Cute Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts (Inexpensive, Too!)

Handmade gifts, especially when they mark milestones in your child’s life can be lovely. You’ll find yourself years from now looking at them and remembering back to earlier times. I have a small collection of these gifts, and they always make me smile. For example, there is the wax cast of my first-born’s hand when he was only two. We were at a festival, and the vendor didn’t want to cast anyone under the age of four because children that age tend not to hold still. We insisted and said we would take it, no matter how it came out. … Continue reading

Last-Minute St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.  Whether you are full, half or just a wee bit Irish, there’s always fun to be had on March 17th.  Luckily, you don’t have to find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow in order to afford the St. Patrick’s Day treats listed below.  All you need are a few pint-sized wannabe leprechauns and some inexpensive materials to go green this holiday weekend. No-Sew Clover Bookend:  Simply take some green felt and cut-out the shape of a four-leaf clover.   Next, take some stitch tape. This tape is used when … Continue reading

Toddler Craft Idea – Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments

A few days ago, I was able to find time to do a fun holiday craft with Dylan while Blake was napping. It was a Saturday, and we had a few hours to spend at home before we went to a birthday party later that afternoon. I had been thinking about making salt dough Christmas ornaments for a few days, and it seemed like just the right time to do it. There are many different versions of the salt dough Christmas ornament recipe online. I used a simple recipe of two cups of flour, one cup of salt, and a … Continue reading

Quick and Easy Fourth of July Picnic Foods

With the Fourth of July falling on a Saturday this year you can expect even more company than usual at your local park. Competition for prime fireworks viewing spots will be heated, to say the least, but even if you don’t snag the ultimate seat, you can still have a spectacular Independence Day picnic with the following patriotic recipes: PATRIOTIC PASTA SALAD Ingredients: 1 (16-ounce) package tri-colored spiral pasta, cooked al dente 2 cups fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces 2 cups fresh cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced 1/2 cup red onion, … Continue reading

Hot and Spicy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebration with these sizzling hot Mexican recipes. They are easy to prepare and are sure to fire up your guests on the fifth of May: CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP Ingredients: 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 12-ounce can of tomatoes 1 1/2 lbs. of cooked chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes 3 ears of fresh corn 2 tablespoons salsa 4 cups chicken broth Pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 8 corn tortillas Canola oil Sour cream for garnish Shredded mild cheddar cheese Directions: Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in … Continue reading

5 Quick and Fast Journaling Tips

Many scrapbookers feel that journaling is daunting task that is usually put off until last. Some scrapbookers don’t even include journaling on their pages, because it takes too much time and effort. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There are a few ways to make it a bit more fast and easy, than simply writing all the time. Blogs – If you have a blog, and you update it at all, you might be able to use entire posts for your scrapbook. You could simply cut, paste and print it, finally placing it on the layout at the … Continue reading

How Quick and Easy is TOO Quick and Easy?

I am all for quick and easy. In fact, we live in such a fast-paced world with so many technological improvements and advancements—we Westerners have come to expect that things will happen instantaneously. When it comes to our home businesses, however, we really need to work at balancing quick and easy with efficiency, thoroughness and complete customer service. It can be a difficult business reality to balance. We have to be able to compete and that often means a quick turnaround and ability to meet very steep deadlines. But, we also need to do quality work and make sure that … Continue reading

Three Easy Microwavable Lunches

In previous posts I’ve written about Three Easy Lunches and Three More Easy Lunches which contain ideas for simple yet yummy lunches. Well, here are three more easy lunches that you can microwave. They all stay in the freezer until you need them. Lunch #1: Boca Burgers If you’re an American, you probably for sure love a good burger. Burgers are great, but how about substituting a soy Boca burger instead of a meat patty? One Boca burger takes only a minute in the microwave to be ready to go on a bun or even without one. And it has … Continue reading

Three More Easy Lunches

Yesterday I wrote about Three Easy Lunches to make for any day. Those three lunches were Tuna On Crackers + Tomato Slices, Macaroni & Cheese + Grapes, and Grilled Cheese Sandwich + Tomato Soup. Today I want to add three more easy lunches; those three lunches are Beans ‘n Rice, Baked Potato with Salsa, and Scrambled Egg Sandwich. Lunch #1: Beans ‘n Rice Do you like eating beans? I really do, and beans are a good alternative to meat in some dishes, and so much less expensive than meat, too. For Beans ‘n Rice, you could go for any of … Continue reading

Three Easy Lunches

Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom and need to make an easy home-made lunch every day or you just like a good weekend lunch, here are 3 easy lunches to make any day of the week. Lunch #1: Tuna On Crackers + Tomato Slices Open a can of tuna fish, mix it with 1 heaping tablespoon of mayo and serve with crackers. You and your family can then spread the tuna/mayo mixture over each cracker or just scoop the tuna up with the crackers. Have a side of fresh tomato slices (season them up with salt and pepper) or chopped tomato for … Continue reading