Dollars and Sense

Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Summer 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links). Daily rainstorms, sweltering heat, mosquitoes- summer is here! Here's my favorite fabulously frugal things to help you survive these next few months. Everything is under $15. If you missed the spring list, you can find it here!   1- Sweet Loren's Peanut Butter… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Summer 2017

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Have you ever felt guilty about buying convenience foods? We assume they're usually much more expensive than if we make the item ourselves. One convenience food that I tend to buy is frozen lasagna- on busy days it is definitely nice to just put it in the oven and use the prep time to do… Continue reading Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Dollars and Sense

A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

I will always love kids' clothes that match holidays- red and green at Christmas, red, white, & blue at 4th of July, etc.-- they are so adorable and look great in photos. The only problem is that many of the holiday outfits in stores are very holiday specific- a top that says "Happy 4th of July"… Continue reading A Simple 4th of July Outfit (For Under $15)

Gifts

Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

She was maybe 10 years old, rocking blue streaks in her pixie haircut, sitting next to me in the waiting room at the eye doctor's office.  "Can she walk? I'll make sure she doesn't fall," the little girl asked while holding out her arms, waiting to steady my wobbly baby standing by my feet.  For the… Continue reading Chicken Nuggets, Baking Soda, & Generosity

Edibles, Parties

Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I made these goat cheese stuffed dates on a weeknight when the light was fading and the kitchen was messy. "These would make a great item for celebrating something special," I thought. I remembered then that my daughter had taken her first real steps earlier in the day, and that was a reason to celebrate!… Continue reading Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense, Edibles, Gifts

Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affilliate links.) Have you ever read through the Oprah Magazine's list of "favorite things"? I used to love looking through it. However, I noticed that many of the items were very expensive and not practical for most of us- if you look up the 2016 list, the… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

Abode

How To End Your Facebook Addiction (Without Getting Rid Of Your Account)

Do you spend way too much time on Facebook? I know I have. What do you think is the average amount of time we spend each day browsing its never ending pages? The answer may surprise you:  "Fifty minutes. That’s the average amount of time, the company said, that users spend each day on its… Continue reading How To End Your Facebook Addiction (Without Getting Rid Of Your Account)

Abode, Dollars and Sense

What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

I used to be that person who carried everything in my large, overstuffed bag. It looked like I was going on a weekend trip...every day of the week. Band-Aids, lotion, Tylenol, granola bars, stamps, phone chargers, water bottles, cough drops, etc.- I was prepared in case all the Walgreens, Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores within a 10… Continue reading What’s In A Minimalist Momma’s Bag?

Dollars and Sense

Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

On Monday, I broke down why we're buying all the things (catch up on Part 1 here). Today I'm sharing the strategies that help us fix that! Definitely just being aware of stores' sneaky marketing tactics is a good start. But here's 5 other ways to avoid buying more than you need: Buy groceries at the grocery store, not… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 2

Dollars and Sense

Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

"I went into the store for 4 things and came out with 12." "I was looking for paper towel and ended up with a new shirt." "[Insert store name] is my happy place. Going there is like a quick pick-me-up." ***** Stores strive to make themselves inviting. And some of them do it really well. Imagine this: you pull… Continue reading Here’s Why We’re Buying Allll The Things (And How To Fix That) | Part 1

Abode, Beauty + Wellness

On Your First Mother’s Day

You'll probably get woken up early today by a mischievious munchkin with drool on their pajamas. I know you wanted, no, needed, to sleep in. Though you are tired, delight in the love found in the morning wake up call of little fingers poking you in the eyes, or little feet tickling your stomach. I know you feel unappreciated at… Continue reading On Your First Mother’s Day

Dollars and Sense

How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

I can guarantee you that there's someone out there with a more impressive story than this one. (That's a great way to begin, right?)   Someone who paid off more debt, in less time. So what's (possibly) interesting about this story? I paid it off without feeling deprived, while living in an expensive city, making a little above the… Continue reading How I Paid Off $8,000 In 2 Years

Abode

10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

I wrote a post called "10 Things I No Longer Buy" a few months ago, a list of 10 things I found that I could either live without or replace with something free/recycled/repurposed. As I've been decluttering the past few weeks and more selective of what makes it into the "keep" pile, there's (at least) 10 more… Continue reading 10 Things I No Longer Buy: Part 2

Abode, Dollars and Sense

On The Way To Home

"It takes a heap o’ livin’ in a house t’ make it home,  A heap o’ sun an’ shadder, an’ ye sometimes have t’ roam  Afore ye really ’preciate the things ye lef’ behind,  An’ hunger fer ’em somehow, with ’em allus on yer mind.  It don’t make any differunce how rich ye get t’… Continue reading On The Way To Home

Gifts

Your Simple Mother’s Day Gift Guide

If you're stumped as to what to get your mom for Mother's Day, check out this simple "A to Z" gift guide. Many of the gifts are consumable or small, so they won't take up much space or become clutter. Several are ideas for gift certificates, so you can choose the amount that works for… Continue reading Your Simple Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Abode

Elvis Has Left The Guest Room

    Part of avoiding "spring cleaning" our guest room was not having a large block of time to devote to it. But the other factor in avoiding it was the mental energy it took to deal with the stuff that had accumulated in it. Between things that people wanted to get rid of so they… Continue reading Elvis Has Left The Guest Room

Edibles

Blackberry Pecan Salad

  Meal planning has kinda gone out the window so far this month. Like many things, it was easy to do for awhile, and then busyness got in the way. So one day with the "what's for dinner?" question on my mind, I put this salad together from what I had on hand and it… Continue reading Blackberry Pecan Salad

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense

A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

  Have you ever looked at Instagram fashionistas and thought, "I love how they mix patterns, but I just don't know how to do that for myself"? Or saw someone on the street who rocked a patterned top and skirt, but couldn't figure out why the items looked so good together? You can mix patterns like a… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide To Mixing Patterns

Dollars and Sense

How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

    There's thrift store items that I've kept forever and some that got returned within a year. I return (and buy) items less often now after noticing why the items would end up getting returned. What was the difference? I started to really analyze the quality of an item by looking at specific aspects of… Continue reading How To Spot Designer Details In Thrift Store Finds

Edibles

Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

  I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!