Easy Multi-Colour Buttercream Frosted Easter Cupcakes

SPLASH YOUR EASTER TABLE WITH A CUPCAKE BOUQUET OF COLOURS.   Knock, Knock Cupcake delivery. Don’t make this be you because your wallet will feel the crunch. Gourmet cupcakes cost a fortune to buy from local bakeries but there’s no need to spend $2-$5 for one cupcake when you can easily make them at home for far less. For you last-minute Easter bakers out there put your apron on and get ready to bake some Easter cupcakes that everyone will think you bought from the local bakery. Easter Baking for toddlers doesn’t get any more colourful then these adorable multi-coloured Easter cupcakes. Mrs. CBB and I wanted to involve our son in baking these Easter cupcakes as a tradition for our family. Fun Easter desserts are also a perfect way to celebrate the beginning of Spring at home, work or for the kiddos. They will add more sweetness to the already chocolate-filled diet that most of us will have for the month of April. I can handle that though and so can our little guy although we have to limit his chocolate intake otherwise he would eat it day and night. Like father like son.   Baking takes creativity, a […]

How To Lower Household Expenses Without Guilt : Our March 2017 Budget Update

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT ESPECIALLY WITH YOUR FINANCES.   Giving up something doesn’t have to mean giving it up for good. One comment I often hear when I offer budget help is that it’s so hard to reduce household expenses without feeling guilty. This guilt often leads to even more debt being created because of letting people down, including themselves. The provider(s) may feel they are not good enough to support their family which creates inner turmoil and struggles. No one wants to say you have to give something up, especially to a child. Anyone who has direct access to money or that is affected by the money will feel loss when something has to be chopped. A reader asked me how to deal with guilt while I was assisting them behind the scenes with their monthly budget. I know she will read this but now she’s in a better place and has her budget under control and her family is on board.   Guilty or not guilty   How do you deal with financial guilt? You don’t- You jump over it and move on. You need to keep things under control and by doing so you’ll gain support by […]

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Exclusive Easter Menu Ideas To Fit Your Budget : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Apr 3-9

INCORPORATING NEW DISHES INTO YOUR TRADITIONAL EASTER MENU PLAN WILL KEEP YOUR GUESTS GUESSING.   Your traditional Easter dinner menu will differ depending on where you live and family dishes prepared over the years. Incorporating new Easter recipes to the menu every year not only helps to keep your Easter menu current it also creates new memories. While grocery shopping yesterday we noticed that the stores were heavily marketing Easter the moment we walked in. The front entrance smelled like Easter chocolate followed by Easter displays and sale boards. I had to keep telling myself to pretend you don’t see the chocolate. Confessed chocoholic here. This year Easter 2017 falls on April 17. Palm Sunday- April 9 First Day of Passover- April 11 Good Friday- April 14 Easter- April 16 Easter Monday- April 17 If you’re a frugal shopper like we are you may have planned your Easter Dinner menu in advance and searched or possibly even better deals. Cooking a homemade Easter dinner does not have to cost a bundle because the meal itself is quite standard even as a Sunday meal. Considering that there are impressive grocery sales exploding in the stores accommodate Easter menu ideas that work […]

Anginetti Italian Lemon Cookies with Coloured Sprinkles

ITALIAN LEMON COOKIES ARE ELEGANT FOR EASTER, CHRISTMAS, WEDDINGS AND FOR EVERYDAY EATING. THE PERFECT DUNKING COOKIE.   Soft Italian Lemon cookies with a lemon glaze and coloured sprinkles are a staple in just about every Italian family particularly those who hail from Southern Italy. Does dunking Italian Anginetti cookies in your morning coffee sound familiar? It probably does if you’re Italian but for those who haven’t you should try it. I promise you these cookies are one of the best Italian cookies to dunk and I’ve had many growing up in an Italian neighbourhood. With Easter (Pasqua-Italian) around the corner I thought you’d all like to try something a bit different for your Easter dessert or before, after and in-between meals. You can pretty much eat these Anginetti Italian lemon cookies all day (at least I can). In my teens I would visit my Italian friend almost daily to hang out and play or swoon over the boys. Her mother would always have these amazing iced Italian cookies  that I would drool over. It was like living in a palace and I was jealous because all I got were Oreos from a bag. These Italian cookies with sprinkles on […]

The Secret Society Of Debt Freedom : The Saturday Weekend Review #217

MONEY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IS A WAVE FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTY.   There are many secret societies of the world but the only one you should be focused on is that of your debt freedom. Why a secret society? Not many people I know flash around the news that they have achieved debt freedom nor do they explain what it feels like. It’s almost expected that people who have found the key to financial success must share it with the world. That’s fine as long as you’re prepared to deal with the aftermath and there will always be one whether you think so or not. Having money brings peace and an evil all at the same time so choosing your battles wisely is always teeter-totter situation.   Secret society invitation   If you’re waiting for an invitation it will never come especially if pretending to have money is part of the smoke cloud you’ve put on for the real world. There are no awards, no red carpet, bright lights or paparazzi going to be following those who have been inducted into the secret society of debt freedom either. You don’t have to be famous, You don’t have to have a 6-figure […]

20 Garage Sale Tools You’ll Need To Attract Buyers

SELLING YOUR STUFF IS COMPARABLE TO RUNNING A BUSINESS- EITHER YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY OR YOU DON’T.   Local garage sales for 2017 are slowly popping up as Spring has finally arrived but you’ll find the end of May into June, July and August the biggest garage sale months of the year. Typically garage sales kick-off on the Victoria Day long weekend at the end of May when most people poke their heads out from inside closed doors. It’s as if it’s safe to come outside. For those eager sale seekers there are people who host a garage sale as soon as the birds start chirping at the end of March. Spring cleaning is in full-swing with windows opened to let the fresh air circulate through the musty wintered house. This is also the time homeowners and renters realize they have far too much stuff. Mrs. CBB and I decided that this summer we were going to hold our first CBB garage sale and get rid of stuff once and for all. I’m a firm believer that any time I’m out to make/save money that I treat whatever I’m doing like it’s a business. A garage sale is a […]

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3 Grocery Games I Play With Our Son While Shopping : The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #5 Mar 27-Apr 2

GROCERY SHOPPING WITH YOUR TODDLER CAN EASILY BECOME A REWARDING LIFE SKILL FOR THEM.   Parents who bring their kids grocery shopping know how important it is to keep them occupied.The last thing any parent wants is to have their children throw tantrums at the grocery store. It only prolongs the grocery shop and adds stress to what could be a fun shopping trip of grocery games. Growing up my siblings and I would goof off at the grocery store and not give much notice to the food that surrounded us. In essence we kept each other busy which seems like a parenting win although my parents missed a valuable opportunity to educate us about where we were, what we were doing there and why it was important. Missed opportunity means- you can’t get the time back but you can certainly get back into the game when needed. It was too late for us kids as we eventually stayed home and played while our parents went grocery shopping. As I got older I found grocery shopping to be relaxing and fun for me because it puts me in a happy place. I love to cook and to me food really […]