How to Use OneNote to Organize All Your Recipes

I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of putting together a recipe binder. I would love to gather all our family favorite recipes and put them into one easy-to-access cookbook, but it’s been hard to visualize how it should be put together. Do I put the recipes in alphabetical order? Wouldn’t recipes by meal make… Keep reading →

The Hardest Part of Raising Two Kids Under the Age of 2

I looked at my sweet baby girl, just two months old, and I realized that I didn’t know her. These past months I had been feeding her, rocking her to sleep, and changing her diaper, but she still felt so distant. It was almost like I was just a caretaker and not her mom. Disclosure: This post… Keep reading →

How to Network as a Stay-at-Home Mom

I left the workforce in 2012 by choice. I had been working at my first “big girl” job right out of college for a mere 8 months when my first baby was born and I took my paid maternity leave. After that ran out, I quit. © koti / Dollar Photo Club It was a… Keep reading →

How We Save $105 a Year on Our Toddlers’ Messes

My toddler girls make incredible messes at the dinner table. They get food on their hands, face, hair, clothes, chair, and on the floor. It’s something I truly look forward to at the start of every meal…not. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (I’ve put a * by any link that is an affiliate link)…. Keep reading →

The Best Way to Teach a Child Gratitude

I was a wretched, ungrateful teenager. So many times my parents would ask me to do something – a chore or some help with a quick task – and I made a huge fuss. © famveldman / Dollar Photo Club “I have homework! Do I really have to help you right now?” I don’t even… Keep reading →

Financial Habits Every Family Should Practice

*This is the 29th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* You have made it so far in this spending freeze challenge. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? You’re almost done! © igor / Dollar Photo Club… Keep reading →

35+ Ideas for FREE Activities to Do with Kids

*This is the 22nd day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* My parents took me to Disneyland for the first time when I was five. They told me it was my birthday present, but now that I’m older, I know that was… Keep reading →

Learning How to Be Content without Buying More

*This is the 17th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* I remember when I got my first large sum of money when I was barely a teenager. I had worked a whole month for just over $300 babysitting two girls who… Keep reading →

When You Can’t Afford to Take a Gift to a Party

*This is the 16th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Believe it or not, life goes on when you are doing a voluntary or involuntary spending freeze. Birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, weddings, and more will happen and you have to be ready…. Keep reading →

11 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Home

*This is the 15th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* The other night I made a big pot of soup and wasted more than half of it. © Elena Milevska / Dollar Photo Club On purpose? Of course not. We had… Keep reading →