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10 easy homemade gifts

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Dec 18, 2016 8:57:00 AM

It is the holiday season and for many of us, that means giving gifts. The best gifts are often ones that we make ourselves. However, you don’t need to spend hours making each gift to come up with something nice and that people will appreciate. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that you can make yourself:

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Topics: Food, Holidays, Arts and Crafts, Budget, DIY, Gifts

Winter is coming - keep the temperatures up but the costs down

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Dec 12, 2016 8:14:00 AM

How to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

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Topics: Saving Money, Budget, Home, Seasons, Winter

Exploring Chicago

Posted by Brent Panno on Dec 9, 2016 10:02:41 AM

One of the best things about being in a new place, whether a transplant, a tourist or an au pair is exploring the area and community.

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, American Culture, Cultural Event Idea, Budget, Community, Travel, Vacation, Museums

Holiday Shopping

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Nov 25, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Holiday shopping can be stressful, overwhelming and costly if you don't plan ahead. You may find yourself a victim to flashing sale lights or impulse buying if you don't come equipped with a strategy. Here are some ways to enjoy the experience, stay on budget and not become the Grinch that Stole Christmas.

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Topics: Celebrations, Holidays, Budget, Traditions, Shopping, Christmas, Hanukkah

"Black Friday" Facts

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Nov 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Money, American Culture, Budget, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Shopping

10 Kid-friendly Thanksgiving leftover recipes

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Nov 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Celebrations, Holidays, American Culture, Dining, Budget, Creativity, Traditions, Thanksgiving, Fall, Cooking, Seasons

6 MORE Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 25, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Halloween should be fun and it shouldn’t break the bank. Here are six more ideas for easy and inexpensive costumes for you or your kids.

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Topics: Celebrations, Piggy Bank, Arts and Crafts, Budget, Creativity, Halloween, Fall, DIY, Seasons

6 Easy and Inexpensive Halloween Costumes

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 24, 2016 8:26:23 PM

Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you are looking for costumes for you or your child, it can be stressful (and expensive!) trying to get all the pieces together. Of course you can always buy a packaged costume from the store, but I think it is more fun to come up with something on your own. Here are some ideas for easy Halloween costumes. Feel free to add your own spin on them or use things you already have.

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Topics: Celebrations, Arts and Crafts, Budget, Creativity, Halloween, Fall, DIY, Seasons

DIY Pumpkin Spice

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Oct 16, 2016 7:38:00 AM

One of my favorite things about fall (besides getting to wear sweatshirts and the cooler temperatures) is all the pumpkin flavored (and scented) products that are available. It has gotten to the point where almost everything comes in pumpkin varieties! However, you don’t need to spend tons of money buying the premade products, you can make your own! Here are a few recipes for pumpkin spice flavored things to make yourself (or to give as gifts) for those of us that can’t wait until the pumpkin spice products come out!

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Topics: Food, Arts and Crafts, Dining, Budget, Creativity, Traditions, Fall, DIY, Cooking, Seasons

3 Easy Back to School Crafts

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Sep 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Getting ready to go back to school can be a stressful transition. There are many things that need to be purchased, physical/sports examinations to be conducted (including vaccinations for certain ages), bedtimes to establish or re-establish, and a new school year to get ready for.  A fun way that you can help kids start getting ready for school is to make back to school themed crafts, some of which can be used in the new school year!

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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Education, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Budget, School

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