• The Frugal Life: What it means to me

    The word “Frugal” means something different to everyone.  Some find the meaning of the world unpleasant, boring, and blah.  Others find it necessary, practical, and a way of life.  I find the meaning beautiful, strong, and empowering.   I have longed admired the pioneer women.  The ones who worked from sunrise to sunset.  These women washed laundry by hand, baked and cooked meager meals over a fire.  They had small homes and large hearts.  I’ve heard story after story of women who were hardworking, selfless, and humble.  These are the women I look up to.  I find them strong and their simple way of life beautiful. Life has changed.  I…

  • Our Disney Savings Plan: How we paid for our Disney Vacation while on a small budget

    Last fall we took our family on a vacation to Southern California.  We spent a week exploring California, bonding as a family and playing at many of the fun amusement parks. We started planning this trip a couple of years before it actually happened (planner by nature here!).  We knew we wanted to go on a family vacation in a year or two and we knew that we wanted to save up for it slowly.   I wanted to share the steps that we went through as we planned, saved, and explored California all while on a budget. We spent a few nights in San Diego and a few nights in…

  • Easy St.Patrick’s Day Craft for Kids

    This St.Patrick’s Day craft for kids is so easy, so simple, and oh so fun for preschoolers and toddlers.  I love finding fun crafts for kids that are actually helping their little bodies develop.  I am a fan of multi tasking BTW!  This craft is fantastic for helping the little ones develop their fine motor skills.  It requires a lot of tearing, or cutting, which will strengthen those little finger muscles….all while having a little fun! I gathered up all of my random green paper I could find around the house, most of it came from the scrap pile I keep from other other projects.  I printed out a shamrock…

  • How I use ONE Roast for THREE Meals

    I have learned that one of the easiest ways to save money on food is to stretch meat through multiple meals.  I am going to share how I am able to use ONE roast for three different meals.  Each of these three meals are super simple, easy dinner ideas.  As a busy mom, I love meals that do not require a lot of effort and time.  🙂 Meal #1:  Pot Roast The first meal I use the roast for is a simple Pot Roast cooked in the crock pot.  I make this meal for our Sunday Dinner and serve it with mashed potatoes, gravy and a salad.  My sister shared…

  • How to keep White Kitchen Cabinets White and my Honest Review of the Norwex knockoff the E-Cloth

    “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. ” We moved into a new house a few months ago and fell instantly in love with the beautiful white kitchen.  White cabinets, white subway tile, white quartz counter tops.  It was what my kitchen dreams were made of!  With three kids in the house it didn’t take long for those beautiful pure white cabinets to become covered in smudges and finger grease.         I knew that…

  • 10 Ways using the Public Library will Save you Money

    Taking full advantage of our Public Library has been such a money saver for our family.  I think it’s fairly common to associate only books with the Public Library, (which as a book worm is already an awesome thing!), but the library can offer so so much more than beautiful books.  Everything to borrow is completely free.  They offer so many different services, it makes me sad when others don’t take realize the huge benefits of the library. 1.  Books, Books, Books! We will start the list off with the most obvious thing to borrow from the library; and that is books.  Reading is one of my very favorite forms…

  • Chocolate Dipped Valentine Cookies Recipe

    This is one of my favorite valentine traditions.  I love baking these for my kiddos and make them every February.   We usually hand some out to friends and neighbors as well. The cream cheese gives the cookie a delicious shortbread flavor and the peppermint extract gives the cookie the perfect amount of light flavor. Mix your flour, sugar, butter, cream cheese, egg and peppermint extract together in mixer.  I like this pure peppermint extract.  Beat until well mixed. Add flour and beat until just mixed. Divide dough in half. Roll each ball in saran wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours.   Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to…

  • Magic toothpick science experiment

    This science experiment is a really fun way to entertain kids at home.  I always have the ingredients on hand and my kids love that it is hands on.  It only takes a few minutes to have the experiment ready.  Kids love to help get it all out and choose the colors. Pour some milk in a bowl.  I like to use a wide shallow container.  A pie tin would work great or anything you happen to have on hand.  Pour enough milk in to cover the bottom. Now choose a few colors of food coloring.  Today my son chose red green and blue.  My kids love this neon food coloring. …

  • The one idea I disagree with Dave Ramsey on

    I am a member of online affiliate programs.  I will receive compensation from clicks on my links.  All opinions are my own.  I guarantee to never share anything I haven’t already been using for years. I love Dave Ramsey.  I follow his advice and teachings religiously.  Except for one thing…. I have one credit card and use it regularly. Dave Ramsey advises against using any sort of credit card, but we have found it actually earns us a lot of money just by shopping normally. I use cash for about 50% of our purchases, clothes, decorations, restaurants, spending money, kids music lessons, etc.  We use a Discover Card for the…

  • Homemade Graham Cracker Recipe

    I have a rule.  A little grocery shopping rule to help me stay in my grocery budget.  I am only allowed to go to the grocery store once a week.  If I run out of something earlier in the week or if I realize I forgot something, well that’s just to bad, I have to wait.. I have learned to do without and to use what I have on hand.  Read all about my favorite way to grocery shop here. This past weekend my kids ate through all of my store bought snacks.  Does anyone else’s kids do that?  I thought I had bought plenty snacks for the week, but we are…