Archives for August, 2014

Why We What We Want

By Sarah G. Mason Our consciousness is an extraordinary thing. It’s what separates us from other species and enables us to not only make choices, but feel aware of them. However, this awareness has led to desires that reach beyond our instincts. Primally, we desire food, water and shelter. So what makes us want money, an iPhone and jewelry? Whether …

The Skinny on… Spaghetti Squash

By Danielle Boudreau The spaghetti squash is often overlooked. Uncooked, it looks the same as any other of its squash kin. But cook it and you have a delicious, healthy pasta dish made of the vegetable alone. How, you ask? When you cook spaghetti squash, its flesh becomes stringy and is extracted from the vegetable like strands of spaghetti. Pair …

Living On A Budget: The Food Trap

By Kimberlee Stokes What is the one area of the budget that can expand like a diaper in a swimming pool? Food. Don’t get me wrong, eating is one of my top priorities and I am absolutely not telling you to stop eating. What I will tell you is that we look at food differently in our home: There is necessity …

Stress Free Parenting: Is it Possible?

By Sarah G. Mason You’re drained from another sleepless night with your newborn, frustrated with your middle schooler who’s failing math and at your wits end with the toddler who decided crayon drawings belonged on the wall. Parenting is supposed to be joyful – so why is it so exhausting?  Raising children is a challenge, no matter how experienced you …

Snack Time: Snacks with Fewer than 100 Calories

It’s 3 o’clock and your stomach is rumbling, your sweet tooth is singing and you’re craving something salty. So what should you reach for? Here are a few great snacks under 100 calories each to help satisfy those late afternoon cravings. Satiate your sweet tooth  with a few healthy ingredients. Slice and bake one medium apple, then top with 2 …

Simple Summer Pleasures

By Kristl Story, thebudgetdiet.com The fireworks are over, and the retail stores are already promoting back to school…yikes! There are still two months of summer to enjoy, so ignore those back to school ads and enjoy the simple pleasures that summer has to offer. Use this summer fun checklist to make sure you’re taking advantage of summer fun! Even better, …