About Us

We are so happy you dropped by Made In A Pinch, whoop, whoop!  Here’s a little more information about each of us:


I am a North Carolina native who set down roots in Colorado.  This state and its beauty constantly amaze me! I love my family and friends, teaching group exercise classes, playing with my 3 boys, Southern sweet tea, chocolate, crochet, hiking, good books, and cooking and baking. Not necessarily in that order.  🙂


My kids were born at the same hospital I was 35+ years ago.  A North Carolinian through and through, I love my family, food, organization (when I can find it) and fun.  North Carolina is awesome year-round, but I’m writing this as Spring approaches (yay!) and I love that North Carolina explodes in the Spring and Summer with beautiful plants, flowers and locally-grown food.  With 65+ people moving here daily, I think the secret’s out!


We met in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tarheels!) and lived together in the dorms (that would bind anyone for life, right?).  Now almost 20 years later, we’re still close friends and we share even more: family, recipes, ideas, budgets, and life.

Our goal:

All of the time we spent studying, having highlighter wars, cooking, eating and meeting new friends turned into a lifelong friendship.  We’ve learned that the small things in life make the biggest difference…connecting with others is the meat of life.  Now that we live almost 2,000 miles from each other and have kids, we want to continue sharing these things with each other on an even deeper level.   

These days we spend our time wiping snotty noses, cooking food, driving kids to various activities, helping with homework and reading bedtime stories, rather than really connecting with other people.  And let’s face it, being a parent can feel pretty lonely at times (“why was it my kid who actually stuck the Lego up his nose?” – oh yeah, been there.) Connecting with people makes a huge difference!

Join us!

Our goal is to help create a community: a place where we share what we have learned (the hard way). We also want to hear from you! We want to create a space where you can pick up tips and tricks to make your life much easier.  Made In A Pinch is a place where you can learn from us, pick our brains, and we can all encourage each other in this roller coaster called life. And while all of that is going on, our goal is to bring life back to the basics – to easily make more items ourselves so that we can use fewer mass-produced and highly processed items!

Lofty goals, right?  I know that, together, we can do it!

We want to thank you for joining us on our journey, and we hope that you will continue to be a part of our adventure. Take a look around, join our email list so you never miss an update and leave a comment or two so we get to know you!

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See you soon!

🙂 Lisa and Heather


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