Forcing Paperwhites: Budget Gardening Tip

Paperwhites, or Narcissus, are a very fragrant and easy to grow spring-blooming bulb. With a little advanced planning, the bulbs can be planted and bloom in the winter by “forcing.â€? Forcing means taking spring-blooming bulbs and tricking them into thinking they have slept though the winter, and that it’s now spring and time to bloom. […]

Glitter: Beauty Trend 2008

What: Glitter is—once again—the trendiest way to dress up your face. What the experts say: This from the February 2008 issue of Allure magazine: “This glitter doesn’t feel as gaudy as it did in the ‘80s, because we’re applying it so deliberately,” says makeup artist Gucci Westman, “which makes it a little more rebellious. Makeup […]

Minced Garlic: Budget Grocery Tip

Fresh garlic usually sells at the market for about $0.99 for three bulbs. Sounds like a good deal, but when you consider the time it takes to mince the garlic (which most recipes require), it’s suddenly not such a bargain. It’s helpful to keep a bottle of minced garlic in the refrigerator for those times […]

Home Office Ideas: Web Round-Up

The Budget Casa brings you links from around the web on what’s hot for your home: ~ A dark, cramped home office is anything but productive. Better Homes and Gardens Lisa Gaddy Frederick has come up with some budget-friendly ideas for making your home office into an inviting workspace (read article here) ~ Not all […]

Slingbacks: Adventures in Home Shopping

We happen to looove a great slingback, and from a great brand name? Even better. Just a click away? Now you’re talking. Home shopping giant QVC is currently offering these styles, any of which we’d love to slip into: Bandolino pink patent leather slingback, $34.50, product number: S3599 Bandolino black leather slingback, $34.50, product number: […]

The Look for Less: Fabulous Fabric

Jessica Jones, who blogs over at one of our favorite sites How About Orange, just came out with a line of fresh-faced fabrics called Modern Flora, for sale at J. Caroline Creative. The fabulous retro, spring-chic look of Modern Flora reminds us of the power of fabric to revitalize a room. You can use fabric […]

How to Make a Heirloom Cookbook

Give Simple has a fabulous DIY kit for making your own cookbook. You can compile years of your family’s favorite recipes, ensuring you never lose grandma’s no-fail, super-secret pie crust recipe. This would make a fabulous and meaningful wedding present. How to Make a Heirloom Cookbook The kit is $60 and comes with 1 custom-sized […]