Thanks to the high price of organic arugula at Whole Foods, green living still makes people think of an expensive lifestyle. In reality though, living green -- which mostly means living smartly and efficiency -- usually costs less than trying to keep up with the Joneses.
Yankee Swap. White Elephant Gift Exchange. Secret Santa. Gift Pool. Whatever you call it -- whatever cutesy moniker it comes as -- it has a way of resulting in unnecessary stress and expense.
The idea is simple: Everyone spends just a little, resulting in fun and happiness for all. The reality is more complicated: It's another shopping "assignment," you don't want to look cheap, and (depending on the setting) people may be judging what you bring to the table.
Today I've cooked and baked and generally warmed up for the "main event" tomorrow, which will include more baking and cooking and then a whole lot of eating. To me, Thanksgiving will be complete when the first child sinks a finger into a mound of mashed potatoes. In the meantime, we have family visiting and I'm loving the laughs and jockeying for space in the kitchen as we enjoy each other's company.
For countless Americans, though, the big meal is merely a warm up for the main event the next day. Love it or hate it, shopping on Black Friday is a sacred ritual for many.
Despite my frantic pleading with my calendar to tell me something else, Thanksgiving is only a week away... and after that, it's the breakneck-pace Holiday Season until we hit 2010. It's the most wonderful frantic time of the year, and often one that ends up being expensive, too.
Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and dare I say that only in America could a day meant to celebrate bounty and thankfulness much more commonly devolve into stress and overspending. True, it may be the norm, but it doesn't have to be -- why not try a few simple modifications this year to stay on budget? You'll be glad you did, and chances are you'll enjoy the holiday a lot more, too.
As the author of Bitches on a Budget (and the Web blog www.bitchesonabudget.com) a lot of our time is spent considering what items are worth saving on, so we have money left to splurge on the really good stuff. ...more
The truth of the matter is we’ve been inside writing for far too long and are looking kind of pasty. So we got a little over excited when we popped into Sephora for a little afternoon pick-me-up. Since we’re only human, we waaaaaay overbought. You know how that cosmetics candy rush feels—so many products, so many colors, so many forms to play with: brush on, roll on, schmear-on, hard, soft, foaming…...more
'Tis the season for those of us whose children tromp off to school two or three or five times a week to start thinking about the dreaded holiday teacher gifts. Why dreaded? Do we not appreciate our teachers? I know I can't speak for every parent, but I feel pretty confident speaking for most of us when I say it's really, really difficult to come up just the right teacher gift.
Okay.....sorry to keep you all waiting!! The consensus is that I need to write more and not worry about the "perfect" post, either recipe or photograph wise. So in keeping with my new more relaxed posting style, I bring you an easy salad dressing I made for my salads last week. And it was so tasty....it was gone before I ever snapped a picture. Oops!Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette3 1/2 T safflower oil (or other healthy oil like sunflower....just not canola....and evoo is too strong)1 1/2 T Balsamic Vinega...more