Increase Efficiency, Not SizeBusting the budget is everyone's biggest fear when it comes to renovation. And with good reason. Even if you follow the essential advice we've been doling out for years-build in a 20 percent cushion to cover the nasty surprises, get contractor references and check them, banish the words "while you're at it" from your vocabulary--it's hard not to end up shelling out more than you want to, even if you want to pen a check for a million bucks.
But why scale back a project or forgo that Viking range? No, what you need to do is get your dream at a price you can afford. And not by cheaping out, either. With some strategic thinking about design, materials, and timing, you can cut costs without cutting corners. We'll show you the ways, from the big (knock down the house and start over) to something as small as choosing a wall sconce over a recessed light. But another universal truth about renovations is that every little thing adds up. So save a little here, save a little there, and pretty
Increase Efficiency, Not SizeBusting the budget is everyone's biggest fear when it comes to renovation. And with good reason. Even if you follow the essential advice we've been doling out for years-build in a 20 percent cushion to cover the nasty surprises, get contractor references and check them, banish the words "while you're at it" from your vocabulary--it's hard not to end up shelling out more than you want to, even if you want to pen a check for a million bucks.Read More »from 7 Ways to Save Money on Your Home Remodel
FitSugarSource: How to Stay Motivated During a New Routine
Getting motivated is often the easy part; it's staying motivated that can present an even bigger challenge. Forgetting what urged us to join a new class or change our diet happens all the time, especially once we've started making a little bit of progress. This is why it's crucial to keep reminding ourselves all the way through. Here are a few simple ways to keep up with new healthy habits.
- Ease Into It: Gradually moving into healthier food choices can give you the extra boost you need for an overall new diet plan, workout regimen, or both! It's important to choose a realistic plan to enable you to be successful all throughout the year. It's the small steps that lead to major accomplishments.
- Vision Board: You don't need to cover your bedroom in quotes, but you certainly can if that keeps you treading on. Make a small vision board you can keep at work or somewhere more discreet so you can look at every day to help remind you
The real reason marriages failAccording to the American Psychological Association, nearly half of marriages end in divorce. Author and money coach Deborah Price says one of the top reasons is money issues. She joins Away We Grow host Diane Mizota to discuss this important topic.Read More »from The Real Reason Marriages Fail
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Price says that there are many ways that money issues can contribute to divorce. She explains, "Some of the most common [issues] are things like financial infidelity--not sharing or being transparent with money. Also, using money as a means of power and control…. Not having clear agreements relative to money. How you spend what you value, etcetera. And also just not understanding each other's core money issues and triggers, and therefore walking into them constantly and creating a lot of conflict as a result."
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She adds that a lot of the way you handle money can stem from your childhood. "So, for example, you inherited the tendency toward
Serve breakfast for dinner this week.
Without a dreamy nap or a luscious glass of wine, how can a tired, out-of-ideas-for-dinner mama morph into a fun mama? Serve breakfast for dinner! Take it from me: breakfast for dinner is a good change up from the everyday dinner doldrums. Your kids will think you're fun, even a tad devilish. They'll never have to know that these are healthy recipes, too!
Sweet Potato Waffles
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So good, the kids will never know they're eating a sweet potato.
2 cups of white, whole wheat flour (or 1 cup all purpose/1 cup whole wheat)
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
1 large sweet potato, baked, peeled and pureed
2 cups milk
1/8 cup melted butter
1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
3 tbsp. vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ground flax and nutmeg. Set aside. In a separate mixing bowl combine sweet potato, milk, butter, eggs,Read More »from Tot-Approved Breakfast-for-Dinner Recipes
Stock up on tissues before your kids get sick.
Now that cold and flu season is officially here, you'll want to make sure your family is well-prepared for stuffy nose symptoms and other common side effects of those cold-weather health problems. Making sure kids adopt some good habits for keeping germs at bay will take some time, but there are several things any mom can do to make sure family members aren't spreading germs or making their symptoms worse.
Here are some useful tips to take care of your kids' stuffy nose symptoms:Stock up on tissues. Keep tissues in every room of the house so that kids can blow their nose as needed. Invest in some high-quality tissues that contain moisturizers and other emollients. These tissues will prevent skin irritation and are much softer than your average tissue. Encourage kids to throw away a used tissue shortly after using it so that they don't spread germs.
Run the humidifier. Keep skin moist by running a humidifier in the drier areas of the home. A humidifier can be especially Read More »from Fix Your Kids' Stuffy Nose Symptoms
Getting a head start on homemade Valentines cards.As a crafty mom, I love to make things with my kids and celebrate the holidays in special ways, but my schedule doesn't always allow the time I'd like. For Valentine's Day, our tradition is to make homemade Valentines for cousins, friends and grandparents. Valentine's Day can sneak up on us, leaving our special crafting time a little chaotic and unprepared. This year, however, will be different. We're going to get a head start on our homemade Valentines, use our time wisely, and savor those memories in the making. Here's how:Read More »from Get a Head Start on Homemade Valentines
1. Prepare materials in advance - In our family, homemade Valentines require red and pink construction paper, sequins, glitter, patterned paper, glue sticks, scissors, and tons of markers. One way to get a head start on making Valentines is to ensure your supply cabinet is stocked ahead of time with all the right materials, then pack them all together in one convenient place, along with envelopes, stamps, and the names of all card recipients.
2. Pre-make blank
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