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Jurassic Parks and Recreation: Proving the Parks and Rec and Jurassic Park Shared Universe

June 5, 2015 |

Is there any one of us that can watch the previews for "Jurassic World" and not think: "Why is Andy Dwyer leading a team of velociraptors whilst cruising around on a motorcycle?" It turns out, Chris Pratt isn't the only thing ... Read More


10 Velociraptors That Are KILLING IT on Instagram

June 1, 2015 |

Who says that Instagram is solely the realm of cat pics and over saturated selfies? If you're looking for something to break up your feed's constant stream of bedewed smoothies and your high school lab partner's weekly meal prep check out these ... Read More

Five Below: Fun Buys for $5 or Less

July 23, 2014 |

Have you shopped at Five Below, yet? I discovered the store last year when two locations opened up within driving distance. Each one threw such a huge grand opening party (complete with a DJ, five-cent hot dogs and free giveaways) I just had to check them out. I wasn't disappointed and it's become one of my favorite places to shop. Read More

Weekly Summer Activity Planner: 13 Free Things to Do with the Kids

May 26, 2014 |

There are thirteen weekends that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year (yes, I counted!) That is a lot of family time just waiting to be filled.

Vacations and summer camps can be expensive, but have no fear! There are plenty of exciting, free activities out there that will keep the whole family entertained all summer long. Read More

Frugal Home Decor: The Dos and Don’ts of Shopping IKEA

May 8, 2014 |

If you are lucky enough to live near IKEA, you know that it is so easy to go there looking for a great print to hang in your new apartment and leave there spending way more than you intended. Maybe it is the smell of Swedish meatballs combined with the maze of cleverly designed furniture that hypnotizes shoppers? Whatever it is, if you follow these dos and don’ts of shopping IKEA, you will be well on your way to becoming an IKEA shopping wunderkind!

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Design a Chic Dorm Room for $200 or Less

August 2, 2011 |

The resemblance between prison cell blocks and college dorm rooms is quite shocking: cinder block walls, gray color schemes and institutional style bed frames. For those heading off to college the thought of trading your nice, comfy bedroom for such a stark living space may seem a little scary. Thankfully you can transform your new home with a couple hundred bucks and plenty of creativity.

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Artists Don't Have to Starve!

May 13, 2011 | 2

The myth of the "starving artist" strikes fear in the heart of nearly anyone who has a longing to dive into a creative career. Many people elect not to take a risk on working in the arts because they are worried that they will never succeed financially. However, if you look around you then you will see that there are quite a few working artists who are making a solid living today. These people choose to push past the fear and pay heed to their need to create. The ones that succeed in making a life this way are sometimes those who just get lucky but more often than not they are the people who make smart, practical decisions that help them to balance their finances as they pursue a career in the arts. The ten tips in this article can help you save money as a working artist so that you can enjoy your career without being that proverbial starving artist that lurks in the back of your mind. Read More

How to Create High End Wall Art on a Shoestring Budget

April 28, 2011 | 2

Stores like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters have lots of fun and fashionable ideas for hip, modern decor. The problem is, these looks are often out of reach for budget shoppers. Take the Collected Memories Mirror from Anthropologie, pictured right. At $698, not even the most awesome  coupon ever is going to get that down to a price you want to pay.

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Taking It High-Tech

March 16, 2011 |

In my kitchen, the most-used cookbook is a binder full of recipes I've collected from family members and other sources and adapted so they're just the way my family likes them. Wordle: Cooking

Over the years, that binder started to fall apart; it was time for a new one.  While I was able to find a new binder that was the right size quite easily, it wasn't as easy to find something that had the right look.  That plain black binder that I finally purchased serves the purpose very well.  But it's so boring to look at, and this binder is on display in my kitchen all the time.

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Wall of Art

February 18, 2011 | 1

When it came time to bring Mr. College Student back to the dorm after Christmas break, it took all five of us to bring his stuff to the dorm room.  (Mostly that's because he was carrying a guitar, an electric ... Read More

Weird Holiday Monday: Edible Art Edition!

September 27, 2010 |

September 27 is Family Day! Bring out the nice dishes and have a special dinner with your family tonight. 15% off your purchase at Pfaltzgraff Some exclusions apply, see site for details. Enter coupon code NEXTPURCHASE. Valid through: September 30, ... Read More