How Frugal People Buy Cars

How frugal people save money on cars

A little while back, I wrote an article on how to be happy even when you’re poor, and while the response to it was generally positive, it did receive some criticism.  In one particular comment, the need (or lack of) for a new(er) car was brought up.  First of all, I think it’s important to clear up that I was simply attempting to say that you don’t need a new-to-you car to be happy, and furthermore, none of us deserve {Read More}

16 Fun Fall Acorn DIYs

16 Fun Fall Acorn Craft DIYs

Acorns are a super inexpensive way to decorate for Fall. I’m awed by all the beautiful things that can be done with them, from easy candle holders, to more involved, hand painted ornaments.  You can’t help but fall in love with the rustic charm that acorns bring to the table!  Here in Texas, we have the smaller, live oak acorns that are perfect for filling vases, and the larger white oak acorns that I can’t wait to try my hand {Read More}

Easy Pumpkin Cream Pie

Pumpkin Cream Pie Recipe

Every fall, I get a little (okay, maybe a lot) excited about the onslaught of pumpkin recipes.  But this year, it’s been a little different. Late last winter, we discovered that my husband has a severe allergy to eggs, which reeeaallly narrows down the pumpkin recipe collection.  Gabriel really loves pumpkin pie though, so this year, we’re doing something a little different – pumpkin cream pie!  It’s super easy, and even though we all love our sugar-free pumpkin pie recipe, {Read More}

Homemade Vitamin C Gummies

Vitamin C Gummies Homemade

Ooooh, look what I made! Guys, I know I sound like a five year old here, but I haven’t been this excited about making something in a LONG time!  See, every time I go to buy vitamins for the kids, we have an ingredient-reading fest. And I’m never happy with the ingredients.  Why does sugar, or worse, high-fructose corn syrup have to be so near the top.  It’s either that or artificial sweetener.  Yuck.  So then I came across this {Read More}

No-Bake Penuche Drop Cookies

Penuche drop cookies recipe

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to boil some butter and brown sugar, and make cookies out of it. Oh yeah, no-bake cookies I know. Killer combination, right? (pun totally intended). but look, sometimes we want healthy no-bake cookies, sometimes we want chocolate. Other times we want good ‘ol pecans in a buttery brown sugar base.  And seriously! Who doesn’t love butter and brown sugar?! It’s like a super sweet match straight from heaven. That makes these cookies awesome, because they’re {Read More}

Homemade Hand Sanitizer With Essential Oils

DIY hand sanitizer spray

I’ve never been huge fan of hand sanitizer. When you kill bad bacteria, you kill good bacteria along with it.  It seems to me that when you kill all the bacteria around you, you never give your immune system a chance to build immunities.  At the risk of looking like a redneck, country bumpkin, this is why I let my kids run around barefoot and play in the dirt.  HOWEVER, I make a huge exception for specific instances. Like shopping {Read More}

How To Get Your Kids To Let You Work


Having kids helping with housework is a lot harder than I ever could have imagined it would be.  Does it make me a bad person that I just can’t handle having their help all the time? I hope not. But the truth is, I’ve found that if I don’t intentionally pace them. Because the alternative is fingernails on a chalk board. On the other hand, ignoring them to tend to housework doesn’t work either. You know how that goes; first, {Read More}

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies


“Peanut butter is like crack for women.” I read that statement in a book recently, and I tried to deny it, but it’s just too true – at least for me. (Especially when it’s in a no-bake cookie!) There’s just something so satisfying about a spoonful of peanut butter! But more than that, it’s an invaluable ingredient in so many recipes. It makes things creamy and rich, don’t even mention the flavor!  And then there are other recipes, like this one, where {Read More}

10 Easiest-Ever Ways To Save Money

Easiest Ways To Save Money

Saving money is easier than you think. It doesn’t always require huge sacrifices, or need to feel like deprivation.  Whether you’re doing it because of an income cut, or because you’re saving up for something special, here are the ten easiest-ever ways to save money:      Related: 8 Ways To Save Money On Groceries Ten Easiest-Ever Ways To Save Money Eat Less Meat. Come on, are you really going to miss an ounce less per day? Or what if {Read More}

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

vegan spinach dip

So I’ve had a jar of marinated artichoke hearts in my pantry for five years, for the specific purpose of making Spinach dip.  But guess what? My husband can’t eat all that heavy dairy. Normally, that wouldn’t stop me from making something that I love so much, but eating an entire batch of delicious, warm spinach dip by myself wouldn’t be good for my bottom line if you know what I mean.  Well, I finally decided to just make a {Read More}