Credit: Sarah Fernandez / Chateau & BungalowI have heard parents talk about putting money away for their child's wedding for as long as I can remember. But with the recent state of the economy, few people are actually doing so right now. It is hard enough for most people to save money for their own retirement or their child's college education. Weddings certainly aren't taking a priority, nor should they. But, the problem with this is that parents are often being blindsided by the actual cost of a wedding (nearly $27,000 on average in the U.S.) when they are trying to enjoy the excitement of their child's engagement, and the experience becomes incredibly stressful instead of one of the greatest times of their life. Here's what you need to know about the cost of weddings, where to spend your money, and where to be frugal.
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Credit: Sarah Fernandez / Chateau & BungalowI have heard parents talk about putting money away for their child's wedding for as long as I can remember. But with the recent state of the economy, few people are actually doing so right now. It is hard enough for most people to save money for their own retirement or their child's college education. Weddings certainly aren't taking a priority, nor should they. But, the problem with this is that parents are often being blindsided by the actual cost of a wedding (nearly $27,000 on average in the U.S.) when they are trying to enjoy the excitement of their child's engagement, and the experience becomes incredibly stressful instead of one of the greatest times of their life. Here's what you need to know about the cost of weddings, where to spend your money, and where to be frugal.Read More »from Do I Really Need to Save Money Now for My Child’s Wedding?
Messy Rainy Day ActivitiesRainy days are upon us, and with them come bored children and frustrated parents. Luckily, help is at hand. Art Zone founder and educational psychologist Laura Krug joins Away We Grow host Diane Mizota to share some fun activities for your family.Read More »from Messy Rainy Day Activities for the Whole Family
Krug explains, "The fact is that kids learn through hands-on activities. It's the best way for them to develop their growing brains and their curiosity." She begins by sharing three messy art-based activities for kids to do on rainy days.
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First, Krug suggests gathering some wooden blocks and double-stick tape. Then, she says, attach ordinary household items to the blocks with the tape. "Now go ahead and stamp that into the paint, and then we'll stamp it on the paper," says Krug. This makes interesting patterns on the paper.
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Next, Krug shows how to make a print with bubble wrap. Simply dip the bubble wrap into the paint. Then press it on paper to take a print of
Save time with these organizing tipsTired of tidying up your home only to watch it get messy the next day? Set your organization priorities straight with tips from Carolyn Forte, director of GHRI's Home Appliances and Cleaning Products department. You may be pleasantly surprised at where you can skimp.Read More »from 6 Areas of the Home You Don't Have to Organize
Organize This: Your desk doesn't have to be spotless, but develop a system to keep track of important documents such as bills, leases, and insurance contracts. When uploading photos from a vacation to your computer, initially group them in a folder labeled with the destination and year of the trip. You can always rename individual files later.
Skip That: Immaculate bookshelves shouldn't be a priority, as long as books are in their place. And, unless you own hundreds, you will not save much time organizing tomes by genre or author's last name.
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Organize This: Cut down on meal prep time by uploading your favorite and most frequently cooked recipes to your computer. Keep
Easy Kitchen CleaningHone the forces of nature and put them to work in your kitchen with these natural cleansing remedies. Everything you'll need (aside from a little elbow grease) is probably already on your kitchen shelves.
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Swirl coarse salt and ice around the base of a narrow-neck decanter to loosen mineral deposits, and then rinse.
To remove residue, pour 1/2 cup warm water and 1/3 cup baking soda into the jar. Run blender 30 seconds; rinse.
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Glass Baking Dish
Sprinkle coarse salt on stuck-on areas, rub with a damp sponge, and rinse to remove food remnants.
Pulverize uncooked white rice in the grinder to pick up lingering grounds. This works for spice grinders, too.Read More »from Natural Cleaning Methods for the Kitchen
Take advantage of all of that extra time spent indoors this season -- winter is a perfect time to tackle larger organizing projects. Clearing the clutter and bringing order to every room will reap benefits for the entire year.
Organize photos on colorful backings.1) Sewing Kit in a Binder
Where's an extra button when you need one? Find sewing supplies fast in this three-ring-binder repair kit. Add zipper pouches and a felt needle holder (use spray starch to make felt sturdier).
2) Organize Your Medicine Cabinet
Discard expired cosmetics and prescription medicines. Then, affix a sheet of precut galvanized steel to the interior of your medicine cabinet with construction adhesive. Magnetic hooks can hold scissors and a mirror, and small plastic cups with magnetic bottoms corral small necessities, such as rubber bands and hair clips.
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While juicing is a great way to get the vital nutrients the body needs, it's a big investment. For a smart sip that won't break the bank, try these healthy drinks that require no equipment to make.
- Green tea: There are plenty of good reasons that green tea goes hand in hand with a healthy Winter plan. It helps increase metabolism, aids in flu prevention, and calms nerves. It's also an ideal replacement for coffee if you're trying to lower your caffeine intake.
- Apple cider vinegar: If you can handle the tangy flavor, apple cider vinegar deserves a home in your cabinet. It's been shown to boost the immune system and energy levels, which is a huge help if you feel like you're coming down with a nasty bug. If you're already in the thick of a sinus infection, try this apple cider vinegar brew to soothe your symptoms.
- Almond milk: Whether you purchase it at the store or make your own homemade almond milk, it's a healthy and
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