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How to Cook Butternut Squash—the Easy Way

My parents are big fans of butternut squash and cook it all the time. It is very high in fiber and vitamin A—which is good for your eyes. I’ve grown up eating butternut squash regularly and have enjoyed it with a variety of toppings (many are mentioned below). I invited my parents over to my house

Top 9 Tips for Saving Money at Disney World

A lot of families consider traveling to be too expensive for them. Mention the words “Disney World,” and most scoff at the idea of ever being able to take their family there. It isn’t going to be cheap, but planning and budgeting for such a vacation can make it attainable! Besides booking with my friends

Gift Guide for Different ‘Types’ of People on Your List

This is the time of year that my family starts divvying out names for gifts that we are going to buy for our siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, etc. We draw names for my immediate and extended family. Instead of getting hundreds of gifts each year, we only give a few. By dividing names out, we save a

How To Tackle ‘Debt Stress’: 5 Top Tips

Having out-of-control debt is a source of major stress and worry for many. Debt can start small and manageable, but often continues to escalate if not handled properly. Dealing properly with debt stress is important. Try the following: 1. Assess the scale of your debts. Part of the problem for many is not knowing precisely the extent

A Must-Have Item for Parents of Babies. Our Story & Review of the Owlet Baby Monitor

My cousin, Kerby, and his wife, Aubree, have been so kind to share with you their personal experience using the innovative Owlet Baby Monitor. Welcome, Aubree… Hi! Thanks for having me. First, I’ll describe what the Owlet Baby Monitor is/does, and then I’ll share our story which can be found in the ‘Our Story’ section

21 Delicious and Quick Canned Chicken Recipes

I was organizing my canned food the other day and found that I have A LOT of canned chicken. I realized that I need to make more meals with it—especially since it is a convenient and inexpensive way to add protein to a meal. I get a lot of my canned chicken at grocery stores but it’s also

How You Can Enrich the Lives of Refugee Children in Greece

There are over 60 million refugees worldwide. Half are children! Those of us who can help should seek to make a difference in these kids’ lives whose circumstances are very traumatic and bleak. My younger sister, Mandi, is a composer and lives in LA. She and a friend, Tiffany Hilliard, went to Greece (paying their own

Homemade Concord Grape Juice

My mom has been an avid concord Grape grower for 30 or so years. She has many beautiful vines that produce a lot of grapes each fall. I guess playing classical music to them on occasion does work! And yes she really has tried that. Each October we pick the grapes and juice them. Then, throughout the

5 Tips to Help You Stay Digitally Connected Without Draining Your Budget

In the age of technology, electronics are a necessity. Devices like smart TV’s, computers, and music players and Bluetooth have become a part of everyday life. With new products coming out daily, keeping up with the latest trends can become an expensive habit. The truth is, you don’t have to go broke buying electronics. Take

The BEST Freezable Rolls Recipe

There are few things I enjoy eating more than bread: specifically fresh, homemade rolls still hot from the oven.  I have been making bread since I was 9 years old, when my Dad bribed me to take over the bread-making job by paying me a dollar for each loaf I made (might as well pay

Entrepreneurialism and the American Dream Showcased at Ignite Retreat + Weekend Getaway Giveaway

In the midst of my stressful home remodel, I got to have a weekend away with women who I greatly admire and respect. I attended Ignite Retreat. It was such a needed reprieve for me! I was so impressed with every single person I met the entire weekend. It was like the American Dream was on showcase for me to

German Plum Cake

When I lived in Germany, I often ate German Plum Cake (known in German as Pflaumenkuchen or Zwetschenkuchen). I fell in love with the combination of a deliciously moist lemon tart topped with sweet plums baked to perfection. My co-worker received a German Plum Cake for her birthday, and we gobbled it right up.  I also got

Free Financial Boot Camp for New Parents

Babies are the sweetest things, but they are expensive! The average baby costs over $15,000.00 in their first year. Diapers, clothing, formula (if you formula feed), gear, food, supplies, etc., all add up. When I was at about 6 months pregnant with my first, I had to go from full-time to part-time work due to health issues.

23 Must-Read Tips on Preparing Your Home for Its Sale

I was getting ready to sale my home. Life circumstances changed, but I had it on the market for four days and received 2 good and one excellent offers. So the following steps did work! I’ve taken multiple real estate courses. I’ve also been doing a lot of research and asking trusted experts for tips on preparing

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