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3 Easy Ways to Avoid Solicitors and Impulse Purchases

Solicitors often convince us to buy things we don’t really need, want, and/or items we often haven’t budgeted for. They are extremely effective, very convincing, and are usually hard to say no to—or don’t like to take ‘no’ for an answer. The very best way to avoid being solicited and impulsive purchasing is just avoid soliciting and

Why Artificial Colors Could Be Making Your and Your Kids’ Lives Miserable

My family and I just got home from the local ice cream shop for a family activity on a Saturday night. My boys and I chose flavors like strawberry cheesecake, rainbow sherbet, superman, and birthday cake. Not my daughter. Her choices were extremely limited. She ended up with caramel. Not because caramel is her favorite

Why You Should Have an Estate Plan for Those You May Leave Behind

Financial guru, Dave Ramsey, notes that the mortality rate for human beings is 100%. Death is what you might call an “unavoidable” inevitability. But thankfully, because we know our ultimate fate, we can plan for it and avoid problems that otherwise result from it. Often loved ones are left with a lot to handle: sadness,

The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

If you have never tried homemade BBQ sauce you NEED to—especially this recipe! It tastes way better than the store-bought varieties. It is so fresh and the flavors balance each other out amazingly well. There is a little bit of sweet, salty, mild spice, and smoke, which together form the BEST homemade BBQ sauce ever.

The Best Money-making Survey Sites That Are Trust Worthy

Many people have a little extra time when they are at home watching TV, in the car waiting for kids to get out of school, or during breaks at work, and some people are looking for a new hobby or way to make money from home. If you have extra time and want an extra few hundred

29 Adorable Valentine’s Day Boxes

When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite things to do each year was to make and decorate Valentine’s Boxes. It was a lot of fun for my friends and me. As we got into the older grades (4th, 5th, and 6th), we had competitions and voted on who made the best boxes.

Mom Stress: 15 Extremely Effective Ways to Deal

Recent studies show that chronic stress can lead to serious physical conditions such as stroke, hypertension and heart failure. That’s why it’s more important than ever to learn how to manage stress levels to live a healthier and longer life. However, when it comes to household and family-related stress, it can seem like there is

Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not)

I had the book Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) by Beth Kobliner show up on my doorstep the other day. I sat down in my living room and began to read through it. As an author of a financial book myself, I was excited to read another money guide for parents

How to Make Breadsticks out of Frozen Bread Dough

My mom has been making these breadsticks since before I can remember. They were always a favorite among my family (five siblings and parents). We thoroughly enjoyed them with her best lasagna recipe or spaghetti, or anything really. I remember helping make these many times as a little girl. If you have kids, it’s a

An Honest Review of the Owlet Baby Monitor

A I have been fascinated by the Owlet smart sock for a very long time. It is designed to notify you if your baby’s oxygen levels or heart rate fall out of  a preset range. I’ve heard mainly positive things and a few negative things about it. I asked my friend to use it for months and give

Roasted Zucchini Recipe

I love fresh veggies that can be seasoned, prepped, and cooked easily for dinner or snacking. Zucchini is one of those veggies. Slicing it up and tossing it in herbs, some olive oil, and then sprinkling parmesan over it makes a delicious and vitamin-rich side or snack! This is one of my favorite zucchini recipes.

6 Winter Renovations That Can Be Completed On a Limited Budget

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohler for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. For most, winter is cold! As temperatures drop, the temptation to just stay inside rises. Of course, staying inside all the time comes with its own problems, even if it is nice and warm. It’s part of

14 Easy Ways to Save Big on Prescriptions

Most American families have at least one prescription. In fact, studies show that Americans spend over $400 Billion on prescriptions a year. That breaks down to $1,300 a person! That number is mind boggling to me. Luckily, my family is blessed with great health so we don’t have to fill prescriptions regularly. However, at times I do

Free Activities for Kids in Utah in the Winter

I feel like there are endless things to do with my children in the summer. We mainly hang out in the backyard, at parks, in the mountains, at free splash pads, at the lake, etc. This winter, with two under 4, I’ve been trying to keep them busy, entertained, their wiggles out, etc., all without

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