Pasta salad is frugal, and real food pasta salad is a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our food waste).

How to Build the Perfect Pasta Salad

By Tiffany Terczak, Contributing Writer Pasta salad has always been my go-to meal for potlucks. They’re easy to make, easy to transport and often don’t require refrigeration (which is great for picnics during the hot summer months). Besides, who doesn’t love a great pasta salad?! These are also the same reasons why we include pasta salads in our meal plans almost every week. They’re frugal, and a great way to use up almost any leftover ingredient in the fridge (which helps save money by reducing our […]

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17 awesome ways to use castile soap

17 Awesome Ways to Use Castile Soap

As a busy wife and mom, I’m a pretty big fan of multi-use products and that makes liquid castile soap a staple in my house. I started using it many years ago. First, I tried it as body wash and liked it. Then I used it for my kids skin and hair, and was more won over. Eventually I learned to use it for household cleaning and was completely sold. Since then, I just keep finding more and more uses for this versatile soap. Castile soap originated […]

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Real Deals: This Week’s Sales and Discounts on Natural Products You Really Use

This week’s top deals:   Summer Recipe Sale at Mountain Rose Herbs.  Get 25% off select items now through August 16, 2015. List Price $26.95  On Sale $14.97  Lodge LCS3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Chef’s Skillet, 10-inch.  Get FREE shipping with qualifying order. (Stephanie’s note: I have this pan and I LOVE it.) List Price $32.77 On Sale $22.75  Matimati Baby Bandana Drool Bibs, Unisex 4-Pack Absorbent Cotton, Cute Baby Gift for Boys & Girls (Arrows & Triangles). Get FREE shipping with qualifying order. List Price $66.99 […]

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To stretch my flower gardening budget, I choose to save money with perennials because they’ll come back year after year – and they’ll multiply.

Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Garden

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget, I choose perennials because they’ll come back year after year – and they’ll multiply. How to save money with perennials This is the perfect time of year to search for perennial sales at your local garden center. Greenhouses want to sell their merchandise before the […]

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Weekend Links

Links for this week: “I don’t know how you do this every day.” @ Coffee + Crumbs Longing To Say Less @ SheLoves Magazine Ajiaco – A Columbian Chicken Soup @ The Nourishing Gourmet Greater Riches Than Wealth @ Becoming Minimalist How Choosing Gratitude is Changing Our Home @ Money Saving Mom Essential Oil Cooling Spray for Summer @ Wellness Mama One simple way to figure out which criticism to listen to. @ Jon Acuff You Can’t Live As If You Only Had Three Months to […]

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You can have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box for healthier ideas for lunches.

Ditch the Bag of Chips: 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches

photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer I love chips. Crisp and salty, chips just seem to be the perfect side to pack up for lunch. What I don’t love about chips are the levels of acrylamide – a cancer causing chemical found in many brands of pre-packaged chips. The good news is, you can still have a crunchy, crispy, salty and tasty addition to your lunch. You just have to think outside the chip box. 15 Healthier Ideas for Lunches Vegetable chips can be […]

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4 Sure-Fire Tips to Help Picky Eaters Actually Eat That Healthy School Lunch

4 Sure-Fire Tips to Help Picky Eaters Actually Eat That Healthy School Lunch

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer There’s an unspoken stigma amongst moms these days, namely “picky eaters are created by moms who cater to their kid’s every whim.” Or better said, your kid wouldn’t be a picky eater if you didn’t LET him be. And while an element of this certainly may be true, picky eating isn’t quite that simple. Sure, the concept of a “picky eater” is largely a first-world one. But that doesn’t mean it’s not REAL or not worth our attention. Nor does it […]

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This recipe for mango ice cream is cool and creamy just the way ice cream should be. Best of all there is no added sugar!

3-Ingredient Mango Ice Cream

Guest Post by Allison of Kale Cuties I LOVE ice cream! I mean, WHO DOESN’T? Isn’t that why there’s a whole song about it? :) Unfortunately, my carefree enjoyment for ice cream came to a halt around my freshmen year of college when my doctor confirmed a dairy allergy. Going dairy-free was hard and meant usually going without. The few times I did give into my cravings my JOY for this cold creamy treat was short lived as bloating, stomach cramping and even allergy like symptoms would soon […]

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