10 Ways to Upcycle Plastic Bottles and Bags

Some of the very best craft and DIY ideas start with items you already have around the home. Not only does that mean you don't have to spent a lot of money at the craft store for supplies, but it also means that old items that are basically trash get a brand new life! While recycling is great, … [Read more...]

How to Buy Contacts Online

It's easier than ever before to buy contacts online, thanks to ContactsDirect.com. Not only is it convenient, it's affordable too. You can even use your vision insurance, to cover some or all of the cost. How cool is that?  How to Buy Contacts Online   Brands When you order your … [Read more...]

A Day of Fun and FIRSTS at Valleyfair!

A trip to Valleyfair is fun ANY day, but a day filled with "firsts" can be even more fun. Our trip to Valleyfair was a big deal because it was the FIRST time that Little R is finally tall enough to ride on all the rides! He loves the thrill rides and has always been disappointed when there were some … [Read more...]

Save Money AND Time When You Stock Up

It's hard to believe that the back-to-school season is just about here! Luckily we still have more than a month before school starts again, but I know some of you with kids who start early will be seeing the school buses rolling through your neighborhood again in just a week or two! Getting ready … [Read more...]

Best Raspberry Shake Recipe Ever

I heard a fact recently that doesn't surprise me at all. My area of the country, the Twin Cities in Minnesota, is the leading market for raspberries (measured by consumption per household), with residents here enjoying 153% more raspberries than the national average! Why am I not surprised? because … [Read more...]

Director Luc Besson Valerian Interview: A Blogger Exclusive

Several weeks ago I had the chance to travel to LA to screen Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and attend the film's press junket. I personally had a lot of fun seeing the movie (I can't yet share a review, but CAN tell you that you will LOVE it!), meeting the film's stars Dane DeHaan Cara … [Read more...]

No Vacation Plans? Mix It Up in the Backyard

It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through the summer. Doesn’t it feel like it just started? While summer is an excellent time to plan a vacation and get-away to relax and refresh or just have a good time, we all know that doesn’t always happen! Pesky things like work schedules, kids’ … [Read more...]

July Reading List: Trigiani, Sedaris, Franken, Trigiani, Palacio, Kibler + Reader Giveaway

Summer is in full swing and one of my favorite summer activities is sitting in the shade of our backyard with a good book! If you're looking to fill up your July reading list, feel free to choose from MY July list of 5 books I'm looking forward to reading!  Theft by Finding: Diaries … [Read more...]

Ultimate Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

When it comes to All-American foods, I'm thinking that the chili cheese dog has to be at the top of the list! You start with a hot dog, as in "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet" and then take it further by adding a classic Tex-Mex chili too it and, of course, some good old midwestern dairy … [Read more...]

Budget Envelope System: How to Get Your Budget On Track

Let’s take a minute to look at the spending habits of two people: Michelle and Sarah.  Michelle Michelle doesn’t consider herself to be a big spender. In fact, she thinks that she is pretty thrifty. She looks for deals on things that she buys and doesn’t buy things just for the sake of having … [Read more...]