Simple and Frugal Soft Drink Recipes

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Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In my house, the beverage option is usually simple: water.  It’s always there, it’s very cheap, and my kids know to ask for it (and not ask for other stuff). Of course, this gets boring sometimes.  Who wants to always drink water?!  I know I don’t.  However, buying drinks is expensive.  I know that when we are at Grandma’s house, my kids could go through a $4 bottle of juice in about a day (granted it’s a special treat there and […]

45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

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Earlier this week, Mindy shared some fantastic ideas more specifically for toddlers and for on-the-go eating (no mess!). Now Stacy shares a very wide variety of any age, kid-friendly, whole food snacks for home and for travelling. Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Snacks are an important part of a child’s day. Kids grow fast and need frequent refueling. The type of food they consume greatly affects their development, attitude, and feeling of well-being. The task of feeding them is never ending, isn’t it?. The […]

Using Beans to Keep the Food Budget in Check

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I recently shared a very popular $250 sample grocery budget, and mentioned that one of the ways that I would stretch things out was with the use of vegetarian meals, most of which feature beans and legumes. Katie has written an incredible recipe ebook called The Everything Beans Book (keep reading for a coupon code!), which is chock full of recipes to help even bean-loathing families learn to happily eat more beans, up their nutrition, and keep costs down. And now, I’ll pass it over […]

Happy Thanksgiving

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I’m rereading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts and I am reminded of how true this is. Gratitude really does change everything, most of all our hearts and our attitudes, regardless of our circumstances. I know that you will all be celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with your sweet families and friends. Blessings on your day and your celebration! As always, I continue to be so thankful for all of YOU! This site would be nothing without you (talking to myself doesn’t sound all that appealing). I am continually honored […]

21 Ideas for Celebrating a Simple, Natural Thanksgiving: Eats, Decor, Gratitude

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I have to confess something… I will not be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. That’s because as a Canadian, that day came and went back in October! But I know that for most of you, Thanksgiving is your focus this week and so I wanted to share some ideas and inspiration with you. I had far too much fun putting together this selection of tasty-looking real food holiday recipes, frugal and nature-inspired decor ideas, and gratitude printables and activities for you. This is only a small […]

Recipes and Ideas for Gluten Free Holiday Entertaining

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Guest Post by Janelle  With the holidays approaching fast, many of our minds are turning to the inevitable Christmas party. Entertaining on a budget is challenging. Entertaining GLUTEN FREE on a budget: Even more challenging. But, not impossible. Here are some ideas to help you keep it simple and yet delicious, whether for yourself, or a guest with a gluten intolerance. 1. Go Natural Fruits and vegetables are delicious. Make the most of them. A nice plate full of fruit is a great place to […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Last Week of the Meal Planning Challenge

We’re on week 6 of the meal planning challenge (well, 7 for some of us). So many of you have participated so faithfully and consistently, and I have loved doing this alongside of you! It has challenged and spurred me on to get back on track with my planning. This may be the last week of the challenge, but I truly hope and pray that it has become a habitual effort. That’s the whole point. As we keep doing this, week after week, and reap […]

11 Herbs and Spices for the Holidays

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy herbs and spices. There are so many opportunities to use them in baking and cooking as well as medicinally. Today we are going to look at eleven herbs and spices and how they […]