Food & Recipes

Of Shame and Fruitcake

I have no pride and, according to many, no taste. I love fruitcake. Sickeningly sweet, loaded with pecans, cherries, pineapple

Kids and Babies, Mary's Perspective

What Kids Need to Know About Thankfulness

If you are committed to teaching your kids how the world operates, teach them about money. You can use financial

Dear Mary

Sometimes the Solution is Worse than the Problem

Dear Mary: You are my last resort. Please help. I bought a lovely cedar-lined wood chest at an auction about

Home & Family, Tips

It’s Getting Chilly in Here

What if I told you there are some really sneaky ways you can cut the cost to heat your home

Mary's Perspective

It Really is the Thought that Counts

Are you worried that the gift your homemade gifts are never good enough?  Certain that your friends and relatives will

Tips

Caring is Sharing But Hands Off My French Fries

If you have ever polished off an entire bag of those little tiny crunchy cookies in peace, you do not

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

16 Gifts College Students Want

Stressed out because you just don’t know what to give that 20-something or college student on your holiday gift list?

Clothing and Accessories

Winter Comfort and Joy Depends on the Right Clothes

I have to admit to being somewhat agnostic when it comes to winter weather. Living in southern California, it’s something

Home & Family, Shopping

Online Shopping Safety Tips

As convenient as Internet shopping can be (stores never close, no parking problems, no cranky salespeople), there are as many

Tips

The Secret in the Frosting

I don’t like surprises. I’m sure that says something about my propensity to be a control freak. I prefer to

Home & Family

The Case of the Stinky Coffeemaker

Got a resistant odor in your kitchen that you just can’t identify? Or locate the source? Hmmmm. When did you

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Would You Rather Stick a Fork in Your Eye or Talk About Budgets?

For lots of people, just thinking the word “budget” is like nails on a chalkboard. I know the feeling. For

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

The Perfect Small Gift: Pie in a Jar

Over the years I’ve written about dozens of ideas and instructions for how to make every kind of “Gift in

Home & Family

Dreaming of an Organized Garage

I really like an organized home. When things get all chaotic and messy, I find that my mind kinda’ gets

Home & Family

How to Afford the Big Stuff

You don’t need me to tell you that we’re living in uncertain economic times. One day stocks are plummeting and

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family, Kids and Babies

16 Totally Awesome Gifts for Teens Under $16

Finding the perfect gift for teen boys and girls is almost impossible. Teenagers like what they like. Funny thing. I’m