How to Give a Great Handmade Gift

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings  DIY gifts are all the rage these days, no matter where you look -- Pinterest, Facebook, even the cover of a glossy magazine. All proclaim to have the perfect gift that can be made cuter, cheaper, and faster, and everyone, including myself, can't get their hands on [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 87}

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Happy Thursday!  This morning I am in cold and snowy Michigan, furiously hoping that my flight home won't be canceled!  While travel delays are no fun, all this snow definitely has me in the holiday spirit!  It is so pretty, and so peaceful!  And so different from Florida! Speaking of the holidays, be sure to [...]

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Crazy for Christmas- Party on Pinterest

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Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE for December 4th! Cozy up with some cocoa and get ready to PIN Everything in Sight! Because we are pleased to announce the... Crazy for Christmas Party ON Pinterest with your Favorite Bloggers! So there is this MUST-FOLLOW Pinterest Group Board filled with extreme craftiness, beauty & fashion [...]

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Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup

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Nothing warms up a cold winter day faster than a steaming bowl of delicious homemade soup!  Of course there's not always time to put in a full day of cooking to get that homemade soup just right.  I'm always looking for ways to make our family favorites faster and freezer friendly, and this "cheater" version [...]

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Enjoy the Ride Giveaway

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Black Friday is almost here and we are ready to open the Holiday Season with some fabulous goodies!!! We’ve partnered with Madsen Cycles and 10 of our favorite blogging friends on INSTAGRAM to bring you an AMAZING giveaway- take a look at this: One LUCKY reader Will Win the ULTIMATE ENJOY THE RIDE GIVEAWAY We [...]

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Look What’s Coming Soon!!!

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It's almost here!!!  After all this time it is hard to believe that this day is finally right around the corner!  Six weeks from tomorrow my new book, Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, will be arriving in bookstores.  I won't bore you with the details of how much blood, sweat, and tears went [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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 Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a fabulously relaxing weekend!  I stayed up late last night getting text message updates from the rest of my family over in Washington State who were all watching my niece Kara play in the state volleyball championship game (which they won!)  Those are definitely the moments that [...]

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10 Smart Ways to Save on the Holidays

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With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it is sometimes easy to get to a point where you simply fling your hands up in the air, throw caution to the wind, whip out the plastic and tell yourself you’ll deal with after New Year’s.  There is seemingly so much to do and [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 86}

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Happy Thursday!  I hope you are all having a fantastic week!   My husband and I have been busy working on some big home improvement projects, and I'm also very excited to report that 4 weeks in, our little garden is actually growing and looking VERY promising!  You can track our progress (and share your own expertise--I need [...]

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Best-Ever No-Fuss Mashed Potatoes

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At the risk of tooting my own horn, I have to tell you that every single person who has tried these potatoes has declared them the best they've ever had.  I can only assume that the main reason for this is that they are pretty much a heart attack in a bowl.  Seriously, potatoes don't get any unhealthier than [...]

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30 Awesome Gifts Under $30

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I don't know about you, but going to the mall this time of year is enough to make me want to skip the holidays altogether and just go straight to January. I think it has something to do with the fact that I worked in retail all through college and once worked a 26-hour shift as [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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 Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!  The weather is unusually gray and gloomy here today and I am fighting the temptation to just curl back into bed and stay there for the rest of the day!  Just try and stop me...... In other news, if you haven't already, be sure [...]

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4 Ways to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, but let's be honest--it can also be the most stressful!  Between the added responsibilities and obligations, family drama, emotional overload, financial strain, and the fear that we’re just not doing enough, the months of November and December can quickly become overwhelming.   In fact, if I'm being totally honest with you, one [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 85}

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Happy Thursday....and Happy November!  I don't know about you but I feel like this year has literally FLOWN by.  I seriously can't believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!  In case you missed it earlier this week, the 2014 edition of the LWSL Holiday Planning Guide is now available.  It is a fabulous resource [...]

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Easy 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

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Am I the only one already drooling thinking about Thanksgiving dinner?  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I am SUPER excited that this year my big brother Paul and his family will be joining us all the way from Washington State.  It has been years since we've hosted a big family [...]

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