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Let’s Tour Colonial Williamsburg

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Colonial Williamsburg, formerly a colonial capital, has been restored in architecture as well as in spirit, making it the ideal “family field trip.” I’m a West Coast girl. I’ve lived in Southern California for most of my life. When I’ve lived or traveled elsewhere, I haven’t ventured father east than the Mississippi, unless it was […]

12 Ways to Save on Gifts (Frugal Friday)

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It is better to give than receive — unless it puts you in hock! Avoid debt and overspending by giving gifts wisely and economically. 1. Bake something. Bake someone happy with homemade breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. Homemade is always better than storebought. And the ingredients can often be less expensive that a fancy bakery. […]

Easy Cakes You Can Decorate Yourself

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Decorating a cake you’ve baked at home is not difficult. In fact, it’s a great way to customize it for taste and birthday party theme — without paying a high price. You CAN have your cake and eat it, too! If I can decorate a home baked cake, so can you! I am not all […]

Q&A: Video Games

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Occasionally, readers write with questions that I know others might be able to add to or benefit from. Today we’re talking about video games, gaming systems, and how to know if and when to introduce those to your household. Take whatever I say with a grain of salt, and be sure to add your two […]

Summer Fun for the Only Child

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We’re planning for summer fun around here. Today Prerna shares how to enjoy the summer daze with an child. We’re enjoying full-blown summer days here in India and soon it will be that time when school shuts down and our daughter is at home. all day. alone. with us. Yes, we have an ‘only’ child […]

Conquering Mountains

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I feel a little sad when I look at this picture. And not just because I have lost that really good complexion I once had. I guess the word isn’t really sad. No, I guess it’s bittersweet. I was 25. My first baby was just a few days old. I had no clue what I […]

10 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Whether you’re celebrating your own mother or other women who’ve encouraged you over the years — or just need to leave this post open on the computer and walk away, Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to say thanks. Here are some easy ideas for celebrating the day in a budget-friendly way. 1. Create a […]

Serve Breakfast in Bed

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Breakfast in bed is a wonderful treat for visiting guests, birthday boys and girls, and parents on their special days. Here’s how to pull it off with style and ease. All photos by Heidi Last weekend, a few friends and I journeyed to Charles City, Virginia. We stayed at the Peace Hill Bed and Breakfast, […]