Gifts, Shopping

Wishing You Many Happy Returns

The sweater didn’t fit right, the color was all wrong. You already have a singing bass on a plaque and

Home Chef delivery box filled with meal kit sitting on
Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Dinner-in-a-Box is Not What I Thought

Dinner-in-a-Box. Seriously?

Who in their right mind would trust seafood, meat and produce from some unknown assembly plant, piled onto

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

10 Easy 3-Ingredient Party Dips That are Absolutely Delicious!

Here’s my idea of a killer New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl or any other kind of party—one that includes a

Health and Beauty

Stop Making These 5 Costly Hair Mistakes

Shampoo from the dollar store? I can hear you groaning. But wait a minute … seriously! That could be your

Gift card gifts aimed at moms dads children teenagers etc

Best Way to Sell Gift Cards for Cash

Gift cards—did you find some under the tree? Great, if that was your heart’s desire but not so great if

Yellow piggy bank and calculator with 2019 year on window
Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

The 1% New Year’s Solution

Want a simple, pain-free plan to increase your savings this year? Now’s the time to start thinking about that. I

Forest-glade-covered with snow-sunny-Christmas-morning
Mary's Perspective

Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village

Holidays and Special Occasions

With Love and Peace from Our House to Yours

Here it is, the eve of the day we’ve been focused on for so many weeks. I know how easy

Mary's Perspective

Three Easy Steps to Curb the Disease to Please

I could never be a medical transcriptionist. It’s not the typing or the doctors’ handwriting that would deter me. My

Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

Memories are Made of Teddy Bear Bread

What must be nearly 40 years ago, while waiting in the grocery store line with my two little boys in

Gift Guides, Mary's Life

Gifts to Thrill and Delight Coffee Snobs

Even if you aren’t one, chances are pretty good you know someone who is a bona fide coffee snob. That’s because

Travel and Entertainment

9 Incredibly Simple Hacks to Take Stress Out of Flying

Flying this week? You won’t be alone. TSA estimates a record 46 million people will be joining you in domestic


How to Bag a Bargain on Leather Belts Plus MORE Great Reader Tips

Not that long ago I stopped into a discount clothing store (Marshall’s to be exact) to get my husband a

Holidays and Special Occasions

9 Fabulous Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Just in case you could use some ideas and encouragement, I’ve put together what I think are great last-minute gift

Holidays and Special Occasions, Seasonal

In the Midst of Joy, a Season of Doubt

Check the calendar and take a deep breath. We are entering a critical phase of holiday preparation. As shopping winds


When Christmas is Hard

It wasn’t that big of a deal, really. Still, I felt a twinge of sadness whenever I thought about it

Multi Generation-Family-Praying-Before-Christmas-Meal
Holidays and Special Occasions

Traditions: The Glue the Holds Families Together

Family traditions are the rituals and practices a family shares that strengthen that family’s bonds and create lasting memories. Traditions,

Gift Guides

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

Happy Saturday, everyone! I just uploaded one more 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, my best inexpensive ideas for the Foodies on

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Just in Time for the Holidays Gift-Worthy Caramel Corn

For years, I’ve tried to make caramel corn, without success. It was either too soggy or too chewy. Or the

Modern family of four reading Christmas stories
Book Reviews, Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

The Best Christmas Book Ever

In the crush of holiday wish lists, gadgets, toys and media hype, it’s easy to overlook the four things experts

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Cinnamon Rolls So Decadent, So Simple, it Might Be Illegal

There was a time that I felt compelled to rise early on Christmas morning to bake Cinnamon Rolls—my family’s breakfast

Gift Guides

2018 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3—Best Gifts for Teens

  Finding the perfect gift for teen boys and girls is almost impossible. So forget trying to be perfect and

waffle iron in the kitchen. preparing homemade waffles, pouring a dough

Waffle Cornbread, Reverse Spicy Heat and More Great Reader Tips

Quite possibly, the thing I enjoy most about this job of mine is that I get to read, ponder—sometimes shriek


Ultimate Guide to Proper Regifting

It happened in front of all my friends at a bridal shower for me, the next bride-to-be in our circle

Holidays and Special Occasions

Make Memories and You’ll Give Gifts for a Lifetime

If you could use an injection of fresh ideas for how to make this Holiday Season meaningful for the children

Home & Family, Pets

A Machine that Gets Pet and Human Hair Out of Carpet Like Magic

How often have you been vacuuming and you turn off the vacuum only to see stray hairs—from your own head

Food & Recipes

Secrets to No-Fail Tender Juicy Chicken Breasts

They’re convenient and, we’re told, more healthy. But there are few things quite as boring or more difficult to prepare

Christmas tree farm couple
Holidays and Special Occasions

Oh, Christmas Tree!

As tempting as a pricey, artificial, pre-lit Christmas tree may be, few things about the holidays are as satisfying as

Mary's Perspective

The Season of Giving

It’s that time of year again when everyone wants your money. Brace yourself for more dinnertime phone calls and mailbox

Arms and hands outstretched to ask questions
Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Toaster, Eufy Customer Service, Stainless Steel Cleaner

There are times that the old adage that you get what you pay for doesn’t hold up.

Sometimes, it’s the

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Eight Little Words That Can Change Your Life

You hear it all the time, but do you know what it means to live below your means? Have you