8 Ways to Take Better Pictures

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When I first started blogging in 2010, I took terrible pictures.   I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, and every image reflected as much.  But I knew if I spent some time learning the basics I could do much better.   Over the years I've read lots of books and tutorials, taken online classes, [...]

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Thrifty Thursday {Week 88}

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Happy Thursday! Welcome back and Happy December!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends!  We had a whole house full of guests--12 of us all together in our little 3 bedroom house--and while it was a little crowded and chaotic at times, it was also SO much fun!  The [...]

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Easy Freezer Balsamic Roast Beef

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This may sound a little odd coming from a vegetarian, but pot roast is hands down my favorite meal to make!  Not only is it ridiculously easy and completely foolproof, not to mention a one-pot slow cooker meal that you can set and forget, but it always gets RAVE reviews.  As in not just "oh this [...]

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Handmade Fizzing Bath Bombs

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My girls love taking bubble baths and I have been wanting to make them some homemade bath bombs for years now, but quite honestly I was always a little scared that it would turn into a complete fiasco and they wouldn't work. I shouldn't have worried! Not only are they fun and easy to make, they work [...]

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My Favorite Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

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Happy Black Friday!  If you are anything like me you may busily trying trying to avoid the mall and all other retail stores at all costs and instead getting some power shopping done from the comfort of your own computer.  Thus, I thought I'd share a few of the favorite deals I've found so far, and [...]

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Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Chicken & rice casserole is one of our family staples, but in my quest to develop a whole binder full of no-cook freezer meals, I decided to take on the challenge of creating a freezer friendly version.  I'll be honest, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right, but the final [...]

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Handmade Honey Salt Scrub

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I first made this simple honey salt scrub about three years ago during our first ever 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  I loved it so much that I ended up making a huge bath and giving it away to all my friends and family that year.  They have been asking for [...]

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Weekend Wandering

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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend (and staying warm if you are up north!)  Don't forget that there will be no Thrifty Thursday link party this coming week--I think we'll all be a little busy on Thursday! In other news, be sure to register for our 12 Days to a [...]

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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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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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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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