15 Simple Money Saving Tips You Don’t Know

I have maintained a money-saving lifestyle for more than 20 years. At times it has been because I have had to due to income levels. At other times it has been because my husband and I have been focused on either a long-term or a short-term financial goal. For instance, our long-term goal was to … [Read more...]

The Holiday Gift Guide of Books That Every Mom Must Have

It's here...my holiday gift guide of must have books for moms who are looking to be more intentional in their roles as a mom. One of the reasons I think most moms love to read is that it gives of the opportunity to dream about a different and better version of our life. I think we as moms are all on … [Read more...]

Are the Black Friday Deals Really Worth It?

Black Friday. As someone who lives frugally, these are two words that I have paid attention to for years. Black Friday is almost always thought of as the day to do your Christmas shopping, but is it? Is Black Friday really worth all the hype? My 20 years of frugal shopping experience would … [Read more...]

10 Easy Things For More Calm & More Joy This Christmas

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by the stress of the holidays every year? If you are like me, you might tell yourself that this is the last time you will greet the holidays as a disorganized mess. You probably find yourself vowing that next year will be different every.single.year. The thing is, if … [Read more...]

Pantry Staples List: Save Time, Stress & Money (free checklist!)

Everyone knows how easy it is to end up in the drive-thru lane when you’re looking for something to make for dinner and you don’t have anything to do for meals at home. Having a well-stocked pantry can help you stay out of the drive-thru lane. It can also make more home-cooked meals for your family. … [Read more...]

Are You Throwing Your Money Away? The Secret to Having More Money

No one really would throw their money away on purpose, however, it can totally happen if you are unaware of some of the ways that your money is slipping through your fingers. Generally, the things I'm going to share with you here are not huge expenses as they stand alone. However, if you add all of … [Read more...]

How to Have a Magical Christmas When You Have No Money

It really is possible to have an amazing Christmas even if you have no money? I am here to say, yes! Just like with anything else, Christmas is what you make of it, and this is especially true if you've got kids. As a parent, kids so often react to a situation, whether good or bad, as you do. If you … [Read more...]

15 Ways Chuck E. Cheese’s Is Even Better Than When You Were a Kid

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese's . The opinions and text are all mine As a mom of nine who lives in Michigan, I can attest to the fact that winters can get long. The whole “being trapped inside with kids who have too much energy” is a real serious … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Holidays a Bit More Fun!

As fall is in the air here in Michigan, I can’t help but realize how close we really are to turning the corner into the holiday season. If your life is anything like mine there are extra demands placed on your time, placed on your budget, and placed on your patience. For this reason, now is an … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Kids Life Skills About Money

As parents there are so many life skills that we need to be teaching our kids. Raising kids is no easy feat, and believe me I know this firsthand since I’ve got nine kids to raise. Some days I feel like I’m doing pretty good while other days I feel like I’m failing miserably. As someone who became … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Holiday Planner With Printable Holiday Planner

It is so crazy that the holidays are right around the corner! I don’t know about you, but there are a few things that I do to set myself up for less stress during the holidays each year. There are so many things to do during the holidays from all the places we have to be, to all the gifts we have to … [Read more...]

Tailgate Foods Made Easy!

*This is a sponsored post written by me for Save-A-Lot. All opinions are my own. Making awesome food when it comes time to cheer on your favorite team doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, when it comes to hosting a tailgating party, there are some things you can do to make the … [Read more...]

15+ Genius & Cheap Family Activities For an Amazing Fall

Fall is such a nice time of year in these parts…as long as it’s not snowing anyway. Michigan does have some crazy weather during these fall months at times, but no matter the weather we try to make it a habit to have some fun while also celebrating the season. Getting out there  for some fall … [Read more...]

Simple Step By Step Holiday Spending Guide Perfect For Your Budget

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust. All opinions are my own. Start thinking about the holidays now? Yes, absolutely! Maybe you’re like me and have experienced the most amazing holidays, only to greet January buried in all the bills that came along with the holiday spending. The good … [Read more...]

How to Use a Planner To Get & Keep Your Life In Order

I am in full on planning mode. My kids start back with school next week, and the first couple of months are always such a mess. I would be totally lost without my planner since it helps keep everything in my life organized. From kids’ practices to various appointments, to lists of books I need to … [Read more...]