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How to Save Money on Gift Giving

Holidays and gift giving can be very expensive but they don’t have to break the bank. Here are some of the things I do in order to save over 50% on gifts each and every year. 1- Draw names. This is the single most beneficial way of slashing a ginormous-gift-giving-bill. Just draw names in the

11 Tips to Saving Hundreds on Black Friday

Black Friday can result in huge savings for many needed items and gifts. To shop the week of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and to maximize your money and time follow these 11 steps. Before you get started make a list of what you want and need to buy. Download the BlackFriday app or go to BlackFriday.com. Look

5 Tips for a Successful Game Day Spread

I remember the excitement and awe that I experienced as a young girl going to my first-ever college football game. My grandparents always bought season tickets, and we took turns going with them. We’d meet out in the parking lot and tailgate in and around their truck and fifth wheel. Then we would go inside the

Game Day Cheeseball

To celebrate the football season I made this ‘Game Day Cheeseball.’ It is very simple really. You need just a few ingredients and about 7 minutes to make it. Then pair it with crackers, veggies, or chips. Directions: Warm up the cream cheese in microwave (about a minute and a half, stir well every 30

Fall Themed Mason Jars

These simple ‘Fall Themed Mason Jars’ are a great way to add a little festivity in your home. They are great for Halloween and Thanksgiving and are inexpensive to make! Further, mason jars are very versatile. You can put whatever you like in them. Some ideas are: popcorn kernels, fall leaves, beans, candles, candy corn or other

Peanuts Movie Trail Mix Bar

I created this easy-to-make Peanuts Movie Trail Mix Bar in celebration of the release of the new Peanuts Movie coming out Friday November 6th!! This would be fun for a family night, Peanuts party, or before or after you go to see the new movie! First, I got a variety of glass jars. Most are

Homemade Diaper Rash Cream Recipes

My son responds really well to Desitin for his diaper rashes. My daughter does not. It’s been a struggle finding something that works for her as well as Desitin works for my son. Through this experience, I’ve learned that little ones respond differently to diaper rash creams. They are not a “one works for all” type

Samwise Gamgee Costume for a Toddler

My son’s best friend, Asher dressed up as Samwise Gamgee to complete the cute little Hobbit trio (my son as Frodo here and my daughter as a baby girl hobbit here). Asher was so calm and happy and loved being in the mountains. He is quite the rock climber! To make a Samwise Gamgee costume…

How Our Income Property Helped Us Overcome 3 Major Obstacles

I am a firm believer in leveraging the property you own (if at all possible or needed) to help pay for bills, the mortgage, get out of debt, create a nice savings, and secure a solid retirement. As you can imagine, one of my favorite shows is DIY Network’s Income Property. I’ve watched a ton of episodes

Frodo Halloween Costume for a Toddler

I love The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. So, I am having my son (who looks kind of like Frodo) dress up like him for Halloween. My daughter was a Baby Girl Hobbit (photos here) and their friend Asher was Samwise Gamgee (post coming in the next day or two). Overall the costume

9 Lessons Learned from a 7-Day-Labor

Aurora is our second baby (first daughter). Overall she was a much easier pregnancy than Denali (our first son). I wasn’t nearly as sick and I wasn’t sick for as long. Denali was positioned differently and gave me severe PGP (I was pretty much bed ridden). Aurora sat higher and despite some pain, I was

11 Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples

I love great homemade costumes. It is even funner to see handmade costumes for couples. I hope you enjoy these 11 as well… 1. Bob Ross and Happy Tree – The best part is the costumes are pretty dang easy to make. 2. DIY Minnie and Mickey Mouse – A classic! 3. American Gothic – Re-create the famous

5 Steps to Prepare Your Yard for Winter

Cleaning up and preparing for winter can be a fun family activity. Here are five quick ways to winterize your yard. 1- Turn off and drain sprinklers. Depending on your sprinkler system and area the protocol for turning off your sprinklers may be different than ours. We simply turn off our yard water, then turn the

Baby Girl Hobbit Costume

This is a homemade Hobbit costume for a baby girl. As a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan, it just makes me happy. My daughter, Aurora, is such a sweet, happy, and lovable girl. She loves being in the mountains and playing with the weeds, grass, and leaves which is of course, very hobbit-esk.

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