Get ahead of back-to-school season with a food storage plan

As much as 30 to 40 percent of all food in North America is wasted, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. That’s about 20 pounds per person every month! In terms of money, that’s an alarming $165 billion in wasted food annually, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A smarter freezer storage plan, coupled with buying in bulk, saves time, money, decreases waste and makes for a more organized home. You can maximize the value of your freezer and ensure your hard-earned dollars don’t go to waste with these five easy tips to help keep your family and freezer organized for a smarter school year.
    • Make room to save more. Consumers annually save $750 on their food bill when buying in bulk1. A freezer provides additional storage space, giving you the flexibility to store larger quantities of food out of the way while you keep items for immediate use close by. A great option is the Frigidaire freezer, which boasts ample storage capacity, superior organization and peace of mind. Plus, it’s ENERGY STAR qualified and is more than 22 percent energy efficient than standard freezers.
    • Designate a meal prep day. Free up your busy weeknights and save money with a little planning. You can ensure you always have healthy, home-cooked meals on hand by taking a few hours once a week to prep and cook your meals. Meals that you’ll eat early in the week can be kept in the fridge until mealtime. Dishes you plan to eat later in the week can be placed in storage containers and frozen until use. After some practice, you’ll be able to work efficiently and prep meals that work best for your family.

  • Prepare for the unexpected. Let’s face it, things happen: storms roll in and the power goes out. Your freezer can be your biggest ally to combat food and money loss due to unexpected and uncontrollable events. To protect the investment you just made to your family’s meal plan, arm yourself with the new Frigidaire Gallery Freezer, a first-of-its-kind upright with ArcticLock(tm) Technology that offers thicker walls than traditional freezers to keep foods frozen for over two days during a power outage. It’s also garage-ready and built to handle extreme hot and cold weather.
  • Find a bulk buddy. While you may not need a 10-pound bag of cheese, you probably have a friend or neighbor who would split the cost with you. Make it a date; buy in bulk together then split the goods with the proper food storage containers.
  • End Freezer Burn. Reduce excess air in storage bags or containers, which toughens textures and worsens flavors. Note, however, that you’ll need to leave space in containers that hold soup or sauce as liquid expands when frozen and could potentially crack your storage containers.


To find out how you can save more with a secondary freezer, visit
1 Based on an independent online survey conducted among chest and upright freezer owners who shopped in bulk and/or stocked up on sale items and saved an average of $750 a year compared to freezer cost of $750 or less.




Today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Here is a great twist on the basic sugar cookie.

Grandma’s Kolachy Cookies

Servings: 6 1/2 dozen cookies

1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1          cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2          cups all-purpose flour

1          teaspoon Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2       teaspoon salt

Poppy seed, apricot and strawberry pastry filling

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


In large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add flour, vanilla and salt; beat until just combined. Divide dough into 2 disks. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill at least 12 hours.


Heat oven to 375°F.


Working with 1 disk at a time, roll each to 1/8-inch thickness on generously floured surface. Cut cookies using 2-inch round cutter. Place on cookie sheet and make indentation in dough with thumb. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon pastry filling into each indentation.


Bake 16–18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies on pan on cooling grid 5 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on grid. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.


Boxycharm June 2015

June 30, 2015
Boxycharm June 2015

Products in the box: Eslor Chlorophyll Lifting Mask, $38 Bellapierre Cosmetic Kabuki Brush, $29.99 Doucce Click Click Lipstick, $24 The Beauty Crop Lightening Crew Highlighting Cream, $16 ncLA Nail Lacquer, $16 Boxycharm costs $21 a month. This box was worth $124! Check out Boxycharm here. Check out past Boxycharm boxes.

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Ipsy Glam Bag June 2015

June 29, 2015
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Products in the bag: J. Cat Beauty Liptitude Hydrating Lip Stain in Hikilicious, Full Size $5.99 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Full Size $36, Sample Value $9 BioRepublic SkinCare Sheet Mask Trio, Full Size $35.99 for 8, Sample Value $13.49 Glamierre Flat Top Concealer Brush, Full Size $5.95  tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Marimoto […]

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Wantable Makeup Box June 2015

June 17, 2015
Wantable Makeup June 2015

Products in the box: Spellbound Nail Lacquer in Jinx, Retail Value $14 *Not currently for sale on their website Pout Shout Lipstick in Pink Honey, Retail Value $15 *My swatch was MUCH brighter Doucce Liquid Deep Eye Liner, Retail Value $24 Vincent Longo PearlX Eyeshadow in Novalei, Retail Value $25 Total Box Cost $40, Value […]

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How to create a luxurious bedroom

June 16, 2015
How to create a luxurious bedroom  As a place to relax, unwind and escape life’s stresses and strains, your bedroom should represent the ultimate in luxury. Don’t worry if your boudoir doesn’t yet fit the bill. The following simple changes should help you to transform this space into a haven of indulgence and comfort. Select the best possible bedding Given that we spend a third of our lives asleep, there’s no room for second best when it comes to bedding. To complete your room to perfection, you’ll need the perfect duvets, pillows and sheets. If you’re not sure which versions to go for, it’s worth doing some research online. For example, specialist providers like Julian Charles offer advice on the most suitable pillow and duvet fillings according to your preferred sleeping position and whether or not you have any allergies. For a cosy, sumptuous sleeping experience, natural fillings like feather and down could be ideal. On the other hand, if you’d prefer more support or you want lightweight bedding that can be washed regularly, synthetic materials such as hollowfibre or microfiber may be better. Meanwhile, when it comes to your sheets, it’s hard to beat Egyptian cotton. Take your time when choosing your bedding and make sure you select top-quality versions that will help to make your sleeping experiences extra special. Control light levels with blackout curtains Another top bedroom design tip is to select window dressings that give you complete control over light levels. Whether you fancy sleeping in on a summer morning or you need a nap during the day, blackout curtains can come in handy. These accessories allow you to block out any light from outside, meaning you can carry on snoozing regardless of how sunny it is. These curtains can also help you to keep your boudoir cool during the summer and warm in winter. Clear the clutter It’s impossible to relax if you’re surrounded by clutter, so effective storage is a must. By making sure you have enough closet, cupboard and drawer space, you should be able to keep your room tidy at all times. If you’re a little short on square footage, look for imaginative solutions. For example, select beds that offer plenty of storage underneath and take advantage of full-height closets and shelves. Add those all-important finishing touches Once you’ve sorted these bedroom basics, it’s time to think about those all-important finishing touches that can help to set this space apart. Some scented candles or reed diffusers can give your boudoir an alluring aroma, and the addition of stylish cushions and throws should give this room an added sense of opulence. Attractive artwork can also make a welcome addition to these areas. By following design tips like these, you should be able to create a luxurious bedroom that you can be proud of.

  As a place to relax, unwind and escape life’s stresses and strains, your bedroom should represent the ultimate in luxury. Don’t worry if your boudoir doesn’t yet fit the bill. The following simple changes should help you to transform this space into a haven of indulgence and comfort. Select the best possible bedding Given […]

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Birchbox June 2015

June 15, 2015
Birchbox June 2015

Products in the box: Davines SU Hair & Body Wash, Full Size $22.50, Sample Value $6.61 Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream, Full size $22, Sample Value $0.91 Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow, Full Size $27, Sample Value $4.05 Oribe Cote d’Azur Eau de Parfum, Full size $85, Sample Value $8.50 Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel, […]

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June 14, 2015
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June 1, 2015
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We Survived Another School Year

May 20, 2015

We have survived another year of school. This year was another year of lots of changes. I’m continually amazed by the resilience of these boys. They live live with a grace and ease I wish I had. They changed schools in the middle of the year. Accepted that our family grew. Lost a beloved pet. […]

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Wantable Accessories Box May 2015

May 20, 2015
Wantable Accessories May 2015

Wantable Accessories Box Products in the box: Leilani Necklace, $26 Arin Earrings, $12 Chelsey Earrings, $17 Avril Necklace, $32 Total box cost $40, Total box value $87 Check out Wantable here.

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Book Review: The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

May 19, 2015

At the end of a long and useful life, Penelope Keeling’s prized possession is The Shell Seekers, painted by her father, and symbolizing her unconventional life, from bohemian childhood to wartime romance. When her grown children learn their grandfather’s work is now worth a fortune, each has an idea as to what Penelope should do. […]

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Wantable Makeup Box May 2015

May 18, 2015

Wantable Make-up Box Products in the box: Frankie Rose 3 Shade Blush Enchant – $35 Doucce Brow Pencil Filler Heavy Brown, $22 Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Illuminator Candlelight, $11.99 Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow Pencil in Pearl, $14.99 Total cost of the box $40, total box value $83.98. Check out Wantable here.

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May 17, 2015
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Birchbox May 2015

May 15, 2015
Birchbox May 2015

Products in the box: Harvey Prince Yogini, Full Size $55, Sample Value $9.68 Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Water, Full Size $32, Sample Value $1.31 Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel, Full Size $24, Sample Value $14.11 Macadamia Professional™ Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment, Full Size $40, Sample Value $9.52 Coastal Scents® Revealed 3 Palette, Full […]

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ipsy glam bag May 2015

May 11, 2015
ipsy may 2015

Products in the bag: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil in Ozone + BONUS Revolution High-Color Lipgloss, Full size $16 Sample Value $4.80 BelláPierre Cosmetics Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil in Ebony, FULL SIZE $14.99 NUXE Rêve de Miel® Facial Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Gel, Full size $19, Sample Value $1.41 Pixi by Petra Beauty […]

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Monster SuperStar Bluetooth Speaker and GIVEAWAY

May 7, 2015
Monster Superstar Bluetooth Speaker

I love listening to music. All day. Every day. I listen to music all day at work. I listen to music at the gym. I listen to music in the shower. When it comes to headphones, I use the nTune headphones from Monster. I love them because they are almost impossible to break and have […]

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April Empties

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Book Review: Every Which Way but Dead by Kim Harrison

April 30, 2015

I just adore this series. Witches, living vampires, pixies, werewolves. Rachel Morgan is a witch and a bounty hunter. In book 2 she manager to arrest Piscary, a vampire and the leader of Cincinnati’s underworld. There is a power struggle going on for his place and Rachel is caught right in the middle. She’s gotten […]

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Primer and Concealer Cleanout

April 29, 2015

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Jergens Influenster Box

April 27, 2015

I received an Influenster box full of Jergens products! I did receive these products free for testing purposes. Check out Influenster here.

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5 rules for when insomnia strikes

April 23, 2015

Experts suggest that most adults need around eight hours of sleep a night. This does vary, but regularly failing to get enough shuteye can quickly takes its toll on your health. In the short term, a lack of sleep can cause tiredness, problems concentrating and a short temper. If it continues, insomnia can increase your […]

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BoxyCharm April 2015

April 22, 2015
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Products in the box: Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette, Full Size $39.95 OFRA Illuminating Blush Stripes, Full Size $35 Vincent Longo Duo Eye Pencil in Lapis and Lazlu, Full Size $26 Coolway Smoothing Lotion, Full Size $24.95 Harvy Prince Mini Roller in Signature, Mini $21.00 Boxycharm costs $21, Value of this box $146.90! Check out […]

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Book Review: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

April 21, 2015
The Winter People

The Winter People is a ghost story. That said, I’m not really sure why I read it. The back of the book sounded interesting in the store and it was recommended to me from a group I belong to. But I’m just not into ghost stories. Funny story – I was right in the middle […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag April 2015

April 20, 2015
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April 19, 2015
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Wantable Accessories Box April 2015

April 17, 2015
Wantable Accessories April 2015

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Age of Adaline – GIVEAWAY

April 16, 2015

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Book Review: The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

April 16, 2015
The Good, The Bad, and the Undead

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