Gift ideas for when there is no money

I got a pretty heartbreaking note from a reader. I am not going to go into the details because it was so deeply personal, but she was scared, tired and overwhelmed. There is simply no money for gifts this year. 

And in her message it was clear that this woman was trying to create a special Christmas for her family and friends in spite of her situation. 

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questions to ask before decluttering 

So I have been on a mission to declutter my home and life. I have been throwing out, recycling, giving away, selling and donating things right and left. 


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The secret to GREAT Cream cheese frosting 

Cream cheese frosting is my favorite. Just in general. It's my favorite thing on the planet. 

I am trying to think of a single cake that cream cheese frosting wouldn't be good on. Gimme a second... nope. I can't think of a single thing. 

I put it on cupcakes, brownies and of course cinnamon rolls

But I have learned the key to really good cream cheese frosting: DO NOT LET THE CREAM CHEESE SOFTEN.

Just don't do it. Sure it will take longer, but man it will taste better and stand stay thick. 

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Budget-friendly gifts for kids

Do you have little ones on your Christmas shopping list? I do. And I love them all. I have my two little ones and then three neices and one nephew. 

It's a lot of kid's gifts, but I have a plan. I've had a plan since March. Because when it comes to savings it really is the early bird. 

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Dinner in 20: Tortellini, Sausage and Edamame 

This is my go to recipe. It requires little time and little effort and I can have it on the table in 20 minutes!

And it's so good my husband will ask me to make it. Just 4 ingredients! 

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