• Overspending Triggers and Solutions

    I’ve been thinking a lot about my spending habits. Some days are really awesome days; when I am keeping to my budget, spending wisely, and stashing lots of money away into savings……. But then, I have moments where I S.T.R.U.G.G.L.E.  I shop impulsively.  I buy things without consulting the budget.  I develop a “I need it so I get to have it” mindset. Does ANYONE else have this happen???? Of course I know this behavior is wrong.  I ALWAYS know that I shouldn’t be buying “x,y, and z.”  Yet, I ignore that small voice of reason and just keep on spending. I have learned that these overspending urges are usually…

  • Easy Fourth of July Craft: Fireworks Stamping

    Is their really any holiday better than the 4th of July????  Sunshine.  BBQS.  Parades.  Family.  Friends.  Fireworks.  I love this holiday. We love to start celebrating a few weeks early with a couple of fun and easy Fourth of July crafts.  A lot of our crafts revolve around toilet paper tubes….because you really can’t get any cheaper than toilet paper tubes, right?!?!  This craft is one that we do every year.  It is so simple and easy! You will need to collect a few toilet paper tubes.  I used three toilet paper tubes so that I could have one for each color of paint:  red, white and blue. Once I…

  • Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe

    My kids LOVE making play dough, and it is something we do often.  But, when we make Peanut Butter Play Dough they REALLY REALLY love it. Peanut Butter Play Dough is such a great sensory activity for kids.  They can touch, see, smell, and even taste it.  That is my kids favorite part!  They love that they actually get to EAT the play dough. It is so so easy to make peanut butter play dough.  It only takes three ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Peanut Butter Play Dough Recipe 2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup honey Mix all ingredients in bowl.  Stir well…

  • 5 Ways to Earn CASHBACK on Purchases

    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. Who likes free money???  I LOVE free money!  And I’m betting you like free money too! This post is all about how to earn cashback, just by shopping like you regularly shop!! 1.  Cashback with Discover Card My FAVORITE way to earn cashback is by shopping with my Discover Card.  I talked in detail about why I love my Discover Card in my post The one idea I disagree with Dave Ramsey on.  In short, when…

  • 15 Baby Items You Do NOT Need On Your Baby Gift Registry

    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 had 3 kids, my youngest is now 5, and I have been slowly sorting through my boxes of baby supplies.  It’s taken me years to go through these items, because I have struggled with closing that baby chapter in my life.  I love the memories that come flooding back to me as I look through my boxes of baby items. I have sold most of the items, gave…

  • 10 Tips to Stop Impulse Shopping

    Let’s talk impulse shopping. I have always struggled with impulse shopping and am constantly trying to work on this. Do I budget? YEP!  Do I love to save money and watch my bank account grow!  ABSOLUTELY!  Yet, I have always struggled with buying things on impulse. So, here are a few of my 10 top tips that has personally helped me stop the urge to impulse shop. 10 Tips to Stop Impulse Shopping 1.  Admit you Have a Problem The first step to curing impulse shopping is to admit you have a problem.  I have gone through so many times of rationalizing my impulse spending.  I would use phrases like, “Oh,…