10 Stocking Stuffers For Kids

Boy, this time of year crept up fast! Here we are already talking about "everything" Christmas. I have compiled a short list of 10 stocking stuffer ideas for kids. 1) Favorite candies- I am sure everyone is full of candy coming off Halloween and Thanksgiving as well as Christmas parties, but who doesn't appreciate a few of their favorites. 2) Personalized paper pads and crayons/markers- There are several places that print personalized paper pads very cheaply. ...more

Make A Thankful Plate

I saw this idea last year on Pinterest in a baby shower theme and thought it could be worked into a fantastic way to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, or any special occastion. ...more

Making Thanksgiving Meaningful: FREE Thanksgiving Activity EBook

Thanksgiving is such a terrific time of counting blessings, but it is also a fairly overlooked holiday in the shadows of Halloween fun and Christmas hoopla. I created this ebook to offer some fun activities leading up to Thanksgiving to celebrate this important holiday. It is refreshing to see the kids get excited about a holiday that does not involve obscene amounts of candy or presents and Christmas music overload. The ebook is FREE and can be found on Smashwords in various formats or on Barnes and Noble or Apple iTunes store. ...more

5 Tips for Eating Out Cheaply

Most people enjoy eating out, but with the economy sluggish, it can be an expense that many families just cannot afford on a regular basis. While it would be nice to have a home cooked meal every day, the fact is that in today's fast-paced society, there are many days where dinner comes at a restaurant table. So, how can you still work in the growing expense of eating out with kids? We do not eat out as much as we have in the past, but I have tried to stick to some "restaurant rules" to keep costs down while still enjoying a meal out....more

Simple Bread Pudding

If you like bread pudding and want a simple recipe that will only take minutes to prepare, then this is the recipe for you. I am not a fan of raisins in my bread pudding, but they could easily be added. Caramel topping or vanilla flavored whipped topping goes very well with this bread pudding. It is also a good recipe for having little helpers. I have my kids tear the bread into pieces while I prepare the remaining ingredients. 6-8 servingsIngredients:6 slices day-old bread ( I like to use a brown sugar cinnamon bread)2 tablespoons butter, melted...more

ASTC Passport Program: Save on Science Museums

A great way to gain access to hundreds of museums nationwide is thru the ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) passport program. Purchase a pass at one of the participating centers for free or reduced admission to other centers throughout the country. This is an excellent resource for traveling families. ...more

3 Tips for Organizing Photos

So, you've got tons of pictures saved to your digital camera and phone. Will they sit in picture purgatory forever or be unceremoniously deleted a year down the road? When I first had kids, I decided to make a concerted effort to keep pictures printed off or organized for future use. I scrapbook so it does force me to keep things in a somewhat orderly fashion, but I've found a few other ways to store or showcase my pictures. ...more

1+1+1=1 Preschool Learning Resources

1+1+1=1 is a terrific website/blog with tons and tons of fabulous free ideas, activities, tot and preschool packs, tot trays and printables. They also have resources for kindergarten and first grade as well as lapbook templates. I have found some awesome learning tools to use with the kids. This is definitely a bookmark-worthy site. ...more

Marinated Sirloin Steak

Very easy steak marinade that tastes great on the grill.4 servings1 cup lemon-lime soda3/4 cup vegetable juice3/4 cup soy sauce1/4 cup lemon juice1 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon horseradish1 boneless beef sirloin steak (1 to 2 pounds)Directions:1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.2. Cut steak into strips and place submerged in the bowl. 3. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.4. Drain and discard marinade....more

Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza

I love this pizza, the flavors are great together and it is a unique take on the normal pizza recipe. It may seem a little weird to add pine nuts, but they really do add to the overall flavor. I have been making it for years and have tweaked the original recipe a few times. My kids, ages 8 and 5 even enjoy it. Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza6-8 servingsIngredients:4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves1 1/2 teaspoons prepared garlic...more