Weekend link love, one day early :: Blissdom, a great giveaway, & a debt-free business that ROCKS

Unless noted, all photos are by the wonderful Emily. I usually save my link love posts for the weekends, but since I didn’t get a chance to do one last weekend because of Blissdom, I thought I’d just jump the gun a little. My Thoughts About Blissdom If you have any interest in learning how (read more…)

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How to cook up a winning Oscar party

Photo by Nick Plowman. The Oscars are a great excuse to bring your movie buff friends together, enjoy some simple food, and beat those February blahs.  Perhaps you’re toying with the idea of hosting a party to watch the Academy Awards. You’ve got the TV in place, you’re a huge Kate Winslet fan, and the (read more…)

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Q&A Tuesday: How important are mom-and-pop shops?

Today, the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) goes into effect.  You might have read quite a bit about it already around the blogosphere, so I won’t reinvent the wheel – Cool Mom Picks has a page dedicated to this recent political move, and it’s become quite the hub of all information regarding this act.  (read more…)

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Zero-based budgets for the home: a primer

This post was first published on June 19, 2008. Budgets have a bad rap because they’re seen as shackles. Instead of getting to do fun things with money, budgets make you do boring things, like pay the gas bill, and not go out to eat. Not necessarily. Whether you realize it, you do have a (read more…)

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18 everyday hacks for cooking from scratch

Photo by 16th letter This post was originally published on July 10, 2008. As I wrote earlier, cooking from scratch has so many benefits. It’s healthier and cheaper than prepackaged food-in-a-box, and cooking provides a shared skill you can enjoy with your family. Once it becomes a lifestyle choice, your menu planning will become much (read more…)

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