Special Occasions

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

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When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

12 Simple Ways to Celebrate Freedom

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For most of us here in the USA, the Fourth of July means barbecues, fireworks, and a long, relaxing weekend of fun in the summer sun.  And while there is nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves, it is also important to remember that our freedom wasn’t free.  Instead, it was hard fought through blood, sweat, and [...]

7 Secrets to Throwing a Fabulous Party on a Budget

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This weekend my youngest daughter will turn five.  While part of me is mourning the fact that my baby will be five, another part of me is sad that this year, for the first time, we will not be throwing a big party to celebrate her birthday.  You see, little Annie was born on Memorial [...]

DIY Linoleum Stamps

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This is a guest post from Gabby of Essentially Eclectic I would say (though I'm certainly biased) that I was a pretty decent student in high school. I did my homework, I got pretty good grades, I turned my assignments in on time. I’m sure you can imagine, then, that I was surprised one afternoon during [...]

Hummingbird Cake

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I have a confession.  I'm not really a cake person, at least not usually.  I much prefer brownies.  Or fresh blueberry pie.  Mmmmmmm…..pie…. The problem I have with most cakes is that they are either too dry or the frosting is too sweet, or both. That was, of course, until I discovered this particular cake, which [...]

DIY Valentine Photo Coasters

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This is a guest post from Eden of Sugar and Charm When it comes to gifting DIY crafts, I’m a huge proponent of making things personalized. Whether it's something monogrammed or a charming photo, I love the thought of a personalized gift. Since my husband and I usually keep it simple for Valentine’s Day (the [...]

15 Awesome Valentine’s Gifts Under $15

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Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away, which naturally means it is time for the 4th Annual LWSL 15 under $15 gift list!  While I'm pretty sure that this year's list is the BEST EVER, many of the gift ideas I've posted in previous years are still available as well, so be sure to [...]

DIY Valentine’s Hand Warmers

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 This is a guest post from Hannah of Lovely Little Life Hello, everyone! I am Hannah from Lovely Little Life. I’m so happy to be back at Living Well Spending Less to share another easy and affordable project with you all! Has it been as frigid where you live this winter as it has been [...]

A Christmas Wish

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As I prepare to spend the next week celebrating the holidays with my family and friends, I wanted to also take a few moments to wish you all a merry Christmas as well.  It has been a busy, crazy, and overall incredible year here at Living Well Spending Less, and to finish up the year, I [...]

10 Last Minute Gift Ideas Under $10

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I don't know about you, but with just eleven days until Christmas I've still got several gifts left to buy and not a lot of cash left in my "gift" envelope to buy them with!  Luckily for you, I've decided to forgo being productive today in order to bring you this emergency list of ten [...]

7 Simple Ways to Enjoy More & Spend Less This Christmas

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Or so they say. I don’t know about you, but the holiday season in my mind is often much more idyllic than the frenetic, stressful, and action-packed month I actually experience. Ever feel that way? Our already hectic schedules gets even crazier, and suddenly on top of [...]

The LWSL Favorite Things Giveaway Extravaganza!

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I was so giddy about sharing this post with you today that I could hardly sleep last night.  I'm channeling my inner Oprah today, and friends, you better sit down for this, because it is B-I-G big. Huge, actually. I don't do very many giveaways here at LWSL but this year I thought it would be [...]

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Friends, it is time to face the cold hard facts:  November & December are not kind when it comes to counting calories. One Thanksgiving dinner alone can provide the caloric requirements for a small country, and that's not even counting the pie.  (Mmmmmmmm......pie.....) I hate watching my weight, I really do.  I especially hate that [...]

An Attitude of Gratitude

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I'm happy to be contributing over at The Better Mom today! It was one of those days. By 8am I was ready to throw in the towel and the day had only just begun. The whole family seemed to wake up on the wrong side of the bed.  My oldest was upset that I vetoed [...]

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

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My husband really, really loves apple pie.  It is the only dessert he ever asks for.  But being the devoted wife that I am, I would only ever make it for Thanksgiving.  Because let's face it:  Apple pie is a lot of work.  Between the homemade crust and all those apples that need to be [...]