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Packing Tips for Kids

When I go out of town without my kids I like to pack their bags efficiently. This is so that those watching them know exactly what is what and where things are without having to dig. I’ve found packing in the following way really helps those who are watching my kids to have a stress-free experience. Further,

Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion Smoothie Copycat Recipe

When I lived in Taiwan, it was hard to find anything sweet. Apparently, they just don’t eat sweet stuff because even the McDonald’s ice cream had no sugar in it! One day my friends and I found a shop that made creamed slush and used real fruit concentrate as a flavoring which made them sweet. My favorite was

Garage Sale Haul 3

My daughter just hit a growth spurt and grew out of her 18 month clothes. I was looking online for garage sales that were selling girl clothes and came across this one. When I arrived, I found that they were selling high-quality girl clothes for .25-.50 cents each!!! This is one of the BEST deals

DIY Fabric Wall Art

Last fall I was redecorating my guest bedroom downstairs. I needed inexpensive wall art and saw a fabric project on an online decor website. I decided to try it out. It is about as simple and inexpensive as ‘DIY’ gets. For the materials, I found 6 matching frames at a garage sale for $5.00 total.  I found a bunch of fabric remnants, yards,

9 Tried and True Makeup Techniques + My Own Makeup Routine

When I was in jr. high, I made two very-best-friends: Lisa and Natalie. We loved spending time together. We had many similar interests but enough diversity that added a lot of spontaneity and fun. One thing we all had in common was an interest in makeup. Natalie was the only girl in her family. Lisa had

DIY Memory Foam Side Table Toppers

I found these darling side tables at Deseret Industries for $15.00 each. They sold them to me as a set for $25.00. I went to JoAnn’s and bought 4″ memory foam to top them. I made sure to use a coupon because memory foam is pricey. Then I went to Home Depot and picked up

5 Fun Playdates for Moms of Little Kids

I have a lot of friends with children who are around the same ages (18 months and 3). We love to get together for playdates and chat (or at least try to chat) while letting the children have fun. The following are a some of my favorite places to meet for playdates: 1- Go to the Park. Kids

Advice from My Mom: Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Control Money

My mother has always been a great example of fiscal responsibility. She would often say, “Anita, control your money, don’t allow it to control you.” It reminds me a lot of the famous quote penned by P.T. Barnum, “Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant.” My mom taught me by example this principle

How to Create a Streamlined Nighttime Routine

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EveryoneSleeps #CollectiveBias Our nighttime routine is pretty simple and streamlined. I understand the evening is not always when my kids and I have a ton of energy, so I try to make going to bed a positive and fun experience. Here’s

26 Energy Saving Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IGS Energy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Energy is a big expense. When I say energy, I’m referring to power/electric and gas. These bills can be very high if you own a home in a less temperate area. It makes sense to

Kids’ No Sugar Added Slushies + Win $100 Walmart Gift Card

Summer is fast approaching and we love cold drinks, juice, and slushies. Today I took my kids’ favorite new juice–Mott’s® Apple Cherry Juice–and blended it with some ice. I put it in a few cups with color-changing straws. My kids have been going crazy over the sweet frozen goodness of this simple treat. (Admittedly, I have also

Garage Sale Haul 2

One Saturday morning, I was scanning the local classifieds for promising garage sales to attend. I use strategy when searching out yard sales. I found two amazing ones in the same neighborhood. I was super excited to find all the stuff listed below and ultimately saved over $1,375.00! (Note: I will mention a lot of brand and

15 Inexpensive Yet Quality Home Decor Projects…Part 2

Decorating doesn’t have to be super expensive. Using principals of thrift, creativity, and do-it-yourself resourcefulness, you can have quality AND affordable home decor! Below you will find 15 inexpensive home decor projects I really like… Popsicle Stick Hexagon Shelf – Add some mid-century charm to your gallery wall with this DIY wall art idea. All you need

Why Those Who Are Truly Rich Serve and Help Others

Service is something from which the wealthiest people, the poorest people, and everyone in between can benefit. The benefits of giving are typically not dependent on quantity, but instead on attitude and frequency. In order to live a truly rich life, we must be generous with our time and resources, give habitually, and serve others regularly. When

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