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Vanessa Hamlin

Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she's not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you'll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.

Save Money With Homemade Cleaning Supplies

Are you sick and tired of spending your hard earned money on expensive cleaning supplies? This post has recipes for homemade cleaning supplies to use in every room in your house! Using homemade cleaning supplies is one of the easiest ways to save money! Most recipes, for cleaning supplies, include the same or similar ingredients, …

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10 Free Spring Printables to Brighten Up Your Home

Spring has sprung and the flowers are blooming! Why not brighten up your home decor with some free spring printables? Spring is desperately trying to get here to Vermont…if only the constant mid-Atlantic snow would let the warm weather get up the coast, it would come…I know it would! After a freakish cold snap last …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes with Maple Bacon Balsamic Glaze

I am a big fan of roasted Brussels sprouts…or Brussels sprouts in general, but the husband doesn’t really love them. However, top them with this delicious maple bacon balsamic glaze and he eats them like they’re candy! And they do taste like candy! So, if someone in your family isn’t the biggest fan of the …

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10+ Ways To Make Extra Money This Summer

Searching for ways to make extra money this summer? Stop searching – here’s 10+ ways you can start making some more cash today! Summer is the best time of year to make a little extra cash. Especially, if you’re handy! Whether you like to draw, crochet, cook or spend time in the great outdoors, there …

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Summer Side Hustles for Extra Cash

Now that pandemic restrictions have lifted substantially, opportunities abound for side hustles. The extra cash will surely come in handy for monthly bills or to help save for that long, overdue vacation. Summer side hustles this year include seasonal jobs along with tasks related to travel and childcare. Capitalizing on demands in these areas will …

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How to Protect your Chickens from Avian Flu

Avian flu is sweeping through the country and farms everywhere are having to euthanize their entire flocks. As a backyard chicken keeper, I’m overwhelmed with the idea of my sweet ladies getting this flu and I’ll bet you are too! So, I’ve been researching like crazy, trying to figure out the best way to protect …

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What to Sell on Etsy: The Best Categories To Make the Most Money

Are you thinking about starting a business on Etsy? Read this post first – learn what to sell on Etsy to make the most sales and build your business quickly. I’ve been selling on Etsy for over 10 years now and I’ve seen a lot of fads come and go. But, there has always been …

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Places to Eat in St. Augustine, Florida

Need to find some places to eat in St Augustine Florida? Look no further! This post is packed full of my favorite restaurants to satisfy your breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert cravings! While on our Vermont to Florida road trip, we stayed in St. Augustine for several days. And I literally ate my way through …

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Lunch at Spanky’s in Savannah, Georgia

Spending some time in Savannah, Georgia? Love Chicken Fingers? Be sure to stop in and have lunch at Spanky’s! You will not regret it! Let me start by saying that Spanky’s does claim the title of “The Original Chicken Fingers”, but, what they don’t tell you is that they might just be the best chicken …

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Seeds to Sow in March in the Northeast

When I first started gardening, I did a lot of research before I learned the seeds to sow in March. And you know what I found? A whole lot of information for garden planning and seed starting in the Northwest Pacific and the Southeastern United States… For whatever reason, there just isn’t as much information …

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Henry’s On the Market in Charleston, South Carolina

Looking for a hot spot to eat in Charleston, South Carolina? Henry’s On the Market will not disappoint – even the pickiest eater will find something delicious on the menu! We just returned from the most amazing trip from Vermont to Florida and back. We had so much fun and ate some really amazing food! …

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