• What we cut from our budget to save over $2500 a year

    “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.” I am not naturally a frugal person.  I was raised by two frugal parents, but I lean more towards wanting to shop and buy all of the pretty things (I’m looking at YOU Target). It has been a huge learning process for me to become more frugal and to realize the value and beauty in cutting back and saving money.  Learning my new frugal lifestyle has been over the course of years, and quite honestly, I’m still trying…

  • Money Lessons for Kids: The night we taught our kids the TRUTH about money

    I have been wanting to give our kids a really good object lesson about how to handle money.  We talk about this topic constantly, and we give them chores and an allowance to help them learn how to save and spend wisely, but I just kept wanting to find something that would make a big impact on them and the real adult world. I began brainstorming ideas and came up with a game plan that ended up having a greater impact than I ever could have imagined. We told the kids that we were having a family meeting and that they all needed to come join us.  We excitedly announced to…

  • Mothers Day Gift Guide: 15 FREE Gift Ideas

    I love Mothers Day.  I love being showered by my kids and husband with thoughtful gifts and notes.  I love celebrating all moms out there for the love and work they do every day of their lives. Being a mom is without a doubt the most difficult, yet most beautiful thing I have ever done.  It is my favorite title and the thing that brings me the absolute most joy into my life. Gifts do not need to cost very much many, in fact some of the best gifts cost no money!  The only thing that matters is that it comes from the heart.  I brainstormed 15 free gift ideas…

  • Easy Pizza Night ideas

    I talked about one of our favorite family traditions in my post:  My favorite easy Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe.  We all look forward to Friday nights to eat pizza and watch a movie together. To save on costs I always try to make the pizza at home.  Some Fridays we use My favorite easy Homemade Pizza Crust Recipe, but to try to help us not getting bored with pizza (but seriously, who could get bored of pizza?!?) I try to change the pizza up from time to time. Here are two very easy, simple pizza ideas for your next pizza night.  The kids love helping with both of these, and It’s a…

  • 34 Places that will give you FREE stuff on your Birthday!

    Today just so happens to be my birthday!  Yay!  Happy Birthday to me! I received my annual birthday coupon for an appetizer or dessert from Carrabba’s in my e-mail a few days ago and I started wondering about what other places I could sign up with to receive FREE stuff on my birthday.  (I loooove free!)  I did some research and because I am turning 34  I found 34 places that will give you FREE stuff just for having a birthday!  It’s great!  All you have to do is sign up for their e-mails (or some require a download of an app) and you’ll be eating free for your entire…

  • Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

    My least favorite room to clean in the house is the bathroom.  I’m sure I am not alone in this!  I always put this job off for days!  I would rather make this homemade bathroom cleaner than actually use it.  😉 I started making my homemade bathroom cleaner a few years ago and have not looked back!  Making your own bathroom cleaner is so easy and is a great way to save money!  Buying it in the store can get pricey.  For this recipe I always have the ingredients on hand and it only takes me a few minutes to put it all together. You will need a plastic spray…

  • Kauai on a 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.”  I have never seen anywhere more breathtaking than the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Kauai.  With it’s gorgeous green mountains, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque beaches, it is my idea of a perfect vacation spot.   When I was planning our trip to Kauai I spent hours and hours researching everything there is to know about the “Garden Isle.”  I wanted to enjoy every inch of the island, but without having to…