Making Fresh Cut Flowers Last Longer


We are about to enter flower season: Valentine’s Day is the busiest time of year for florists, and we keep them busy with Mother’s Day gifts and spring weddings. Fresh cut flowers are a treat over here. This frugal mama loves having flowers in the house, but they are a luxury. Nate always remembers special occasions by bringing me a…

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Am I Actually Savoring These Moments?


Five times in 24 hours; I heard the same message five times in such a short time frame. My little guy had just turned two months old. It was hard to believe that two months went by so fast, but soon I’ll look back on these times and think, “Two months! He was so little and new!” I took him…

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What Clutter Steals from Us


Clutter builds up in our homes because we want more. We bring more in, but we still hold onto what we already have. While clutter means more stuff, it also means we are losing in other areas. I’ve been on a mission to have a clutter-free home for about two years now. We have noticeably less stuff, but I do…

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Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing Mix Plus How to Use It


Who wants to give me a dollar? If you’re buying certain things in the store instead of making them on your own, you’re basically giving your money away. We love ranch dressing and dip, and go through tons of it. Is there a better way to eat a carrot than dipped into creamy ranch? But those little packets are expensive,…

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Your Family Deserves Your Best Yes


My friend sat next to me in Bible study and shared her New Year’s resolution. In the upcoming year, she wants to say “No” more often. That is a resolution after my own heart! Busyness and over-commitment is NOT something I value. So I think I surprised her when I said that my goal for the New Year is to…

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Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies for Frugal Moms


Once upon a time, when I was single and had this thing called “extra time,” I learned how to make my own cleaning products. I grated bars of soap for laundry detergent, boiled and mixed various ingredients for dish washing detergents….maybe I had too much extra time. Back then, I made all of these things because they were so much…

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#Christmas can be stressful. The #clutter that comes with Christmas can add to our stress.

When the Stuff of Christmas is Stressful, Not Joyful


We dug out the big plastic totes full of Christmas decorations a couple of weeks ago. The tree went up, and the kids took turns pretending to put the angel on the top. Piece by piece, we set up the Nativity on the mantel and carefully placed lights around each little lamb and shepherd. When we were done, we sat…

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#Cranberry sauce fruit leather is so easy to make! Use your #holiday leftovers.

Cranberry Sauce Fruit Leather With Holiday Leftovers


Two of my favorite ways to save money on groceries are to make things from scratch, and use up what you have. This cranberry fruit leather recipe does both! We had Thanksgiving with my sister-in-law’s family this year. Since we are both knee deep in baby-raising, we decided it would be best to order a meal from Whole Foods.  The…

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Elderberry Gummies for a Healthy Winter


We have been so blessed by friends and family since our little guy was born. They’ve provided some delicious meals for us, which means our afternoons are not so stressful, and I’m spending my time snuggling my little guy rather than putting meals together. This time is priceless! I also haven’t had to go to the grocery store in weeks–…

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