10 Homemade Gifts Kids can Make

Inspired by the outpouring of comments about how much you love the homemade gifts featured in “DIY Beauty Gifts in Jars,” we wanted to share more wonderful gift ideas with you. I asked my girls Breanna and Bayleigh, now 20 and 11, to share their favorite projects over the years. Below are some examples they shared (via Pinterest, of course). All can be made with inexpensive materials, are completely Read more ...

Hot Trends for the Holidays

From footwear to breakfast to this year’s centerpiece, our holiday trends have got you covered from A to Z. Find out how people are celebrating, decorating and feasting. Plus, learn a few simple DIY projects for enjoying these trends in your home and on a budget. Chalkboard Holiday Cards To be clear, this isn’t an actual chalkboard (that might not mail so well), but the chalkboard look is Read more ...

DIY Beauty Gifts in Jars

To me, there’s nothing more gratifying than giving a handmade gift. I know it sounds cheesy, but the heartfelt aspect of making and giving just can’t be matched buying store-bought presents. In order to save money, time and sanity during the busy holiday season, I’ve learned (the hard way, some years) to find ideas that can be made ahead, multiplied and don’t require a ton of expensive specialty Read more ...

What to Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

You’ve been pilfering from the trick-or-treat stash all month long, this week your kids are going to come home with bucketfuls of candy. This candy binge has to end! Or does it? Fortunately, there are dozens of things you can do with leftover candy to make sure not a single sweet treat goes to waste. Leftover candy for baking  Hand Pies. It doesn’t get simpler than this. Buy premade refrigerated Read more ...

Better Ways to Save: DIY Halloween

We can’t get enough of Halloween DIY décor. It seems the possibilities are endless! So, coupons.com asked bloggers to use Target coupon codes and create Halloween crafts that could be repurposed in their home afterwards. Our household savings expert, Jeanette Pavini, went on the Better Show this week to highlight some of the projects.   Candy Table Chalkboard Labels. This idea came Read more ...

DIY Halloween Party Ideas

DIY is all the rage, which puts a little bit more pressure on your Halloween party this year. Fortunately, it’s possible to give your party the DIY touch no matter what your skill level is. Here are five crafty party ideas that require three supplies or less. Make a pumpkin party cooler. Supplies: Pumpkin, bowl, ice Leave the ice chest in storage. Instead, cut the top off a large pumpkin and Read more ...

4 Easy DIY Projects for Fall

Calling all “DIY-challenged” wannabe craft-makers (like me): Here are some super-easy-but-really-cool DIY projects that involve little to no craft-making skill or experience. (Now that’s what I’m talking about.) Get down with your crafty self and have a little fun this weekend with these ideas: Candle holders. Mason jars, decorative glass pebbles, floating candles and twine come together Read more ...

Ultimate Labor Day Staycation Guide

There’s nothing like a getaway vacation, but then again, there’s no place like home. Why not combine the two and get the best of both worlds? If you want to eliminate the hassle of planning a vacation, but still want some R&R; follow our Ultimate Labor Day Staycation Guide for fun and cost-friendly ideas!What to do: It’s hard to think of something fun to do that won’t cause a financial Read more ...