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9 Ways to Have a Successful Family Dinner

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Dinner as a family is a huge priority of ours. It is so great to spend that time together, to communicate, bond as a family, and have a fun time. When I heard about the “Take Back the Table Challenge” which is a challenge to eat together more as a family, we were game to

How to Save Big on Online Purchases

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There are at least 7 ways to save while shopping online. I recommend using many of them at the same time to really stretch your hard-earned money. Here are a few: Using online coupon codes is one way to maximize your money. Another way is to earn cash back through Ebates. Shopping sales Buy clearance

19 Darling Homemade Baby/Toddler Halloween Costumes

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I love dressing my kids up for Halloween. It is so much fun for me. I admit that I begin thinking about ideas of what they should be months before Halloween. I also love Trick-or-Treating and seeing the creativity of other parents and kids. This next week or two on my blog I’m having a

How To Store Water in Case of Disaster or Need

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Water storage is vital in many predicaments. A year ago a serious flash flood hit my sister’s little community. Homes were flooded, the highway disappeared, and a nearby dam was threatening to break. It was scary. My sister’s water could have been shut off at any minute. Knowing that she and her family had water

Step-by-Step Instructions to Detail Your Vehicle

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  Everyone loves a nice looking clean, fresh smelling car. But not everyone can afford detailing their vehicle every 2-3 months. Detailing costs anywhere between $100-$1,000+ depending on the options you get. Detailing your own vehicle can not only be a great way to save and ensure a job well done, it can also be

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Ranch Carrots

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Baby carrots can be deliciously flavorful and pleasantly soft with only a few minutes of preparation and cooking time in a crock pot. The carrots end up being cooked al dente (soft without being overcooked or mushy). They hold their shape but are easy to chew. I originally created this recipe for my 10 month old and 2 1/2

15 Inexpensive Laundry Hacks That Will Save You Hundreds

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Laundry is more enjoyable for me than many other tasks. That said, I do sometimes get frustrated at how quickly it piles up and how it never seems to end. Then I remember that for centuries before my time people had to hand wash laundry. When I remember this, my slight frustration turns to gratitude. We are very

27 Reasons Why I Love Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

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Being a stay-at-home mom is not an easy job (that is an understatement by the way), but it sure is rewarding! Below are just 27 of the many reasons I love being a stay-at-home mom. Quick note- By writing this blog post I’m not trying to personally demean anyone who is not a SAHM. I’m just simply sharing what

Home Fire Proof Safes: Why Have Them & What to Put In Them

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Accidents happen. I’ve known some people whose homes have been completely burned or ruined by natural disasters. Other people I know have suddenly lost the bread-winner or financial leader of the family. These unfortunate incidents although rare, do happen at random. It really is a wise thing to prepare in case such incidents do occur

Fun and Creative Ways to Make Lunch Boxes More Exciting

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Packing lunches is a great way to save money and ensure your kids are eating healthy. That said, it can get monotonous for kids and parents if the same things go into the lunch box each day. I like to do something creative now and again to keep my son excited about eating his meals. I

11 Inexpensive Quality Home Decor DIY Projects

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You don’t have to spend a fortune decorating your home beautifully. Below is proof of this! Check out these amazing ideas of how you can create quality home decor items inexpensively. 1.   Frame Fabric– This is such a gorgeous idea. I have a bunch of frames I picked up at a yard sale. Now I

How to Make Money on Fiverr

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  Today, Adrian, a friend of mine will be doing an interview on how she successfully makes money on Fiverr each month—doing things she likes and chooses to do! It’s an impressive story. Note- although 95% of the mothers interviewed in this series are stay-at-home moms, Adrian works a day job. I am making an exception and

Our Recent Target Shopping Trip

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Yesterday we got to run to Target to grab a few last-minute recipe items and to check out the back-to-school clearance shelves. A trait that thrifty people have is to look for deals after large event-type sales and holidays. You can save big by buying holiday or back-to-school items after the event has past. We went

Spinach Artichoke Cream Cheese Spread

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I’ve made this a few times in the last few weeks. One for a family party, once for me, and once for a big party of women (church gathering). This is an awesome recipe that tastes better than most restaurant spinach artichoke dips. So far most everyone who has tried it has loved it and

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