reasons you might struggle financially

Many people make New Year financial resolutions and even set specific goals for the year ahead. But by May or June, most of us can’t even remember what our resolutions were or we have simply veered off track. With the year approximately half gone, are you halfway to reaching your annual financial goals? Following are a few tips for running a simple mid-year financial check-up. The good news is, whether you made New Year financial resolutions or not, you still have half a year left to reach your financial goals. Mid-Year Financial Check Up This is a guest post created by Benedetti, Gucer & Associates.Read More →

There are moments in our lives that deserve to be captured with nothing less than a fantastic celebration. Spending these moments with friends and family is definitely the best way to celebrate. Sending out invitation cards for graduation and other family events is the first step in planning a great celebration. These cards can often set the tone for the entire event and as such have always been seen as an important part of graduation parties, first birthdays and wedding planning. Tips for Picking A Great Invitation Long gone are the days where we are limited by the choices we have in our local stores.Read More →

Traveling with Kids,

With spring here and summer fast approaching car trips are looming on the horizon for a lot of families. While our family doesn’t take many long vacations we do head off on a lot of day trips! The beach, the zoo, hiking, visiting family and friends who live farther away. You name it and we tend to try and pack it into a summer road trip. It didn’t take us long as a young family to learn that traveling with kids can be a challenge! Kids get bored, have accidents and seem to be bottomless pits when it comes to food. All of these thingsRead More →

Being a stay at home mom is a job in and of itself! Running a house and taking care of the kids has you running from the time you get up in the morning until you go to bed – and sometimes even sleep isn’t a guarantee! But what happens if you want to save for something special? Or you just want to help your family pay down some debt. You can’t afford to pay out for childcare and get an office job but you really want to make a bit of extra money. If that sounds familiar then one of these side hustles mightRead More →

Becoming a couponer

Couponing is something that I have talked about a few times in the past. It’s a great way to save money when you’re a new family working within a budget. Collecting coupons from newspapers and magazines in order to save cents off of a product might seem a bit time consuming but if you do it right you can really put a dent in your grocery bill! Becoming a couponer doesn’t have to be difficult. Odds are that you have heard of extreme couponers before, these people take couponing to the next level and spend a lot of time searching for coupons, comparing deals andRead More →

cross training for runners

When you start to love an activity it can be hard to do anything BUT that activity. Running is no exception to this rule! Although I would have considered myself crazy a few years ago running has become an activity I truly love, despite the challenges. It’s an important and well-loved part of my life which keeps not only me but my family and pets healthy too! Cross training for runners used to be a controversial topic. Many trainers felt that people should focus all of their energy on one singular activity. Cross training was often considered pointless and a waste of time. More currentRead More →

gain blog traffic with these simple tips

If you are looking for simple ways that you can better yourself, then you might want to start small. Things like drinking enough water, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep are great places to start. But, if you’re looking for something a little bit bigger, then you might want to try something that will further your ultimate goals. We have come up with a few things you can do to better yourself, so keep reading to find out what they are. Self Improvement – 3 Paths you can take. This is a collaborative post. This post may contain affiliate links. If you makeRead More →

Gift Wrapping tips for terrible wrappers. A pleated and ribbon wrapped gift

I don’t like to admit it but I have never been very good at wrapping gifts. Most of the time, you could count yourself lucky if your gift was wrapped in one continuous piece of paper rather then a patchwork collection because I sized things wrong. Yes, I was that terrible at it. If I did size things properly then the corners always ended up bunched and bulky looking. Enough was enough! This year I sat down and studied some gift wrapping tips with the intent of attempting to learn how to gift wrap properly. Was I successful?  To some degree! It turns out that giftRead More →

the benefits of starting a gratitude journal or jar

We all know the benefits that come from keeping a journal or following a planner when it comes to achieving goals. Writing things down truly has the power to influence our likelihood when it comes to getting things done! Part of it is the satisfaction that we get when we mark things off as completed and part of it is just the way our brains work. By writing things down we are telling ourselves that this is important and we want to remember it! This keeps our goals at the forefront of our minds throughout the day. But what if we want to remember more thenRead More →

home improvment goals for 2019, sunset on the backyard

The end of the year is closing in and I have decided to set some home improvement goals for 2019! It’s pretty crazy how fast 2018 went by! We managed to get a lot done this year as a family. Both in our personal lives and in our home. In 2018 we managed to stick with our keto eating plan, explored yoga and strength training and fell in love with running. We also replaced our terrible carpets with new laminate flooring and repainted several rooms in the house. I even got around to finally creating that family photo wall I have been thinking about forRead More →