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: […]

Mega Rolls: Green Tip

Today’s green tip focuses on how you can green your toilet paper.  We understand very well that there’s a difference between squishy soft T.P. and recycled, somewhat, well let’s just be nice and say “less squishy soft” T.P. There are some green soldiers out there who are willing to go recycled and we at The […]

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 […]

High Vs. Low: The Denim Jacket

Denim jackets have been cropping up on celebs lately, but let’s face it—they’re not exactly a new style statement. We love ‘em for weekend wear or dressing down a daytime look, but we refuse to spend a small fortune for a scrap of denim. So here’s the challenge—two denim jackets—one is perfectly priced, the other […]

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 […]