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17 Inexpensive Family Vacationing Tips

I love to travel. I know many other people love to get out and vacation as well. Often money is the largest travel-hurdle for a family with kids. Here are 17 ways to save thousands on family vacations. 1. Travel in the off-season. One thing I do is try to plan trips in the off-season. We go to

Homemade Rice Krispie Treats That Actually Taste Like Original Rice Krispie Treats

I’ve always loved the Original Rice Krispie Treat Bars. They taste amazing—but quite different from homemade rice krispie treats. Although I love both homemade and blue bar treats, I’ve never figured out why the blue-wrapped treats tasted so different from the homemade recipes I would make…until recently. By luck, I decided to make the standard Rice

How to Have the Honeymoon of Your DREAMS on a REALITY Budget

Today I’ve asked travel agent Danielle to write a guest post. She booked my family’s cruise to Alaska and was just awesome at everything she did. She is very communicative and helpful. She changed multiple reservations (there were 28+ of us going) with a smile. She knows her stuff. I’ve asked her to share ideas

Stay-at-Home Mom Career Day Presentation

My sister, Karen Jensen, and I co-wrote a book, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom: How to Build a Secure Financial Foundation for You and Your Children. She is an amazing mother and SAHM. When she told me that she had done a presentation at her children’s school for Career Day, I asked her to guest post

High-Protein Banana Split Dessert

I am on a high-protein diet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a dessert now and again! When I eat something sweet, I try to balance it with a good amount of protein. I feel like I can stay on track better when my desserts are filled with protein—as they keep me full longer.

Vaseline Beauty Hacks

Growing up, my mom seemed to use Vaseline—aka Petroleum Jelly for a ton of different things. It wasn’t until after I moved out of the house and I began trying other products, that I realized not only how inexpensive it is, but how powerfully effective Petroleum Jelly really can be! Although there are probably hundreds of different uses

33 Ideas on How to Get Children to Love Reading

I’ve always wanted to raise children who love to read. I believe that reading and continuing our education are very important habits to develop and cultivate in life. Capabilities, knowledge, and skills are empowering—especially in this day and age. In our book, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom: How to Build a Secure Financial

Taiwanese-Inspired Dipping Sauce

When I lived in Taiwan and taught English, I had some really amazing dipping sauce and none have ever compared since… until I found this recipe. You can basically dip anything in it and it is delicious. From pot stickers to wontons, dumplings to lettuce wraps and more. You can also pour it over rice and/or

Steps to Financial Confidence

Yesterday while getting my hair done, I couldn’t help but overhear a few conversations about money. They had to do with stress about money and people who were struggling financially. It seems to be a common theme that I can’t help overhearing when I’m out and about in public places. People are generally worried about money.

How to Save Thousands on Baby and Kid Books

I’ve always had a desire to read a lot to my children. I want them to develop a love of books, learning, and literacy. So reading aloud to them often is a personal goal of mine. We usually read for about 30 minutes after breakfast. Sometimes it is in the afternoon; and on occasion we miss a

Babies Don’t Keep Cross Stitch

When my mom was pregnant with me, she read the poem/song called, “Song For a Fifth Child” and was very touched by it. She made a cross stitch of the last verse now known as “Babies Don’t Keep,” while pregnant with her fifth child (my little sister). She framed and hung it in our house near

How to Save Money Renovating a Bathroom

According to houzz.com the average bathroom remodel can range from $3,000 to over $100,000! The average inexpensive DIY bathroom remodel is about $5,000. Here’s how we did ours for 10% of that. When we moved into our home, there was ugly vinyl flooring, an old toilet and countertop, and the vanity was broken. We wanted

How to Save Money on Renovating and Decorating a Master Bedroom

  Today I’m continuing on with my renovations series. I’m about halfway through. See below for the link to other before-and-afters. This is the master bedroom ‘before.’ There was water damage, so sections of the subfloor had to be removed and replaced. This is after the subfloor was fixed: with carpet, paint, furnishings, and decor. It seems

The Back To Basics Living Bundle—Save over $520!

I’m so excited about The Back To Basics Living Bundle. It is a huge collection of eBooks, eCourses, and memberships to help you live a ‘richer’ life—all for an amazingly LOW price! The books are awesome and my sister’s and my own eBook, Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom, (which was highly endorsed by Dr.

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