Frugal Tip: Dejunk, Organize, and Clean


With the beginning of summer vacation, I made the decision to clean our house from top to bottom. What I anticipated taking two weeks is going to take a little longer. Life continues to go on while I’ve sequestered myself in a room cleaning. This means that laundry, meals, and Lego explosions still happen. I […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Feeding a Crowd


Summertime seems to be the season of get-togethers. Family reunions, birthday parties, softball team barbecues, graduation parties, and 4th of July get-togethers all congregate during the summer months. My inner Martha loves this. There’s nothing more exhilarating to me to have a crowd come feed at my house. Good thing I was born into a […]

Celebrating Summer with Giveaways! Win Clorox Bleach


TIME’s UP! THANKS FOR PLAYING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER TODAY. In light of my summer cleaning frenzy, it only makes sense to host a giveaway for Clorox Bleach. According to 25 Ways to Save Energy and Money from ConsumerReports, the average family could save about $60 a year by simply using cold water rather […]

Almost Free Family Fun


In the mood for some family fun but a little short on the funds to bring it about? Check out my guest post today over at Coupon Cravings for some good times that are practically free.

Celebrating Summer with Giveaways! Win a Gift Card to TJ Maxx

TIME’s UP! THANKS FOR PLAYING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER TODAY. Scavenger hunt giveaways continue. Up for grabs today: a chance to win a $25 gift card to TJ Maxx.

Celebrating Summer with Giveaways: Win a Gift Card to TJ Maxx


TIME’s UP! THANKS FOR PLAYING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER TODAY. Once upon a time I might have thought about dropping a chunk of change on Ray-bans. I might have even done it. But these days 100 dollar shades just aren’t my cup of tea. When I needed new sunglasses this season, I headed down […]

Interesting Weird Facts About Me


1. I am the oldest of five children, and our names all start with the letter J. Jessica, Jamie, Janel, John, and Jace. My dad is Jack. (My mom is Veronica.) 2. I love to eat dinner leftovers for breakfast. 3. I was a finalist in the LA County Miss T.E.E.N. pageant in 1988. Unlike […]

This Week on URS

I know where your hearts lie! What a great turnout for last week’s Summer Desserts. Did you see GoodLife{eats} Creamy Vanilla Apricot Sorbet with White Chocolate Almond Bark? Oh my! I’m thinking that since peaches are $0.47/# at my local store, that I’ll try a peach sorbet and use this recipe as the starting point. […]