definitely feeling a bit sore but my patio is clean and bright and just waiting for me to invite friends and family over for a drink and a few appetizers.  White wine sangria is a quick and easy summer cocktail recipe to serve to a crowd.  The sweetness of the fresh fruit paired with the earthiness of the herbs combines into one very enjoyable cocktail.  You can make up a whole pitcher at one time which makes inviting company over … [Read more...]

5 Spring Cleaning Chores You MUST Do This Month

5 Spring Cleaning Chores You MUST Do This Month

Spring is in the air and all I want to do is sit on the patio and listen to the birds chirp.  Too bad my patio is filthy because I haven't gotten around to cleaning it yet.  Then, of course, as I enjoy all these spring flowers, I start sneezing because my allergies are horrible.  So I hit the medicine cabinet to grab the Zyrtec, only to find out it is expired because I haven't used it for a year.  Sound familiar?  While spring cleaning chores aren't exactly FUN, they do help us keep our lives in order.  I am not spending a beautiful spring day scrubbing the baseboards of my hallways but there are a few spring cleaning chores that I do every single year and I will be tackling them over the coming months.  If you want to join me in getting yourself organized this month, here are a few spring … [Read more...]

Easy Earth Day Craft: Bottle Cap Garden Art

Easy Earth Day Craft: Bottle Cap Garden Art

If you are looking for an easy Earth Day craft, you need to start looking at the things you normally throw away.  One of the best things we can do to help save our planet is to stop throwing away so much trash.  There are so many things that we throw away or recycle every single day that could actually be put to use in our homes.  Egg cartons are great for starting seeds for the garden.  Vegetable scraps make wonderful compost for our yards.  Cardboard cereal boxes can be cut up and used to make homemade car air fresheners.  We can do our part to save the environment one piece of trash at a time!  So, to create the best earth day craft this week, I decided to use something most people throw away every single day: metal bottle caps! Earth Day Craft: Bottle Cap Garden Art When my … [Read more...]

Uses for Rice Besides Eating it For Dinner!

Uses for Rice Besides Eating it For Dinner!

Rice is pretty much a staple in my kitchen.  We have about 4 different varieties of rice in the pantry at any given time and thankfully the kids will eat it happily no matter how I cook it.  Since I live in a rather large, international community, I can find rice in bags that weigh more than many toddlers.  Indian, Chinese, and Hispanic grocery stores have great deals on rice if I really want to stock up.  But, what do you do with all that rice when you get sick of eating it for dinner every night?  I decided to start looking for a few uses for rice besides eating it for dinner and thought I would share a few of my ideas with you.  Let me know if you have any other suggestions.  This stuff comes in some pretty big bags so I have plenty! Uses for Rice Besides Eating it For … [Read more...]

Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Cranberry and Macadamia Nut Pancake Recipe with White Chocolate Chips

Last week, my husband was out of town. As a result of his absence, I adopted the 'eat whatever the heck we want for dinner' rule.  I just hate going through a lot of work for a big dinner when it is just me and the kids eating!  One night, I decided we were doing breakfast for dinner and out of sheer laziness I grabbed for the box of premade pancake mix in the pantry.  Only to find it almost completely empty.  Great.  Now I need to find a pancake recipe that is quick and easy.  I also wanted to find one that added in fruit and nuts to alleviate my guilt over feeding them pancakes for dinner.  I whipped up a pancake recipe in just minutes that was creative and tasty!  This easy pancake recipe has cranberries, macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips  and the kids were thrilled with our … [Read more...]