Menu Mondays are Back!

With all the craziness that came with the month of May, I dropped the ball big time on menu planning!  I tried but failed miserably.  YIKES, I know!  Back at it again this month! Continue reading “Menu Mondays are Back!”

Sometimes You Have It All Together, and Sometimes You Don’t

Hi friends!  It’s been entirely too long since I’ve worked on the blog.  It started out with sick children, and then I had a little spell where I was extremely tired but not actually ill thanks to the Epstein-Barr virus.  I’m sure I’ll write up a little post all about that one day.  In any case, I’m finally on the up and up, after missing most of April and all of May!  So let’s catch up, k? Continue reading “Sometimes You Have It All Together, and Sometimes You Don’t”

Finding Surprises While Decluttering

My month’s goal for April is to get rid of all our excess stuff.  I’m starting with the main level of my home.  Once I get that under control, I’ll move to the upstairs.  The upstairs has a LOT of problem areas:  my room, my older girls’ shared room, and a playroom/guest room.  Honestly, I don’t even want to think about those rooms, but I know that if I get them done, I’ll feel a weight lift from my shoulders.  Oh, and I also have the dreaded garage.  Why is it that everything ends up in the garage?!  I know why:  Because we don’t have a basement. 😊 Continue reading “Finding Surprises While Decluttering”

Menu Monday & A Week of Rest

Wow, it’s been a busy two weeks.  I overbooked myself the week before last, and then last week, my husband had an unexpected work trip where he was out of town for a few days.  Plus, my girls were on Spring Break from school and preschool.  All the changes in routines and schedules made for another busy week for me!

But I have good news!  My schedule this week has a lot of free space, and boy, do I need it!  I love having some down time, where I don’t feel rushed to do everything.  Maybe I’ll do a little extra cooking.  Or perhaps, I’ll finish one of the many books I’m reading.  Maybe I’ll just nap more.  😊  Rest is something that everyone needs regularly.  It’s so important to let your body and mind take a break.  It’s easy to get caught up in being busy in life, but I’m looking forward to taking it easy this week.

My motto for this week!

On to my meal plan for the week:

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What Better Time of the Year to Refresh by Clearing Clutter While Spring Cleaning?!

It’s April!  One of my favorite Spring months!  The weather seems to be warmer.  Flowers are blooming, and the trees are starting to bud.  It’s a season of new growth and new beginnings.  It’s the perfect month to focus on something that makes me feel SO GOOD inside:  DECLUTTERING and SPRING CLEANING!

If you’ve known me for a very long time, you know that decluttering and cleaning is NOT something I’ve always been into.  When I was younger, I probably could have sat in a hoarder’s home and not been bothered by the stuff all around, as long as it was clean-ish.  I’d be bothered if there were bugs or if everything was actually dirty, but being just plain ol’ messy did not bother me in the least.  Somewhere in my home, I have a photo of my dorm room from freshman year.  In that photo, my side of the room looks like a bomb went off.  My roommate’s side of the room was perfectly polished.  It must have been torture for that poor girl to live in the same room with me!  For the most part, I kept everything contained to my side… I think.

After getting married and creating a family, I starting to get an itch to go minimalist and to be more organized.  When it was just me, my things were somewhat manageable.  However, with each new person we added to the family, our stuff grew more out of hand.  One morning I woke up and took a good look at the zoo I was living in.  I could feel all those brightly colored toys taking over my soul.  That was a moment of clarity.  My family had way more things than we needed. Continue reading “What Better Time of the Year to Refresh by Clearing Clutter While Spring Cleaning?!”

March’s Grocery Budget Verdict!

Oh my goodness, am I excited to share this post?!?!?!  YES, I AM!

High Fivin’ Myself for being so awesome!!

During the month of March, I wanted to focus on being more intentional with our family’s finances.  At the beginning of the month, I sat down with my husband, looked at our finances, and created a budget.  Click here to read more about that.  One of our biggest budget downfalls is food, so I made a pact with myself to REALLY focus on sticking to a budget in this category.  I DONE GOOD, YALL.

How good you might ask?!  Well, our grocery total for this month was a whopping 36% less than budgeted.  And our restaurant total for this month was HALF than budgeted.  This is AMAZING because if you go back and look at the data, we usually spend MORE than budgeted on both groceries and eating out.  So it’s a BIG, BIG deal for me to spend considerably less than budgeted.  And oddly enough, I didn’t use coupons or take into consideration whatever I earned through IBOTTA or with credit card rewards.

So how did I keep my grocery & restaurant bill down?! Continue reading “March’s Grocery Budget Verdict!”

How I Shop for Clothes Without Spending a Fortune

Yesterday I talked about some awesome deals I found at Kohl’s.  Gahhhh!  I just love to find a great deal!  Especially on clothing.  Clothing is something everyone needs, but I just don’t see the sense in spending a boatload of your hard-earned income on clothes because: A) Styles change.  B) Clothing needs change.  C) Bodies change.  (Um… hello pregnancy!)  and D) Clothes don’t last forever.

And I know some folks believe in their heart of hearts that expensive clothes will last longer or look better than cheap clothes.  However, in my own regular person experience, I have had very expensive clothing wear out after a season. And I’ve had very inexpensive clothing last for many years.  And I’ve gotten more compliments on my Forever 21 clothes than on my embarrassingly expensive jeans.  But of course, I stay at home and don’t have anyone to impress so take my advice how you will.  🙂

So how do you get nice new clothes for less?! Continue reading “How I Shop for Clothes Without Spending a Fortune”

Free Food + Frugal Shopping Finds = Happy Budget

We’ve had a lucky couple of weeks for our budget!

If you are following me on Instagram, you saw that we recently had a table full of free pizza. A new branch of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza opened up in my town. And as a promo, they gave away free pizzas one Saturday from 11am to 2pm. I knew that they were planning to do the promo, but I thought for sure the line would be around the building. And with three little darlings in tow, a free pizza would not be worth the effort that would be required with waiting and all.

However, as we were finishing up our weekly Costco trip, employees from Uncle Maddio’s were in the parking lot drumming up business. They said there wasn’t much of a wait. So we hopped in the van and drove over. And sure enough, the wait was not long at all!

Hey there, Free Pizzas.  Where have you been all my life?

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Menu Monday – Late!

I wanted to get this post written yesterday so I could post it first thing this morning.  But life has been happening.  Better late than never, I guess?  😊

Last week I did not stick to my menu at all.  I’m not sure what happened.  Actually, that’s not true.  I know exactly what happened.  I completely overbooked myself.  And I was exhausted all week.  In addition to my over-packed schedule, we had a surprise dinner with my parents one evening.  Then the weather was so beautiful over the weekend that we added in another event by inviting friends over for an impromptu dinner of grilled chicken and vegetables.

Me, if I had made it to Costco this weekend.

We had a SUPER lazy Sunday, where I couldn’t even be bothered to put the pork into the crock pot early enough to be ready for dinner.  TALK ABOUT LAZY, huh?!?!  Anyway, we ended up having deli meat, cheese, & avocado sandwiches for dinner that night.  And I didn’t even make it over to Costco this weekend!  We are out of milk, bread, and butter.  Quite literally.  Don’t worry, we won’t starve.  I’ll get over there tomorrow.  😊

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Saving Money with Limited Time

As a mom of three with a full schedule, I have to prioritize my time.  The sooner we realize that we cannot do it all, the sooner we can decide what it is that we want to do with our time.  I WANT so badly to do it all.  But I KNOW so truly that I cannot do it all at once.  This is part of the reason that I’m focusing on different ideas each month in the blog.

My best case scenario is that at least one positive habit from each month sticks.  By the end of the year, I’ll have several new beneficial habits.  From January’s focus of healthy eating, I’m still planning all my meals, focusing on getting in plenty of vegetables, protein, and gut-healthy foods while keeping my added sugar intake at a minimum.  And because of my focus on my marriage in February, I am consistently thinking about what I say to my husband before saying it.  I’m also making a point to give my husband more little love touches during the day since he scored highly in the love language of physical touch.

And now, here we are.  Half-way through March, where I’m focusing on finances.  I’ve at least set up my budget and have been tracking my spending.  I was hoping to research and add in a few money-saving apps. And maybe even start using coupons!  However, there is one problem that I keep running into this month, and that is not having enough time.

I ain't got time for that.
Really, who has time anymore?

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