• What I have learned about living a sweet and frugal life on ONE income

    This post does contain affiliate links.  I will be compensated for purchases made through my links.  Thanks for supporting my little business!   “How do you do it!?”  is a question I have been asked multiple times;  “How do you raise your family on only one income!?!?” I never really know how to respond to this question.  Honestly, living on one income is all I’ve ever known.  My oldest was born one month after I graduated from college and I chose to immediately become a stay at home mom. My husband is a good and hard worker, but he is also a blue collar worker and he does not earn…

  • Soft French Bread Recipe

    This french bread is one of my favorite things to make.  My friend gave it to me a few years ago.  I don’t have a great track record with homemade bread so I was a little apprehensive the first time I tried it.  But, it turned out so good and instantly became a family favorite!  It is soft and light and tastes perfect as a side for soup or pasta. Soft French Bread Recipe 2 1/2 cups warm water 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. yeast 3 Tbsp. canola oil 1 tsp. salt 5 1/2 cups flour Mix the water, sugar and yeast together.  Let it stand for 10 minutes until…

  • The Envelope Money System: A Beginners Guide

    About a year ago I changed the way I was spending money.  I decided to quit using my debit card for purchases and try only using cash.  I’ll be honest, I did not think this change would make much of a difference.  I am a little bit prideful and a lot of stubborn and I really felt that I was strong enough to spend smartly with my debit card. It only took one month of paying with cash to realize that I was so so wrong!  I couldn’t believe how quickly my wad of cash depleted.  It was a huge wake up call as I watched my cash fly out…

  • How we are going to help our kids remember the TRUE meaning of Easter

    I love Easter!  I love remembering Christ’s resurrection and what that means for me everyday.  It is a beautiful time to celebrate new life and new beginnings. Although I love Easter I have actually never really been a huge fan of the Easter bunny and the materialism that comes with Easter.  The whole idea of a giant rabbit giving my kids presents just has never really resonated with me. Because of this we are constantly looking for new ways to help our kids focus less on a rabbit and more on Christ.  We have tried a few different things in the past and nothing has really seemed to feel right…

  • Fabulous DEALS Friday: 10 Farmhouse Decor all under $20

    “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. ” I moved into a new home about a year ago and I have been slowly trying to incorporate some farmhouse pieces.  I’ve included a little allowance for home decor in our monthly budget and have tried to stretch it as far as I can.  I found some great items on Amazon last night. Everything is under $20!  I purchased a few things and added a few others to my…

  • 15 FREE Things to do with your Kids over Spring Break

    In a couple of weeks my kids will have their annual one week Spring Break from school.  I always look forward to this break.  It’s so fun to have a break from the school routine and spend time together, but sometimes the kids can get a little stir crazy.  Where I live winter lasts well into April so Spring Break isn’t always “springy.”  🙂  I started brainstorming some things the kids and I can do together while on Spring Break, and as usual all of them are FREE! 1.  Board Games I love to buy board games at our local thrift store for a couple of dollars a piece.  I…

  • Easter Egg Sun Catcher

    “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.” I made the cutest Easter Egg Sun Catcher with my son the other day.  We have it hanging up in our window right now and I love seeing the bright colors of it every day.  This project is so easy and I just used items I already had around the house.  I LOVE when that happens!  The colors of the egg can easily be customized using any of your favorite…

  • How we visited San Diego on a Budget

    I am a Get Away Today partner and may receive commissions for Get Away Today vacations booked through links on my site (THANKS).  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  I was recommending Get Away Today to all my friends BEFORE becoming a partner, because they are that amazing.  ? A couple of weeks ago I blogged all about our trip to Southern California.  We spent a couple of days in Anaheim and a couple days in San Diego.  You can find the blog detailing the Anaheim portion of the trip here: Our Disney Savings Plan: How we paid for our Disney Vacation while on a…

  • Teaching Kids Smart Money Habits

    “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.” Teaching my kids wise money habits is so important to me as a parent.  If they can learn how to handle money, budget, to save and spend wisely while they are young they will be so much more successful as adults.  I would rather them make money mistakes with $5 rather than make the mistakes with $5,000. We have used a few object lessons to help get the point across,…

  • 5 FREE activities to do with Kids using items you already have at home

    Winter is long in my area.  So very long.  The cabin fever comes quick and it is hard to keep the kids entertained and busy while cooped up indoors. I’m all about finding easy ways to entertain kids at home.  ESPECIALLY with items I already have around the house.  If I can keep the kids entertained and happy without needing to spend money, I am a happy mom! 1.  A Box and a few markers and scissors That’s it.  Whenever you get a box–SAVE IT!  Large boxes are best, these can be a little hard to come by, so if you ever get one make sure to hold on to…