Waiting to go Outside

I am sure that I am not alone in thinking that the arrival of Spring is much later than I would like it to be this year. Sure, it has already started, according to the calendar. The calendar is blissfully unaware that it’s still pretty cold and there are still about ten inches of snow covering much of my yard. Each day I wake up hopeful, wondering whether it will be the day that the sun comes out for so long that it melts away all that remains of winter. Ordinarily I would be concerned if the remaining snow were … Continue reading

Snowing in Spring…Adjusting Our Frugal Plans

It is a few days past the official start of spring, and I am looking at a wintry wonderland just outside my window. The salt trucks and plows have been by, but they have to be diligent. Already the driveway and roads are covered with white. Despite about three inches of snow on the ground already and more to come, schools are not closed today. There is no excessive wind, and we are used to snow. The weather has been wrecking some havoc with our spring frugal plans. We can’t get started on our garden, and may lose out on … Continue reading

Spring into a New Wardrobe for Less

Putting together a spring wardrobe can be exciting, especially when you have the budget for it. But what do you do if your finances are tight? Get creative of course. Here are several ways to spring into a new wardrobe for less. Use Transitional Pieces Extend your winter wardrobe into spring by using transitional pieces, such as swapping our darker colors for light or investing in an inexpensive scarf that will give you a pop of color. A different shoe may also update a winter look for early spring. Use Trends Wisely Patterns are really big in fashion this spring, … Continue reading

Seasonal Surprises in San Diego

Nothing beats spring in gorgeous San Diego.  The amazingly comfortable temperatures, sun-kissed shores and hundreds of family-friendly attractions make the California city a popular vacation destination. This season San Diego is blossoming with a slew of surprises for visitors.  Take a look at the following date, and then planning accordingly so you can make the most of your time and money in “America’s Finest City”: LEGOLAND:  Beginning March 8th, LEGOLAND debuts its newest attraction, a 4-D movie, “LEGO Legend of Chima.”  The flick will be shown at the LEGO Show Place Theater and features a wild chase through the imaginary … Continue reading

Keep It Simple This Spring

Meteorological spring begins this Friday; unfortunately, most of the nation still looks and feels like the dead of winter.  While you may be itching to tiptoe through the tulips, Mother Nature clearly has other ideas. To help pass the time while waiting for the spring thaw, channel your warm thoughts into spring-themed scrapbook layouts.  There are a slew of simple and affordable ways you can create page designs that pay homage to the first season of the year.  For example, rather than purchasing apple stickers to embellish a chalk-drawn tree, add red buttons instead.  The accents add texture and dimension … Continue reading

Spring Into Scrapbooking

Spring?  What spring?  I have a quote to add to a seasonal layout:  “Where the h*&# is spring?” Despite the blizzard warnings, school snow days and brutally cold temperatures, I am moving forward with my spring scrapbook. It’s all about denial, right? My efforts may be in stark contrast to what Mother Nature is doling out right now, but I am undeterred.  My daughter is making coffee filter butterflies in school and I’m planning to use them to decorate several pages in my seasonal memory album. The adorable scrapbook embellishment is a cinch to make.  All you need are some … Continue reading

Putting Some Spring In Your Home

It’s just about, so close, very near…can you feel it? It’s spring, and here it’s sneaking through the cracks every few days. Today was a day that was dark, damp, and sleeting, though: very winter-like. If you’re feeling the winter blues, what can you do to add some spring to your home and hopefully to your step? 1. Flowers and plants Nothing says spring like adding a few flowers to your home. My favorite is the forced bulb. It’s so easy to force bulbs to bloom. Just place a paperwhite in a pot and place it in a sunny location … Continue reading

The First Signs of Spring

Yesterday, I saw my first sure sign of spring:  Wal-Mart, Target and Walgreens replaced their Valentine’s Day merchandise with all things Easter. I don’t know about you, but I sure could use a bit of spring-like weather.  Today’s high is 16 degrees.  That’s not the wind chill; that’s the actual air temperature. And no, I don’t live in Antarctica. Even if Mother Nature is not cooperating in your neck of the woods, you can spring into the first season of the year by gathering the family for a fun day of spring-themed crafting.  You don’t need a ton of money … Continue reading

Spring Into Spring

Spring can spring any time now, as far as I am concerned. Like millions of other Americans enduring the most recent Arctic blast, I’m over winter. Unfortunately, there isn’t much I can do to control the weather.  However, rather than wallow in despair, I’m channeling my inner sun goddess and working on spring-themed scrapbooks. If you are looking for ways to keep warm this winter, spring ahead a bit and take advantage of sales on spring scrapbooking kits.  The seasonal collections typically hit the shelves in mid-January and feature colorful paper, plus a slew of coordinating embellishments, such as stickers, … Continue reading

Pulling Weeds

Spring and nature are making themselves known in both the weather we have been having and the plethora of weeds that are growing in our yard. You see, I just stepped out a little bit ago today to check the mailbox. My intention was to grab the mail while my little ones were napping, then return and get some laundry turned over. Maybe if we had gotten something more interesting in the mail other than one single piece of very obvious junk mail, I wouldn’t have scratchy fingers and dirt under my nails. On the way back down the driveway … Continue reading