I love looking at elegant photos in magazines of the way that other people decorate their homes for the holidays. Although, I have to admit to myself that my abode has fallen short of Better Homes and Gardens status, I also believe that when it comes to decorating, there are a LOT of hacks for … Read more

8 Black Friday Shopping Strategies

The rush to buy gifts during the holiday season can leave you tired and cranky. But, there are some specific strategies that you can use to get ahead of the crowd and insure that you have a solid game plan before you ever leave home (or surf the web). Black Friday has actually morphed into … Read more

Four Strategies for Making Holidays Memorable Without Breaking the Bank

I love the holidays: the lights, the songs, the festivities. However, I really don’t like the busyness or the emotional and financial strain that often comes with them. Sometimes, looking at my December calendar makes my head spin. Seriously! Over the years, I have learned to take a giant step back away from the emotional … Read more

Vegan Smoky White Bean Soup

Soup is not only delicious, it also is one of the fantastically easy ways you can cut back on your food budget! I pay between $1 and $1.50 for an entire pound of dried beans, depending on the type I am purchasing. Because the volume triples after cooking, a pound of dried beans (2 1/4-3 … Read more