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Get Outdoors Program is where frugal meets family fun

The Get Outdoors (GO) Program is where frugal meets family fun for Georgians. Our state boasts some of the most beautiful spaces in the country and accessing those spaces has become even easier with the GO Program. GO encourages families to get outdoors, get dirty, and get fit. With a state park within 50 miles of every state resident, your family could be living it up at a different state park every weekend for months.

February 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Hallman: Cooking in the kitchen with my ‘Littles’

Some of my best parenting moments happen in the kitchen with one or more of my Littles by my side. I love to cook and all three of my Littles take after me. They like to putter around, helping me with family favorites as well as coming up with new dishes all their own. Their proclivity for the culinary arts comes honest, friends.

February 21, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists


Hallman: Old school vacation

I'm looking down the barrel of Winter Break with not one single thing on my family's agenda. It's a rookie mistake. I've been a mama for going on 18 years now and any mama worth her salt will tell you mighty quick that you don't get ten days of vacation on the calendar without forming some kind of plan. Not with a three kids AND a husband under one roof and a mama who is accustomed to spending her week days in the quiet serenity of an empty house. I do have nearly two decades ...

February 18, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists


Tip of the Week - Update your winter wardrobe

Does your winter wardrobe need a little updating? If so, you can try these frugal tactics to be fabulous! First, hit the thrift stores. You'll find some real gems right here locally.

February 15, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Hallman: Make it a family game night

We're big fans of board and card games at my house. I have children ranging in age from 7 to 17. Given that 10 year age gap from youngest to oldest, we're all still involved and happy while playing our almost nightly game over supper. Our youngest simply joins another person when the game level is too difficult for her to maneuver on her own.

February 15, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists


Local parks provide an abundance of history

Ten years ago as my family and I were making a list of pros and cons for moving to Georgia, we placed Georgia's abundance of state parks right up under the Atlanta Braves on the pro side. We've enjoyed so much about these protected spaces of green goodness and historic wonder since we've lived here. There's nothing quite as frugal and fabulous as a trip to a Georgia State Park, friends. One of our favorites is just a hop, skip and a jump from Covington and is rife with history and fun.

February 08, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | Columnists


Tips to planning an affordable Super Bowl party

Just because the economy is bad doesn't mean your social life has to be.

February 05, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | Columnists


Classic games bring good old-fashioned fun

Whatever happened to good, old-fashioned fun? I'm here to tell you, friends. Nothing happened. Good, old-fashioned fun is waiting for you and your family right outside your back door. Not only can you have hours of fun together, but you can do it for free while getting (dare I say it?) exercise, too! Like some cosmic added bonus, you'll all get to unplug from screen time - cell phones, television, computers, eReaders, iWhatevers. You can have a blast together no matter how old your kids are or how un-athletic you may be. Goodness knows, I'm as uncoordinated as ...

February 01, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | Columnists


Tip of the Week - Jan. 29

You can buy pricey dog treats from the specialty store or you can DIY for gourmet treats your canine friends won't soon forget. With just four ingredients, this recipe is truly frugal and fabulous.

January 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Try geocaching for some extra scratch

Recently, my Littles and I were foraging through some woods out in the wilds of Newton County in search of a geocache. Doesn't that already sound like something wonderful? Just say it with me one time…. "geo-cassshhhhh." See? Doesn't that word just reek of adventure and good times? If you don't know the first thing about geocaching, that's OK. I'm here to tell you a thing or two and why I think it's one of the most awesome activities a family can do together. Geocaching is like treasure hunting made even more fabulous because ...

January 25, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | Columnists


Hallman: The 40-year-old fangirl

I always assumed when I hit 40, I'd become more of an adult somehow. I'd wear sensible shoes and be properly shocked when folks acted out in public. Quite the contrary, friends, being 40 means I'm most likely the person acting out. For example, in the wee hours of the morning this past week, I found myself in front of a crowd of hyped-up "Vampire Diaries" fans, standing beside the Newton County Judicial Center and looking out at a reporter from this publication and a large, imposing police officer while screaming, "Did she just call my hat ...

January 21, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists


Spend free time with your family

Nowadays, frugality isn't a life choice for most of us. It's a necessity born out of hard times and too little money. The first thing to go for most families is a recreational budget - money you used to have for movies, sports and hobbies is suddenly needed in more important areas like food and shelter. Although, you might be accustomed to thinking you have to spend money to spend time together and/or to be entertained, you'd be amazed by the bevy of free family activities available right in our own community. Let's start with these ...

January 11, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


A crazy lady and her lists

I'm a big fan of lists. I have a terrible short term memory, because I burned all the relevant brain cells away in the early 90s. I wish I was kidding about that, but I'm not. Without a list, I am lost. I need lists for the grocery store, for my daily activities, for books I want to read and movies I want to watch. Sometimes, I need a list for my lists. OK, I was kidding with that one.

January 08, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | News Columnists


Tip of the Week - Jan. 8

Just like with my homemade laundry detergent, this recipe for dishwasher detergent was born out of necessity 15 years ago. We moved to Biloxi and had a dishwasher for the first time. I was already making my own laundry detergent, so it didn't seem like a very big jump to making this. I've refined it over the years depending on where we live and how hard or soft the water is and the age and quality of the dishwasher we have.

January 08, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Make the most of leftovers

Make Christmas meals and treats go even further with some frugal and fabulous recipes designed to make the most out your holiday leftovers!

December 24, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


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