Friday, February 24

How to Save HUGE Money on Clothes When You're Too Busy and Stylish for Thrift Stores

by Robin

You already know you can save tonnes of cash by buying second-hand clothes.  But did you know you can wear second-hand AND have great style AND save time AND be sure of the quality, too? 

Many of us have preconceived notions about second-hand clothes:

  • Does the memory of that thrift shop smell turn you off before you even set foot in the store?  

  • Have you ever bought something second hand, only to find a wonky zipper or torn seam?  

  • Or, does weeding through long, stuffed racks of f'ugly clothing to find something you actually like, seem like a huge waste of time?

There is a way to enjoy the savings of second-hand clothes, without these major drawbacks.  This is how I do it - and I save hundreds of dollars every year - which we spend instead on family fun, like travel! 

Friday, February 17

20 Quick, Healthy and Easy Sheet Pan Dinners

by Robin




Three words that make my kinda-hate-cooking heart skip a beat.  Sheet Pan Dinners have got all three of those lovely words going for them.  

I'm working my way through this list.  The first two I've tried and my family really enjoyed - win!  

I even demonstrated the Easy Oven Fajitas at work for the immigrant moms who come to the program I lead.  At first, they were dubious - but quickly became converts. One woman came back the next week having already made them - twice - her family loved them that much!

Sheet Pan Dinners are on par with the ease of slow cooker meals.  You can prepare them ahead and they are super simple.  But, these dinners are never soupy like so many slow cooker meals get - you know - how so much of it becomes a stew - even if you didn't mean it to?

Another plus on the Sheet Pan Dinner score sheet: roasted vegetables.  Is there a better way to serve veggies?  In fact, roasted (just-about) ANYTHING is delicious.  

Have I convinced you?  If you haven't tried a Sheet Pan Dinner you truly need to.  Today.  And you've come to the right place for ideas.  I've got 20 here for you...

Thursday, February 9

Three Words That Made My Family Love Leftovers (and gave me a night off cooking every week!)

by Robin

"The days are long but the years are short."

Such a great quote about parenting, right? The first part is bang on: the days are looooooong. Between cleaning, working, activities and obligations - some days feel a dozen hours longer than others.

When it's been a day at work that's worn me down - or maybe a busy one with the kids and housework and errands and extended family commitments - those long days leave me spent. There isn't a speck of motivation left. The very last thing I have energy for is cooking dinner.

The first time I used these three magic words - I did a mental happy dance. But, part of me said, "Enjoy it while you can, there's no way this will work again." But thankfully that part was dead wrong!

These words work for me - and they've given me a night off cooking every week. I am truly hopeful this will work for you too!