• How to make homemade butter in a jar

    How to Make Homemade Butter in a Jar

    I had a container of heavy whipping cream sitting in my fridge for a few weeks.  I kept looking at it, knowing I needed to do something with it, but never knowing exactly what!  My sister finally suggested to me that I should use the cream to make butter in a jar with my kids.  Best idea ever! This actually turned out to be the best idea ever!  Making butter in a jar is so so easy, cheap, and my kids absolutely LOVED it! It was so fun watching my kids shaking their jars and checking every 5 minutes to see if the butter had formed.  My daughter even said,…

  • Fun Family Christmas Traditions

    20 FREE or FRUGAL Family Christmas Traditions

    Christmas is just my very very favorite season.  I love the lights, the snow, the family Christmas traditions planning that perfect gift for a loved one, and the joy I feel from everyone around me.  It truly is the most magical time of the year! December is the perfect month for establishing family traditions.  My hope is that one day my little family will look back on their childhood and remember the sweet memories and traditions we made together. You do not have to spend a lot of money to make these memories with your family.  A lot of activities can be done completely FREE!  Here are 20 FREE or…

  • Cheap Gift Ideas for Teen Girls

    Christmas Gift Ideas for Teen Girls under $25

    Are you needing a gift, maybe a Christmas present or a birthday present, for the teen girl in your life?  Are you on a budget and don’t want to overspend?  Well you have come to the right place!  I have researched all of the best gift ideas for teen girls!  The best part?  Everything is under $25, so you can stick to that budget! “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Gifts for Fun This Karaoke Microphone…

  • Cheap gift ideas for tween girls

    25 Gift Ideas for Tween Girls; all under $25!

    Tween girls can be hard to shop for!  They are growing out of the little girl toys, but not quite interested in the teen girl life.  My tween daughters have consistently been the hardest to shop for!  I did some research and compilied a list of 25 AMAZING gift ideas for tween girls.  The best part???  They are all under $25!  Yay!   “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Gift Ideas for Tween Girls Gifts for…

  • Gift ideas for 5-7 year old boys

    25 Gift Ideas for 5-7 year old boys under $25

    My goal for giving gifts is to find good quality gifts that will be loved for years, without spending very much money.  I know it’s hard, but it is possible!  Today I found 25 gift ideas for 5-7 year old boys, check them out below! “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Gifts for Reading One of my very fave children’s books is The Monster at the End of This Book.  It is such a fun, interactive…

  • A Month of After School Snacks

    I try to have an after school snack ready for my kids each day when they get home from school each day.  I’m not perfect at this, but I try! After school snack time is one of my favorite parts of the day because it is a time for my kids to sit down, refill their bellies, and talk to ME (if I’m lucky tbh)!  😉 I will admit, a big reason I make the after school snack a priority is for selfish reasons.  My goal is that as they eat their snack they will tell me all the highs and lows of their day.  It doesn’t always happen this…

  • Lessons Learned While Taking a Break from Social Media

    6 Things I Learned from my 10 Day Social Media Fast

    I just finished a 10 Day Social Media Fast.  And it was FANTASTIC!  After I got over my anxiety of just wanting to know what everybody was doing at all times (joking slightly here….), I fell in love with the new focus of my life.  I was finally spending my time focusing on what was right in front of me…..rather than what was on my screen. The Social Media Challenge originally came from the president of my church, President Russel M. Nelson.  He was speaking to all of the women of the Church of Jesus Christ and issued 4 challenges to us.  One of those challenges was to take a…

  • Pay off your debt using the debt snowball or the debt avalanche

    Debt Snowball Or Debt Avalanche

    Two of the most common methods for paying off debt is the Debt Snowball and the Debt Avalanche.  Neither of these methods are superior to the other.  They both have great qualities and offer excellent motivation for getting rid of debt. Debt Snowball The Debt Snowball is the method Dave Ramsey recommends. When using the Debt Snowball you will list your debts in order from the smallest debt to the largest. While continuing to make minimum payments on all debts, begin actively trying to pay off your SMALLEST debt FIRST. This will mean that you will use ANY extra money that comes your way to paying off this one debt.…

  • trick or treat bag tutorial

    The Easiest No Sew Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

    Disclosure:  “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” Halloween is just around the corner!  I love this time of year; I love the pumpkins, the crisp cool air, the changing leaves, and the excitement in my children.  My kids love to dress up as anything they want and run around the neighborhood trick or treating. The urge to craft came on strong the other day and I decided it would be so fun to make my kids new…

  • FIRE: Here’s why I don’t participate.

    I’ve been asked a few times my opinion about spending money on life experiences right now, or if it’s best to keep saving and wait for the future.  The obvious answer from a frugal, budget loving blogger, who loves to encourage everyone to spend conservatively and plan for their future, would be to advise everyone to wait until later and build your wealth now.  The FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) Movement continues to gain popularity.  I love the idea of sacrificing now to enjoy life later, and completely support those who are working towards FIRE.  However.  I actually believe in the importance of budgeting for joy.  In THIS moment….because, you…