For most of us, life is busy with a family constantly in motion.  Planning and cooking healthy meals, cleaning the house, driving to extracurricular activities, and keeping everyone healthy is a full-time job! Here you’ll find articles and content that help you simplify your life and get more done.  I’ll be sharing all things meal planning and prep, lifestyle tips, simple DIYs, travel hacks, and so much more!

How to Find the Best Budget-Friendly Travel Deals

Summer is right around the corner and with that usually comes the desire to travel. If you're planning a summer vacation for your family, you're probably looking for ways to save some money on flights, hotels, and activities. I'm sharing my top tips for traveling as a...

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20 Ways to Budget for a New Baby

Having a new baby is an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be very overwhelming trying to figure out what you need and how to budget for your little bundle of joy. Believe it or not, though, having a new baby doesn't have to be expensive. If you commit to not...

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10 Tips for Saving Money on Household Items

Household expenses like cleaning products, paper towels, personal care products, and food storage can eat up a huge chunk of your monthly budget. There are so many amazing options for replacing these consumable products to save money while also creating a healthier,...

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35 Ways to Live on One Income (and be a stay-at-home mom)

Are you wanting to be a stay-at-home mom? Maybe you already are a stay-at-home mom, but finances are so tight that discussions of going back to work have come up. Learning to live off of one income is a challenge. Eight and a half years ago I unexpectedly became a...

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How to Create a Budget-Friendly Natural Medicine Cabinet

If you spend any amount of time on Instagram following people who talk about "wellness," you'll be completely overwhelmed by all of the high price items they say you NEED to have. I'm here to tell you that you don't need to buy crazy superfoods or the newest fancy...

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Meal Planning Basics: Create a Family Favorites Meal List

About 6 years ago, when our second child was born, I went through a phase where I was really enjoying cooking and trying new recipes. I would cook something that I saw on the Rachel Ray show during early morning breastfeeding sessions or things I randomly saw on my...

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11 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

One of the biggest challenges most families face when trying to eat healthy is staying within their grocery budget. Most coupons are for processed foods rather than produce and meat, so how can you prioritize healthy meals on a tight budget? It's not easy, but I have...

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Why I Meal Plan Bi-Monthly

Almost every mom I talk to hates meal planning but wishes they had a plan when 5pm hits each night. Having a dedicated time to meal plan can reduce weeknight stress and have a positive impact on your grocery budget. A few years ago, I started meal planning for two...

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Homemade Natural Deodorant

Today I'm talking about the very first 'granola' thing that I ever did.  This simple DIY natural deodorant smells amazing and works! You don't need to be afraid that you're going to be the stinky mom on the block. So let's talk a little bit about why you need to...

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Homemade Elderberry Gummies

If your kids are anything like mine, it's nearly impossible to get them to take a syrup or liquid medicine.  I wanted my kids to get all of the amazing benefits of my homemade elderberry syrup, but they didn't even want to try it. If I could get them to take a taste,...

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Easy Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

I used to love all of the scented hand soaps from the store.  Citrus scented hand soaps were my favorite in the summer, and I always had a seasonally scented soap during the holidays.  After learning more about some of the questionable ingredients and fragrances in...

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DIY Sink and Bath Scrub (Soft Scrub)

The bathroom is one of my most dreaded areas in the house to clean.  The fact that we have two young boys who don't know how to flush or aim when using the toilet makes the task even less desirable.  I feel like I am constantly scrubbing some sort of hard grime off of...

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DIY Glass and Window Cleaner

If you're like me, when you think of glass cleaner you immediately picture that spray bottle full of blue liquid.  You might even think that is the only way to clean your windows or glass.  I never thought I could make a DIY glass cleaner that would leave my windows...

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DIY Natural Household Cleaner

Did you know that many, if not most, of the household cleaners sold in stores today are loaded with toxic chemicals?  Even many of the cleaners listed as non-toxic, natural, or green have chemicals that I don't want in my home.  It can be overwhelming trying to figure...

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DIY Face Wash Pads

I don't know about you, but I have the hardest time motivating myself to wash my face before bed.  I generally prefer to wash my face in the shower.  Seeing as I don't shower right before bed each night, I needed a quick, natural way to remove makeup before bed.  I...

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Build Your DIY Body Care Toolkit

Making your own body-care products is easier than you may think and can have a have a huge impact on your family budget.  We spend quite a bit on everything from hand soap to deodorant and beauty products, but there are simple and effective recipes for all of these....

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Build Your DIY Cleaning Toolkit

If you plan to make DIY cleaning products for your home, you’re going to need to start building your cleaning toolkit.  Most of the ingredients that you’ll use for homemade cleaners are basic items that you may even have in your home already.  Trust me, it’s not...

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Homemade Produce Wash

I have to admit that I used to be the worst about washing fruits and vegetables before eating them.  I would rinse an apple under the faucet for five seconds and call it good.  It wasn't until I had kids that I really started to prioritize washing their produce....

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